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About Jess Hughes
Versatile harpist based in Somerset and Manchester, available for weddings, solo and orchestral work, corporate events and private tuition.
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This act has been working with Encore for over a year
Classical, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Country, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, World music
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Christmas party, Birthday party
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Arranger, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching
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REPERTOIRE FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Choose what you would like to hear at your bespoke event from the repertoire lists below. Don't see the song/piece you want? I can learn or arrange it for you, just get in touch!
Prelude in C - J.S Bach
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - G.F Handel
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Flower Duet from 'Lakame' - Leo Delibes
Morning from 'Peer Gynt' - Edvard Grieg
Finale from 'The Organ Symphony' - Camille Saint-Saens
La Rejouissance - G.F Handel
Duet from 'The Pearlfishers' - Georges Bizet
Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell
Menuet in G - C.P.E Bach
Fur Elise - Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Lullaby - Brahms
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Humoreske - Dvorak
Pavane - Faure
Dance of the Spirits - Gluck
Jupiter - Holst
Meditation - Massenet
On Wings of Song - Mendelssohn
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
Barcarolle - Offenbach
O, My Beloved Father - Puccini
Trout Quintet Theme - Schubert
Blue Danube - Strauss
Brian Boru's March
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
O'er the Sea to Skye
Dros y Dwr i Draeth Llanstephan
Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)
Llongau Caernrfon (The Ships of Caernarfon)
Sosban Fach (Little Saucepan)
Harp of Gold
Lands End - Michael Rooney
The Swan LK243 - Catriona McKay
Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the Wheat) - arr. John Thomas
O'Carolan's No. 180
Misty - Erroll Garner
Moon River - Henry Mancini
My Favourite Things - Richard Rogers
All The Things You Are - Jerome Kern
Over The Rainbow - Harold Arlen
I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
Divenire - Ludovico Einaudi
Le Onde - Ludovico Einaudi
Songbird - Eva Cassidy (song by Christine McVie)
From This Moment On - Shania Twain
Tammy - Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
The Wedding Song (There Is Love)
The Prayer - Carole Bayer-Sager and David Foster
The Rose - Amanda McBroom
The Wind Beneath My Wings - Larry Henry and Jeff Silbar
My Own True Love (Tara Theme) - Mack David and Max Steiner
Lady - Lionel Richie
Rainbrops Keep Falling On My Head - Hal David and Burt Bacharach
And I Love You So - Don McLean
Send In The Clowns - Stephen Sondheim
Moondance - Van Morrison
Evergreen - Paul Williams and Barbara Streisand
Sunrise, Sunset - Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock
SOLO AND ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE
With over 10 years of performing experience, I am happy to perform at any concert or recital, be it solo or orchestral! The lists below show just a selection of the wide range of repertoire I have previously performed.
Prière - Marc Delmas
Berceuse Russe - Marcel Tournier
Au Bord du Ruisseau - Henriette Renie
Sonata in C Minor - Dussek
Nataliana - Deborah Henson-Conant
Fire Dance - David Watkins
Prière - Alphonse Hasselmans
Chanson de Mai - Alphonse Hasselmans
Arabesque No.1 - Claude Debussy
Harp Concerto in B-flat major - Handel
Viejo Zortzico - Jesus Guridi
Toccata - Nino Rota
Automne - Marcel Grandjany
Sarabande from Violin Partita No.1 - Bach/Grandjny
Sonata for Harp - Sergiu Natra
Nocturne - Mikhail Glinka
Sonata No.3 in C Major - Naderman
Improvisations for Harp - William Mathias
Epices (collection) - Bernard Andrès
La Source - Alphonse Hasselmans
Au Matin - Marcel Tournier
Giga from Violin Partita No.2 - Bach/Grandjany
Chanson dans la Nuit - Carlos Salzedo
Prayer - Sergiu Natra
Harp Concerto in A Major - Dittersdorf
Sonata for Harp - Paul Hindemith
Impromptu Caprice - Gabriel Pierné
Anamorphoses - Bernard Andrès
Elegie pour la mort d'un berger - Bernard Andrès
La Strada - Nino Rota
La Valse (Harp 1) - Maurice Ravel
Carmen Suite No. 1 - Georges Bizet
The Planets (Harps 1 and 2) - Gustav Holst
Scheherazade - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Prelude to a Drama (Harp 1)- Franz Schreker
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Dimitri Shostakovich
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Le Tombeau de Couperin - Maurice Ravel
Rapsodie pour Saxophone - Claude Debussy
On the Cliffs of Cornwall - Ethel Smyth
Bolero - Maurice Ravel
Crown Imperial - William Walton
Sospiri - Edward Elgar
Russian Easter Festival Overture - Nikolai Rimksy-Korsakov
Pavane pour une enfante défunte - Maurice Ravel
Concerto for Saxophone - Ronald Binge
German Requiem - Johannes Brahms
Dialogues des Carmélites (Harp 2) - Francis Poulenc
Polovetsian Dances - Aleksandr Borodin
Murder on the Orient Express - Richard Rodney Bennett
Piano Concerto in G Major - Maurice Ravel
I have also performed orchestral music from the James Bond movie franchise, songs from many Broadway musicals including 'Sweeney Todd', 'West Side Story' and 'Carousel', and jazz orchestrations from 'The Ratpack'!
What do your clients love most about your performances?
My friendly personality, my exceptional work ethic and values, and my punctuality and organisational skills.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester St James and Emmanuel Church, Didsbury St Chrysostom's Church, Manchester Wells Cathedral, Wells The Bishop's Palace, Wells St Cuthbert's Church, Wells The Pump Rooms, Bath Charlton House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Hiatus Kaiyote Stevie Wonder Jacob Collier CHIC! Billie Marten Catrin Finch (harpist) Caroline Lizotte (harpist) Isabelle Perrin (harpist) Alexander Boldachev (harpist)
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
I performed at the 2022 World Harp Congress in Cardiff, in a masterclass with French harpist and pedagogue Isabelle Perrin. I also performed in The Pump Rooms in Bath as a featured artist, in Nigel Perrin's 'Bath Bach Choir' Christmas Concert series.
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
I 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, please just let me know!
How much time do you need to set up?
I always aim to arrive at least an hour before I am needed. The setting up of the harp takes about half an hour, including tuning, packing the covers away and warming up.
Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?
Absolutely - I've include all travel costs, including the transport of my harp, in the quotes.
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. I would also appreciate a flat surface, and to avoid putting the harp on grass.
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
Of course! I encourage you to look through my songlists and choose the pieces you would like for your event. I am more than happy to chat with you about when you would like each piece to be played during 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 song you'd like me to learn I are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £35 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£100|
|Up to 1 hour||£250|
|Up to 2 hours||£350|
|Up to 3 hours||£450|
Includes 2 x 45 minute sets during your drinks reception.
Includes 2 x 45 minute sets during the wedding breakfast.
This includes music before the service begins, music during the bridal entry, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, music during the bridal entry, 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.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Wedding Breakfast
- 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.
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