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Ada Grace Francis - Singing Harpist and Pianist

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Singing harpist and pianist playing contemporary songs, adding a unique twist to the traditional wedding instrument!
Harpist
Manchester
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Ada Grace has been playing weddings for over 10 years and has experience playing a huge range different functions, large and small, all over the UK. Being trained in harp and piano from the age of 6 and then later discovering her love of singing jazz and soul, Ada brings together the traditional wedding instrument of the harp and combines it with her soulful voice to create a truly unique live music experience for your wedding. Ada can tailor her skills to whatever you envisage for your special day and will beautifully capture the emotion of your wedding whether that be the more traditional instrumental harp, traditional with a twist; harp and vocals, instrumental piano or piano and vocals.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Acoustic, Traditional Scottish folk, Covers, Folk, Jazz
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Recording session, Burns night, New Year's Eve, Funeral / Memorial service
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Fluent improviser, Accompanist
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Ada's Song list

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri 
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers 
All of Me – John Legend  
At Last - Etta James
Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns
Autumn Leaves – Eva Cassidy  
Ave Maria - Schubert
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse 
Best Part – H.E.R 
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkle
Caledonia - Dougie Mclean
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Lauryn Hill 
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones 
Cranes In The Sky – Solange  
Clair De Lune - Debussy
Clocks – Coldplay
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones  
Dream a Little Dream of Me – Mamas and Papas  
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac  
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Endless Love – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
Everglow - Coldplay
Fields of Gold – Sting/Eva Cassidy
Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Feels Like Home - Randy Newman
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra 
Flowers - Miley Cyrus
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
Half the World Away – Oasis
Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Harvest Moon – Neil Young  
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles 
Hey Jude – The Beatles 
How Deep Is Your Love - PJ Morton  
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding 
Imagine – John Lennon  
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars 
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Last Request – Paolo Nutini 
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Lets Stay Together – Al Green  
Like A Star – Corrine Bailey Rae 
Loch Lomond
Long Day Is Over – Norah Jones  
Loving You - Paolo Nutini
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Mercy – Duffy  
Moonriver - Audrey Hepburn
My Same – Adele 
No One Knows Me Like The Piano – Sampha  
Over the Rainbow – Melody Gardot  
Perfect – Ed Sheeran  
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Picture in a Frame – Tom Waits 
Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae 
Red Red Rose - Robert Burns
River – Leon Bridges  
River Flows in You - Yiruma
Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin  
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5 
She Loves You - The Beatles
Someone To Watch Over Me  
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Stand By Me – Ben. E. King  
Stormy Weather – Etta James 
Sunny Side of the Street – Billie Holiday 
The Parting Glass
The Swan - Catriona McKay
The Way you Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 
Thing’s Are Changin’ - Gary Clark Jr. 
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 
Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean  
Treasure – Bruno Mars 
Trouble - Coldplay
Turning Tables - Adele
Up&Up - Coldplay
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Viva La Viva - Coldplay
Valerie – Amy Winehouse  
When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
With a Little Help from My Friends - The Beatles
With or Without You - U2
Wonderwall - Oasis
Warwick Avenue – Duffy  
Wonderful World - Neil Armstrong
Yellow - Coldplay
You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne 
You Are the Reason - Calum Scott
Your Song - Elton John
You’re The One I Want – Angus and Julia Stone 
You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine 
Yesterday - The Beatles
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
You Belong To Me - Jo Stafford
You Give Me Something - James Morrison
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
Film
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John (The Lion King)
I See The Light - Tangled
If I Didn't Have You - Monsters Inc
Kiss the Girl - Ariel
Lets Go Fly a Kite - Mary Poppins
Let It Go - Frozen
Married Life - Up
Memory - Cats
A Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
Moon River - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Part of your World - The Little Mermaid
Portuguese Love Theme - Love Actually
PM Love Theme - Love Actually
Reflection - Mulan
Shallow - A Star is Born
She - Notting Hill
SkyFall - Adele
Sleeping At Last - Twilight
Some Day My Prince Will Come - Snow White
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast
Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
When I Fall in Love - Sleepless in Seattle
When She Loved Me - Toy Story 2
When You Believe - The Prince of Egypt
When You Wish Upon a Star - Pinocchio
You'll Be In My Heart - Tarzan
You Make My Dreams Come True - 500 Days of Summer
Your Song - Moulin Rouge
You've Got a Friend in Me - Toy Story
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Song of the South
Disney
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
A Whole New World (Alladin)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
How Far I’ll Go (Moana Soundtrack)
I See the Light (Tangled)
Kiss the Girl (The Little Mermaid)
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
Tale as Old as Time (Beauty and the Beast)
Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)
Video Game Music
Cara Mia Addio (Portal 2)*Flowers Blooming in the Church (Final Fantasy VII)Kaer Morhen (The Witcher 3)The Legend of Zelda ThemeSkyrim/Morrowind ThemeStill Alive (Portal)*Zelda’s Lullaby (The Legend of Zelda)Tomb Raider Theme*
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The ambience that the harp creates at weddings and functions is unparalleled. It creates atmosphere and the perfect setting for your special day.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Barn on the Bay Caledonian Hotel (Waldorf Astoria) Charlton Hall Crathorne Hall Hotel Danby Castle Edinburgh Castle Healey Barn Lartington House Le Petit Chateau Manor House Lindley Middleton Lodge Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Royal Scots Club Runa Farm St Mary's Church, Bowdon Stanley House Hotel The Little Fox Yorebridge House Hotel

