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Sophie Rocks

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About Sophie

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Glasgow
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Scottish award winning professional harpist. With years of experience, Sophie is committed to adding that special touch to your occasion.

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 first class honours from the Royal Northern College in 2016, Sophie has enjoyed a vibrant and diverse freelance career. As a soloist, Sophie has had the pleasure to perform all over the country at venues including the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, the Byer’s Theatre in St. Andrew’s, Shetland’s Mareel Arts Centre, London’s Craxton Studios and at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. She was also featured as a soloist on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune,’ programme, has twice been finalist and runner up in the innovative Future Blend project 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. Most recently, Sophie has been awarded a place in Creative Scotland’s prestigious Made in Scotland Showcase, a showcase used to feature world class performers coming out of Scotland at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. As a versatile orchestral & ensemble player, Sophie has collaborated with a number of different musicians - Some personal highlights have been performing Berio’s folk songs, playing as part of a big band, being Principal harpist of the RNCM Sinfonietta whilst performing at Cantiere Festival in Montepulciano, Italy and performing Max Richter’s ‘Vivaldi’s four seasons: recomposed’ with Cosmo Strings at Malta International Arts Festival. She was delighted to be asked to perform for Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond when he and his cabinet were making an official visit to Shetland. Sophie has a wealth of experience performing at weddings, corporate dinners and birthday celebrations. The harp adds a touch of grace and elegance to any occasion and Sophie will work with you personally to make these moments unforgettable.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
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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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:
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

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£240
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£390

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Hannah M, 2 months ago

Sophie was excellent from booking her straight through to the wedding itself. She has many song choices and also learned one for us which meant a lot. Thanks for all your help☺️

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Patricia C, 4 months ago

Sophie played beautifully for us at our wedding x

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Heather F, 6 months ago

We asked Sophie to play at my Brother's funeral. She was great to deal with at what was a distressing time and she played sensitively and beautifully, making the event memorable. Thank you.

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Samantha F, 1 year ago

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, 1 year ago

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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