Fran Barsby

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Fran is a passionate professional event harpist and harp teacher based in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
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Fran Barsby is a British harpist known for her passion and innovation. Fran made her professional debut in 2008 at St John’s Smith Square, London. Since then she has enjoyed performing in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester Minerva Theatre and many more. Fran has competed in and won many competitions including West Sussex Musician of the Year in 2011. Her solo and ensemble career with groups such as the International Harp Ensemble, and various chamber groups and orchestras has taken her around Europe. In 2015 Fran graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. During this time Fran enjoyed studying with teachers including Catherine White, Gabriella Dall'Olio, David Watkins, Skaila Kanga, Louisa Maria Cordell, Charlotte Seale, and Anne Hughes Chamberlain. Since 2015, Fran has enjoyed a flourishing career as a harpist. As Pilgrim Harps Online Marketing Coordinator and Resident Harpist, Fran enjoys performing and conducting masterclasses on behalf of the company. Fran particularly enjoys organising "Come and Try the Harp" events which offer the opportunity for anyone of any age and ability can try a harp and learn more about the instrument. Fran has been teaching the harp for 7 years. She currently teaches privately and in three schools in the Midlands; Kings High School for Girls, Warwick Preparatory School and The Blue Coat School Birmingham. Fran ensures all her students have regular opportunities to perform and runs termly student concerts. Fran teaches privately from her harp studio in Warwick. The Harp Studio is the home of PoppyHarp. PoppyHarp is a lever harp showroom for Pilgrim Harps and a publishing company for young professional composers. Fran is Company Director of PoppyHarp Publishing. April 2015 brought the release of a new set of Harp tuition books for students of all ages, parental help guides and advice for teachers. As Company Director of PoppyHarp Publishing, Fran helps young professional musicians and composers publish their first compositions. From PoppyHarp Fran has launched the Future Blend Project. The project is now internationally renowned; it is a year long composition competition that pairs harpists and composers together in order to create some incredible new music. The project is now in its third year and has had two sell out concerts, published 18 new works and recorded 2 CD’s of brand new harp music. As Founder and Director of the Future Blend Project, Fran has enjoyed working with a wide variety of musicians such as Eleanor Turner, Kirsty Devaney, Dominic Sewell, Paul Lewis, Edmund Joillfe, Shelley FairPlay, Amy Turk and more. Fran also enjoys working with various charities and projects such as the Harp On Wight Festival as a web-designer. Fran enjoys her diverse career, performing in concerts, at weddings and events, as a music and health musicians at hospitals and hospices, teaching and running her companies.

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Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Welsh folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Pop, Covers, Acoustic
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Cruise, Virtual event, Wedding proposal
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Live looping, Arranger
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Fran's Song list

Popular/ Jazz/ Film/ Musicals:
Music from Harry Potter,
Music from Lord of the Rings,
Music by Coldplay,
Music by Einaudi,
A Whole New World - From Disney's "Aladdin",
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John,
Fields of Gold - Sting,
Kissing You (Love theme from Romeo & Juliet - Des'ree,
Let It Go (From Disney's "Frozen") - Lopez, Moon River - Mancini Henry,
My Heart Will Go On from ‘Titanic’ – James Horner,
A variety of Enya songs including May it be, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Think of Me - Lloyd Webber,
What a Wonderful World - Armstrong,
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton,
Your Song - John, Elton
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Young and Beautiful - from Great Gatsby - Lana Del Rey
Everything I do,I do it for you - Bryan Adams
Marry You - Bruno Mars
River flows in you - Yiruma
Harp concertos and chamber music:
Concerto in B flat, Opus 4 No.6 - Handel, G.F. Concerto for Harp and Flute and Orchestra- Mozart, W.A. Danse sacrée et danse profane - Debussy,
Introduction and Allegro (Hp + String Qtet, Fl & Cl) - Ravel, Maurice
A selection of Celtic/Traditional pieces:
Danny Boy,
Kid on the Mountain,
Islay Gig,
Brian Boru's March,
Merch Megan,
O’Carolans Dream,
Scarborough Fair,
The Ash Grove,
Watching the Wheat,
Moving Cloud
Ave Maria- Schubert,
Bridal march from Lohengrin- Wagner,
Canon in D – Pachelbel,
Concerto in B flat No.6 Op.4 – Handel,
G.F. Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone,
Ground in F with variations – Purcell,
Impromptu-Caprice, Opus 9- Pierné,
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring- J.S Bach,
La Source, Opus 44 – Hasselmans,
Alphonse. Music by Ortiz,
Variations on a Theme of Mozart - Glinka,
Nocturne – Glinka,
Sept Sonates - Naderman,
The Minstrel’s Adieu to his Native Land – Thomas,
The Swan – Saint Saens,
Theme and Variations- Thomas,
Trumpet Voluntary- Purcell,
Watching the Wheat – Thomas
Charge of the Light Brigade by Ben Parkinson Atherton
Foreign Halls by Ben Parkinson Atherton.
Customer questions

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

If times change please let me know with as much time as possible so I am able to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

I am an early bird so I need to arrive an hour before your event to ensure I am set up and ready for wen your guests arrive.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

I charge travel expenses to events. However this includes any equipment, including my harp, that I need to bring with me.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

Harps don't like lots of sun or rain. If you would like music outdoors I can bring an amp with me to ensure all your guests can enjoy the music. Please ensure there is cover from sun in hot months and I can't be outside if it is raining.

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

I can play anything you like! Please don't be restricted by the set list. My list is always changing and growing too fast for me to update it so please let me know what styles and music you would most like and we can sort music unique for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

YES! I love learning and experimenting with new music to make your day as unique and special as possible. However please let me know a minimum of 2 weeks before your event. This is included in the quote.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I offer a friendly service that provides bespoke unique music perfect for each event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in too many venues to list, however, now I work mainly in the West Midlands and Warwickshire areas. A few venues include: Blenheim Palace Walton Hall Kenilworth Castle The Lord Leycester St Johns Smith Square They Royal Albert Hall Birmingham Symphony Hall Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester Minivera Theatre

Fran's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
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Fran's Reviews

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Martin S
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Fran was the perfect addition to a perfect day. Arriving guests were enchanted by her music. The beautiful weather mean't that she was able to set up on the expansive lawn of the venue, but could be heard throughout. Her flawless playing included a repertoire to please all, while her presentation was stylish yet discreet. Her performance so utterly charmed everyone that when she did stop playing she was greeted with a unanimous and spontaneous ovation. Thoroughly deserved. Thank-You Fran.

From other customers:

Paul L
8 years ago

I think you are truly extraordinary and I am enthralled by everything you're doing"

Eleanor T
8 years ago

I have never met anyone like her, she is just extraordinary; such an entrepreneur, fantastic musician, willing friend, generous spirit and an incredible composer.

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