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Erica Sinclair

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Harpist and Clarinettist based in Birmingham, available for weddings and events, either as a soloist or part of the Ulmus Trio.
Harpist
Birmingham
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Originally from Caithness in the North Highlands, Erica began studying clarsach at the age of seven with Bill Taylor, and then clarinet aged eleven with Karen Anderson. Throughout her time in school, she performed locally on a regular basis with local groups and as a soloist; she also performed further afield with the Highland Region Youth Orchestra, the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland, and the National Scout and Guide Orchestra. In 2009 she was awarded the Runner-Up prize in the Highland Young Musician Competition. In 2009, Erica began her studies on the BMus programme at Edinburgh Napier University, studying clarinet with Alison Waller. She also began her pedal harp studies at this time with Alina Bzhezhinska. She performed regularly with the university's Chamber Orchestra and Contemporary Ensemble, as well as solo and chamber performances. Erica also performed outside the university, including as part of St Andrew's and St George's Parish Church's Music and Meditation series, at weddings and events, and with Edinburgh University's music ensembles. In her final year, she was invited to perform Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with ENU's Chamber Choir, and as a soloist for Malcolm Arnold's Second Clarinet Concerto with ENU Chamber Orchestra. She graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours. In 2013 she began studying for an MMus in Instrumental Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire with Sally Harrop, Mark O'Brien, Michael Harris and Jo Patton, and continued her harp studies with Catherine White. Whilst there she performed regularly with the conservatoire's ensembles on both instruments, and performed as a soloist in lunchtime concerts and at the conservatoire's Harp Day. She also performed regularly as a chamber musician, including with wind ensemble Forum Ventus. She graduated with Distinction in 2015. In 2015, Erica also performed as a soloist for Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto alongside Catherine O'Rourke with the Highland Chamber Orchestra, and joined the National Youth Orchestra on their tour to China as principal bass clarinettist. Erica has taken part in a diverse range of projects: she composed for and accompanied a reading by Kenneth Steven of his poem A Song Among the Stones on harp; performed as a soloist as part of the Future Blend Project; was a tutor and instrumentalist for the Contemporary Voices Project; performed at the Spotted Dog's Sunday Classics Series; with STAG's choir in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; with the Mahler Players in their Mahler in Miniature concert series; a NYOS Camerata collaboration with the Hebrides Ensemble; and a jazz project with Mark Lockheart. Erica is based in Birmingham, where she teaches and freelances; she performs regularly throughout the UK. She is principal harpist for the Mahler Players, a performer and administrator for the Future Blend Project, a member of the Ulmus Trio, and an editing consultant for Poppy Harp. She is also harp teacher at RGS The Grange and RGS Springfield.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Classical crossover, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Scottish music, Early music, Medieval music, Blues, World music
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Instruments:
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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:
Arranger, Instrumental teaching, Composer, Fluent sight-reader, Community music worker, Orchestrator, Fluent improviser, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

