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Florence Astley

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About Florence

Harpist
Dorchester
Florence Astley performs regularly within Dorset, at weddings, care homes and at formal events. I also perform at other venues in South West

Florence began her studies at the age of eleven at the junior department of the Royal college of music, where she studied the piano and the harp. At the age of 16, Florence was awarded a prize in the Angela Bull Memorial Competition.. At eighteen, Florence went onto study an undergraduate degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. For the last 14 years, Florence has done many performances at weddings, National Trust houses, and for private parties. Florence has also frequently provided background music on the harp at various functions. Florence is a very skilled and versatile musician, having had much experience providing classical as well as folk performances.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Renaissance, Folk, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Pop, Ambient pop
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch
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Song list

Classical solo harp Repertoire:
Ground bass in F major - Purcell
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Bach - Prelude no. 1
John Thomas - Watching the Wheat
Delibes - flower duet
Bizet - Carmen 'intermezzo'
Glinka - Variations on a theme of Mozart
Glinka - Nocturne
Strauss - The blue Danube
Nadermann - selection of his Etudes
Stanley Myers - Cavatina
Spring Vivaldi
Autumn - Vivaldi
Romance - Parish Alvars
Soupir and Offrande Renie
Petit Valse - Hasselmans
Au bord du Ruisseau - Renie
Angelus - Renie
Nadermann - Studies 2 and 3
Songs:
Moon River
All the things you are - Jerome Kern
I will always love you - Dolly Parton
Where is Love - Oliver
Memory - from Cats
My Heart will go on - from Titanic
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Here comes the sun - Harrison
Yesterday - John Lennon
Somewhere over the rainbow
Einaudi - Le Onde
Einaudi - due Tramonti
All the things you are - Jerome Kern
Moon River
For Flute and Harp Duo :
Delibes Flower Duet
Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Winter Vivaldi
Bach - Sonata in E flat major
Bach - Badinerie
Ashokan Farewell - Phil Coulter
Believe me if all these young charms - Coulter
Faure - Song without words
Greensleeves
Danny Boy
Canon Lan
Over the sea to Skye.
The Keel row
Plenty Irwin - O'Carolan
Myfanwy
Mozart - The marriage of Figaro
I can also perform requested pieces.
Customer questions

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

I would always try to be as flexible as I possibly can be. If your timings are going to change prior to the event, please just contact me to let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always like to have 45 minutes to set up, This gives me sufficient time to set up my harp and music, and to tune.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, it is. I have included all the travel costs, which are for the cost of fuel to and from the event I am to perform at.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I do not need any extra equipment. But I can add my own amplification (which I can bring to the event)if needed or you wish: my instrument is played acoustically, so I don't need any equipment as rule. If it is raining then I will need full cover or to perform indoors as my instrument could be damaged.

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

My set lists are put together from numerous performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I would be happy to chat through this, and make sure we find what works for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my repertoire list, there may still be a possibility we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £25 for this service to take into account rehearsal times.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients will tend to comment on the musicality and sensitivity in my performances. Clients also like how I am accommodative of their particular wishes, for example where I am seated in the room or venue, and perhaps performing pieces that they request me to play.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Montacute House Somerset Barrington Court, Somerset Max Gate House, Dorchester (Dorset) Athelhampton House, Dorchester, Dorset. The Royal crescent hotel, Bath. Chantmarle Manor, Dorset.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bach and Mozart. I've also been very influenced by the harp music of the Harp composers: Hasselmans, Mikhail Glinka and Renie.

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

The most high profile gig I've performed at was at the Seachange Festival, in Totnes, and at Beaminster Festival (in Dorset).

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Ann H, 1 month ago

You put on a delightful show for us again at Barrington Court (National Trust). You spent some time arranging and checking with us a suitable programme for the varied audience -- a lovely mix of serious and fun pieces, all the right length for visitors to enjoy as they passed through. Visitors commented that the sound creates an air of magic. We'd like to acknowledge the professionalism of your approach. We've invited you back for several years running not just for the music but because we can rely on you completely, even when you have to accommodate last-minute alterations.

Ann H, 2035 years ago

'You two are great to work with. Calm, kind, professional & musically astute - the programme was spot on. And of course it sounded enchanting.'

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