Sarah Spencer

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Sarah is a professional harpist, theatre and film composer with a Ba(Hons) in Music from Oxford University. She plays all genres.

Sarah has played both harp and piano at a range of events including weddings, fairs, birthdays and memorials. She also features in a harp and cello duo who performed at Brecon music festival, weddings and charity events. Sarah frequently accompanies jazz singers on the piano and performs in big bands and orchestras.

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Hannah J
2 years ago, for a Wedding in N11BU
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5 out of 5

Sarah played at my wedding last year after it was postponed due to Covid. It was perfect! She played classical pieces in the church (my husband and I requested Ave Maria!) and she played jazz and some more poppy music at the reception. The guests all commented on how much they loved the music!

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Sarah's Song list

Pachelbel's Canon
Ave Maria
Bagatelle; Beethoven
Fairest Isle; Purcell
God Save the Queen
Gavotte; G.F Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Ode To Joy – Beethoven
The Swan; Saint-Saëns
Clair de Lune; Debussy
Spanish Dance; De Falla
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Mendelssohn
Jazz , Blues and 60s
Dream a Little Dream
My Favourite Things
Unchained Melody
Quiet Night of Quiet Stars
Girl from Ipanema
Paper Moon
Afternoon in Paris
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love); Natalie Cole
You Make My Dreams Come True; Hall & Oates
You Make Me Feel So Young; Frank Sinatra
Moon River
At Last; Etta James
I Will Always Love You; Whitney Houston
Feeling Good; Nina Simone
My Baby Just Cares For Me; Nina Simone
I Put a Spell on You; Nina Simone
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
The Way You Look Tonight; Frank Sinatra
When I Fall in Love; Nat King Cole
My Funny Valentine; Frank Sinatra
L-O-V-E; Nat King Cole
La Vie En Rose; Louis Armstrong
Fly Me to the Moon; Frank Sinatra
I Left My Heart In San Francisco; Tony Bennett
That's Amore; Dean Martin
All of Me; John Legend
Make You Feel My Love; Adele
Chasing Cars; Snow Patrol
Isn't She Lovely; Stevie Wonder
I Wanna Dance with Somebody; Whitney Houston
Up Where We Belong; BeBe & CeCe Winans
Thinking Outloud - Ed Sheeran
Everything; Micheal Bubble
Here Comes the Sun; The Beatles
Marry You; Bruno Mars
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Greatest Day; Take That
I'm Yours; Jason Mraz
She's The One; Robbie Williams
Canonball; Damien Rice
You Give Me Something - James Morrrison
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Can't Take My Eyes Off You; Andy Williams
The Way You Look Tonight; Rod Stewart
The First time Ever I Saw Your Face; Various Artists
Have I told you Lately; Van Morrison
All You Need is Love; The Beatles
Stand By Me; Ben E. King
It Must Be Love' Madness
Happy Together; The Turtles
Perfect Day; Lou Reed
Something; The Beatles
Move Closer; Phyllis Nelson
She; Elvis Costello
True Love Ways; Buddy Holly
Let’s Stay Together; Al Green
What a Wonderful World; Sam Cooke
You’re My Best Friend; Queen
God Only Knows ; The Beach Boys
Extreme; More than Words
You're Still The One; Shania Twain
Can't Help Falling In Love; Elvis Presley
Your Song; Elton John

Sarah'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)£50
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£450
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I play a real variety of music. The harp can sound beautiful when it's played in a jazzier style, but you don't often get to hear it! I enjoy playing a mix so everybody gets to hear something they like. I'm also lucky enough to have a very beautiful harp which looks lovely at events.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

New College Oxford, St John's College Cambridge, Christ Church Oxford, Oxford Town Hall, St Anne's Cathedral Manchester, The Holy Innocence Manchester,Tipsy Bear Berlin, and many other events in the UK and beyond. I have also performed for theatre and film scores, including the 2020 film 'Tunnelen', across BBC Radio 3, and at the Oxford Playhouse.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have a great love of Nina Simone! She is one of my musical idols. I love any harpist that also plays with jazz, so I'm a huge fan of Alice Coltrane. Classically, I enjoy performing Debussy as his music works beautifully on harp. I'malso a big fan of funk and soul, so always enjoy some Stevie Wonder.

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

I have performed at St Johns Ball Cambridge alongside Pixie Lott, and Christ Church Oxford Commemoration Ball alongside Scouting for Girls!

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

I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, let me know and I'll do my best to accommodate for you!

How much time do you need to set up?

I need around 20 minutes to set up and tune my harp.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

I've included travel costs, including the transport of my harp, in quotes for London Zones 1 - 3. However I charge small additional amounts to help with costs in Zones 4 - 6.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

No! If it is raining then I will need full cover or to perform indoors as my instrument is valuable and could be damaged.”

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

My set lists are designed after many performances and learning what works best, picked from classic harp repertoire and popular songs that work best on the instrument.However, I'm always happy to play some requests if we plan them together beforehand!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I'm very happy to! I charge a fee of £15 for this service to take into account the time it takes to learn new material.
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Cabaret, Acoustic, Funk, Covers, Tribute, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Electronic, Ambient, Ambient pop
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Arranger, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist, Theory teaching, Producer, Accompanist
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