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  • Cheshire Harpist | Highly Qualified North West based Harpist (performing at both Weddings and Corporate Events)
  • Our Cheshire Harpist can also perform on the beautiful Celtic Harp!
  • Our Cheshire Harpist has many years of live performing experience and has performed in a variety of situations including for Royalty, dignitaries, and a whole host of engagements inbetween. Make your enquiry today!

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Cheshire Harpist – About

Our Cheshire harpist is a professional with many years experience, available for Weddings and functions in Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales.

Having gained a Bachelor of Music degree from Edinburgh University in 1984, our Cheshire Harpist continued her studies on the harp with renowned harpists Eira-Lynn Jones and Elinor Bennett, to achieve a Performers’ Diploma (DipABRSM), followed by a Masters degree at the University of Wales in harp performance and the study of music of the Celtic countries.

She has established a busy and successful career as a freelance harpist, with such diverse engagements as a cocktail evening for the Duke of Westminster to a Valentines’ ‘Singles Evening’ for Safeway Supermarket, as well as numerous weddings and corporate events.

She offers a wide repertoire of music in different styles from classical, to Celtic, to modern, on both the large concert harp and smaller Celtic harp, tailored for the particular special occasion and helping to create the perfect ambience for your event.
Our Cheshire Harpist is available for many different types of special occasions such as a harpist wedding, Valentines’ Day, Mothers’ Day, Silver Weddings, Christenings, Funerals and Memorial Services. Whatever the occasion her musicianship and professionalism are always very well-received, as can be seen from the many reviews by delighted previous clients.

With an excellent repertoire this talented Cheshire Harpist will provide the perfect atmosphere at your Wedding or Function. Our Harpists become booked up quickly so please enquire today to avoid missing out!

A HARPIST WEDDING

Choosing the perfect music is a very important part of your wedding day. Of all the instruments, the harp really comes into its own in helping to achieve the right ambience, turning your special day into a graceful and emotional occasion that you and your guests will remember for ever. Having a harpist wedding ceremony is truly magic!

Creating a relaxed, calm atmosphere when played before and during the Ceremony, the harp will lend an air of simple elegance, enhancing those special moments with its rich, romantic sound and dramatic visual impact.

After the Ceremony, its beautiful tones will permeate unobtrusively while guests mingle and chat during the Champagne Reception and/or Wedding Breakfast.

The following packages are available:

  • Ceremony (approx. 25-60 mins)
  • Drinks Reception (1 hour)
  • Harpist Wedding Breakfast (2 hours)
  • Ceremony and Drinks Reception (approx. 2 hours from start of Ceremony)
  • Drinks Reception and Harpist Wedding Breakfast (3 hours)
  • Ceremony and Harpist Wedding Breakfast (approx. 4-5 hours from start of Ceremony, with break during Drinks Reception)
  • Ceremony, Drinks Reception and Harpist Wedding Breakfast (4-5 hours from start of Ceremony)

The Wedding Ceremony

For a church service, or a civil marriage/partnership, music can be provided at the following points: prior to the Ceremony for the arrival of guests (about 10-15 minutes), for the entrance of the bride, the signing of the register and the exit of the couple. The choice of music is a personal one, though there are some suggestions in the ‘Repertoire’ section (below).

The Drinks Reception

The harp can help provide a focal point and interest and a welcoming ambience during this rather busy point in the day’s proceedings, while guests are chatting and photographs are being taken. When the weather is warm it is possible to take the harp outside if that is where the guests are, provided there is a shady, warm and dry spot on a hard surface available, and that there is no threat of rain.

The Harpist Wedding Breakfast

Our Cheshire Harpist usually starts playing during the ‘receiving line’, as guests are being individually greeted by the bride and groom before entering the room. She then continues performance throughout the meal until coffee is served, taking one short break halfway.

Line-up & Performance Information | Cheshire Harpist
Line-up: Solo Harpist (Can perform on a Celtic Harp if required)
Performance Timings: Choose from the packages in the ‘About this Harpist’ section
Interval Music?: Not required.
Arrival/Setup: Allow 45 minutes for setup/soundcheck
PA/Lighting: Fully self contained. Amplification provided. Covers approx 200 guests.
Requirements: 3 x 5ft stage space / power supply / rider / parking / secure changing room
Sound Limiters? n/a
Additional Booking Options | Cheshire Harpist
Extra Set(s): The length of performance can be tailored to your requirements.
Earlier Arrival/Setup?: This is available, please ask for quote
Larger Band?: Yes, this harpist also performs in a Flute / Harp Duo.
300+ Guests?: Extra PA can be hired for large events.

