Julia is based in Edinburgh and regularly plays across Scotland.
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.
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
Clair de Lune, Debussy
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
O Can Ye Sew Cushions
Singing with the harp
Fields of Gold
Down by the Sally Gardens