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Norah Jones, Lianne La Havas, Joanna Newsom, Dorothy Ashby

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have played multiple times at Edinburgh Castle for various different functions as well as provided music for private members clubs such as the Royal Scots Club and large fashion department store Selfridges.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always plan to be as flexible as possible so that your event runs smoothly. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually aim to set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. If I am playing for your ceremony, I will play as your guests enter the ceremony room around 15 minutes before the ceremony start time.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes absolutely, I transport the harp by car. I play the celtic harp so it is much easier to be transported than the larger pedal harps.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I will provide everything needed for indoor and outdoor events. For outdoor events specifically I have a wireless amp so that I can set up anywhere without needing power nearby. If it's raining I will need full cover or to perform indoors as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

You can pick anything from my setlist and you can choose up to 3 songs not on my setlist for your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast. Alternatively if you find choosing songs overwhelming I can give you options that I think would work well.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Of course, you can request up to 3 songs not included on my setlist for your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast. Please keep in mind that not every piece if able to be played on the harp, a good way of checking is to find a video of a harpist playing it on youtube, or just ask if you're not sure.

Ada's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£550
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, the bridal entrance, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£380
Ceremony + Drinks reception
Music of your choice before, during and as guests leave ceremony and 2x 45 minute sets during drinks reception
£480
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£550
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Ada's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Caragh M
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Ada provided a wonderful recital of Robert Burns songs and Scottish folk pieces which gave us a splendid start to our Burns Night supper. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.

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Ray P
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ada played the harp and sang beautifully for my Mother’s 90th. She made the event so special. A really nice person as well who clearly loves what she does.

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Dee G
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Outstanding! Thank you for coming to Edinburgh and playing at my wedding ceremony. Incredible voice. Added elegance. Highly recommended.

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Luke M
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Top professional, who overcome unexpected rain without any issue. Music was beautifully played. Highly recommend.

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Imogen B
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 out of 5

Ada played recently at a family birthday party and her set was absolutely perfect. Her repertoire was combination of traditional, popular and requested material, all of which was delivered beautifully. She was punctual and brilliant at communicating throughout the booking process, making her set perfectly catered for our event, it felt like she really cared about delivering a personal service. I would recommend her for any event and we’d love to book her again in the future. She is the perfect feature to make any of your events special and memorable.

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Sarah D
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Alnwick NE66
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5 out of 5

It was lovely to meet you and I'm pleased you were happy to play here. The guests were very impressed! I will certainly be in touch when we need a harpist.

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