Repertoire

NB. All the titles below can be played by our Cheshire Harpist on the large concert harp. The letter ‘C’ after a title denotes that it is suitable to be played on the smaller Celtic harp.

The Wedding Ceremony

Although the choice of music for the Wedding Ceremony is very much a matter of personal taste, certain pieces are often requested for the three key elements where music is required: the Processional (Entrance of the Bride), the Signing of the Register, and the Recessional (Exit of the couple and guests). As a guide, some suggestions for these are given below.

Processional (Entrance of the Bride / Couple):

  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Bridal March (Wagner)
  • Chaconne  (Clarke) C         
  • Flower Duet  (Delibes)
  • Give Me Your Hand  (Trad.) C
  • Llety’r Bugail (‘The Shepherd’s Abode’) (Trad.)

Signing of the Register:

  • Prelude in C  (J. S. Bach)
  • Canon in D   (Pachelbel)
  • Flower Duet  (Delibes)
  • Ricordo Ancor  (‘Pelagia’s Song’ from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’) (Warbeck) C   
  • Gymnopedie No. 1  (Satie)
  • Chaconne  (Clarke)  C       
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Allegro (Handel)
  • And I Love Her  (The Beatles) C   

Recessional (Exit of Couple and Guests):

  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Chaconne  (Clarke) C
  • Carolan’s Concerto  (O’Carolan) C
  • Prelude in C (J S Bach)

General Harpist Wedding Repertoire:

This section contains suggestions for pieces that can be played at any point by our Cheshire Harpist during the Ceremony, during the Drinks Reception and Harpist Wedding Breakfast, and also as background music for other functions. The titles are categorised according to musical style, and listed alphabetically.

Classical Songs:

  • Allegro (Handel) C
  • Au Bord du Ruisseau (Renie)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Balcony Scene  (from ‘Romeo and Juliet’)  (Craig Armstrong) C
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Cavatina (Myers)
  • Chaconne  (Clarke) C
  • Chanson dans la Nuit (Salzedo)
  • Flower Duet (Delibes)
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (from ‘The Mission’) (Morricone) C
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 (Satie)
  • Largo from ‘Winter’, from ‘The Four Seasons’ (Vivaldi)
  • ‘Morning’ from Peer Gynt (Grieg)
  • Nocturne (Glinka)
  • Passacaille (Handel)
  • Pavane (Fauré)
  • Pie Jesu  (Lloyd Webber) C
  • Prelude in C (J S Bach)
  • Prelude No. 3 (Tournier)
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 18th Variation (Rachmaninoff)
  • Ricordo Ancor  (‘Pelagia’s Song’ from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’) (Warbeck)
  • ‘The Godfather’ Love Theme (Nino Rota)
  • Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) (Sartori)
  • To a Wild Rose (MacDowell)

Popular / Easy Listening Songs:

  • A Whole New World (from Disney’s ‘Aladdin’) (Menken)
  • All I Ask of You (from ‘Phantom of the Opera’) (Lloyd Webber) C
  • All the Things You Are (Kern/Hammerstein)
  • Always (Jon Bon Jovi)
  • Amazed (Lonestar)
  • And I Love Her (The Beatles) C
  • Aniron (from ‘Lord of the Rings’) (Enya)
  • Annie’s Song (John Denver)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Menken)
  • Blue Moon (Rodgers/Hart)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
  • Cavatina (Myers)
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
  • Endless Love (Lionel Ritchie)
  • Evening Falls (Enya)
  • Fields of Gold (Sting)
  • Flightless Bird, American Mouth (from ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1’) (Samuel Beam)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? (Van Morrison) C
  • Hedwig’s Theme (from ‘Harry Potter’) (Williams)
  • Hey Jude (The Beatles)
  • I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • Into the West  (from ‘Lord of the Rings’) (Shore/Walsh) 
  • Kissing You (from ‘Romeo and Juliet’) (Des’ree)
  • Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)
  • May It Be (Enya)
  • Moon River (Mancini/Mercer)
  • My Heart Will Go On (from ‘Titanic’) (Horner) C
  • One Day Like This (Elbow)
  • Over the Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg)
  • Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
  • The Last Thing On My Mind (Tom Paxton)
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings (Henley/Silbar)
  • Think of Me (from ‘Phantom of the Opera’) (Lloyd Webber)
  • Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) (Sartori)
  • To Make You Feel My Love (Dylan/ Adele cover)
  • Unchained Melody (North/Zaret) C
  • Waterfall (Stone Roses)
  • Watermark (Enya)
  • Wherever You Are: The Military Wives’ Prayer (Mealor)
  • Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton) C
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
  • You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)
  • You’re Still the One (Shania Twain) C

