Marie plays a Morley made Irish harp and uses a wireless amplifier.
That enables her to manage small spaces in some locations and is great for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
She has a wide ranging repertoire and enjoys tailoring her music to the guests tastes or backgrounds. As a Welsh wedding is coming up, she has to learn a few more tunes for that event.
From Elvis to Elgar, from Beatles to Beethoven, Marie enjoys tunes with recognisable melodies, some current popular music has a lot of repeated notes… better to the DJ to use those.
As weddings have a broad mix of age groups, variety is the answer… although it is great to see reaction of restless babies and toddlers to a nursery rhyme or two.
See the set list… it varies from different weddings… like humanist, spiritualist… or if accompaniment is required for hymns… an organ is a better instrument. Harp is too gentle!
The harp is so portable for various locations and it looks good as well.
For bridesmaids entrance:
Ode to Joy: Beethoven
Trumpet Voluntary - J. Clarke. / Pachobel’s Canon / Can’t help falling in love - Elvis
Signing of register:
Fields of gold: Sting - Mairi’s wedding: Scottish - And I love you so: Andy Williams - Pastorale: Beethoven - Jupiter, from Planets suite: Holst - She moved through the Fair: Irish - Lara’s theme: Dr Zhivago - Love me tender: Elvis - Blue Danube waltz.
Check Harpbeat playlist for more.
Peal of bells as celebrant lines up bridal party - Mendelssohn’s Wedding March - Madame Power: O’Carolan - Congratulations: Phil Coulter
…. as guests applaud the end of vows in the middle of ceremony.
This is an example of the most popular music for the ceremony.
As guests arrive:
Yesterday: Beatles - Red is the Rose - Somewhere over the Rainbow - Ye banks and Braes: Scottish - What a wonderful world - Cavatina - Lord of the dance - My loves like a red red rose: Scottish - Greensleeves: English - Danny Boy: Irish - I am sailing: Rod Stewart - Starry, starry night - Water Music: Handel - Gabriel’s Oboe and other classical excerpts.
I enjoy playing until guests have vacated the ceremony venue after the service. Usually upbeat, lively pieces.
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