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Valeria Clarke

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Valeria is an award-winning harpist who has performed solo, chamber music and with orchestras across the world.
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Regularly performing at high profile events, Valeria has played for audiences ranging from HRH Prince of Wales to the Rolling Stones. Valeria’s radio and TV appearances include performances for Netflix, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM, WNYC Radio. Valeria had her solo debut at the age of nine. Since then she has performed as a soloist and in ensemble groups in numerous concerts, in a vast range of concert halls including: Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Barbican, V&A Museum, The Forge, The Roundhouse, The National Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Cadogan Hall, Kensington Palace and Westroad Hall. As a soloist, Valeria has won prizes at a number of different International harp and music competitions such as: scholarships from New Names Foundation, and Spivakov International Foundation, harp prize at the International Harp Competition and Young Talent Award. Valeria won a full ABRSM scholarship to come and study at London’s Royal College of Music with professor Ieuan Jones. She graduated with a distinction in 2015. Whilst at the RCM she won the Harp Competition twice and was selected as a Rising Star and chosen to perform solo at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and for a number of other events for the Royal Family. Valeria is a Principal Harpist of the London Electronic Orchestra. The project has had success since the very first show. They have performed at the iTunes Festival, Jazz Café, Boiler Room in Ibiza, Bestival, The Forge, The Barbican, The National Gallery, LEA festival, Royal Albert Hall, as well as touring in the US, Asia and Europe. As an active chamber musician Valeria have duos with Daniel Ephgrave (flute) and Davina Clarke (violin). Their varied repertoire include arrangements of works for full orchestra such as Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune. they regularly travel across the UK together and abroad showcasing music that spans the world of Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Folk, World and Contemporary styles in some of the country’s finest venues and concert clubs. Valeria and Daniel are releasing an album of original compositions for flute and harp in 2023. Valeria is also a session harpist for classical and contemporary / pop musicians including her work with London Contemporary Orchestra, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), rapper Chester P, Katy B, The Last Skeptic, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), Jamie Jones (Hot Natured), Boris Grebenshikov and for other prominent musicians too. Valeria was a finalist of the Croydon Concerto Competition where she performed Mozart flute and harp concerto with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra followed by a “Young Soloist” Award and the Jellinek Prize. Valeria regularly freelances with orchestras in England. During 2017-2018 she was selected by the London Philharmonic Orchestra to join their highly competitive Foyle Future Firsts development programme.

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Valeria's Reviews

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Natalie H
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5 out of 5

Amazing

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Toby R
4 months ago, for a Corporate event in 40 Chancery Ln
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5 out of 5

Valeria's two-hour harp performance at our event was truly captivating. Her talent and skill with the harp set a mesmerising tone that resonated with our clients and guests. Valeria's professionalism and friendly attitude made collaborating with her a breeze. She added a touch of magic to our event, and we look forward to having her perform for us again in the future. Thank you, Valeria!

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Andy L
8 months ago, for a Wedding in 2 Forest Rd
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5 out of 5

Valeria was one of my most special memories of my wedding day. Her playing was exceptional, her flexibility incredible, and she turned up as a professional. She covered loads of songs that I'd requested, and has a back catalogue that anyone would love. Can't compliment her enough! Her impromptu performance (with little notice) of Haddaway’s “What is love” in response to one of the readers at the wedding deciding to use that as the punchline in his reading was absolute perfection, and a memory I hold dear. Not only is she an incredible harpist, but she’s a wonderful person, very flexible and accommodating - but with great judgement. Would recommend for any occasion.

