Margaret Watson – Harpist
Margaret started harp lessons at the age of fouteen with Surrey based harpist Susannah Shucksmith.
She then continued her musical training under Sidonie Goossens OBE and finished her studies with Sussex harpist Helen Arnold.
The harp she plays today is a magnificent instrument made for her by Pilgrim Harps in Surrey but she also owns an antique gold harp made by Thomas Dodd in London around 1820.
The latter is a beautifully carved and guilded harp and is ideal for smaller venues.
Margaret’s talents extend to making period costumes which she wears them when she plays at historic venues and events. Some of these have taken place at Penshurst Place, Kent and she has appeared on Meridian Television in a documentary for The Pilgrim’s Way.
Margaret tries to play music to suit all tastes – from classical and traditional to old time favourites, songs from films and shows and more recent popular hits.
The harp is a very versatile instrument and Margaret is able to cover many musical styles. It is the ultimate romantic touch at a wedding and couples are delighted when she is able to play their ‘special tune’, as it gives an extra personal dimension to their wedding day.
The following is list of pieces from her repertoire.
Canon in D
The John Dunbar Theme
Lord Of The Rings
My Heart Will Go On
Bach Prelude No:1 in C
I Got Rhythm
Jesu Joy Of Mans Desiring
When I Fall In Love
In The Mood
When You Say Nothing At Alll
The Ashokan Farewell
Cantique de Jean Racine
Watching The Wheat
Some Enchanted Evening
Here There And Everywhere
Her music is ideal for any party, corporate event or wedding.
Where Margaret performs as a harpist
Margaret is based in East Grinstead, East Sussex and most of her work comes from Sussex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Surrey, and Hampshire. Margaret will, however, travel anywhere in the UK or abroad.
Here are some of the venues where Margaret has performed:
City of London Guildhall, London
The Baltic Exchange, London
The Savoy, London
Hilton Langham Hotels, London
Carrisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Hever Castle, Kent
Battle Abbey, East Sussex
The Insurance Institute, London
The Foundling Hospital, London
The Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust in Arundel, Sussex
Gatwick Airport, Surrey
The Royal Courts of Justice, London
Margaret is currently Resident Harpist at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The Insurance Institute of London and Penshurst Place, Kent.
Margaret now works mostly as a soloist and has given many recitals. The bulk of her work, however, consists of weddings, corporate events, private parties and charity functions.
Harp music can also be very theraputic and Margaret regularly entertains residents in nursing, residential and care homes.
She also gives informal talks and demonstrations to school children, Women’s Institutes, Rotary, Lions, Probus and other groups.