1st Communion Celebration at Hogarth’s Solihull

To celebrate Dillion’s First Holy Communion the family held a festive dinner at Hogarth’s in Solihull accompanied by traditional Irish and popular harp music. 

Months earlier, Dillon’s father, Steve, bid on an auction item at Northfield Conservative candidate Rachel Maclean’s fundraiser, winning 1 hour of harp music by Michelle Dalton for an event of his choice.

When planning first holy communion celebrations for their son, Steve and his wife called to talk through their plans and determine if harp music would be appropriate.  We had a lovely conversation about all their festive plans, and the type of music they wanted to set the tone.

In the end, 7 year old Dillon provided me with their choices of music, including:

Classical pieces: Fur Elise, Ave Maria, Canon in D

Irish tunes: Gallway Bay, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra, Graih Foalsey

Popular pieces: A Whole New World, It’s Now or Never, All of Me, The Godfather and Wind Beneath My Wings

The celebration was so much fun – ending with Dillon and his brother singing along with the harp to Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Amazing Grace.

“Michelle is not only a wonderful musician but also a fantastic entertainer – she engaged directly with many enthusiastic children at our event – so much so that she eventually became surrounded by budding singers. Ever the professional she gave them her complete attention without missing a note.”

Thank you to the O’Connor family for letting me be a part of your special day.Event harpist


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"Everyone was very much impressed with the music, especially as it was the first time many of them had seen a live harpist." Officer Patrick Mulligan
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