BBC Symphony Orchestra premiere for harp with samples

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Harpist Sioned Williams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are giving a world premiere of a specially-commissioned concerto for a revolutionary new instrument.

The MIDI-harp allows the musician to play natural sounds of the instrument which can simultaneously activate other recorded sounds and even dialogue.

The concerto has been written for the harpist, from Flintshire, who has been principal harpist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. It includes dialogue from former US president George Bush.

No Doubt has been written by composer Graham Fitkin, who says the ability of the instrument to play recorded samples or trigger MIDI effects means the "archetypal Western perspective of the harp and its associated heavenly docility can be turned on its head".

The premiere is being held on 26 January at BBC Maida Vale Studio 1 and is due for broadcast on Radio 3 in Afternoon On 3 on 1 February.

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