A very difficult question to answer. There is no
average and no hourly rate. Each harpist sets their own fees and this also
varies greatly depending on length of time required, time of the year, day of
the week, where in the UK the funeral is being held, which harpists are
available for that date and time. etc, etc. For example if you wanted a funeral
harpist for a standard crematorium service (depending on the above information)
this can range from £175 - £360+ for exactly the same service.
It can be cheaper to book a harpist for 3 hours in one part of the country
than it would for just an hour in another part. The best priced harpists
do tend to get booked up first, so it is best to book your harpist as soon
as possible. However, you may be lucky and be able to book a well priced
harpist at short notice. Everything depends on which harpists are
|Can A Funeral
Harpist Play Outside?
the answer is yes, they can play outside, though there are a small minority who
|Can A Funeral
Harpist Play In One Room, Then Move To Another Room?
Yes, This is quite normal and they are quite used to doing this.
|Can A Funeral
Harpist Take Their Harp Up And Down Stairs?
In most cases the answer is yes, providing the stair area is large enough for the harp to fit. It is unlikely the harpist will be able to do this on their own. At some venues the staff will help the harpist, but sometimes your family or friends will need to help. If the staircase is exceptionally narrow at your venue, you should consider booking a funeral harpist who also has a Celtic Harp.
|How Much Space Does
A Funeral Harpist Need?
A harpist will need approximately 1m x 2m floor space, which is about the size of an average office desk. Obviously, most of the space a harp and a harpist take up is vertical and the amount of space mentioned allows for a little space around the musician.
We Need To Provide For The Funeral Harpist?
You need to provide a comfortable, armless,
backed chair for the harpist.
You must allow up to 1 hour for a standard
crematorium service. This allows for the harpist to be in the chapel before your
family and friends arrive. They will then play while they are entering the room, play
the entrance of the coffin. Please note; The order of family & friends entering
and the coffin entering can vary, so be sure to check this out. If required they
will play at suitable points during the service as requested. The funeral
harpist will then
play the family and friends out of the chapel. This also leaves you 5 to 10 minutes to play with, just in
case your are running late.
|Church Funeral Service
The length of a Church funeral service will vary
depending on the specific relgion of the church. Your best bet, would be to get
guidance from the church, then add 25 minutes to allow people to arrive and
leave. Then add another 10 minutes just in case there are any delays. Remember,
the harpist may well have another engagement after yours and may have to leave
promptly, so you should always allow for unforeseen delays.
|Funeral Harpist For The Drinks Reception
This would normally be a minimum of 1 hour, but this could be 2 or 3 hours. The length of this part of the proceedings is down to you.
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