Classical
Anonymous Variations sur un theme de Mozart
Bach, J. S. Air on a G String from Orchestral Suite in D Major
Bach, J. S. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach, J. S. Prelude in C Major
Beethoven, L. van Ode to Joy
Bizet, Georges Au fond du temple saint from The Pearlfishers
Bizet, Georges Intermezzo from Carmen
Britten, Benjamin Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols
Clarke, Jeremiah Trumpet Voluntary
Debussy, Claude Claire de Lune
Debussy, Claude La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy, Claude Première Arabesque
Debussy, Claude Rêverie
Delibes, Leo Flower Duet from Lakmé
Fauré, Gabriel Pavane
Giordani, Guiseppe Caro Mio Ben
Handel, G. F. Air from Water Music
Handel, G. F. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
Handel, G. F. Hornpipe from Water Music
Holst, Gustav Theme form Jupiter (The Planets Suite)
MacDowell, Edward To a Wild Rose
Mascagni, Pietro Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Massenet, Jules Meditation from Thaïs
Mendelssohn, Felix Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Pachelbel, Johann Canon in D
Purcell, Henry Trumpet Tune
Purcell, Henry Trumpet Voluntary
Rachmaninov, Sergei Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (18th variation)
Renié, Henriette Au Bord du Ruisseau
Renié, Henriette Contemplation
Renié, Henriette Feuillets d'album (Esquisse, Danse d'Autrefois, Angelus)
Satie, Erik Gymnopedies No. 1, 2 and 3
Schubert, Franz Ave Maria
Sibelius, Jean Theme from Finlandia
Stanley, John Trumpet Voluntary
Wagner, Richard Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Musicals/ Films
Arlen, Harold Over the Rainbow ("The Wizard of Oz")
Barry, John All Time High ("Octopussy")
Bernstein, Leonard Maria (“West Side Story”)
Bernstein, Leonard Somewhere ("West Side Story")
Bowie, David As the World Falls Down (“Labyrinth”)
Djawadi, Ramin Game of Thrones Theme
Horner, James My Heart Will Go On ("Titanic")
John, Elton Can You Feel the Love Tonight? ("The Lion King")
John, Elton The Circle of Life (“The Lion King”)
Lloyd Webber, Andrew All I Ask of You ("The Phantom of the Opera")
Menken, Alan A Whole New World ("Aladdin")
Menken, Alan Be Our Guest ("Beauty and the Beast")
Menken, Alan Beauty and the Beast ("Beauty and the Beast")
Menken, Alan Go the Distance ("Hercules")
Menken, Alan Kiss the Girl ("The Little Mermaid")
Menken, Alan Under the Sea (“The Little Mermaid”)
Menken, Alan So Close ("Enchanted")
Perri, Christina A Thousand Years ("The Twilight Saga- Breaking Dawn Part 1")
Powell, John For the Dancing and the Dreaming ("How to Train Your Dragon 2")
Shore, Howard Concerning Hobbits ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
Shore, Howard In Dreams ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
Williams, John Across the Stars (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)
Williams, John Binary Sunset ("Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope")
Williams, John Luke and Leia ("Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi")
Williams, John May the Force be with You ("Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope")
Williams, John Princess Leia's Theme ("Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope")
Williams, John Victory Celebration ("Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi")
Contemporary/ Pop/ Jazz
Ashford/ Simpson Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Bassman, George I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
Bublé, Michael Everything
Chan, Danny Yat sang ho kau (“Life Expectation”)
Clean Bandit Symphony
Derulo, Jason Trumpets
Einaudi, Ludovico Giorni Dispari
Einaudi, Ludovico I Giorni
Einaudi, Ludovico In Un'Altra Vita
Einaudi, Ludovico Le Onde
Einaudi, Ludovico Limbo
Einaudi, Ludovico Melodia Africana III
Einaudi, Ludovico Passagio
Einaudi, Ludovico Stella Del Mattino
Elbow One Day Like This
Fonsi, Luis Despacito
Gallagher, Noel Wonderwall
Garner, Erroll Misty
Goulding, Ellie Love Me Like You Do
Grever, Maria What a Difference a Day Makes
Howard, Bart Fly Me to the Moon
Hozier Take Me to Church
Jackson, Michael Earth Song
Jackson/ McCartney The Girl is Mine
Jackson, Michael I Just Can't Stop Loving You
John, Elton Daniel
King, Ben E. Stand By Me
Legend, John All of Me
Lovland/ Graham You Raise Me Up
Mars, Bruno Marry You
Morrison, Van Have I Told You Lately
Odell, Tom Another Love
Oldfield, Mike Top of the Morning
Parton, Dolly I Will Always Love You
Presley, Elvis Can’t Help Falling in Love
Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
Scott, Mike How Long Will I Love You?
Sheeran, Ed Perfect
Sheeran, Ed Shape of You
Sheeran, Ed Thinking Out Loud
Sting Fields of Gold
Take That Rule the World
Teng, Teresa Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (“The Moon Represents My Heart”)
Walker, Alan Faded
Weiss/ Thiele What a Wonderful World
Folk
I'm an experienced, classically-trained harpist, with firm roots in the folk tradition. The list below is just a small sample of my folk
repertoire.
Ashokan Farewell Jay Ungar
Auld Lang Syne Robert Burns
Bridget Cruise Turlough O’Carolan
Calum's Road Donald Shaw
Chapel Keithack William Marshall
Give Me Your Hand Irish
The Harper from Dundee Erica Sinclair
Highland Cathedral Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb
Highland Wedding Scottish
I Love My Love in the Morning Irish
Maighdeanan na h-àiridh Scottish
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose Robert Burns
Ramnee Ceilidh Gordon Duncan
The Rowan Tree Scottish
She Moves Through the Fair Irish
Swings and Roundabouts Elspeth Smellie
Water is Wide British
Ye Banks and Braes Scottish
Indian/ Bollywood
I am currently building up a repertoire of Indian wedding music- please feel free to make requests/ suggestions.
Chakraborty, Pritam Raabta ("Agent Vinod")
Chakraborty, Pritam Gerua ("Dilwale")
Darbar, Ismail Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka ("Devdas")
Malik, Anu Chori Chori Chupke Chupke ("Chori Chori Chupke Chupke")
Mithoon, Arijit Singh Tum Hi Ho ("Aashiqui 2")
Moitra, Shantanu Piyu Bole ("Parineeta")
Rahman, A R Tu Hi Re ("Bombay")
Sajid-Wajid Surili Akhiyon Wale ("Veer")
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Kal Ho Naa Ho ("Kal Ho Naa Ho")
Vishal-Shekhar Khuda Jaane ("Bachna Ae Haseeno")
Christmas Music
The Angels and the Shepherds Trad. Bohemian
Angels We Have Heard on High Trad. French/ English
Away in a Manger
Blessed Be that Maid Marie Old English
The Boar’s Head Carol Trad. English
The Cherry Tree Carol Trad. English
Christ was Born on Christmas Day Trad. German
Christmas Shopping Tony Robinson and Amanda Whiting
The Coventry Carol Trad. English
Deck the Halls Old Welsh
Ding Dong Merrily on High Thoinot Arbeau
The Elf Factory Tony Robinson and Amanda Whiting
Entre le Boeuf (Oxen and Sheep) Trad. French
Fairytale of New York Shane MacGowan and Jem Finer
The First Noel
Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle (Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle) Trad. Provencal
The Gloucestershire Wassail Trad. English
Go, Tell it on the Mountains Spiritual
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
Good Christian Men, Rejoice Trad. German
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Felix Mendelssohn
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Here We Come A’Wassailing (The Wassail Song) Trad. English
The Holly and the Ivy Trad. English
I Saw Three Ships
Il Est Né (He is Born) Trad. French
Ihr Kinderlein, Kommet (O Come, Little Children) Johann Abraham Peter Shulz
In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst
Infant Holy Trad. Polish
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Richard Storrs Willis
Jingle Bells James Lord Pierpont
Joy to the World G. F. Handel/ Lowell Mason
Leanaibh An Aigh Trad. Scottish
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence French
Little Elfy Tony Robinson and Amanda Whiting
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming M. Praetorius
Masters in this Hall Trad. French
Noël Nouvelet (Noel! A New Noel!) Trad. French
O Come All Ye Faithful John Reading
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O Holy Night Adolphe Charles Adam
O Sanctissima Trad. Sicilian
O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) Trad. German
Shepherds Hurried to Bethlehem Trad. Polish
Silent Night Franz Gruber
The Snow Lay on the Ground Trad. English
The Twelve Days of Christmas Trad. English
Up on the Housetop Trad. American
We Three Kings of Orient Are John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas Trad. English
What Child is This? Trad. English
Whence is that Goodly Fragrance? Trad. French
While By My Sheep Trad. German
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks G. F. Handel
Willie, Take Your Little Drum (Patapan) Trad. French
Customer questions

