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Julia Somerville


  • Solo Female harpist and singer
  • Romantic music performed on elegant, ebony and gold concert harp.
  • Compositions by commission, creating a unique tribute to a special occasion
  • Beautiful songs in varying styles, performed by a singer with an entrancing voice
  • Vibrant, contemporary music, haunting, traditional airs, popular favourites or jazz, performed on the celtic (small, Scottish) harp
  • An immensely versatile musician, offering concert harp, clarsach and voice, in a range of styles to suit all tastes


Julia is based in Edinburgh and regularly plays across Scotland.

Standard Set Times

  • Flexible to suit client.

About this Act

As a harpist, composer and singer, Julia Somerville is a multi-talented musician. She performs with effortless poise, transforming any event into a relaxed and sophisticated occasion. To add style and distinction to your special event, Julia offers a great wealth of repertoire: traditional, Scottish songs, celtic music, contemporary songs, popular sentimental favourites, classical music and jazz. From the cool elegance of the concert harp to the vibrant passion of the celtic harp, Julia offers music to reflect your own style.

To personalize your special event, Julia offers a song repertoire in widely varying styles: contemporary songs such as the evocative ‘Songbird,’ traditional, Scottish songs, such as the hauntingly beautiful ‘Ca’ the Yowes,’ or the timeless, popular favourites. Julia has an entrancing voice, beautifully complimented by the clear tones of the harp.

To create a unique tribute to your special occasion, Julia offers commissioned compositions. She can accommodate all styles and preferences, drawing on extensive experience and an impressive track record. Julia has studied composition at postgraduate level with leading experts, including internationally acclaimed composer, Savourna Stevenson. Her own compositions have achieved acclaim at public performances in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Described as a ‘prodigious talent’ by the Scottish Arts Council, Julia has won numerous music awards and prizes, including the prestigious Donald Dewar Arts award. She has won several valuable music scholarhips, to study harp and voice with distinguished experts at conservatories in London and Scotland. She has performed at prestigious venues across Scotland, including Edinburgh castle, the Balmoral and Gleneagles hotels, Floors castle, Mount Stuart, Bute, Borthwick castle and Hopetoun house.

Set List

Any piece can be played at request

Pachelbel Canon in D major
Bach Prelude in C major
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach
St Columba's Hymn
Take My Life and Let it Be
Chaconne, Jeremiah Clarke
Chaconne, Handel
Passacaille, Handel
Clair de Lune, Debussy
Braveheart theme
Wild Mountain Thyme
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Theme from the New World Symphony, Dvorak
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride), Wagner
The Wedding March, Mendelssohn
Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke
Jazz- New Blues
Milonga Par Arma, Ortiz (Mexican music)

Burns songs/sing with harp

The Lea Rig
Auld Lang Syne, original version
Ca’ the Yowes
Leezie Lindsay
O Can Ye Sew Cushions
Rowan Tree

Singing with the harp

Song Bird
Fields of Gold
Down by the Sally Gardens
Ave Maria
Amazing Grace


  • Julia can play with other musicians including a flute and harp duo, and violin/fiddle harp.


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