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Meredith McCracken

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About Meredith

I’m a professional harpist specialising in private & business events. Enjoy my wide range of music, to enhance your special day.
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Droitwich
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I’m a professional harpist with many years of experience with the BBC SSO, Scottish Ballet Orchestra and in the more personal field of weddings, special occasions and business events. As a supplier to many venues throughout Worcestershire and the surrounding counties, I enjoy entertaining guests in a variety of settings whether for an intimate ceremony or a larger scale corporate event. Many business clients including The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and Rudell the Jewellers ask for me regularly, to enhance their evenings with my live harp music. I have a wide range of music, songs old and new to suit all tastes. I arrange many of my pieces for harp myself, so you'll find they are unique to me.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Pop, Rock, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Classical crossover, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Wedding proposal, Charity event, Burns night
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Other skills:
Arranger
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Song list

Popular Music (Please scroll down to find my Bollywood Songs!)
Happy Birthday!
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Alpert – This Guy’s in Love With You
Craig Armstrong – Glasgow Love Theme (from Love Actually)
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Baerwald/Gilbert – Where is Your Heart from Moulin Rouge
Baerwald/Gilbert – Come What May from Moulin Rouge
Bryan Adams – Everything
Bryan Adams – Everything I Do
Bryan Adams – Heaven
Harold Arlen – Somewhere over the Rainbow
Burt Bacharach – I Say a Little Prayer
Burt Bacharach – This Guy’s in Love With You
Beatles – I Will
Irving Berlin – Always
Bilk – Stranger on the Shore
Birdy – Skinny Love
Michael Buble – Everything
Michael Buble – Home
Michael Buble – Wonderful Tonight
Carter Burwell – Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life
Eric Coates – The Dam Busters, 633 Squadron
Coldplay – Clocks
Nat King Cole – When I Fall in Love
Nat King Cole – Autumn Leaves
Elvis Costello – She
Des’ree – Kissing You (from Romeo and Juliet)
Celine Dion – Immortality
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On from The Titanic
Dix – What Child is This (Greensleeves)
Dylan/Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Einaudi – I Giorni
Evanescence – My Immortal
Gershwin – Summertime
Gilbert & Sullivan – Frederick’s Aria (from the Pirates of Penzance)
Gilbert & Sullivan – Tit Willow (from the Mikado)
Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
Marvin Hamlisch – Nobody Does it Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me)
George Harrison – Here Comes the Sun
Horner – For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)
James Ingram & Dolly Parton – The Day I Fall in Love (from Beethoven)
Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird
Etta James – At Last
Michael Jackson – I’ll Be There
Michael Jackson – The Lady in my Life
Elton John – Your Song
Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
Kahn – It Had to be You
Jerome Kern – The Way You Look Tonight
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Lai – Theme from Love Story
Lennon – I Will
Alan Jay Lerner – I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady)
Annie Lennox – Into the West (from The Return of the King)
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
John Legend – All of Me
Mancini – Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Mancini – Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet
Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Menken – Theme from Beauty and the Beast
Menken – A Whole New World (from Aladdin)
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Myers – Cavatina (She was Oh, So, Beautiful)
John Newton – Amazing Grace
North – Unchained Melody
Cole Porter – I Get a Kick out of You
Cole Porter – Night and Day
Osborne & May – Theme from Eastenders
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers – Islands in the Stream
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
Queen – Love of My Life
Lionel Richie – Endless Love
Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Rodgers and Hammerstein – Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)
Rodgers and Hammerstein – I Could Have Danced All Night (from The King and I)
Rodgers and Hammerstein – You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel)
Rodgers and Hart – My Funny Valentine
Rota – Love Theme from the Godfather
Rota – Love Said Goodbye from the Godfather part 2
Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1
Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
M Sherwin – A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Sting – Fields of Gold
Take That – Rule the World
Theile & Weiss – What a Wonderful World
Shania Twain – From This Moment On
Van Morrison – Have I told you Lately
Westlake – When You Taught Me How to Dance from Miss Potter
