"Hi Tori,Having just returned from honeymoon (which was fabulous!) Matt & I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful music you played on our wedding day - it was so beautiful and so many of our guests have commented on how great you were and the range of music you played was perfect, thank you. And your performance of our song You Do Something To Me was truly amazing, we both remember listening to it as we signed the register - we made a conscious effort to do so, so we didn't miss out on it and we loved it - we were blown away by how great it was and so were our guests, it was definitely worth it - it really added to how special the day was for us,thank you so much for arranging it so perfectly for us.
Thank you again, we are so pleased we chose you to play at our wedding and we wish you every success for the future.
Best wishes Emma & Matt Anderson" - Balliol College, Oxford 2008
One day many years ago whilst busking with my pedal harp (hulk senior), within the roving hills of the Lake District, I was pounced upon by a lady who happened to be on her hen do, who informed me she had been looking for a harpist everywhere (and couldn't believe she'd stumbled upon me) and that it was fate and I had to play at her wedding! Fortunately I was available and after a fantastic afternoon playing for her and entertaining the guests, weddings have escalated to become a significant part of my diary, with now over 40 a year interspersing other musical projects.
I now take great pleasure in arranging and designing music for your day. I have a wide ranging repertoire, specifically chosen and arranged to suit the harp:
- Classical - From the more well known, to the specialised: Clair De Lune, Handel's Harp Concerto, Pachabel's Canon, Pie Jesu, Ave Maria.
- Popular Classics - Songs that as far as I can see will never die!: Fields of Gold, Imagine, What a Wonderful World
- Jazz - One of my major love's in music: e.g Take Five, Lullaby in Birdland
- Contemporary music - All arranged by myself for harp: Coldplay, Paul Weller
- Latin - for something a bit different and to give a kick to your day! - Besame Mucho, Girl From Ipanema, Cuban Dance, and various Paraguan and other South American rhythmic concoctions for the harp.
Please contact me for further information on my current repertoire
I have been performing publicly since a young age, and take great pleasure in performing for ceremonies, be it church or civil. In addition to the obvious parts of the Ceremony, I also play before hand to welcome your guests, and bridegroom- which from experience works well anticipating the arrival of the bride, especially if there may be a little additional wait! I love adding a live, personal element to the formal ceremony, and similarly entertaining and interacting with the guests during the reception.
"In addition to providing music for the ceremony, reception and dinner, Tori also mingles with the guests to integrate with them during the course of the day, to find out what they are enjoying, and add to the entertainment. Tori mixes the traditional classics with more contemporary music which seems to meet with everyone's tastes.
Tori is definitely a welcome addition and enhances any event". - Caroline, The Great Barn - www.thegreatbarn.net & www.adayinthecountry.co.uk (NB - one of the venues I can highly recommend and am fortunate to play at regularly).
With a wide ranging repertoire and experience from different events, I will also judge and enhance the mood during the course of the day.
I am very happy to now be recommended by venues including:
- Blenheim Palace
- Eynsham Hall
- The Bay Tree Hotel - Burford
- Weston Manor, Waddesdon Manor
- Phylis Court
- The Great Barn - Aynho.
I am also open to personal requests, whatever the style, if there is a song you particularly love for the ceremony, which I will arrange specifically for the harp, providing its general suitability and adequate notice is given.
I am available to play for:
- The ceremony: Church / Civil
- Reception drinks & meal
- Interlude between end of meal and start of evening Entertainment
- Evening reception
N.B. People often make the mistake of thinking the harp is always quiet -people in fact usually comment on how surprisingly loud it is! I also have pick ups fitted and an amp for any larger / boisterous parties!
Please contact me for further information and details on what I can offer and to confirm my availability.