Glenda Allaway

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“Enthralling, magical, stunning!”

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
Customer questions

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!


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Mr S, 1 month 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, 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, 2 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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Ariana A, 2 years ago

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

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Rebekah O, 1 month 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, 1 month 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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