Emma Ripon - Harpist

A sensitive and versatile musician, this harpist’s music can be relaxing or vibrant as the occasion demands. She has a busy playing schedule - from weddings, civil partnerships, drinks receptions, dinners and corporate events, to providing calm music at funerals and memorial services.  

Her beautiful playing creates atmosphere, at venues from stately homes and country house hotels to hotels and smaller places – even on a Thames barge!

This harpist can play her beautiful antique pedal harp or her smaller clear-toned celtic harp for your event.  She has a very extensive repertoire, from light classical to atmospheric Celtic, and from popular to jazz, folk  and early music, and is equally happy playing from music or by ear, improvising when appropriate, fitting the music to the timing and mood of the occasion.  

She also played for many years as half of a celtic harp duo, and has a wide repertoire of imaginative solo arrangements of traditional music from the British Isles and beyond, including Irish, Scots, Welsh and English tunes.

She is happy to help you choose repertoire to make your event personal, often learning a new piece of two for an occasion by request.

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Emma Ripon - Harpist Repertoire

Some Top wedding favourites

  • Canon in D (short version) - Pachelbel           
  • Bridal Chorus (Here comes the Bride) - Wagner       
  • Trumpet Voluntary Prince of Denmark’s March) - Jeremiah Clarke   
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel                      
  • Wedding March (The traditional recessional) - Mendelssohn                
  • Carolan’s Concerto - O’Carolan                    
  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perry
  • All You Need is Love - Beatles
  • Amazing & Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
  • Fireflies - Owl City

Classical

  • Air on a G String - J.S.Bach
  • Arioso - J.S.Bach
  • Chorale from Wachet Auf (Sleepers Wake) - J S Bach
  • Gavotte from French Suite No. 5 - J.S.Bach
  • Prelude in C - J.S.Bach 
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
  • Sheep May Safely Graze - J.S. Bach 
  • Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber
  • Fur Elise - Beethoven
  • Chaconne - Jeremiah Clarke
  • Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune - Jeremiah Clarke
  • Adagio from Concerto Grosso Op. 6,No 8 - Corelli 
  • Adagio from Sonata Op 5, No 10 - Corelli
  • Giga - Corelli
  • Claire de Lune - Debussy
  • La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin - Debussy
  • Flower Duet (from Lachme) - Delibes
  • Sonatina - Dussek 
  • I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
  • Primavera - Einaudi
  • Nuvole Binanche - Einaudi
  • Morning from Peer Gynt Suite - Grieg
  • Air from the Water Music - Handel
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Finale from Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel
  • Harp Concerto - Handel
  • Hornpipe from the Water Music - Handel
  • Larghetto - Handel
  • Largo - Handel
  • March from Occasional Oratorio - Handel
  • St Anthony Chorale - Haydn                                     
  • Theme from Jupiter - Holst (I Vow to Thee My Country)
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission) - Ennio Morricone
  • Variations on a Theme by Mozart - (Arr. Le Dentu)
  • Aria (Ridente la Calma) - Mozart
  • Adagio from Clarinet Concerto in D - Mozart
  • Cavatina (from the Deerhunter) - Stanley Myers  
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel’s Canon) - Pachelbel
  • The Little Fountain - Pratt
  • O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
  • Hornpipe (The Hole in the Wall) - Purcell
  • Trumpet Tune - Purcell
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 - Eric Satie
  • Ave Maria - Schubert
  • Choral - Schumann
  • Traumerei - Schumann
  • Finlandia - Sibelius
  • Andante from Concerto for 2 Mandolins - Vivaldi
  • Music from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  • River Flows in You - Yiruma

plus other beautiful music for by Arne, Bochsa, Nadermann, Scarlatti, Dussek and other composers

 

