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Alexandra – Acoustic Harpist | UK

Alexandra graduated in 2007 from the University of Huddersfield with an Upper Second Degree in Music, having previously studied Piano at Trinity College of Music, in London. Since her graduation she has been in demand as a harpist, performing all over the country: on the television, for royalty, MP’s, and even rock stars.

Previous engagements include providing music at a drinks reception for HRH Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to the University of Huddersfield, at the new London Venue King’s Place for their corporate opening ceremony, on Channel 4’s television series Come Dine With Me, and for a party hosted by rock band The Cure.

In 2004 Alexandra performed with the Brighton Youth Orchestra at Glyndebourne Opera House, and at the Brighton Dome in a concert featuring Evelyn Glennie. During her time at Huddersfield she performed regularly with the orchestra, symphonic wind orchestra and new music ensemble, with whom she performed a concert as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and which was subsequently broadcast on BBC radio 3. She performed again for the festival in 2007, in an ensemble of 20 harpists, including Rhodri Davies and Eira Lynne Jones. She has also performed regularly with the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra.

Teaching and Workshops

Alexandra has taught students of all ages and abilities both piano and harp since 2003, with all students passing and many achieving high marks for their grade examinations, GCSEs and A Levels. She has given workshops demonstrating the harp and how to compose for the instrument to various schools, and as part of the West Sussex LEAs Enrichment Scheme for Gifted and Talented Children.

Testimonials:

“We just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding, the pieces you played were gorgeous and it sounded even better than we thought it would. You really added something special to our day and we cant thank you enough for that. We didnt really get to thank you on the day but we were so pleased with everything you did, it was perfect.”
– Private Client

“Just wanted to say a proper thank you for playing for us. Sorry if I was a bit distracted with cooking/Archie and bump! So many people complimented your playing and listening to you for the last hour whilst putting archie to sleep was the best lullaby in the world! Absolutely beautiful!”
– Private Client

“Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for doing such a great job on Saturday. You played beautifully (and, if you dont mind me saying, you looked beautiful too!) and added tremendously to the atmosphere of the event.”
– Private Client

“Congratulations on the professional job you did today providing music for the VIPs’ reception and the civic luncheon for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to the university. I received many complimentary comments on your suitable choice of music and excellent performance.”
– Private Client

“Thankyou so much for playing so beautifully at our Wedding. You made it really special. Will definitely be recommending you so maybe see you at a wedding in the future.”
– Private Client

”The event went really well, everybody was really happy with Alexandra.”
– Kent Union

“I just want to say a million thank you’s to you. Your music was so beautiful and we are so pleased we had you there at our wedding to play for us. EVERYONE said how beautiful you play and what a perfect touch it had during the ceremony. Every time I watch the clip of the wedding and hear your music I cant help, but to cry it’s so moving and during the signing of the register I couldn’t stop crying to your endless love, it was truly moving, I cannot thank you enough… Thankyou so much again you are so talented you should be so proud!…”
– Private Client

Previous Clients Include:

RBS
ITV Productions Limited
King’s Place
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
University of Huddersfield
British Japanese Parliamentary Group
Serco consulting
Shendish Manor Hotel and Golf Course
Rockley Park
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Repertoire Includes:

Classic

Bach: Prelude in C
Bach (arranged by Granjany) – Etude No. 3, ‘Sarabande’ and Etude No. 6, “Andante”
Beethoven: Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata
Cabezon: Pavane and Variations
Clarke: Chaconne
Chertok: Around the Clock, mvts 1, 2 & 3
Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin, Clair de lune
Delibes: Flower Duet
Faure: Cantique, Pavane
Grandjany: Pastorale
Handel: Allegro, Sarabande
Hasslemans: Chanson de Mai, La Source
Kanga: Solitude
Massenet: Meditation from Thais
Mayhew: Fiskars
Mendelssohn: Wedding March
Pachelbel: Canon in D
Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro
Salzédo: Suite of 8 Dances: Seguidilla, Tango
Samuel-Rousseau: Variations pastorales sur un vieux noel
Satie: Gymnopédie No.1, Gnossienne No.1
Schubert: Ave Maria
Vivaldi: Spring (theme) from the Four Seasons, Winter (2nd Movement – Largo) from the Four Seasons
Wagner: Bridal March
Watkins: Fire dance from Petit Suite, Passacaglia

Traditional

English
Flowers in the Valley
Greensleeves
Scarborough Fair

Irish
Brian Boru’s March
Danny Boy
The Lark in the Clear Air
The Foggy Dew

Scottish
Eriskay Love Lilt
Kinloch of Kinloch
Skye boat song
A Fairy’s Love Song
A Bheairt-Fhioda (A Weaving Lilt)
Amazing Grace

Welsh
Breuddwd y Frenhines (The Royal Dream)
Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the Wheat)
Craig y Tyle (Winter has Come)
Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)
Harp of Gold
Sosban Fach (Little Saucepan)
The Ash Grove

Other
Wreck of the John B Sloop
Le Bon Petit Roi dYvetot (arr. Grandjany)

Jazz

Bert Kaempfert: Strangers In The Night
Gershwin: Embraceable You, Summertime
Harold Arlen (sung by Judy Garland): Over The Rainbow
Henry Mancini: Moon River
Nat King Cole: When I Fall in Love
Nina Simone: Feeling Good

Popular

Amanda McBroom: The Rose
Dolly Parton/ Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You
Elvis Presley: Cant Help Falling In Love
Eric Clapton: Wonderful tonight
Jeff Silbar, Larry Henley: Wind Beneath My Wings
Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven
Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
Lionel Richie: Endless Love
Metallica: Nothing Else Matters
Siur Rós: Hoppipolla
Sting/Eva Cassidy: Fields Of Gold
The Beatles: Across the Universe, Norwegian Wood, Here Comes The Sun, The Long and Winding Road
The Rolling Stones: Ruby Tuesday
Westlife: Flying Without Wings
Simon & Garfunkel: 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
Alan Price: The House of the Rising Sun
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Blowin’ in the Wind

Film/Show

Alan Menken: Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
Alan Silvestri: Feather Theme (Forrest Gump)
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita), Memory (Cats), All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
Des’Ree: Kissing You (Romeo and Juliet)
Hans Zimmer: Honour Him (Gladiator)
Howard Shore: In Dreams (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley: Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Phillip Glass: Truman Sleeps (The Truman Show)
Rodgers and Hammerstein II: My Favourite Things, Edelweiss (The Sound of Music)

Seasonal*

Away in a Manger
Coventry Carol
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Entre Le Boeuf
Frosty the Snowman
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Jingle Bells
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Holy Night
Silent Night
The First Nowell
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child Is This?
Winter Wonderland

Computer Games*

Final Fantasy: Eyes On Me, The Prelude
Monkey Island: Main Theme
Morrowind: Call of Magic
Portal 1:  Still Alive

*Included by request only

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