Webber – All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera
Webber – Close Every Door from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Webber – Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina from Evita
Webber – Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
Webber – Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera
Westlife – Flying Without Wings
Westlife – I Do
Westlife – The Rose
John Williams – Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from The Empire Strikes Back
John Williams – Theme from Harry Potter
Robbie Williams – Angels
Robbie Williams – She’s the One
Wilson – ‘til There Was You
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Stevie Wonder – Ma Cherie Amour
Stevie Wonder – I Believe When I Fall in Love it will be Forever
Yiruma – River Flows in You
Bollywood Songs
Baahon Ke Darmiyaan
Bol Do Na Zara
Medley of Hai Guzarish / Khuda Jaane / Singh is Kinng
Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai (You Are My Night, My Dawn)
Chand Sitare Phool Aur Khushboo (Moon, Stars, Flowers and Fragrance)
Tere Bina Jiya Jaaye Na (I Can’t Live Without You)
Chandni O Meri Chandni (My Moonlight)
Tumko Hi Chahenge Hum (Only Pine For You)
Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale (Come, Let Me Take You Away)
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha (I Saw A Girl)
Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam (My Beloved, My Darling)
Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna (Keep Your Henna Applied)
Tere Liye from Veer Zara
Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya Hai (Your Arrival has Brought with it the Light)
Raat Ki Hatheli Par (On the Palm of the Night, Moon Glitters)
Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai (Say it’s Love)
Hey Shona from Ta Ra Rum Pum
Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein
Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2)
Jeene Laga Hoon (from Ramaiya Vastavaiya)
Best songs for Weddings & Partnerships
Bach – Arioso
Bach – Air on the G String
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach – Prelude No.1
Beatles – I Will
Beethoven – Ode to Joy
Charpentier – Prelude (Te Deum Laudamus)
Clarke – Chaconne
Delibes – Flower Duet
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Giacchino – Married Life from Up
Handel – March from Scipio
Handel – Air from The Water Music
Handel – Hornpipe from The Water Music
Handel – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Lennon – I Will
MacKay – Highland Wedding
Henry Mancini – Love Theme from Romeo and JulietMendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Pokarekare Ana – A Maori Love Song
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary
Schubert – Ave Maria
Stanley – Trumpet Voluntary
Wagner – Wedding March (Here Comes the Bride)
Classical Music
Beethoven – Fur Elise
Chopin – Nocturne
Clarke/Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary
Debussy – Arabesque
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Debussy – Maid with the Flaxen Hair
Elgar – Salut d’Amour
Giordani – Caro Mio Ben
Handel – The Harmonious Blacksmith
Handel – Theme and Variation
Handel – Air from The Water Music
Handel- Hornpipe from The Water Music
Liszt – Liebestraum
Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mozart – Minuet from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart – Serenade from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart – Romance from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Parry – Sonata in D, Andante and Gavotte
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary
Vivaldi – Allegretto (Spring) from The Four Seasons
Vivaldi – Largo (Winter) from The Four Seasons
Children's Music
Batt – The Wombling Song
Brahms – Lullaby
Carter Burwell – Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight
Churchill – Never Smile at a Crocodile
Daly – Postman Pat
Debussy – Maid with the Flaxen Hair
Fain/Lawrence – Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Gay – Run Rabbit, Run
Giacchino – Married Life from Up
Hart – Nellie the Elephant
Heyman/Young – When I Fall in Love
John Lennon – Beautiful Boy
Loesser – The Ugly Duckling
Lopez – Let it Go from Frozen
Menken – Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
Myers – Cavatina (She was Oh, So, Beautiful)
John Williams – Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from The Empire Strikes Back
John Williams – Theme from Harry Potter
Customer questions

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

I will be as flexible as possible to suit your requirements. However if I already have a second booking on your date, I will naturally honour it and must charge you accordingly.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive 1hr - 90mins beforehand to give time to meet you or your co ordinator, park, move my harp and gear and be ready to play for you.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, I include all travel expenses in my quote for you.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

No thank you. I don't play my valuable instrument outside, so an outdoor ceremony wouldn't work for me I'm afraid. For a drinks reception, I'm happy to sit by open patio doors and use my amplifier, should you and your guests be out-of-doors.