Popular, Jazz standards, and music from film and stage

  • A Thousand Years  Christina Perry
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
  • Amazing (Just the Way You Are) Bruno Mars
  • Ain’t no Sunshine                                                                                                                         
  • Music from Amelie
  • Angels
  • Annie’s Song
  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blue Moon
  • Braveheart - A Gift Of A Thistle 
  • Braveheart - For the Love of a Princess
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  • Can’t help falling in love with you (Elvis Presley)
  • Castle on a Cloud  from Les Miserables
  • Cavatina (from The Deer Hunter)
  • The Cave – Mumford & Sons
  • Chasing cars – Snow Patrol
  • The Chain (Formula One Theme) – brief extract
  • Cinema Paradiso – Love Theme
  • Clocks - Coldplay
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Don’t Cry for me Argentina
  • Edelweiss (The Sound of Music), R. Rodgers
  • Endless Love
  • Enya songs eg Orinoco Flow, Lothlorien
  • Everlong - Foo Fighters
  • Everything I Do, I Do it for You
  • Fields of Gold
  • The First Time Ever I saw your Face 
  • Fireflies - Owl City
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • For the Love of a Princess
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • From This Moment - Shania Twain
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission)
  • Gift of a Thistle
  • Greensleeves
  • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley)
  • Halo - Beyonce
  • Have I Told You Lately 
  • How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • It had to be you
  • It’s a Wonderful World
  • Last of the Mohicans – main theme
  • Last of the Summer Wine theme tune
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
  • Les Miserables – Castle on a Cloud
  • Let It Go - (Frozen)
  • Love me Tender
  • Love Story
  • Loving You - Minnie Ripperton
  • Lloyd Webber – including:- 
  • Aspects of Love - Love Changes Everything
  • Cats - Memory
  • Evita - Don’t cry for me Argentina
  • Jesus Christ Superstar  -  I Don’t know How to Love Him
  • PieJesu
  • All I Ask of You - Phantom of the Opera
  • Angel of music - Phantom of the Opera
  • Think of Me - Phantom of the Opera
  • Music of the Night - Phantom of the Opera
  • Phantom of the Opera - Phantom of the Opera                                       
  • Main Theme 
  • May It Be - Lord of the Rings
  • Lothlorien - Lord of the Rings
  • Concerning Hobbits - Lord of the Rings
  • Love Story (Taylor Swift)
  • Make Me Feel Your Love (Adele)
  • Marble Halls (Enya)
  • Maria (West Side Story)
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • Misty
  • Moon River
  • Morrowind – Main Theme (Call of Magic)
  • My Favourite Things
  • My Heart will Go On (Titanic)
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  • Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
  • O Sole Mio
  • One Day Like This - Elbow
  • Orinoco Flow
  • Paradise - Coldplay
  • Real Love - Tom O'Dell
  • The Rose - Bette Midler
  • Runaway – The Corrs
  • Smoke gets in Your Eyes
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • Songbird (Eva Cassidy)
  • The Sound of Music, R. Rodgers
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Summertime
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
  • Take 5 (Dave Brubeck)
  • Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
  • Thinking out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  • True Colours
  • A Time for Us
  • Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
  • Unchained Melody
  • We Go Together 
  • We’ve only just begun (Carpenters)
  • When I fall in love
  • Winter Winds  (Mumford & Sons)
  • Wonderful tonight (Eric Clapton)
  • Wonderwall (Oasis)
  • Wooden Heart
  • Yesterday
  • You Do Something to Me 
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone
  • You’re Beautiful
  • Your Song (Elton John)
  • You're Still the One - Shania Twain
  • You've Got the Love (Florence & the Machine)

And more - ask if your favourite is not here.  If there is a song you would particularly like included, it may be possible for me to make an arrangement.

