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Milo Harper

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Prizewinning harpist with 15+ years professional experience, based in South-East London.
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Milo Harper is devoted to showcasing the possibilities of the harp; he explores its history and poeticism by thoughtfully curating / transcribing music from both recognised and historically underrepresented composers. Currently based in London, Milo is a soloist on the Munster Trust Recital Scheme and also the Harp Fellow for the Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF scheme. He pursues a variety of work, often performing with various orchestras including the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently returned to the UK from New York City, having completed his graduate studies with Emmanuel Ceysson (Metropolitan Opera, LA Phil) at The New School's Mannes School of Music, where he was awarded the Performing Arts Scholarship. At Mannes he was also coached by renowned jazz harpist Brandee Younger as a member of the Alice Coltrane Ensemble. He completed his Bachelors at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received the D Day Fund Award and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement, having studied with Karen Vaughan (LSO) and Skaila Kanga (Abbey Road Studios). Milo’s studies were sponsored by the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship. As a soloist, Milo has won competitions including the Camac Harp Competition (2018), the North London Festival President's Prize Competition (2018) and the Royal Academy of Music's Guy Magrath Harp Prize (2019). He has also toured globally, giving solo performances at the World Harp Congress (Hong Kong, 2017) and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NYC, 2019) and concertos in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the harpist for LGT Young Soloists, with whom he has been featured on several albums released by Sony/RCA Red Seal Records. Regular engagements in chamber music include duos with trumpeter Aaron Akugbo and flautist Frederico Paixão. Also a Musical Theatre enthusiast, he has depped on shows including the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory UK Tour, La cage aux folles at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre, and the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Previously, he was Principal Harp for the European Union Youth Orchestra (2019), a Britten-Pears Young Artist (2020), and Principal Harp for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2014). He has also appeared on-screen in films including Downton Abbey (2019) and The Little Mermaid (2023). Not limited by genre, his collaborators have included various jazz groups, singer-songwriters, producers and contemporary composers.

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Milo's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Chevie S
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We can't thank Milo enough! Milo played for an hour during our wedding reception and was so wonderful. We had a few emails back and forth re song choice and some special requests, timings and any documents our venue required. Communication was perfect. Milo even recorded a video of him playing my husband's favourite piece (Lord of the Rings haha) and sent it over to us via WhatsApp. What a star! Thank you so so much, Milo. We hope to see you, and hear you play again!

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LarkReviews
1 year ago

"Technically , his mastery of the harp is superb and he manages to produce a variety of expression from the instrument which I would have considered impossible"

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TheArtsDesk
1 year ago

"Harper’s distinctive talent really had a chance to shine here as he demonstrated how he could imbue the harp with all the resonance and drama of a nineteenth century piano played by a wild-at-heart genius."

Milo's Song list

Classical:
Albéniz - Granada
J S Bach - Air on the G String
J S Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
J S Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
J S Bach arr Gounod - Ave Maria
Beethoven - Für Elise
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
Bizet - Habanera from Carmen
Brahms - Intermezzos from Op. 117 + 118
Britten - Interlude from ‘A Ceremony of Carols’
Chaminade - Meditation
Coleridge-Taylor - Deep River
Chopin - Aeolian Harp, Op 25, No. 1
Debussy - Clair de Lune - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Debussy - Arabesques + more
Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakmé
Dvořák - Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Elgar - Chanson de Matin - Salut d’Amour
Fauré - Une châtelaine en sa tour
Fauré - Romance sans paroles
Fauré - Pavane
Glinka - Nocturne
Handel - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel - Harp Concerto
Handel - Passacaglia
Holst - Jupiter from The Planets Suite
Liszt - Consolations
Liszt - Le rossignol
Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Massenet - Méditation from Thaïs
Mendelssohn - Hear My Prayer (O for the wings of a dove) Mendelssohn - Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pachelbel - Canon in D
Puccini - Musetta’s Waltz from La Bohème
Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi
Rachmaninov - Prelude Op. 23, No. 4
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel - Le jardin féerique
Renié - Contemplation
Respighi - Notturno
Saint-Saëns - Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Samson and Delilah Saint-Saëns - The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
Satie - Gymnopédies
Scarlatti - Various Sonatas
Schubert - Ave Maria
Schumann - Träumerei (Dream) from Kinderszenen Sibelius - Le Sapin
Tchaikovsky - Movements from The Seasons Vivaldi - Largo (Winter) from The Four Seasons Wagner - Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
Movies, television and games:
Harold Arlen - Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
Craig Armstrong - Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually Howard Blake - Walking in the Air from The Snowman
Des’ree - Kissing You from Romeo + Juliet
Ramin Djawadi - Theme from Game of Thrones
Lady Gaga - Shallow from A Star is Born
James Horner - My Heart Will Go On (Theme) from Titanic Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard Justin Hurwitz - City of Stars from La La Land
Ennio Morricone - Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso Christina Perri - A Thousand Years from Twilight
Nino Rota - Love Theme from The Godfather
John Williams - Theme from Jurassic Park
John Williams - Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars
Yiruma - River Flows in You from Twilight
A wide selection of Disney songs
Musical Theatre selections:
Bernstein - Tonight from West Side Story
Bock - Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory from Cats
Rodgers and Hammerstein - My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music Rodgers and Hammerstein - You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel Claude-Michel Schönberg - Selections from Les Misérables
Stephen Sondheim - Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music
Jazz:
Andre and Schwandt - Dream a Little Dream of Me Bacharach and David - The Look of Love
Ellington - In a Sentimental Mood
Fields and Kern - The Way You Look Tonight Garner - Misty
Gershwin - The Man I Love
Gershwin - Someone to Watch Over Me Gershwin - Summertime
Howard - Fly Me to the Moon
Joes - There Is No Greater Love Kander - New York, New York
Kern - All the Things You Are
Kosma - Autumn Leaves
Mancini - Moon River
Piaf - La Vie en rose
Porter - Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Rodgers - My Funny Valentine
Rodgers and Hart - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Thiele and Weiss - What a Wonderful World
Van Heusen - Come Fly with Me
Waller - Ain’t Misbehavin’
Pop:
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All Adele - Hello
Adele - Make You Feel My Love Adele - Someone Like You Alicia Keys - If I Ain’t Got You
Al Green - Let’s Stay Together The Beatles - Various songs Beyoncé - Halo
Beyoncé - Blue
Bob Dylan - Let it Be Me
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - Can’t Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight Etta James - At Last
George Ezra - Budapest
KC and Jojo - All My Life
Jack Jones - Better Together
James Blunt - You’re Beautiful
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
John Legend - All of Me
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Michael Bublé - Everything
Minnie Riperton - Lovin’ You
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water Stevie Wonder - Isn’t She Lovely?
Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately
Requests!
Other:
Bollywood selections
Selection of Hymns and Christmas carols English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh folk tunes

Milo's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£275
Up to 1 hour£425
Up to 2 hours£550
Up to 3 hours£750
Customer questions

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

I always try to be flexible and accommodate unexpected changes. If they change prior to the event then let me know and we can find a solution.

How much time do you need to set up?

I will usually arrive about 1 hour before I start playing to set up in good time and speak to the event organisers if needed.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, travel and porterage are included.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

No, if amplification is required then I will bring my own wireless speaker.

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

Of course!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I am happy to talk through piece requests and figure out what would work best!
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