Whether for your perfect, romantic wedding, a relaxing cocktail hour or dinner party, the beauty of the harp - it's elegant look and exquisite sound - offers a soothing respite from life's many challenges.
With her wealth of experience, award-winning harpist Gianetta Baril will help you choose classics from Handel, Pachelbel and Bach to Debussy and beyond. Whatever your event, the harp creates musical memories you will treasure forever.
"Thanks again so much for playing at our wedding ceremony on August 13th. It was beautiful and exactly what we wanted!" We had so many guests tell us how much they enjoyed the music.
Lisa and Scott Fraser
"Your excellent harp-playing created a beautiful celestial ambiance at the church ceremony of our daughter's wedding this summer. We were very pleased with how your very professional performance contributed to the celebration. Thank you so much!"
"As we entered the chapel it was so very soothing and calming to hear the soft tones of the harp strings. Your playing added an elegant and sophisticated touch."
David and Karen Irwin
As a bride you will have many questions and endless details to plan. I am eager to help make your selection of harp music one of the most pleasant tasks prior to your special day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of music do you play?
As a classically trained harpist, I perform a large range of repertoire by composers from the 16th century to modern classics of the 20th century.
Do you perform on a big harp or a small one?
I perform on a full-sized concert harp although I have smaller instruments for teaching students.
Do you transport your instrument yourself?
Despite the great size and weight of this beautiful instrument, I am quite capable of moving the instrument alone, even when stairs are involved. Of course, I'll never turn down a helping hand!
How many pieces do I need during the wedding ceremony?
Normally I would play 3 or 4 selections during the ceremony - Processional, Unity Candle or Rose Ceremony, Singing of the Register and Recessional. Many couples ask for 20 minutes of quiet, soothing music while guests are being seated and a short post-recessional while the newly-weds greet their guests.
Can you help me choose my music?
I would be happy to provide you with a list of music recommendations, or will work with you to choose selections if you would prefer.
Can you perform out-of-doors?
As I am completely mobile, I can play in most locations. Playing outdoors requires some special planning which I am happy to discuss with you.
Can the harp be heard well or must we provide a speaker system?
The harp has a surprisingly full and resonant sound so amplification is not normally required. Occasionally, for large (200 or more) gatherings, amplification is useful. Often the venue has it's own in-house system, or I can provide one.
How long can you play at one time?
Up to 3.5 hours is possible with a fifteen-minute break each hour. We can discuss what would be most appropriate depending on your event.
Are there any special requirements for a harpist?
Only those of the actual physical space needed to perform. Because of my love of this exquisite instrument, I am eager to make it as accessible as possible to any potential converts to it's beauty.
What is your fee and how do I book you for an engagement?
Please contact me with the date, location and any other pertinent details about your event and I will be happy to inform you as quickly as possible about my fee and availability.