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On since 2022

Last update: April 2024

Emily Harding, a.k.a. Yorkshire Violinist, is a wedding musician based in Huddersfield, in England's West Yorkshire region. This talented professional is an acoustic and electric events violinist trained in Huddersfield and The Royal Northern College of Music. She performs solo and as a member of several ensembles and orchestras (including Symphonic Ibiza), and most recently with the BBC as part of Sir Cliff Richard’s on-stage string orchestra in his 2022 Christmas Special on BBC2.

Services Offered

Emily Harding would be honoured to create the perfect soundtrack for any occasion surrounding your big day. She offers several packages that cater to a range of budgets and needs, including ceremony music only, drinks reception music, and coverage for the whole day. All wedding packages include:

  • All equipment required for the day
  • Initial telephone or email consultation and regular email communication until the day of the event
  • Five-piece requests are included in the wedding ceremony, whether or not they appear on the published Repertoire List:
    • Groom's choice (during the pre-ceremony guests’ welcome music)
    • Entrance / Processional
    • Signing the register (x2)
    • Exit / Recessional
  • Arrival one hour before start time to set up and soundcheck
  • Use of my own PAT-certified equipment
  • Insurance
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Ceremony music
Cocktail/banquet music

What is included in the wedding package?

Weddings: There are several packages available - Silver, Gold and Platinum and as a duo, trio or quartet. Wedding Brochure: PDF available via

How far in advance should I contact you?

With as much notice as possible, Emily can ensure you get the best service possible. A minimum of 2 weeks is appreciated and full balance will be required at this point

What style of music do you offer?

String quartet
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Type of musical group:


Size of group:

Small (2 - 3 musicians)
Medium (4 - 6 musicians)


Popular Music, Classical Music, Hymns, Folk Music, Film Music. For the full Repertoire List please visit NB: This is constantly being updated so just ask!

Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?

Absolutely! Outside the five main ceremony songs, additional song requests (songs not on my repertoire list) are chargeable due to the extra practice time required, and obtaining materials

What's your experience?

Trained at The University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music, Emily performs across the UK as solo violinist, in various string quartets and ensembles, including Symphonic Ibiza

Do you have your own equipment?


Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?

Yes, - Adequate space to perform is required. - Connection to mains electricity a bonus, but not essential. - For outdoor events, please provide suitable cover for performer due to weather changes

Can you travel?

Yes, uK-wide excluding Northern Ireland

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, £0.55 per mile of the return journey. Discussion is possible where absolutely necessary

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?


What is the length of time of the act?

It depends on how long your ceremony is, and whether you would also like Emily to perform for your drinks reception and wedding breakfast. Set lengths are tailored to each couple's individual schedule

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

Two weeks is appreciated. Contact Emily anyway, even if your event is within two weeks. Full balance will be required upon booking in these circumstances

Do you do open-air acts?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

£200 for each additional hour on top of existing booking / agreed event time. Included within this extra fee are all the features of the current booking for the additional performance time

What are the forms of payment?

Bank transfer
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Reviews for Emily Harding

4.8 out of 5 rating
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4.8 out of 5 rating
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Chelsea L. Sent on 07/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding service

Emily is a very talented lady, she created such a magical atmosphere for our wedding ceremony in church.
All the guests commented on how beautiful she played. Emily communicated with me every step of the way,she even asked what colour the groomsmen and bridesmaids were so she could colour coordinate! I would definately recommend Emily if your wanting an extra special moment. Thankyou so much 💓
Leah Sent on 03/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Not a dry eye during our ceremony

I reached out to Emily a year before our ceremony for an initial quote and I am SO glad we booked her. The wedding would not have been the same without her, there wasn’t a dry eye during our ceremony (she even had all the groomsmen crying). So easy to communicate with and would recommend her to anyone! Thank you so much Emily, you made it even more magical! X
Nicola C. Sent on 23/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Yorkshire Violinist

From the first time getting in touch with Emily she was always so helpful,professional and happy to advise/help with ideas for the music for our wedding. I couldn't decide on a couple of songs so she helped with this and provided us with a huge repertoire list which blew us away.

I loved the fact she let the groom choose a song just for him (Stone Roses - I wanna be adored) and that's the song I have remembered since just before my entrance. My twin boys have since listened to this track a lot!

I heard the music whilst I was getting ready in the bridal suite and the photographer and make up artist noted how amazing Emily sounded. My make up artist said it gave her goose bumps.

I can't honestly recommend the YV enough,such a lovely,approachable and hugely talented artist and Emily really gave our wedding the wow factor. If money was no object I would have hired her for the full day as we both could have happily listened all day.

Don't hesitate to book,you won't regret it.

Nicky and Steve Harrison

Rebecca W. Sent on 13/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Great communication and beautiful music

I met Emily at the Victoria Hall wedding fair around Christmas 2022. My fiancé had expressed how he wanted live music for our ceremony so I spent some time talking to Emily on the day to find out about the packages. Emily was great at getting back to me before booking with any questions I had and in the end we booked a Gold Trio package.

Together with Emily, we were able to create a beautiful, personalised ceremony playlist which combined my love of Taylor Swift with Ryan's love of Lord of the Rings, to our shared appreciation of Star Wars and Tarantino music.

I will never forget hearing the strings as I walked down the aisle, it was perfect.

