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About Elinor

Manchester based harpist providing classical and contemporary harp music for any occasion.
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Award-winning Scottish harpist Elinor Nicholson graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first class honours degree in 2014. She then went on to complete a Masters in Music with distinction in 2016. During her studies, Elinor won the prestigious RNCM Concerto Competition which resulted in a performance of Debussy’s ‘Danses’ for harp and string orchestra at the 2017 RNCM String Festival. Elinor was twice a finalist in the RNCM Gold Medal competition- the highest accolade for performance offered by the college. Professionally, Elinor regularly performs with ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Northern Ballet Sinfonia. She has also performed alongside well known names including Nicola Benedetti, Katherine Jenkins, Russel Watson and the rock band Evanescence. This has led her to perform in some of the country’s most notable concert halls, including; Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Sage Gateshead, Royal Glasgow Concert Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. Elinor is a member of the Polaris Duo (saxophone and harp), who recorded their debut album ‘illuminate’ in 2018. In the same year they were selected as ‘BBC Introducing Artists’ and have subsequently had their music broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Elinor’s flute and harp duo, Meridiem, regularly perform for music societies across the UK; a highlight of 2019 was performing Mozart’s ‘Flute and Harp Concerto’ with the Sale Chamber Orchestra. Elinor also performs extensively with the genre-defying harp quartet CLOUDS. The ensemble performs folk-inspired original compositions by Esther Swift and have recorded a new album 'Up She Rises' which was released alongside a UK tour in May 2019. Elinor is passionate about performing music in outreach settings and regularly works for Yehudi Menuhin’s ground-breaking scheme ‘Live Music Now!’. This programme sends musicians to perform and run workshops in schools, care homes, hospitals and day centres. Elinor is a fellowship musician on the Live Music Now! scheme and has spent a year in a special educational needs school, supporting children’s musical and personal development.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Classical, Folk, Pop, Christmas, Traditional church music, Traditional Scottish folk, Covers, Scottish music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Ambient pop
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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, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Adele- Someone Like You
Alicia Keys - If I Ain’t Got You
Aerosmith - I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Beatles - All You Need is Love
Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
Beatles - Hey Jude
Beatles - Let It Be
Beatles - Something
Beatles - With a Little Help From My Friends
Beatles - Yesterday
Ben E King - Stand by me
Beyonce - Halo
Billy Joel - Always a Woman
Birdy - Wings
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Bryan Adams- Everything I Do
Celine Dion - Colour of my Love
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Clean Bandit - Symphony
Coldplay - Clocks
Coldplay - Sky Full of Stars
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Des’ree - I’m Kissing You
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elbow - One Day Like This
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling in Love With You
Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Florence and the Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
Guns n Roses - Sweet Child o Mine
Jack Johnson - Better Together
James Arthur - Say You Won’t Let Go
James Blunt - You’re Beautiful
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
John Legend - All of Me
John Lennon - Imagine
Joseph Kosma - Autumn Leaves
Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up
Justin Bieber - Despacito
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
The Killers - Read My Mind
Justin Timberlake - Can’t Stop the Feeling
Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Love Affair - Everlasting Love
Lumineers - Ho Hey
McFly - No Worries
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Mumford and Sons - I Will Wait
Nat King Cole - L-O-V-E
Nat King Cole - When I Fall in Love
Natalie Cole - This Will Be
Nathan Sykes - Over and Over Again
Oasis - Wonderwall
OMI - Cheerleader
Owl City - Fireflies
Passenger - Let Her Go
Pharrell Williams - Happy
The Script - Hall of Fame
Sister Sledge- Thinking of You
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Sting - Fields of Gold
Take That - Greatest Day
Take That - Paradise
Take That - Rule the World
Alice’s Theme from Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’
All I ask of you from ‘Phantom of the Opera’
All in the Golden Afternoon from ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Be Our Guest from ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Can you feel the love tonight from ‘Lion King’
City of Stars from ‘La La Land’
Colours of the Wind from ‘Pocahontas’
Concerning Hobbits from ‘Lord of the Rings’
A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes from ‘Cinderella’
Edelweiss from ‘The Sound of Music’
Engagement Party from ‘La La Land’
For the Love of a Princess from ‘Braveheart’
Game of Thrones Theme
Glasgow Theme from ‘Love Actually’
How Far I’ll Go from ‘Moana’
Into the West from ‘Lord of the Rings’
I See the Light from ‘Tangled’
Jurassic Park Theme
La Valse de l’Amour from ‘Cinderella’
Let it Go from ‘Frozen’
Ma Belle Evangeline from ‘The Princess and the Frog’
Married Life from ‘Up’
May it Be by Enya from ‘Lord of the Rings’
Music of the Night from ‘Phantom of the Opera’
My Favourite Things from ‘The Sound of Music’
My Heart Will Go On from ‘Titanic’
On my Own from ‘Les Miserables’
Once Upon a Dream from ‘Sleeping Beauty’
Part of your World from ‘Little Mermaid’
Rains of Castamere from ‘Game of Thrones’
Sally’s Song from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Sons of Skyrim from ‘Skyrim’
So Close from ‘Enchanted’
Somewhere over the rainbow from ‘The Wizard of Oz’
Stranger Things Theme
Tale as Old as Time from ‘Beauty and the Beast’
True Love’s Kiss from ‘Enchanted’
When you Wish Upon a Star from ‘Pinocchio’
A Whole New World from ‘Aladdin’
You’ve got a Friend from ‘Toy Story’
Alvars - Romance in A flat
Bach - Air on the G string
*Bach - Arioso
*Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach - Prelude in C
*Boyce - Canon in C
Campra - Rigaudon from Idomenee
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary from 'The Prince of Denmark's March'
Debussy - Clair de lune
Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Einaudi - I Giorni, Life
Franck - Panis Angelicus
Gounod - Ave Maria from Prelude in C by Bach
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel - Chaconne in C
Handel - Largo from Xerxes
Handel - Water Music- Allegro Maestoso
Hasselmans - La Source
Intermezzo - Mascagni
Massanet - Meditation from Thais
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Pachabel - Canon in D
Satie - First Gymnopedie
Thomas - Watching the Wheat
Wagner - Bridal Chorus
Yiruma- Kiss the Rain, River Flows in You
* indicates religious music not suitable for civil ceremonies
Ashokan Farewell
Auld Lang Syne
Danny Boy
Eriskay Love Lilt
Flower of Scotland
Highland Cathedral
Loch Lomond
Logan Water
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Mairi's Wedding
The Mingulay Boat Song
Skye Boat Song
The Water is Wide
Will ye go lassie go
Ye Banks and Braes
Customer questions