Beatles Songs:

  • All my Loving
  • All You Need is Love
  • And I Love her
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Forever Autumn
  • Here There and Everywhere
  • Hey Jude
  • In My Life
  • Let it Be
  • Norwegian Wood
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • We can Work it Out
  • With a Little Help from my Friends
  • Yesterday

  ...and more

Disney tunes - including

  • A Whole New World 
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Everybody wants to be a Cat
  • Love  (Robin Hood)
  • The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book),
  • Let It Go (Frozen)

Songs if requested, during the signing of the register    

  • A few I have sung:-
  • Annie's Song
  • Fields of Gold
  • My Love is like a Red, Red Rose                        
  • My Lagan Love (an Irish love song)
  • She moved through the fair (Our wedding day)    
  • Song Bird (Eva Cassidy/ All Angels)
  • The First Time Ever I saw your face
  • The Wind Beneath my Wings 
  • You Raise Me Up
  • And for church weddings, many hymns and songs including
  • Amazing Grace              
  • Lord of All Hopefulness     
  • Lord of the dance                

Please ask about other songs you might wish to have.

Bollywood

  • Chaiyya Chaiyya
  • Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai - Pardes
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha – 1942 A Love Story
  • Humko Humise Chura Lo – Mohabbatein
  • Ishq Bina - Taal 
  • Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye - Jerm
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho - Kal Ho Naa Ho 
  • Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • Main Agar Kahoon – Om Shanti 
  • Mauja Hi Mauja - Jab We Met
  • Mere Haath Mein – Fanaa
  • Meri Mehbooba – Pardes 
  • Pehli Nazar Mein - Race
  • Pehla Nasha
  • Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai - Hum Aapke Hain Koun
  • Suraj Hua Maddham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum
  • Tere Liye - Veer Zaara
  • Teri Meri - Bodyguard
  • Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai 
  • Tum Hi Ho - Aashiqui 2
  • Tum Se Hi - Jab We Met
  • Yeh Dosti
  • and more 
  • Traditional and Celtic Music

1. Irish - Well known tunes and songs e.g.

  • Brian Boru’s March                        
  • Carrickfergus   
  • Cockles and Mussels
  • The Coolin
  • Danny Boy (Air from Derry)                    
  • Endearing Young Charms
  • Fields of Athenry                            
  • The Foggy Dew                              
  • Give me your Hand
  • Lark in the Clear Air
  • Last Rose of Summer            
  • Minstrel Boy
  • Mountains of Mourne
  • My Lagan Love                              
  • Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
  • The Parting Glass
  • The Quiet land of Erin
  • Red is the Rose
  • Sally Gardens
  • She moved through the Fair (Our Wedding Day)
  • Spancil Hill
  • Spinning Wheel                      
  • Star of the County Down
  • Rose of Tralee
  • When Irish Eyes are Smiling                                        
  • Whiskey in the Jar
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Women of Ireland 

O’Carolan tunes - Tunes by Ireland’s most famous harper:

  • Captain Sudley
  • Carolan’s Welcome                                                
  • Carolan’s Draught
  • Carolan’s Farewell to Music
  • Carolan’s Receipt 
  • Carolan’s Welcome
  • The Clergy’s Lamentation 
  • Eleanor Plunkett                                                     
  • Fanny Power 
  • Hewlett 
  • Lady Gethin
  • Lord Galway’s Lamentation
  • Madam Cole                                     
  • Madam Maxwell
  • Mr O’Connor 
  • Planxty Burke
  • Planxty Irwin   
  • Princess Royal
  • Si Beag Si Mor         
  • Sir Arthur Shaen        

Many other Airs including:

  • Chanter’s Tune
  • Halting March
  • Inis Oirr   
  • Miss Hamilton
  • Sean O’Dwyer   
  • Sgt Early’s Dream (slow reel)
  • Soft Mild Morning
  • The Cuillin                                     
  • Twisting of the Rope

Many dance tunes including:

  • The Butterfly 
  • Gander in the Pratie Hole                
  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • Monaghan’s Jig
  • Morrison’s Jig
  • Won’t you Come with Me 

