The West Sussex Harpist
The West Sussex Harpist is an experienced and versatile harpist who has been in demand since her graduation in 2007. She has enjoyed a varied career so far, performing all over the country for international corporations, MP's, celebrities and royalty. A sophisticated addition to any event.
*The West Sussex Harpist's repertoire ranges from classical and folk to popular pieces*
The West Sussex Harpist
The West Sussex Harpist's previous engagements include performances for HRH Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to the University of Huddersfield, live on television for Channel 4's popular cooking and chat show Sunday Brunch, and at a party hosted by Robert Smith (The Cure). Corporate bookings have included numerous performances for RBS, the Football Association, and also PRS for Music where she played alongside Rick Wakeman for guests including Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Sir John Tavener and John Rutter. She has worked at many prestigious venues such as The Houses of Parliament, Wembley Stadium, St Alban's Cathedral, Glyndebourne Opera House and Hampton Court Palace.
Primarily a soloist, The West Sussex Harpist has played for hundreds of corporate events, weddings and recitals. With her varied repertoire she can provide music as a background artist or as the main feature of an event. She has performed to stars including Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees), Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, The Buggles), Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits) and more. Television work includes providing background music for an episode of Channel 4's Come Dine With Me, and an appearance as a featured entertainer on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
Orchestral and Ensemble
The West Sussex Harpist's early orchestral experiences were with the Brighton Youth Orchestra, with whom she performed during their Diamond Jubilee year in concert at Glyndebourne Opera House and at the Brighton Dome with percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
During her time at Huddersfield University she performed regularly with the orchestra, symphonic wind orchestra and new music ensemble, with whom she performed a concert as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She performed again for the festival in 2007 in an ensemble of 20 harpists, including Rhodri Davies and Eira Lynne Jones. She has performed regularly with the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra and various other orchestras as a freelance harpist.
The West Sussex Harpist has also performed with highly acclaimed tribute act The Brighton Beach Boys at sell-out concerts as part of the Brighton Festival.
Training and Qualifications
Starting out learning piano at age 7, The West Sussex Harpist had already passed her Grade 8 with a high merit when she began her studies on the harp. She went on to study piano at Trinity College of Music before gaining a scholarship to study harp at Huddersfield University, where she obtained her BMus Honours degree. After graduating, The West Sussex Harpist resumed her harp studies with Helen Arnold, achieving a high distinction for her final Grade 8 and the ABRSM Diploma in Performance.
- Bach: Prelude in C
- Bach (arranged by Granjany) - Etude No. 3, ‘Sarabande’ and Etude No. 6, “Andante”
- Beethoven: Für Elise
- Cabezon: Pavane and Variations
- Clarke: Chaconne, Trumpet Voluntary
- Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin, Clair de lune, Arabesque No. 1
- Delibes: Flower Duet
- Einaudi: I Giorni
- Faure: Cantique, Pavane
- Grandjany: Pastorale
- Handel: Allegro, Sarabande
- Hasslemans: Chanson de Mai, La Source, Gitara, Fileuse
- Kanga: Solitude
- Mayhew: Fiskars
- Mendelssohn: Wedding March
- Pachelbel: Canon in D
- Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro
- Salzédo: Seguidilla, Tango, Siciliana, Chanson dans la nuit
- Satie: Gymnopédie No.1, Gnossienne No.1
- Schubert: Ave Maria
- Vivaldi: Spring (theme) from the Four Seasons, Winter (2nd Movement – Largo) from the Four Seasons
- Wagner: Bridal March
- Flowers in the Valley
- Scarborough Fair
- Brian Boru’s March
- Danny Boy
- The Lark in the Clear Air
- The Foggy Dew
- She Moved Through the Fair
- Eriskay Love Lilt
- Kinloch of Kinloch
- Skye boat song
- A Fairy’s Love Song
- A' Bheairt-Fhioda (A Weaving Lilt)
- Amazing Grace
- Breuddwd y Frenhines (The Royal Dream)
- Craig y Tyle (Winter has Come)
- Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)
- Harp of Gold
- Sosban Fach (Little Saucepan)
- The Ash Grove
- Wreck of the John B Sloop
- Le Bon Petit Roi d'Yvetot (arr. Grandjany)
- Arlen: Over The Rainbow
- Chertok: Around the Clock, mvts 1, 2 & 3
- 'Fats' Waller: Ain't Misbehavin’
- Gordon: Unforgettable
- Gershwin: Embraceable You, Summertime
- Howard: Fly Me To The Moon
- Kaempfert: Strangers In The Night
- Lane: Everybody Loves Somebody
- Louiguy: La Vie En Rose
- Mancini: Moon River
- Newley & Bricusse: Feeling Good
- Thiele & Weiss: What A Wonderful World
- Youmans: Tea for Two
- Young: When I Fall in Love
- Alan Price: The House of the Rising Sun
- Amanda McBroom: The Rose
- Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Blowin’ in the Wind
- Bruno Mars: Just The Way You Are, Marry You
- Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
- Coldplay: Paradise
- David Bowie: Life on Mars
- Dolly Parton/ Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You
- Ed Sheehan: Kiss Me
- Ellie Goulding: Love Me Like You Do
- Elvis Presley: Can't Help Falling In Love
- Eric Clapton: Wonderful tonight
- Jeff Silbar, Larry Henley: Wind Beneath My Wings
- John Legend: All of Me
- Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven
- Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
- Lionel Richie: Endless Love
