As heard on/at: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Secret London
I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.
- baroque viola
- voice / other instruments
- acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
- orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
- dep work
- pit bands
- weddings / functions / etc.
- screen work (miming or live audiovisual recording)
- freestyling (electric violin) over DJs / club music
- pick-up bands
- recording sessions
- all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), baroque, musical theatre, folk (including ceilidhs), jazz (including gypsy jazz / jazz manouche), 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.
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 CV, contact details and more. Please get in touch to discuss any potential jobs – reasonable rates assured.
My availability can be checked and inquiries made through MAS or directly.
Upcoming public performances
|Saturday 7 March, 6pm||St Margaret’s church, Blackheath||Harmony Sinfonia, Indira Grier cello||Beethoven, Leonora overture no.3
Elgar, Cello Concerto
Sibelius, Symphony no.2
|Saturday 14 March||Streatham Vale Sports and Social Club||Kindred Spirit Duo||St Patrick’s night|
|Tuesday 17 March||Northfields||Razzberry Jam||St Patrick’s night|
|Sunday 5 April, 6pm||St Margaret’s church, Blackheath||St Margaret’s choir plus chamber orchestra||Mozart, Requiem
Schubert, Stabat Mater
|Friday 10 April||The Old Hat, Ealing||The 145s|
|Friday 24 April||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Saturday 2 May||Stage 2, The Stables, Milton Keynes||Zoë Wren trio (co-headline with Mike Silver)|
|Saturday 9 May||The Old Hat, Ealing||The 145s|
|Sunday 21 June, midday||Cambridge Rock Festival, Sapphire Stage||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 1 August, 1–3pm||Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington||Kindred Spirit|
|Friday 14 August||The Cross Lances, Hounslow||Kindred Spirit Duo|
|Friday 28 August||A New Day Festival||Kindred Spirit|
|Saturday 12 December||The Belle Vue, High Wycombe||Kindred Spirit|