Maxine Harpist

I am a professional freelance Harpist. I’m based in the North West of England and play the harp at wedding and events throughout Cheshire, Lancashire, Manchester, Cumbria, the Wirral, Merseyside, North Wales and Yorkshire.

I have always loved music and you could say that it is in my blood, as both of my parents were in the world renowned Halle Orchestra. I attended my first concert aged 3 and it was there that I fell in love with the harp and decided that was what I wanted to do when I grew up. I commenced piano lessons aged 4 and my life in music grew from there.

I went on to gain a place at the highly acclaimed Chetham’s School of Music where I furthered my studies under eminent harpist Elinor Bennett. At aged 10 I won my first music festival. Aged 15 I performed my first concerto and aged 16 I made my professional concert debut at the former Freetrade Hall in Manchester.

From 1989 I have pursued a busy freelance career with some of the UK’s leading Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras including the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow City Ballet, English National Ballet, City Ballet of London and Saint Petersburg Ballet. I also have pursued a solo career performing concertos and recitals. I have entertained Royalty, and worked with a range of celebrities as diverse as tenor Russell Watson and rapper Kanye West. I also particularly enjoy adding the beauty of the harp to private performances such as weddings, birthdays, corporate events and many more.

Due to the different types of events Maxine gets booked for, there are different ways we price the hire to give you a better understanding of what length of time will cover what section of an event.

Corporate, Dinners and Social Events

1 hour – £275.00

2 hours – £325.00

3 hours – £375.00

4 hours – £425.00

Weddings & Civil Partnerships

Civil Ceremony (15mins prior to ceremony and during ceremony) (45mins) – £250.00

Church Ceremony (15mins prior to ceremony and during ceremony) (1 hour 15mins) – £275.00

Drinks Reception (1.5 hours) – £275.00

Wedding Breakfast (2 hours) – £295.00

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast (3.5 hours) – £350.00

Civil Ceremony & Drinks Reception (2.5 hours) – £325.00

Church Ceremony & Drinks Reception (3.5 hours) – £375.00

Civil Ceremony, Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast (4.5hours) – £440.00

How do I check availability or make a booking?

Call us on 0844 579 1097 / 01257 267222 or email

Do the fees on the website include travel and are there any additional costs?

Yes the fees include travel to events within 25 miles of PR6 0BL. There may be additional costs for certain premium dates and for learning new songs.

Does Maxine have insurance?

Yes, Maxine has public liability insurance which is required by most venues

Can Maxine learn our favourite song?

Sometimes Maxine is able to learn and play your favourite song depending on what it is and whether sheet music is available for the song. Bare in mind the song might not sound the same on a harp. An additional fee may be charged for buying the sheet music and learning the song. Please enquire at the time of enquiring.

Popular Music

  • A Groovy Kind of Love
  • A Man and a Woman
  • A Moment like This
  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  • A Thousand Years
  • A Time for Us
  • A Whole New World
  • Against All Odds
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • All the Things You Are
  • All You Need Is Love
  • Always
  • Angels
  • Anniversary Waltz
  • Another Day in Paradise
  • As Time Goes By
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Bad Romance
  • Balcony Scene (Romeo & Juliet)
  • Ballade Pour Adeline
  • Bewitched
  • Beyond The Sea
  • Blue Moon
  • Born Free
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Bright Eyes
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  • Can You Read My Mind (Superman)
  • Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
  • Cavatina (The Deer Hunter)
  • Chasing Cars
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Chi Mai
  • Clocks
  • Close To You
  • Could It Be Magic
  • Cry Me a River
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Embraceable You
  • Empire State Of Mind
  • Endless Love
  • Eternal Flame
  • Evergreen
  • Everlong
  • Everything I Do I Do It For You
  • Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  • Feelings
  • Fields Of Gold
  • Fireflies
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • For The Love of a Princess (Braveheart)
  • From This Moment On
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission)
  • Georgia on My Mind
  • Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually)
  • Greatest Day
  • Have I Told You Lately
  • Heaven
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Here, There and Everywhere
  • Honour Him (Gladiator)
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby
  • I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (Armageddon)
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • I Got Plenty Of Nothing
  • I Got Rhythm
  • I Had A Farm In Africa (Out Of Africa)
  • Imagine
  • I’m Yours
  • I Will Always Love You
  • I Won’t Give Up
  • If It’s Magic
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So
  • It Had To Be You
  • Just the Way You Are
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song
  • Kiss from a Rose
  • Kissing You (Romeo & Juliet)
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Lara’s Theme (Dr Zhivago)
  • Let There Be Love
  • Live and Let Die
  • Love Is All Around
  • Love Is Here To Stay
  • Love Me Tender
  • Love Theme from the Godfather
  • Love Walked In
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Make You Feel My Love
  • Many Meetings (Lord of The Rings)
  • Marry You
  • Misty
  • Mona Lisa
  • Moon River
  • Moondance
  • Moonglow
  • Moonlight In Vermont
  • Moonraker
  • My Funny Valentine
  • My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
  • My Way
  • Night And Day
  • Nothing Else Matters
  • Oh, Lady Be Good
  • One Day Like This
  • Over The Rainbow
  • Paradise
  • Pelagias’s Song (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin)
  • Portuguese Love Theme (Love Actually)
  • Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
  • River Flows in You (Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight)
  • Rule the World


