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Glenda Allaway

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“Enthralling, magical, stunning!”
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London
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Glenda Allaway is an award-winning harpist recognised for her outstanding musicianship. As a full time professional harpist, she performs across the country for solo recitals, orchestral engagements and corporate functions and weddings alike. Passionate about bringing the harp to a wider audience, Glenda is frequently praised for making the harp sound modern and current. Having studied at both Chetham's School of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she pairs her classical training from world-renowned harpist, Gabriella Dall’Olio, with a love of exploring new genres to continually take harp playing to new heights. Glenda's work has taken her to some of the UK’s most exciting venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen’s rowbarge - the Gloriana - and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Some more adventurous performances include a residency in Heathrow Terminal 5 working with La Prairie Skincare and a Thunderbirds themed performance in collaboration with ITV. Glenda's experience in a wide range of genres allows her to tailor her playing to suit your unique style. She is at home playing the majestic concert pedal harp, intimate celtic harp or edgy electric harp. Her current repertoire includes everything from Mozart to Gershwin, Debussy to David Guetta, and everything in between! Whether you want to work alongside a professional musician to craft a set list that is meaningful to you, or you want to leave the song selection in expert hands, Glenda is the perfect harpist to complement your event.

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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Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Vintage, Scottish music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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, Theory teaching
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Song list

Note: this example list is not exhaustive. Please feel free to request songs not on the list!
All Of Me - John Legend
Amazing Grace - John Newton
Amelie Theme Music - Yann Tiersen
Angel - Katherine Jenkins / Sarah McLachlan
Angelus - Renie
Aria from Goldberg Variations - J.S. Bach
At Last I See The Light from ‘Tangled’ - Alan Menken
Au Matin - Marcel Tournier
Auld Lang Syne - Trad.
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma
Ave Maria - Schubert
Balcony Scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - Craig Armstrong
Ballade - Jakez Francois
Bella Notte - Einaudi
Berceuse Russe - Tournier
Berlin Song - Einaudi
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Bittersweet Symphony - Verve
Blue Fiver - Paul Lewis
But Not For Me from 'Girl Crazy' - Gershwin
Butterfly Waltz - Brian Crain
California Dreamin' - Mamas and Papas
Can You Feel The Love Tonight from 'The Lion King' - Elton John
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons
Cavatina from 'The Deerhunter' - Stanley Myers
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Chasing Pavements -Adele
Cider House Rules Main Theme - Rachel Portman
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Clara's Theme from 'Doctor Who' - Murrey Gold
Colours of the Wind from 'Pocahontas' - Alan Menken
Dangerous Game from 'Thunderbirds' - Barry Gray
Danse D'Autrefois - Renie
Dietro Casa - Einaudi
Do, Do, Do from 'Oh, Kay' - Gershwin
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes from 'Cinderella' - Mack David
The Earth Prelude - Einaudi
Elegy for the Arctic - Einaudi
Embraceable You from 'Girl Crazy' - Gershwin
Endless Love - Lionel Richie
Esquisse - Renie
Every Breath I Take - The Police
Everything I Do from 'Robin Hood' - Bryan Adams
Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish
Fairytale - Einaudi
Fantasie - Spohr
Fantasie Sur Un Theme De Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky / Walter-Kuhne
Fields Of Gold - Sting / Eva Cassidy
Fireflies - Owl City
Firestone - Kygo
Flightless Bird, American Mouth from "Twilight" - Iron & Wine
For The Love Of A Princess from 'Braveheart' - James Horner
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Giorni Dispari - Einaudi
Glasgow Theme from 'Love Actually' - Craig Armstrong
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
The Godfather Theme - Nino Rota
Golden Moments - David Snell
The Greatest Day - Take That
Gymnopedies - Satie
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Halo - Beyonce
Hedwig's Theme from 'Harry Potter' - John Williams
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hold My Girl - George Ezra
How To Save A Life - The Fray
If We Hold On Together from The Land Before Time - James Horner
I Giorni - Einaudi
I Love My Love In The Morning - trad. Irish
Impromptu - Faure
Impromptu Caprice - Pierne
I See The Light from Tangled
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
I've Got A Crush On You from 'Strike Up The Band' - Gershwin
John Anderson My Jo - trad. Scottish
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Karma Police - Radiohead
Kissing You from 'Romeo and Juliet' - Des'ree
Le Matin - Yann Tiersen
Le Onde - Einaudi
Llwyn Onn - trad. Welsh
Londonderry Air - trad. Irish
Lord Of The Rings - Howard Shore
Love Is Here To Stay from 'An American in Paris' - Gershwin
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Mad World - Tears for Fears
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Meditation from 'Thais' - Massenet
Memory from 'Cats' - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
My Heart Will Go On from 'Titanic' - James Horner
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose - trad. Scottish
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Nefeli - Einaudi
New Leaves - Kim Robertson
No Hay Milpa Sin Cuitlacoche - Cesar Secundino
Nocturne - Glinka
The Noon Day Sun from "The Thunderbirds" - Barry Gray
Nuvole Bianche - Einaudi
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Oh, Lady Be Good - Gershwin
Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
Over And Over Again - Nathan Sykes & Arianna Grande
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Piano Man - Billy Joel
The Portrait from "Titanic" - James Horner
Prelude In C - J.S. Bach
Primavera - Einaudi
River Flows In You - Yiruma
'S Wonderful from "An American In Paris" - Gershwin
San Martino from "The Thunderbirds" - Barry Gray
Sarabande from ‘Violin Paritita No 1’ - J.S. Bach
Scarborough Fair - trad.
She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
Sleep Sonn Ida Mornin' - trad. arr. Kim Robertson
Someone Like You - Adele
Someone To Watch Over Me from "Oh, Kay" - Gershwin
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Sonata in D - Parry
Sonata in G - C.P.E. Bach
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Symphony - Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson
Tale As Old As Time from "Beauty and the Beast" - Alan Menken
A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
Thunderbirds are GO - Barry Gray
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Up Theme - Michael Giacchino
Valse d’Amelie - Yann Tiersen
Viejo Zortzico - Guridi
Water Is Wide - trad. arr. Kim Robertson
The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wonderwall - Oasis
Your Song - Elton John
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
SEASONAL
Angels We Have Heard On High
Away In A Manger
Carol Of The Bells
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Deck The Halls
Ding Dong Merrily On High
The First Noel
Frosty The Snowman
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Holly And The Ivy
Jingle Bells
Joy To The World
O Holy Night
Silent Night
Silver Bells
Walking In The Air
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I go above and beyond to tailor every performance to each individual client. I've created countless bespoke arrangements for brides to walk down the aisle to and even stayed up all night to learn a last minute request for a funeral wake. From start to finish, my priority is to always keep you and your vision at the centre.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

