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Victoria Watts - Harpist
This Sussex wedding harpist started harp lessons at the age of fouteen with Susannah Shucksmith then continued her musical training under Sidonie Goossens OBE and finished her studies with Helen Arnold.
The harp she plays today is a magnificent instrument made for her by Pilgrim Harps in Surrey. She also has an antique gold harp made by Thomas Dodd in London around 1820. This beautifully carved and guilded harp is ideal for smaller venues.
She now works as a soloist and has given recitals at National Trust properties, has played at the City of London Guildhall, The Baltic Exchange, The Savoy and Hilton Langham Hotels and for many weddings, private and charity functions.
She plays at Penshurst Place in Kent wearing Period Costume and has appeared on Meridian Television in a documentary for The Pilgrim's Way.
She makes period costumes and wears them when she plays at historic venues. Some of these have been Carrisbrooke, Corfe, Bodium, Hever Castles and Battle Abbey.
More unusual venues include:
- The Insurance Institute London
- Southampton Airport
- The Foundling Hospital London
- VIP marquee at Wimbledon Tennis Championships
- London Zoo
- Fort Nelson
- The Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust in Arundel
- Gatwick Airport
- The Royal Courts of Justice
Harp music can also be very theraputic and she regularly entertains residents in nursing, residential and care homes.
She also gives informal talks and demonstrations to school children, Women's Institutes, Rotary, Lions, Probus and other groups.
She is currently Resident Harpist at two prestigious Hotels in Kent.
The Harp will will enhance any occasion, be it wedding, dinner, funeral, lecture/recital or charity event - it is the ideal relaxing background music.
"I try to play music to suit all tastes - from classical and traditional to old time favourites, songs from films and shows and more recent popular hits.."
The harp is a very versatile instrument and I am able to cover many musical styles. It is the ultimate romantic touch at a wedding and couples are delighted when I am able to play their 'special tune', as it gives an extra personal dimension to their wedding day.
Victoria Watts - Harpist Repertoire
- My Heart Will Go On
- Country Gardens
- Schubert Serenade
- Bach Prelude No:1 in C
- I Got Rhythm
- The Rose
- Marble Halls
- Jesu Joy Of Mans Desiring
- When I Fall In Love
- In The Mood
- La Source
- Amazing Grace
- Bridal March
- When You Say Nothing At All
- The Ashokan Farewell
- Cantique de Jean Racine
- Unchained Melody
- Watching The Wheat
- Some Enchanted Evening
- Here There And Everywhere
- Trumpet Voluntary
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