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

Saturday 12 August, 8:30 The Wishing Well, Reading Kindred Spirit Duo
Sunday 13 August, 1:00 The Village, Guildford Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 19 August The Yellow Book, Brighton The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 25 August Maui Waui Festival, Flavour Parlour Stage The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 26 August, 12:00 A New Day Festival Kindred Spirit
Saturday 26 August, 7:30 Asylum Steampunk Festival, Punkus Steerage Ball The Filthy Spectacula
Wednesday 30 August, 12:30 Christ Church URC, Chelmsford Lunchtime duo recital (viola) with piano

NB I don’t include busking in this – for that, you’ll just have to find me where and when you can …

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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