London Viola Player, Violinist & 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 a member of:

  • Miracle Cure, a wedding band spanning all your favourite covers plus Irish ballads, drinking songs, jigs and reels!
  • Kindred Spirit, playing prog-folk-rock originals, folk songs and timeless covers as a five-piece full band or a duo
  • The Mechanics, a go-anywhere acoustic roaming trio available for weddings, functions etc.
  • Finezza Strings, available as anything from a duo to an octet to provide scintillating music for your wedding / function / event
  • Caravan Circus, a swing / jazz manouche quintet giving an updated attitude and edge to the genre
  • The Winter Quartet, supplying flexible and alternative string quartet music for any event

I play frequently with Baroque consort La Folie (including their forthcoming first album as well as concert performances) and with ambient-chamber music crossover project Dream Logic.

One-off engagements

In a function band context, I have played fiddle on several occasions with Razzberry Jam and The Duffys, and depped on mandolin and fiddle with Pogue Traders, the UK’s leading Pogues tribute band.

Particularly notable freelance performances include:

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:

  • Tealeaf ProductionsRequiems: Songs of Death, a multimedia performance involving music and bespoke projection, for which I arranged several arias and other pieces for soprano and string quartet (and played viola)
  • ‘#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 first live 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.