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 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.

Upcoming public performances

Saturday 16 December King’s College London Chapel Scherzo Ensemble Berlioz, L’enfance du Christ
Sunday 31 December Basingstoke Irish Club Kindred Spirit Duo
Friday 26 January Jamboree, Limehouse The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 3 February Chichester, venue tbc La Folie New music in Baroque style and orchestration!
Saturday 17 February The Music Mill, Plumstead The Filthy Spectacula
Thursday 15 March Claygate Festival Kindred Spirit Duo Originals set supporting Gryphon
Friday 16 March The Ash Tree, Ashford, Surrey Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 17 March The Swan Inn, Isleworth Kindred Spirit Duo  St Patrick’s night
Saturday 14 April Chichester, venue tbc La Folie German Baroque music, including Telemann viola concerto and Bach Brandenburg concerto no. 6
Saturday 19 May Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry  The Filthy Spectacula Headlining the evening entertainment at Coventry’s annual steampunk convention
Saturday 26 May Ink & Oil, National Hot Rod & Custom Show, Peterborough Arena The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 8 June The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit
Saturday 16 June The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon, Staines Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 4 August Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet Kindred Spirit
Saturday 8 December The Belle Vue, High Wycombe 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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