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Felicity Meakins

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About Felicity

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Professional harpist. Graduate of the Royal College of Music

Felicity Meakins (nee Orme) graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2011 where she studied with the World renowned harpist Ieuan Jones.  Prior to this Felicity studied at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music for four years with Eira-Lynn Jones.  During her studies she had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for many distinguished harpists including Marisa Robles, Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, Kathleen Bride and Daphne Boden. Felicity provides background music for weddings and events throughout the year. She has held residencies at the Connaught and Landmark Hotels and she is a regular guest artist at The Ritz, St Pancras Renaissance and Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire.  Memorable performances over recent years include a performance of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto in Northampton, accompanying Florence and the Machine and Dizzy Rascal at the Brit Awards, featuring as a harpist on the film Brighton Rock, and playing with 60 harpists at the Royal Opera House for Prince Charles’s 60th Birthday. Most recently Felicity has has provided music for functions at the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, Kensington Palace, British Museum, Tower Bridge, The Dorchester, Fulham Palace. Felicity has played at functions for HRH The Princess Royal, Prince Michael of Kent, visiting Royal dignitaries, also at a private dinner for Peter Jones (Dragons Den) and for the opening of Mary Portas’s shop in Barnes.

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:
Classical, Pop, Christmas, Light music
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Instruments:
Harp, Flute
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Wedding favourites:
Bach – Air on the G string, Arioso, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Prelude in C
Beethoven – Ode to Joy
Boyce – Canon
Campra – Rigaudon
Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Handel – Largo, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Water Music Themes: Aire, Allegro and Minuet, Where’er You Walk, The Rejoicing, The Peace
Marcello – Psalm XIX
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Mendelssohn – Wedding March
Mouret – Rondeau
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Wagner – Bridal Chorus
Tournier – Four Preludes
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (Spring – Allegro Grazioso, Largo, Allegretto)
Modern/Pop:
Misty
Moonriver
My Favourite Things
All The Things You Are
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Over The Rainbow
Autumn Leaves
Adele - Make you Feel my Love, When we were Young
Beyonce - Halo, Dangerously in Love
Bryan Adams - I do it for you
Michael Buble - Home
Aerosmith - Don’t Want to miss a thing
Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
The Beatles - All you Need is Love
Beyonce - Halo, Dangerously in Love
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Nat King Cole - When I fall in Love
Coldplay - Viva la Vida, clocks
Costello - She from the film Notting Hill
Des’ree - Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
Celine Dion - My Heart Will go On
Roberta Flack - The First Time I ever saw your face
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love you
Elvis - Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
Elton John - Your song
Ronan Keating - When you say nothing at all
John Legend - All of Me
Vera Lynn - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Passenger - Let Her Go
Turner, Parsons - Smile
Cole Porter - I’ve got you under my skin, I Get a Kick out of You
Bob Marley - Is this Love
Bruno Mars - Marry You, Just the way you are
Shawn Mendes - Stitches
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Bette Midler - The Rose
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years, Jar of Hearts
Charlie Puth - One Call Away
Lana del Ray - Video Games
Lionel Ritchie - Endless Love
Nino Rota - A Time for Us from Romeo and Juliet
Owl City - Fireflies
Passenger - Let her go
Ed Sheeren - Thinking out Loud
Sam Smith - Stay with Me
Seal - Kiss from a Rose
Sinatra - Strangers in the night, The Way you Look Tonight, Fly me to the Moon
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Sting - Fields of Gold
Stooshi - Black Heart
Swedish House Mafia - Don’t you Worry Child
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Can’t Take my Eyes of You
Westlife - You Raise Me Up
Robbie Williams - She’s the one, Angels
Stevie Wonder - Isn’t she Lovely
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Background Classical:
Bach - Arioso (Sinfonia to Cantata no 156), Sheep may Safely Graze
Bach/Grandjany - Etude no.6
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
Bellini - Grand March from Norma
Bizet - Toreador Song from Carmen
Brahms - Waltz and Cradle Song
Chopin - Moderato Cantabile from the Fantasy Impromptu, Valse Brilliante Themes
Debussy - Premiere Arabesque
Delibes - Flower Duet, Waltz from Coppelia
DiCapua - O Sole Mio
Dvorak - Song to the Moon from Rusalka, Largo from New World Symphony
Einaudi - I Giorni
Elgar - Salut D’amour
Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Che faro senza Euridice
Glinka - Variations on a theme by Mozart
Green - Swan Song
Grieg - Spring Dance, Morning from Peer Gynt Suite
Haydn - Theme from the Surprise Symphony, Gavotte in F Major, Alegretto in C Major
Holst - Jupiter Theme from the Planets
Lehar - The Merry Widow Waltz
McDowell - To a Wild Rose
Massenet - Meditiaton from Thais
Mendelssohn - On Wings of Song
Mozart - Porgi, amor from Marriage of Figaro, Minuet from Don Giovanni, Papageno’s Aria and March of the Magic Priests from The Magic Flute
Offenbach - Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman
Puccini - Musetta’s Waltz, O Mio Babbino Caro, Doretta’s Song, Nessun Dorma
Saint Saens - The Swan
Satie - Gymnopodie no. 1
Schubert - Cradle Song
Schumann - Traumerei
Strauss - Emperor Waltz themes
Tournier - Preludes
Verdi - Egyptian March from Aida, La Donna e Mobile from RIgoletto, Va Pensiero from Nabucco
Yiruma - River Flows in You
Musicals:
Lloyd Webber
The Phantom of the Opera: All I Ask of You
Angel of Music
The Music of the Night (excerpt)
The Phantom of the Opera
Think of Me
Cats: Memory
Evita: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
Tell me on a Sunday: Tell me on a Sunday
Requiem: Pie Jesu
Starlight Express: Starlight Express
Jesus Christ Superstar: I don’t know how to love him
Rodgers and Hammerstein:
The Sound of Music: The Sound of Music
Edelweiss
My Favourite Things
Morning Hymn
Alleluia
Carousel: If I Loved You
You’ll Never Walk Alone
South Pacific: Some Enchanted Evening
Flower Drum Song: Love, Look Away
Dites-Moi
You Are Beautiful
A Wonderful Guy
Oklahoma! Oklahoma
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
The King and I: Getting to Know You
We Kiss in a Shadow
Dance of Anna and Sir Edward
Hello, Young Lovers
Disney:
A Whole New World
A dream is a wish your heart makes
Beauty and The Beast
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Let’s Go fly a Kite
Little April Showers
When you Wish upon a Star
Married Life from the film UP
Customer questions

