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Northumbrian Bells

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About Northumbrian Bells

Mum and daughter duo playing violin/flute and clarsach (lever harp)/piano - beautiful music to accompany your weddings or special occasion!
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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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Caroline C
5 months ago, for a Charity event in Howick Estate Office
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5 out of 5

Northumbrian Bells, Claire and Rachael are a hugely talented mother and daughter duo who play the most beautiful music, that will bring you to tears. They are super sensitive in finding the right pieces to suit the event. As well as being magical in their musical recitals, they are very special people who I thoroughly recommend.

Jane M
1 year ago, for a Charity event in Howick Estate Office
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5 out of 5

The sound of music being played as we entered Howick Hall was enchanting. The ambience and setting in the Chinese Room for the lovely harp and flute duets being played by Claire and Rachael were so relaxing and very welcoming. What a great combination, music and location, well worth a visit to experience and enjoy!

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Northumbrian Bells' Song list

Popular Wedding Songs:
Pachelbel's Canon in C
Can't Help Falling in Love - by Elvis Presley
Turning Page - by Sleeping at Last
La Vie En Rose - by Edith Piaf
Hallelujah - by Leonard Cohen
Wedding March - by Mendelssohn
I Giorni - by Ludovico Einaudi
Wonderful Tonight - by Eric Clapton
Northumbrian Traditional Music:
Bonny at Morn - Trad., arr. Janet Bennett
Blow the Wind Southerly - Trad., arr. Janet Bennett
Felton Lonnen - Trad., arr. Janet Bennett
Elsey's Waltz - Archie Dagg, arr. Janet Bennett
Scottish Traditional Music:
Farewell to Stromness - by Peter Maxwell Davies
Return to Tiree - by Isobel Mieras
Tiree Bridal March - by Isobel Mieras
Loch Katrine's Lady - by Phil Cunningham
Gentle Light That Wakes Me - by Phil Cunningham
Irish Traditional Music:
Sheebeg and Sheemore - Trad., arr. Isobel Mieras
Romantic Piano Music (arranged for violin/flute and piano/harp):
Fairytale - by Ludovico Einaudi
Soulmate - by Andrea Vanzo
Wedding Ballet - by Austin Farwell
Deep Breaths - by Austin Farwell
Christmas Eve - by Austin Farwell
River Flows in You - Yiruma
Popular Music:
Annie's Song - by John Denver
Love Story - by Taylor Swift
Enchanted - by Taylor Swift
At Last - by Etta James
Music from Musicals and Films:
Moonriver - from Breakfast at Tiffanys, by Henry Mancini
Send in the Clowns - from A Little Night Music
I Dreamed a Dream - from Les Miserables
A Whole New World - from Aladdin
Young Lovers - from The King & I
Ladies in Lavender - by Nigel Hess
Sunday - from Sunday in the Park with George

Northumbrian Bells' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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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.
Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Traditional church music, Traditional Irish folk, Light music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Church service, Burns night
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Orchestrator, Arranger, Theory teaching
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