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Carl is a violinist from Eastbourne. He studied in London at Trinity Laban and now performs and teaches around Sussex and London
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Carl is an English violinist based in the seaside town of Eastbourne. He is a teacher and freelance performer around East Sussex and London. Carl began playing violin age seven and his musical interest has continued to flourish ever since. Before accepting a place at Trinity Laban in 2010 to study with Professor Diana Cummings, he studied at the East Sussex Academy of Music in Lewes, where he was leader of the ESAM Orchestra. As a soloist, he gained 2nd place with Highly Commended in the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition 2014 performing Mozart Concerto no.2 in D major and has also been a finalist in the Vera Kantrovich Solo Bach Prize. He has performed at renowned venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and a concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Trinity Laban’s String Ensemble. Chamber music is a passion of his and plays in a violin/piano duo, a clarinet trio and is a member of the Mizuki String Quartet, who have received coaching from esteemed musicians such as the Carducci and Wihan quartets, Michael Bochmann and David Kenedy. Carl graduated from Trinity in July 2014 with a BMus degree in violin performance. In addition to this, his keen interest in teaching violin has enabled him to gain a Licentiate of Trinity College London level 6 teaching diploma which was a specialist option of his at Trinity. Carl has a keen interest in teaching violin to all age ranges and abilities. Asides from music, Carl enjoys playing tennis, walking in the countryside and cooking. Violin Teaching Carl currently teaches individual and group lessons at a Saturday Music School in Wembley and at a school in East Sussex as well as privately in London and East Sussex. He teaches pupils of various ages and abilities, beginners to advanced. Carl is a keen and devoted violin teacher and has recently gained an LTCL teaching diploma as well as his BMus degree on violin at Trinity. He strives to get the very best out of his pupils and effectively varies his teaching techniques to suit the pupil’s personality and needs. A main focus is on technique and posture in the early stages of learning to avoid problems in playing later on in life. This is achieved in a creative way, however, musicality and enjoyment of playing the violin remains the most important aspect overall. Carl teaches pupil’s who wish to learn for fun, or to develop their skills using violin exams as a way of measuring success. Preferably the ABRSM exam syllabus is used, or Trinity Guildhall is another option. Carl has a 100% pass rate of all his pupil’s who have taken exams, grade 1-8. Teaching resources/approaches regularly used: Suzuki violin school books, ABRSM grade books, “Fiddle Time” series of beginner violin books, Dalcroze Eurhythmics ( introducing concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement.) DBS – Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB check: Carl has a current DBS disclosure through the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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5th Encoreversary
Classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Christmas, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ragtime, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Tribute, Klezmer, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

The following are theme set suggestions. A more specific song list is available on request.
1. Jazz, Blues & Ragtimes tunes
2. English, Irish & Scottish folk tunes
3. Klezmer music
4. Celtic melodies
5. Seafarers tunes (Morris dance/ Medieval folk selection)
6. American Country folk tunes
7. Film Music
8. Musicals
9. Classical music all time favourites
10.Music of the 50s & 60s
11.Music of the 80s
12. Beatles
13. ABBA & QUEEN hits
14. Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley hits
15. Current modern day hits
16. Cocktail Lounge tunes
Special Showcase
Title: Classical favourites, Fiddle Tunes & Tangos
Description: All time favourite classics and fiddle tunes including classical, Hungarian folk, Piazzolla and Lord of the Dance.
List of songs examples
Czardas, Hungarian Dance, Ave Maria, Libertango, Lord of the Dance theme.
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I also play with my violin duo partner Karina, in Strings Attached.

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

We always try our 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?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we are able to bring all our own equipment to perform acoustically or amplified.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £20 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Ability to perform in a large variety of styles with or without backing tracks.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Carl has performed most recently for Princess Cruises with his duo partner in Strings Attached. He has also performed around the UK at renowned venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and St Johns Smith Square.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As part of Strings Attached, violin duo - We are inspired by many different styles of music and love to challenge ourselves in implementing as many as possible in to our violin duo repertoire. Particular artists such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley etc we have even dedicated theme sets to.

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

Strings Attached in Concert celebrate tango, jazz, classical, fiddle tunes and more in a unique musical showcase. Performance onboard Coral Princess, Universe Lounge, April 2019. Link to preview: https://youtu.be/fTMCwlnoU40


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£380


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Jerri H, 1 year ago

Very talented musicians, love their style and choice of music! We have enjoyed their performances throughout the Panama Canal Cruise!

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Susan M, 1 year ago

We just had the pleasure of visiting the Panama Canal. We met Carl and Karina of Strings Attached Duo. They are wonderful and their music is absolutely beautiful. I bought the cd and love it.

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