Anna Purver

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About Anna Purver

I am a professional harpist/pianist based near Chepstow in South Wales. I specialise in traditional celtic music. Available for weddings.
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Originally from Abergavenny, I am a harpist and pianist and love being part of couples weddings. I got married recently so know how it feels to plan a beautiful wedding. I enjoy performing traditional folk music on the Welsh lever harp, and can also sing in Welsh. I arrange pop music for the harp including madness, Ed Sheeran and Kylie. I enjoy writing my own songs and have supported Trembling Bells at the Musician in Leicester. I have played at many festivals including the Leicester Riverside Festival and Folk on the Lawn, Tintern. I can provide a calm and tranquil atmosphere for your event. I have played at a variety of wedding venues from private gardens to castles and absolutely love my job. I am also a classically trained pianist. I have a wide range of repertoire and specialise in the music of the romantic composers such as Debussy and Chopin. I also enjoy playing Pop and Jazz standards. No piano at your venue? I have a digital piano I can bring to your event. I am also an experienced organist and can play your hymns in a church wedding.

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Anna Purver's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Wendy R
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

over the moon, thank you so much for helping make my birthday so special Anna, i am so pleased i chose you, not only a talented player but such a lovely person too- it felt like having another friend at my party cant thank you enough xxxx

Tony S
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Anna was absolutely amazing. Played all our requested songs along with her own to make our wedding day so special.

Reply from Anna Purver
10 months ago

Thanks for the review Tony. I hope you and Marie are enjoying married life. Any photos of me would be greatly appreciated.

John B
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent, everyone commented on how well played and appropriate the music was.

Reply from Anna Purver
11 months ago

Thanks for the review John. I hope you are both having a lovely honeymoon. Best wishes, Anna

Bethan P
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Anna was absolutely wonderful. She contacted me a few weeks before the event to find out more details and adapted her music choice to reflect the occasion. My mum and friends ended up singing along to some of the Welsh hymns that she played! Anna arrived exactly on time and pitched the volume of her music exactly to a level whereby people could chat whilst also enjoy listening to her lovely playing. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.

Reply from Anna Purver
11 months ago

Hi Bethan, Thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to play at your Mum and Dads party. Best wishes, Anna

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From other customers:

Victoria E
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in St Briavels Castle
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5 out of 5

Anna and her beautiful Welsh Nightingale harp perfectly set the scene for my 40th party in St Briavels Castle, with captivating Celtic songwriting that made for an entertaining evening.

Mari G
3 years ago, for a Private event in St Briavels
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5 out of 5

Anna very kindly came along to our Beavers Scouts ‘Wales Session’ and played the harp beautifully for us. All the children were absorbed by it and she answered all of their many questions!

