LOGISITICS FOR YOUR HARP MUSIC ON THE YEW PATHWAY

CHOOSING YOUR HARP MUSIC ON THE YEW PATHWAY

THE YEW PATHWAY

CEREMONY MUSIC INCLUDES

  • Background instrumental harp music as the guests gather in the ceremony space.
    Usually a maximum of 20mins depending on when the venue send the guests through, how close the gathering area is to the ceremony area, and how on time the bridal party is!
  • The Big Entrance Number!
    If you have an entire squadron as a bridal party, or a very large and long aisle, then you might even have time for 2 pieces of music on the harp. Or you might want to have an entrance piece for both of you. This takes some thinking abut time-wise and some coordinating with the registrars but is totally doable.
  • Optional Solo in place of a reading.
    If you have a particularly special song you want people to listen to in full, this is a good idea
  • Something for the signing of the registers.
    We usually need 3 pieces of harp music here
  • The Big Exit
    For when you take your first steps together as a married couple to the rapturous applause of your guests!
  • Choosing Your Music
    I have an online database for you to use to select your pre-ceremony music as well as the special ceremony songs themselves. For the ceremony music I will invite you along to one of my Open Harp Surgeries (!) to listen to your selections ahead of the big day, and finalise or change anything.

DRINKS RECEPTION MUSIC INCLUDES

  • Background instrumental harp music immediately following the ceremony, as you and your guests mingle over bubbly and canapés.
    I just need a little time to move and re-set up my harp! If I bring my PA then I can offer vocal music for this slot.
  • You choose the Music.
    I have an online database that you can fill in if you wish, or you can leave it me to create a varied playlist for you and your guests
  • Have a go on the harp.
    If you have children present at your big day then often they are drawn like a magnet to the harp. Towards the end of the Drinks Reception, I might invite them to have a go and this also allows a photo opportunity. I leave it to the end as especially young children will think they can come up and play it anytime even if I'm playing! You can have a go too of course.
  • Relocation to the Banquet
    will need to know in plenty of time when to relocate to the Banquet space, and this is something that your venue can help with.

WEDDING BANQUET MUSIC INCLUDES

  • Background instrumental harp music as you and your guests enjoy your meal.
    I just need a little time to move and re-set up my harp from the Drinks Reception! Also, as mentioned above, if I bring my PA then I can offer vocal music for this slot.
  • You choose the Music.
    I have an online database that you can fill in if you wish, or you can leave it me to create a varied playlist for you and your guests
  • Right up to the Speeches
    will keep playing until the venue starts to circulate the bubbly in readiness for the speeches. NB. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU LET ME KNOW IF THE SPEECHES COME BEFORE THE BANQUET.
  • Obligatory Harp Selfie
    Before I go it would be lovely if you can come over and we can have a photo together, you two and my harp & I.

Yew Lore

The Yew is the only living biological organism that can live indefinitely, and some of Britain's oldest Yew trees are 4000-5000 years old.

Yew is a particularly potent protection from evil, as it represents a doorway to the Underworld, death or the afterlife. In this way it also connects us with our ancestors.  Yew facilitate dreams from and journeys to the Otherworld.  As well as being a symbol for the Old Magics of our ancestors, as a tree of resurrection and constant renewal, she shows us the wisdom of letting go of old things. Yew can help us overcome our fear of death, and learn to see the process of transformation and regeneration that she manifests.

Old Yew, which graspest at the stones
That name the under-lying dead,
Thy fibres net the dreamless head,
Thy roots are wrapt about the bones.

~Tennyson

Other Associations

  • Planetary body: Saturn & Pluto
  • Element: Water
  • Seasonal Festival: Winter Solstice & Samhain
  • Celtic Celebrity: The Cailleach, the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess
  • Stone: Olivine
  • Fauna & Flora: Eagle

Yew

The Resurrection Tree

Gaelic: Iodhadh (pron. yoh-ah) / Latin: Taxus

This symbol is from the Druidic Tree Alphabet dating from 300CE known as, Ogham (pron. Oh-um).This is a simple system of lines carved into mainly wood but also stone (which is how it survives).

Yew Magic 

  • Yew is very dangerous to work with unless you know what you are doing, so tread with care and caution.
  • It is traditional in Derbyshire to bring sprigs of Yew inside for Winter Solstice window decorations
  • However, in Suffolk it is considered very bad luck for any household if any Yew comes in with the other Christmas greenery.
  • Perhaps simply find a Yew you can sit beneath and meditate on the ever-turning cycle of life and death, and those who have gone before.