Marnie Walker

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About Marnie Walker

Providing beautiful harp music, with or without vocals, for any occasion, I would love to work with you to make your event unforgettable.
New Malden
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Although I have lived much of my life abroad, I was raised in the United States where I first encountered the harp as a young child. When I was 7, a touring harpist performed at my primary school and I instantly fell head-over-heels in love with the instrument. I was lucky enough to have kind parents who bought me a student harp when I was 11 so I could start lessons. I received my music training the US, studying voice and harp performance at Indiana University and in Los Angeles with Marcia Dickstein. At University of California Los Angeles I studied film scoring before going on to earn my Masters in Musicology at the University of Edinburgh. The harp naturally lends itself to songwriting, and I am always playing around with new song ideas. I have recorded two albums of my own pieces and collaborated on recordings with other artists. Singing with the harp is such a pleasure, and I love taking songs from different genres and arranging them to perform in my own way with my instrument. The results can be quite surprising. I also love bringing the harp into different environments, playing with bands or theatre groups or even in the wild. I have played for all types of events, from concerts, festivals, corporate functions, weddings, clubs, restaurants, and art openings. There is something innately magical about the harp, the way it sounds and looks and can make a person feel. If I can be a part of bringing the experience of this instrument into the lives of others, then I feel like I am doing good work.

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Marianne W
2 years ago, for a Wedding in EN10
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5 out of 5

Marnie Walker played the harp during and after the church service of my wedding in June. She played beautifully and flawlessly, creating the perfect atmosphere as guest were arriving, followed by a recital of Canon in D by Pachelbel during the signing, and then a range of her extensive repertoire as guests were mingling. Everyone loved it! Not only that, Marnie looks the part and will complement any desired theme. She is very flexible with logistics and works with her clients to deliver their musical desires.

Toby T
2 years ago, for a Private event in London SW15
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5 out of 5

Marnie played her lovely gold harp for an exclusive business dinner I hosted. Her playing set the perfect tone for this intimate event. I was very pleased with her musicianship and professionalism.

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Marnie Walker's Song list

Harp and Voice
Wild Horses Rolling Stones
Love Song The Cure
Young and Beautiful Lana Del Rey
Gypsy Fleetwood Mac
Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded house
Missing You John Waite
Call Me Blondie
Fast Car Tracy Chapman
Love Lana Del Rey
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode
Only You Yazoo
Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
Pictures Of You The Cure
We Are the Champions Queen
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
Corcovado Jobim
Girl From Ipanema Jobim
Misty Burke
Days of Wine And Roses Mancini
Softly as a Morning Sunrise Romberg
Moonglow Hudson
Wild Is the Wind Tiomkin
Besame Mucho Velazquez
French Chanson:
La Vie En Rose Piaf
Padam Padam Glanzberg
La Javaniase Gainsbourg
Moulins de Mon Coeur Boccara
Sous La Ciel de Paris Giraud
Ne Me Quitte Pas Brel
Parlez Moi D’Amour Boyer
Processional Suggestions:
Canon in D by Pachelbel
Ave Maria by Bach
Wedding March by Mendelssohn
Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
The Swan by Saint Saens
Trumpet Tune by Purcell
Largo from the Lute Concerto in D Major by Vivaldi
Signing of the Register Suggestions:
Clair de Lune by Debussy
Premiere Gymopedie by Satie
Meditation by Thais
Premiere Arabesque by Debussy
Flower Duet by Delibes
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov
Recessional Suggestions:
Bridal Chorus by Wagner
Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba by Handel
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Concerto in B-flat by Handel
Rondeau by Mouret
Spring by Vivaldi
La Rejouissance by Handel
Wedding Songs (Voice and Harp)
La Vie En Rose Edith Piaf
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
All of Me John Legend
Will Ye Go Lassie? Scottish Traditional
Time After Time Cindi Lauper
Love Lana Del Rey
Yong and Beautiful Lana Del Rey
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose Burns
Cu –Cu-Rru-Cu–Cu Paloma Mendez
Other Classical:
Musetta’s Waltz by Giacomo Puccini
Romanza Anonymous
La Fille au cheveux de lin Debussy
Intermezzo Mascagni
Morning Grieg
Mandolin Concerto in C Vivaldi
La Rejouissance Handel
Duet Bizet
Trumpet Tune Purcell
Water Music Suite Handel
Royal Fireworks Music Handel
Air from Suite D Bach
Largo from Winter Vivaldi
Spring Vivaldi
Nocturne Op. 9, No.2 Chopin
Themes from “Scheherezade” Rimsky-Korsakov
Gavotte Gluck
Intermezzo Mascagini
Prelude in C Bach
Traumerei Schumann
The Lord’s Prayer Malotte
Corcovado Jobim
Girl from Ipanema Jobim
Softly as a Morning Sunrise Romberg
Dream Mercer
Days of Wine and Roses Mancini
Rhythm of the Rain Gummoe
Fools Rush In Bloom
La Vie en Rose Louiguy
Somebody Loves Me Gershwin
Lover Come Back to Me Romberg
Secret Love Fain
Misty Garner
Ain’t Misbehavin Waller
Body and Soul Green
It’s Been a Long Time Styne
Time after Time Styne
Moonglow Hudson
Chances Are Allen
Tea for Two Youmans
Celtic and Folk
Assorted songs by Turlough O’Carolan
Assorted Irish, English, Scottish and American folk songs
Traditional American, English, French, and German Christmas Carols
Excerpts from the Nutcracker by Tschaikovsky
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Blane
Let it Snow! Styne
The Little Drummer Boy Davis
Sleigh Ride Anderson
I’ll be home for Christmas Kent
Winter Wonderland Bernard
Silver Bells Evans
Customer questions

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

I am happy to work to clients timings, and I'm very flexible when it comes to making changes. Changes are always subject to my availability, but all of this can be discussed as planning proceeds.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to arrive 1 to 1.5 hours early just to be sure everything is tuned, ready and in place.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Harp transport is included within a 10 mile London radius. If the event is further afield, I will work out any extra costs involved with the client.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

The harp is a delicate instrument, and will always need some kind of rain or sun cover when played outdoors.

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

I love working with clients to make sure music they love and connect with is included in a set list. However, I offer years of experience when it comes to putting set lists together, generally designing them myself so clients can save their energy for other things.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to discuss learning a new song for an event. I often do this for weddings and will include learning a new song in the price, given I have at least a month in advance of the event to arrange and rehearse the piece.
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Charity event, Corporate event, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Accompanist, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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