5 stars - Beautiful Harp are Highly Recommended21 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Beautiful Harp is an international harpist based in London. Her diversified repertoire includes classical, world traditional music and jazz. She has had the honour of playing at the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle and at the King of Thailand’s birthday celebrations in Bangkok. Her London appearances include the Barbican, The Globe Theatre and Live perfroamces ar BBC Radio3....
5 stars - The London Harpist are Highly Recommended9 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Having performed at prestigious venues such as The Ritz, Claridges & The Crowne Plaza; performed for Her Majesty The Queen & HRH The Prince of Wales; and worked with artists such as Florence & The Machine and Dizzee Rascal at the 2012 Brit Awards, The London Harpist is a highly experienced & professional harpist who can perform a range of Classical, Pop & Jazz favourites!...
5 stars - J H Harp (Harpist) are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 1Somerset
As a solo harpist J H Harpist has performed at many prestigious venues in London and across the South West of England. Her repertoire spans light classical music to arranged film scores and early mediaeval music. Whether it's Vivaldi at Blenheim Palace, Monteverdi at St Michaels Mount, Ave maria at St. Paul's Cathedral, Jazz at Mayfair, Christmas carols at Sherborne Abbey or Bach at St. Mawes Castle this harpist has done it and is ready to book your event today!...
5 stars - Lera Harpist are Highly Recommended10 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, Lera is a classically trained harpist with a wealth of experience. Having performed for HRH the Prince Of Wales, at the Royal Albert Hall, The Houses Of Parliament & more, this professional musician provides a beautiful repertoire spanning Classical, Jazz, Blues, Bollywood, Pop & more!...
5 stars - Katie M are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 1Outer Hebrides
Katie is an accomplished Gaelic and Scots singer and harpist. Having performed around the world for dignitaries such as the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Albert of Monaco and at renowned festivals including Tartan Week in New York and Celtic Connections Scotland, Katie will help you add that extra special touch to your big day....
5 stars - The Function Harpist are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 1Denbigh
The Function Harpist is a former first class honours scholar from the Royal College of Music, London. With extensive experience performing around the world and a diverse repertoire suitable for all occasions The Function Harpist will provide your event with a touch of class and elegance....
5 stars - The Wedding Harpist are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Award winning harpist with great experience having performed for HRH The Queen & more! The Wedding Harpist performs anything from her extensive repertoire which includes Wedding Favourites, Bollywood, Popular, Jewish, Classical, Christmas & Jazz....
5 stars - Susanna Harp are Highly Recommended11 Reviews Number of members: 1Nottinghamshire
Susanna is a traditional harpist. She is an experienced professional musician and her harp music has been a part of many special occasions. Classical, traditional and pop music all appear in her repertoire; perfect as an elegant backdrop....
5 stars - Elegant Harp are Highly Recommended8 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
An experienced & award-winning harpist performing a beautiful repertoire to enhance your special occasion! Performing modern & classic pop & rock arrangements, classical material, musicals, Disney, film tunes, plus traditional pieces, Elegant Harp has something to suit every desired atmosphere....
5 stars - M F Harp (Harpist) are Highly Recommended10 Reviews Number of members: 1Somerset
M F Harp, a highly professional experienced harpist for all occasions in Gloucestershire and the South West of England, plays harp music for weddings and events. Discount available on full day bookings....
5 stars - Francesca Harp are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1East Yorkshire
An extraordinary harpist with a delicate touch, Francesca is sure to make a long-lasting impression on your guests. With a wealth of experience performing at events across the UK, Francesca is the ideal entertainment for wedding receptions, ceremonies, corporate dinners, private parties and more....
5 stars - FW Harp (Harpist) are Highly Recommended18 Reviews Number of members: 1West Yorkshire
A spell-binding tripleharpist using exquisite hand-made harps to create a beautiful atmosphere at your event! Performing contemporary, classical, folk, jazz, Latin & Celtic ‘rock’ plus pop & opera, FW Harp has performed with rock giants Led Zeppelin & Guns ’n’ Roses & has even had Bono sitting at her feet listening to her play!...
5 stars - The Singing Harpist are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 1Derbyshire
The Singing Harpist creates a melody of romance. Combining her love of singing with the timeless quality of the harp, her repertoire of Romantic Classics and Contemporary Easy Listening will charm your guests, complement the joy of your celebration, and create the perfect musical backdrop for your Ceremony, Reception or Wedding Breakfast....
5 stars - Harp And Heart are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 1Dorset
Creating beautiful musical backdrops at many special occasions, this highly trained & experienced harpist covers Contemporary, Classical & Traditional pieces with something suitable for all tastes, styles & atmospheres....
