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About Miriam Wilford

Experienced and professional London-based harpist available for weddings and other functions.
Harpist
Twickenham
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Miriam is a professional London-based harpist and member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Having taken lessons in piano and violin from the age of five, she developed a keen interest in the harp and began studying with acclaimed harpist Angela Moore. She later received music scholarships at two different schools, two medals for her performances at Ealing Festival, won the cup for the harp section in 2011, and was awarded The Anslow Cup for Music in 2012. She went on to study harp exclusively at the University of Southampton in 2014, where she received further instruction from harpist Kate Ham, and gained experience in both orchestral and solo performance. Since graduating in 2017 Miriam performs regularly at weddings, concerts, and a variety of different functions. She is based in the Twickenham area and plays around London, Greater London and surrounding areas in the South. She has played at numerous prestigious and historical venues such as Bletchley Park, Hartwell House, The Grove Hotel and Strawberry Hill House, and also volunteers as a performer for The Stroke Association. Miriam's extensive repertoire includes titles from a wide range of different musical genres, such as classical, baroque, jazz, traditional, folk, modern, and film music/show tunes. She also writes her own arrangements of popular songs for the harp. Miriam performs acoustically on her mahogany and gold embellished Daphne 47 harp, which adds a beautiful visual aesthetic to any occasion. Her friendly and professional manner combined with the beautiful but unobtrusive ambience created by her harp will be sure to help make your event a truly special and memorable occasion.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Early music, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Light music, Covers, Acoustic, Soul, R&B, Vintage, Indie, Spanish music, Tango
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Birthday party, Burns night, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Recording session, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger
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Song list

Whether you’re planning a themed party, corporate event or a fairy tale wedding, Miriam will carefully craft the perfect set list for your event, working closely with you to ensure your satisfaction. Either select your favourite titles from the list below, or Miriam can choose herself based on your personal taste, genre preference and event type.
The following list includes examples of famous music ideally suited to Weddings and other celebrations. If a favourite tune of yours isn’t listed here, there is still a chance that Miriam knows it, but if not then she is always happy to take one or two special requests with plenty of notice. As an extra service, Miriam is also able to write and learn her own harp arrangements of unique songs that are personal to you.
POPULAR
And I Love Her - The Beatles
A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
At Last - Etta James
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Georgia on my mind - Hoagy Carmichael
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Havana - Camila Cabello
Is This Love - Bob Marley
I’ll Be Your Mirror - The Velvet Underground
Kissing You - Des'ree
Moondance - Van Morrison
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Rolling in The Deep - Adele
Señorita - Shawn Mendes/Camila Cabello
Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wonderwall - Oasis
FILM MUSIC/SHOW TUNES
A Thousand Years (Twilight)
Comptine d’un autre ete – L’apres-midi (Amelie)
Getting To Know You (The King And I)
I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables)
If I Loved You (Carousel)
Mia and Sebastion’s Theme (La La Land)
Pure Imagination (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)
The Way You Look Tonight (Swing Time)
TRADITIONAL
Carolan's Dream
Danny Boy
Fairly Shut Of Her
For The Beauty Of The Earth
Greensleeves
Loch Lomond
O’er The Sea To Skye
Robin
Sally Gardens
Sleep Soon Ida Mornin’
The Cutting Of The Fern
The Rising Of The Lark
The Swan
Water is Wide
Waulking O’ The Fauld
CLASSICAL
Allegro (Handel)
16th Century Spanish Dance
Chaconne (Clark)
Esquisse (Renie)
Evening Song (Rosseau)
Gavotte (Grandjany)
Gymnopedie No. 1 (Satie)
Invernio Porteno (Piazzolla)
Minuet (Bach)
Minuet (From Mozart's Don Giovanni)
Nataliana (Henson- Conant)
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Prelude (Bach)
Rouet (Hasselmans)
Sarabande (Corelli)
Sonata in A Major (Scarlatti)
Sonatina (Handel)
Spanish Romance (Trad.)
Theme From Sonata no. 11 (Mozart)
Themes From Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto
Valse Gracieuse (Mozart)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Notable past venues of performance include Turner Sims, The Grove Hotel, Strawberry Hill House and Bletchley Park.

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

I always try my best to be flexible and am very happy to adapt to any changes of timings, as long as I'm given enough notice!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually aim to arrive at the venue between 1 and 1.5 hours early, to leave plenty of time to set up and tune.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes, my quote includes all harp transportation and travel expenses.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all - my instrument is played acoustically so I don't need any equipment. However, if it is raining then I will need full cover or to perform indoors to protect my instrument from damage.

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

My repertoire includes songs and pieces ideally suited to all kinds of different events, and I have learnt through experience to create specific set lists to suit different tastes and genre preferences. However I am always more than happy to discuss your event further and find what works best for you!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

My set list includes only examples of my repertoire, and so if a song or piece of music isn't listed there, there's still a good chance I know it. If not, then I am happy to learn it for you. I will just need plenty of notice (at least 4 months).

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)£190
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£390

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Ben W, 1 year ago

Great, great, great. Personalised track we had too which Miriam researched, learnt and played on the day!

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Phil A, 2 years ago

“Miriam was helpful, charming, organised and adaptable. She also played beautifully and created a wonderful ambiance for our gathering, I would have no hesitation in using her again in future.”

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