Harpist

Lucy Nolan

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Harpist
Derbyshire
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Award-winning harpist available for solo and orchestral work, weddings, events and private tuition in North England and the Midlands.

Professional harpist, Lucy Nolan, began studying the harp at the age of seven with Eira Lynn Jones after being inspired when it was featured in an episode of the children’s television show, Teletubbies. After graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a BA in Music, she continued to study for a Masters in Performance in which she achieved a Distinction. During her time at Oxford she was awarded the Margaret Irene Seymour Award, the Archibald Jackson Prize for outstanding postgraduate results, an Alice Horsman Scholarship and the Oxford Philomusica Young Artists’ platform. She was subsequently awarded an entrance scholarship from the Royal Northern College of Music for an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in which she achieved a Distinction. Whilst at the RNCM Lucy was selected to perform as a finalist in the 2019 Gold Medal weekend, the highest accolade the RNCM awards for performance. Lucy’s work to date has been eclectic and ranges from giving solo recitals and performing Handel's Harp Concerto with New Chamber Opera to appearing on Hollyoaks performing her arrangement of Abba’s ‘I do, I do, I do’ and ITV’s drama, Victoria. As well as featuring in performances for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, Lucy has had the honour of working with many inspirational musicians including, Sir Mark Elder, Markus Stenz, Gabor Takacs Nagy and Ian Bostridge and has performed in renowned music venues such as Cadogan Hall, The Sage, Bridgewater Hall and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Lucy is a keen orchestral player and has enjoyed freelancing with professional orchestras such as the Hallé and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She recently worked with Manchester Sinfonia to record a CD featuring works for string orchestra and harp and was invited to be principal harpist for the newly formed ProYouth Philharmonia. She currently holds the reserve place for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Future Firsts Scheme and whilst at the RNCM she was selected to participate in the BBC Philharmonic’s competitive orchestral placement scheme. In 2017 she toured with the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra in Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands. As well being part of the orchestra in residence for the World Music Championship in Kerkrade, they were invited to perform at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles’ International Conference. Lucy is particularly interested in helping to develop new music for the harp and was invited to work closely with the composer, Paul Patterson, to prepare his solo work, Armistice, for a performance at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. She also gave the European premiere of his harp duet, ‘Scorpions’, as part of the Chroma Harp Duo, a piece for which they were awarded first prize in the ensemble class at the Camac Harp Competition in London and the UKHA prize for the best performance of a work by a British composer. She is a founding member of the contemporary music group, SHOAL, who were selected to work with the Norwegian composer, Eyvind Gulbrandsen, as part of a Moving Classics project. They have since enjoyed working with a variety of composers and have premiered new works at a number of events, including New Music North West Festival, Bury Light Festival and Hull City of Culture. Most recently they were invited to compose and record music for a short film for Channel 4. Lucy also enjoys collaborating with the singer, Supriya Nagarajan for Manasamitra, an arts organisation specialising in delivering a range of South Asian arts in innovative ways. They have performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and for the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace and are looking forward to performances at The Sage, Gateshead later this year. Lucy is passionate about bringing classical music to a wider audience. She worked closely with staff and patients at the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, performing and introducing them to a variety of harp music in a study measuring the impact of music in hospitals. She spent two years working at a school in North London as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme where she helped to establish an orchestra and secured positions and funding for 5 pupils in the National Orchestra for All, rehearsing with them in preparation for performances at Alexandra Palace and Leeds Arena. She is an enthusiastic teacher and has been awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship for her work as a harp tutor for the Junior RNCM department and RNCM Young Harps’ Scheme. As well as having private pupils, she is currently the harp tutor for Uppingham School and the Transpennine Branch of the Clarsach Society. Lucy is grateful to the WM & BW Lloyd Charity Trust, Rotary Club of Darwen, Hilda Clarke Memorial Trust, John Frederick Leach Trust and RNCM Scholarship who have helped to fund her studies.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic
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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:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

