The Regency Harp & Harp-Lute

researched by Sarah Deere-Jones LRAM LGSM - concerts performed by Sarah with Phil Williams

based in Southwest England, contact info (remove)

Concerts and lectures

using authentic instruments.

Including the re-discovery of the English Regency instruments, the Harp-Lute and Dital harp, not heard for nearly 200 years.

( Sound sample from 'Thy Trembling Strings' CD of harp and parlour guitar - Quadrille 'Le Petit Montignard' )

Sarah Deere-Jones, a graduate and prize winner from the Royal Academy of Music, having inherited a 19thc family manuscript and restoring a Regency Erat pedal harp, has re-created a programe of music from the Regency era. The harp was the most popular and admired instrument for privilaged ladies to play and musicianship was one of several skills needed to become an accomplished young lady worthy of finding a good husband.

Sarah has collected together a programe of haunting songs with harp-lute, dazzling vituoso pieces for harp, and duets for harp and harp-lute or guitar, and along with anecdotes about life in Regency England and readings from contemporary literature - has created a unique and atmospheric glimpse into Regency England.

Sarah has rediscovered the harp-lute, a charming little instrument invented in 1802 and which became very fashionable until around 1840, it developed from a guitar like instrument into something much more like a harp over its lifespan. It appears that it's inventor Mr Edward Light, always had harpists in mind when advertising it, describing it as having 'the sweetness of tone and general effect of the pedal harp, with the portability of the guitar' adding that they were 'admirably adapted for persons travelling abroad'. After years of research, Sarah acquired several of these beautiful and neglected instruments, and found tutor books, studies and repertoire specially written for them, bringing the instrument to modern audiences for the first time in 200 years.

Right, Kitty Stephens, Countess of Essex, by George Henry Harlow.

for more information on the Harp-Lute and Dital harp go to

( Sound sample from 'Thy Trembing Strings' CD Harp-Lute Scottish Reel )


Sarah performs in costume with her antique harp, harp-lute and voice, and is accompanied by Phil Williams on early 19thc guitar, some sweet and sentimental songs, along with more foot tapping dance tunes, as well as the flamboyant solo harp repertoire of the period. The music may include:-


Remember, Remember - the celebrated ballad sung to universal applause by Miss Love, of the Theatre Royal, Covant Garden - the music composed by Mr W. T. Parke.

Go Forget Me - A ballad, sung by Mr Parry, junr, with the music of Philip Mortimer Esq.

O Lovely is the Summer Moon - A song written by Mss Anna Maria Porter, the music by Henry R. Bishop.

The dream of Home- A ballad by Thomas Moore, Esq

The last Rose of Summer - a Song, by Thomas Moore Esq.

( Sound sample from CD below - Song 'Waly Waly' arranged for harp and harp-lute, from Jane Austen's own collection)

The Collection of Music books inherited by

Miss Deere-Jones from her Godmother, including

63 Quadrilles and many little known songs.

Dance tunes

A selection of Quadrilles, from the eight sets performed by Mr James Paine and his band at the Argyll Rooms at Almack's, and the Carlton House Fete, as arranged for pianoforte or Harp by F.J Klose, including those dedicated by him to the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.

Arranged especially as a musical medley for harp are-

La Flora, Le Cobourg, La Felesia and La Nouvelle Chasse.

La Daphne, La Penelope and Polish Waltz.

La Villageoise, La Matilda, the Manheim Waltz.

La veritable Chasse, La Nouvelle Ete, La Magdonal.

(Sound sample from CD below Quadrille 'Le Petit Montignard' )

Solo Harp Pieces

A selection of Harp Sonatinas by François-Joseph Naderman

A selection of Harp sonatas by J.L. Dussek

A Selection of pieces by the renowned harp composer Nicolas Boscha.

Some sentimental songs by Sophia Dussek

Sarah also performs some rarely heard 19th century harp pieces by harpists of the time such as, William Litton Viner,(prof of harp in Bath and organist) J.B.Chatterton,(Harpist to Queen Victoria and prof of Harp at the Royal Academy) Henry Horn,(Born in Germany but a popular harpist and composer of the time) Mary Anne Dibden,(popular performer and assistant prof of harp at the Academy) M.B. Challoner,(Prof of Harp at Kings Theatre) and T.P.Chipp,(prof of Harp at Covant Garden).

( Sound sample from CD below Harp Solo 'Boscha Rondo' )


2 x 40 minute halves, featuring haunting songs, lively instrumentals and solo harp pieces, for pedal harp, voice, harp-lute, and romantic 19thc guitar, and where appropriate the Northumbrian pipes.


Using the album of quadrilles published in 1810 by James Paine at the Argyll rooms at Almacks (a popular social club in Kings Street, St James, London from 1765-1871) and a selection of the old country dances from the time, Mr Williams is able to call the dances while Miss Deere-Jones can perform them upon the harp, enabling all present to take part with no previous experience necessary!

By special permission of the Duke of Northumberland, his personal piper - Mr William Green - has been persuaded to provide Mr Williams with a certain education and not a small amount of information on the skills and repertoire of the ancient art of the Northumbrian smallpipes, and therefore after a great amount of the most diligent practise on Mr William's behalf, it may be possible for him to provide such services at very special and grand civic or state occasions, for use d-uring public processions and receptions. Please enquire.


'Thy Trembling Strings'

New recording of Music and Songs from the Regency era, performed and arranged by Sarah Deere-Jones and Phil Williams. Featuring lively dance tunes from Paine of Almack's collection, haunting songs, harp solos and the rediscovered harp-lute, not heard since the 19th century!

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Most of the photographs on this website are by kind permission of Mount Edgcumbe House, Torpoint Cornwall,

and taken by Clive Symm photographer, Bude Cornwall.