Fiona Hosford - Harpist

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Professional, fun and experienced Harpist who enjoys adding a great ambience to your special day!
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£275
Details

Pre-Wedding Consultation

Style of Music

Drinks / Cocktails Music
Reception Music
Acoustic
Ceremony Music
Classical
Other Style of Music
Jazz

Type of Performer(s) or Business

Solo Musician

Primary Instrument(s)

Harp
Full Description
Fiona has also studied the piano, violin and singing but when she began the Harp at age 6 it soon became apparent that the other instruments were secondary to her interest in the Harp. She has gained extensive experience performing throughout the UK and abroad. With her varied repertoire she has delighted a wide range of clients with her soothing and uplifting music and her statuesque gold harp has added an air of refinement and relaxation. Often described as the most friendly, down-to-earth Harpist about, with a strong sense of humour and a sympathetic musical ear, Fiona ensures that your musical tastes are adhered to and is flexible and thoughtful in her approach. Her professionalism is evident throughout her attitude to playing and providing a first class service for each occasion and her vast amount of knowledge within the Wedding Industry (nearly 20years!) means that she's experienced when dealing with clients requests and queries. Fiona's repertoire is forever growing - Debussy, Pachelbel, Grieg and Faure sit alongside Guns n Roses, Massive Attack, Coldplay, Adele and other modern pieces through to the more unusal requests: Pokémon, The A Team or Match of the Day ...nothing surprises her anymore! :D Her recorded music is on Spotify and her Website and she always tries to respond to enquiries within a 24-48hr period.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Fiona
Hello there and thank you for taking the time to view my profile! I like to offer a personable, friendly and professional harp playing service to each client - and to take the time to find out about their individual taste in music... I've been playing at weddings for over 15yrs and am still enjoying being a part of them!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1998
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(5)
(5)
Amy & Sam Greenman
Married in December 2018
November 2016
Rainy thanks!
Hi Fiona How are you? I am so sorry I haven't been in touch sooner... we went straight on honeymoon after the wedding and now just catching up with everything. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for being totally awesome and making the church service even more magical with your beautiful music. All our guest loved you and thought how beautiful it was to walk in out of the rain into a candlelit church with your beautiful music playing. It was so lovely to have you be a part of our wedding day and so grateful to you. We had the best day and loved every minute of it! 💗 Thank you so so much for everything. Lots of love Amy & Sam (Mr & Mrs Greenman) Xxx
Laura & David Streeter
Married in October 2018
November 2016
Nerves...
Hi Fiona We just wanted to contact you to say thank you for playing at our wedding last week. Many of our guests mentioned how much they enjoyed the music 😃 it's a shame we didn't get to hear all of it as we were busy with the photographer and all sorts of other things! We also wanted to mention the quick chat you had (with David) before the ceremony- it helped to calm his nerves! Thanks again Laura & David
Stuart & Monika
Wedding: October 2016
November 2016
We were lucky to be at the table closest to you...
I should like you to know how much we appreciated your playing on Saturday at The Chalk Farm Hotel. We were lucky to be at the table nearest to you and my wife and I – and, indeed, the other diners at our table, enjoyed the music hugely. The fact that we were talking a lot does not in the slightest mean that we were unaware of the music, but you went before one could properly thank you. It must be odd to be seemingly ignored when you are playing so beautifully. Rest assured, there were many compliments made in your absence. Thank you again for helping to make the afternoon so memorable for us all.
Michelle & Bill
Married in October 2016
November 2016
You are one of my happiest memories!
Hi Fiona At this moment I am playing your beautiful CD’s remembering this time last year when I was busy sorting out arrangements for our wedding, and laughing to ourselves at all the things that happened along the way and that day. You are one of my happiest memories. I have been thinking of you lately and I do hope you are busy work wise, just a note to say you make people happy and trigger memories. Thinking of you fondly
Genevieve & Rick
Married in August 2015
November 2016
You became my talented agony Aunt...
We just wanted to drop you a quick email to say a huge thank you for bringing such a special touch to our wedding. It was so lovely to see a smiling familiar face at the top of the aisle after the initial shock of the walk down the aisle wore off. The beautiful sound of your fantastic skill was just perfectly in-keeping with our day and just added the most amazing vibe to the ceremony and the drinks reception. Thank you so much for being so wonderful in the lead up and for keeping me so calm when the going got tough. You were far more than a talented musician for our day, you became my talented agony aunt whose smiling face was exactly what I need to see when I glanced over. I felt so reassured when I saw you there. I will forever have the memory of your beautiful harp in my head when I play back the first time I saw Rick as I walked down the aisle so thank you for even making my memories so beautiful. If I ever need a harpist again (heheheeee) I know who to call! Thank you.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Hailsham, East Sussex, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Eastbourne

Nearest Motorway & Junction

A22

Nearest Train Station

Polegate

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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Press & Awards
(2)

Accreditations / Associations (2)

BA (Hons) DipABRSM
LRSM
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

Difficult to answer as I must have played at over 2,000 weddings! I've had a Pokémon wedding, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and many other styles, a few well-known celebrity weddings too.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Fun, Professional, Modern, HardWorking, Creative

What about your business are you most proud of?

How I've been self-employed as a Harpist for nearly 20years, worked and lived in a huge variety of places/countries and 99% of the work I've found myself! :D

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Trust your gut instinct - don't be told what to have for your wedding by others... and remember - you won't be able to please everyone...

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Hand sewn place cards by the Groom's Mum.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

After the initial enquiry has been made, I email all of my details to the proposed client. Once a booking fee is made to secure the date, I invite the couple to discuss music further and to see if the couple have any other questions they'd like to ask of me. About 1 month before the wedding date itself, I contact the couple, just to 'touch base' and to go through any final musical details that need tweaking.

What makes a romantic first dance?

Just enjoying the moment together and not making it a feature length choreographed film.

What is your number one floor-filler?

Park Life, Sam Brown's Sex Machine!

Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?

Pet Shop Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Queen

What is the soundtrack to your life?

West End Girls and Park Life (Blur)

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook DiscountIf booked for over a 3hr period, a discount will apply
Bridebook GiftFree CD of my Harp music