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Erica Sinclair

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About Erica

Harpist
Birmingham
Harpist and Clarinettist based in Birmingham, available for weddings and events, either as a soloist or part of the Ulmus Trio.

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.

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:
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Instruments:
Harp, Celtic harp, Clarinet
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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
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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- 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
Renié, Henriette- Au Bord du Ruisseau
Renié, Henriette- Contemplation
Renié, Henriette- Feuillets d'album (Esquisse, Danse d'Autrefois, Angelus)
Rachmaninov, Sergei- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (18th variation)
Satie- 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”)
Horner, James- My Heart Will Go On ("Titanic")
John, Elton- Can You Feel the Love Tonight? ("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- 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
Einaudi, Ludovico- I Giorni
Elbow- One Day Like This
Garner, Erroll- Misty
Grever, Maria- What a Difference a Day Makes
Howard, Bart- Fly Me to the Moon
Jackson, Michael- Earth Song
Jackson, Michael- I Just Can't Stop Loving You
King, Ben E.- Stand By Me
Lovland/ Graham- You Raise Me Up
Mars, Bruno- Marry You
Massive Attack- Teardrop
Morrison, Van- Have I Told You Lately
Parton, Dolly- I Will Always Love You
Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody
Scott, Mike- How Long Will I Love You?
Sheerdan, Ed- Thinking Out Loud
Sting- Fields of Gold
Take That- Rule the World
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- 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

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Pardeep K, 5 months ago

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

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Tim C, 6 months 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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Ross H, 8 months ago

Erica was amazing she played everything thing we asked for even songs that we found and asked her to play that weren’t on her list everybody commented how skilled she was very pleased

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Inbar V, 3 years ago

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

Liz B, 2 years ago

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

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