I am so fortunate to have such an extraordinarily talented partner in life who plays the harp so very beautifully. I am also not the only one to appreciate this as Oona has been asked to play by a huge number and variety of people including for weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, not to mention TV!
Feedback and reviews are always positive, reflecting the emotional impact of Oona’s playing, and the significance of Oona’s music in so many people’s lives. I would encourage you to visit Oona’s website at www.oonalinnett.com and click on the sound-clips in her sizeable repertoire as you read through this blog.
Wedding days mean we are often fortunate enough to work together, and whenever I am available I will help Oona and take pictures of Oona with her harp in each venue. Oona has a very wide experience now of many places in the north west. Her beautiful music brings a relaxed and soothing ambiance as people approach a very important moment in their lives.
This includes castles such as Peckforton, Chirk and Leasowe. Castles give a gothic and often darker background setting for the wedding and harp, and the harp music can add to this and lift the occasion. There is also often some tremendous window light to use in many castles creating some very atmospheric musical and photographic moments. The grounds are often fantastic for amazing backdrops, and given warm dry summer weather, Oona plays while people enjoy the season.
Country houses such as Knowsley, Rookery, and Wrenbury Halls and Iscoyd Park have their historic atmosphere too, and often on a scale not always possible in a more modern venue. Amplified as needed, Oona’s music drifts through the mansions and across the courtyard or gardens.
Modern venues have their advantages too, provide a more contemporary feel. Oona’s wide repertoire of modern as well as traditional and classical music fits in just as well, adding very significantly to ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast. Oona can be booked for a variety of levels of service and is happy to include anything from her repertoire which can be found on her website.
Of course it is not just weddings. People appreciate the sound of the harp at many other occasions including birthday parties. Oona has also played at many funerals and this has been especially poignant when she has played at a previous occasion in the life of the family.
Many companies have also booked Oona to add a relaxed atmosphere to receptions for awards and celebrations of milestones in the life of the corporation.
Oona is in great demand and I would use a cliché and ‘advise you to book early to avoid disappointment’. A year or more in advance is not uncommon. I on the other hand do not need to book to enjoy listening to Oona practise as I sit in my studio editing pictures which are often of Oona.