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Fiona is a highly versatile and modern harpist based in Edinburgh, who looks forward to chatting to you about music for your event.
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Fiona is from Edinburgh. She began playing the harp aged 14 and has been privilaged to study with Sophie Askew, Isobel Mieras and Savourna Stevenson. At 16, she gained a place at 'The City of Edinburgh Music School' where she was part of an inspiring learning environment, with exposure and involvement in a wide range of musical styles. Fiona became increasingly interested in composition work, and has since been earning much recognition as a composer/performer of new music for the Scottish harp. From 2005-2008 she studied Composition at Dartington College of Arts, earning a First Class Honours degree. Fiona particularly enjoyed the emphasis that Dartington placed on collaboration work - frequenty performing alongside writers, theatre-makers and choreographers, as well as other musicians. After completing a Mmus in Composition with Nigel Osborne, Fiona is now a freelance musician and composer based in Edinburgh. She has composed music for two feature films and several acclaimed theatre productions, including the award-winning 'The Inheritance'. Her instrumental compositions have been performed by groups such as Mr Mcfall's Chamber, Drake Music Scotland and the London Sinfonietta. Fiona's recent album 'Sleep Sound' showcased her writing for harps, strings, piano and vocals and was described as "a masterful work.." (Songlines Magazine). It received radio play on several stations such as BBC 6 Music (Cerys Matthews, Radcliffe & Maconie), Radio Scotland and Swedish National Radio. Fiona is extremely passionate about teaching the harp and has many private pupils besides serving on the music staff at George Watson's College and Cargilfield school. Fiona regularly performs solo or with singer-songwriter/double bassist Amy Duncan. As a wedding/function harpist Fiona has performed throughout Scotland and beyond at venues such as Edinburgh Castle, Iona Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel. She has performed to HRH Prince Charles and several other well known names such as Jonathan Dimbleby and Jack McConnell. She is a versatile and modern player who is very happy to chat to you about your event to make sure the music enhances your occasion just as you would like it. She is also happy to learn requests!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
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Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Acoustic, Covers, Classical, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Baroque, Medieval music, Early music, Traditional church music, Christmas
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Burns night, 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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Very happy to learn requests! These are just some examples I have played at recent weddings/events:
Here comes the sun - The Beatles
Everglow - Coldplay
Beauty and the Beast theme - Disney
My love is like a red, red rose - Burns
Make you feel my love - Adele
Titanium - David Guetta
Chasing cars - Snow Patrol
Better together - Jack Johnson
Emmylou - First Aid Kit
Endless love- Lionel Ritchie
Greatest day - Take That
Everything I do - Bryan Adams
Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
The One - Kodaline
Wake me up (when September ends) - Greenday
Wings - Birdy
Customer questions

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

Just let me know as soon as you do. I’ll make sure that I allow plenty of time between any other bookings, so there shouldn’t usually be a problem. If anything dramatically changes with the date etc and I can no longer do the gig, I’ll recommend others!

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set up within 15 minutes but allow myself 30 mins prior to starting playing, and just to make sure I can suss out the venue, firm up cues etc

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?


Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I’m very happy to play outdoors as long as it is not raining as this can damage my (precious!) instrument. I also require notice about playing outdoors, as I’ll need to bring pegs etc to stop any sheet music blowing about whilst playing favourite requests! Please also bear in mind that the instrument will also be quieter outside.

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

Yes, the set list is just a small example of music I have recently played at weddings/ events. If you don’t see anything you’d like there then I’d be happy to learn requests.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, wherever possible, I am very happy to learn requests and have played everything from Metallica to Disney at wedding ceremonies. As soon as you know which pieces you would like, I will arrange my own harp version for you. Occasionally, some pieces don’t transfer well to the lever harp. If this is the case, I’ll happily advise other options.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Personalised service - includes my own arrangements of favourite music Creative player- love writing music and am happy to write you your own tune! Versatile and sensitive musician - can adapt style to suit any occasion and respond to the atmosphere of each individual event

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

There have been many! Some examples include: Edinburgh Castle Rosslyn Chapel Oran Mor Norton House Hotel Balmoral Hotel Stirling Castle Iona Abbey etc


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Cecily D, 3 years ago

Fiona gave a beautiful performance which added a real touch of magic to our wedding celebrations - the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea and wedding cake!

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Folk U, 7 years ago

blissful..utterly beautiful, breathtaking..a sign of a wonderful genre bursting melting pot in Scotland in current Scottish music

Scottish T, 6 years ago

Thank you for your music during the dinner at the World Forum last month. It was absolutely spot-on for the occasion, and I’m glad we could showcase the best of local artists at such an international event!

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