HOW MUCH DOES A HARPIST COST?
Can I afford a harpist for my wedding or event? People are often scared to even ask for a price but are pleasantly surprised by the affordability of a harpist! Despite the fact that it is an expensive instrument to own and maintain you can still hire a skilled musician with a lifetime of training for less than a wedding DJ. Live music can be sadly overlooked in the initial budget planning stage but couples who do decide to take the leap look back and can’t imagine their day without a live soundtrack and the electrifying atmosphere a harpist creates.
Harpist prices vary depending on a number of factors including location, experience, the cost of the harp they play or even how much of their profession is made up of performing. For example, Christine does not teach as very few people own cross strung harps therefore she earns her living entirely from performing. This explains the relatively low fees for her skill level and repertoire in order for her to keep a full diary of performances.
As a rough guide you can hire a harpist from £200 – £600 and most harpists offer packages to cover different combinations of the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. There are not as many harpists around as other musicians and they experience high demand in peak wedding season so bartering is not generally successful.
Remember the harp always sounds immensely better in real life than through laptop or phone speakers and a lot of harpists will invite you to visit and hear the harp in their home to give you added confidence in your decision.