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Karina Bell

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Karina Bell has over a decade of experience playing at weddings in Oxfordshire and further afield.

Karina Bell BA (Hons), DipABRSM, PGCE, ATCL Karina has over a decade of experience playing at weddings in Oxfordshire and further afield. She studied music at the University of East Anglia, specialising in flute and piano before taking up the harp under the tutorage of Catherine White. She has played for many orchestras, including the Norfolk Youth Orchestra, the UEA Orchestra, the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and more recently many local orchestras including the Banbury Symphony Orchestra, The Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra, The Cherwell Orchestra and the Beauchamp Sinfonietta. Karina played harp and flute for the RSC’s productions of The Christmas Truce, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies and featured on the soundtrack for the Broadway Production of Wolf Hall. Karina also works as an accompanist and Musical Director as well as having a busy teaching practise, both in piano and harp.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant 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:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Wedding Processionals
Clark - Trumpet Tune Prince of Denmark’s March
Clark – Trumpet Voluntary
Handel - Air from Water Music
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel - The Rejoicing from Royal Fireworks Music
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Wagner – Bridal chorus from Lohengrin (Here Comes the Bride)
Signing of the Register
Bach – Air on a G string
Bach – Prelude No.1
Debussy – Claire de Lune, Premiere Arabesque
Delibes – Flower Duet from Lakmé
Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Glinka – Variations, Nocturne
Grieg – Morning from Peer Gynt Suite
MacDowell – To a Wild Rose
Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Saint-Saens – The Swan
Satie – Gymnopedie
Schumann—Traumerei
Recessional
Beethoven – Ode to Joy
Clark—Trumpet Voluntary
Handel – Hornpipe from Water Music
Handel – March from ‘Occasional Oratorio’
Handel—The Rejoicing from Royal Fireworks Music
Mendelssohn – Wedding March
The following list gives an idea of the kind of pieces available to play during the ceremony or reception. If you have a piece of music with personal significance, just ask – it’s very possible that Karina will be able to make an arrangement especially for you.
Classical
Bach - Air on a G string, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Prelude No.1
Beethoven – Ode to Joy
Clark—Trumpet Voluntary, Chaconne
Debussy – Claire de Lune, Premiere Arabesque
Delibes – Flower Duet from Lakmé
Einaudi – I Giorni, Samba, Bella Notte, Questa Notte, Passaggio, Lontano
Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Faure – Pavane
Giordano – Caro Mio Ben
Glinka – Variations, Nocturne
Grieg – Solveig’s Song from Peer Gynt
Handel - Air and Hornpipe from Water Music, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Passacaille, The Rejoicing from Royal Fireworks Music
MacDowell – To a Wild Rose
Massenet – Elegie, Meditation from Thaïs
Mendelssohn – O For the Wings of a Dove, Wedding March
Myers – Cavatina
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Reade – Prelude from The Victorian Kitchen Garden
Saint-Saens – The Swan
Satie – Gymnopedie No 1
Schumann—Traumerei
Wagner – Bridal chorus from Lohengrin
Popular/Easy Listening
A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
All I Ask of You, Phantom of the Opera
All of Me, John Legend
And I Love Her, The Beatles
Autumn Leaves
Blower’s Daughter, Damien Rice
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley
Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol
Clocks, Coldplay
Closest Thing to Crazy, Katie Melua
Everything I Do, Brian Adams
Falling Slowly
Fireflies, Owl City
Fields of Gold, Sting
From this moment, Shania Twain
Greatest Day, Take That
Hello
Hey Jude, The Beatles
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley
Kissing You, Desree
Make You Feel My Love, Bob Dylan
Misty
Moon Dance, Van Morrison
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Will Go On
One Day Like This, Elbow
One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story
Over the Rainbow
Songbird
The Way You Look Tonight
Think of Me, Phantom of the Opera
Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
Time to say Goodbye
Your Song, Elton John
Wind Beneath My Wings
Wonderful Tonight
Film Music
Bodyguard – I will always love you
Braveheart – For the Love of a Princess
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Moon River
Deer Hunter – Cavatina
Fiddler on the Roof – Sunrise, Sunset
Ghost – Unchained Melody
Gone with the wind – Tara’s Theme
Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
Lion King – Can you feel the love
Lord of the Rings - Rohan
Romeo and Juliet – Kissing You
Stardust – Rule the World
The Sound of Music – Edelweiss, My Favourite Things
Titanic – My Heart Will Go On
Top Gun – Take My Breath Away
Twilight – Bella’s Theme, A Thousand Years
West Side Story – One Hand, One Heart
Wizard of Oz – Over the Rainbow
Traditional Music
Across the Water to Llanstephan’s Beach
Ash Grove
Brian Boru’s March
Caernarfon’s Ships
Danny Boy
David of the White Rock
Greensleves
My Love is like a Red, Red Rose
Myfanway
O’er the Sea to Sky
Scarborough Fair
She Moved through the Fair
Watching the Wheat
Customer questions

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, just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I will aim to arrive at least 45mins prior to performance time.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely - I've included all travel costs including the transport of my harp, in the quotes. Please note that I will need parking near the event.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I am happy to play outside in good weather, but will need shade and a hard surface to stand the harp on. I am unable to play outside if it is raining or excessively cold as the instrument is valuable and could be damaged.

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

My list is for guidance so do feel free to let me know if there are specific pieces you would like to be included/excluded, but I add music all the time so do ask if there's a piece you would like that is not on the list.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to look into learning a specific piece for a ceremony booking and will let you know if it will be suitable for the harp.

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£235
Up to 2 hours£335
Up to 3 hours£435

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Joanna R, 1 month ago

Really great, amazing harpist.

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Ruby K, 4 months ago

Hi Karina I just wanted to say a big thank you for playing during our wedding ceremony & welcome drinks at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The music was absolutely beautiful and our guests commented on how lovely it was. It was nice to work with you to put everything together ready for the day and it was great to have so much music to choose from. The pieces you helped us choose fitted perfectly! Wishing you all the best & many thanks, Ruby

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George R, 5 months ago

Hi Karina, This is just to say a big thank you for your service yesterday. All our guests absolutely loved the music and the atmosphere it created on the day. We definitely had some more friends asking for harp music :) Sorry we didn't have a chance to speak to you yesterday, everything went so fast! All the best and kind regards, George & Silvia

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