London Viola Player, Violinist & Arranger For Hire

You can open my current full CV as a PDF. Here are some selected highlights:

Qualifications

I have an ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) performance diploma in viola, and grade 8 ABRSM violin.

Ensembles

I am a member of:

  • Kindred Spirit, playing prog-folk-rock originals, folk songs and timeless covers as a five-piece full band or a duo
  • The Mechanics, a go-anywhere acoustic roaming trio available for weddings, functions etc.
  • Finezza Strings, available as anything from a duo to an octet to provide scintillating music for your wedding / function / event
  • Caravan Circus, a swing / jazz manouche quintet giving an updated attitude and edge to the genre
  • The Winter Quartet, supplying flexible and alternative string quartet music for any event

I play frequently with Baroque consort La Folie (including their forthcoming first album as well as concert performances) and with ambient-chamber music crossover project Dream Logic.

On violin, I am part of the onstage live combo for touring theatre show Woman in Love: A Barbra Streisand Celebration.

One-off engagements

In a function band context, I have played fiddle on several occasions with Razzberry Jam and The Duffys (adding to a four-piece line-up for Irish and country material in both cases), and depped on mandolin and fiddle with Pogue Traders, the UK’s leading Pogues tribute band.

Particularly notable freelance performances include:

And many more!

Arranging and musical coordination

Events for which I have been involved in various ways in bringing together arrangements, transcribing for available forces, and coordinating musicians include:

  • Tealeaf ProductionsRequiems: Songs of Death, a multimedia performance involving music and bespoke projection, for which I arranged several arias and other pieces for soprano and string quartet (and played viola)
  • ‘#shinyday’: an afternoon of cabaret performances with a rotating cast of singers and eight-piece band, playing about one-third original songs and the remainder jazz and musical theatre numbers, tailored to autism-related sensory hypersensitivity.
  • The one-off performance of The Etiquette Orchestra, a 14-piece group with strings, horns, rhythm section and vocals realising neo-soul material previously only produced via MIDI, at the Not Only Hair awards in Brighton.
  • A live lounge broadcast of original material with band and strings by singer-songwriter Sebastian Vale for BBC Sussex.