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Ciorstaidh Beaton

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About Ciorstaidh

Professional harpist, clàrsach player and pianist. Graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
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Harpist Ciorstaidh Beaton is a native Gàidhlig speaker from Kilmuir, on the Isle of Skye. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is now working as a professional harpist all over Scotland and the UK. Ciorstaidh is a versatile player, involved in a wide range of musical styles and collaborations. She is a keen orchestral player, working regularly with a variety of orchestras and ensembles across the UK. Recent performances include working with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Rogue Orchestra, the Red Note Ensemble, and the Scottish Opera, as well as many concerts with various music societies across the country. During her post-graduate studies she successfully applied to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's 'professional experience scheme', and in 2016 performed the Handel Harp Concerto with the RCS String Orchestra. In 2017 she was invited to perform in concert as a soloist at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. Ciorstaidh frequently played with the Festival No. 6 Ensemble, performing and recording live with artists and bands such as Daughter (London's Somerset House Concert Series 2015), JAMES, Rae Morris, Shadowparty (album recording), Nadine Shah, Gaz Coombes and Temples. Ciorstaidh has joined the Carpenters Story band as part of their show tours across the UK since 2016. She is a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist, winner of the Pan Celtic Festival open harp competition, and is a Royal National Mod Gold Medalist for both clàrsach and piano competitions numerous times over. Ciorstaidh is a passionate and experienced teacher, providing lessons privately from home or online, and regularly as guest tutor within some of Scotland's leading musical institutions such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, St Mary's Music School, Craigholme School, East Renfrewshire Council's Music Service, The Clàrsach Society, and at Feis courses all over the UK. Ciorstaidh has extensive experience in providing beautiful music for all occasions. She is available to play for all functions such as: weddings, private or corporate events, businesses, launches, christenings, baby showers, yoga classes.. and regularly plays for high-end afternoon teas in luxury hotels, as well as rural countryside locations. Available to book as part of a duo e.g. Flute & Harp, Voice & Harp, Cello & Harp, Violin & Harp... or as part of a larger group. Folk music duos/groups: clàrsach with flutes, fiddles, pipes singers or percussionists, clàrsach duets, you name it! Ciorstaidh performs on a Salvi 'Diana' pedal harp, and a Starfish 'Glencoe' clàrsach.

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
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Electronic, Folk, Ceillidh, Country, Traditional English folk, Irish rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Gospel, Blues, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Noise music, Marching, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Top 40, Indie, World music, Asian music, Bollywood, Scottish music, Indian music, French music, German music, Italian music, Spanish music, Tribute, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Ambient
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Community music worker, Composition teaching, Music therapy
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Song list

Popular :
Adele - “Hello”
- “Make You Feel My Love”
- “Skyfall"
- “Someone Like You"
The Beatles - “All You Need Is Love”
- “Let It Be”
- “Norwegian Wood”
Beyonce - "Halo"
The Carpenters - "Close To You”
- “We’ve Only Just Begun” (Any of their songs!)
Celine Dion - “My Heart Will Go On”
Christina Perry - “A Thousand Years”
Coldplay - “Fix You”
Cyndi Louper - “True Colours”
Ed Sheeran - “Perfect"
Elbow - "One Day Like This"
Elton John - "Your Song”
- “Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
Elvis Presley - “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”
Eva Cassidy - “Time After Time"
Imagine Dragons - “On Top Of The World”
John Legend - “All of Me”
Johnny Mercer - “Moon River"
Katie Melua - “Closest Thing To Crazy”
- “Nine Million Bicycles”
Keane - "Somewhere Only We Know”
Leonard Cohen - “Hallelujah”
Robbie Williams - “Angels"
- "She’s The One"
Sam Smith - "Stay With Me”
Snow Patrol - “Chasing Cars”
Stevie Wonder - “Isn’t She Lovely”
- “Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
Sting - “Fields Of Gold”
- “Every Breath You Take”
WestLife - “You Raise Me Up”
* Happy to collaborate on personal requests.
Traditional Scottish / Own Arrangements :
“Caledonia” - Trad.
“Celtic Fiddles” (Folk) - Phil Cunningham/John Ashton Thomas
“Gillian’s Waltz” - Trad.
“Kate Martin’s Waltz” (Folk) - Blair Douglas
“My Love is Like A Red, Red Rose” - Trad.
“Lament For A Blind Harper” - Trad.
“Leaving Stoer” (Folk) - Duncan Chisholm
“Loch Lomond” - Runrig
“The Massacre of Glencoe” - Trad.
“Tickled Pink” (Jazz/blues) - Savourna Stevenson
"The Swan” (Folk) - Catriona McKay
* Wide range of Irish traditional and contemporary Scottish folk pieces available too.


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)£150
Up to 1 hour£195
Up to 2 hours£275
Up to 3 hours£355


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