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Valeria's Song list

Popular harp repertoire - please let me know if you'd like me to share my classical, Bollywood and jazz repertoire.
Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind (New York); If I Ain’t Got You; Girl on Fire; No One; Distance and Time; Un-Thinkable; How it feels to fly
Adele - Make you feel my love; Rolling in the Deep; Skyfall; Someone Like You
Aerosmith - I don’t want to miss a thing; Dream On
Adams, Bryan - Everything I do, I do it for you; Heaven; It’s Only Love
American Authors - Best Day of my life
Arctic Monkeys - Baby I’m Yours
Armstrong, Louis - What A Wonderful World: Blueberry Hill
Arlo Parks - Hope
The Beatles - Let it be; Yesterday; Michelle; All you need is Love; Yellow Submarine; Come Together; In my Life
Beyonce - Halo; Irreplaceable
Blur - Tender; Country House
Braxton, Toni - Un-Break My heart:
Bocelli, Andrea - Time to say goodbye (Vivo per lei)
Bob Marley - One Love; Three Little Birds
Bowie, David - Life on Mars; Ashes to Ashes; Space Oddity
Buble, Michael - Everything; Haven’t Met You Yet; Love You Anymore; Home
Capaldi, Lewis - Someone You Loved
Carey, Mariah - We Belong Together; Without You; Always Be My Baby
Carpenters - Close To You
Cassidy, Eva - Fields of Gold; Songbird, Time After Time
Chapman, Tracy - The Promise
Chic - Good Times; Le Freak; I Want Your Love
Cohen, Leonard - Hallelujah; Suzanne
Clapton, Eric - Wonderful Tonight
Clean Bandit - Symphony
Coldplay - Clocks; Paradise; A Sky Full of Stars; Violet Hill; Viva la Vida; Yellow
Cranberries - Dreams
Dr. Dre - Still Dre
Daft Punk - Get Lucky; Aerodynamic; Instant Crush; One More Time
Desmond, Paul - Take Five (Dave Brubeck)
Des'Ree - Kissing you
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Dido - Thank You; White Flag
Dion, Celine - My Heart Will Go On
Dire Straits - Walk Of Life; Romeo And Juliette; Sultans Of Swing
The Doors - Light My Fire; Riders Of The Storm;
Dylan, Bob - Knocking On A Heaven’s Door; Like A Rolling Stone
Einaudi, Ludovico - I Giorni; Primavera; Nuvole Bianche; Le Onde; Night; Divenire
Eilish, Billy - Lovely; When The Party is Over; Happier Than Ever; Everything I Wanted; Bad Guy
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
The Eagles - Hotel California
Fitzgerald, Ella - Dream a Little Dream Of Me; My Funny Valentine; Cry Me A River
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams; Don’t Stop; Everywhere
Florence and the Machine - Dog Days Are Over; You’ve Got The Love
Franklin, Aretha - Say A Little Prayer; Respect
Gabriel, Peter - Book of Love; Solsbury Hill;
Gainsbourg, Serge - La Javanaise; Je T’aime..Moi Non Plus
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Glass, Philipp - Koyaanisquatsi; Glass Works; Truman Show; Candyman
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
Green Day - Time of Your Life; Wake Me Up When September Ends; Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Guns’n’Roses - November Rain; Live and Let Die; Don’t Cry; Yesterdays; Dust N’Bones; You Ain’t the First; 14 Years
Harum, Procol - A Whiter Shade of Pale
Idol, Billy - White Wedding; Eyes Without A Face; Dancing With Myself; Rebel Yell
James, Etta - At Last; I Just Want to Make Love to You
John, Elton - Can You Feel The Love Tonight; Your Song; Sixty Years On; Rocket Man
Johns, Tom - Try To Remember
K-ci & Jojo - All My Life
Kygo - Carry Me; Piano Jam; Raging; Stargazing
Lauper, Cyndi - Time After Time; Girls Just Want to Have Fun;
Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful
Legend, John - All of me; Ordinary People; Alright; I Can Change
Legrand, Michele - The Windmill Of Your Mind
Lou Reed - Perfect Day; Walk On The Wild Side; Satellite Of Love
Les Miserables - I Dreamed A Dream (See More Musicals Below)
Manu Chao - Me Gustas Tu
Mars, Bruno - Marry You; Just The Way You Are
Moloko - Sing It Back
Mraz, Jason - I’m Yours
Myers, Stanley - Cavatina (The Deer Hunter)
Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E; More; Smile
Newman, Randy - You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story)
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit; Come As You Are; The Man Who Sold The World
Oasis - Wonderwall; Don’t Look Back In Anger; Stand By Me; Live Forever
O’Connor Sinead - Nothing Compares 2 You
Odell, Tom - Another Love
One Direction - History
One Republic - If I Lose Myself; Counting Stars; Secrets
Perry, Christina - A Thousand Years
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here; Another Brick In the Wall; Comfortably Numb; Shine on Your Crazy Diamond
