London Viola Player, Violinist & Arranger For Hire

"An excellent performer that you can’t take your eyes off" - Jamie Goddard, The Zoots

"Martin is a highly talented violin player in all kinds of genres" - Elaine Samuels, Kindred Spirit

"You are my number one top of list right-hand go-to man" - Scutty Lee, The Etiquette Orchestra

I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.

  • violist
  • violinist
  • arranger
  • 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.

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.

I double on mandolin and voice (baritone / choral bass), and can mix and match according to what you want.

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 CVcontact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.
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Upcoming public performances

Sunday 22 July The Longhope Estate, Hampshire Strand Chamber Orchestra opera arias and overtures
Saturday 28 July The Royal British Legion, Ruislip Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 4 August Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet Kindred Spirit
Saturday 4 August Matlock Bath Pirate Mutiny The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 10 August Isle of Wight Kindred Spirit Duo Support slot for Edwina Hayes and Rosalie Deighton
Saturday 11 August, afternoon Oddballs Scooter Rally, Abingdon The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 18 August Landed Festival The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 31 August Off the Tracks The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 8 September The Hartlepool Steampunk Festival, Borough Hall, Hartlepool The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 10 November Exeter Barnfield Theatre Woman in Love: A Celebration of Barbara Streisand
Saturday 17 November HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli Kindred Spirit
Saturday 1 December Ottershaw Social Club Kindred Spirit
Saturday 8 December The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit
Saturday 16 March Ottershaw Social Club Kindred Spirit Duo


3 thoughts on “Home

  1. Thanks Gaz – would never have picked that up without a heads-up, and nice to have it from a fellow Merseysider (even if I moved away long ago). Play on!

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