5 stars - Rebecca The Harpist are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
An internationally renowned soloist, Rebecca has a wealth of experience from working with opera singer Katherine Jenkins, performing at the 60th birthday celebrations for HRH the Prince of Wales & more! With a varied repertoire covering Bach to Beyoncé via Bollywood, Rebecca will create a stunning & special atmosphere at any occasion....
5 stars - Melissa (Harpist) are Highly Recommended15 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Having performed for many prestigious clients from Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Festival, to Dolce & Gabbana; Melissa is a versatile musician who encompasses Classical & Contemporary music, through to Bollywood. Whatever your event, Melissa will add a touch of magic & enchantment that will be remembered by all!...
“I would highly recommend having Evelyn at any function. Evelyn was extremely professional and played beautifully at our client's Gala dinner at Hampton Court Palace”
Fiona booked Evelyn Haran for their event on 24th November 2021
5 stars - Evelyn Haran are Highly Recommended
“Lovely person. Very talented musician and a really great voice. Highly recommend . Very professional. We would book her again”
Alan booked Evelyn Haran for their event on 18th November 2021
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Everything you need to know to hire Harpists for your event
What is a Harpist?
Simply put, a harp player is a professional musician who plays the harp! Suitable for many different events, live harp music can provide elegant background music for a wedding, or can perform centre-stage at a classical recital.
A beautiful and unique instrument, the harp produces a soothing and ethereal sound. Our harpists usually play one of two main types of modern harp – either the large concert harp (or pedal harp) or the smaller Celtic harp. Often played in orchestras, and offering the most versatility in terms of repertoire, the concert harp has more strings, producing a full, rounded sound. The Celtic harp is especially suited to folk music, particularly Irish and Scottish, and can also perform a classical and romantic wedding repertoire. Being smaller and lighter, it’s ideal for small venues and more intimate occasions.
Harpists can play acoustically or amplified, and as a soloist, a duet or trio with other instruments, such as cello, flute, or clarinet. They can also accompany a singer or perform with a band.
What music will a Harpist play?
Our harpists offer a wide selection of music from many genres, from classical, jazz, and swing, to show tunes, traditional folk music, as well as pop and chart hits. Whatever tone you’d like to set at your exclusive private event, our professional harpists pretty much have it covered! You can expect music from artists including:
Andrew Lloyd Webber
The repertoires for each of our harpists are listed on their profile pages.
Popular types of Harpist
1. Concert Harpists
Also known as the pedal harp, the concert harp is very large instrument (nearly 2 metres high and 1 metre deep), which is mainly used for classical music and in orchestras. Due to its 47 strings and pitch-changing pedals, the concert harp has a flexible range, with a full, often dramatic sound. This flexibility means our classical harpists can play a range of genres and songs to suit your event – from romantic classical and film scores, to jazz and contemporary popular music.
2. Celtic Harpists
Much smaller than its concert cousin, the Celtic or folk harp varies in size, from a 22-string lap harp to a 38-string floor harp. As its name suggests, it was primarily developed for traditional Celtic folk music, but harpists can play a wide range of music on the Celtic harp, covering artists such as Mendelssohn, The Beatles, and Adele. Its size makes it ideal for intimate venues.
3. Harpists – duos and trios and accompaniments
Several harpists offer the option to perform with one or two other musicians, or can sing, accompany a singer, or play as part of an ensemble, in accordance with your event requirements. You can choose from options including:
Many of our harpists are used to playing for both private and public audiences in palaces, castles, hotels, stadiums, opera houses, and cathedrals – anywhere the occasion calls for their musical talents! Providing entertainment for weddings, corporate events and private parties across the UK and internationally, our harpists most regularly perform in:
With striking instruments that are sure to be a talking point, harpists specialise in elegant, calming performances, building an ethereal ambience for your event. Often providing day-time background music, they are perfect for occasions such as:
For weddings, a harpist can perform during the arrival of your guests, the ceremony itself, including the bridal procession and the signing of the register, and for the drinks reception and during dinner.
Harpists can also provide the perfect background music for corporate drinks receptions, dinners, and cocktail parties.
Space considerations at your event
Performance space is central to planning the type of artist you hire for your event and, along with access considerations, is especially important when thinking about booking a harpist.
Your harpist will shine if they have plenty of room to perform comfortably, particularly given the size of the harp! A solo harpist playing a large concert harp will need an area of 2 metres wide by 2 metres deep. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a harpist need?’, below.
