Zita Silva

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Experienced and versatile freelance harpist based in London, England and Porto, Portugal.

Zita Silva is a talented Portuguese harpist who has performed widely in all the most prestigious venues in Portugal and broadcast live for the national classical music radio station. Her performances also include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Harp on Wight Festival and at the Proms at St. Jude’s Music Festival, in England. Zita is a winner of the Guy Magrath Harp Prize, the Casa da Musica Prize, the Yamaha prize and an International prize winner in the Camac Harp Competition in London and the International Harp Competition in Szeged. She has also won the Young Musicians Awards in Portugal in the category of chamber music. Zita has also been a Finalist at the Patrons Awards, Royal Academy of Music, London. She is passionate about chamber music and working closely in small ensembles which has led her to establish several groups such as her duo with tenor Kieran White, Portucale Trio with flute and viola, 94Strings Duo with harpist Glain Dafydd and a duo with violinist Beatriz Rola. She has been invited to play with numerous orchestras including the Orquestra Gulbenkian, the Royal Orchestral Society, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomsbury Opera Orchestra, and the Academy Symphony Orchestra, working with prestigious conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pedro Neves, Christopher Warren-Green, Manuel Lopez-Gomez and Eugene Corporon. She has also toured Portugal with the Orquestra XXI with emerging conductor Dinis Sousa and the Estágio Gulbenkian Orquestra under the baton of conductor Joana Carneiro. Zita graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2015 and with a Master of Arts with Distinction in 2017 under tutelage of Professor Karen Vaughan and Professor Emerita Skaila Kanga, supported with a scholarship by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Santander Universities UK and the Golden Charitable Trust.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Ambient, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Top 40, World music, Bollywood
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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:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Prelude no.1 - Bach
The Swan - Saint-Saëns
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Traditional Bridal March - Wagner
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Ave Maria - Gounod
Ave Maria - Shubert
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Greensleeves (Traditional)
Claire de Lune - Debussy
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Film & Musicals
When you wish upon a star (Pinocchio)
My prince will come (Snow White)
Glasgow love theme (Love Actually)
Over the rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
I dreamed a dream (Les Miserables)
Bring him home (Les Miserables)
Memory (Cats)
The music of the night (Phantom of the opera)
My favourite things (The Sound of Music)
Don't cry for me Argentina (Avita)
A thousand years (Twilight Saga)
Pop & Contemporary
One Call Away - Charlie Puth
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Marry You - Bruno Mars
All of Me - John Legend
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
...(Other contemporary songs)
Hey Jude - Beatles
Yesterday - Beatles
Let it be - Beatles
...(All Beatles' songs)
Morning has broken - Cat Stevens
Ain't misbehavin'
Autumn Leaves
Fly me to the moon
My funny Valentine
Moon river
(This list contains only some of the pieces in my repertoire list)
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible and to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change, just let me know as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive at the venue to set up 1h before I need to start the performance.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely, I’ve included all travel costs in my quote.

Do you need any equipment provided to play outdoors?

If playing outdoors, I usually require cover as the harp can’t be in direct sunlight, and also as a precaution in the event of unexpected rain.

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

Yes, absolutely. You are very welcome to let me know your preference on the songs you would like me to perform from my repertoire list.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

In general, yes. It does depend on which piece it is and how long do I have until the event. This is something I’m very happy to discuss prior making the booking.


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£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£350


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Nick B, 2 days ago

We hired Zita to play at our wedding at the end of August and she was phenomenal from start to finish. All of our guests commented on how great her music was. We would definitely recommend her to everyone. Nick

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Zoe F, 12 days ago

WOW!!! What a talent! Zita was the perfect accompaniment to a long celebration lunch. She is so talented. Her repertoire is immense ranging from classical pieces to modern pop and the shows! Just brilliant! Thank you so much for helping great such fabulous memories. I’m trying to find an excuse to book Zita again. Thank you

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Katie M, 23 days ago

It was an absolute pleasure having Zita play at my lunch party in Cambridge on 7 July. She arrived in good time, set up without any difficulty and played beautifully. Thank you very much, Zita!

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Chris F, 25 days ago

Excellent wonderful sound, lovely person.

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Steve M, 7 months ago

It was a pleasure to have Zita perform at our wedding. She communicated clearly and promptly prior to the event, set up easily on the day, was polite, looked lovely and added the ambiance that we were after. She played professionally during the ceremony, never missing a beat, and moved location effortlessly for our reception afterwards. 10/10. Highly recommended.

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Rachael W, 1 year ago

Zita played at our wedding and was amazing! She was professional, played our music choices perfectly, arrived on time and the guests commented on how beautiful she played. Highly recommend!

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