About les magee


northern ireland’s best known wedding harpist

Northern Ireland’s best known wedding harpist is a double music graduate from University of Ulster. Les has spent much of her life working as a freelance pianist and harpist, and has studied singing under the direction of Gwen Liddle (WNO), Rebecca Caine (London) and Robert Bicknell (LCM) and piano under the late Bertram Jones and William Young.

She has performed extensively abroad, on cruise liners and in London. Some of the vessels include Fred. Olsen, Discovery, Orient Lines, and Page and Moy Cruises. Venues in London include The Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, Holy Trinity , Sloane Square, The Westbury, Bond Street and Sofitel St James, Pall Mall. She has performed before some of Britain’s best loved celebrities… Sir Norman Wisdom, Bear Grylls, John Craven, Michael Fish, Dora Brian and Hugh Lloyd to name a few.

She continues her performing at weddings in Northern Ireland and London on a gorgeous 6 foot tall ebony concert harp. She counts herself lucky to have received excellent tuition from Hazel Drummond, one of Ireland’s leading concert harpists and a past pupil of Derek Bell.

Galgorm Resort and Spa, Drenagh House Estate, Belfast Castle, Hillsborough Castle, The Merchant Hotel, Clandeboye Lodge, Culloden Estate, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, St Anne’s Cathedral, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, The Stormont Hotel, The Belfast Harbour Commission, Belfast City Hall, Dunadry Hotel and Country Club, Ballygally Castle Hotel, The Lodge Hotel, The Royal Court Hotel, Bushtown House Hotel, Mussenden Temple, Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, The Causeway Hotel, The Belfray Country Inn, Radisson Roe Park Hotel and Spa, City Hotel Derry, Waterfoot Hotel, St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, An Grianin Hotel, The Red Door Country House, Innishowen Gateway Hotel, Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa, Harveys Point Hotel, Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Knightsbrook Hotel Spa and Golf Resort, Manor House Country Hotel, The Westville Hotel, Lough Erne Resort, Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges, The Silver Birch Hotel, The Glenavon Hotel, Tullylagan House Hotel, Greenvale Hotel, Lissan House, Lusty Beg Island Hotel, Slieve Russell Hotel, Brownlow House, Parkanaur Manor, Ballyscullion Park, Tullyglass House Hotel, Leighinmohr House Hotel, Galgorm Castle, The Ivory Pavilion, Cultra Manor, Holywood Golf Club, Malone House Belfast, Titanic Museum, Titanic Hotel, Lissanoure Castle, Kilronan Castle, Ramada Plaza, Loughshore Hotel, Wellington Park Hotel, Park Avenue Hotel, Castle Leslie Estate, Corick House Hotel and Spa, House of Frazer, Villa Rose Hotel, Jacksons Hotel, Kees Hotel, Station House Hotel, Raddison Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Rockhill House Estate, Castle Upton Estate, Silver Tassie Hotel, The Abbey Hotel, Donegal, The Central Hotel, Donegal, Redcastle Hotel, Clanree Hotel, Castle Grove Country House Hotel, An Chuirt Hotel, Gweedore, Castle Grove Country House Hotel, Mount Errigal Hotel, Rathmullan House, The Moon Garden, Drenagh Country House.

St Patrick’s Church, Coleraine, St Malachy’s, Coleraine, Star of the Sea, Portstewart, Drumreagh Presbyterian Church, First Ballymoney Presbyterian, St James’s Presbyterian, Ballymoney, St Eugene’s Cathedral, St Marys Church, Creggan, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane, St Patricks Church, lifford, St Columbs, Burt Chapel, Clar Church, Donegal, Portstewart Presbyterian, St John’s Church, Coleraine, St Mary’s Church, Limavady, St George’s Church, Belfast, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Dunmurray, The Good Shepherd, Belfast, St Brigids Church, Malone, Lislooney Methodist Church, Lislonney Presbyterian Church

St Paul’s Cathedral, The House of Commons, The House of Lords, The Dorchester Hotel, Sofitel St James, Pall Mall, Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, Peter Jones, Sloane Square,  St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, The Haven, Fulham, The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Westminster, All Saints Church, Fulham, The Bloomsbury Hotel, British Red Cross, Buckingham Palace Rd, British Red Cross, Chelsea, Old Chelsea Town Hall.


such a versatile performer

As a very versatile musician Les can also offer a service of wedding PIANIST, wedding ORGANIST and wedding VOCALIST if required.

wedding ceremony music

Regardless of ceremony type… Civil, Church or Chapel… Les will be able to advise you on the instrumental and vocal music/ hymns which will work best for your particular day. She can offer…..

HARP/PIANIST/ORGANIST/VOCALIST at an all inclusive price for ceremony, drinks reception and dinner combined or separately
Leaving you free of the agony of searching for a suitable organist or vocalist.

Les is an accomplished classical pianist/organist, receiving an ALCM in piano performance whilst still at school. Her repertoire spans classical, jazz, folk, showtunes and pop. She also sings with piano and this has prooved very popular for drinks receptions.

CEREMONY PERFORMANCE TIME: 45m-1hr harp recital as all guests arrive, ceremony 1 hr+, including exit of all guests.

drinks reception

The harp sets a wonderful ambiance of relaxation at the drinks reception without being intrusive and allowing friends to chat freely.

If the hotel has a piano available this can also be used and is included in the cost. Singing can also be included at this stage and sets include pops right up to today’s charts and the ever popular swing songs too! Choose from harp, piano, singing.

PERFORMANCE TIME 3hrs+ Music never finishes until guests have been received and seated at dinner.

Repertoire for drinks music is huge…spanning from Irish to showtunes, jazz and tv themes to a wide spectrum on pops from the oldies right up to most of today’s chart music. That way you have music to please all range of guests present!

dinner and after 

Beautiful music for your guests during dinner, which lasts 2-3 hours until dessert is being served. Choose from harp, piano, singing.

Occasionally at more intimate weddings, I perform after-dinner music. This can simply be Solo Harp or if the venue has a Piano, I offer some Pop and Swing with Vocals. It sets a very relaxed ambiance in Venues like Drenagh Estate House, where we have even been known to have a little sing-along with your guests.