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Cara Dawson

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About Cara

Enthusiastic and versatile harpist enjoying playing in a variety of different projects in London
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Cara Dawson is a harpist currently studying at Trinity Laban, having previously attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the prestigious Chethams School of Music where she was winner of the Ida Carol prize for strings. Cara has performed with orchestras around England, in venues such as Royal Festival, Barbican Hall and Cheltenham Music Festival, under the baton of conductors including Pietari Inkinen , Paul Mann and François-Xavier Roth. Cara is a keen chamber musician, having performed with several various combinations of instruments showcasing at Brandenberg Choral festival, Leeds College of Music and Durham Cathedral to name a few. In recent years, Cara has brought the harp to various new creative projects and has worked with spoken word artists, singer songwriters, sound installation artists, actors and composers to create exciting new pieces in Barbican Curve Gallery, Milton Court Hall and BBC’s Godiva Music Festival. As a background musician and wedding/function performer, Cara presents a large repertoire spanning genres from classical to jazz to pop, and endeavours to meet a client’s needs whatever the occasion.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Fanfare, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Medieval music, Contemporary classical, 1960s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Avant garde, Experimental, Easy listening, Light music, Covers, World music, Ambient
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Actor, Dancer, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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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)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


From customers:

Choir D, 4 years ago

Your accompaniment ... (was) sensitive, extremely musical and 100% reliable, and your interlude last night had everyone spellbound

David B, 1 year ago

Cara is a fabulous harpist. She played at my daughter's wedding. Cara played a solo set that really added to the occasion. She has great musicality and is a charming person.