Alex - Harpist

Alex

Click here to listen to Here comes the bride.

Click here to listen to Pachelbel's Canon.

Click here to listen to Ode to joy.

Click here to listen to Greensleeves.

Click here to listen to Fairy Queen.

Click here to listen to Flower Duet.

Click here to listen to The humours of Tulla.

Alex is a harpist and composer. Born in the UK, she began to study the clarsach (Celtic small harp) at the age of nine, and began her career performing at concerts and private functions two years later. Since then, she has had the privilege of performing at some of the most picturesque venues in the North of England.

Alex's fascination with the possibilities of her instrument has led her to study many different types of harp and their music, from the classical pedal harp to the lightly strung Paraguayan harp and the Japanese koto. She now seeks to combine the techniques and traditions of all these different instruments into her playing.

In recent years, Alex has worked closely with Welsh harpmakers Telynau Teifi. The incomparable sound produced by their instruments was fundamental to her developing her current style of playing; the purity of sound in the treble allowing her to play classical and traditional music with maximum expressiveness, whilst the resonant bass enables her to produce the South American and jazz rhythms she regularly performs.

Alex is happy to play either the pedal harp or the clarsach at events, and provides free of charge consultations to discuss which might be the most suitable for your requirements, and to help arrange a programme of music tailored to your wishes. There are very few things which are completely impossible to play on the harp, and Alex has taken requests ranging from arrangements of popular classical music to football songs and heavy metal covers!

Alongside her musical career, Alex has also studied circus and performing arts, as well as graduating with a first in Japanese language and art history from the University of Edinburgh. She is passionate about introducing people to the harp, and now travels regularly around Britain to demonstrate and teach her unique style of playing.

Testimonials

Your booking system was very easy to use and we couldn't be happier with the entertainment Alex provided. Her music made our small wedding ceremony something very special! It was more than we could have ever imagined. She was a delight to work with and she helped to make our fairy-tale wedding dream come true. We highly recommend Buena Vista and Alex to anyone looking to have harp music for their wedding or any special event. Thank you! Amy & Tom Hornick. 15 May 2015

Alex was excellent, very friendly and the bride & groom were delighted - I was very impressed! Nicole 09 May 2015

Alex was amazing on the harp - really made the day. Hopefully be in touch again soon for more events, it was all so easy and stress free. Best wishes, Donna & Jamie. 24 April 2015

I was really pleased with Alex. Dawn 21 February 2015

I can't thank Alex enough for her help in the planning on the run up to our wedding and for her performance on the day itself. She was very helpful with ideas and was very flexible, and most importantly was lovely to deal with both by email and on the day. Thanks again. Karen. 8 November 2014

Alex was fantastic! We have already emailed her to thank her but we are keen to reiterate how great she was. The music was so lovely and all of our guests commented on how beautiful her playing was. It was just what we wanted for our wedding! We would highly recommend your company and Alex! Thanks again. Hannah & Chris. 27 September 2014

Alex was amazing; she provided suggestions for the ceremony music and got to know what we were looking for and her recommendations were great. On the day she was so accommodating even with a delay due to poor weather. So many off our guests commented on how good she was. We would highly recommend Alex to anyone and were very impressed. Please pass our thanks to Alex. Thank you too Dougie for your help. We really appreciated it. Michelle. 6 October 2013

Repertoire

Classical

Canon in D – Pachelbel

Wedding March (‘Here comes the Bride’) – Wagner

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from the oratorio ‘Solomon’) – Handel (1749)

Prelude in C (‘Ave Maria’) – Bach

The Prince of Denmark’s March (‘Trumpet Voluntary’) –Clarke

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach

Andiam, mio tosoro (‘Let’s walk, my love’) – Anon. Italian, 17th century

Air on the G string – Bach

Selections from The Four Seasons –Vivaldi

Flower Duet (from Lakmé) - Délibes

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Für Elise - Beethoven

Traditional/Folk

Marie’s Wedding

Greensleeves

The Dark Isle

Scarborough Fair

Skye Boat Song

Leaving Lismore

Ye Banks and Braes

Humours of Tulloch

Popular/Modern

Fields of Gold - Sting

Songbird - Fleetwood Mac (made popular by Eva Cassidy)

Misty – Errol Garner

Summertime – George Gershwin

Fly me to the moon – Bart Howard

Take 5 – Dave Brubeck

Fumblin’ with the blues – Tom Waits

And I love her – The Beatles

Song from the shows/film music

For the love of a princess (love theme from Braveheart) – Horner

Rose (love theme from Titanic) – Horner

Tale as old as time (from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast)

Selections from Phantom of the Opera – Lloyd Webber

Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list; Alex has a vast repertoire and is also happy to arrange music upon request