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Becki McIlroy

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About Becki

Professional harpist, available for orchestral work, weddings, functions and private tuition.
Harpist
Abingdon
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Becki is a professional harpist, graduating in 2018 with a Masters degree from The Royal Northern College of Music, under the tuition of Eira Lynn Jones. A passionate performer, Becki has performed in venues such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre as a 2017 World Harp Congress soloist, The Wigmore Hall (London), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) and The Sage, Gateshead. After discovering a love of chamber music in her undergraduate degree, Becki continued to develop this during her Masters, founding Duo Azure (Harp and Violin) and the award winning Chroma Harp duo. Chroma harp are currently performing as part of the prestigious Live Music Now Scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin to bring the highest standards of musicianship to those in the community who have least opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of being involved in live performance. Whilst studying for her Masters Becki has been exploring the use of the harp within experimental electronic projects. Becki loves to discover and perform new contemporary music, and regularly works alongside composers to develop and expand the harp repertoire. In 2017 she performed in the Wigmore Hall as part of their Tansy Davies composer series, and performs regularly with contemporary orchestras. As part of the Chroma Harp Duo Becki gave the European premiere of Paul Patterson’s harp duet, 'Scorpions', a piece for which the duo was awarded first prize in the ensemble class at the Camac Harp Competition in London and the UKHA prize for the best performance of a work by a British composer. Becki went on to work alongside Paul, and showcased his harp solo ‘Lizards’ as part of the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong (2017). Most recently, she has worked alongside composer John Kefala Kerr to create a performance space within Newcastle's Grainger markets. The project, 'Acadia' celebrated the history and contemporary life of the markets, culminating in several performances of the work, written for harp, soprano and electronics.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Folk, Covers, Ambient, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Experimental, Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical crossover, Musical theatre, Irish rock, Easy listening, Acoustic, Contemporary Christian
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Here are some samples of repertoire ideas. More are available on request, so make sure you ask if you can't find it below - I'm always happy to arrange something new!
- TRADITIONAL WEDDING CEREMONY -
Wagner:
Bridal Chorus
Mendelssohn:
Wedding March
Pachelbel:
Canon in D major
Schubert:
Ave Maria
- POP COVERS -
Adele:
Make you feel my love
Ben E King:
Stand by Me
Beetles:
All you need is love
Yesterday
Bob Dylan:
Blowing in the wind
Times are Changing
Celine Dion:
My heart will go on
Christina Perri:
A thousand years
Coldplay:
Paradise,
Sky full of stars,
Magic,
Yellow
Cyndi Lauper:
True Colours
Des'ree:
Kissing you
Ed Sheeran:
Perfect
Thinking out Loud
Elvis Presley:
Can't help falling in love
Elbow:
One day like this
Ellie Goulding:
Love me like you do,
How long will I Love you
Your Song
George Ezra:
Hold my girl
John Legend:
All of me
Keane/Lily Allen:
Somewhere only we know
Lady Antebellum:
Need you now
Lana Del Ray:
Young and Beautiful
Leonard Cohen:
Hallelujah
Louis Armstrong:
What a wonderful world
Passenger:
Let her go
Take That:
Rule the world
Greatest Day
The Moody Blues:
Nights in White Satin
- FILM / TV / MUSICALS -
Game of Thrones
Main Theme
Aladdin
A Whole New World
Beauty and the Beast
Tale as old as time
Maleficent
Once Upon a dream
La La Land
City of Stars
Romeo and Juliet
A time for us
Indiana Jones
Main Theme
Love Actually
All you need is Love
Phantom of the Opera
Angel of Music
CATS
Memory
Evita
Don't cry for me Argentina
Jesus Christ Superstar
I don't know how to love him
The Wizard of OZ
Over the rainbow
The Sound of Music
My favourite things
Eidelweiss
- CLASSICAL -
Alexis Ffrench:
Bluebird
Einaudi:
I Giorni
Pachelbel:
Canon in D major
Yiruma:
River Flows in You
Schubert:
Ave Maria
Clarke:
Chaconne
John Parry:
Sonata in D major
G F Handel:
Passacaglia
Gabrielle Pierne:
Impromptu Caprice
Benjamin Britten:
Interlude from Ceremony of Carols
John Thomas:
Watching the Wheat
Meinir Heulyn:
Four Welsh Waltzes
Sleep, my pretty child
Marcel Grandjany:
Children's hour
Uno Vesje:
Footsteps in an empty room
- FOLK -
Down by the Sally Gardens
Greensleeves
Oh Danny boy
Over the sea to sky
Scarbourgh fair
Glenlivet (trad. Scotttish)
The Water is Wide
Gelliwig (trad. welsh)
Christina Tourin
Anam Cara
Meinir Heulyn:
Four Welsh Waltzes
Sleep, my pretty child
- JAZZ -
Pearl Chertok:
Ten Past 2
Over the rainbow
My favourite things
Take 5
- CELEBRATIONS SONGS -
Happy Birthday
For he's a jolly good fellow
Chicken pickin' rag
Customer questions

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

I never book more than one event on a day, so if your timings change that's okay! Just keep me in the loop, and I'll make sure to be exactly where you need me, set up and ready, no stress!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually like to arrive pretty early, so that all the harp covers are removed and moved out of sight. That way, when everyone starts arriving they immediately get the wow factor of the harp within your beautiful venue.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, everything is included in this to keep it simple for you!

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all - my instrument is played acoustically so I don't need any equipment. If it is raining then 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?

Of course you can, but also don't feel limited to these! I love it when couples come to me with unusual and personal music requests!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes - go wild!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My music is character-full and vibrant, making a statement whether that's for a wedding or a recital. I love to answer questions and let people try out the instrument for themselves.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've had the honour of performing in the Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Wigmore Hall (London) and The Sage, Gateshead.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love all kinds of music, but my absolute favourite will always be folk. People like Catriona Mckay who are able to tell stories through their music inspired me to learn.

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

A couple of years ago I was also chosen to perform a solo at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong - I love to travel, so this was a particular highlight!

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)£70
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£350
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£200
Wedding ceremony
This includes music whilst your guests arrive, the bride's entrance, during the signing of the register (and time for photos), and music as guests leave. (Maximum time: 60mins)
£300
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- 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.
£500

Add-ons

Amplification
Free

Reviews

From customers:

Simon R, 3 years ago

Thank you for the beautiful music at our wedding last month. Many guests commented on how beautiful it sounded. Both myself and Ann are very grateful.

Craig (, 3 years ago

All our guests loved Becki's beautiful sound. Really one of our favourite parts of the wedding. We cannot thank you enough Becki

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