I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.
- mandolin / voice / other instruments
- dep work
- pit bands
- weddings / functions / etc.
- pick-up bands
- recording sessions
- all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), musical theatre, folk, jazz, country, bluegrass, blues, pop/rock/singer-songwriter, etc.
- fluent sightreader and improviser, confident working from chords, playing by ear and writing my own parts
I have ample experience playing on minimal rehearsal (particularly in orchestras and function / wedding string quartets), and joining in with function bands for an extra Irish folk or country feel, and studio recording, including overdubbing and multitracking.
Besides one-off freelance work and some solo performing, I am also active with:
a roaming acoustic wedding / function trio
a covers and folk duo
a wedding / function and concert string ensemble
a gypsy jazz band
a folk-rock originals band
I’m also able to produce / transcribe written parts and master scores from MIDI files (anything from a solo instrument up to full orchestra!), while arranging / orchestrating for live instruments and players, and the forces you actually have available even if they’re not the same as the tracks on your demo recording, in the same process.
Elsewhere on the site and my Soundcloud page and Youtube channel, you can find samples of my work as a performer and arranger, testimonials, my CV, contact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.
My availability can be checked and inquiries made through MAS or directly.
Upcoming public performances
|Saturday 17 November||HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 24 November, 6pm||St Margaret’s Church, Blackheath||Harmony Sinfonia||Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no.2
Shostakovich, Symphony no.9
|Sunday 25 November||Holy Cross Church, Felsted||Felsted Choral Society||Fauré, Requiem
Dyson, Four Songs for Sailors
|Saturday 1 December||Ottershaw Social Club||Kindred Spirit|
|Sunday 2 December, 6:30pm||St Philip’s Church, Norbury||St Bart’s Orchestra||Rossini, Italian Girl in Algiers overture
Mozart, Oboe Concerto
Mendelssohn, Symphony no.1
|Saturday 8 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|
|Sunday 9 December, 4pm||St Barnabas’ Church, Beckenham||South East London Orchestra||Anderson, A Christmas Festival
Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite no.1
Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden Suite
Hely-Hutchinson, A Carol Symphony
Anderson, Sleigh Ride
Arnold, Holly and the Ivy
|Friday 21 December||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 26 January||Towngate Theatre, Basildon||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 16 February||Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 1 March||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Wednesday 6 March||Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 9 March||Ruislip Royal British Legion||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 16 March||Ottershaw Social Club||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 23 March||King’s Hall, Herne Bay||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Sunday 31 March||Theatre Royal, Windsor||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 5 April||Regal Theatre, Redruth||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 13 April||Camberley Theatre||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 26 April||Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Sunday 5 May||Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 17 May||King’s Hall, Herne Bay||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Friday 21 June||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|
|23–25 August||The Busk Stop, CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire||solo||(extension of my busking act)|
|Friday 30 August||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Friday 20 September||Penistone Paramount||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 5 October||Grimsby Auditorium||Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbra Streisand|
|Saturday 21 December||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit|