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


Friday 23 March The Exchange Arts Centre, Twickenham Kindred Spirit
Saturday 24 March St Peter’s Church, Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX Spelthorne Choral Society & Ashford Baroque Ensemble Haydn ‘Nelson’ Mass, D’Astorga Stabat Mater
11-14 April The Hexagon, Reading  Reading Operatic Society My Fair Lady
17-21 April Epsom Playhouse  Epsom Light Opera Company Calamity Jane
Saturday 21 April, 11a.m. Surrey Food Festival, Richmond Old Deer Park Kindred Spirit Duo
Sunday 22 April Louth Louth Choral Society & Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine, Massenet Ave Maria, Howells By the Waters, Bizet Agnus Dei, Fauré Requiem
Saturday 12 May afternoon Richmond May Fair Kindred Spirit
Saturday 12 May, 19:30 Into the Woods: A Pirate’s Ball
Holly Hill Woods, Thorington, Suffolk
The Filthy Spectacula Another fantastic event from the Maui Waui team
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
Sunday 27 May Crewe Steampunk Convention The Filthy Spectacula
Monday 28 May HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay on Wye The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 8 June The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit
Saturday 16 June The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon, Staines Kindred Spirit Duo
Friday 29 June Binfield Club, Forest Road, Binfield RG42 4DU Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 14 July Northstar Rising, Moor House Adventure Centre, Durham The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 28 July The Royal British Legion, Ruislip Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 4 August Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet Kindred Spirit
Friday 10 August Isle of Wight Kindred Spirit Duo  Support slot for Edwina Hayes and Rosalie Deighton
Saturday 18 August Landed Festival The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 8 September The Hartlepool Steampunk Festival, Borough Hall, Hartlepool The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 28 September, 12:30 Chelmsford Cathedral viola recital
Saturday 17 November HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli Kindred Spirit
Saturday 8 December The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit

3 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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