Glenda Allaway

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Raised with folk music, trained in classical and experimenting with electronic music, Glenda strives to push the boundaries of the harp.

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
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!
All Of Me -- John Legend
Amelie Theme Music -- Yann Tiersen
Angel -- Katherine Jenkins / Sarah McLachlan
Angelus -- Renie
Au Matin -- Marcel Tournier
Auld Lang Syne -- Trad.
Ave Maria -- Schubert
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
Chasing Pavements --Adele
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
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
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
Hedwig's Theme from 'Harry Potter' - John Williams
Here Comes The Sun -- The Beatles
Hey Jude -- The Beatles
How To Save A Live -- The Fray
I Giorni -- Einaudi
I Love My Love In The Morning -- trad. Irish
Impromptu -- Faure
Impromptu Caprice -- Pierne
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
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 Tender -- Elvis Presley
Mad World -- Tears for Fears
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
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
Scarborough Fair -- trad.
She's Always A Woman -- Billy Joel
Sleep Sonn Ida Mornin' -- trad. arr. Kim Robertson
Someone To Watch Over Me from "Oh, Kay" -- Gershwin
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
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
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


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Leonie C, 1 year 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, 1 year 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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Ariana A, 2 years ago

Brilliantly talented and a pleasure to work with. Thank you!

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Alex S, 2 months ago

Thank you so much for everything you did on Sunday! So many people came up to us to say how amazing the harpist was and what a nice addition it was to the atmosphere! You properly nailed it, so thank you from both of us!

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Silvia D, 2 months ago

Glenda was our lovely harpist and she made our Wedding day looks like a dream with the beautiful music she played, even the challenge to get from the church to the wedding venue went so well. Glenda is extremely professional and lovely, she even changed music in the very last second to meet my husband’s and mine wishes, I could not recommend her enough. Words are not good enough to express my gratitude to her. Thank you Glenda xxx

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