The South East Harpist

The South East Harpist
Location West Sussex
Starting from £264.00
4 reviews
Location West Sussex
Starting from £264.00
Read 4 reviews

The South East Harpist will enhance any occasion be it wedding, dinner, funeral, lecture/ recital or charity event - it is the ideal relaxing background music.

The South East Harpist endeavours 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 the ultimate romantic touch at a wedding and couples are delighted when The South East Harpist is able to play their 'special tune', as it gives an extra personal dimension to their wedding day.

*The South East Harpist is the perfect addition to any Wedding*

The South East Harpist

Number of Reviews and Counting... 4!

The South East Harpist started harp lessons at the age of fourteen with Surrey based harpist Susannah Shucksmith. She then continued her musical training under Sidonie Goossens OBE and finished her studies with Sussex harpist Helen Arnold.

The harp she plays today is a magnificent Gold Concert Harp. The South East Harpist 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.


  • Air On A G String - Bach
  • Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
  • Barcarolle (Tales Of Hoffman) - Offenbach
  • Bridal March - Wagner
  • Cantique De Jean Racine - Faure
  • Canon In D - Pachelbel
  • Caro Nome From Rigoletto - Verdi
  • Chanson De Mai - Hasselmans
  • Danse De Corregidor - De Falla
  • El Picaflor - Marson
  • Emperor Waltz - Strauss
  • Eighteenth Century March - Anon
  • Excerpts From The Magic Flute - Mozart
  • Gram’s Lullaby - Gustavson
  • Hornpipe From The Water Music - Handel
  • Intermezzo - Mascagni
  • Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring - Bach
  • Jupiter From The Planets(I Vow To Thee My Country) - Holst
  • La Source - Hasselmans
  • Largo - Handel
  • Largo From Guitar Concerto In D - Vivaldi
  • Largo From The New World Symphony - Dvorak
  • Largo From ‘Winter’ (Four Season) - Vivaldi
  • Le Onde - Einaudi
  • Marble Halls - Balfe
  • Minuet In G - Bach
  • Nefili - Einaudi
  • Ode To Joy - Beethoven
  • O Isis And Osiris From The Magic Flute - Mozart
  • O For The Wings Of A Dove - Mendelssohn
  • O My Beloved Father - Puccini
  • Pavane - Faure
  • Pearl Fishers Duet - Bizet
  • Prelude No:1 In C - Bach
  • Prelude No:3 - Tournier
  • Prelude No:7 - Chopin
  • Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini - Rachmaninoff
  • Romance - Rossetti
  • Rondo - Rossetti
  • Sarabande - Handel
  • See The Conquering Hero - Handel
  • Serenade - Schubert
  • Sonata No:6 - Naderman
  • Sleepers Wake - Bach
  • To A Wild Rose - Macdowell
  • Spring - Vivaldi
  • The Ashokan Farewell - Ungar
  • Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell
  • Waltz - Brahms
  • Where Ere You Walk - Handel

Musicals/ Movies

  • Aladdin - A Brand New World
  • Blood Brothers - Tell Me It’s Not True
  • Breakfast At Tiffanys - Moon River
  • Cats - Memory
  • Dances With Wolves - The John Dunbar Theme
  • Disney (Snow White) - Hi Ho
  • Disney (Snow White) - I’m Wishing
  • Disney (Snow White) - With A Smile And A Song
  • Disney (Jungle Book) - The Bare Necessities
  • Evita - Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
  • Gladiator - Earth
  • Girl Crazy - But Not For Me
  • Girl Crazy - Embraceable You
  • Gone With The Wind - My Own True Love (Tara’s Theme)
  • Ice Castles - Through The Eyes Of Love
  • Lord Of The Rings - In Dreams
  • Lord Of The Rings - Into The West
  • Lord Of The Rings - May It Be
  • Notting Hill - She
  • Notting Hill - When You Say Nothing At All
  • Phantom Of The Opera - All I Ask Of You
  • Phantom Of The Opera - Angel Of Music
  • Phantom Of The Opera - Music Of The Night
  • Phantom Of The Opera - Think Of Me
  • Phantom Of The Opera - Wishingyou Were Somehow Here Again
  • Robin Of Sherwood - Everything I Do
  • Robin Of Sherwood - Kamen (Theme From Harry’s Game)
  • Showboat - Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
  • South Pacific - Some Enchanted Evening
  • Tammy - Tammy
  • Tell Me It’s Not True - Blood Brothers
  • The Fantasticks - Try To Remember
  • The Boyfriend - I Got Rhythm
  • The King And I - Dance Of Anna And Sir Edward
  • The King And I - Hello Young Lovers
  • The Sound Of Music - Edelweiss
  • The Sound Of Music - The Hills Are Alive
  • Titanic - My Heart Will Go On
  • Wizard Of Oz - Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Folk/ Traditional/ Celtic
Eng Trad

  • Greensleeves

Irish Trad

  • Bendeemers Stream
  • Carrickfergus
  • Carrigdown
  • Cockles And Mussels
  • Danny Boy (The Londonderry Air)
  • Down By The Sally Gardens
  • Eleanor Plunkett
  • Foggy Foggy Dew
  • I Will Walk With My Love
  • Lullaby
  • Roving Galway Boy
  • The Foggy Dew
  • The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby
  • The Gentle Maiden
  • The Kerry Dance
  • The Lark In The Clear Air
  • The Last Rose Of Summer
  • The Origin Of The Harp
  • The Rose Of Tralee
  • The Silver Moon My Mistress Is
  • Women Of Ireland

Scottish Trad

  • Amazing Grace
  • Kelvin Grove
  • My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
  • Och Lomond
  • Loch Tay Boat Song
  • The Skye Boat Song
  • Ye Banks And Braes

