Rachael Bird - Celtic Harpist

The accomplished musician is a respected, professional harpist and has been performing professionally for many years. She studied with renowned classical harpist Mary Morley and her repertoire includes Irish, English and French music and features pieces by the most revered of Irish harpists: Turlough O'Carolan, whose music embodies the perfect marriage of classical and Celtic styles. She launched her album of Celtic harp music whilst performing for the Celtic Journey Dance Sensation at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury 2007.

Her harp is a beautiful Pilgrim Clarsach with a full, sweet tone. She is frequently requested to sing whilst accompanying herself on harp. She also occasionally performs with string quartets and guitarists.

Much in demand playing for weddings and events throughout the UK she travels extensively performing in many stunning venues including: Leeds Castle, Chewton Glen, Lympne Castle, Caverswall Castle, Whitstable Castle, Mount Ephraim, Fort Amherst, Salmestone Grange, St. Augustine’s, Carey’s Manor and Eastwell Manor to name but a few.

She has wide experience of playing for many occasions including: receptions, weddings, civil partnerships, handfastings, birthdays, anniversaries, garden parties, corporate events and funerals. She also performs for concerts, cultural events, storytelling workshops, residential homes and teaches privately.

The Celtic harp is easily portable and can be moved to various locations in accordance with the events of your day. It is suitable for either large or intimate gatherings and can be played outdoors, with the option of amplification when required.

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Rachael Bird - Celtic Harpist Repertoire

Harp & Vocals - Popular Songs

  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perry
  • All of Me - John Legend
  • How Long will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
  • You Got the Love - Florence and the Machine
  • Somewhere only we know - Keane/Lily Allen
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • Songbird - Hayley Westenra/Fleetwood Mac
  • Fields of Gold - Sting
  • And I Love Her - Beatles
  • Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • Everything I Do - Bryan Adams
  • The Power of Love - Celine Dion
  • The First Time Ever I Saw You're Face - Roberta Flack
  • I Can't help Failing In Love with You - Elvis
  • Little things Mean a Lot
  • Annie's Song - John Denver

Classical/Celtic

  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) – Wagner
  • La Sola Grazia – Renaissance Italian
  • Pastorale – Marcel Grandjany
  • Presto – Jean Chrétien Bach
  • Parthenia- Savourna Stevenson
  • Déirín Dé – Éamonn Ó Gallchobhair
  • Menuet – Johann Heinrich Buttstedt
  • O’ Carolan’s Concerto
  • Princess Royal (Miss Mac Dermot)
  • O’ Carolan’s Welcome
  • Planxty Johnston
  • O’ Carolan’s Air
  • O’ Carolan’s Farewell To Music
  • Brian Boru’s March
  • Greensleeves
  • She Moves Through The Fair
  • Scarborough Fair
  • The Foggy Dew
  • A Trip To Sligo
  • Harp Of Gold
  • Lavenders Blue
  • Danny Boy
  • The Dark Island
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Black is the Colour 

 

Rachael Bird - Celtic Harpist Feedback

This Act's Average Star Rating

Rachael didn’t disappoint. She arrived in good time, so was able to set up before the room filled up with guests. She was dressed appropriately for the occasion. I had plenty of positive feed back. It was definitely a first for most, so a bit of an education in the sound of the beautiful Harp....as my father was Irish I couldn’t have made a better choice of music.

Ann Platts,

Thank you so much for the beautiful music you played for us. We and our guests were swept into our reception. You effortlessly set the scene for a beautiful midsummer wedding. A truly enchanting start to an unforgettable evening.” Wedding Client“Thank you very much for playing the most beautiful music at our wedding. We had many compliments and everyone certainly enjoyed listening. As the bride, I missed out on the music you played prior to the ceremony, didn’t hear you as I walked down the aisle (too terrified) but heard on the way out...beautiful. Many thanks and I would highly recommend you. Kind regards” Wedding Client“Thank you so much for playing such wonderful music on our wedding day. So many of our guests enjoyed you, you started our day with such style and grace, lots of love” Wedding Client“Thank you so much for making our special day so elegant with your beautiful harp-playing, you really helped to create the magical atmosphere that our guests said our wedding had! Thank you very much for providing such a professional and enjoyable service, will recommend you highly. Very best wishes XXXXX”Wedding Client“.Just a message to say thanks for the copy of your Harp CD, it arrived ok. It is really brilliant… and made me go slightly goose-bumpy! Not the most articulate revue of a CD sorry. But it sounds great and I love your choice of tunes…Best wishes

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Rachael Bird - Celtic Harpist Set Up

This harpist can provide amplification if required.