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About Ben

Music that works for you: violinist, composer, string arrangements, music production
Violinist
Bristol
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Ben is a film music composer, musician and teacher based in Bristol and with strong Oxford connections. As a violinist, Ben works across genres to create the perfect set for your event. With a passion for great music that fits the brief, Ben has a background in classical, celtic folk, tango, klezmer and jazz. As well as a more standard wedding repertoire, Ben can also bring his work in experimental and electronic music into his performance, if desired. Ben Mowat also composes music for film, TV and media, in a broad spectrum of genres from classical to popular, including music for choir, string quartet, orchestral and electronic. He has a Distinction for his MA in Composition for Film & TV (Bristol University) and founded and directed The String Project for 6 years, an innovative string fusion band with live strings, beat boxing and percussion, vocals and keyboards/synths. Ben Mowat currently works with Murmuration Choir both as chef score creator for their original arrangements and Event Manager for the choirs medium to large scale, collaborative concerts and gigs.

Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Tango, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Contemporary classical, Electronic, Ambient, Triphop, Folk, Ceilidh, Country, Bluegrass, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Experimental, Argentinian, Balkan, Klezmer, Traditional church music, Medieval music, Folk rock, Blues, Jazz fusion, Avant garde, Originals, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Modern jazz, Dixieland, Cabaret, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Barbershop, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Hip Hop, Soul, Top 40, Karaoke, Disco, Funk, Ambient pop, Americana, Funk rock, Vintage, R&B, Motown, Tribute, Rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Indie, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Pop rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Hardcore, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Power rock, Heavy metal, Classic rock, World music, African music, Australian music, Bollywood, Brazilian music, Cuban music, German music, Flamenco, Caribbean music, French music, Indian music, Jewish music, Latin, Salsa, Skiffle, Ska, Scottish music, Reggae, Spanish music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Audio engineer, Composer, Sound technician, Producer, Ableton Live, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

CLASSICAL:
Air on the G String - Bach
Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Cannon in D - Pachelbel
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Meditation - Massenet
Partitas and Sonatas - Bach
Hungarian Dance #5 - Brahms
Romantic Pieces (No.1) - Dvorak
Ladies in Lavender - Hess
Salut d'Amour - Handle
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handle
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Double Violin Concerto - Bach
Quartet 2004 - Mowat
6 Is The Magic Number - Mowat
POP:
Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
You Are The Reason - Calum Scott
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Lucky - Jason Mraz
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Best Day of My Life - American Authors
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
BEATLES:
All You Need Is Love
Blackbird
Hey Jude
Let It Be
Love Me Do
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
With A Little Help From My Friends
Yesterday
.... and all Beatles or 60s pop requests
CELTIC FOLK:
IRISH:
Danny Boy
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Drowsy Maggie
Lanigan's Ball
Red Haired Boy
The Bridal
The Peeler's Away with My Daughter
The Fox Hunter's Jig
Harvest Home
Carolan's Air
The Mason's Apron
ENGLISH:
Hunting the Hare
The Fairy Dance & Original by Ben Mowat
Morpeth Rant
Constant Billy
The Keel Roa
Country Gardens
The Staffordshire Hornpipe
The Girl I Left Behind Me
King of the Faries
The Trumpet Hornpipe
SCOTTISH:
Flower of Scotland
The Bonny Lass o' Five
Brochan Lom
Mrs Jamieson's Favourite
Lord MacDonald's Reel
The Flowers of Edinburgh
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston
Mary, Young and Fair
The Gay Gordons
The Spey in Spate
Earl Grey
TANGO & MILONGA:
La Cumpasita
El Entrerriano
Por Una Cabeza
El Choclo
Comme il Faut
Hasta El Día Del Regreso
El Petirrojo
Hijo De La Luna
La Belgique
Suerte Negra
Más o Menos
ARGENTINE FOLK MUSIC (Chacareras, Chamamés etc):
La Alabanza
El Río Dulce
El Violín De Gaucho
La Pollona
Chamamé del Jacarandá
LATIN JAZZ:
Quizas, quizas, quizas (Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps) - Farres
Tico-tico no fuba (Bird in the cornmeal) - Abreu
Cielito lindo (Little heavenly one)
Takirari
La enganadora (The swindler) - Jorrin
El condor pasa (The flight of the condor)
La cucaracha (The cockroach)
Apanhei-te, cavaquinho (I've got you, cavaquinho) - Nazareth
Vamos pastorcitos (Come, shepherds)
Flor de Yumuri (The flower of Yumuri) - Anckermann
Estes indiferente (You are indifferent) - Veranes
La bamba
JAZZ:
Autumn Leaves
I Got Rhythm
Body and Soul
Dark Eyes
The Hot Canary
How High the Moon
My Blue Heaven
Sweet Georgia Brown
This Can't Be Love
All The Things You Are
What Is This Thing Called Love
Stella By Stalight
On Green Dolphin Street
Have You Met Miss Jones
It Could Happen To You
There Will Never Be Another You
Out of Nowhere
Blue Bossa
'Round Midnight
So What
and Most Jazz Standards
KLEZEMER:
Hava Nagila
Congratulations to Bridegroom and Bride
Bulgar from Odessa (Odessa Bulgar)
At the Rabbi's Feast (Baym rebns sude)
Freylechs from Bukovina (Bukoviner Freylekhs)
Freylechs from Warsaw (Varshaver Freylekhs)
Leading the In-laws Home (Firn di mekhutonim aheym)
In-law's Dance (Mekhutonim Tants)
Sweet Father (Tate Ziser)
Dance of Displeasure (Broyges Tants)
Bulgar from Kishinev (Kishinever Bulgar)
Dance of Delight (Freylekh Tants)
Doyna
Street Melody (Der Gasn Nign)
The Wise Man's Song (Dem Tzadiks Zemerl)
Little Galitsian Dance (Galitsianer Tentsl)
Jewish Wedding Song (Khosn Kale Mazl Tov)
Dance Dance (Tants Yidelekh, Tants)
& Most other Klezmer Standards
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The flexibility of set lists and the expression and enjoyment I bring to the music. The possibility of creating a background atmosphere or performing and engaging the audience (such as in Care Home gigs).

