London Violinist, Viola Player & Arranger For Hire

You can open my current full CV as a PDF. Here are some selected highlights:

Qualifications

I have an ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) performance diploma in viola, and grade 8 ABRSM violin.

Ensembles

I am active with:

  • Kindred Spirit, playing prog-folk-rock originals, folk songs and timeless covers as a five-piece or duo
  • The Filthy Spectacula, a high-energy genre-defying all-originals rock band

I played with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra in their 2015 season.

One-off engagements

In a function band context, I have played fiddle on several occasions with Razzberry Jam and The Duffys (adding to a four-piece line-up for Irish and country material in both cases).

Particularly notable freelance performances include:

  • Leading the Hashtag Opera orchestra for full concert performances of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco
  • Playing viola in the premiere of Philip Sawyers‘ Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani (with the Surrey Mozart Players)
  • Depping on violin with Kent Sinfonia for a concert of Vaughan Williams and for Haydn’s Creation
  • Playing with Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra for Christmas morning service at Lincoln Cathedral (violin) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (viola)
  • Playing first violin in Kandinsky and de Hartmann’s rarely-performed Der Gelbe Klang with Spectra Ensemble at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Rooms
  • Viola in Mendelssohn’s Elijah under Adrian Partington and with principals from the Philharmonia Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square

And many more!

Arranging and musical coordination

Events for which I have been involved in various ways in bringing together arrangements, transcribing for available forces, and coordinating musicians include:

  • ‘#shinyday’: an afternoon of cabaret performances with a rotating cast of singers and eight-piece band, playing about one-third original songs and the remainder jazz and musical theatre numbers, tailored to autism-related sensory hypersensitivity.
  • The one-off performance of The Etiquette Orchestra, a 14-piece group with strings, horns, rhythm section and vocals realising neo-soul material previously only produced via MIDI, at the Not Only Hair awards in Brighton.
  • A live lounge broadcast of original material with band and strings by singer-songwriter Sebastian Vale for BBC Sussex.