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Athena is a highly skilled and versatile musician from London, trained in both violin and piano and able to perform in a number of genres
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Athena has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a distinction in her Violin Performance MA. The previous year, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in music and the highest mark in performance across her year. Athena began playing the violin and piano since the ages of 5 and 6, and joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of 9. Excelling in both piano and violin, she was invited to become joint first study, and won prizes in violin, piano and music theory, both at the RCM and from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In addition, she was awarded Kingston Young Musician of the Year and Richmond Young pianist of the Year and distinction in both violin and piano dipABRSM diplomas. During this time she was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and subsequently the National Youth Orchestra where she co-led. She has performed solo violin at the Elgar Room, Albert Hall, solo piano, violin and chamber music at the Wigmore Hall, and as part of a group in Buckingham Palace Gardens for the Queen's Coronation Festival, at Clarence House for the Duchess of Cornwall, and at the House of Lords. Last year, Athena and a fellow student at Oxford took on the exciting project of performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas in a series of concerts in the Holywell Music Room. This led to them playing and being interviewed on BBC Radio 3 for ‘In tune’. As well as being classically trained Athena is interested in listening to and performing many different genres of music. She is a member of a four-piece country-pop band, Iris and Steel, who write original songs. Athena is a skilled improviser in many styles from country to pop to jazz, having studied improvisation at the Royal College for 5 years. She can perform on both acoustic and electric violin, piano and keyboard. Athena is able to provide a performance tailored to the client's needs at weddings, corporate events, or private functions, as well as being available for music videos and session work. She is very happy to accommodate requests for specific pieces.

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Athena's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Haroun A
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Athena was a great musician for the event I had and really played along my requests aswell. Her performance was incredible and would definitely recommend for any future events.

Sophie C
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Athena was amazing at our wedding. She had everything organised and was easily contactable beforehand. The music was brilliant.

1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Athena was AMAZING! She performed all of the songs I asked for. The aisle song was played to perfection and she was just stunning! Thank you so much Athena xx

Reply from Athena
1 year ago

Thankyou so much, Lottie! It was an honour to play for your beautiful wedding xxx

Maisha K
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Athena was an absolute pleasure to work with in my wedding. She was very attentive and considerate of my requirements. Cannot recommend her enough.

Reply from Athena
1 year ago

Thanks so much Maisha - it was an honour to play for your wedding! Xx

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Willem P
4 years ago, for a Private event in Cambridge
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5 out of 5

Athena Hawksley-Walker and Joe Reynolds provided the entertainment for a formal dinner in Oxford that I was running. Not only did they provide the perfect music for the occasion but they were extremely professional and a delight to work with. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

Benjamin N
4 years ago, for a Concert in Oxford
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5 out of 5

Athena Hawksley-Walker has played for numerous concerts that I have been involved with. She is utterly professional in approach, and plays with complete commitment. She is equally dedicated to the music whether she is leading or playing rank and file. I also commend Athena to you as a soloist and chamber musician. She is increasingly experienced in both genres, and will not disappoint.

