Live music is an essential element of the perfect wedding, because music speaks through the language of emotion.  The harp is ideal for weddings – and of course, the soothing tones of the harp are renowned for easing stress!  Alys Howe is an experienced musician who has played harp for weddings and events since 1985.  

Listening to music possibilities is an important step in planning your ceremony.  Scroll down this page to hear pieces that Alys has performed at other weddings.



  • ambient music as your guests arrive
  • music for the processional
  • music during the signing of the register
  • music to highlight any other special moments (for example, lighting a unity candle)
  • music for the recessional


The audio samples are divided into 2 categories: romantic music for all parts of the ceremony, and more lively music for the Recessional.

Suggestions for the Ceremony

Classical Selections (audio)

Pachelbel’s Canon
Bach Chorale
Wagner’s Here Comes the Bride (lever harp)
Here Comes the Bride*
Schubert’s Ave Maria*
Bach’s Meditation*
Bach’s Ave Maria*
Handel’s Largo*
Handel’s Air from “Water Music”*
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
Hymn: Amazing Grace
Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth

Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro from “Gianni Schiichi”
I Vow to Thee (Jupiter)
Musetta’s Waltz
Debussey’s First Arabesque*
Lakme Flower Duet*
Couperin’s Les Barricades Mysterieuses*
Bochsa’s Air
Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits/C.P.E. Bach’s Minuet*
Purcell’s Air
Vivaldi’s Largo from “The Four Seasons”*
Gabriel’s Oboe*
A Rose e’er Blooming
Dvorak’s New World (theme)

Celtic Selections (audio)

Inis Sheer (Ireland)
Wild Mountain Thyme (Scotland)
Salley Gardens (Ireland)
Fair Jean (Scotland)
Lady Owen’s Delight (Wales) [also on phosphorescence CD]
Sheebeg Sheemore (O’Carolan)
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose (Scotland)
The Mountains High (Ireland)
Miss Power (O’Carolan)
Gratitude (Kim Robertson)
My Brown-Haired Girl (Scotland)
The Eriskay Love-Lilt (Scotland)
Give me your Hand (Ireland)
The Boatman (Scotland)
Mist-Covered Mountains (Scotland)

Pop Music Selections (audio)

Fields of Gold
Can’t Help Falling in Love *
Unchained Melody *
Fairytale (Enya) *
Memory of…(Enya)
Let it Be (The Beatles)
Sun and Moon (from Miss Saigon) *
Con Te Partiro *
The Rose
My Heart Will Go On (from Titanic)
Perhaps Love (John Denver)
Annie’s Song (John Denver)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (audio sample coming soon!)


Suggestions for The Recessional

Classical Selections (audio)

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Trumpet Voluntary (lever harp)
Mendelsohn’s “Wedding March” *
Handel’s Hornpipe from “Water Music”
Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell/Clarke) *
Purcell’s Trumpet Tune *

Mouret’s Rondeau from “Masterpiece Theatre” (audio sample coming soon!)
Hymn: Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today

Vivaldi’s Spring from “The Four Seasons”
Dalza’s Paduana Alla Venetiana
Ode to Joy (theme)
Handel’s Harp Concerto, 1st Movement *
Dussek’s Sonatina (audio sample coming soon!)
Bochsa’s Rondo * (audio sample coming soon!)

Celtic Selections (audio)

Skye Boat Song (Scotland)
The Ash Grove (Wales)
Carolan’s Concerto (Ireland)
Mairi’s Wedding (Scotland)
Carolan’s Draught (Ireland)
Morgan Megan (O’Carolan)
Newlywed Waltz (Scotland)
Musical Priest (Ireland) [also on phosphoresence CD]
Miss Sally Hunter (Scotland) [also on phosphorescence CD]
Merrily Kiss the Quaker’s Wife (Ireland) [also on phosphorescence CD]
Saint Kilda Wedding Reel (Scotland) (audio sample coming soon!)
Moving Cloud (Ireland)

Pop Music Selections (audio)

A Whole New World (from Disney’s Aladdin) *
When you say nothing at all
Only Time (Enya)
And I love her (The Beatles) (audio sample coming soon!)
What a Wonderful World *

* strikethrough indicates that this piece is not currently possibleapologies



Celtic Ensemble

Pachelbel's Canon The Wedding Reel set

The Wedding Gift

 The House in Rose Valley (harp, accordion, cello)

Harp and Flute

Pachelbel's CanonThe House in Rose Valley

Theme from Masterpiece Theatre (Mouret)
Largo, theme from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clark)
Tambourin (Hasse)
Irish Jig (Traditional)
Musical Priest (Traditional Irish)

Harp, Flute, and Cello

Gaelic Love-Song (Traditional Scottish)
Lord Birsay (Orkney Islands)
Fair Jean (Traditional Scottish)


“Your harp music was just absolutely beautiful. Thank you for adding such elegance to our ceremony.  We have received numerous comments on how beautiful your music was. Our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without having you their to play for us.  Much thanks.” – Shannon, Aug 30, 2014  

“I was so excited to have you play Berkley Springs [my special request] at our ceremony. You did a wonderful job – it was beautiful! Thank you so much.”  –Sarah, June 10, 2006

“I just wanted to send a special thank you for the wonderful job you did at our wedding…We received MANY compliments on your performance from our guests…you provided them with immense pleasure. Thank you deeply for your excellent work.”  –Matthew and Jennifer, September 9th, 2006

“We would like to thank you for the exceptional job you did for our Catholic wedding ceremony.  Everything went according to plan and you contributed to our “perfect wedding day”.  -Reggie and Abby, May 20, 2006

“Thanks for your patience during the planning process. We highly recommend you to anyone who would like harp music at their wedding! Thanks again!”  -Adam and Kim, September 24, 2005

“You have made me feel so much better about everything! Your music is so lovely, and you are a very nice person to work with, making me feel comfortable in every aspect.”  – Rene, September 3, 2005

“Your music was incredibly beautiful, and many of our guests commented on what a special atmosphere it created.”

-Cal and Kelly, September 30, 2006

“We can’t thank you enough for being a part of our wedding and making it such a special day. All our best, always!”

-Eric and Jeff, September 17, 2005

“Thank you so much for the beautiful music you made [with vocalist Zaena Campbell] for our wedding day. Truly amazing!”  -Corey and Shelin, September 23 2006

“Thank you very much for your wonderful playing at our wedding on on May 16th!  It made our special day that much more special.”  –Kanako and Steve, May 16 2009

“Thank you for playing at our wedding ceremony.  Your harp music was very beautiful, and it made it so special for us.  Thank you.”  –Megumi and Dave, May 17 2009

“Thank you so much for the beautiful harp music you played at our wedding. It was exactly what we had imagined, and all our guests commented on the special ambience it created. You took care of us through the entire process and made it so easy! I would whole-heartedly recommend you to anyone looking for something special for their ceremony or reception.”  –Penny and Tom, July 2004


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Video clips of Live Performances