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Helena Ricci

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About Helena

Trailblazing award-winning virtuoso harpist with a radiant personality, guaranteed to wow your guests
Harpist
London
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"A natural storyteller" "Sensitive, elegant, refined playing - a true artist to behold" Helena is an award-winning virtuoso harpist with a charismatic personality, praised for her communication on and off stage. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Helena has the ambition to spread classical music and present the harp as a solo instrument to wider audiences. A recent graduate from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with the highest honours, Helena has appeared solo at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Milton Court, LSO St-Luke’s, Centro Botin with the Encuentro de Santander Academy in Spain. She toured with the Philharmonie der Animato Orchestra throughout Europe with a final concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus. This Summer 2019 Helena took part in the prestigious Britten-Pears “Composition and Performance Course”, was selected for the Orchestre de la Francophonie in Canada, the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra EUYWO in Luxembourg and also as a reserve for the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Academy in Germany and London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future First Artist. She was one of the ten European musicians to be selected for the Tuning In Artist Programme in Partnership with the MDW University of Vienna, Mica Austria and the European Union. Helena has already played for numerous festivals, among which the LIFT Festival, the Curious Festival, Culture Mile, Fetes de la Musique in Switzerland and has recently been invited to take part in the Aldeburgh Festival in 2020. Willing to promote the harp to a wider audience and to challenge the perception of the harp as a solo instrument she is the founder of MUSILUX, the world’s first classical harp and production company. She has been selected as a Guildhall Creative Entrepreneur 2019/20 to bring this innovative and thrilling project to life. Helena has won many awards and is grateful for the support from the Help Musicians Postgraduate Awards, Irene Denereaz and SUISA Foundations, Henry Wood Trust, Chizel Educational Trust, Kathleen Trust and Guildhall School Trust.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I require car parking close to venues
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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Acoustic
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Transcription, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Have a song in mind? Check out some of my repertoire below. If you cannot find THE special song you want for your event, reach out and I would be happy to arrange it for you.
In alphabetical order
>> MOST REQUESTED CLASSICS<<
1st Gymnopedie (Satie)
A Thousand years (Christina Perri)
Beautiful love
Blue Danube waltz (Strauss)
Bridal chorus (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Clair de lune (Debussy)
Comptine d'un autre ete (Yann Tiersen - Amelie soundtrack)
Consolation n3 (Liszt)
Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy (Tchaikovsky arr. J. Yap)
Everybody loves somebody
Happy Birthday
Jeux interdits - romance
La vie en rose
Let it be (Beatles)
Meditation from Thais (Massenet)
Misty
Moonlight sonata (Beethoven)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Pink Panther
Prelude in C major (Bach)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Tarrega)
River flows in you (Yiruma)
Silent night
Sonata in F minor K466 (Scarlatti)
Tale as old as time (Beauty and the Beast)
Tea for two
Una mattina (Einaudi)
Waltz in B minor (Chopin)
Wedding march (Mendelssohn)
>>VIRTUOSO CLASSICAL SOLO RECITAL REPERTOIRE<<
ROMANTICS
ALBENIZ - Asturias
BENZECRY - Alwa (Dawn)
CHOPIN - Waltz in B minor