Popular Music

  • ‘S Wonderful
  • Schindler’s List
  • Secret Love
  • Set Fire to the Rain
  • Skyfall
  • Smile
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  • Someone like You
  • Someone to Watch over Me
  • Somewhere In Time
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Star Wars Themes
  • Summertime
  • Sweet Child O’Mine
  • Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
  • Take Five
  • Take My Breath Away
  • Tea for Two
  • The Closest Thing to Crazy
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • The Heart Asks Pleasure First (The Piano)
  • The John Dunbar Theme (Dances with Wolves)
  • The Lady in Red
  • The Man I Love
  • The Power of Love
  • The Rose
  • The Shadow of Your Smile
  • The Thorn Birds Theme
  • The Way We Were
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • The Wind beneath My Wings
  • The Windmills of Your Mind
  • Theme from Love Story
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • This Guy’s In Love with You
  • Three Times a Lady
  • Time after Time
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love
  • True Colours
  • Unchained Melody
  • Unforgettable
  • Up Where We Belong
  • We Have All the Time in the World
  • What A Wonderful World
  • When I Fall In Love
  • When You Say Nothing At All
  • When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Where Is Love (Oliver)
  • Where or When
  • Who Wants To Live Forever
  • Woman in Love
  • Wonderful Tonight
  • Wonderwall
  • Yesterday
  • You Only Live Twice
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Your Song


Classical Music

* Denotes music often used for civil ceremonies.


  • * Air on a G String
  • Arioso
  • Ave Maria
  • Sleepers Wake
  • Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring


  • Minuet


  • Fur Elise
  • Moonlight Sonata
  • * Ode to Joy


  • * Trumpet Voluntary


  • 1st Arabesque
  • Clair de Lune


  • Flower Duet from Lakme
  • Valse from Coppelia


  • Chanson de Matin
  • Salut D’Amour


  • Panis Angelicus


  • * Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • * Water Music Suite
  • Royal Fireworks Music


  • Vilia and The Merry Widow Waltz from ‘The Merry Widow’


  • Meditation from Thais


  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana


  • To A Wild Rose


  • Piano Concerto No 21 (Elvira Madigan Theme)
  • Ave Verum Corpus
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik


  • * Wedding March


  • Barcarolle


  • * Trumpet Tune

Classical Music


  • Oh My Beloved Father
  • Musetta’s Waltz
  • Nessum Dorma


  • * Canon In D


  • Scheherezade


  • 18th variation from Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Themes from 2nd piano concerto


  • Bolero


  • Romance from the Gadfly


  • The Swan


  • Time to Say Goodbye


  • Gymnopedie no 1
  • Gnossienne no 1


  • The Blue Danube
  • Tales from The Vienna Woods


  • Finlandia theme


  • Music from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker


  • Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves
  • La Donna E Mobile


* The Four Seasons


  • * Bridal Chorus (Here comes the Bride)

Folk Music

  • Greensleeves
  • Scarborough Fair
  • She Moves Through The Fair
  • Brian Boru
  • Minstrel Boy
  • Carolan Concerto
  • Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  • Last Rose Of Summer
  • Selection of Music By Enya
  • Water is Wide
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Arran Boat Song
  • David Of The White Rock
  • The Ash Grove
  • Myfanwy
  • Suo Gan
  • Watching the Wheat
  • March of the Men of Harlech
  • All through the Night
  • Simple Gifts
  • Shenandoah
  • Ashokan Farewell



  • Evita
  • Phantom Of The Opera
  • Cats
  • Starlight Express
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Chess
  • A Little Night Music
  • Westside Story
  • My Fair Lady
  • Les Miserables
  • Miss Saigon
  • The Sound of Music
  • South Pacific
  • Carousel
  • Oklahoma
  • The King and I



  • Chalo Tumko Lekar Chale
  • Chukar Mere Manko
  • Churaliy
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha
  • Ek Shararat Hone Ko Hai
  • Hai Apna Dil
  • Jeena Yahan
  • Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho
  • Khabi Kushi Khabie Ghum
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • Kuch Na Kaho
  • Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna
  • Mere Khwabon Ka Har Ek
  • Mere Rang Mein
  • Meri Mehbooba
  • Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam
  • Pehla Nasha
  • Piyu Bole
  • Pyar Deewana Hota Hai
  • Tere Bina Jiya Jaaye Na
  • Tu Je Deka To Ye Jaana Sanam
  • Tumko Hi Chahenge Hum