The Shropshire Harpist - Harpist

This professional Shropshire harpist has a wealth of experience enriched by the diversity of her career. Her capacity for communication in her performances not only brings a charm and elegance to special occasions, but, as she is frequently told, also touches hearts.

She started playing the piano aged 4 and the harp aged 13 and following graduation from London College of Music where she specialised in performance, she undertook Postgraduate Music Therapy training followed by teacher training. As a HCPC Registered Music Therapist she heads Shrewsbury Music Therapy Unit which she set up in 1988, and is highly trained to use her music to reach children and adults with communication difficulties and associated emotional and behavioral problems. She also teaches piano and harp and for 10 years was on the board of examiners for London College of Music at University of West London, as well as coordinating the writing of their harp syllabus.

She also pursues a very busy performing schedule as a harpist and pianist. She has played piano concertos and given recitals around the UK including being selected to perform in the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank.

“Considerable expertise in interpretation” (Belfast Telegraph)

She has performed Handel’s Harp Concerto and Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and in July 2008 she was privileged to play her harp for her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra on her visit to Coalport China Museum. She also performs as a harpist with orchestras around the country including Russell Watson’s touring orchestra.

Weddings

She is very much in demand for weddings and special events and has an extensive repertoire from classical Rachmaninoff to popular Coldplay and can provide unobtrusive amplification but if you would like her to play outside, then there are specific provisions she needs to be met in order to protect her harp.

For the Drinks Reception or Wedding Breakfast, she generally presents an eclectic mix of styles as seems appropriate on the day, so that the music appeals to the varied tastes of the invited guests. She will take into account if you have a preferred style of music & you are welcome to specify up to five pieces of music from the following play list for particular inclusion during the Drinks Reception or Wedding Breakfast. 

Special Requests can be catered for, where preferably two months’ notice is given allowing for researching suitability for harp transcription. However, as pop song material can often only be acquired via the internet and often only via American websites, there will be a minimum charge of £5 per song to cover purchase costs & bank exchange charges. More than two special requests may incur additional costs for time spent sourcing & preparation time.

For Outdoor Weddings she will in most cases substitute her pedal harp with her lever harp (with amplification) which is styled like a pedal harp but is less susceptible to damage from climatic conditions. Please notify us at the point of booking of the intent to hold the wedding outside. 

 

 

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The Shropshire Harpist - Harpist Repertoire

This list is compiled to help you to make your choices for the key points in your Wedding Ceremony: the entrance of the bridal party, the signing of the register and the exit of the bridal party. 

Please notify us at the point of booking of the intent to hold the wedding outside. Pieces marked with an * can be played on both pedal and lever harps and therefore are suitable for outdoor weddings.

Pieces marked with an * can be played on both pedal and lever harps and therefore are suitable for outdoor weddings.

Celtic Selections, Scottish/Welsh/Irish/English Traditional

  • Lure of the Sea Maiden *
  • Lasses o’Lass Wald *
  • Air Eilean Mhara Nach Triogh *
  • An Gille Ban *
  • The Burning Piper *
  • Roslin Castle *
  • Geld Him/Wee Totum Fogg *
  • Mnathan a Ghlinne Seo *
  • Cro Chinn t-Saile *
  • Mo Nighean Chruinn Donn *
  • ‘Sa Choill ud Thall *
  • The Silver Moon My Mistress Is *
  • The Rowan Tree *
  • Morag Nighean Domhnuill Duinn *
  • Lady Charlotte Campbell/ Loch Earn *
  • Queen Mary’s Lament *
  • The Lea Rig *
  • Kinloch of Kinloch *
  • Temple House *
  • Archibald Mc Donald of Keppoch *
  • Huna Blentyn Lullaby – Welsh *
  • Minstrel’s Adieu to his Native Land arr. John Thomas *
  • Myfanwy – Welsh
  • David of the White Rock – Welsh
  • All through the night – Welsh
  • Calon Lan – Welsh
  • Eriskay Love Lilt – Scottish *
  • The Ash Grove – Welsh
  • Cadair Idris – Welsh
  • Amazing Grace
  • Skye Boat Song *
  • Greensleeves arr. Pool *
  • Kerry Dance arr. Grandjany
  • Londonderry Air arr. Grandjany *
  • Merch Megan *
  • Watching the Wheat arr. John Thomas
  • Walked through the Fair - Irish *

Classical

  • Air on a G String – Bach
  • Arabesque No 1 – Debussy *
  • Aria from Sonata for Flute – Vinci *
  • Barcarolle – Offenbach *
  • Canon in D – Pachebel *
  • Carnival of Venice – Benedict *
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy *
  • Duet from the Pearl Fishers - Bizet
  • Flower Duet – Delibes
  • Fur Elise – Beethoven *
  • Gymnopedies No1 – Satie *
  • Humoresque – Dvorak *
  • Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” – Mascagni *
  • La fille aux cheveux de lin – Debussy *
  • Le Onde – Einaudi
  • Liebestraum -Liszt
  • Love Unspoken – Lehar
  • Mazurka – Op.24 No 1 – Chopin
  • Meditation – Massenet *
  • Merry Widow Waltz – Lehar *
  • Moderato Cantabile from Fantaisie Impromptu Op.66 – Chopin *
  • Musetta’s Waltz – Puccini *
  • Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky
  • O My Beloved Father – Puccini *
  • Opera Themes – Puccini, Mozart, Verdi
  • Prelude – Ravel
  • Prelude in C – Bach *
  • Prelude Op.28 No. 7 – Chopin *
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninoff
  • Romance-Krumpholz *
  • Romance for guitar – anonymous*
  • Romances (5x) – Parish Alvars
  • Romance Sans Paroles No.3 Opus 17 – Faure
  • Rouet – Hasselmans
  • Sonatinas (3x)- Dussek (2x*)
  • Skaters Waltz *
  • Strauss Waltzs *
  • The Swan- Saint Saens
  • To a Wild Rose
  • Traumerei – Schumann*
  • Waltz of the Flowers and Cadenza – Tchaikovsky *

