Hiring a Harpist, Tips, Advice & How to Book

Caroline Stapleton Playing a Harp
If you are looking for beautiful background music for your next event, hiring a harpist is the perfect type of entertainment!  Harp music is melodic and soothing and is perfect for occasions such as weddings, corporate events and sit-down dinners.  A harpist not only provides a stunning audio performance but can add a visual element too since the size of a harp is quite large.  Here we have put together tips and advice before you book a harpist for your event…

What Events Are Harpists Suitable For?

Since harp music is very gentle, the best types of events that it is suited to are ones where quieter background music is required.  Some examples of where a harpist might work perfectly include:

  • Wedding Ceremony Entertainment
  • Drinks Receptions
  • Wedding Breakfast Music
  • Corporate Event Entertainment
  • Tradeshow Entertainment
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Sit-Down Dinner Entertainment
  • Cocktail Receptions

Our featured member, Caroline Stapleton is a professional Irish Harpist and Musician. She has an Honours Bachelor Degree in Music and has performed worldwide. Her large repertoire includes Classical, Pop, Modern Chart hits, Soft Metal, Irish and Celtic music. Below is a video showreel of Caroline’s music – you can find out more about her by visiting her profile:

What Does a Harpist Actually Do?

A harpist is usually very skilled with years of experience and will play the harp in a manner which involves plucking and strumming of the strings attached.  This gives the most beautiful sound, and your harpist will sit on a stool looking rather elegant while performing.  Some harpists will offer a classical repertoire, whereas others will perform instrumental versions of modern hits.

When Does a Harpist Perform?

A harpist will perform throughout your event, with short breaks between sessions.  For weddings, we recommend booking a harpist for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast.  You are likely to want something a lot more lively for your evening reception!

Click here to view Harpist, Meredith Mccracken's Profile

Meredith Mccracken – Harpist

What Should I Ask a Harpist?

There are many questions you might want to think about asking a harpist before you book and it is advisable to make a list so that you don’t forget anything. Examples of questions you might want to ask a harpist include:

  • How much do you charge for your performance?
  • How long will you perform for?
  • Do you have public liability insurance cover?
  • Do you have a contingency plan if you are ill on the date of my event?
  • What music is in your repertoire?
  • How much space will you need to perform?
  • Do you require a deposit to book?

How Do I Choose a Harpist?

We make things really easy when it comes to choosing a harpist for your upcoming event.  Using our website you can easily browse our harpists category and view all of the available musicians.  Here you can view each of their profiles, browse their photos and read previous customer testimonials.  Some of the harpists listed on our website also choose to add audio or video samples of their work where you can listen and/or view their performances.  Ultimately, choosing a harpist is down to personal choice too!

Once you have found a harpist you wish to book, simply click on the “Request a quote via e-mail” button on their profile page and this will put you in direct contact with your chosen performer.  Using our website doesn’t add any additional fees, which makes us unique from other entertainment directories!

After your chosen harpist has replied to you, we highly recommending speaking with them on the telephone or Skype, using FaceTime or meeting face to face to make sure that they are right for your event.

Want to Save Time When Booking Your Entertainment? Sit back, relax and have your Entertainment contact you! By adding a post to our website e.g. ‘Harpist Required for Drinks Reception on August 8th’, our available acts will contact you by email. Look at the Entertainer’s publicity, decide which is your favourite and contact them directly! The entire service is completely free of charge. Tell us what entertainment you are looking for now and we will do the rest! Contact us.


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