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Glenda Allaway

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About Glenda

"I have to say having Glenda at our wedding was the best decision we made."
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Glenda Allaway is an award-winning professional harpist and was honoured to be one of Encore’s most booked harpists of 2021. She specialises in creating bespoke soundtracks to special events, working with clients to craft a one-of-a-kind experience. Currently harpist for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot, Glenda is regularly booked to perform for VIP luxury events. She’s played at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Ritz, and the Savoy, and has serenaded HM the Queen, countless senior Royals, and celebrities including Simon Cowell, Stephen Fry and Bill Bailey. Glenda’s gold concert harp brings the wow factor to any setting, and her complementing harp accessories bring an extra level of finesse to enhance the visual aspect of the harp. She’s is happy to coordinate her style to suit your event, be that a ball gown, jeans, or something in between! What sets Glenda apart is her passion for bringing clients’ vision to life. She’ll always say yes to trying out new things on the harp because that’s what adds that one-of-a-kind feeling to your event. Nirvana on the harp? Great! Mashup of Mozart and Ed Sheeran? No problem! Whether you’re looking for an edgy, upbeat set or a paired back classical performance, Glenda is a great choice to bring that wow factor to your special event. —

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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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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!
Aaja We Maahiya
All Is Found from ‘Frozen 2’
All My Life - K-Ci & Jo Jo
All Of Me - John Legend
Amazing Grace - John Newton
Amelie Theme Music - Yann Tiersen
Angel - Katherine Jenkins / Sarah McLachlan
Angelus - Renie
Arabesque No. 1 - Debussy
Aria from Goldberg Variations - J.S. Bach
Aria from La Wally - A. Catalani
At Last - Etta James
At Last I See The Light from ‘Tangled’ - Alan Menken
Au Matin - Marcel Tournier
Auld Lang Syne - Trad.
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma
Ave Maria - Bach
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ay Pilla - Love Story
Bailando - Enrique Iglesias
Balcony Scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - Craig Armstrong
Ballade - Jakez Francois
Beautiful Day - U2
Bella Notte - Einaudi
Berceuse Russe - Tournier
Berlin Song - Einaudi
Better - Khalid
Better Half of Me - Tom Walker
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Bittersweet Symphony - Verve
Blue Fiver - Paul Lewis
Bluebird - Alexis Ffrench
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel
Burn from Hamilton
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
Chahun Main Ya Naa - Aashiqui 2
Chal Le Chal
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Chasing Pavements -Adele
Cheap Thrills - Sia
Cider House Rules Main Theme - Rachel Portman
City of Stars from La La Land
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Clara's Theme from 'Doctor Who' - Murrey Gold
Clocks - Coldplay
Colours of the Wind from 'Pocahontas' - Alan Menken
Come As You Are - Nirvana
Consider Me - Allen Stone
Dangerous Game from 'Thunderbirds' - Barry Gray
Danny Boy - trad. Irish
Danse D'Autrefois - Renie
Deep River - trad. African-American
Despacito - Fonsi
Dietro Casa - Einaudi
Dil Chahta Hai
Do, Do, Do from 'Oh, Kay' - Gershwin
Don’t Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes from 'Cinderella' - Mack David
Drivers License - Oliva Rodrigo
The Earth Prelude - Einaudi
Easy On Me - Adele
Elegy for the Arctic - Einaudi
Embraceable You from 'Girl Crazy' - Gershwin
Endless Love - Lionel Richie
The Engagement Party from La La Land
Esquisse - Renie
Everybody Wants to be a Cat from Aristocats
Every Breath I Take - The Police
Everything I Do from 'Robin Hood' - Bryan Adams
Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish
Fairytale - Einaudi
Falling - Harry Styles
Fantasie - Spohr
Fantasie Sur Un Theme De Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky / Walter-Kuhne
Fields Of Gold - Sting / Eva Cassidy
Filhaal
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
Havana - Camilla Cabello
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
Hedwig's Theme from 'Harry Potter' - John Williams
Hello - Adele
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Hero - Enrique Iglesias
Hey Brother - Avicii
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hold My Girl - George Ezra
How To Save A Life - The Fray
Hoyna Hoyna - Nani’s Gang Leader
Humnava Mere
I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables
If We Hold On Together from The Land Before Time - James Horner
I Get To Love You - Ruelle
I Giorni - Einaudi
I’ll Be There - Jackson 5
I Love My Love In The Morning - trad. Irish
Imagine - John Lennon
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
Kaun Tujhe - M. S. Dhoni
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
Kiss The Rain - Yiruma
Kissing You from 'Romeo and Juliet' - Des'ree
La Source - Hasselmans
La Valse d’Amélie - Yann Tiersen
Le Matin - Yann Tiersen
Le Onde - Einaudi
Let Her Go - Passenger
Let It Go from Frozen
Light of the Seven from Game of Thrones
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
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Mad World - Tears for Fears
Marry Me - Train
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Meditation from 'Thais' - Massenet
Memory from 'Cats' - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto
A Million Dreams from ‘The Greatest Showman’
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
The Moon Represents My Heart - Teresa Teng
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Motion - Khalid
My Baby You - Marc Anthony
My Heart Will Go On from 'Titanic' - James Horner
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose - trad. Scottish
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Naive - The Kooks 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
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Nuvole Bianche - Einaudi
Ocean Eyes - Billie Eilish
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Oh, Lady Be Good - Gershwin
On My Own from Les Miserables
Ordinary People - John Legend
Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
Over And Over Again - Nathan Sykes & Arianna Grande
Paradise - Coldplay
Pehla Nasha 0 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Photograph - 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
San Martino from "The Thunderbirds" - Barry Gray
Sarabande from ‘Violin Paritita No 1’ - J.S. Bach
Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkel
Schindler’s List - John Williams
Sheebeg and Sheemore - trad. Irish
She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
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 Darkness from Batman
Sonata in G - C.P.E. Bach
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Suraj Hua Maddham
'S Wonderful from "An American In Paris" - Gershwin
Symphony - Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson
Tale As Old As Time from "Beauty and the Beast" - Alan Menken
Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Thunderbirds are GO - Barry Gray
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Titanium - David Guetta
Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai
Tum Hi Ho - Aashiqui 2
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Up Theme - Michael Giacchino
Valse d’Amelie - Yann Tiersen
Viejo Zortzico - Guridi
Vienna - Billy Joel
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Water Is Wide - trad. arr. Kim Robertson
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
We Don’t Talk About Bruno - Encanto
When September Ends - Green Day
When She Loved Me from Toy Story
When The Party’s Over - Billie Eilish
Where Do I Begin? from Love Story
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Wildest Dreams - Duomo / Taylor Swift
The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wonderwall - Oasis
You’ll Never Walk Alone - Rodgers and Hammerstain
You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
Your Song - Elton John
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
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

