Harpist Christine Palethorpe

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
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Price from: £245

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!'

Ceremony

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.

Drinks Reception

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.

Wedding Breakfast

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.

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  • 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.


Set List/Services

MODERN

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

CLASSIC HITS

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

JAZZ

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

CLASSICAL

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

FOLK

Danny Boy

Greensleeves

Scarborough Fair

The Ash Grove

BOLLYWOOD

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha

Kabhi Kabhi

Khwaja Mere Khwaja

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Pehla Nasha

Pyar Deewana

Soni Soni

Sun Sahiba Sun

Tere Mast Mast Do Nain

Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jana Sanam

Tum Hi Ho

SOUNDTRACK

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)

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