This harpist began
her studies over many years with Dorothy Gilbertson in Harrogate, gaining Grade
8 ABRSM in 1996. She went on to play with many youth orchestras, including the
Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and The University of York Symphony
Graduating with a BA
(hons) from the University of York, she continued her studies with the harp in
the field of Harp Therapy, training with Christina Tourin
in San Diego.
She was featured
performing on BBC Radio York in 2004 and in 2009 she was on BBC Look North
providing therapeutic music for pregnant women.
performer, she is a Wedding specialist alongside her thriving home teaching
studio and therapeutic music practice. Having a sensitive outlook this harpist
is a particularly ideal choice for a Funeral.
A Wedding Harpist
with over 15 years’ experience, she provides music during the service/ceremony,
including the couple's choice for the Entrance of the Bride, the signing of the
Register and the Exit of the Bride and Groom. After the Wedding her focus shifts
to entertaining the guests, providing background music for the drinks reception
(often outside) while the happy couple are having their photographs taken. It is
particularly recommended to choose your favourite pieces again, for her to play
if you are having a line up before the Wedding Breakfast. You might find that
once you have had the time to sit down and eat you are able to relax and really
appreciate the entertainment on offer for yourselves at this point in the day.
can choose to book her for:
The Ceremony or
Service, which includes a 20 minute prelude as the guests are arriving (allow 1
The Drinks Reception
(usually around one to one and a half hours of playing including a short break)
The Wedding Breakfast
(about 2 hours playing time including a short break, she will take you to the
start of the speeches).
of the above are recommended.
Corporate Events & Private Parties
Up to around 3 requests can be
taken in advance for Corporate clients and private parties, but she is
accustomed to choosing and delivering a programme for your convenience. Prices
are charged based on an hourly rate subject to a minimum fee so it is better
value to ask for e.g. 2 hours than 1.
She has an amplifier which is
suitable to play for up to around 500 guests. For larger venues a PA system
would need to be provided.
She has a sensitive and
naturally quiet manner, and is has the experience you need to help you ensure
the Funeral has an appropriate ambience. She is happy to help with the choice of
music, playing hymns, songs and pieces of music which will be agreed upon well
in advance to put your mind at rest.
Concert harp or pedal harp, is the harp played in Classical Orchestras.
This harpist has both a beautifully French styled Concert Harp as well
as a light maple Celtic harp. (Celtic harp pictured right)
Harp is often chosen for its small size in more intimate venues,
although it has a slightly more silvery tone, it really does rival the
classical harp. It's often associated with traditional and folk music,
however, it is also possible to play the vast majority of the repertoire
played at Weddings on it.
Below are just a
few of the many venues she has played at in the past, not to mention numerous
churchs, halls, private addresses and commercial premises.
Court Hotel, Harrogate
The Old Swan,
York Hotel, York
, Museum Gardens, York
House, North Yorkshire Dales
Bradford North Hotel, Bradford
Arms, Bolton Abbey
Hotel, Fulford, York
Court Grand Hotel, York
Taylor's Hall, York
Adventurers Hall, York
Hotel and Walton Hall, Wakefield
House Hotel, Wentbridge
Hotel, Denby Dale
Grange, Otterburn, Northumberland
Teaching The Harp
professional development up to date, she has recently taken the Certificate of
Teaching awarded by ABRSM. Her pupils range in age from 6 upwards including many
adults, from beginners to advanced players. A patient approach and very thorough
grounding is provided, ensuring excellent technique is acquired alongside a love
of learning and of music itself.