CLASSICAL / TRADITIONAL
’Air’ from ’The Water Music’ - G. Handel
Amazing Grace - Traditional
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - G. Handel (arr. K. Thomas)
Bridal Chorus - R. Wagner
Chaconne - G. Handel
Children’s Hour - M. Grandjany
Concerto In B Flat Major - G. Handel
Étude De Concert (Au Matin) - M. Tournier
Fantasia For Harp Op. 35 - L. Spohr
Greensleeves - Traditional (arr. Susan Mcdonald)
Gymnopedie No.1 - E. Satie
Impromptu - G. Faure
Impromptu-Caprice - G. Pierne
Intermezzo from the Opera Cavalleria Rusticana - P. Mascagni
Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring - J.S. Bach
La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin - C. Debussy
La Source - A. Hasselmans
Meditation from ‘Thaïs’ - J. Massanet
The Minstrel’s Adieu To His Native Land - J. Thomas
Nocturne - M. Glinka
On The Water - M. Stadler
Pachelbel’s Canon - J. Pachelbel
Panis Angelicus - C. Franck (arr. May Hogan Cambern)
Passacaglia For Harp - G. Handel
Pavane and Variations - Antonio De Cabezon
Prelude In C - J.S. Bach
Premiere Arabesque - C. Debussy
Sonata in C Minor - S. Dussek
Sonata In C Minor For Harp - G. Pescetti
Sonata in G Major WQ.39 - C.P.E. Bach
Suite For Harp Op. 83 - B. Britten
Una Furtiva Lagrima - G. Donizetti (arr. J. Thomas)
Variations on a Theme of Mozart - M. Glinka
Watching The Wheat - J. Thomas
The Water Is Wide - Traditional (arr. Sylvia Wood)
POP
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All of Me - John Legend
A Million Love Songs - Take That
Best Day of My Life - American Authors
Can You Feel The Love Tonight? - Elton John / Lion King
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Clocks - Coldplay
Everytime We Touch - Cascada
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Fireflies - Owl City
Forever In Love - Kenny G
Great Fairy Fountain - The Legend Of Zelda
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Halo - Beyoncé
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Heaven - Bryan Adams
How Long Will I Love You? - Ellie Goulding
I Do, I Do, I Do - Abba
I’m Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
It Must Be Love - Madness
I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Kissing You (Romeo and Juliet) - Des’ree
Let Her Go - Passenger
Let It Be - The Beatles
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan / Adele
Marry You - Bruno Mars
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
One More Time - Daft Punk
Paradise - Coldplay
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
Play That Song - Train
See You Again - Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa
Something Just Like This - Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
The One - Kodaline
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Tune From County Derry - Arr. R. Stevenson
Waterfall - The Stone Roses
When love takes over- Kelly Rowland
Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
With or Without You- U2
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
JAZZ
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
Fascinatin' Rhythm - George Gershwin
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Moon River - Andy Williams
FILMS / TV / MUSICALS
A Whole New World - Aladdin
The Bare Necessities - Jungle Book
Bring Him Home - Les Misérables
Chim Chim Cher-ee - Mary Poppins
City of Stars- La La Land
Colours of the Wind- Pocahontas
Dawn- Pride and Prejudice
For the Love of a Princess- Braveheart
He Sleeps- Pretty Woman
Heigh-Ho - Snow White
I’m Wishing - Snow White
Jurassic Park Theme - John Williams
Ladies In Lavender - Nigel Hess
La La Lu - Lady And The Tramp
Let’s Go Fly A Kite - Mary Poppins
Little April Shower - Bambi
My Favourite Things - The Sound of Music
Now We are Free- Gladiator
On My Own - Les Misérables
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
Pride & Prejudice Theme - Carl Davis
Send In The Clowns - Stephen Sondheim
Some Day My Prince Will Come - Snow White
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins
Tale As Old As Time - Beauty And The Beast
Tea For Two - Doris Day
Under The Sea - Little Mermaid
Up- Main theme from Disney Pixar’s Up
When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio
Whistle While You Work - Snow White
You’re so Cool- True Romance
You’ve Got A Friend In Me - Toy Story
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah - Song of the South
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible and provide the best service possible so if timings change slightly in the run up to the event please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up at least an hour before the performance time.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Depending on the distance, travel may be added at £0.45 per mile.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all unless you would like the amplifier in which case one plug socket is required.

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

Yes-I will liaise with you to work out the most appropriate music for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song you would like isn't included in my repertoire list please feel free to contact me as I am happy to arrange specific songs on request.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Performances are all tailored to individual clients so are completely personalised.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Cadogan Hall, London The Sage, Gateshead Lambeth Palace, London The Midland Hotel, Manchester The Town Hall, Mancehster

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Any and every musician I have listened to or seen perform regardless of genre.

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

Recently invited to perform at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£220
Up to 2 hours£280
Up to 3 hours£350

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Mike S, 23 days ago

Thanks for performing at our wedding, I would highly recommend Lucy if you are planning a harpist for your event. We had many comments on how good Lucy was. Thanks again for a professional performance.

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Alison K, 1 month ago

Lucy played beautifully at our wedding on the 8/9/19 and our guests were totally enchanted with her performance. Would 100 per cent recommend as she was the icing on the cake for our big day 🍾 many thanks Lucy x

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Peter B, 1 month ago

Lucy has just played on our Wedding Day, covering the pre-wedding, bridal march, signing of the register, leaving the room and drinks reception. Throughout all she is extremely professional, endearing, friendly and the most superb musician you could possibly wish for. Communication was fantastic from start to finish, and Lucy knew exactly the right songs for our occasion, she made our perfect day even more perfect. Everyone commented at how fantastic she was, and what a perfect addition to the day she was. Lucy thank you so much xx

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Katy L, 1 year ago

Lucy was everything we could have hoped for in a wedding musician! She was able to play exactly what we requested and set up at the venue with no hassle. She played so beautifully; both the adults and the young children were mesmerised! We'd recommend her to anyone - she really made our ceremony magical.

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Keely P, 1 year ago

Lucy - thank you so, so much for playing on the day of our wedding. It was so beautiful and we have had so many of our guests saying how much they enjoyed listening to you! Extremely talented, professional and a lovely lady all round - thank you xx

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