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.
- baroque viola
- ensemble leader
- 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:
my own flexible function / event / chamber ensemble
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, my CV, contact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.
Donations / tips in the light of any of my music-related activities are always gratefully received via paypal.me/martinashmusic, or any other means!
Upcoming public performances
|Wednesday 23 September||Southwark Cathedral||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Classic film soundtracks: https://feverup.com/m/85972|
|Wednesday 21 October||Secret location to be revealed!||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Classic film soundtracks: https://feverup.com/m/85972|
|Saturday 26 September||a boat cruise on the Thames||Flux Ensemble (as a string quartet)||Chopin: https://feverup.com/m/90521|
|Saturday 24 October||Secret location to be revealed!||Flux Ensemble pocket orchestra plus vocalist Lauren Lucille||Classic house and techno tracks, orchestrated: https://feverup.com/m/83152|
|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|