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

I always aim to be flexible to ensure everything runs smoothly for you. If there is a change to your event timings, just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I aim to arrive at a venue at least 45 minutes before the event in order to set up, but I appreciate that some venues are a little stricter on access times.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes- for venues closer to my home base, I may not charge travel costs, but I will always advise in my quote if an additional charge has been included for transport.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all- my instrument is acoustic. If the weather is poor I will require full cover or a back-up venue to protect it from the elements, and I do request that the harp is not placed in direct sunlight, but otherwise there are no issues to performing outside. Please advise me before booking if your event is likely to be outside.

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

The set list is a list of what I currently have music for, either because it is standard rep or because it has been specifically requested in the past. I'm always more than happy to work with you to create the best atmosphere for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely! I'm always happy to source or arrange new music for clients; if there is a large volume of new pieces requested I may charge, but generally offer this service for free. I normally request a minimum of two months to allow for sourcing/ arranging and learning; however, please don't be discouraged from asking if yours is a late booking!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm a very expressive performer and love interacting with my audiences where possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed in a huge range of venues including the Usher Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, St Giles Cathedral, and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I listen to a huge and eclectic range of artists, including classical musicians, folk musicians, pop, rock, film, jazz- everything!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I've performed in the BBC Proms, at the launch of Pilgrim Harps' Wave Collection, and in Scottish Parliament.

Prices

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)£50
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Available services
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Jack L, 2 months ago

Absolutely brilliant everybody was raving about how fantastic she was. Defo glad I went with her

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Beverley W, 11 months ago

Erica was wonderful, she played such lovely music which our guests enjoyed and reflected on. It made our wedding complete and added a truly romantic touch to what was a most memorable and unforgettable day. Thank you Erica and Encore for making this a wonderful day!

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Pardeep K, 1 year ago

Erica was great! Really enjoyed her work and will book again! Thank you so much.

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Tim C, 1 year ago

Erica was fantastic. Our wedding day was less than ideal for weather with a strong wind blowing, making it difficult for her to keep her music in place. Still, she got on with it with the greatest professionalism and we had such good feedback about her music from our guests. Punctual, professional and excellent we'd recommend Erica.

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From other customers:

Inbar V, 4 years ago

Erica Sinclair gave a gripping and suitably menacing performance which made my heart race.

Liz B, 3 years ago

We would both like to say how much we enjoyed your piece last night – it was amazing!

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