London Violinist, Viola Player & 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.


  • violinist
  • violist
  • 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 also joining in with function bands for an extra Irish folk or country feel.

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, voice (baritone / choral bass), and basic bass guitar, guitars, keys or percussion, 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.

Upcoming public performances

Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 October Michael Frayn Theatre, Kingston KT2 6PY Mayhem Theatre Company West Side Story
Tuesday 31 October Abney Park Cemetery The Winter Quartet Halloween-themed string quartet concert
Saturday 4 November Ottershaw Social Club Kindred Spirit
Friday 10 November The New Cross Inn, SE14 6AS The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 11 November Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading Kindred Spirit
Saturday 18 November St Mary’s, South Woodford La Folie Virtuoso Baroque music for strings and oboe
Saturday 25 November The Black Horse, Binsted Kindred Spirit

2 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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