What music can I have?

For receptions, wedding breakfasts, banquets and parties I offer a standard set list that we can personalise for you. For more information please see here: music for receptions and banquets

For ceremonies it’s helpful to know where music is used and what that moment feels like so I’ve included my guide to planning music for your ceremony below. For more information please see here: music for your ceremony

I have a repertoire of classical, film and pop favourites, including jazz and blues numbers. As a lever / folk harp specialist, I also have a wealth of Irish and English traditional music to offer. You can find these at the bottom of the page or by clicking this link: Steph’s repertoire

Receptions and banquets

Ceremonies

Repertoire

       ...I sat there in my room just before our wedding ceremony. I was feeling a bit stressed but suddenly I could hear your calming music float through the window. I relaxed and thought “I knew there was a reason I booked Steph”.

Receptions and banquets

I have a standard set list which is a mix of pieces that are well known (classical, pop, jazz, film) and pieces that showcase the harp really well. I find that guests respond well to both of these musical choices, for them it’s something they recognise or something that’s new and exciting. Having a standard set list means I know these pieces really well and can bring them to life for you and your guests.

When it comes to personalising a set list for a client I find it's most effective to aim for a feel, e.g. "wistful woodland" or "clear and bright”. Sometimes clients give me a genre they want me to highlight, e.g. classical, or “no Disney”. I don’t normally take a request for a specific piece of music when accompanying a reception or banquet because it can get lost. Parties have an energy all of their own and while live harp music makes that space more magical, an individual piece might not be heard or remembered in the same way.

If you are really keen to have a specific music request then it helps to have a specific moment to tie it to, perhaps accompanying you as you take your seats.

Click here for my set list for a 90 minute reception:
Drinks Reception Set List

 
 
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Ceremonies

I love playing for wedding ceremonies: they are a very special part of the day. This is the best place to personalise your music with specific songs as there is space and time and your guests are listening closely.


I normally play for the following parts of a wedding ceremony:

  • As your guests arrive (around 20 / 30 minutes before the ceremony)

  • For your bridal party entrance (up to 2 minutes)

  • During the signing of the register (two pieces - around 5 / 6 minutes)

  • For your exit as a newly married couple (up to 5 minutes whilst your guests exit afterwards)


This shape fits is what is expected in a UK civil ceremony. For a religious or humanist ceremony we can add or remove pieces as suits you. I am happy to include extra pieces or leave out pieces for other musicians to play e.g. an organist playing for the bridal entrance.


I take one request per couple at my standard rate, and take on more requests on a commission basis. I offer one hour's music consultation to discuss your music choices: this can be in person at my home in Oxford, via Skype / zoom or as a phone call.


The only restriction for music choices comes for Civil Ceremonies: as part of the laws of the UK, you cannot have any piece of music with a religious purpose, e.g. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach. There are some pieces which are less clear: any pieces we are unsure about we can check with your registrar.

Have a read of the wedding ceremony suggestions below. My aim with this guide is to give you some ideas about how you might shape your ceremony.

 


Wedding Ceremony Suggestions


Entrance of the Bridal Party - dignified, stately, romantic

 

I look for a piece that the bride feels comfortable with and enjoys moving to and that I can finish within a few moments of her arriving at the top of the aisle.

  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  • Pachelbel’s Canon - Johan Pachelbel

  • Celtic Wedding March - Traditional

  • Welsh waltzes: Cader Idris (Arthur's Seat) or the Ashgrove

 


Signing of the Register - reflective, beautiful, peaceful
 

This normally takes five to six minutes so we pick two pieces. This is a great place to put a piece of music that is special to you and you really want to hear.

  • Perfect by Ed Sheehan then Your Song by Elton John

  • The Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes then Pachelbel’s Canon by Johan Pachelbel

  • Edelweiss from the Sound of Music, then Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Port na bPucai (Irish harp slow air) then The Gold Ring (Irish jig)


 

 

Exit of the Newly Married Couple - celebratory, bright, joyous
 

Here we have five minutes of music as the newly wed couple and guests exit the room. This can be a great place for an unusual request. Expect the first ten seconds to be drowned out by cheers and clapping!

  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel

  • Cantina Band – John Williams

  • Won’t you come home with me? - Irish trad jig

  • New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

  • Everlong - FooFighters


 
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Steph's Repertoire


Please read below for a selection of my repertoire. Even if your piece is not listed I may already have it: please ask. I have some pieces that are only available on request because I don’t regularly play them or they need more time to prepare.