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Athena's Song list

Here is a selection of songs I can play, however I am very happy to learn specific requests you may have.
Violin classical/wedding pieces:
Bach/Gounod - Ave Maria
Bach - Air on the G string
Bach - Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach - Concerto in A minor, 1st movement
Bach - Partita in D minor
Borowski - Adoration
Beethoven - Allegro from Sonata No.5 (Spring) in F major
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.5
De Falla/Kreisler - Dance Espagnole
Dvorak - Humoresque
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Elgar - Chanson de Nuit
Elgar - Salut D’amour
Faure - Pavane
Faure - Après un rêve
Handel - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel - Water Music
Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Monti - Czardas
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Piazzolla - Libertango
Piazzolla - Ouverture (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Ponce/Heifetz - Estrellita (My Little Star)
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
Rimsky Korsokov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Saint Saens - The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
Schubert - Ave Maria
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)
Violin Non-Classical List:
Pop/Rock - Ballads, classic
Arethra Franklin - Say a little prayer
Ben E King - Stand by Me
Bill Withers - Ain’t no sunshine
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Commodores - Easy
Des’ree - I’m Kissing You
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - Can’t Help Falling in Love
Etta James - At Last
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Norah Jones - Turn me on
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over troubled water
Shania Twain - You’re Still The One
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Pop/Rock- Uptempo, classic
ABBA - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
ABBA - Mamma mia
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Earth Wind and Fire - September
CHIC - Everybody Dance
CHIC - I Want Your Love
Guns N’ Roses - Sweet Child of Mine
James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Marvin Gaye - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Natalie Cole - This Will Be
Nat King Cole - L-O-V-E
Oasis - Wonderwall
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stevie Wonder - For Once in My Life
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
UB40 - Red Red Wine
Whitney Houston - Your Love is My Love
Pop /RnB - Ballads, recent
Adele/Dylan - Make you feel my love
Adele - Rolling in the deep
Adele - Skyfall
Adele - Make you feel my love
Alicia Keys - If I ain’t got you
Beyonce - Halo
Billie Eilish - everything i wanted
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Coldplay - Fix You
Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R - Best Part
Ed Sheeran - Thinking out loud
Ed Sheehan - Perfect
John Legend - All of Me
Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Snoh Aalegra/Pharrel Williams - Woah
Pop/RnB/Rock - Uptempo, recent
Ariana Grande - 34 + 35
Ariane Grande - Thank u next
Boney M/Majestic - Rasputin
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Doja Cat - Say So
Drake - One Dance
Dua Lipa/Da baby - Levitating
Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheehan - Galway Girl
Florence + The Machine - You’ve Got The Love
Jhene Aiko ft. H.E.R. - B.S
J Hus ft. Ella Mai - One and Only
Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call me by your name)
Mabel - Boyfriend
Mahalia - Sober (Jarreau Vandal Remix)
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
MEDUZA/Goodboys/Becky Hill - Lose Control
Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams
The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
The Weekend - I Feel It Coming
Alok, Dynoro - On & On
Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga - Rain (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Ava Max - My Head & My Heart
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Calvin Harris/Disciples - How deep is your love
Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman
Gala - Freed From Desire
Gorgon City - Burning
Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl
Joel Corry - Sorry
Le Flex - We Don’t Need a Spaceship
Mark Knight/Funkagenda - Man With the Red Face
Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Martin Garrix/Dua Lipa - Scared to Be Lonely
MEDUZA/Becky Hill/Goodboys - Lose Control
Midnight Pool Party - Waiting
Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Nathan Evans/220 KID/Billen Ted - Wellerman Sea Shanty Dance Remix
Secondcity - I Wanna Feel
The Shapeshifters - Lola’s Theme
The XX - Angels
Wankelmut/Emma Louise - My Head is a Jungle (MK Remix)
Drum and Bass/Dubstep
Camo & Krooked, Mefjus, Sophie Lindinger - No Tomorrow
DJ Fresh - Drive
Excision/Illenium/Shallows - Gold (Stupid Love)
Koven - All for Nothing
Dave/Burna Boy - Location
Headie One - Princess Cuts
NSG/Unknown T - Kate Winslet
Andrea Boccelli - Besame Mucho
Errol Garner - Misty
Etta James - A Sunday Kind of Love
Frank Sinatra - Fly me to the moon
Gershwin - Summertime
Gershwin/Heifetz - It ain’t necessarily so
Joseph Kosma - Autumn Leaves
Jule Styne - I fall in Love Too Easily
Luiz Bonfa - Black Orpheus
Richard Rodgers - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Stephane Grappelli/Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory (Cats)
Alan Menken - At Last I See the Light (Tangled)
Bernstein - Somewhere (West Side Story)
Elton John - Can you feel the love tonight (The Lion King)
Hands Zimmer - Pirates of the Caribbean
Karl Jenkins - Palladio
Loewe - On the Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
Robert Burns - My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose
Vanessa Mae - Storm
Humko Humise Chura Lo
Too Cheez Badi Hain
Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein
Piano Classical
Deux Arabesques - Debussy
Gymnopedie - Satie
Piano Popular
I Got Rhythm – George Gershwin
Blue Moon – Frank Sinatra
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Take 5 – Dave Brubeck

Athena's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£175
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£475
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

That I can play almost any song they like, create a vibe perfect for the occasion and have a great time whilst I do it! I'm also professional, friendly, and reliable so will help make the event run as smoothly as possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed in a huge range of venues, from beach clubs in Mexico to the 02 Arena, to Wigmore Hall, to UK festivals, to the Konzerthaus in Berlin! I've also done some very exciting private gigs in venues such as the US Ambassador's Residence.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Probably performing for Ed Sheeran at the BRIT Awards in the 02 arena!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! I can perform with a pianist, as a violin duo, as a string trio or quartet, or with other instrumentalists such as harpists and saxophonists, and with a DJ as DJ Live!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, let me know as soon as possible. I will do my best to be flexible

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up around 45 minutes to an hour before the performance time, depending on the equipment needed. As soon as my PA is set up (if using a PA) I am able to play background music through it to get guest ready for the performance, if that is desired.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes! Feel free to pick specific pieces from the set list - I also include 5 personal song requests in every quote which don't have to be from my set list.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! I have a PA system suitable for up to 100 guests, a wireless microphone system so I am able to roam if required and can bring either my acoustic or my electric violin.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, my quote includes up to 5 specific song requests - I just ask that these are given at least a month in advance of the event.
Classical, Musical theatre, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Electronic, Christmas, Contemporary classical, EDM, Ibiza club
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Live looping, Accompanist
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