GODEFROID - Etude de Concert in Eb minor
LISZT - Nightingale
LISZT - Consolation n3
PAGANINI - Caprice 24 (arr. Mchedelov)
PIAZZOLLA - Libertango
PROKOFIEV - Prelude in C Major
PROKOFIEV - Romeo & Juliet: Dance of the Knights
SCHUMANN - Vogel als Prophet
SMETANA - Moldau
SPOHR - Fantasy in C minor
TARREGA - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
TCHAIKOVSKY - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from "Nutcracker Suite"
BELOVED FRENCH IMPRESSIONISTS
DEBUSSY - Clair de lune
DEBUSSY - Jardins sous la pluie
DEBUSSY - Valse romantique
HASSELMANS - Follets
PIERNE - Impromptu – Caprice, Op. 9
RENIE - Ballade Fantastique
RENIE - Legende
TOURNIER - Au matin
BAROQUE BEADS
BACH - Prelude & Fugue in C minor
BACH - Suite in C minor BWV 997
BACH - Toccata & Fugue in D minor
DAQUIN - the Cuckoo
RAMEAU - Rappel des Oiseaux
SCARLATTI - Sonatas D minor K77
SCARLATTI - Sonata in A major K208
SCARLATTI - Sonata D minor K213
SCARLATTI - Sonata in F minor K466
>>MUSIC FOR YOUR EVENT - SPICIER POP AND JAZZ<<
1st Gymnopedie (Satie)
Ain't Misbehavin'
Alice in Wonderland
Amazing grace
A Thousand years (Christina Perri)
Autumn leaves
Beautiful love
Because
Blest be the tie that binds
Blue Danube waltz (Strauss)
Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Comptine d'un autre ete (Yann Tiersen - Amelie soundtrack)
Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy (Tchaikovsky arr. J. Yap)
Days of wine and roses
Dream
Dr Zhivago's Lara's theme
Einaudi - Una mattina
El condor pasa
Everybody loves somebody
Fly me to the moon
Fools rush in
Happy Birthday
Harpicide at midnight
Havah nagilah
Hole in the wall
How high the moon
I got rhythm (Gershwin)
It's been a long, long time
Jesus Christ Superstar - I don't know how to love him
Jeux interdits - romance
La vie en rose
Let it be
Lover, come back to me
Lullaby (Brahms)
Mad World (Gary Jules)
Meditation from Thais (Massenet)
Minuet in G (Bach)
Misty
My funny valentine
Moonglow
Moonlight sonata (Beethoven)
Ne me quitte pas
O Danny boy
Ode to joy (Beethoven)
Oft in the stilly night
O Perfect love
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Pink Panther
Prelude in C major (Bach)
Rhythm of the rain
River flows in you (Yiruma)
Sambalele
Secret love
Siciliana (Bach)
Softly, as in a morning sunrise
Somebody loves me
Stairway to heaven
Take five
Tale as old as time (Beauty and the Beast)
Tea for Two
Ten past two
The shadow of your smile
The sound of music (Rodgers)
Time after time
Una Mattina (Einaudi)
Waltz (Johnson)
Waves of the Danube
Wedding march (Mendelssohn)
When the saints go marchin' in
>>CHRISTMAS CAROLS<<
Angels from the realms of glory
As with gladness men of gold
Away in a manger
Brightness and best
Christians awake
Cry out and shout
Good king Wenceslas
God rest, merry gentlemen
It came upon the midnight clear
Once in royal David's city
Silent night
The holly and the ivy
While shepherds watched
>>CONCERTOS WITH ORCHESTRA<<
HANDEL G.F - Concerto in B Major Op.4 n.6 (HWV 294)
DEBUSSY Claude - Danse sacrée et danse profane
MOZART W.- Amadeus - Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major (K299)
RAVEL Maurice - Introduction and Allegro (hp, fl, cl, str quartet)
>>CHAMBER MUSIC<<
*cello*
RICCI Helena - Homélie (on Baudelaire's poem «The Cracked Bell»)
SAINT-SAENS Camille - The Swan
*flute*
IBERT Jacques - Entr’acte
PIAZZOLLA Astor - Histoire du Tango: Bordel 1900
SAINT-SAENS Camille - Fantaisie Op. 124
*harp duo*
ANDRES Bernard - Parvis
RICCI Helena - Rhapsodie
*violin*
FAURE Gabriel - Berceuse Op.14
SAINT-SAENS Camille - Fantaisie Op. 124
WILM Nicolaï von - Duo Op.156
*saxophone*
HASSELMANS Alphonse - Confidences
VILLA-LOBOS Heitor - O Canto do Cysne Negro
*mixed ensembles*
BERIO Luciano - Folksongs
BRITTEN Benjamin - A Ceremony of Carols Op.28 (choir)
DEBUSSY Claude - Trio sonata for flute, viola and harp
RONTSIS Dimitrios - Savo (soprano, hp, cl)
RONTSIS Dimitrios - Involuta Septempunctata (mezzo, oboe, harp)
SNOER Johannes - Preghiera Op.35 (violin, cello, harp)
Customer questions