Pop/Light Jazz/Film music/Musicals

  • A dream is a wish your heart makes – Disney *
  • A Moment Like This (Kelly Clarkson)
  • All of Me – John Legend *
  • Angels *
  • At Last – Etta James
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri *
  • Autumn Leaves – Kosma
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale *
  • A Whole New World – Disney *
  • Be our guest – Disney *
  • Bella Notte – Disney *
  • Bewitched – Rogers *
  • Cavatina
  • Can’t help Lovin’ dat man – Kern
  • Can you feel the love tonight – Disney *
  • Chasing Cars-Snow Patrol *
  • Circle of Life – Disney *
  • Close to you – Carpenters *
  • Diamonds – Rihanna *
  • Did I make the most of loving you – John Lunn (Downton Abbey Theme)*
  • Endless Love –Richie *
  • First time ever I saw your face – Roberta Flack *
  • Fly me to the moon
  • Fireflies – Owl City *
  • Fields of Gold- Sting *
  • From this moment on – Shania Twain *
  • Frozen – Let it Go, Do you want to build a Snowman//Heimr Arnadalr *
  • Godfather Theme
  • Glory of Love from Karate Kid Part 2
  • Glasgow Love Theme – Love Actually
  • Have I told you lately – Van Morrison *
  • Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros *
  • How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding *
  • I’m yours – Jason Mraz *
  • I only have eyes for you – Simon & Garfunkle
  • I dreamed a dream – Les Miserables
  • I want to hold your hand – Beetles *
  • If it’s Magic – Stevie Wonder
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Kissing You – Romeo & Juliet *
  • Latin American Style items *
  • Lullaby of Birdland – Weiss & Shearing
  • Love Changes Everything – Aspects of Love
  • Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding *
  • Lothlorien – Enya *
  • Married Life from Disney-Pixar’s “Up” *
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars *
  • Memory – Cats – Lloyd Webber *
  • Misty
  • Moondance-Van Morrison *
  • Moon River
  • New Blues – Henson-Conant *
  • Once I had a secret love
  • Once upon a dream – Disney *
  • Part of your world – Disney *
  • Perfect Moment – Mc Cutcheon
  • Phantom of the Opera Selections *
  • Pure Imagination – from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  • Rule the World – Take That *
  • River flows in you – Yiruma (Bella’s Lullaby in Film “Twilight”) *
  • Satin Doll
  • She – Elvis Costello
  • Smoke gets in your eyes – Kern
  • Someday my Prince will come –Disney *
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow
  • Songbird- Christine Mc Vie *
  • Summertime/Embraceable you/Love walked in/Someone to watch over me * – Gershwin
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Take Five – Brubeck
  • Tale as old as time (Beauty & the Beast) *
  • That’s Amore – Dean Martin *
  • The Nightingale – Henson-Conant *
  • The Westminster Institute Rag – Gosselin *
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Gershwin
  • Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran *
  • Titanic Theme – Horner *
  • Tonight I Celebrate my Love *
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden *
  • Use Somebody *
  • We have all the time in the world – John Barry/James Bond Film
  • We’ve only just begun – Carpenters
  • What a Wonderful World
  • When I Fall in Love - Young
  • When you wish upon a star – Disney*
  • Where is Love – from “Oliver”
  • Wherever you are – Military Wives’ Choir *
  • Wind beneath my Wings *
  • Wonderful tonight-Clapton *
  • You’ll never walk alone from “Carousel” *
  • Your Song – Elton John

Bollywood

  • Na Tum Jano Na Hum
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha
  • Kuchh Na Kaho
  • Kaho
  • Naa…Pyaar Hai
  • Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main

Ceremonies

  • Air on a G String – Bach
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Autumn/Winter - Vivaldi
  • Ave Maria – Gounod (Church only)
  • Ave Maria – Schubert (Church only unless special permission given) *
  • Bridal March – Wagner *
  • Canon in D – Pachebel *
  • Chaconne – Jeremiah Clarke *
  • Finale from “Fireworks” – Handel *
  • Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring (Church only)
  • Ode to Joy – Beethoven *
  • Pavane – anon
  • Renaissance March
  • Sheep may safely graze (Church only)
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Malotte (Church only) *
  • Trumpet Tune “The Prince of Denmark’s March” – Clarke *
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Purcell/Clarke *
  • Water Music (Air/Hornpipe) Handel *
  • Wedding March- Mendelssohn *
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Stanley*
  • Prelude (Te Deum Laudamus)- Charpentier *

The Shropshire Harpist - Harpist Feedback

Can I just say thank you so much for the amazing job you did of the harp music for our wedding reception last week. It really was played so beautifully and elegant. It was also lovely that you played happy birthday for Jennifer. We had a wonderful day which was perfect. Everything about it exceeded our expectations.

Samantha Parry,

Your music was the perfect backdrop to the celebration and your skill breathtaking

Sarah Abercromby,

I just wanted to say Thank You once again for playing at our wedding- your music was beautiful and it really set the tone for the day. We've had so many comments from our guests about how lovely it was

Adam & Laura, Wilderhope Manor (June 2016)

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