If HRH the Prince of Wales has an official Harpist should Obama have an official oboist?

Just sayin’.

James Turnbull, oboe and Claire Jones, harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales (2007-2011) will be performing in the Town Hall in Chipping Sodbury on Tuesday 9 October 2012 at 7.30 pm. Tickets will be available on the door; adults £12 and school-age children FREE.



  1. I didn’t know about this, but actually it shouldn’t surprise me. The harp is an instrument strongly associated with Wales and it would be almost unpatriotic for Charles, as Prince of Wales, not to have an official harpist.

    I was a student in North Wales and I remember being pleasantly startled when I reailised how common it was to walk past someone’s house and see a harp in the front room—in much the same way that in England everyone once had a piano in the house. I liked that: the connection wasn’t just a theoretical one but a live tradition.

    Another thing that’s noticeable is how often you look at the name of the players in a British orchestra and see that the harpist has a Welsh name.

    So, what’s the American national instrument? That’s the one Obama should have if he wants to emulate the Prince of Wales.

    And if there isn’t one, maybe it should be the oboe.

  2. Hmm. An American national instrument? Maybe banjo? Harmonica? Dunno ….