Piaf, Edith - La Vie En Rose; Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien; C’est l’Amour;
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Presley, Elvis - Can't help falling in love with you; Love is all around; Love me Tender; Fever
The Police - Every Breath You Take; Roxanne
Porter, Cole - I Get a kick out of you; Anything Goes
Queen - Somebody to love; Bohemian Rhapsody; Don’t Stop Me Now; I Want To Break Free; Killer Queen
Radiohead - Creep; Karma Police; Street Spirit; Pyramid Song
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication; Otherside; Under The Bridge
Richie, Lionel - Endless Love; All Night Long; Hello; Lady
Righteous Brother - Unchained Melody (Ghost); Time Of My Life
Rolling Stones - Angie; Satisfaction; She’s like a rainbow; Lady Jane
Rhianna - Diamonds, Umbrella
Sakamoto, Ryuichi - Forbidden Colours (Merry Christmas. Mr. Lawrence); Selection From A Piano Book
Sade - By Your Side; Smooth Operator
Sia - Dusk Till Dawn; My Love; Salted Wound
Simone, Nina - Feeling Good; I Put A Spell On You
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars; Run; Just Say Yes
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Truoubled Water; The Sound Of Silence; The Boxer; Mrs. Robinson
Sinatra, Frank - My Way; Strangers in the night; That's Life; Send In The Clowns; Fly Me To The Moon
Sinatra, Nancy - You live only twice
Siur Ros - Hoppipolla
Springsteen, Bruce - Streets of Philadelphia; I’m On Fire
Sting - Every breath you take; Fields of Gold; Englishman In New York
Tiersen, Yann - Comptine D' un Autre Ete; Les Jours Tristes; Porz Goret
Toto - Africa
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl; Have I Told You Lately; In the Garden;
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony;
Wannadies - You And Me Song
The Who - Baba O’Riley; Behind Blue Eyes
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Withers, Bill - Ain’t No Sunshine; Lovely Day; Lean On Me
Williams, John - Schindler's List; Jurassic Park; Star Wars (PSee More at the Film Music and Musicals section)
Williams, Pharell - Happy
Williams, Robin - Angel; Road to Mandalay
Wonder, Stevie - I just called to say I love you; Superstition; Isn’t She Lovely; You Are The Sunshine Of My Love
The XX - Intro; Angels; Crystalised
Yazoo - Only You
Young, Neil - Harvest Moon; My My Hey Hey
Yurima - River Flows in You; Time Forgets; Reason

Valeria'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)£350
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£475
Up to 3 hours£600

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Amplification
+£37.50
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My ability to play any genre on the harp and passion for arranging new music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Barbican, V&A Museum, The Forge, The Roundhouse, The National Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Cadogan Hall, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, The Dorchester, Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz, Savoy, Sofitel, The Royal Horseguards, Landmark, Royal Society of Medicine, The Mandrake, The Shard

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

From classical - J.S. Bach, Chopin, Liszt And non classical - Fela Kuti, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis, Radiohead, Blur, Kraftwerk

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

Most fun was headlining Wonderfruit festival in Thailand in front of thousands of people. Most high profile was for HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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

I always try my 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 just let me know

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time.

Is the transport of your harp included in your quote?

Absolutely - I've include all travel costs, including the transport of my harp, in the 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?

Yes, please do!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely, I love arranging pieces I've never played before for the harp!
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, Ambient, House, Country, Acoustic, Ambient pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, World music, Covers, Funk, Motown, Vintage, Britpop, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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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Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy
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