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many Churches and wedding venues. Pubs and music venues all over the UK and Isle of Man Cafe des Art, Grenoble most large English cathedrals

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love all music and styles and have been influenced by many many artists and pieces of music.

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

Glastonbury Music Festival

Do you have different line-up options?

Usually I play solo with backing tracks but I can also call other musicians in if required. I have an excellent network of high quality musicians I can book to play with me, here in Bristol. Just let me know what you have in mind and we can get it booked!

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

How much time do you need to set up?

About 15 to 20 minutes. Please make sure there is power provided near to where I will be playing. I can provide a playlist either side of my performance to create an atmosphere, if required, please let me know.

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

Absolutely! We can chat about the songs and pieces you'd like and I'm happy to take requests from my repertoire or from outside my usual list! Let's chat and we can come up with a list that best suits your needs. Equally I'm happy to come up with a set list to suite your indicated tastes if that will take the stress out of it for you!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring a speaker (amp), laptop or phone to play backing tracks, violin, and music stand. I can also bring a microphone and loop pedal if required.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn, I am happy to do this for you. I can learn one or sometimes two songs that I do not know already for the same price and happy to learn more, for an extra fee of £40 to cover my time.

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
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Sarah H, 4 years ago

We would highly recommend Ben. He played three pieces of music for our wedding ceremony. He was incredibly helpful beforehand when choosing the music - he understood what we wanted, made suggestions (including sending us links and playing us pieces in person) and listened to our suggestions. We were very happy with the final mix of things we'd chosen and his suggestions. Communication was good and he arrived early on the day to set up so we didn't have to worry about anything. And the music itself was beautiful. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house! Friendly, professional and very talented.

Kevin J, 3 years ago

Ben was flexible and responsive to our requests, he incorporated our request into his set and we loved his performance. It helped to make our day special.

From other musicians:

30th September 2015

I have worked with Ben's group, The String Project, for the last 4 years. He is a highly gifted and original composer, a versatile and engaging performer and a more than capable improviser. It is a pleasure to continue to work with him!