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Ruth Lee

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Professional award-winning harpist based in Lincolnshire | North East Midlands, providing acoustic/electro-acoustic music in many genres.
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Gainsborough
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Ruth Lee is an award-winning composer, harpist and vocalist working primarily in acoustic and electro-acoustic music. She is also one of the UK Harp Association's Emerging Artists of 2020-2021. A dynamic soloist, who studied with Eleanor Turner, Ruth is a graduate of the University of York (First-Class BA Hons. Music), where she was awarded both The Wilfrid Mellers Prize for Music and a Concerto Award, performing Deborah Henson-Conant’s Soñando en Español with the University of York Chamber Orchestra. Frequently inspired by historical and mythological narratives, her work often fuses folk and contemporary classical musical styles; incorporating loop machines, ambient noise and extended techniques to create a unique sound world. This year, she is looking forward to performing a programme of music featuring her own compositions at the World Harp Congress 2021. Ruth’s original music for solo harp has received several awards, including The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award 2019, First Prize at The Future Blend Project 2018/19 and First Prize at the Wales Harp Composition Competition 2015. Her broader compositional writing has been workshopped and performed by various soloists and ensembles, most recently being shortlisted for ‘The Night With… Call for Scores 2019’ with the Hermes Experiment. During her studies, her pieces were frequently selected for performance by The Chimera Ensemble, and last year, with the kind support of Salvi Harps, she premiered ‘Reimagined’, a multimedia concert featuring original and contemporary works for electric harp and chamber ensemble, performed by her all-female trio ‘Phantasia’. Whilst in York, she played with the University of York Symphony Orchestra, The Chimera Ensemble and the City of York’s leading chamber orchestra, The Academy of St Olave’s, as well as the Northern Musical Theatre Orchestra, who she continues to perform with. More recently, she was named Runner Up East Coast Musician of the Year and has enjoyed collaborations with The Arc Project in which she premieres new works for harp and voice, alongside composing for other instrumentalists.

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
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Contemporary classical, Christmas, Folk, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Jazz, Pop
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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:
Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Actor, Live looping
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Song list

Here is a selection of the music which I often perform. If you can't find what you're looking for below, please get in touch. I'm happy to learn a new arrangement for you.
Traditional Processionals/Recessionals
Bridal March "Here Comes The Bride" (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Classical:
Morning (Peer Gynt)
Sonatas (Mozart)
Intermezzo (Mascagni)
La Rejouissance, Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel)
Duet from the Pearlfishers (Bizet)
Chorale (Schumann)
Menuet al Rovescio (Haydn)
Skater's Waltz (Waldteufel)
Clair De Lune (Debussy)
The Nightingale (Deborah Henson-Conant)
Igiorni (Einaudi)
Ombre (Einaudi)
Quel che resta (Einaudi)
Melodica Africana II (Einaudi)
Questa Notte (Einaudi)
Various others by Einaudi
Gymnopédie 1 (Satie)
River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Bolero (Ravel)
Hymns
Examples Include:
Abide with Me
Amazing Grace
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah/Redeemer
Morning Has Broken
Popular:
Paparazzi
Make you feel my love
Endless Love
The Beatles (various)
Dream a Little Dream
A Thousand Years
Your song
Chasing Cars
Eternal Flame
Hallelujah
You're Still the One
Rule the World
Jazz:
Summertime (Gershwin)
Misty (Garner)
Moon River (Mercer)
Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
New Blues (Deborah Henson-Conant)
Tickled Pink (Savourna Stevenson)
Jazz Lullaby (Tony Robinson & Amanda Whiting)
Disney/Musical
Edelweiss (Sound of Music)
Reflection (Mulan)
Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White)
When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
Baby Mine (Dumbo)
Love Is A Song (Bambi)
A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
The Second Star to the Right (Peter Pan)
All In The Golden Afternoon (Alice in Wonderland)
Bella Notte (Lady and the Tramp)
He's A Tramp (Lady and the Tramp)
The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)
Winnie The Pooh
Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat (The Aristocats)
Love (Robin Hood)
Kiss The Girl (The Little Mermaid)
Under The Sea (The Little Mermaid)
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
A Whole New World (Aladdin)
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have played weddings at venues across the North East Midlands, including Lincolnshire's Doddington Hall and Elsham Hall, as well as various churches in Yorkshire. I've also played further afield across the UK, including Oxford. Churches, estates, historic sites or village halls - indoor or outdoor - the harp is a wonderful addition to an event.

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

I will always try my best to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Please let me know as soon as possible if there is a slight change to your predicted timings.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally, I need 30 minutes before the performance in order to set up and tune. For most settings, playing acoustically will be very effective but in some cases, amplification may be needed. If amplification is needed for your event, I can liaise with you and the venue and provide the equipment needed. This will take slightly longer than the standard time.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely - The transport of my harp is included in my quoted travel expenses.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

I am happy to play outside but the harp needs to be stood on hard ground, or a flat, firm surface. I will need shelter to perform if it is raining or in direct sunlight as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged. For most settings, playing acoustically will be very effective. In some cases, amplification may be needed - I can provide the equipment.

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

I'm happy to discuss the music choices which will best suit the style and tone of your event - my repertoire includes a mixture of classical and contemporary pop and jazz styles.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a piece isn't included in my example list there may still be a chance that I already know it. If it's not in my existing repertoire, I can learn up to two requests for your event. If you have further additional requests, then we can discuss an extra fee in order to accommodate for sheet music fees and extra rehearsal time.

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)£280
Up to 1 hour£280
Up to 2 hours£340
Up to 3 hours£420
Packages
Wedding Ceremony
This includes music before the service begins and for the processional, during the signing of the register, and the recessional. (Up to 1 hour)
£280
Drinks reception (1hr)
Performance of up to 60 mins during your drinks reception.
£280
Wedding ceremony + 1hr Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, and for the processional, during the signing of the register, and the recessional. - Up to 60min performance at the drinks reception. (Total booking up to 2hrs)
£340
Drinks Reception (2 hrs)
Two performances of up to 50 mins each during your drinks reception. (Total 2 hour booking)
£340
Wedding ceremony + 2hr Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, and for the processional, during the signing of the register, and the recessional. - 2 x 50 min performances at the drinks reception. (Total 3 hrs booking)
£420

Reviews

From customers:

Wedding, H, 7 years ago

You gave the day a cinematic air and the wedding will be remembered all the more for the atmosphere you gave. Thank you for learning Lucie's favourite song it sounded lovely and I loved your evocative music Van Lake especially. I look forward to hearing more of your music very soon

Wedding, H, 3 years ago

You made the day so special. Thank you so much

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