Harpist Christine Palethorpe
Christine is an accomplished and sought after harpist in the East Midlands with a busy schedule of weddings and events each year. Her popularity owes largely to her uncommon ability to arrange music which isn’t intended for the harp and make it sound beautiful and most importantly recognisable.
Her playing brings a breathtaking atmosphere to a wedding ceremony, often bringing tears to loved ones’ eyes and making guests’ hair stand on end. During drinks receptions and meals the harp is the perfect instrument for background music; creating a lovely mood without making it difficult to talk. Her impressive range of well loved favourites gets conversations going as guests play ‘name that tune!'
Up to 30 minutes of pre-ceremony music to set the scene as your guests arrive and take their seats.
One choice of music for walking down the aisle.
Three choices for signing the register.
One choice for exiting the ceremony. Usually something uplifting to kick off the celebrations.
Up to 2 personal arrangements of songs which aren't already on the playlist.
An optional visit to hear Christine play and discuss your choices at her home in Woodthorpe, Nottingham.
Up to 90 minutes of varied and familiar background music from her playlist.
Top quality amplification - a clear sound at an appropriate volume for the event.
Portable amplification - Christine can join your guests outdoors when the weather is suitable and select the best spot to be heard.
Up to 2 hours of varied and familiar background music from her playlist.
An optional music choice as the newlyweds are announced into the room.
A chance for the married couple to appreciate the music- they are often whisked away for photographs during the drinks reception.
Christine will be more than happy to hear what you have in mind for your special day and advise on availability. Advance booking is recommended; particularly for summer weekends.
- How long do you play for?Up to 4 hours
- Do you have your own PA and lighting?I provide an amplifier for most events but have a PA system available for large events and lighting available on request also.
- Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?Yes I am insured and my equipment is tested
- How much space do you require?I need roughly 1m x 2m and to be out of harms way. My harp is smaller than most
- My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?Yes! I love to make special arrangements for the harp and include up to 2 new songs as part of my ceremony package. If you aren't sure whether your song will sound good on a harp just get in touch. My ability to learn music by ear means I can arrange pretty much anything and create a version that is especially designed to sound good and recognisable on harp.
- How many breaks do you take? How long are they?10 minutes if playing for 2 hours or more
- Can you play outdoors?Yes there's nothing more idyllic than harping out in the open. But of course it does need to be a dry day with no risk of rain and no strong winds. If you would like your wedding ceremony outdoors consider carefully what you will do if it looks like the weather could go either way. My harp is my most precious possession and my livelihood so I can't take any risks. However on a nice day I am more than happy to be out there and can plant myself wherever guests happen to roam with my battery powered amp not requiring a socket.
- Can I visit to hear you play?Yes it's lovely to sit down and chat about your day and let you hear the harp in real life. Phone and laptop speakers do not do it justice and people are often surprised by how much nicer it is. I offer a free consultation to anyone who has booked me to play in their wedding ceremony.
- Will the harp be loud enough?I have professional audio equipment and consider it very important that the harp is loud and clear, often checking with event staff that they can hear me from a distance. The harp is the perfect instrument for background music as it comes across clearly but is gentle enough that people can have a conversation without fighting to be heard.
- Which wedding package is most popular/do you recommend?My ceremony and drinks reception package is the most popular although I always recommend the ceremony and wedding breakfast where possible. The ceremony is where the harp really helps to create a beautiful and emotional experience. Then during the meal you and your guests are guaranteed to get the most out of the music unlike in the drinks reception where people can spread out and break away for photographs.
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All of Me - John Legend
Beneath Your Beautiful - Labrinth - ft. Emeli Sandé
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Fireflies - Owl City
Firestone - Kygo
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Halo - Beyoncé
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Paradise - Coldplay
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Skinny Love - Birdy
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Video Games - Lana Del Rey
You've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Clocks - Coldplay
Dancing Queen - Abba
Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
Everything I Do - Bryan Adams
Fields of Gold - Sting/Eva Cassidy
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Heaven - Brian Adams
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hoppípolla - Sigur Rós
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
I'll Be There - Jackson 5
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Kissing You - Des'ree
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Only Time - Enya
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Piano Man - Billy Joel
She - Elvis Costello
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland/Eva Cassidy
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Your Song - Elton John
Ain't Misbehavin - Fats Waller
Cheek to Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ella Fitzgerald/The Mamas & the Papas
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
La Vie en Rose - Édith Piaf
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Moondance - Van Morrison
Summertime - George Gershwin
Take Five - Paul Desmond
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) - Wagner
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Flower Duet - Lakmé
Gymnopédie No.1 - Erik Satie
I Giorni - Einaudi
Preludio No. 1 - Bach
Primavera - Einaudi
River Flows in You - Yiruma
The Swan - Saint-Saens
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
The Ash Grove
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha
Khwaja Mere Khwaja
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Sun Sahiba Sun
Tere Mast Mast Do Nain
Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jana Sanam
Tum Hi Ho
A Whole New World (Alladin)
All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
Comptine d'un Autre Èté (Amelie)
Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music)
For the Love of a Princess (Braveheart)
Game of Thrones Theme
Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter)
Jurassic Park Theme
Married Life (Theme from Up)
Star Wars Theme
Tale as Old as Time (Beauty and the Beast)
Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)