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 Kirsty # 480

Kirsty Whatley is a young freelance harpist whose varied work takes her across the UK.   

She began learning the harp at the age of ten on a small instrument, hand-made by her mother. 

After transferring to the classical concert harp she won a number of awards and prizes, toured America as principal harpist with the Hampshire Youth Orchestra and gave several solo recitals.  She graduated in 2000 with a First Class Honour’s degree from the University of Manchester, where she studied the harp with Eira Lyn Jones and in 2001 went on to gain a Master’s Degree withLondon Harpists distinction, specialising in issues surrounding the harp in the Twentieth Century.  She received first prize at the Leamington Spa Harp Festival and also gave the premiere in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall of a new work for solo harp (Sacred Time by Andrew Keeling) – a piece which was written especially for her.  

 In 2002 she travelled to Prague to give performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto and to Belfast to play with the Moscow City Ballet.   

Her musical experience is diverse: from the traditional, appearing at top venues such as the Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Hampton Court; to the bizarre, as a ghostly on-stage harpist in contemporary music theatre.


Music is usually incorporated into a wedding ceremony at three key moments: at the entrance and processional of the bride; during the signing of the register; and at the recessional from the room.  Kirsty has created this list as a guide reflecting some of the most successful and popular pieces to be used at each of these points.

 The processional usually requires a piece that makes an opening statement and has a steady walking-tempo.  The signing of the register is generally a much more relaxed moment and can also offer a space for the bride and groom to choose a piece that means something special to them, while the recessional is traditionally more upbeat and joyous.

 However, none of these ideas are set in stone and Kirsty is committed to each couple, shaping their ceremony in whatever way they would wish.  Thus, please remember that this list is simply a guide and feel free to pick any pieces from her background repertoire list, or speak to her about special requests, where possible, she is happy to accommodate. 


Bridal Chorus – ‘Here Comes the Bride’ from Lohengrin                       Wagner

Trumpet Tune – ‘The Prince of Denmark’s March’                               Clarke

Chaconne                                                                                             Clarke

Canon in D                                                                                           Pachelbel



Air on a G-String                                                                                  Bach

Romance Without Words – ‘Bois Solitaire’                                           Godefroid

When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole)                                                    Heyman & Young

I Love You Truly                                                                                  Jacobs Bond

All I Ask Of You                                                                                  Lloyd-Weber

Moonriver                                                                                            Mancini

Meditation – from Thais                                                                        Massenet

When You Say Nothing at all (Ronan Keating)                          Overstreet & Schlitz

O Mio Babino Caro                                                                             Puccini

Gymnopedie No. 1                                                                               Satie

Evergreen (Barbara Streisand)                                                  Williams & Streisand



Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream                 Mendelssohn

Cortege ‘The Queen of Sheba’                                                 Handel

Spring ‘Allegro’ from The Four Seasons                                               Vivaldi

 If you are having a civil ceremony then please note that the registrars must be notified of your choice of music before the day.  Pieces with religious associations are not permitted and very occasionally they have also been known to object to the traditional wedding marches by Wagner and Mendelssohn. It is all dependant on the individual registrar.

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This list is provided as a guide to Kirsty's background music repertoire.  She does not usually play all the pieces listed on any one occasion but tends to adapt the repertoire to what seems most appropriate or is requested at each function.  You can also expect to hear various short pieces not listed here that form part of the overall harp sound and the list is subject to change. 


Air On A G-String                                                                    Bach

Barcarolle                                                                                 Offenbach

Canon in D                                                                               Pachelbel

Cavatina  “Deerhunter”                                                           Myers

Chaconne                                                                                 Clarke

Chi Mai                                                                                    Morricone

Cortege “The Queen of Sheba”                                     Handel

Dance from Alceste                                                                  Gluck

Finlandia (Theme)                                                                     Sibelius

Gymnopedie No. 1                                                                   Satie

Intermezzo “Cavalleria Rusticana”                                             Mascagni

Lullaby                                                                                      Schubert

Mediation from Thais                                                                Massenet

Minstrels’s Adieu, The                                                  Thomas

Nocturne                                                                                  Glinka

O Mio Babbino Caro                                                               Puccini

O Perfect Love                                                                           Barnby

Pavane                                                                                     Faure

Prelude in C                                                                             Bach

Rhapsody on a Them by Paganini                                              Rachmaninoff

Romance without Words “Bois Solitaire”                                  Godefroid

Spring ‘Allegro’ from The Four Seasons                                   Vivaldi

Swan, The                                                                                Saint-Saens

Traumerei                                                                                 Schumann

Trumpet Tune “The Prince of Denmark’s March”                      Clarke

Una Furtiva Lagrima “L’Elisir D’ Amore”                                  Donizetti

Watching The Wheat                                                                Thomas


Non Classical  

All I Ask Of You                                                                      Lloyd-Weber

A Man and A Woman                                                              Lai and Barouh

Angels                                                                                      Williams and Chambers

Crazy                                                                                       Nelson

Evergreen                                                                                 Williams and Streisand

Feelings                                                                                    Albert

I Love You Truly                                                                      Jacobs Bond

In A Country Churchyard                                                         de Burgh

It Had To Be You                                                                    Kahn & Jones

Moonriver                                                                                Mercer & Mancini

My Hear Will Go On                                                                Horner & Jenning

Over The Rainbow                                                                   Arlen & Harburg


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