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About Sophie

Scottish award winning professional harpist. With years of experience, Sophie is committed to adding that special touch to your occasion.
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Glasgow
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Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, Sophie draws influence from her traditional roots but also harbours a passion for contemporary music, ranging anywhere from Berio to Bowie. Since graduating with a Masters in Music (Distinction) from the Royal Northern College in 2018, Sophie has enjoyed a vibrant and diverse freelance career. In 2022 alone, Sophie has had the pleasure to perform solo recitals at The Glasgow Arts Club, Loch Shiel Festival, Paxton House, The National Gallery of Scotland an Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Currently, Sophie performs regularly as part of Yehudi Menuhin's prestigious Live Music Now performance scheme, which seeks to bring music to the most disadvantaged groups in society She was also featured as a soloist on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme, has twice been finalist and runner up at the innovative Future Blend Competition and was the recipient of the 2018 United Kingdom Harp Association Award. Sophie was also honoured to be a finalist in the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal competition, the highest accolade the college awards for solo performance. With a passion for showcasing the versatility of the harp, Sophie is a 2022 recipient of the Chamber Music Scotland Promotor fund for her concert series, ‘Music At The Green.’ A concert series based in the heart of the West End of Glasgow, Music At The Green presents a different genre defying ensemble each month. A member of The Willow Trio & Duo 53, Sophie is a keen ensemble player and loves collaborating with different musicians - Some personal highlights have been featuring on The Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections and performing Max Richter’s ‘Vivaldi’s four seasons: recomposed’ with Cosmo Strings at Malta International Arts Festival. A passion for new music, Sophie has had the privilege of premiering new works by Patrick Nunn, David John Roche, Nathan James Dearden, Arthur Keegan-Bole, Alexandra Courson and Oliver Hawker. In 2020, Duo 53 had the privilege of being a United Kingdom Harp Association’s Emerging Artists and The Willow Trio have recently been awarded a grant from Creative Scotland to create their Scottish retelling of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. In February 2020, Sophie was awarded the Banff Artist’s Award, giving her the opportunity to attend a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, where she was further developing her critically acclaimed show, ‘Notes from Shetland to Shanghai.’ Fusing live harp music with pre-recorded poetry, ‘Notes from Shetland to Shanghai’ explores the universally human experience that is migration and was first premiered at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase. Sophie is currently touring this venture internationally.

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Genres:
Classical, Folk, Pop, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Christmas, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Scottish music
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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:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Popular
A Case of You - Joni Mitchell
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All of Me – John Legend
All you Need is Love - The Beatles
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Blank Space - Taylor Swift
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
Blue Moon - Lorenz Hart/Richard Rogers
Calgary - Bon Iver
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Come Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Everlasting Love - Buzz Cayson/Mac Gayden
Everything - Michael Buble
Everything I do (I do it for you) - Bryan Adams
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Fields of Gold - Sting
Fireflies - Owl City
Five Years Time - Noah & The Whale
Flying High - Jem
Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Have I told you Lately - Van Morrison
Hey, That’s no way to say Goodbye - Leonard Cohen
Here comes the sun - The Beatles
Hold back the River - James Bay
How Long Will I love you - The Waterboys (Ellie Goulding)
I Choose You - Sara Bareilles
I just Called to say I love You – Stevie Wonder
I’m yours - Jason Mraz
Imagine - John Lennon
Into My Arms - Nick Cave
I will always love you - Whitney Houston
I Won’t Give Up - Jason Mraz
Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran
Kissing You - Des’ree
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Little Things - One Direction
Love me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love me Now - John Legend
Love me Tender - Elvis Presley
Love story - Taylor Swift
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan (Adele)
Mid Air - Paul Buchanan
Misty - Errol Garner
One Day Like This - Elbow
Paradise - Coldplay
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Stolen - Dashboard Confessional
Someone Like You – Adele
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Songbird - Eva Cassidy/Fleetwood Mac
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Thank You For Loving Me - Bon Jovi
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
The Way You Look Tonight - Dorothy Field/Jerome Kern
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
We Are Man And Wife - Michelle Featherstone
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
Will you love me tomorrow - Carole King
Wonderwall – Oasis
You Raise Me Up – Westlife
Your Song - Elton John
Film Soundtracks
Braveheart - James Horner
Balcony Scene - Romeo & Juliet
Cavatina - The Deerhunter
Cinema Paradiso - Ennis Morricone
Comptine D’un Autre Ete - Amelie
Falling Slowly - Once (Glen Hansard)
The Feather Theme - Forrest Gump
Il Mondo - About Time (Jimmy Fontana)
Glasgow Love Theme- Love Actually
Kissing You - Romeo & Juliet (Des’ree)
Ladies in Lavender - Nigel Hess
Moon River - Henry Mancini
My Heart Will Go On - Titanic (Celine Dion)
The Notebook Theme - Aaron Zigman
The Wind Beneath my Wings - Bette Midler
Piano variations in Blue - Finding Neverland
Schindler’s list Theme - John Williams
Somewhere over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
The Rose - Better Midler
Unchained Melody - Ghost (The Righteous Brothers)
Young and Beautiful - The Great Gatsby (Lana Del Ray)
Disney
A Whole New World - Aladdin
A Dream is a wish that your heart makes - Cinderella
Baby Mine - Dumbo
Beauty & The Beast Theme - Beauty & The Beast
Can you Feel the Love Tonight - The Lion King
Feed the Birds - Mary Poppins
Kiss the girl - The Little Mermaid
Let’s go Fly A Kite - Mary Poppins
Little April Shower - Bambi
Love is a song - Bambi
Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid
Someday My Prince will Come - Snow White
Something there - Beauty & The Beast
When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio
Musicals/Opera
As long as he needs me - Oliver
All I ask of you - Phantom of the Opera
Close Every Door - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Defying Gravity - Wicked
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina - Evita
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
If I loved you - Carousel
Getting to Know you - The King and I
Love Changes Everything - Aspects of Love
Memory - Cats
My Favourite Things - The Sound of Music
O Mio Babbino Caro - (Gianni Schicchi) Puccini
On My Own - Les Miserables
The Impossible Dream - Pirates of Penzance
Send in The Clowns - (A little night music) Stephen Sondheim
Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof
Younger than Springtime - South Pacific
Classical
Air on the G String – J.S. Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G.F. Handel.
Ave Maria – Bach
Bridal Chorus – Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Flower Duet from Lakme – Délibes.
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Satie.
I Giorni - Einaudi
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni.
La fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
River flows in You - Yiruma
Prelude in C - J.S Bach.
Trumpet Voluntary – J. Clarke.
Spiegel Im Spiegel - Arvo Part
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Customer questions

