Ruth Handle - Harpist

This wedding harpist is available for concerts, functions and weddings across Northern Ireland - originally from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, she is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She received a scholarship to study for her postgraduate diploma at Trinity College of Music, for which she received a distinction. She won second prize in the Junior World Harp Contest in 1994, the Nansi Richards Scholarship and runner-up in the Blue Ribbon Prize at the National Eisteddfod in 1998.

She is a beneficiary of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Clothworker's Foundation, the Grace Williams Memorial Trust and Craxton Musical Trust.and made her lunchtime recital debut in 1999 at St. David's Hall, Cardiff and later that year at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

She works as a freelance harpist and has been involved in a number of exciting projects, most notably she has played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and RTE Concert Orchestra, and was associate harpist to the West End musical My Fair Lady.

She has also given chamber music concerts at the Cheltenham International Festival, Brighton, Canterbury and Endellion Festivals.

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Ruth Handle - Harpist Repertoire

Songs from Musicals
  • Angel of Music
  • Think of Me
  • Music of the Night
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • All I Ask You (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Where is Love?
  • As Long as He Needs Me (Oliver!)
  • Memory (Cats)
  • Don't Cry for Me Argentina (Evita)
  • Pie Iesu Requiem (A. Lloyd Webber)
  • Starlight Express
  • I Don't Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Somewhere
  • One Hand One Heart (West Side Story)
  • Castle on a Cloud (Les Misérables)
  • If I Loved You
  • You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)
  • Getting to Know You
  • We Kiss in a Shadow (The King and I)
  • Oh What a Beautiful Mornin' (Oklahoma!)
  • Some Enchanted Evening
  • Dites-Moi
  • A Wonderful Guy (South Pacific)
  • Edelweiss ~ My Favourite Things
  • The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof)
Popular Songs
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings
  • The Rose
  • Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
  • The Way We Were
  • Evergreen
  • Fields of Gold
  • The First Time Ever I Saw your Face
  • Can't Help Falling in Love
  • Words
  • Up Where we Belong
  • Amazing Grace
  • The Look of Love
  • Sailing
  • Feelings
  • From This Moment On
  • Only Time
  • Because
  • Strangers in the Night
  • When I Fall in Love
  • Heart Shaped Box
Film Music
  • My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
  • Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  • Love Theme (Love Story)
  • When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
  • Love Theme (The Godfather)
  • Cavatina (The Deer Hunter)
  • Love Theme (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Lara's Theme (Doctor Zhivago)
  • May it Be
  • Aniron
  • Evenstar (Lord of the Rings)
  • Tara's Theme (Gone With the Wind)
  • Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
Cocktail Music
  • Misty
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Summer Time
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
  • Dream
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Rhythm of the Rain
  • 'S Wonderful
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Autumn Leaves
  • All the Things You Are
  • It's Been a Long, Long Time
  • I Want to be Happy
  • Time After Time
  • Moonglow
  • Chances Are
  • Tea For Two
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • What a Wonderful World
  • True Love
  • Try to Remember
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  • As Time Goes By
Popular Classics
  • Bridal March (Wagner)
  • Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Air on the G String
  • Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Prelude No. 1
  • Bist Du Bei Mir
  • Arioso (J.S. Bach)
  • Canon (Pachelbel)
  • Queen of Sheeba
  • Largo
  • Air
  • Andante
  • Violin Sonata 

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