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Int. Harp & Vocal Duo: Katya & Phoebe

Katya and Phoebe are a harp and vocal duo that can be booked as a duo or as soloists. They have been performing at corporate events and private parties for many years and have a huge repertoire for you to choose from. They can perform with just harps, a harp and cello or harp and vocals.

Katya

Katya is one of the few harpists in the UK who plays both a full-size concert harp, and a small, strap-on electric harp. Katya creates a relaxed atmosphere at corproate events and private functions, and works perfectly for wedding entertainment. A gifted classical and jazz harpist, Katya recently embarked on a residency under Deborah Henson-Conant, the worlds foremost electric harpist, in the United States.

Katya studied the harp with Eira Lynn Jones at Chethams School of Music, in Manchester. She spent her early years training as a junior at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the guidance of Charlotte Seale, where she was later offered a scholarship to pursue fulltime studies.

Katya has performed internationally and at many prestigious venues in the UK including St Johns Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, LSO St. Lukes and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Katya has performed internationally and at many prestigious venues in the UK including St Johns Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Katya has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, at the House of Lords, in the company of Prince Charles at St. James Palace, and for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Senate House in Cambridge. She performed at George Bests Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral, and for George Martins Birthday Celebration at GSMD.

Katya has enjoyed much collaboration with various solo instrumentalists, orchestras, singers and pop groups. Recent collaborations include playing with The Noisettes, the Emily Dankworth Jazz Quartet, her harp & vocal duo – Katya & Phoebe, and The Staircase Band, providers of whirling gypsy hurly-burly, Balkan beats and Klezmer.

Phoebe

Mezzo Soprano Phoebe Haines has studied at the University of Cambridge, The Royal College of Music, and now The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Originally a saxophonist, Phoebe began her formal training as a singer at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the masterful guidance of Mollie Petrie. A native of Brighton, Phoebe was meanwhile studying as a music scholar at Brighton College. As a jazz musician, Phoebe has played at Montreux Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Budapest Jazz Club, Rome Casa Del Jazz, The Vortex, and Charlie Wright’s amongst others, and trained under Bill Ashton OBE at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

After graduating with a Double First from the University of Cambridge, Phoebe has continued to study and perform in a wide range of musical styles. Her interest in modern composers has always been a prominent feature of her work, and her love of contemporary music was cemented in summer 2012 when Phoebe had the great honour of working with legendary contemporary composer, Louis Andriessen. Phoebe played the eponymous heroine in Andriessen’s operatic monodrama, Anaïs Nin, for Tête-A-Tête Festival at Riverside Studios. Reviewers commented on her ‘strong’ and ‘sagacious’ qualities. Phoebe is now delighted to be working with Andriessen on another of his monodramas, Hadewijch.

Phoebe looks forward to continuing her studies this year at The Guildhall, under the expert tuition of John Llewellyn Evans. She was a soloist in Iain Burnside’s Poets’ Echoes at GSMD (February 18th 2013), and Feuilletons (May 2013), and sang the role of Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte) in GSMD Opera Scenes. She has also performed a selection of Russian song repertoire at 22 Mansfield Street and The Pushkin House. Other recent recital venues include Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Monaco), Giardini La Mortella (Ischia, Italy), Villa Del Balbianello (Como, Italy), Belvoir Castle, Bloomsbury Ballrooms, The Handel House, Christchurch Spitalfields, The Savoy Chapel, and the British Embassies in Rome and Budapest.

Phoebe is incredibly grateful for the continued support of The John Wates Charitable Trust, and Talented Unlimited, and she is delighted to be giving a series of lectures on ‘Mozart’s Women’ for Opera Prelude at The Cadogan Hall. Phoebe will be singing at Aldeburgh for the first time this year, as chorus for Opera North’s production of Peter Grimes. She is honoured to be returning to Opéra de Baugé this summer to sing the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, in a new multi-lingual production conducted by James Southall.

Standard Length of Performance:

Katya & Phoebe perform 2 x 45 minutes either as a duo or as soloists.

