Elinor Nicholson

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Manchester based harpist with over 10 years experience performing at weddings, events and concerts.

Award-winning Scottish harpist Elinor Nicholson graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Masters in Music (Distinction) in 2016 and a Bachelor of Music with first class honours in 2014. Whilst at the RNCM, Elinor had numerous successes. She was twice a finalist in the Gold Medal competition and won the prestigious RNCM Concerto Competition in 2016, which resulted in a performance of Debussy’s ‘Danses’ for harp and string orchestra. Professionally, Elinor has performed in some of the country’s most notable concerts halls, including; Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Sage Gateshead, Royal Glasgow Concert Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. She regularly performs with ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Elinor regularly performs with her two chamber duos, Meridiem and Polaris. The Polaris Duo recently recorded their debut CD of works for Saxophone and Harp at Chetham’s School of Music. With her flute and harp duo, Meridiem, Elinor regularly performs in schools, hospitals and day centres as part of Yehudi Menuhin’s ground-breaking scheme ‘Live Music Now!’. Most recently, Elinor has performed extensively with Clouds – a genre-defying harp quartet. The ensemble performs folk-inspired original compositions by Esther Swift at venues across the UK.

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
Classical, Folk, Pop, Christmas, Traditional church music, Traditional Scottish folk, Covers, Scottish music
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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
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Other skills:
Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Alicia Keys - If I Ain’t Got You
Beatles - All You Need is Love
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
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars- Marry You
Celine Dion - Colour of my Love
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Coldplay - Sky Full of Stars
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Des’ree - I’m Kissing You
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
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
Justin Timberlake - Can’t Stop the Feeling
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Metellica - Stairway to Heaven
Mumford and Sons - I Will Wait
Nat King Cole - When I Fall in Love
Nathan Sykes- Over and Over Again
OMI- Cheerleader
Passenger - Let Her Go
Pharrell Williams - Happy
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 ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Part of your World from ‘Little Mermaid’
Rains of Castamere from ‘Game of Thrones’
Sally’s Song from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
So Close from ‘Enchanted’
Somewhere over the rainbow from ‘The Wizard of Oz’
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
Einaudi - Life
Franck - Panis Angelicus
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
Wagner - Bridal Chorus
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
Watching the Wheat
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.


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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
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Catherine T, 7 months ago

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

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Nicola O, 10 months 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 2 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, 2 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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