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

I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event let me know at the earliest possible opportunity. Large time changes may mean an increase, or possible reduction in my fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

I would usually aim to be completely set up 30 minutes before an event is due to start - I usually arrive 1 hour before to get the harp in, tuned and then get changed.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes - all travel costs are included in any quote!

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

My instrument is acoustic however it needs to be out of any direct sunlight (large umbrellas are usually ok). If there is any chance of rain then full cover is needed or I would need to be placed indoors. The harp is very valuable and cannot be put at risk of damage.

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

Yes - I always encourage clients to pick music that they love, most clients pick a few pieces and then I will pick suitable ones to compliment. By all means go off the list, I will talk through all music choices in advance and make sure we have the right ambience for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, of course! If a piece isn't on the list, it doesn't necessarily mean that I don't already know it so always ask. If it is more unusual then there may be a small fee to go towards sourcing the sheet music and my time learning it.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Firstly, the harp itself is stunning! The music sounds beautiful and I always put together the best possible performance. I am always really early so everyone is put at ease - including me, you don't want to be rushing around with a harp!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Here are just a few recent ones! Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Shangri-la The Shard, The Ritz, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Supreme Court, The House of Lords, Cliveden House, The Dorchester, The Connaught, Coworth Park, Lords of the Manor, Cowley Manor, Penyhill Park, Tower Bridge - there are many, many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Mainly my amazing teachers. I have been lucky enough to play to some of the top harpists around the world including Ieuan Jones, Marisa Robles, Catrin Finch and Kathleen Bride among many others, all of whom have influenced me.

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

At a private dinner for the Royal family and visiting Royals and dignitaries. I have also played at the Brit Awards, I am seen on screen playing in the film Brighton Rock (most recent release), I played for Prince Charles's 60th Birthday and for a huge gala with many famous faces at the V&A.

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)£250
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£450
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£325
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£400
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£525

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Stephanie D, 7 months ago

She was fantastic

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Claire B, 9 months ago

I barely got to see Felicity with all the excitement of my Wedding Day but I was very aware of her playing the Wedding Chorus and our chosen songs during the signing of the register. We especially enjoyed It Must Be Love which we also had as our first dance. Our guests were delighted to have a harp to enjoy

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Jay B, 9 months ago

Felicity made our wedding day very special she did exactly what she said she would do. She played everything we asked her to do perfectly and we had many compliments on her as a performer I would definitely recommend her to anyone wanting something a little bit different she played a thousand years for my wife's aisle wall song and it was perfect

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Miss C, 11 months ago

Beautiful play and nice person to talk to

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From other customers:

Mary's B, 6 years ago

Mary Portas has asked me to extend a personal thank you, the opening celebration party was a great success and our guests though the music was simply divine, making the evening both memorable and enjoyable for all. You were really instrumental in creating the perfect atmosphere and for this we are extremely grateful.

Wedding C, 3 years ago

As I walked down the aisle Felicity played so beautifully and it certainly bought a tear to my eye. A very special moment for me.   Some of the guests also commented on how lovely she played and one of them said "exquisite" which I would have to agree.

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