- Lou Reed: Perfect Day
- Metallica: Nothing Else Matters
- Peter Gabriel: Book of Love
- Plain White Ts: Hey There Delilah
- Simon & Garfunkel: 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy), Old Friends, Bookends
- Siur Rós: Hoppipolla
- Sting/Eva Cassidy: Fields Of Gold
- The Beatles: Across the Universe, Norwegian Wood, Here Comes The Sun
- The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony
- Westlife: Flying Without Wings
- Yiruma: River Flows in You
- Aladdin: A Whole New World
- Beauty and the Beast: Beauty and the Beast
- Cats: Memory
- Evita: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
- Forrest Gump: Feather Theme
- Frozen: Let It Go
- Game of Thrones: Main Theme*
- Gladiator: Honour Him*
- The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight
- The Little Mermaid: Kiss the Girl
- Lord of the Rings: In Dreams (The Fellowship of the Ring)*
- Love Actually: Glasgow Love Theme
- Mary Poppins: Feed the Birds
- Phantom of the Opera: All I Ask of You
- Romeo and Juliet: Kissing You (Des'Ree)
- The Sound of Music: My Favourite Things, Edelweiss
- The Truman Show: Truman Sleeps
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Pure Imagination
- Away in a Manger
- Coventry Carol
- Ding Dong Merrily On High
- Entre Le Boeuf
- Frosty the Snowman
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- In The Bleak Midwinder
- I Wonder As I Wander
- Jingle Bells
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- O Come O Come Emmanuel
- O Holy Night
- Silent Night
- The First Nowell
- Variations pastorales sur un vieux noel
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- What Child Is This?
- White Christmas
- Winter Wonderland
- Final Fantasy: Eyes On Me, The Prelude
- Monkey Island: Main Theme
- Morrowind: Call of Magic
- Portal 1: Still Alive
- The Talos Principle: Dance of Eternity
*Included by request only
It was our wedding day and booked to The West Sussex Harpist to play music for walking up and down the aisle, as well the drinks reception afterwards. The West Sussex Harpist helped with music selection, and wanted to understand the colour scheme of the wedding in order to coordinate with her outfit. The music was absolutely beautiful and really added to to the great atmosphere on the day. We also received numerous complements during and after the big day on how great the music was. I would have no hesitation in recommending or using The West Sussex Harpist again. It was a pleasure having you as part of our magical day.
Everything was perfect, she was lovely and her performance was outstanding, we cannot fault her or yourselves at all. Thank you so very much. Sarah, mother of the bride.
The West Sussex Harpist was wonderful playing a repertoire of classics to modern music, and the duet of 'Over the Rainbow' with my friends daughter was fantastic. I can not recommend the West Sussex Harpist highly enough and wish we could do the whole day over again. We may have to make an excuse for another party just so we can have her back again. A big thank you from everyone.
The West Sussex Harpist was both very talented and professional. She arrived in good time, set up well and played to an excellent standard. The West Sussex Harpist was brilliant and patient / tolerant with the children asking questions, and approaching her in relation to the harp. My guests thoroughly enjoyed both the music and her professionalism with her audience. She was very very good and I'm delighted to have had the pleasure to have had such talent play at my daughter's First Holy Communion. Thank you very much. All the very best.
The West Sussex Harpist, appeared on time, set up really quickly, behaved in a really professional manner and played beautifully - both ad lib and to the music provided. Being an original score, made the studio recording quite challenging which she handled like a true professional musician. I cannot thank her enough and say what a pleasure it has been to work with her. I would recommend her to everyone who needs the services of a harpist - whether for, say, a wedding, or a serious recording session. Well done The West Sussex Harpist, and thank you. David.
Absolutely beautiful. The best choice and would use her again.
Besides The West Sussex Harpist’s numerous Wedding clients, she has also performed for the following companies: Royal Bank Of Scotland, ITV, Princess Productions, The Football Association, PRS for Music, Kings Place, The British Japanese Parliamentary Group, Waitrose, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Pharma, Haven Holiday Parks, ExtraCare Charitable Trust, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, Serco Consulting, The Royal College of Surgeons.
When will you arrive?
To allow time to set my harp up, tune and warm up, I will arrive about 1 hour early.
How much space is required?
I only need a small amount of space to perform – an area measuring 2 square metres will suffice. If there is a possibility that you may want me to play outside, please contact for further discussion.
Can the harp be amplified?
My harp is fitted with discreet contact microphones and I often bring a small amplifier with me, which I will use if I feel it is required. If you would definitely like me to use amplification, please let me know beforehand, and be aware that I will need to perform close to an electrical power socket.
What will you wear?
Usually I bring two cocktail dresses, in gold and silver, and choose which goes best with the venue when I arrive. If you would like me to wear a particular colour or even fancy dress, please let me know in advance and I will try to sort something out.
Can you play outside?
Sometimes I play outside, but please be aware that the conditions must be perfect and is subject to my discretion on the day.
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.