Siona Stockel

Harpist & Soprano

Harpist and Soprano, Siona Stockel performs across Somerset, Devon and the south-west as well as further afield. southwest south west wells frome bruton glastonbury evercreech shepton mallet bishop's palace charlton house somerset harp harpist singer soprano soloist music musician siona stockel wiltshire bristol bath dorset devon weddings funerals corporate event events reception receptions

Weddings

Siona is available to play at various stages during your wedding day whether you are having a religious wedding ceremony or civil wedding ceremony, for your drinks reception, and for your wedding breakfast meal. The harp suits a variety of venues including churches, castles, country house hotels, gardens and marquees. The sound of the harp is unobtrusive, providing an enchanting background atmosphere, and the instrument itself is also visually stunning and so will add to the grandeur of your day. Siona is happy to perform any music you request from her music list. She will also do her best to accommodate any special requests that are not included, so if she does not already play your song she would be very happy to make a bespoke arrangement for you if it is possible on the harp.

Wedding Ceremonies

The dulcet tones of the harp can create a truly magical moment at your wedding whether you have decided on a church or civil ceremony. A typical wedding ceremony package includes:

- 30 minutes of music before your ceremony as your guests
  arrive and take their seats

- Music for the entrance (Processional)

- Music during the signing of the register
  (usually around three pieces)

- Departure of the wedding couple and guests (Recessional)

Having a solo singer at your wedding can add something really special to your ceremony. Why not have Siona both sing and play, combining her talents for your special day! Imagine a beautiful Ave Maria performed during your church ceremony, or for something more contemporary, the moving words of Songbird by Eva Cassidy. Although Siona does not sing at the same time as playing the harp, she uses high quality professional backing tracks or can be accompanied by your organist, and she sings repertoire from traditional classical favourites to modern day artists.

Drinks Receptions

Drinks receptions are usually the moment seized upon by photographers to capture your day on film, but this can be a lengthy period for your guests with nothing to do but drink champagne! Beautiful music played on the harp can create a welcoming atmosphere and act as a talking point among guests whilst your presence is required elsewhere.

Siona is happy to select music to suit the mood of the guests, alternatively, you can name specific requests, or even choose a complete set of music from her music list. Siona also welcomes requests from your guests when performing. She can play either indoors or outside depending on the time of year and weather.

Wedding Breakfasts

A combination of musical styles played on the harp can add a very special touch to the meal. The beautiful sound of the harp has the advantage of never being intrusive to conversation whilst its ambient qualities can still be heard over a large party of guests. Siona usually plays a varied selection of light and popular classical pieces, lots of contemporary / pop tunes, favourites from both stage and screen, and a selection of traditional melodies from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Special Occasions

The beautiful sound of the harp can add a touch of elegance and class to any special occasion. Whether you are planning a flamboyant party or a prestigious reception you can be assured that Siona will provide the perfect ambiance and professional performance to match your requirements. Siona has played for many such events including wedding anniversaries, vow renewals, birthday parties, christenings, naming ceremonies, garden parties, celebratory dinners, grand banquets, Valentines balls and charity events.

Corporate Events and
After Dinner Entertainment

Background music on the harp is a very popular choice for businesses that want to create a relaxed, ambient and prestigious atmosphere for their clients. Siona can provide music for official openings, launch events, and corporate dinners and functions. Siona can also play a selection of seasonal Christmas music ideal for special Christmas events.

For something a little different, why not have Siona sing for a pre or post dinner concert. She currently offers a varied programme of Opera and Cabaret favourites from Puccini to Gershwin and can provide her own accompanist. Siona has played for companies ranging from Mercedes Benz to Rolex, for charities such as The English Speaking Union, and in venues such as The Ritz Hotel, London.

Funerals and Memorial Services

In ancient times the sound of the harp was said to ease the passage of the departing spirit as it travelled from this world to the next. At a funeral, music can provide a source of great comfort to mourners whilst they gather before a service and disperse at its close. The choice of music may reflect the particular preferences of the deceased or the bereaved, or may be a general selection of sensitive pieces.

Siona is very happy to combine her talents by singing a solo vocal item within the service, for example a traditional Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, or a Panis Angelicus could be a beautiful addition, or a song could reflect more modern tastes if that is more appropriate. Siona's voice could also help to lead hymn singing during this emotional occassion.

Siona considers it a great honour to be asked to play and sing at a funeral and she takes great care to work with family, ministers and undertakers to ensure that her music will meet their requirements.

If you would like to talk to Siona about possible musical options for funerals then please do get in touch.