2. Scottish

  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • Atholl Highlanders
  • Auld lang Syne                              
  • Banks and Braes                     
  • Ca’ the Yowes                               
  • Caledonia
  • Calliope House                              
  • Cockle Gatherers
  • Cock of the North                            
  • Eriskay love Lilt                             
  • Mairi’s Wedding                             
  • Dark Island                                    
  • Da Day Dawn                                
  • Drunken Piper     
  • Flower of Scotland                                                                                     
  • Gloomy Winter’s noo Awa’ 
  • Highland Cathedral 
  • Isle of Aigas                                   
  • Lament for a Blind Harper
  • Loch Lomond
  • Mairi’s Wedding
  • Morning Has Broken
  • My Love is like a Red, Red Rose
  • Niel Gow’s Farewell to Whisky
  • Nuptial Knot
  • Morning has Broken  
  • Petronella   
  • Roslin Castle
  • Scotland the Brave                        
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Stuarts Rant
  • Will Ye Go Lassie Go                     
  • Also other songs by Robert Burns   
  • and many other dance tunes, slow airs and songs

3. Welsh Tunes

  • Ar Hyd y Nos  (All through the Night)                  
  • Ambell I gan
  • The Ash Grove                        
  • Bells of Aberdovey
  • Breuddwyd Frenhines (The Queen’s Dream)
  • Cader Idris   (Sweet Jenny Jones)  
  • Caniad Clych ym Morgannwg (Ding Dong Bell)
  • Captain Morgan’s March
  • Chant of the Bards
  • Cysga Di Fy Mhlentyn Tlwas (Sleep My Pretty baby)
  • Dafydd y Gareg Wen (David of the White Rock)
  • Helar Scyfarnog (Hunting the Hare)
  • Hen Ferch Etan
  • Hunting the Hare
  • In the Vale of Llangollen
  • The Inspired Bard
  • Lady Owen’s Delight
  • Land of my Fathers                        
  • Lledrod
  • Maid of Penderyn (Rwy'n Caru'r Ferch o Blwyf Penderyn)
  • Meillionen o Feirionnydd (The Clover of Merionnydd)
  • Men of Harlech
  • Merch Megan                                 
  • Morfa Rhuddlan
  • Myfanwy
  • Pant Corlan yr Wyn (The Lamb’s Fold)
  • Pibdaun’s Eldva
  • The Rising of the Lark
  • The song of Howell
  • Sosban Fach
  • Strike, Strike the Harp
  • Suo Gan
  • Sweet Jenny Jones
  • The Rising of the Lark
  • Ton Garol
  • Wyres Megan
  • Y Bardd yn ei Awen (The Inspired Bard)
  • Y Crwtyn Llwd
  • Y Dydd (The Day)
  • Y Tant (The String)
  • A number of Welsh hymn tunes

4. Traditional English Tunes

  • including 
  • Greensleeves  
  • Scarborough Fair                            
  • The Water is Wide
  • and other less well known but equally beautiful songs and tunes including
  • All Things are quite Silent                  
  • The Banks of the Dee                        
  • A Blacksmith Courted Me
  • Bonny at Morn
  • Brigg Fair
  • Bushes and Briars 
  • Early One Morning
  • Enrico
  • Lovely Joan                                        
  • Newcastle
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Searching for Lambs                         
  • Sir Sydney Smith’s March
  • The Waterloo Dance                          
  • The Waters of Tyne
  • When I was in my Prime
  • And many others                    
  • Plus modern composed folk songs eg by Kate Rusby

Period music including:

  • Medieval tunes and songs including
  • Angelus ad Virginem
  • Edi Beo Thu
  • Brid on a Briar
  • Cantigas
  • Summer is icumen in

...and many more

Tudor - music from the time of Henry Vlll to Elizabeth l including:

  • Pastyme with Good Company (and other songs from the time of Henry VIII)
  • Horses Branle
  • La Morisque
  • Music by Dowland

...and more

17th Century tunes Including:

 

  • All in a garden Green
  • The Broom of the Cowden Knowes
  • Cuckolds all in a Row
  • Daphne
  • Gathering Peascods
  • Goddesses
  • Grimstock
  • Half Hannikin
  • Jenny Pluck Pears
  • Kettledrum
  • Maiden Lane
  • The Oak and the Ash
    ...and many more