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

For a wedding ceremony, I will give you some suggestions of music which, from many years of experience I know work well. For a civil ceremony, registrars do not allow any religious content, so of course I can guide you here. Also, I have an extensive range of different musical styles and songs and am more than happy to discuss what you would like.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

There is a vast range of music that suits the harp well, and some that really doesn't! If I feel your chosen song will adapt to the harp, then I'd be happy to transcribe it for you for £20 - £30 depending on the time it takes to write. I will of course do my very best to make your song come alive for you!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I arrange much of my own music especially for the harp, and so it is unique to me. Clients are genuinely amazed at my adaptations, and thrilled to hear their favourite songs reproduced on the harp

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Over the years I have performed at many, many venues including churches, registry offices, stately manor houses, hotels, resaurants, art galleries and council chambers. Most notable venues in and around Worcestershire are The Wood Norton, Hagley Hall, Compton Verney, Cripps Barn, Pendrell Hall, Trinity House Paintings, Nationwide to name but a few.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I'm a classically trained professional musician, and so am equally at home performing classical music, modern pop covers, traditional Scottish, Irish & Welsh songs as well as Bollywood songs, Disney classics and "golden oldies" to suit most tastes

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

I have performed many times both in small groups and symphony orchestras at "Prom" concerts in the Royal Albert Hall

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)£225
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£375
Packages
Marriage proposal 30mins
You may like some live harp music in the background as you propose to your partner!
£200
Church Wedding
90mins for a church ceremony, this includes live harp music for: Guests arrival 30mins (7 or 8 songs) Bride's Entrance (1 song) Signing the Register (2 songs) Exit of the happy couple (1 song) Usually your organist would play any hymns
£265
Up to 4 hours
Performance duration of up to 4 hours.
£450
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

Add-ons

Additional time per hour
+£75

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Paula F, 10 months ago

Meredith was great and our guests only had good things to say about her.

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Danielle E, 1 year ago

Meredith attended our wedding to play the harp at the ceremony and throughout our wedding breakfast. Meredith's pieces were absolutely incredible & everybody commented on how truly amazing she was. Before our wedding booking and contacting Meredith was very easy and she was very helpful and thorough, wanting everything to run smoothly. I would recommend Meredith a million times over. What a wonderful person and harpist she is.

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Jacqui C, 1 year ago

Meredith performed at our wedding on 4th May 2019 and was fantastic, very professional and extremely talented. Many guests commented on how good she was. She made our day even more special. would definitely recommend her.

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Clare M, 2 years ago

Meredith played at my wedding on Wednesday and was wonderful. I’ve had many people complement her playing and tell me how much they enjoyed the music! Thank you so Meredith

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Ben W, 1 month ago

We had Meredith play at our wedding for both the ceremony and the drinks reception 12th October 2020. She has been an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to end. Extremely polite and professional in all of our communications. And most importantly her music added a wonderful dynamic to our wedding day. Being a mid-covid wedding, we were limited to only 15 attendees, but having the live harp there being played so beautifully really lifted the atmosphere of the day. I was particularly impressed with the diversity of her repertoire; from Pachelbel to Elton John to Metallica! All expertly arranged and performed. We can not recommend her enough! 😊🎼

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Hannah B, 2 months ago

Amazing talent and wonderful communication Thank you so much for Saturday Meredith. Your music absolutely set the scene and it was stunning to listen to. You're such a kind person which made it equally as special. I'm waiting for people to send the photos through, but I'll pass them on to you as soon as I have them. everybody commented on how beautiful the music was and how it really brought the room to life in the most beautiful way xxx Meredith was the most easy to talk to, accommodating and passionate person with the most extraordinary talent I've had the pleasure of dealing with. Every guest at our wedding said it was beautiful and it made the day. If ever there is an event in our life for a musician, Meredith will always be our choice. Breathtaking.

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