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

I try to be as flexible as possible so just let me know if timings change.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive at the venue about an hour before I am due to start playing. This is so I can unpack the harp and tune the harp.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely- I transport the harp myself by car.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I am happy to play my harp outdoors, weather permitting. Unfortunately my harp is valuable and it would be damaged by rain so I would need to be placed inside if it is raining. To play outside I will need to be situated on a solid surface, e.g. pavement/patio (not grass) and I will need to be out of direct sunlight.

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

I want to help make your wedding day as special as possible so I am really happy for you to pick the songs that I play. Equally, if you find that choosing songs is overwhelming I can suggest songs that will work well.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! I am happy to learn one new song that isn't already in my repertoire list for your wedding, so please just ask. Please just bear in mind that the harp has some limitations so it's not possible to play every song on the harp. A good guide to whether it is possible is finding another harpist playing that song on youtube.


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)£250
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£340
Up to 3 hours£430
Wedding ceremony
This includes 30 minutes of background music before the service begins, and music during the bridal entrance, signing of the register, exit music.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, and music during the bridal entrance, signing of the register, and exit music. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.


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Catherine T, 1 year ago

Elinor did a brilliant job at our wedding! I would highly recommend her.

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Nicola O, 1 year ago

Amazing. So many compliments from all the guests. Thank you for helping make our day that extra bit special x

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Sandra C, 2 years ago

Elinor was fantastic and made our folks 50th Wedding Anniversary party very special. She has a fantastic repertoire and was very flexible on the day. I would highly recommend her for any occasion.

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Edward G, 2 years ago

Elinor was amazing on our special day. She learned a couple of pieces prior to the wedding which she played to perfection. I would recommend Elinor for any occassion but particularly a wedding day. Communication prior was very good. Unfortunately we didn't get the opportunity to say thank you but she was simply fantastic throughout and an incredibly talented musician. Thank you Eddie & Jay x

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Sarah A, 3 years ago

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding on 11/11/17. You were absolutely fantastic, and my family loved you! Everyone’s commented on how talented you are, how adaptable you were, and how different it was to have a harpist there. You coped so well with the table of my cousins, who gave you ‘challenge’ after challenge, and you just kept hitting them out of the park! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone, thank you again.

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Billie H, 3 years ago

Thank you for playing at my daughters wedding. We all thought you were absolutely superb - we had amazing comments from everyone about how fantastic you were and even the hallmark staff commented how wonderful it was to listen to you. You really did us proud and it made the day. My mum and dad were so impressed and it made my daughters wedding special. Fantastic repertoire.

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