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

Career highlights: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Fever London, Hackney Colliery Band

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

  • violist
  • violinist
  • baroque viola
  • mandolin
  • arranger
  • fixer
  • acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
  • orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
  • dep work
  • musical theatre / opera pit bands
  • weddings / functions / etc.
  • screen work (miming or live audiovisual recording)
  • pick-up bands
  • solo performances
  • recording sessions
  • remote recording
  • all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), baroque, musical theatre, folk (including ceilidhs), jazz (including gypsy jazz / jazz manouche), country, 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-prog-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 on my Facebook page, 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; or you can order remote recording through Fiverr.

Donations / tips in the light of any of my music-related activities are always gratefully received via, or any other means!

Upcoming public performances

Friday 28 August; Wednesday 23 September; Wednesday 21 October secret locations revealed only to ticket holders! string quartet playing classic film music
13, 15, 20, 22 August, 6:30pm & 8pm each day Lauderdale House, Highgate N6 5HG Hampstead Garden Opera Holst, Sāvitri
Friday 14 August The Cross Lances, Hounslow Kindred Spirit Duo  
Friday 4 September, 7–9pm The Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden, Henley RG9 6RP Kindred Spirit Duo  
Wednesday 28 October The Stables, Milton Keynes, Stage 2 Zoë Wren trio Co-headline show with Mike Silver
Saturday 12 December The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit  
Saturday 13 February 2021, 1–3pm The Harlington, Fleet Kindred Spirit Fleet Lions Beer Festival
Sunday 16 May 2021 Bordon Masonic Lodge Kindred Spirit Duo and caller Liz Goes barn dance
(not a lodge members’ event!)
Sunday 20 June 2021, 11am–12:15 Sapphire Stage, Cambridge Rock Festival, East of England Showground, Peterborough Kindred Spirit  
Friday 20 August 2021, midday A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Faversham 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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