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Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£400
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£400
Wedding breakfast
3 performances of up to 40 minutes each during your wedding breakfast
£525

Add-ons

Guest Requests - Jukebox Style!
+£65
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Reviews

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Rhiannon N
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Glenda is super talented and her beautiful harp playing made a fantastic addition to our day! We were so pleased that we found her and would recommend her to everyone! Thank you Glenda 😊

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Tara O
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Glenda was fantastic to work with from the offset, she has an incredible talent and repertoire. We booked her originally for our wedding in 2021 but had to postpone and she was so accommodating during this time. Organising our set list was very straightforward and Glenda provided some great suggestions on music as well as timing. We arranged a zoom to chat about logistics as well and Glenda kindly gave us a little snippet of her harp skills which we loved in anticipation of the big day. On the wedding day itself Glenda was punctual, professional and played absolutely beautifully - our guests were raving about her. We wish we could do it all again!

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Emaleigh S
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

It was an absolute pleasure to have Glenda playing during our special day. The music was absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Glenda was great at communicating with us prior to the wedding, taking into consideration our music requests and learning new songs for us. Glenda was very punctual on the day and set up promptly. We received so many positive comments from our guests who loved listening to the Harp during our ceremony. We want to thank you so much for everything. If you are looking for live music from a fantastic Harpist then I would definitely recommend Glenda. Thank you x

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Toni M
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

What can I say other than Glenda is incredibly talented and made our wedding feel like a fairytale. Our guest are still talking about how amazing the music was a week later! I would highly recommend Glenda, you won’t regret it.

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Maaham H
4 months ago, for a Wedding in London Rd
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5 out of 5

I could not recommend Glenda highly enough! Right from the start Glenda was so communicative and helpful, which made it such an easy decision to have her as a part of our wedding day. Glenda was so accommodating with specific song requests and pulled them off so beautifully. All the guests loved hearing her on the day. Thank you so much Glenda, I could not have asked for anyone better!

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Maddy K
7 months ago, for a Wedding in The St
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5 out of 5

Glenda is a truly talented musician and I would highly recommend her. Glenda played at my wedding and added such a magical touch to the day. Not only did I find the music beautiful but my guests also remarked on how excellent she was. I had a Disney/fairytale theme wedding and the music was an important aspect of the day, and having a live musician added so much to the day. Glenda was also extremely accomodating to my song requests (mostly Disney). Glenda is an excellent communicator and we had great communication throughout the wedding planning process even through lockdown and when the wedding was postponed. Glenda is professional, talented, friendly, flexible, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Having Glenda play on your wedding day is a truly special experience!

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