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  • Harp and voice duo
  • Exciting and fresh
  • Fusion of classical and traditional music, original arrangements, compositions and original songs
  • Classical recital
  • Perfect for weddings
  • Acoustic performance


Alchemy duo are based in Manchester and Edinburgh. They perform in and around manchester and also all over scotland.

Standard Set Times

  • One hour recital
  • Two 40 minute sets + breaks

About this Act

Esther Swift, harp and David Douglas, voice are two Scottish musicians at the beginning of their musical careers. They are both highly sought after performers in their own right with a depth of performance experience. Esther enjoys a varied career with orchestras and as a recitalist and composer. David is an up and coming singer with a breadth of experience performing in operas, oratorios and as a recitalist. Together Esther and David are Alchemy.

Alchemy is a fresh and exciting Voice and Harp duo. Their music and performances have been described as “something extremely special”. Their fusion of classical and traditional music makes them versatile and unique. They have been fortunate in having several works composed specifically for them, including a new song cycle, setting several of the poems of Robert Burns, by the composer Elfyn Jones and a new version of “My Love is like a Red, Red Rose” by Toby Hunt. In addition to this, the pair continue to set and arrange their own versions of traditional and classical songs. Performance highlights include a recital- A Scottish Journey, in the studio theatre of the Royal Northern College of Music, the premiere of three new settings of the poetry of Robert Burns in the Concert Hall of the RNCM, recital in the Whitworth Art Gallery and a live performance tour of Manchester radio stations, including ArtsBeatFM. Future engagements include a performance for Oxjam Birmingham, recitals in Gallery Oldham and the CBSO centre and a tour of the west of Scotland.

Set List

Serenity - Words by John G. Whittier Music by Charles E. Ives
Christ Child’s Lullaby - Celtic Christmas carol Arr. E. Swift and D. Douglas
Ave Maria - words by Sir Walter Scott Music by D. Douglas
Sweet Dreams - Knowles arr E swift and d Douglas
I’ll walk beside you - Words and Music by Alan Murray / Edward Lockton Arr. E. Swift
White cliffs of dover - Arr E swift
She’s like the Swallow -Trad. Arr E. Swift and D. Douglas
Butterflies - Words by R. Swift Music by E. Swift
I’ll never leave thee - Words by Sir Samuel Ferguson music by Rory Boyle
The Rose - words and music by Amanda McBroom Arr. E. Swift and D. Douglas
My love is like a red, red rose - Music by Toby Hunt
Ye Banks and Braes - Trad. Arr. E. Swift
The Diels Awa - Trad. Arr. E. Swift
Ay Fond Kiss - Trad. Arr. E. Swift
There was a Lad - Trad. Arr. E. Swift
Auld Langs Syne - Trad. Arr. E. Swift


  • Duo consisting of harp and Voice


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