Jessica Portman - Harpist

Her performances include playing at the weddings of Madonna & Guy Ritchie, and Travis guitarist Andy Dunlop to Jo Monaghan. She also regularly plays for leading Parliamentary figures and has played for the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and Prince Edward on separate occasions. Other celebrities include: Donald Trump, Gywneth Paltrow, Sting, Donatella Versace, Stella McCartney, Trudie Styler, Dame Maggie Smith, Rupert Everett and Fran Healy. She was also an ambassador for VisitScotland promoting their 'Romantic Scotland' campaign.

She have several years experience playing for weddings. The Clarsach is portable and not too large so is ideal for any wedding venue.

She can play at the ceremony during the guests' arrival, the Bride's entrance, the signing of the register, the Bride and Groom's exit and your guests' departure

She can also accompany the singing of Hymns.

As an alternative, she can play at the reception venue, during drinks or dinner.

"The magnificent, soaring backdrop of Glasgow Cathedral was the perfect setting. The evening had begun with a thoroughly captivating performance from clarsach player. Undaunted by the surroundings, she combined an engaging onstage manner with playing of pristine poise, mouthwatering sweetness and sparkling vitality."
Sue Wilson, The Scotsman, Feb 2003

"She is an incredible musician and one of the most talented and brightest students the RSAMD has produced. She has an excellent future ahead of her as a freelance musician and she is the perfect ambassador for the clarsach." Brian McNeill, Head of Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama

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Here are some common music choices for walking down the aisle:

  • Highland Cathedral
  • My Love is like a Red Red Rose
  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • Pachelbel's Canon
  • Moon River
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Glasgow Love Theme (from Love actually)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • Wonderful Tonight

Suggestions for the signing of the register (or choose your favourite song)

  • Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  • Fields of Gold or Songbird by Eva Cassidy


  • Morning Has Broken
  • Lord Of The Dance
  • Colours Of Day
  • All Things Bright And Beautiful
  • Amazing Grace
  • Let There Be Love
  • Praise My Soul
  • Bind Us Together
  • The Love I Have For You
  • I Watch The Sunrise
  • Oh Lord My God (How Great Thou Art)
  • Give Me Joy In My Heart
  • In Christ Alone


If your hymn of choice is not listed, please just ask and she will learn it. 

General Repertoire

  • Gabriel's Oboe
  • Handels Water Music - Hornpipe 
  • One Day Like This (Elbow)
  • Thousand Years
  • Flightless Bird
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Dark Island
  • Swan Lake Theme
  • Right Here Waiting For You
  • Pachelbels Canon
  • It Must Be Love (Madness)
  • When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Fields Of Gold
  • Hallelujah 
  • Edelweiss
  • Calon Lan
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Moon River
  • Trumpet Voluntary
  • Songbird 
  • Braveheart (For The Love Of A Princess)
  • Everything I Do I Do It For You 
  • Love Changes Everything
  • Killing Me Softly
  • Dancing In The Moonlight
  • Groovy Kind Of Love
  • Caledonia
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
  • Make You Feel My Love
  • Chasing Cars
  • Time Of Your Life
  • Greensleeves 
  • Ave Maria (Schubert Or Gounod)
  • Air On A G String
  • Here There And Everywhere 
  • Blowers Daughter 
  • Bridal March
  • Wedding March
  • Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring 
  • Spring (4 Seasons)
  • Clair De Lune
  • Lovers Concerto 
  • Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba 
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight 
  • Theme From Forrest Gump
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • All You Need Is Love 
  • I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
  • From This Moment (Shania Twain)
  • The Rose (Bette Midler)
  • Highland Cathedral
  • I'm Kissing You (Des'ree)
  • Danny Boy
  • My Father's Favourite 
  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • Portuguese Love Theme, Glasgow Love Theme And Pm's Theme (All 3 Are From Love Actually)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • You Look Wonderful Tonight

If you have any other specific music choices, she is happy to learn them. 

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