If you’d like your harpist to perform outdoors, they will need an area that is completely protected from the elements. To avoid damage to the harp, most harpists are unable to perform on grass or gravel.
Volume considerations at you event
Different types of harp will create distinctive sounds, The large concert pedal harp gives a full, rich sound and looks very impressive, while the smaller Celtic lever harp, with less strings, has a smaller volume and range. Volume can vary from serene background music, where your guests can comfortably hold a conversation, to a fairly dramatic sound. This is dependant on the instrument being used, the atmosphere the musician is trying to create and the room acoustics.
A harpist can play at a volume range of 65dB – 85dB (decibels). At its loudest, this volume is equivalent to audience applause. As such, harpists are a safe option if your venue is fitted with a sound limiter or has noise restrictions.
Some harpists will play through an amplifier if a louder sound is required, or as mentioned can play with other instruments as part of an emsemble. The options available for each harpist are shown on their profile pages.
How much does a Harpist cost?
Harpists’ fees are determined by their reputation, quality and experience, as well as their travel distance to your event. Alive Network has a strict vetting process, ensuring that harpists are classically trained, and are among the best harpists working in the UK.
Our harpists range from £200 up to £700 for a harp and clarinet duo.
The average fee for a wedding harpist is approximately £300.
The table below shows a breakdown of the cost range for different harp acts:
Type of Artist
£200 - £400
Duo artists (such as harp with cello, clarinet, or flute)
£350 - £700
The best way to reduce costs is to find a harpist who is based close to your chosen venue. The home town location of all Alive Network harpists is shown on the roster pages and also on each harpist’s profile page. You can also ask your Entertainment Coordinator to recommend the best harpist local to your event.
Who are the top 10 Harpists in the UK right now?
Below are the artists that we believe are currently riding high as the top harpists in the UK right now, based on popularity, performance quality and innovation:
Typically, a harpist’s set will be 45- to 60-minutes, with a break of around 15 minutes between sets. Most harpists will play for a maximum of 3 sets.
Most of our harpists can offer flexible performances dependant on your event needs, and this can be discussed with your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator. For a wedding, for example, you may wish your harpist to be playing as guests arrive, for the ceremony, during the signing of the register, and then to perform again at the drinks reception before the wedding breakfast. For a corporate drinks reception, you may choose to have an hour of music or you may require a longer performance.
How much space will a Harpist need?
This guide shows approximately how much space a harpist will need, in accordance with their particular type of harp and their set-up:
Instrument & Act
Performance Space Required
Solo Celtic harp
1.5 metres × 1.5 metres
Solo concert harp
2 metres × 2 metres
Duo artists (eg. harp with cello, clarinet, or flute)
2 metres × 3 metres
Harpists with smaller harps will require less space. You’re more likely to get the best from your harpist if they have lots of room to perform comfortably. TOP TIP: Let the venue know if you book a harpist, so they can leave enough space for them when setting up the ceremony or wedding breakfast room. There should also be plenty of space between the harpist and your guests to allow the sound to carry well.
Your dedicated Event Coordinator can discuss space needed for your chosen harpist.
How long will it take for a Harpist to set up?
A harpist will normally arrive at your venue about 30 minutes before they are due to play. This is enough time to set up the harp, tune and warm up.
If your harpist is using a concert pedal harp, they will need to unload their equipment as close to the performance area as possible. Pedal harps are moved on trolleys that can go up and down stairs, but they are very large instruments and can be awkward to transport, especially along narrow winding staircases! Help from venue staff may be needed to transport the harp to the performance area. If additional time might be needed to get the harp into your chosen position, just have a chat with your Entertainment Coordinator in advance.
Following the recital, a harpist can take around 20 minutes to pack away.
What equipment will a Harpist need?
Typically a harpist will require:
a suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area. If performing outside, they will need cover – either from the rain or from the heat of the sun! As it can cause damage to the instrument, a harpist will not usually put their harp directly on grass or gravel.
of one 13 amp power socket, if they are using an amplifier
a suitably-lit performance area
an adjustable stool
parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
Your harpist will bring their music, and some harpists will provide their own adjustable piano stool, and light for any sheet music.
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Aside from finding some of the best Harpists in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a Harpist from Alive Network Entertainment Agency is security. We ensure your booking is covered 24/7 against any eventuality, so that no matter what, you can enjoy your event without worrying about whether your entertainment will turn up. If your Harpist is ill or unable to perform, our team will be on hand to source a suitable replacement even out of office hours and at short notice. Imagine having to do that yourself!?
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