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Heather Wrighton

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About Heather

Highly experienced harpist for weddings, corporate events, orchestral work, recitals and more.
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Horsham
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Heather was inspired to play the harp at the age of six and as a junior student at Trinity College of Music she studied harp with Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly and continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, London with Karen Vaughan (Head of Harp) graduating with an MA with Distinction, BMus (Hons) and an LRAM harp teaching qualification. From a young age Heather has been interested in different types of harps and in addition to the Classical Harp plays Celtic, Baroque triple and Paraguayan Harps. Heather currently freelances as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician which has led her to perform at prestigious concert venues including The Royal Festival Hall, Cardiff Millennium Centre, Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, Glyndebourne Opera House, Kensington Palace and St James’ Palace. As an active chamber musician Heather is a founder member of The London Harp Quartet, The Acacia Flute and Harp Duo and The Aurora Trio. From 2014-2016 The Aurora Trio was awarded a prestigious chamber music fellowship at The Royal Academy of Music, they also work together as musical artists for Live Music Now and The Concordia Foundation. Heather has featured on a number of recordings including composer Paul Patterson’s CD ‘Harp Gallery’ which showcases his works for harp, and most recently a recording for Rick Wakeman and a number of video game sound-tracks including the award winning ‘Total War’ series. Performance highlights include playing in the choir of 60 harps at the Royal Opera House, London for His Royal Highness Prince Charles 60th birthday celebration and performing the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Cyprus Sinfonia.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Early music, Christmas, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Light music, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, World music, Tango, Scottish music, Latin
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private 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:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Below is a sample of Heather's wedding/background music repertoire, a full list will be sent at the time of booking. Heather is also happy to arrange special requests.
Popular Songs:
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri (From Twilight)
Flightless Bird – Iron and Wine (From Twilight)
Marry Me – Bruno Mars
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Make you feel my love - Adele
How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding
Your Song - Ellie Goulding
Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding
All of me – John Legend
Skinny Love – Birdy
Wings - Birdy
Clocks – Coldplay
Paradise - Coldplay
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Rule the World – Take That
Pompeii – Bastille
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Song Bird – Eva Cassidy
Hallelujah – L.Cohen
Fireworks – Katy Perry
Despacito – Luis Fonsi
Beneath your Beautiful – Labrinth/Emeli Sandé
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Happy – Pharrell Williams (From Despicable Me 2)
Fireflies – Owl City
With or without you – U2
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Fields of gold – Sting
Sweet child of mine – Guns N’ Roses
Nothing else matters – Metallica
Is this love – Bob Marley
Here comes the sun – The Beatles
Imagine – John Lennon
I can’t help falling in love – Elvis
Endless Love –Lionel Richie
Amazed – Lonestar
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
At Last – Etta James
Have I told you lately – Van Morrison
Heaven – Brian Adams
Annie’s Song – John Denver
Various Beatles songs
Film Music:
Never Enough – The Greatest Showman
A million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
I’m Kissing You – Romeo and Juliet
Hedwig’s Theme – Harry Potter
Portuguese Love Theme – Love Actually
Glasgow Theme – Love Actually
For the Love of a Princess - Braveheart
In Dreams - Lord of the Rings
Game of Thrones Theme
Happy - Despicable Me 2
Cavatina - Theme from The Deer Hunter
Theme from Titanic
Lara’s Theme - Doctor Zhivago
Theme from Ladies in Lavender
Everything I do I do it for you – Robin Hood
Diamonds are Forever – James Bond
Beauty and the Beast Theme
Colours of the wind - Pocahontas
Let it go -Frozen
Do you want to build a snowman? - Frozen
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The Lion King
Someday My Prince Will Come – Snow White
A Whole New World - Aladdin
When You Wish Upon a Star – Pinocchio
Married Life - Up
Popular Classics:
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Bridal March from Lohengrin (Here comes the bride) - Wagner
Wedding March from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - Mendelssohn
Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Panis Angelicus – Frank
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring - Bach
Meditation from ‘Thais’ – Massenet
Flower Duet from Lakmé - Délibes
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Barcarolle from ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ – Offenbach
Time to Say Goodbye (Con Ti Partiro) – Francesco Sartori
River flows in you – Yiruma
Kiss the rain - Yiruma
I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
Le Onde - Ludovico Einaudi
Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi
O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicci – G. Puccini
O Sole Mio – Eduardo Di Capua
Pavane – Faurè
Cantique de Jean Racine - Faurè
Winter - Second movement from ‘The Four Seasons’ - Vivaldi
Air on the G string - J.S Bach
Air from ‘Water Music’ - Handel
Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ - Handel
Chaconne from ‘The Fairy Queen’ – Purcell
Il Mio Tesoro from ‘Don Giovanni’- Mozart
Canzonetta from ‘Don Giovanni’- Mozart
Vio Che Sapete from ‘The marriage of Figaro’- Mozart
A Medley of famous arias by Puccini, Mozart and Verdi
Variations on the theme of Mozart
Dance Du Corregidor -Manuel De Fella
Spanish Romance – Traditional
Granada- Albeniz
Nimrod –Edward Elgar
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Musicals:
The Phantom of the Opera:
The Phantom of the Opera theme
Music of the night
Think of me
Angel of Music
The sound of music:
The sound of music theme
Edelwiss
My favourite things
Carousel:
If I loved you
You’ll never walk alone -
The king and I:
We kiss in the shadow
Getting to know you
Hello young lovers
South Pacific:
Some enchanted evening
I’m in love with a wonderful guy
West side story:
Somewhere
A little night music:
Send in the clowns
Cats:
Memory
Evita:
Don’t cry for me Argentina
Requiem:
Pie Jesu
My fair lady:
My fair lady
Oliver:
As long as he needs me
Guys and Dolls:
I’ve never been in love before
Les Miserables:
I Dreamed A Dream
Bring Him Home
Jazz Standards:
Fly me to the moon
Moon River – Henry Mancini
Over the rainbow – Harold Arlen
When I fall in Love – Victor Young
And I love you so – Perry Como
Georgia on my mind
Ain’t misbehavin
There will never be another you
Isn’t it romantic
La vie en rose
I can’t get started
My foolish heart
Stella by starlight
Black Orpheus
Skylark
Pink Panther – Henry Mancini
Misty – Erroll Garner
A man and a woman - Lai
Feelings – Albert
All the things you are – Jerome Kern
Traditional Music:
Greensleeves
Scarborough Fair
Ye banks and braes
Sky Boat Song
Loch Lomond
Land O’ The Leal
Loch Tay Boat Song
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Scotland The Brave
Annie Laurie
Auld Lang Syne
The Blue Bells of Scotland
Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Land O’The Leal
Danny Boy/Londonderry Air
The Lark in the Clear Air
Carrick Fergus
The Green Glens of Antrim
The Ash Grove
David of the white rock
All through the night
Watching the wheat
Many other Scottish/Welsh/Irish airs/dance tunes
Customer questions

