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Ben Mowat

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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.

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
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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:
Pachelbel's Cannon
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Bach Double Violin Concerto
Massenet's Meditation
Bach Partitas and Sonatas
Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach
Brahms' Hungarian Dance #5
Romantic Pieces (No.1) - Dvorak
Ladies in Lavender - Hess
Salut d'Amour - Handle
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handle
Clair de Lune - Debussy
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:
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
Por Una Cabeza
El Choclo
Comme il Faut
Hasta El Día Del Regreso
El Petirrojo
Hijo De La Luna
La Belgique
ARGENTINE FOLK MUSIC (Chacareras, Chamamés etc):
La Alabanza
El Río Dulce
El Violín De Gaucho
La Pollona
Chamamé del Jacarandá
JAZZ:
Autumn Leaves
Most jazz standards
Klezmer:
Congratulations to Bridegroom and Bride
Most Klezmer Standards

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£100
Up to 2 hours£190
Up to 3 hours£275

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Sarah H, 3 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, 2 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!