Marnie’s debut album, Sunday Skies, is a folk-influenced work composed and performed on the clarsach.
Time and the Hours, recently completed in early 2011, is inspired by Bernard Hermann film music and the work of French songwriter, Michel Legrand.
She has also completed two electronica projects with co-writer and composer, Francis Walker. The first is Lost Angles, written in Los Angeles while Marnie and Francis were studying film scoring at UCLA. Their second project, I Thought I Heard Voices, was written and recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland
As an international performing artist, Marnie has played many venues in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and is now based in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience playing for special events, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, private parties, corporate events, restaurants, and hotels. She specializes in performing as a singing harpist and has a wide range of material for this type of performance.
Her expansive harp repertoire can accommodate any occasion, and she is happy to tailor her music selections to suit the unique needs of an event.
Marnie can coordinate musicians and repertoire for small ensembles, such as flute and harp or harp and string trio, should the client desire a chamber sound.
“The harp helped to make our wedding unforgettable! Marnie worked with us on selecting the repertoire, and everyone enjoyed her playing during the ceremony and reception, especially the children who had never seen such a magical instrument before.” ~Emma Carlisle, Edinburgh, Scotland
“We always receive such positive comments when Marnie come to play for our Christmas events on her lovely gold harp. We hope to have her back every year!” ~Dougal Spaven, Events Coordinator for the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry, Scotland
“Marnie has played for several events at our store and her music sets such a wonderful, magical tone for the evening.” ~Annette Lamb, Press and Marketing Manager for Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh
“Marnie’s lovely voice and beautiful harp arrangements are such a welcome addition to our regional events.” ~Barbara Rosenmann, Events and Publicity, City of Beverly Hills, CA.
“We have used Marnie as a musician for many of our bookings, from celebrity events to weddings, and we are always pleased with her professionalism and musical talents.” ~Ken Fifield, Gold Star Events, Los Angeles, CA
“The Triangular Frame-Harp on the Pictish Symbol Stones.”
Cosmos: The Journal of the Traditional Cosmology Scociety, vol. 21 no. 2, (2005), 147-183.
Marnie has trained extensively in the fields of harp and voice performance, studying as an undergraduate at the Indiana University Music School, and privately with Marcia Dickstein, principle harpist of the Debussy Trio. She also studied film scoring at UCLA, and completed a Master of Music at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. With her extensive training and teaching experience, Marnie offers a unique approach to studying harp that is suitable for both beginners and more experienced players.
Her teaching style focuses on providing students with a playing technique that will support them in achieving their musical goals with confidence and enjoyment. She is happy to teach students interested in any musical genre, and can assist those who are interested in singing and playing with the harp.
For more information please contact Marnie.