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

As heard on/at: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Bearded Theory, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields

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

  • violist
  • violinist
  • baroque viola
  • arranger
  • mandolin / voice / other instruments
  • acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
  • orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
  • dep work
  • pit bands
  • weddings / functions / etc.
  • screen work (miming or live audiovisual recording)
  • freestyling (electric violin) over DJs / club music
  • pick-up bands
  • recording sessions
  • all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), baroque, musical theatre, folk, jazz (including gypsy jazz / jazz manouche), 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 covers / Irish function band
a roaming acoustic wedding / function trio
a covers and folk duo
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 CVcontact 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.
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Upcoming public performances

Saturday 30 November Ottershaw Social Club Kindred Spirit  
Saturday 14 December Grignon Hall, Felsted Felsted Choral Society Finzi In terra pax
Berlioz L’enfance du Christ (excerpts)
Cornelius Weihnachslieder
audience carols
Sunday 15 December, 5pm & 7:30pm Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill Modern Christmas classics with an orchestral twist Fever x Secret London
Saturday 21 December The Cross Lances, Hounslow Kindred Spirit  
Thursday 9 January, 7:30 Fidelio, 91-95 Clerkenwell Road, Holborn EC1R 5BX viola and piano recital with Jo Giovani to include
Bridge Two Pieces
Hindemith Meditation
Shostakovich Impromptu
Piston Interlude
and the premiere of my own sonata
Friday 7 February, lunchtime St George’s Church, Beckenham viola and cello recital with Felicity Cliffe  
Saturday 14 March Streatham Vale Sports and Social Club Kindred Spirit Duo St Patrick’s night
Saturday 1 August, 1–3pm Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington Kindred Spirit  

5 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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