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Anna Purver's Song list

Anna Purver - Harpist repertoire
Traditional Welsh tunes;
Llanover Reel
Adar Mân y Mynydd
Lisa Lan
Dacwr nghariad
The Ash grove
Calon Lan
Merch Megan
Watching the wheat
The rising of the Lark
The blackbird
The Cutty Wren
The stars above are bright (Mentra Gwen)
Huna Blentyn
Y Deryn Pur
Let Now The Harp
Traditional Irish;
Down by the Salley Gardens
O Carolan tunes - Bridget Cruise
Lady Athenry
Eleanor Plunkett
Carolans quarrel with the Landlady
She moved through the fair
Londonderry Air
Traditional Scottish;
My Love is like a red, red rose
Skye boat song
Annie Laurie
The Rowan Tree
Loch Tay boat song
Michael Turners Waltz
The Mayflower
Loch Lomond
Over the hills and far away
Wild Mountain Thyme
The Blue Bells of Scotland
Far from Home
Jacky Tar
A ‘Bheairt-Fhioda (a weaving lilt)
White Rose Waltz
Traditional English;
Scarborough Fair
Over the Mountains
May Day Carol
The Banks of the sweet primroses
When Cockleshells Turn Silver Bells
Allan Water
Hares on the mountain
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Camila Cabello - Havana
Kylie - Love at first sight
Stephen Sanchez - Until I Found You
George Ezra - Hold my Girl
The Beatles - Here comes the sun
All you need is love
David Bowie - Starman
Ashes to Ashes
Space Oddity
The man who sold the world
Life on Mars
Kate Bush - Running up that hill
Hounds of Love
Madness - It must be love
Bjork - All is Full Of Love
The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
She’s a Rainbow
Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw your Face
The Cure - Love Song
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Yazoo - Only you
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits, Photograph, Afterglow, The Joker and the Queen
Sandy Denny - Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
Florence and The Machine - Cosmic Love, you’ve got the love
Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love
Elvis - Love Me Tender
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Kate Rusby - Underneath the stars
The Cranberries - Linger
Bob Marley - Is this Love?
Frank Sinatra - Fly me to the moon
The Specials - Message to Rudi
Miley Cyrus - Midnight Sky
Clean Bandit - Symphony
Led Zepellin - Stairway To Heaven
Manic Street Preachers - A design for life
Nina Simone - Ain’t got no/I got life
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Pachelbels Canon in D
Bach - Jesu Joy of Mans desiring
Prelude in C
Wedding March from A Midsummer nights Dream
Handel - Air from Water Music
Dance Of The Spirits - Gluck
Ashokan Farewell
Puccini - I mio babbino caro
Puccini - Musettas Waltz
Giordano - Caro Mio Ben
Haydn - Serenade from String Quartet in F
Kuhnau - Aria
Handel - The harmonious Blacksmith
Macdowell - To a wild rose
Chopin - prelude no 7
Delibes - Flower Duet
Debussy - The girl with the flaxen hair
Strauss - The Blue Danube, Emperor waltz
Schumann -About Foreign Lands and People
Waldteufel - Skaters Waltz
Aunty Louies waltz
Einaudi - Primavera
Colours of the wind - Pocahontas
Feed the birds - Mary Poppins
When you wish upon a star - Pinocchio
A dream is a wish your heart makes - Cinderella
Beauty and the Beast - Theme
The bare necessities - Jungle Book
Tangled - I see the light
Under the sea - The little mermaid
La Mer/beyond the sea - Finding Nemo
A whole new world - Aladdin
A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes - Cinderella
Little April Showers, Love is a song - Bambi
Some Day My Prince will Come - Snow White and the seven Dwarfs
Can you feel the love tonight? - Elton John
Film music;
City of Stars - La la Land
Mia and Sebastian’s Theme
Labrynth - As the world falls down
The Sound of Music - Edelweiss
Breakfast at Tiffanies - Moon River
The Greatest Showman - A million Dreams, This Is Me
The Wizard of Oz - Over the rainbow
Amélie - Comptine d’ etre eté
La Valse d’Amelie
Twilight Saga - A Thousand Years
River flows in you
Lord of the Rings - Into the West
An American Tail - Somewhere Out There
The King and I - I could have danced all night
Spirited Away - Always with Me
Pianist Repertoire (All harp tunes can be played on the piano)
Debussy - 1st Arabesque, The girl with the flaxen hair, Clare de lune, Bruyers
Field - Nocturne
Chopin - Nocturne in E flat major
Macdowell - To a wild rose
Fibich - Poem
Strauss - The Blue Danube
Under the bridges of Paris
Take five - Dave Brubeck
Blue Moon - Henry Mancini
It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing) - Duke Ellington
Copland - Sentimental melody

Anna Purver's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£350
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients seem to enjoy my choice of harp covers. I love arranging pop songs from the 80s and 90s for the harp.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

St Briavels Castle The Celtic Manor Pencoed House Estate Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd Fortnight Farm Manor, Bath Shearsby Bath, Lutterworth

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Kate Bush Joanna Newsom Sandy Denny Joni Mitchell David Bowie

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

I’ve supported Trembling Bells at the Musician, Leicester. I’ve played on the River Stage at Folk on the Lawn Festival in Tintern.

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

I am flexible to time changes in your event. Let me know if things have changed so I can help to make the day run smoothly.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always arrive an hour in advance to set up my harp as I can give the best performance when I am at ease and not rushed.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, I’ve included all travel costs in your quote.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I can play outside as long as the weather is fine.

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

You can pick whatever tunes you like from my set list. I have a wide range of music for you to choose from.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to learn up to three new songs for your event. Just give me plenty of advance warning so I have time to practise.
Welsh folk, Classical, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Baroque, Musical theatre, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Folk, Pop
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Event types:
Wedding, Church service, Birthday party, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Accompanist, Songwriter
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