Gifted harpist who has played at many of the top wedding venues in the UK and worked with the CBSO, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the New Bristol Sinfonia.
Emily has been providing harp music for weddings and events since 1991 both as a solo harpist and as part of a flute & harp duo, and has played at many of the top wedding and events venues across the South West and Midlands.
Emily gained a BMus (Hons) from the University of Birmingham whilst continuing her harp studies with Robert Johnston (principal harpist City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). She has since performed concertos with regional orchestras and given numerous recitals, and has played for the CBSO, the Royal Shakespeare Company and is principal harpist for the New Bristol Sinfonia.
Emily specialises in weddings and is available for the wedding ceremony (20 mins before the wedding, during signing of the register and as guests exit), the drinks reception or the wedding breakfast (see booking options below)
Emily regularly plays as part of a flute/harp duo (clips available in the audio box to the right) with flautist Diane. As well as being Principal Flute of the Orchestra of the Swan, Birmingham Opera Company and Mid- Wales Opera ensemble, Diane is in much demand as a freelance orchestral player, performing with other leading orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. She has worked under eminent conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre Boulez. Diane has also appeared at major music clubs, festivals and on BBC television and radio.
Solo harp (flute/harp duo also available)
1 - 3 hours
Arrival & set-up
45 minutes before start
A well-lit space of 2 x 2 metres; an armless chair
Requests (if not in repertoire)
Yes (subject to suitability)
Ceremony OR drinks reception OR wedding breakfast
Add £0 (or £170 for harp/flute)
Ceremony AND drinks reception
Add £60 (or £295 for harp/flute)
Ceremony AND drinks reception AND wedding breakfast
Add £230 (or £540 for harp/flute)
What people say
They were excellent. Being a wedding breakfast we didn't have the opportunity to talk to them but they were so much appreciated. They arrived on time, looked professional and played as professionals with so much expertise and attention to detail with the pieces they were asked to perform. They were very polite and friendly and couldn't be faulted in any way.
Celia, Wedding, Gloucestershire, August 2015
The wedding was great, we enjoyed the day and the ambiance was absolutely fabulous! Thanks a million to Emily, all the guest was feel relax and really chill out. The music was really nice. It was a very happy, peaceful and fantastic environment, just right and perfect day!!!
Zendrel, Wedding, Gloucestershire, May 2015
Thank you so much for your music on our special day. We had so many compliments on the wonderful atmosphere you created for us – you really did make it a magical occasion and a treasured memory. We are so pleased that we chose you to accompany our ceremony as your beautiful harp playing had us both floating on air. We hope you have opportunity to use our wholehearted recommendation for future events. Best wishes and very kind regards, Tim and Lorna.
Tim, Wedding, Hertfordshire, December 2014
Emily's harp music provided the perfect backdrop to our wedding drinks reception on a sunny but chilly October afternoon. All of the arrangements with Function Central and Emily herself were very easy and straight forward. Emily arrived punctually and was already set up when we came out of the ceremony - as requested. Although we did not manage to speak very much with Emily during the event, she just got on with what we asked her to do. She seemed friendly, was smartly presented, and is clearly very talented - the harp music flowed through the reception rooms at the venue as well as through the patio doors onto the veranda to be enjoyed by all guests. In fact, several guests commented on how beautiful and peaceful the music was. Thank you, Emily!
Thank you once again for putting us in contact with Emily and helping everything to run so smoothly.
Victoria and Andrew, Wedding, Gloucestershire, October 2013
We had a wonderful evening everyone enjoyed listening to Emily, who I thought was absolutely delightful. This is the first time that I have used your services but certainly would again. It all worked without a hitch. Once again many thanks.
Sara, Corporate Event Planner, September 2011
Dear Emily, Just a note to say a very big thank you to you and Lyn for the special part you played on our special day. You both played beautifully and your music touched a lot of hearts. Enclosed are a couple of photos for you. Do please keep us posted on any local performances or CD releases you may have in the future. Best wishes to you. Love from the Newlyweds
Jim and Katy, Wedding, Bristol, July 2011
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was beautiful and exactly what I wanted. We had a fantastic day and were lucky the weather stayed good for us. Almost everything went to plan, making it a very memorable day for both of us. With kind regards.
Nikki and Paul, Wedding, Oxford July, 2011
Dear Emily, Thank you so much for making our day so magical; the harp and flute playing was the music of angels. Thank you so much for allowing me to sing with you. I absolutely loved it.
Thank you so much for playing so beautifully and helping to make our wedding day so special and memorable. The harp and flute worked so well and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed listening to you.
Dear Emily, Thank you so much for providing us with the most magical sounds to accompany our wedding ceremony. We were thrilled by your performance. Thanks again.
General background music repertoire is an all encompassing mix of well-known classical pieces from Bach through to modern day, popular songs from Elvis and the Beatles to ‘Our Last Summer’ from Mamma Mia and plenty of repertoire from the shows and films. Full and comprehensive repertoire lists for harp solo and flute and harp are available on request (too much to list here).
Wedding processional/recessional ideas
Air from Water Music – Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Bridal Chorus – Wagner
Carillon – Hassellmans
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Canon – Pachelbel
Flower Duet – Delibes
Fly Me To The Moon
Greensleeves – Trad.
Largo – Handel
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Signing of the register ideas
All I Ask of You from Phantom – Lloyd Webber
Angels - Robbie Williams
Ave Maria - Bach / Gounod *
Can You Feel the Love Tonight from Lion King
Canon - Pachelbel
Cavatina - Theme from The Deer Hunter
Clair De Lune - Debussy
Eternity - Robbie Williams
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - J.S. Bach *
Memory from Cats - Lloyd Webber
Moon River Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Heart will Go On - Titanic
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
One Hand, One Heart & Somewhere from West Side Story - Bernstein