weddingsLiath Hollins, Harpist

Harp music is the perfect way to add a touch of magic to your special day. Harp music creates a beautiful musical backdrop that will highlight the important parts of your ceremony and relax and entertain your guests. You'll find that live music is sensitive and adaptable, and that the visual beauty and rich sound of the harp is an elegant complement to your wedding.

You 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. You can hear some music selections and make sure that you get exactly what you need from your booking.

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Choosing Music
Suggested Selections
How Much Does it Cost?

Choosing Music

Many brides prefer to leave the music selection to Liath. She has a great deal of experience in selecting tunes that complement each other and that will suit the feel of your ceremony. You can leave the music in her hands and rest assured that her selections will be appropriate and beautiful.

You are welcome to choose your own pieces if you wish. Take a look at Liath's repertoire page to see and hear some popular selections. You may also find Liath's select repertoire list useful for advise on choosing music for your ceremony.

The harp has its own style and repertoire of pieces that bring out the best in the instrument and these tunes form the basis of Liath's repertoire. She also has an extensive range of classical and popular pieces and is usually happy to learn new pieces on request. You can view her full repertoire list here.

If you are having a civil wedding, remember that religious music of any sort is not permitted. Your registrar may ask for a list of the music you have chosen before the wedding day. If in doubt, do consult the registrar, as rules on music do vary.

Suggested selections

 

Ceremony

The suggestions below are appropriate for the standard civil ceremony. Sometimes at church weddings, Liath provides music for the prelude and signing of the register only, with the processional and recessional taken by the organ. She can accompany hymns if given notice beforehand.

You may want additional music throughout your ceremony - sometimes the bridesmaids or mother of the bride have their own processional music. You may like to have a special piece of music played either during a reading or as a solo.

Liath is always willing to discuss any special arrangements, but please bear in mind that these should also be agreed with your priest, vicar or registrar.

 

Prelude
It's best not to be too prescriptive in your choice of music here, as Liath needs to be sensitive to the timing of the occasion and adapt the music accordingly. At this point the harp music will be understated, providing background music as the guests seat themselves and await the entrance of the bride. Rather than picking specific pieces, it's best to give an idea of the overall feel and style of music you would like.

Processional
Here you can choose from a whole range of tunes, some of which have been accompanying brides down the aisle for hundreds of years. Make sure your piece has a steady walking pace. Most couples like to pick something classical here, but there are also some traditional wedding tunes such as the St Kilda Wedding March with its ancient sounding melody.

Signing the Register
This is a good photo opportunity and hence can take quite a long time. You may like to choose something that has personal meaning for you and your family. Liath will usually need two or three pieces.

Recessional
Choose something joyous and lively to accompany your first steps together as a married couple.

Drinks Reception

Receptions usually last around 1.5 hours to give time for photographs and drinks.The harp provides an elegant background and rather than picking individual pieces, it is best to give Liath an idea of the type of music you would like.

Wedding Breakfast

The meal usually lasts for around 2 hours. As for the drinks reception, the harp is providing background music, and you need not specify every single piece to be played. However, couples often like to pick a favourite piece to be the first or last played. This is a great way of making the wedding breakfast even more special. Liath usually plays up to the start of the speeches.

How Much Does it Cost?

As a guide, prices start from:

Concert Harp:

Wedding ceremony - £250
Drinks reception (up to 1.5 hours) - £240
Wedding Breakfast (up to 2 hours) - £240

Lever Harp:

Wedding ceremony - £230
Drinks reception (up to 1.5 hours) - £220
Wedding Breakfast (up to 2 hours) - £220

Discounts apply if Liath is booked for more than one part of the wedding day (ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast). Prices for the harp and guitar duo are also available on request.

Liath takes bookings in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, plus some areas of Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. She sometimes works outside of those areas, but charges extra for travel.

To contact Liath, click to email or telephone 0115 925 3737 / 0783 183 3310