Frances  comes by her musical talents, honestly.  Descended from John Roberts – the Royal Harper, she has a musical family. Mary Ann Wood, her great, great grandmother was a gifted singer and harpist. Winnie Wood, her great grandmother a soprano performed in North Wales to rave reviews. Hadyn Davies, her first cousin performed as an actor in London’s West End Theatres. While her great great uncles played the Welsh Triple Harp for Royalty when Queen Victoria visited Wales in 1889. Her father was a Welsh tenor who performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells and in lead roles in many of Verdi and Puccini operas with amateur operatic societies in the U.K. and U.S.

Frances began her musical training on the piano at the age of 7, on the flute at the age of 40, and the Celtic harp at age 52.

She studied classical harp with Julie Umbrico, daughter of eminent Judy Loman (Toronto Symphony); taken Celtic harp master classes with Sharlene Wallace, international Celtic harp recording artist; and Welsh harp with Robin Huw Bowen, recording artist and leading exponent of the Welsh Triple Harp and with Elinor Bennett the internationally recognized Welsh harpist. Currently she studying Welsh harp music with Harriet Earis who won awards for ‘Harper of All Britain’ in 2000 and 2002.

Please visit the John Robert Welsh Romany Harpist page on Face Book


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  1. Derek Brisland says:

    Hello Frances What a very impressive resume
    I have left a phone message but unfortuatly the note on my I phone with you E mail and Phone number got corrupted before I had you entered in my contacts.I wanted to let you know the Stories Aloud which is an open story telling sponsored by the Baden Story telling guild commences this Friday night at 8 pm at the Button factory 25 Regina St S and would like to see you there yhe Gild meet on the 4th Friday at &.30 pm same place.
    my phone is 519 577 9128 e mail is foxtales@rogers.com
    Derek Brisland

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