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

As heard on/at: BBC Radio 4, ITV News, HRH Prog, Sofar Sounds, The Great Escape, Bearded Theory, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square

I’m Martin Ash, a freelance professional musician based in London, UK.

  • violist
  • violinist
  • arranger
  • mandolin / voice / other instruments
  • acoustic and electric (inc. wireless)
  • orchestral (inc. choral) concerts and bumping amateur sections
  • dep work
  • pit bands
  • weddings / functions / etc.
  • freestyling (electric violin) over DJs / club music
  • pick-up bands
  • recording sessions
  • all styles: classical (orchestral, chamber, etc.), musical theatre, folk, 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.

Besides one-off freelance work and some solo performing, I am also active with:
a covers / Irish function band
a roaming acoustic wedding / function trio
a covers and folk duo
a folk-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 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.

My availability can be checked and inquiries made through MAS or directly.
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Upcoming public performances

Tuesday 25 June St Andrew’s Holborn Fidelio Orchestra Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet part 2 sc 1
Wagner, Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Strauss, Tod und Verklärung
Friday 5 July The Ailsa Tavern, Twickenham Kindred Spirit Duo  
Saturday 3 August, 1–3pm Fleet Lions Beer Festival, The Harlington, Fleet Kindred Spirit  
Sunday 11 August, 3–5pm Music in the Meadows, Farnham Kindred Spirit  
Friday 23 August, 2–2:30 The Busk Stop, CarFest South, Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire solo (extension of my busking act)
Friday 30 August The Cross Lances, Hounslow Kindred Spirit Duo  
Sunday 1 September, 4:30pm Wight Proms, Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight Wight Proms Festival Orchestra with Lesley Garrett Last Night of the Proms concert
Saturday 21 December The Cross Lances, Hounslow Kindred Spirit  

4 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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