 

Jewish Wedding Music

 

  • Hana’ava Babanot
  • Dodi Li
  • Hodaya
  • Al Kol Eleh
  • L’kha Dodi
  • Artza Alinu
  • Bashana Haba’ah
  • Hevenu Shalom Alekhem
  • Mitzva G’dola
  • Od Yishoma

 

...and more

Christmas Music

  • Carols Including
  • All Hail to the Days
  • The Angel Gabriel
  • Away in a Manger
  • Angels from the realms of Glory
  • Boars Head Carol
  • Coventry Carol
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
  • Down in Yon Forest (Corpus Christi Carol)
  • First Nowell
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Green Growth the Holly
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Here We Come a Wassailing
  • Holly and the Ivy
  • In Dulci Jubilo
  • Interlude from Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • I Wonder as I Wander
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
  • Nos Galan (Deck the Halls)
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Silent Night
  • Sussex Carol
  • This is the Truth Sent from above
  • Tomorrow Shall Be my Dancing Day
  • Unto Us a Boy is Born
  • Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town
  • We Three Kings
  • Wexford Carol
  • While Shepherds Watched
  • Also other popular Christmas music 
  • Including
  • Christmas is Coming
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Jingle bells
  • Let it Snow
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Pastorale from “Christmas Oratorio” by Corelli
  • Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • We’re Walking in the Air (The Snowman)
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Auld Lang Syne

Emma Ripon - Harpist Feedback

This Act's Average Star Rating

You were awesome! Much happy positive feedback about you and your playing. Many many thanks again and hope you'll come and play again.

David, Rushden

We wanted to drop you a note to say a huge thank you for your wonderful playing during our ceremony! You were absolutely amazing ? you played our chosen songs beautifully & the music suited the venue and occasion perfectly. You really helped to make our day perfect.

Sophie & Felix, Rushton Hall

We had lots of very favourable comments about your playing so you may get some extra business. We certainly enjoyed it and hope to see you again.

Kate, Stony Stratford

We had a wonderful weekend to celebrate our Golden Wedding. Thank you so much for playing the harp for us. It really made our day special.

Joy & John, Horwood House

We had a very enjoyable evening and your music made the night even more special. Thank you so much for your excellent playing.

Jonathan, Leicester

We cannot thank you enough for playing at our big day. You really helped to create such a beautiful calm atmosphere.

Laura and Matthew, Oundle

Thank you very much for your wonderful music you provided for our wedding. We could not have wished for more. Everybody has commented how amazing you were.

Brendan & Stephanie, Barnsdale Hall

Thank you so much for the beautiful music for our wedding ceremony and drinks reception! It sounded absolutely perfect, and many of our guests commented on how lovely it was, and how much they enjoyed identifying the rock music!

Karen & Tom, Dodford

Thank you so much for playing at the Hospice Summer Ball ? we thoroughly enjoyed listening to you.

Shelley, Wellingborough

Just to thank you so very much for your beautiful playing on Saturday. ?Everyone commented on how beautiful it was to have the music in the background, and what a lovely sound the Harp was.

Ros and Dave, Olney

I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU for being part of my daughters wedding. The music you played was beautiful and the day just went perfectly.

Michele, Weedon

I wanted to thank you for your beautiful playing at my daughter's wedding on Saturday. I was approached by so many people, from bridesmaids to grandparents, who thought the music so atmospheric and appropriate to the venue thought the music so atmospheric and appropriate to the venue and event. The brides father said he woke up this morning hearing the canon running through his head again. thank you so much for your help in making the day so very special and memorable.

Pippa, Rushton Hall

All the guests enjoyed listening to the harp and we are glad to have chosen you for our wedding. We were very happy with the music and it helped make the setting.

Ben and Becky, Cambridge

A quick note to thank you for your music. I had lots of lovely comments from my guests and it made a great background to what was a very special day.

Barbara, Rugby

Emma Ripon - Harpist Set Up

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