If you are currently planning an important event – whether it be a wedding, a reception, a dinner, a corporate event or any other type of special occasion – and you wish to give the day an air of sophistication and elegance, then you can’t go wrong with hiring a harpist to add a bit of class to the proceedings.
When you think of harpists you probably think of classical music, and while this does make up a large portion of their repertoire, harpists can also include many other different styles of music into their sets. For example, many take pieces from classical music and mix them with more contemporary songs from film, musicals and modern pop or chart music to create an interesting and eclectic collection that will suit most styles and tastes.
When it comes to wedding ceremonies and receptions, harpists are always in high demand as their presence immediately creates a calming, magical atmosphere that will add to your lifelong memories of your special day. However, these types of musicians are just as well received at celebration drinks or dinners and even work gatherings where colleagues can enjoy each other’s company while listening to some exquisite background music. If you’re planning an Asian wedding, you’ll no doubt be pleased to know that many of our harpists also cover Bollywood music, with many also including folk and traditional music in their repertoires.
And then, of course, we have the actual instrument itself. While they are incredibly soothing and calming to listen to, they are also aesthetically beautiful to look at, and with a well-presented harpist sitting beside this stunning instrument, it always creates quite a stir at any kind of special event. When it comes to both harps and harpists, they immediately add a distinct level of stylishness to their surroundings.
So why choose a classical musician such as a harpist for your special event? There’s something about classical music – especially played by harpists – that can transform the mood and atmosphere of any social occasion. It can be uplifting, it can be thought-provoking, it can create life-long memories and it can remind you of times in your past. It can enhance your guests’ experience and give them something they will never forget. This type of classical music is timeless, elegant, sophisticated, and magical. Simply put, nothing else you organise for your event will have as much impact as booking a classical musician to perform, and a harpist will help to create a beautiful ambience whether it’s for a drinks reception, a wedding ceremony or other special event.
Harpists are generally extremely versatile, and will play a variety of music that includes both well-known classical works and popular contemporary pieces such as pop music and songs from films and musicals. Another reason why they are so versatile is that they are completely acoustic and need little space (compared to a choir or a large musical group, for instance), and can easily perform outdoors as they don’t need an electricity supply. It is worth noting, however, that adequate shelter will need to be provided to prevent the harp from being damaged by direct sunlight. Another thing to be aware of is access – if your event space is upstairs, please take this into consideration when hiring a harpist; harps can be taken up and down stairs but due to their size it needs to be a straight run with no awkward turns in the staircase.
In terms of cost, harpists usually work by having a basic rate for one or two hours minimum (including setting up time) and then by having an additional charge for each hour required on top of that. Some harpists charge a fixed price for a particular stage of the day, such as drinks, ceremony, dinner and so on. For more information on rates, select your required number of hours from the dropdown menu in the Instant Quote box. If you are looking to book a harpist for your wedding ceremony and wish to request certain songs or musical pieces, we can arrange for the harpist to incorporate your chosen music into their repertoire for the day. Please note that some may charge a small fee for learning pieces if they are previously unknown to them, but the advantages and memories that will be built by including a personally chosen piece will far outweigh this cost.
Here at DG Music we work with harpists based all over the UK, some of which form duos with other musicians such as players of the flute, violin, cello, clarinet, or a second harp. Some of our most popular harpists include Leicester Harpist and Harpist Cecily in London, but we have far more available to choose from. To see how a harpist could transform your special event, please browse our list of artists below or contact us with any queries you may have.Back to top...
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