CHARMS OF CHRISTMAS
arr. Sian Morgan Thomas
A medley of three carols arranged for harp with violin or flute.
It came upon the midnight clear (Richard S. Willis) is followed
by Coventry Carol and The Rocking Lullaby.
The harp part may be played on
concert or celtic harp. Intermediate Level.
Sian Morgan Thomas was born in Cardiff, Wales, and is one of three
harpist sisters. In their home, a beautiful Erard 'Gothic' harp
stood next to the piano, so harp lessons began when she was nine
years old, and very soon she was playing in concerts and eisteddfodau.
Whilst training to be a teacher, Sian attended the summer harp
courses organised by Ann Griffiths for Ysgol y Delyn, where she
was taught by the famous French teacher, Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche,
who encouraged her to pursue her harp studies to a professional
standard, and the following two years were spent in the harp class
of the Paris Conservatoire.
Returning to Wales, tuition continued with the renowned Russian
harpist, Maria Korchinska, whose guidance resulted in an invitation
to the Netherlands to take part in a specially-commissioned work
for 28 harps by Robert Heppener, composed to celebrate the tenth
anniversary of the establishment of the International Harpweek
at Queekhoven in 1969.
Thus her interest in harp ensemble playing took off and in 1981
Sian headed a group of 20 harpists who performed at the Military
Tattoo in Berlin for two weeks, often with two performances a day,
along with a male voice choir and massed brass bands on horseback!
As a peripatetic harp teacher in Cardiff, she formed groups of
pupils who performed for many years to much acclaim at various
functions, receptions and music festivals. The pinnacle of 1998
was during the European Summit held in Cardiff, when 24 young harpists
under Sian's direction entertained hundreds of foreign delegates.
Her enchanting arrangement of three carols entitled 'Charms of
Christmas' is of intermediate level and will delight less experienced
players searching for music to play together. It can be played
on either flute or violin with harp accompaniment. The harp part
is arranged so that it can be played on either concert harp or