Testimonials:

“For full-on romance, a harpist is the perfect option. Having played everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to Vivienne Westwood catwalk shows, Katya covers a wide repertoire including classical, jazz and Celtic love reels.”
- Sunday Times Style Magazine

“On stage, Katya demonstrates great flair, poise, and the natural communicative skills which cannot be taught. In short, the audience adored her, and it was a joy to share the stage with her.”
- Deborah Henson-Conant, Grammy-nominated Harpist

"If you want to add a touch of class to your special occasion, I would highly recommend these two wonderful musicians. Proficient from start to finish, I dare you to find more accommodating and accomplished professionals than these two. Ten out of ten!"
- Private Client

“We really enjoyed you being a part of our special day. You added a touch of class to proceedings and so many people said how beautifully you played. I won’t hesitate to recommend you in the future. I was especially impressed with how quickly you were able to learn three new pieces so quickly.”
– Private Client

Previous Clients Include:

The Dorchester Hotel
Windsor Castle
The Noisettes
Vivienne Westwood
Bloomsbury Ballrooms
The Union Chapel
The House of Lords
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktou
Bloomsbury Opera
Tinie Tempah
Trinity Hall College, Cambridge
The Savoy
Yvonne Coleman and David Reay-Scott
The National Theatre Studio
Home House
Ben and Sophia Seaman
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Wroxall Abbey Estate
Paul and Simona Popa
The Landmark Hotel
Rob Levers and Lesley Senior
The Trafalgar Tavern

Repertoire Includes:

Classical & Wedding Repertoire

Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin’ – Richard Wagner
Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn
Ten Préludes – J.S. Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – George Handel
Spring & Winter from ‘The Four Seasons’ – Antonio Vivaldi
Air & Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ – George Handel
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
Amarilli Mia Bella – Giulio Caccini
“Sarabande” from Violin Partita No. 1 - J.S. Bach
Berceuse Russe – Marcel Tournier
Minuet in G Major – J.S. Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
Recuerdos de Viaje – I. Albéniz
The Minstrel’s Adieu to his Native Land – John Thomas
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
Canon in D  - Pachelbel
Equisse (from Feuillets d’Album) – Henri Renié
Angelus (from Feuillets d’Album) – Henri Renié
Barcarolle – Marcel Grandjany
Reverie – Alphonse Hasselsmans
Pavane and Variations – Antonio de Cabe
Chanson dans la nuit – Carlos Salzedo
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Eric Satie
Rest, Sweet Nymphs – Francis Pilkington
Flow my Tears – John Dowland
Come Again, Sweet Love – John Dowland
Sonatina – Sergiu Natra

Jazz / Pop Repertoire

It Had to Be You – Isham Jones
But Not for Me – George Gershwin
If – David Gates
A Time for Us (Love Theme from the Paramount
Picture Romeo and Juliet) – Nino Rota
Fields of Gold  - Sting
Misty – Garner
My Romance
Samba de Orfeo
Send in the Clowns  - Sondheim
Autumn Leaves – Johnny Mercer
Blue Bossa
Summertime – Gershwin
Over The Rainbow
As Time Goes By  - Hupfield
Alice in Wonderland – Fain/Hilliard
How High the Moon
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
La Mer – Charles Trenet (Beyond the Sea)
Days of Wine and Roses
There Will Never be Another You – Warren/Gordon
Black Orpheus – Louis Bonfi
Killer Joe – Benny Golson
‘Married Life’  - the Theme from Pixar’s ‘Up’
Annies Song  - John Denver
Kissing You  - Des’ree
New Blues – Deborah Henson-Conant

Traditional/Folk Repertoire

My Lagan Love – trad. Ulster Air
I Love my Love in the Morning – trad. Ireland arr. Kim Robertson
Star of County Down – trad. Ireland
Shenandoah – trad. American Chantey
Variations on a Welsh Carol – Ank Van Campen
Adon Olam – Uzi Chitman
Down by the Salley Gardens – trad. Ireland
Danny Boy – trad. Ireland
Scarborough Fair – trad. England
Mi Yitnani Of (Who Will Give me Wings) – trad. Bukharan Melody arr. Sunita Staneslow
Donna Donna – trad. Yiddish
Greensleeves – trad. English
All The Pretty Little Horses – Southeastern American Lullaby
Tum Balalaika – trad. Russian
Glenlivet – trad. Scotland

Bollywood Repertoire

Na Tum Jano Na Hum
Soni Soni
Sun Sahiba Sun
Naya Naya Dhula Dhula
Satyam Shivam Sundram
Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum
Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara
Mere Humsafar
Mere Rang Mein
Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main

Photos of Katya & Phoebe