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Eleanor Dunsdon

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Berkshire-based professional pedal and lever harpist. Available for weddings and events, orchestral work and harp lessons.

Eleanor began playing the harp at the age of 9, under the direction of Luke Daniels and the Gael Music academy. From there, she has gone on to perform alongside Cara Dillon, The Unthanks, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Eleanor has also performed with various orchestras in York and Berkshire, including most recently The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, and at folk festivals in Cambridge, Oxford, Towersey and Bath. In 2015, she reached the finals of the Cherubim Music Trust harp competition, and British Harp Chamber Music Competition. Eleanor graduated from the University of York with a degree in Music in July 2016, where she studied with Georgina Wells, Rachel Dent, Sarah Goss and Eira Lynn-Jones. She has recently begun performing regularly with folk group, Moonrakers. Eleanor currently plays regularly for weddings and events, and teaches pedal and lever harp to students of all ages both privately and at schools in Berkshire and Oxford.

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 own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Folk, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Modern jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Disco, Funk, Vintage, Ambient pop, 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, Swing, Blues, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Indie, World music, Bollywood, French music, Italian music, Jewish music, German music, Spanish music, Tango, Flamenco, Brazilian music, Scottish music, Indian music
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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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Songwriter, Composer, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Repertoire
Take a look at my repertoire list. If you don't see something on there you fancy, let me know and I will try my best to accommodate your requests - I'm always trying to learn new music!
Classical
Bach Aria from The Goldberg Variations
Bonnie Shaljean Fantasia on a Sonata by Cardon
Clarke Chaconne
Debussy Premier Arabesque
Debussy Clair de Lune
Delibes The Flower Duet
Einaudi Le Onde
Einaudi I Giorni
Grandjany Reverie
Grandjany Barcarolle
Holst 'Jupiter' from The Planets
Pachelbel Canon in D
Purcell Hornpipe
Purcell Trumpet Tune
Tailleferre Sonata pour Harpe
Wagner Bridal Chorus
Folk
Scottish
An Buachaille (Savourna Stevenson)
Aval Moon (Catriona McKay)
Both Sides of the Tweed
The Cockle Gatherer
Eira (McKay)
Eriskay Love Lilt
Fac' thu na feidh (McKay)
Glenlivet
Skye Boat Song
The Swan LK243 (McKay)
Irish
The Blue Hills of Antrim
Carolan's Draught
Carolan's Celtic Prelude I & II
Da Smugglers
Forest Baby (Brian Finnegan)
Marga's Waltz (Finnegan)
The Moving Cloud
Planxty Dermot Grogan (Geraghty)
Shule Aroon
The Star of the County Down
Suaimhneas
The Knappogue Medley (O'Farrell)
Welsh
Watching the Wheat
English
Greensleeves
Scarborough Fair
Popular
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
A Time for Us (Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet')
All You Need Is Love (The Beatles)
Beauty and the Beast (Main Theme)
The Cave (Mumford and Sons)
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
Clocks (Coldplay)
Feels Like Home (Edwina Hayes)
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)
I See the Light (Tangled)
I'm Not the Only One (Sam Smith)
Kissing You (Des'ree)
Let Her Go (Passenger)
Let It Go (Frozen)
Moon River
Paradise (Coldplay)
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
Pompeii (Bastille)
River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin)
So This Is Love (Cinderella)
What a Wonderful World
Your Song (Elton John/Ellie Goulding)

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Dave M, 3 months ago

Very friendly, played music beautifully

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Nick M, 11 months ago

From start to finish the booking process was smooth, after booking Eleanor she made contact promptly and was very informative to what happens on the day which eased wedding plans. When Eleanor arrived she made herself known (well the harp did!!its massive) she played beautifully and every request was met with enthusiasm! Eleanor was a delight to have at our wedding!! Despite the rain she managed to move her harp across to another part of our venue which amazed us! Eleanor is versatile,professional and such a great harpest who made our wedding ceremony complete. Thank so much can not recommend enough.

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Jennifer R, 1 year ago

I am so glad i chose Eleanor to play at my wedding! She arrived in plenty of time, there was no stress, she was very professional and friendly. She really went above and beyond, moving her harp inside and out a few times for us with no fuss. She has a very long repertoire with all different genres to suite any event. Overall she was brilliant and her music was beautiful. Thank you again Eleanor x

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Rachel D, 1 year ago

Eleanor was fantastic. We had so many comments from our guests of how beautifully she played. She was also dressed very smart which i was happy about.

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James W, 1 year ago

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your music on Tuesday. It was absolutely beautiful and our guests agreed. We had a huge amount of comments on how well you fitted with the atmosphere of the ceremony. Rest assured we would be more than happy to recommend you and hope that one day we get to hear you playing again.

Aimee J, 1 year ago

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your music on Tuesday. It was absolutely beautiful and our guests agreed. We had a huge amount of comments on how well you fitted with the atmosphere of the ceremony. Rest assured we would be more than happy to recommend you and hope that one day we get to hear you playing again.

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