Karen parker


Classical harpist Karen was born in Hertfordshire in the south of the UK. An accomplished musician from an early age, acheiving high grades in violin and piano in youth orchestra, she began to study harp from the age of thirteen at the London Royal College of Music where she won the Gordan Turner Prize for Harp and several prizes at other London music festivals.

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Karen was awarded the exhibition scholarship for the Royal Northern College of music where she won the David Dunn (Yorke Trust) Prize. After an intensive four years training in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance developing practical and applied skills, Karen graduated as Bachelor of Music (BMus) with honours.

During her time at the RNCM, Karen was fortunate enough to perform public concertos including Mozart`s Flute and Harp concerto, Ravel`s Introduction & Allegro and Debussy`s Danses.

Karen moved to Manchester in 1993 to study at the Royal Northern College of music where she was awarded an Exhibition Scholarship and the David Dunn (Yorke Trust) Prize. During her time as a student, Karen was fortunate enough to perform frequent recitals for private music clubs and concertos including Mozart`s Flute and Harp concerto, Ravel`s Introduction & Allegro and Debussy`s Danses.

Since graduating with Honours, Karen has been working as a freelance player with orchestras such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, Northern Chamber, Northern Sinfonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. On a different note, Karen has taken part in backing orchestras for Barry Manilow on Tour, Stars in Their Eyes Live Final, and an episode of Channel 4`s Hollyoaks. She has been Harpist-in-Residence at the Manchester Airport Hilton Hotel for six years and has previously held similar posts at the Midland and Victoria & Albert Hotels in the City.

Classical Favourites

Adagio – Barbar

Air from Suite in D – Bach

Air from Water Music – Handel

Arabesque – Debussy

Berceuse – Faure

Bolero – Ravel

Canon – Pachelbel

Cello Concerto – Elgar

Clair de Lune – Debussy

Extracts from Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Fur Elise – Beethoven

Gymnopedie – Satie

In the hall of the mountain King – Grieg

Leibstraum – Liszt

Meditation – Massenet

Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven

Morning from Peer Gynt – Grieg

Nocturne from A Midsummer`s Night`s Dream – Mendelssohn

Pavane – Faure

Rhapsody on a theme – Rachmaninov

The Girl with the Flaxen Hair – Debussy

Theme from Piano Concerto in C major – Mozart

Traumerei – Schumann

Last Night of the Proms

Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman – Offenbach

Chanson de Matin – Elgar

Flower Duet – Delibes

Habanera from Carmen

I vow to Thee my Country – Holst

Nessun Dorma – Puccini

Nimrod – Elgar

Ode to Joy – Beethoven

O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini

Theme from Pastoral Symphony – Beethoven

Theme from The New World Symphony – Dvorak

At the Church

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod

Ave Maria – Schubert

Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart

Bridal Chorus – Wagner

Hornpipe from The Water Music – Handel

Jesu Joy of Man`s Desiring – Bach

La Rejouissance – Handel

Panis Angelicus – Franck

Pie Jesu – Lloyd-Webber

Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach

Trumpet Tune and Voluntary – Clarke

Wedding March – Mendelssohn

Film Classics

Adagio (Gallipoli)

Amelie Main Theme

American Beauty Main Theme

Anyone Else But You (Juno)

Baby Mine (Dumbo)

Bella’s Lulluby (Twilight)

Braveheart Main Theme

Can you feel the love tonight (Lion King)

Deerhunter Main Theme

Everything I do (Robin Hood)

Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins)

For Your Eyes Only (James Bond)

Gone with the Wind Main Theme

Lara`s Theme (Dr. Zivago)

Love is all Around (Four weddings)

Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

Nobody Does It Better (James Bond)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)

Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)

Pirates of the Carribean Main and Love Themes

Schindler`s List Main Theme

Spartacus Adagio

When you wish upon a star

The British Isles

All through the night

Amazing Grace

Bridget`s Feast


China Roses (Enya)

Danny Boy

David of the White Rock

Early one morning



Love thee dearest

Love’s old sweet song


Mary from Dungloe

Memory of Trees (Enya)


Paint the sky with stars (Enya)

Skye Boat Song

Steal Away (Phil Coulter)

Suo Gan

The Ash Grove

The Derry Air

The Last rose of summer

The Spinning Wheel

The town I loved so well (Phil Coulter)

Watching the Wheat

Watermark (Enya)


All I ask of you (Phantom)

Castle on a cloud (Les Miserables)

Don`t cry for me Argentina (Evita)

Edelweiss (The Sound of Music)

Love Changes Everything

Memory (Cats)

Music of the Night (Phantom)

My Favourite Things (Sound of Music)

My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms)

No matter what (Whistle down the wind)

One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story)

Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music)

Summertime (Porgy & Bess)

Vilia (Merry Widow)

Wishing you were somehow here again (Phantom)

You’ll never walk alone (Carousel)

Popular Music, past and present

Ain`t Misbehaivin`

A Fine Romance

All my loving – Lennon/McCartney

A moment like this – Leona Lewis

And I love you – Lennon/McCartney


A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

Annie`s Song

At the River – Groove Armada

A Whiter Shade of Pale

Blowin’ in the wind – Dylan

Blue Moon

Bridge over troubled water

Candle in the Wind – Elton John

Can`t help falling in Love – Elvis

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Come away with me – Norah Jones


Eleanor Rigby- Lennon/McCartney

Evergreen – (Will Young and/or Streisand)

Every breath you take – Sting

Every time we say goodbye

Fields of Gold – Sting

Fly me to the moon

For the first time – Rod Stewart

From this moment – Shania Twain

Have I told you Lately

Heaven – DJ Sammy

Here, there and everywhere – Lennon/McCartney

Hey Jude – I am sailing – Rod Stewart

Imagine – Lennon

Just the way you are – Bruno Mars

Leave right now – Will Young

Light my fire – The Doors

Love me Tender – Elvis

Love Story

Lucy in the sky with diamonds – Lennon/McCartney

Mad World

Michelle – Lennon/McCartney


My Way – Frank Sinatra

Perfect day

She`s the One – Robbie Williams

Something in the way she moves – Lennon/McCartney

Stairway to Heaven

Stand by me

Strawberry Fields Forever – Lennon/McCartney

Teardrop – Massive Attack

Thank you – Dido

Thank you stars – Katie Melua

That’s Amore

The first time ever I saw your face

The Man I love – Gershwin

The sound of silence

The way you look tonight – Dorothy Fields

To all the Girls I`ve Loved before

To make you feel my – Dylan/Adele

Truly, madly, deeply

Unchained Melody

We’ve only just begun – The Carpenters

When I fall in love

When I need you – Rod Stewart

When you say nothing at all – Ronan Keating

When you say you love me – Josh Groban

Wind beneath My Wings

Yesterday – Lennon/McCartney

You don`t buy me flowers – Streisand

you look wonderful tonight

You Needed Me

You raise me up

Your Song – Elton John


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