Classical Music - Pop Music - Film, Game, Show Music & Disney

Jazz, Blues & Big Band - Well known folk songs

Classical Music

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Au Clair de la Lune (main theme) – Debussy
Bacarolle – Grandjany
Bolero – Ravel
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Caro Mio Ben – Tommaso Giordani
Einaudi – Passaggio
Flower Duet from Lakme – Léo Delibes
In Trutina – Carl Orff
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – JS Bach
Largo, New World Symphony – Dvořák
March Heroique – Brewer
Prelude No 1 in C – JS Bach
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G – JS Bach
The Prince of Denmark’s March / Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
Sarabande – Handel
Theme de la Sonate No 11 – Mozart
To a Wild Rose – Edward MacDowell


Classical pieces available on request:
Bridal March from Lohengrin – Wagner
Where e'er you walk – Handel
Nella Fantasia based on Gabriel’s Oboe (as sung by Il Divo) – Ennio Morricone
Wedding March (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) – Mendelssohn
Jupiter (The Planets) – Holst

Pop music

All of Me – John Legend

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

Africa – Toto

Annie’s Song – John Denver

Better Together – Jack Johnson

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Candy – Robbie Williams

Can't Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Clocks – Coldplay

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

Faith – George Michael

Fever – Peggy Lee

Fields of Gold – Sting

Fireflies – Owl City

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

How Deep is Your Love? – Beegees

How Long Will I Love You? – The Waterboys / Ellie Goulding

I Will – Paul McCartney

Kiss Me – Six Pence none the Richer

Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

Marry You – Bruno Mars

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Skinny Love – Birdy

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac / Eva Cassidy

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

Your Song – Elton John

You Are The Reason – Calum Scott

Pop music pieces available on request:


Everlong – Foo Fighters

Fluff – Black Sabbath

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Last Boat to America – David Gray


Now & Forever – Richard Marx

One Day Like This – Elbow

You Can Count On Me – Bruno Mars

Film, Game, Show music & Disney

All I ask of you (The Phantom of the Opera) - Andrew Lloyd Webber
A Thousand Years (Twilight) – Christina Perri
Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast) – Alan Menken / Howard Ashman
Cantina Band (Star Wars) – John Williams
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music) – Richard Rogers / Oscar Hammerstein
Evenstar (Lord of the Rings) – Howard Shore
Games of Thrones Main Title Theme (Game of Thrones) – Ramin Djawadi
Into The West (Lord of the Rings) – Annie Lennox / Fran Walsh / Howard Shore
Jurassic Park Theme – John Williams
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) – Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer
My Heart will go on (Titanic) – James Horner
My Neighbour Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) – Hayao Miyazaki
Mystery of Love (Call Me By Your Name) – Sufjan Stevens
Skyward Sword Theme (Zelda)
Star Wars Main Theme – (Star Wars) - John Williams
Tale as Old as Time – (Beauty and the Beast) – Alan Menken / Howard Ashman
When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio) – Leigh Harline and Ned Washington
Where’s Hiccup (How To Train Your Dragon) – John Powell

Film, Game, Show music & Disney pieces available on request:
A Whole New World (Aladdin) – Alan Menken / Tim Rice
Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings) – Howard Shore  
Love Theme (Cinema Paradiso) – Andrea and Ennio Morricone
Journey to the West (Princess Mononoke) – Joe Hisaishi
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz) – Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg

 

Jazz, Blues & Big Band

All of Me – Gerald Marks and Seymour Simon
Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma / Johnny Mercer
Blackberry Winter – Alec Wilder / Loonis McGlohon
Dream a Little Dream of me – Fabian Andre / Wilbur Schwandt / Gus Kahn
Did I remember – Billie Holiday
I’m in the mood for love – Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh
In the mood – Glenn Miller
I’ve Got Rhythm – George Gershwin
Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
Lovely, Never Ever Change – Dorothy Fields / Jerome Kern
New York New York – Frank Sinatra
Stormy Weather  – Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler
Summertime – George Gershwin

Twelve bar blues – trad
Two Sleepy People – Hoagy Carmichael / Frank Loesser
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams – Harry Barris / Ted Koehler / Billy Moll

 

 

Well known folk songs
 

All Through the Night
Amazing Grace
Brian Boru's March
Cader Idris (Arthur's Seat)
Carrick Fergus
Greensleeves
Llywn Onn (The Ash Grove)
Loch Lomond
Londonderry Air (Oh Danny Boy)
Lovely Joan (from Vaughan William’s “The Lark Ascending”)
My Lagan Love
Sally Gardens
Scarborough Fair
She moves through the fair
Skye Boat Song
Sumer Is Icumen In
Women of Ireland