Traditional Music of the British Isles:

  • Andowin at da Bow (Trad.) C
  • Ar Lan y Môr  (Trad.)
  • Berwyn (Delyth Evans) C
  • Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the Wheat) (Trad.)
  • Cariad Pur (True Love) (Delyth Evans) C
  • Carolan’s Concerto (O’Carolan) C
  • Carolan’s Welcome (O’Carolan) C
  • Cockles and Mussels (Trad.)
  • Cruit gun Cheis, Ceall gun Aba (A Harp without a Key) (Kennedy) C
  • Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock) (Trad.)
  • Danny Boy / The Derry Air (Trad.) C
  • Don Oiche Ud I mBheithil (The Night in Bethlehem) (Trad.) C
  • Down by the Salley Gardens (Trad.) C
  • Eleanor Plunkett (O’Carolan) C
  • Give Me Your Hand (Trad.) C
  • Greensleeves (Trad.) C
  • Lament for a Blind Harper (Stevenson) C
  • Last Rose of Summer (Trad.)
  • Llety’r Bugail (‘The Shepherd’s Abode’) (Trad.)
  • Llydaw (Brittany) (Trad.) C
  • Lord Galway’s Lamentation (O’Carolan) C
  • Merch Megan (Megan’s Daughter) (Trad.) C
  • My Lagan Love (Trad.)
  • My Love is like a Red, Red, Rose (Trad.) C
  • Och Nan Och, ‘smi fo leireadh (Trad.)
  • Scarborough Fair (Trad.) C
  • She Moved Through the Fair (Trad.)
  • Suo Gân (Trad.) C
  • The Ancient Sports of the Glen  (Trad.) C
  • The Bard of Armagh (Trad.) C
  • The Fields of Athenry C
  • The Galway Piper (Trad.)
  • The Lark in the Clear Air (Trad.)
  • The Last Rose of Summer C
  • The Leaving of Liverpool (Trad.)
  • The Mermaid’s Song (Trad.) C
  • The Swan (McKay) C
  • The Walls of Liscarroll (Trad.) C
  • Walsh’s Hornpipe (Trad.) C
  • Y Deryn Pur (The Gentle Bird) (Trad.)

Jewish Music:

  • Chorsha ha Eucaliptus (Trad.) C
  • Dodi Li (‘I Am My Beloved’s’) (Trad.)
  • Mi Yitnami Of (Trad.) C
  • Sunrise, Sunset  (from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’) (Bock/Harnick)

Reviews

“Thank you so much for playing the music at our wedding,  it was beautiful – just perfect. Lots of love and best wishes”

Amy & Paul Snape

“I just wanted to say a big thankyou for playing at our wedding. It sounded wonderful and really set the mood for us. We really enjoyed it and lots of people commented on it afterwards. Yours Sincerely”

Clare & Paul Miles

“Many thanks for providing the music for our daughter’s wedding last Saturday. My husband and I were delighted by your playing and by your choice of music during the ceremony and afterwards. Yours most Sincerely”

Susan Worrall

“Just a little note to say many thanks for choosing and playing such beautiful music at Laura & Simon’s wedding on Saturday. We all thought it was a perfect complement to the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, and the best man has decided that he wants to learn the harp! Many thanks”

The Call Family

“Just a little note to thank you for making Tracey and John’s wedding day on Saturday such a memorable occasion. The music you played was really beautiful and made a great atmosphere. My little grandson Ben was really intrigued by the music and the harp as well. Thanking you again”

Ann Williams

“I am writing to thank you for creating exactly the right atmosphere for our Gala Dinner. Lots of guests said they greatly appreciated your music and said it created a fantastic end to a wonderful evening. Guests thoroughly enjoyed being able to relax and enjoy your music. Thank you once again”

Kevin Wellman, IPHE Gala Dinner, Crowne Plaza, Chester

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