London Viola Player, Violinist & 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.

  • violist
  • violinist
  • 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.
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Upcoming public performances

Saturday 16 June The Wheatsheaf and Pigeon, Staines Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 23 June St Stephen’s Church, Bush Hill Park, EN1 2EU Enfield Choral  Society Mendelssohn Elijah
Saturday 24 June, 2-3pm Fleet Food Festival Kindred Spirit
Friday 29 June Binfield Club, Forest Road, Binfield RG42 4DU Kindred Spirit Duo
Saturday 30 June Wellington College, Crowthorne Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra Stravinsky Petrushka suite, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon Overture
Thursday 5 July The Oddfellows Arms, Apsley The Filthy Spectacula
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
Saturday 4 August Matlock Bath Pirate Mutiny The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 10 August Isle of Wight Kindred Spirit Duo Support slot for Edwina Hayes and Rosalie Deighton
Saturday 11 August, afternoon Oddballs Scooter Rally, Abingdon The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 18 August Landed Festival The Filthy Spectacula
Friday 31 August Off the Tracks The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 8 September The Hartlepool Steampunk Festival, Borough Hall, Hartlepool The Filthy Spectacula
Saturday 17 November HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli Kindred Spirit
Saturday 1 December Ottershaw Social Club Kindred Spirit
Saturday 8 December The Belle Vue, High Wycombe Kindred Spirit
Saturday 16 March Ottershaw Social Club Kindred Spirit Duo


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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