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

If it is just a change to the start time of the event that is fine and can be arranged and if you would like me to perform for longer I can provide a quote for this.

How much time do you need to set up?

I normally arrive an hour before the event but it only takes me around 10-15 minutes to set up the harp in the room and tune etc.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, all enquiries I quote for include all travel costs for transporting my harp.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I wouldn't need any equipment for my harp as it is played acoustically. If it is hot and sunny I request a shady spot or a parasol on hand from the venue. If it is raining I would need to perform indoors as my instrument is valuable.

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

Yes, I will be in touch prier to the event to arrange your songs requests/styles of music you would like played.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes of course, I can arrange a couple of pieces free of charge which are not already included on my repertoire list.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£190
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£480

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Casey S, 2 years ago

Heather looked beautiful, her Harp is simply stunning! Heather played for us with her friend Ray on Violin for our wedding in a local Vineyard, we had pre-arranged our song choices and every song was played to perfection. We had so many lovely comments about Heather, she is professional and was happy to go the extra mile for us in regard to my son and disabled sister, with a few very special requests. Communication was excellent from start to finish and nothing was too much trouble, 5* is not enough for this lovely lady, I would happily give her more if I could. Highly recommended and we will book Heather again for any future events. Thank you Heather, your AMAZING and made our wedding even more special. ♡

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Maya K, 2 years ago

Fantastic musician, a real pleasure to work with!

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Charlotte F, 2 years ago

Communication before the day was absolutely brilliant, felt very at ease and confident that Heather would be great. The music was superb on the day and I would highly recommend, walking up the aisle with the harp playing was beautiful. Thank you Heather

From other customers:

Alex F, 3 years ago

We would just like to say an absolute huge thank you for your beautiful music on our special day. It really was a dream come true to have someone as amazing as you playing the harp for us!

Mr H, 3 years ago

Thank you for playing at our wedding! It was everything we had hoped for and your song choices during the breakfast were perfect! So many of our guests commented on how brilliant and talented you are! We are so glad we booked you!

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