Harpist Janet King

Harpist Janet King

The most beautiful instrument in the world... New York's acclaimed wedding harpist

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Instruments: Cello, Flute, Harp, Trumpet, Violin
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  • Quality of Service: 5.0
  • Responsiveness: 5.0
  • Professionalism: 5.0
  • Value: 5.0
  • Flexibility: 5.0

Janet did a wonderful job for our ceremony. We asked her to do a traditional Jewish wedding song (Dodi Li) for the processional, which we thought would have been cheesy if we used a DJ. This song sounded beautiful on the harp. When my wife came down the isle, Janet played Canon in D beautifully and for the recessional she was able to play an upbeat version of Siman Tov Mazel Tov. Janet was great to work with and also played these songs for us over the phone. Highly Recommended!

  • Wedding: 08/04/2013
Services Used: Ceremony Music
5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service: 5.0
  • Responsiveness: 5.0
  • Professionalism: 5.0
  • Value: 5.0
  • Flexibility: 5.0

Janet King plays the harp like an angel. She coordinating several Irish songs for my daughter's wedding, and played them to perfection. She can play a wide variety of songs, and is willing to do all requests. Her music was a lovely addition to the ceremony, and I would hightly recommend her! It was an outdoor ceremony in a garden, followed by an indoor cocktail hour before the reception. A hot NY evening, one of the hottest in the summer of 2013, and she never complained once!

  • Wedding: 07/19/2013
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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  • Quality of Service: 5.0
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We were so happy that Janet King was available for our wedding. She is an exceptional Harpist! Our music at Church was enhanced because of her. She played beautifully with our organist and our vocalist. We booked her early as we know how popular she is. If you want an elegant element to your wedding, call Janet. She will work with you and your other musicians in total harmony!!

  • Wedding: 07/06/2012
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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  • Quality of Service: 5.0
  • Responsiveness: 4.5
  • Professionalism: 5.0
  • Value: 4.5
  • Flexibility: 4.5

She is fantastic. She handled my special requests and her harp is stunning. A true professional! You won't be disappointed.

  • Wedding: 04/18/2010
Services Used: Ceremony Music
4.4/5.0
  • Quality of Service: 5.0
  • Responsiveness: 4.0
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  • Value: 5.0
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Janet's Music was amazing I was very happy with the music, her music was beautiful and the guest really enjoyed it she was on time, did her job and the music was beautiful which is most important!!! I always wanted a harp at my wedding and it was just right!!!!

  • Wedding: 06/01/2013
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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  • Quality of Service: 3.5
  • Responsiveness: 4.0
  • Professionalism: 0.0
  • Value: 2.5
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Janet is a very talented musician and her music is extremely elegant...Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Janet herself.

As my groom and I were preparing to make our grand exit -- and our guests were waiting on the church steps with rose petals and streamers in hand -- Janet stepped in front of us (in full view of all of our waiting guests), introduced herself, and asked to be paid on the spot. When I explained to her that the payment was in the limo (obviously I did not have my wallet ON me in the church), but she would not budge. She stood there in front of us until we paid her. Thankfully my groom had cash on him!

Janet had absolutely no reason to feel the need to literally chase us for payment when we sent her our deposit as soon as we booked with her and we planned to pay her as soon as we had a chance to get to the limo directly outside the church.

I was absolutely shocked and horrified by her behavior and unfortunately for me, the moment is memorialized in all of the pictures that my photographer took of us at the exit of the church.
I can't possibly recommend Janet to other brides -- despite her talent -- because I wouldn't wish that kind of mortification on any other bride.

It was the most unprofessional, tacky, and classless behavior I have ever witnessed from a wedding vendor - I'm so sorry that I witnessed it from one of my own.

Harpist Janet King responded with the following comments:

Hi Katie, and to Wedding Wire readers. How strange to put this issue before the court of public opinion. I agree, I don’t wish mortification for any bride, and I’m sorry to read that Katie felt that way. I didn't know!

In my memory, our exchange regarding payment was very quickly concluded, and no big deal. Here's what happened, as I recall it:

The ceremony was long over, I had packed up my equipment, and still no one had approached me with final payment. So I had no choice but to approach Katie, the bride, who was having her receiving line. I waited until the very last guest had passed through, and then I introduced myself. Katie said that my final payment was sitting in the limo, but clearly it was likely to take a long time for her to get to it -- she had to make her Grand Exit, pass through a throng of well-wishers, pose for photographs, etc. I was going into overtime just to get paid. (I didn't say that out loud, but that was the situation.)

So I asked if there was anyone else who could take care of it, like one of her bridal attendants (seems like it's their job to take care of such oversights, right?). At this point, her groom stepped aside, pulled out his wallet, and paid me from his available cash, and it was over. No scene, no raised voices, no grandstanding. (If the photographer was taking pictures of his bride while she was dealing with one of her vendors, that seems like poor judgement, to me.)

Katie's review reminds me that some people are easily offended when dealing with money, and it makes me wonder how I can be more sensitive about how I handle it with them. For my part, if something is overlooked, I'm generally pretty sympathetic -- I realize that it’s an exciting, singular day for a bride, and I can't recall ever feeling like a bride is a "bridezilla." But the problem with seeking an overlooked payment after a wedding ceremony is that you can’t really do it in a quiet secluded corner -- the curtain is up, the show is on, the bride is in the spotlight.

I try to avoid such awkwardness by having a reconfirmation talk with the bride the week before, in which I ask “who will be handling final payment?” and I strongly suggest that it NOT be someone who is getting married that day. If I know in advance whom to approach for payment, I can avoid bothering the bride, which I'd vastly prefer. Prepayment is always an option, too.

And actually, I did an above-and-beyond job for you, Katie, because your organist never showed up. Did you notice? I had to cover the organist's part, including music that I didn't even know, at the very last minute. (Your ceremony was a little late because we'd waited for the organist to show, right?) The singer kept apologizing for putting me on the spot -- she was throwing me bits of sheet music to read that I'd never seen before, that weren't well-suited for the harp -- but I had fun and thought we did a great job. Like pros! Do I get an extra brownie point for that?

Janet

  • Wedding: 05/19/2012
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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