Flute and harp duo

Northumbrian Bells

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About Northumbrian Bells

Traditional Northumbrian & Scottish music for fiddle/flute and clarsach (harp) - beautiful music to accompany weddings & special occasions.
Flute and harp duo
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Claire and Rachael, Mum & daughter, have been performing together since Rachael was 6 years old. Rachael achieved Grade 8 Distinction in both Violin and Flute exams, accompanied on the piano by Claire. Rachael loved her musical life at Durham Uni graduating with a BA music, MA ( orchestration & arranging) & PGCE! Claire took the opportunity to return to her music with Piano, Violin & Harp playing over the last 20 years. Our professional lives are now taken up with Primary School Reception teaching for Rachael, and Harp & Piano teaching for Claire. We love playing our music together so much, from Classical to Folk and Musical Theatre. We usually make our family listeners cry with such beautiful arrangements, but promise to bring you a happy performance to remember forever!

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Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Orchestrator, Arranger, Theory teaching
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Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed both inside and outside (in good weather!). Most recently we have enjoyed performing at Howick Hall in Northumberland. We have also performed at a sunny garden party for a care home, and in a wedding marquee on the bride’s family’s farm with a beautiful view of the sea!

Do you have different line-up options?

Rachael plays violin and flute, and Claire plays clarsach and piano. We usually perform as violin/flute and clarsach, but we can also perform as violin/flute and piano!

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event please just let us know as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually arrive and set up about 1 hour before the performance time so that we have plenty of time to find where everything is. However again we can be flexible with this.

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

We have a set list of mostly traditional Northumbrian and Scottish music but are always happy to try and include specific requests where possible.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We are acoustic and don't require any extra equipment. To perform we would just require two chairs please and a suitable secure space to store our instrument cases whilst performing.


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From customers:

Dad, N
3 years ago

The Belles are a real sound of Northumberland. Their music is so emotional and makes me smile and cry in turn. I'm so proud of them and good luck on their professional debut.

Mr M
3 years ago

Beautiful! Blow the Wind Southerly was perfect for a Summer's afternoon. So special when Rachael picked up her flute for the memorable melody of Sheebeg & Sheemore. Please play for twice as long next time...