Welsh Trad

  • All Through The Night
  • Black Sir Harry
  • David Of The White Rock
  • Hush My Baby
  • Men Of Harlech
  • New Years Eve (Deck The Halls)
  • Over The Stone
  • The Ashgrove
  • The Dove
  • Watching The Wheat

Maori Trad

  • Hine E Hine
  • Pokare Kare Ana

Mexican Trad

  • Las Manaitas
  • La Paloma Azul


  • Anywhere Is
  • Evening Falls
  • Fallen Embers
  • From Where I Am
  • Hope Has A Place
  • No Holly For Miss Quinn
  • On Your Shore
  • Only Time
  • Pilgrim
  • Shepherd Moon
  • Silver Inches
  • Tea House Moon
  • Watermark

Easy Listening

  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square - Vera Lynn
  • A Summer Place - Percy Faith Orchestra
  • Aint Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers 
  • And I Love You So - Don Williams
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • As Long As I Have You - Elvis Presley Autumn Leaves - Johnny Mercer
  • Bewitched - Fran Sinatra
  • Blue Moon - Marcels
  • Could I Have This Dance? - Ann Murray
  • Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree - Andrew Sisters 
  • From This Moment - Shania Twain
  • Heartbeat - Buddy Holly
  • Heaven - Bryan  Adams
  • In The Mood - Glen Miller
  • I Love How You Love Me - The Paris Sisters
  • I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
  • It’s All In The Game - Cliff Richard
  • Let It Be Me - Everly Brothers
  • Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
  • Love Is Blue - Jonny Mathis
  • Love Me With All Of Your Heart - Ray Charles Singers
  • Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades
  • Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra
  • The Rose - Bette Midler
  • The Twelfth Of Never - Cliff Richard
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
  • Time To Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
  • Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  • When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • You’re The Inspiration - Peter Cetera

The Beatles

  • And I Love Her
  • Eight Days A Week
  • Fool On The Hill
  • Here There And Everywhere
  • I Will
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Yesterday
, Wedding, Kent

Thanks for your best wishes. The South East Harpist was fab. We have thanked her but will obviously do so formally when we get back to England. Once again thank you for your help.

, Wedding, London

We were extremely happy with The South East Harpist's beautiful performances of harp music. It made our wedding feel very magical and romantic and added such a wonderful element to our ceremony. She played beautifully at our drinks reception and made it such a classically romantic experience. Our wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was without her music. We are very pleased with your service and would definitely recommend you to family and friends, and would certainly use you again. Thank you.

, Wedding, Kent

Apologies for not replying sooner but I have been snowed under since our return from our honeymoon. Thank you for all your help with organising The South East Harpist to play at our wedding. We were very happy with your service and The South East Harpist was very good and could not have been more helpful and flexible. We are so pleased we had a harpist as it really did make a difference. I have attached a photo the photographer took of The South East Harpist if you could be so kind as to pass it on. I am looking forward to the next party and will certainly consider your services. Thanks once again.

, Wedding, Kent

The South East Harpist provided the most perfect musical entertainment at my daughters' wedding.She played all the tunes requested to a very high standard and it was delightful to catch the melodious sound of an old favourite that evoked happy memories for us all present. She was prompt and discrete on arrival and remained quietly in place whilst the speeches were said. The "icing on the cake" was that her beautiful dress matched our peacock themed wedding perfectly! I would highly recommend The South East Harpist to anyone as her selection was far more varied than any other I sampled. Thank you, Julie Milne

The South East Harpist now works as a soloist and has given recitals at National Trust properties, played at the City of London Guildhall, The Baltic Exchange, The Savoy and Hilton Langham Hotels, as well as 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.

The South East Harpist 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, in the VIP marquee during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London Zoo, Fort Nelson, The Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust in Arundel, Gatwick Airport and The Royal Courts of Justice - to name but a few.

Harp music can also be very therapeutic and The South East Harpist 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. The South East Harpist is currently Resident Harpist at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, The Insurance Institute of London and Penshurst Place in Kent.

The South East Harpist will wear costumes to echo the theme of your event. Playing in a castle or at a historic venue, wearing a period costume adds dramatically to the atmosphere of the occasion.

The harp is a very versatile instrument and The South East Harpist is able to cover many musical styles. It is the ultimate romantic touch at a wedding and couples are delighted when The South East Harpist is able to play their 'special tune', as it gives an extra personal dimension to their wedding day.

The Wedding Ceremony: This includes playing the harp as your guests are gathering, the entrance of the bride, during the signing of the registers and as the bride and groom leave.

Reception Drinks/ Photos before Wedding Breakfast: The harp to be played during the drinks reception and whilst photographs are being taken (aprox. 1 ½ hrs continuous playing).

Wedding Breakfast: The harp to be played throughout the wedding breakfast providing light background music until the speeches begin (aprox. 2 hrs continuous playing).

The South East Harpist also offers the following packages:

Ceremony and Reception Drinks
Reception Drinks and The Wedding
Ceremony and The wedding Breakfast
Ceremony, Reception Drinks and The Wedding Breakfast

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

East Midlands

Lincolnshire £300.00


Cambridgeshire £300.00

West Midlands

Warwickshire £300.00

South East

Bedfordshire £264.00 Berkshire £264.00 Buckinghamshire £264.00 East Sussex £264.00 Essex £264.00 Hampshire £264.00 Hertfordshire £264.00 Isle of Wight £312.00 Kent £264.00 Oxfordshire £264.00 Surrey £264.00 Sussex £264.00 West Sussex £264.00 London £300.00 Middlesex £264.00

South West

Devon £360.00 Dorset £300.00 Somerset £300.00 Wiltshire £300.00
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