- Royal Albert Hall - Royal Festival Hall - Symphony Hall, Birmingham - The Gloriana (The Queen's Rowbarge) - The Ritz - The Savoy - The Lanesborough - Jumeirah Carlton Tower - Live on BBC Radio

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love and listen to all types of music - that's what makes me such a versatile harpist. At the moment, I love the creativity of Billie Eilish, as well as chart-toppers Stormzy and Dua Lipa. For more classical inspiration, harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet and conductor Gustavo Dudamel are favourites!

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

There have been such a variety of performances, it's hard to choose! The first time I performed at the Royal Albert Hall was a big moment. Playing at the Mayfair Awards (with Mark-Francis Vandelli sharing my playing to his Instagram), and serenading the Sheikh of Dubai for afternoon tea on his visits to London are also high up on the list!

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

I completely understand when timings change - just pop me a message as soon as you have accurate timings and I can adjust where possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always aim to arrive 60 minutes before performance time to ensure that the harp is in and set up well before guests arrive. If you might need a faster set up time, don't worry - just let me know and I can work with what time you have.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes - transport is included in my quote so no need to worry about any hidden extras.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

The harp can be taken outdoors but there are some things that are helpful to have. 1. Flat surface - this can either be the ground itself or a board to make sure the harp is steady. 2. Shelter from the elements - gazebo, bandstand, etc.

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

Yes of course! I recommend that most of my clients pick their top 10-15 songs from my repertoire list and that will help guide me to craft a playlist that suits you best. If you prefer to pick every song, you can, but it's a long task and you probably have 100 more important things to be doing in the lead up to your event!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

At nearly every event, I create bespoke arrangements for my clients. It means that the music suits you perfectly and it adds that little special something knowing that music was made just for you. Give me as much notice as possible, but even if it's last minute, I'll do my best to get it in!

Prices

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

Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£300
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£300
Wedding breakfast
3 performances of up to 40 minutes each during your wedding breakfast
£425

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Hayley K, 1 month ago

Glenda was an absolute star! She was friendly, flexible and an amazing musician! She really made the day! Couldn't recommend enough, just book her!

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Mr S, 11 months ago

Glenda was absolutely amazing and even learned a song from scratch the night before the hire date. I would highly recommend her she was absolutely hypnotic watching her and a lovely girl.

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Leonie C, 2 years ago

Glenda played the Harp beautifully, everyone commented after our ceremony. She really made our wedding feel even more magical and was even happy to play a song she hadnt played before. Absolutely 100% book Glenda as your chosen Harpist! Thank you so much again xx

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Georgina, 3 years ago

Glenda was extremely approachable and very accommodating in implementing my request to include my favourite songs in the repertoire of musical performance. All guest enjoyed Glenda’s performance and found her extremely talented and charming

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Rebekah O, 11 months ago

Glenda came and performed in our Festival of Nine Lessons this Christmas and from the earliest stages of enquiring right through to post performance conversational observations Glenda was exceptional. I always looks for Reliability and Flexibility in booking a performer and from the get go with her performance quality and personality Glenda definitely fit the bill. Her performance was outstanding and was much enjoyed by the audience, she accompanied a carol with the choir and congregation beautifully timed and was very gracious after the festival had ended when speaking with audience members, most who asked the same questions one after another. We will be booking Glenda again next year if she is available for another successful festival. She really took the whole event to the next level and brought Christmas down to us all. Would highly recommend.

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Thomas E, 11 months ago

I was looking for a harpist for a private event, Glenda provided an incredible service from start to finish, we will be hiring her again, excellent performance and professionalism. If you’re looking for something special don’t hesitate to book.

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