Our guests loved the music and it provided a wonderful backdrop to our drinks reception. One of our youngest guests enjoyed the trio's performance of 'Baby Shark' just before the wedding breakfast which was so lovely to see.

Thank you to the string trio for creating such beautiful music for our day. We can't thank you enough.
Leanne M. Sent on 29/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Overwhelmingly beautiful

Where to start… Emily has been amazing from start to finish, communicating was prompt and easy. We booked Emily for ceremony and reception drinks; On the day, my now Husband was rather emotional when listening to Emily play whilst waiting for me to walk down the aisle, such a stunning choice in music had complimented our requests so well. During the reception drinks the sound of the violin was amazing, we had so many compliments from our guests as to how good the song choices were and how beautifully they were played. My only wish is that we could have stood and simply listened to you play, but in the wedding day business we simply didn’t get time. Overall just wanted to say a big thank you, you were honestly incredible, we are so grateful.
Victoria W. Sent on 04/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Emily & David Navis - The Venue, Barkisland

From start to finish Emily was amazing.......the second we heard her start playing the tears started to daughter's walk in music was Million Dreams from The Greatest was perfect.
Ross L. Sent on 06/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent and really professional. I would highly recommend

I was a little nervous when I booked Emily to play at our wedding as I'd not heard her play before so it was a little bit of a gamble.

What can I say, the gamble really did pay off. Emily was extremely professional, not just on the day but in the lead up to the wedding aswell. She was in contact with me regularly and provided us with a huge playlist and even offered to play songs that weren't on the list. She even asked what the colour scheme was so she could dress for the occasion!

Emily is a really talented violinist and it went down really well at our wedding with many commenting on how lovely it was.

I would highly recommend her to anybody!

Reshma C. Sent on 09/05/2024
1 out of 5 rating

Awful and a complete disappointment

Made her own error on her contracts and invoices (months before the event on booking - more than 6 months!) then just before our event blamed us, forced us to pay for her error. We ended up having to pay extra on top of the stress the week of our wedding events beginning and THEN AFTER THIS .... she decided to withdraw leaving us high and dry. Significant amount of anxiety with an absolute lack of care about the distress caused by her. Would not trust or recommend at all! Horrible experience and absolutely shattering for us, particularly when this was a surprise for my mum who was admitted the same week into hospital. No sense of remorse or reflection on how she has made us feel, ESPECIALLY the impact and toll on us. DEVASTATED!
Peter D. Sent on 29/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding violinist

Thank you for attending our daughter Hayley's wedding to Jordon at the Shropshire - you are amazing. You performed wonderfully throughout the day and ook time out with our own budding violinist and gave her confidence to perform alongside you
The tears flowed when you started to play her wedding song and she started the journey down the aisle. Bride, groom, flower girl, guests all teary - so amazing and wonderful
Thank you for making the day so special for not only the bride, groom and guests but the budding violinist in our flower girl who was so mesmerized by you are your performing....5 stars from us.... recommended...
Sophie C. Sent on 07/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic communication and the best atmosphere

From the beginning Emily was amazing, from submitting our initial enquiry she responded promptly and did so ever since! Emily and colleagues played during our reception drinks, guests loved the music and it created the perfect backdrop/atmosphere!

We cannot thank you enough for helping make our wedding day so perfect and everything we'd imagined. I would highly recommend Emily!!

Kim A. Sent on 13/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful atmospheric violinist

Emily was a wonderful supplier to work with; she communicated with us efficiently and made our wedding at Askham Hall in Penrith more personal and created a beautiful, joyful atmosphere with her music.
Kylie P. Sent on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Truly magical

We are so glad we booked Emily, she made the ceremony so magical and we received so many lovely comments throughout the day about her performance.
Emily was responsive to messages prior to the wedding, was friendly and very professional on the day.
Katie B. Sent on 25/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning performance

Emily played at our wedding ceremony and drinks reception and we felt so lucky that she was a part of our wedding. She played beautifully and I could not fault her if I tried. She was so professional and also so friendly, from booking to the wedding day she was always happy to help.
We had so many guests commenting about how amazing she was.
I would highly recommend,
Thank you so much!
Victoria W. Sent on 31/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Victoria & Mathieu

I cannot recommend Emily enough. Super personable, she built up a really nice rapport with us putting us at ease through the whole process. Emily helped us pick pieces that complemented each other when we didn’t know what to pick, was up for having some fun when we said we needed to switch from traditional to upbeat funky to accommodate out adult Flowerboy throwing petals at our guests and Groom during the entrance before our ceremony. Nothing was too much trouble. Emily provided a beautiful musical backdrop to our day entertaining our guests through our drinks reception and wedding breakfast as well. We received lots of lovely comments from our guests. We are so glad we booked her
Vikki T. Sent on 30/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

fantastic accompniment to our special day

I looked at several musicians whilst planning our wedding. Emily was quick to respond and very friendly. Throughout our contact including tutoring my fiance to play the piano down the isle which was fantastic, Elily has been a star. So supportive and helpful with any (and there were many) questions, suggestiins and going over and above to find links and ideas for us throughout as our wedding was not your typical one. On the day again we could not fauly her and her husband. They played faultless and again above and beyond to the point they were mentioned by the grooms father in the speach at our wedding breakfast. We were thrilled by our experience of them and are so glad they played for us on our special day
Highly reccomended - Thank you so much
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