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

I always try to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know and I'm sure we'll sort something out!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually like 30 minutes to set up, this gives me time to tune my harp, warm up and deal with any unexpected logistics!

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Yes - I've included all travel costs, including the transport of my harp, in my quotes.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

None at all - my instrument is played acoustically so I don't need any equipment. 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 crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure you and your guests have a great time but yes, I am always happy to tailor my set list to set the exact tone you would like for your event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn, I’m happy to do this for you. I am always happy to learn two new songs for your event but after this, there is a fee of £20 per song for this service to take into account rehearsal and arranging time.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I believe Clients enjoy my enthusiasm for making their day as enjoyable for them as possible and my openness to learning new things, Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin were so enjoyable to learn so please, never hesitate to ask for something new!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Highlights for me have been The Royal Albert Hall in London and The Sage in Gateshead. Some of the most beautiful wedding venues I have played are The Vu in Bathgate, House for an Art Lover in Glasgow and Kirknewton Stables In Edinburgh.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love being influenced by artists of every genre, particular favourites of mine are Arcade Fire, David Bowie and Taylor Swift.

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

I’ve performed at a variety of high class events - solo performances as far south as Craxton Studios in London and as far north as Mareel Arts Centre, orchestral performances at Malta International Arts Festival. Audience members have included Scotland’s first minster, Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland’s own Dragon’s Den member, Duncan Bannatyne!

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£375
Up to 2 hours£460
Up to 3 hours£535
Sophie
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Christopher H
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sophie was excellent! My wife and I were over the moon with the service she provided from her communication leading up to the wedding to her performance on the day. I couldn’t have asked for more and she was so lovely to speak to. Several guests commented on her playing and how much it added to the ceremony. Thank you so much Sophie!!

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Rosie H
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Hi Sophie, I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for the absolutely sublime harp playing on our wedding day. I could hear you from the bridal room upstairs and while I walked down the aisle it was truly magical and your music really made it even more special. Best wishes from Rosie and Andrew xx

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Stephanie D
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Sophie was fantastic, we didn't manage to speak to her but her music was beautifully played and really set the tone for our ceremony. Couldn't have been happier. Thanks Sophie x

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Elisabeth (
1 year ago
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Sophie did a fantastic job at our wedding!

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Samantha F
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Stenner Ln
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. It was fantastic for me to walk in as you played. You really are a talented musician. Everyone enjoyed it especially my mum!

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Farah E
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Saddleworth House
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5 out of 5

Sophie has been absolutely amazing from our first meeting with her! She was so helpful when we were planning what music to play at the wedding and nothing was too much trouble! On the day the music was simply stunning!! All of my guests absolutely loved her and it made our day even more magical!!

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