New music ­­– as soloist and as Principal Harpist BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sioned has premiered countless works as harpist with several choirs and orchestras, in particular with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers (see reference to BBCSO below Solo and ensemble premieres)


Solo and ensemble premieres

Below is a list of some of the diverse works which Sioned premiered/commissioned, in the categories of

Solo      Voice and Harp duo     Choir and Harp      Concerto

Full details of each piece with timings, movements, where and when premiered, programme notes, where you can purchase/obtain the music, short composers’ biographies, as well as reviews and photographs of the covers and inside pages of each piece will appear here soon.

Here is a guide to works which can already be listened to on CD or watched on youtube. Several were broadcast on radio.

R3 =broadcast on Radio 3



Anthony Bolton              Impromptu for harp R3

CD: My Beloved: Guild Records GMCD 7335 A Garland of Carols with Oxford Voices conducted by Mark Shepherd and Impromptu for harp (solo)


David Graham-Ellis        Solipsis R3


Michael Finnissy            Welsh Harp


Amir Sadeghi Konjani    Saakene ravaan

Saakene ravaan, filmed by BBC Persian Television at The British Museum


Amir Sadeghi Konjani    Myself and the resistance of wine

Myself and the resistance of wine, filmed by Amir Konjani at Ashley Wood Festival for the performing Arts


Alan Laing                         Sei Versi 


Paul Lewis                         Improvisations on ‘The Ash Grove’


Cyril Lloyd                         Gethsemane  R3


John Marson                     Fantasia  R3


Dominic Murcott:             Domestica for harpist, audio playback and film R4

Domestica, filmed by Magali Charrier at Sioned’s home


David Nevens                    Harping David R3


Paul Patterson                  Spiders R3 Spiders, filmed by WHC at the World Harp Congress in Vienna


Paul Patterson                   Spirals

CD: Harp Gallery SFZM0315 Royal Academy of Music Alumnae


Patrick Piggott                   Sonata for Harp R3


Andy Scott                         Jukebox

Jukebox, filmed by Alex Armstrong-Holding, recorded by Tim Redpath at Temple Studios, Surrey


David Snell                         Ballade


Julia Simpson                    The Frog Prince


Michael Stimpson           The Stars Have Withdrawn Their Shining


Michael Stimpson            Maisry and Salisbury Plain


Michael Stimpson             The Drowning of Capel Celyn

The Drowning of Capel Celyn, still photographs with poetry recitations; Sioned Williams reciting  ‘Tryweryn’ by Huw T. Edwards (Sioned’s grandfather) in Welsh, and Alexander Rider reciting a translation (by Eleri Huws) of the poem in English

Photography by Sioned Williams


Amir Tafreshipour         A Night in Shiraz


Hugh Webb                      Rogue Trader


Adrian Williams              Two pieces for harp R3



Bill Marx                           Duo for cello and harp



John Tavener                 To a child dancing in the wind for flute, viola and harp R3



Huw Spratling                  Four Tennyson Songs, Op.24


Anthony Purkiss              Aiolou R3


Michael Berkeley            Wessex Graves R3


Robin Holloway               The Noon’s Repose R3


Gareth Glyn                      Songs of the Marches R3


Michael Stimpson           Dylan

CD: Dylan: Stone Records  STONE 5060192780550       

Song-cycle with Roderick Williams, baritone, and The Drowning of Capel Celyn, harp solo

Dylan with baritone Roderick Williams; readings, song, and harp interludes, and The Drowning of Capel Celyn for harp (solo) with still photos

Photography by Sioned Williams




Anthony Bolton            A Garland of Carols, for boys’ choir and harp

CD: My Beloved:  Guild Records GMCD 7335 Anthony Bolton’s A Garland of Carols with Oxford Voices and Mark Shepherd and Impromptu for harp (solo)


Patrick Piggott             Samplers for soprano, high voices and harp R3


Alan Ridout                   Hymn to the Holy Spirit for mixed voices and harp R3


Adrian Williams           Merry Mirthday for high voices and harp R3­



Peter Aviss                     Concertino for harp and strings, with Oare String Orchestra, Kent


Graham Fitkin               No Doubt: Concerto for MIDI harp and strings, with BBC Symphony Orchestra R3

selections of rehearsal and concert, Fitkin speaking, with BBCSO


Susan Rothstein            Lament for harp and strings, with Trinity College of Music String Players


Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour   A Persian Reflection for harp, strings, celeste and single percussion player, with BBC Symphony Orchestra    R3


Amir Sadeghi Konjani       Concertino for Soveida (lever) Harp and Ensemble, with London Symphony Orchestra



BBC Symphony Orchestra

My final farewell

A momentous occasion, and it had to be Friday 13th! On this day, in 2018, I performed as Principal Harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the very last time. I had 28 years of the most brilliant, hectic, orchestral life; countless premieres, two commissioned concertos, trips around the globe, RAH Prom Seasons, television and radio, commercial recordings, and I worked with the most eminent conductors and composers in the world. Such a talented and versatile orchestra, it was a dream to work with these colleagues, and I had the best ‘harp team’ (Myself and Louise Martin my brilliant Co-Principal)!

Even in 2021, life still seems hectic, though very different, and the full story of my time with the orchestra will emerge ‘as and when’… (I am in the process of sorting out my recollections). It was a privilege to play in a final concert with the orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, the wonderful BBC Symphony Chorus, and a brilliant line-up of soloists; Soprano­ ­­ Emma Tring; Tenor Andrew Staples, and Baritone Roderick Williams, all superb, as ever. For the kindest words spoken, gifts humbly received, and much celebrating, I will always give grateful thanks for making my brilliant send-off an evening to remember.