Below is general
booking information. You may also like to look at these pages on specific
Harp and Guitar
is divided into the following sections:
Things to Consider
How Much Does it Cost
What Happens Next
music performed by an experienced and professional musician. Harp music
adds enchantment and elegance to all occasions.
Liath will need to arrive an hour beforehand to set up. She will need to
get the harp in position, get changed, tune up and soundcheck. After the
event, it takes her around thirty minutes to pack away.
you've asked Liath to play for more than one hour, she will need to take
short breaks - around five minutes for every forty minutes of playing. Non
alcoholic refreshments are always very welcome.
are welcome to make an appointment to visit Liath and hear the harp either
before or after making a booking. This is free regardless of what you decide.
It's a great way of hearing some music selections and making sure that you
get exactly what you need from your booking. You can also read some testemonials
to Consider Before Booking
to be enough room for the harp and harpist to sit comfortably and safely.
This means at least six square feet of space. If you think space may be
an issue, opt for the lever harp rather than the larger concert harp.
Harps are heavy and unwieldy. If your venue has steep stairs, or a long
walk from available parking, please mention this in advance so that arrangements
can be made for the transportation of the harp.
The harp is a relatively loud instrument, but for medium to large sized
events or restaurant bookings, Liath will bring amplification, which keeps
the harp audible for gatherings of up to 500 people. She needs a normal
plug socket for her amp. Depending on the light levels, she may also need
to bring a small lamp. All equipment is PAT tested.
If your event is outside, you will need to provide a shady, preferably covered,
and level position for the harp. Harps are sensitive instruments that are
damaged by high humidity and strong sunlight. Positioning the harp inside
a marquee or gazebo is ideal. If the ground is not hardstanding, piece of
carpet or groundsheet will stop the harp and harpist sinking into the ground.
The concert harp is not available for outdoor bookings.
Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis. Desirable dates and
times over festive, holiday and wedding seasons can get filled up quickly,
so booking well in advance helps avoid disappointment. If you want Liath
to learn something specifically for your event, or if you have commissioned
a piece, she will need at least eight weeks notice.
Much Does it Cost?
events Liath is hired for are varied, thus prices are quoted individually
for each booking. It's really helpful if you can include as much information
as possible when you ask for a quote - i.e. venue, timings, type of event
etc. Weddings are charged per event (as they often don't quite run to time!),
while events such as restaurant bookings and parties are charged by the
a guide, prices start from:
ceremony - £250
Drinks reception (up to 1.5 hours) - £240
Wedding Breakfast (up to 2 hours) - £240
ceremony - £230
Drinks reception (up to 1.5 hours) - £220
Wedding Breakfast (up to 2 hours) - £220
that affect the price are:
Liath plays, the more it costs. You only pay for the playing time, not setting
up / taking down. Therefore for restaurant bookings, after the first hour
the price per hour drops. For the same reason, discounts are available when
booking more than one part of the wedding day.
Liath takes bookings in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, along
with some areas of Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Although she has played
as far afield as the New Forest and the Scottish Highlands, greater distances
mean higher costs, not only in terms of petrol, but also to compensate for
hours spent travelling. In these instances, a more local harpist will probably
be far better value.
requests and commissions
Behind each hour of performance lie hundreds of rehearsal hours. If you
have requested that Liath learn, compose or arrange something especially
for your event, that may push up the price as she will have to buy sheet
music and spend time practicing the piece to performance standard.
you'd like to make an enquiry, you are welcome to email
or telephone Liath for a quote, or to arrange a time to visit and hear the
that you want to go ahead, Liath will then send you a booking form which
you need to send back with a £50 deposit to secure your booking. You
will also need to sign a copy of Liath's 'terms and conditions'. For convenience,
these forms are usually sent out by email. The balance of the fee is then
due seven days before the event.
you have booked Liath for a wedding ceremony, you are welcome to make an
appointment a few months before the big day to choose music and have a chat
about how it will all run.
contact Liath, click to email
or telephone 0115 925 3737 / 0783 183 3310