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

I will always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up 45 minutes in advance to allow enough time to meet you, confirm last minute details, tune the harp and get ready for your event.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes for London zone 1-2. Outside of these, additional charges may vary.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all - my instrument is played acoustically so I don't need any equipment. If it is raining then I will need full cover or to perform indoors as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged.

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, I am definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special piece you like, there is an additional fee of £85 - taking into account learning and rehearsal time. I would kindly ask you to give me 10 days' notice for a song request so that I can perform it to my usual high standard.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am known for my virtuosic playing, original repertoire, charismatic personality and great communication skills.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed throughout Europe in venues and acclaimed festivals, such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican, LSO St Luke's, Palacio de Festivales in Spain, Guildhall, Mansion House, Westfield Shopping Centre, Vienna Konzerthaus, City of London churches and corporations, and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I listen to a lot of classical music of course by players like Víkingur Ólafsson, Martin Fröst, Xavier de Maistre, but also French Chanson like William Sheller, Pink Martini, pop music by the likes of Stromae, Yodelice, Rihanna, and lots of movie soundtracks lately.

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

I have performed with critical acclaim at high-profile events for celebrities, VIP galas and select dinners. Some of my recent concerts include solo appearances at Wigmore Hall, playing for the Mayor of London at Mansion House, Annual Sugar Association, BNP Paribas Annual banquet, Centro Botin Anniversary in the presence of its architect Renzo Piano (Shard).

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£260
Up to 2 hours£330
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Proposal
Includes a performance of your chosen song during your special proposal.
£180
Charity event
I believe in charity work and would love to be part of your event. For this I offer a discounted performance as a gesture towards the charity. My price £180 includes 1h30 background music to add this special touch to make the event unforgettable and a great success.
£180
Choir/ Church service
1 performance of up to 1h during a church service or choir rehearsal + performance on the same day
£200
Recording session
Have a recording to do? No problem, I got you covered. I have experience in solo, chamber, and studio and orchestra recordings across all genres. Let's make your project happen! My fee include a 2h recording session
£200
Funeral
Losing a loved one is hard enough. I want to accompany you during this emotional moment, so that the harp can soothe you, bring some consolation during this painful time in your life and that of your family and friends. I offer contemplation music such as Liszt's Consolation, Chopin Nocturnes, Debussy Clair de Lune, Satie, and if you have a particular song in mind for the ceremony do get in touch and I will do my best to make this possible for the memory of your loved one.
£250
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
£330
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£330
Corporate event 2h
Surprise your guests with soothing, relaxing, uplifting harp music. They will absolutely love it and this will add that special touch to make your event unforgettable and a great success.
£350
New Year's Eve
Celebrate New Year's Eve with some uplifting, soothing, relaxing harp music. Ideal for family or friends gatherings. My price includes 2h30 background music (with 10 min rest between each 50' set) so that you can have a lovely dinner accompanied by delightful harp that will make this special time fo the year truly unforgettable.
£500
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15
Digital music party
I'll host an hour's entertainment for your virtual party. Includes a 'guess that tune' quiz with music from all genres and era (so better have knowledgeable guests) and sing along tunes Book yours today! The video is an example of my recent VLOG for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra so you get a glimpse of my personality and playing style
£200
Bespoke music video
I'll produce a unique music video with professional recording equipment. I can customise the video with your own branding
£200
Online concert
I will play for you a one-hour solo concert with music from all genres, including classical, pop, covers, romantic, including your suggestions. The best Christmas present for your guests or family, it will brighten your day in this gloomy time An example of my live concert: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBwIQiSgmKr/
£300

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Iona M, 4 months ago

Helena recently worked with us on a social distancing project in collaboration with Age UK, playing music over the phone to a client living with dementia. She made sure to tailor an eclectic mix of songs that the client had requested, expertly transposing these to harp. During the call, Helena built an instant rapport with the client, going above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable and settled before proceeding to play beautifully. Helena is not only a fantastic harpist but is also punctual, reliable and a brilliant communicator and I look forward to working with her again in the future.

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Josh G, 8 months ago

"Helena is a delight to work with, her positivity really added something special to our production. Her willingness to get stuck in and experiment blew us all away and overall pushed our show to new heights"

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