Violinist

Caroline Waters

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Violinist
Bedford
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A student of Richard Deakin at both Chetham's School of Music and RNCM I lead orchestras, play chamber music and perform as a soloist.

Caroline Waters was born in Jersey and began violin lessons at the age of 7. With the help of a musical benefactor, Caroline continued her studies from the age of 14 in Manchester at Chetham’s School of Music. Continuing at the Royal Northern College of Music, she studied with Richard Deakin; throughout her time in Manchester she enjoyed opportunities to lead orchestras and perform chamber music. Since moving to Bedfordshire Caroline has divided her time between performance work and teaching violin and viola. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and also regularly plays with a number of orchestras, leading Bedford Sinfonia and Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra. Caroline has also enjoyed working with the London-based, King’s Chamber Orchestra; she has played on tours in Italy, Germany, France and the Channel Islands. As well as enjoying a wide range of musical styles, Caroline has a real love of improvisation in Christian worship. She plays a violin made for her in 2002 by Tomáš Pilaŕ.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Ragtime, Light music, Easy listening, Originals, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Tribute, R&B, Classic rock, Indie, Britpop
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Instruments:
Violin
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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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger
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Song list

A SELECTION OF OUR QUARTET AND TRIO MUSIC
CLASSICAL
Trumpet Tune – Purcell Trumpet Voluntary- Jeremiah Clarke Wedding March – Wagner Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel Rondeau - Mouret Largo from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach Ave Maria – Schubert Air – Bach Traumeri – Schumann Canon – Pachelbel La Rejouissance (from Royal Fireworks) – Handel Air (from Water Music) – Handel Bouree (from Water Music) – Handel Hornpipe (from Water Music) – Handel Wedding March – Mendelssohn Allelujah (from Exultate Jubilate) – Mozart Wachet auf – Bach Sheep may Safely Graze – Bach Ode to Joy – Beethoven Arioso – Bach Panis angelicus – Franck Andante (from Piano concerto no 21) – Mozart Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana" - Mascagni Salut D'Amour - Elgar O mio babbino caro - Puccini Nessun Dorma - Puccini
JAZZ
Puttin’ On The Ritz - Irving Berlin It Don’t Mean a Thing… - Duke Ellington Five Foot Two, Eyes are Blue – Young/Lewis/Henderson I can’t Give you Anything but Love – Fields/McHugh A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Sherwin At Last – Etta James – Gordon and Warren Let’s Do It – Cole Porter Anything Goes – Tango por una Cabeza – Gardel Tango – Albeniz Wonderful World – Weiss Always - Irving Berlin When I fall in love - Heyman and Young Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Irving Berlin Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Jerome Kern
POP AND ROCK
Everlasting Love – B. Cason & M Gaydon Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Lennon & McCartney Fields of Gold – Sting Can you feel the love tonight – Elton John You’re Beautiful – James Blunt When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters Album Take a chance on me – ABBA Bridge over troubled waters - Paul Simon It must be love – Madness Nothing Else Matters – Metallica Pretty Woman – Orbison I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Aerosmith It’s All About You – McFly Angels – Williams and Chambers Wonderwall – Oasis Somebody to Love – Queen You’re the first the last my everything – Barry White There She Goes – The Las God Only Knows – Wilson/Asher Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison Stand by Me - Ben King Imagine – Lennon Just the Way you are – Billy Joel Nobody Does it better from “The Spy Who Loved Me” – Hamlisch We have all the time in the world from “ On her Majesty’s Secret Service” Diamonds are forever – Shirley Bassey Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve One Day Like This - Elbow Viva la Vida - Coldplay Yellow - Coldplay Make You Feel My Love - Adele, All You Need is Love - The Beatles, Don't Stop Believing - Journey, God Only Knows - The Beach Boys, Hoppipolla - Sigur Ross, I don't want to miss a thing -Aerosmith, I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed peas
I see the light from Tangled - Disney, Love Story - Taylor Swift, Marry You - Bruno Mars, Married Life - from Pixar's 'Up', My Girl - The Temptations Paradise- Coldplay, Please, please, please let me get what I want - The Smiths, You're my best friend- Queen, Songbird - Fleetwood Mac, Star Wars Medley - Williams, Take Over The World- The Courteeners, Time of your life - Greenday , Wake Me Up- Avicci, Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton Wouldn't It be nice- The Beach Boys
Your Song- Elton John Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Loving you is easy - The Charlatans
Hotel California -The Eagles
All you need is love - Beatles
Halo - Beyonce
Beauty and the Beast
Annie's Song
Blackeyed Peas
Don't stop believing
Marry you - Bruno Mars
Paradise
Say you won't let go.
Wake me up
Wonderful tonight
Lego House
Perfect
What a wonderful world
With or without you
How to save a life
Beautiful Day
Isn't she lovely
Dream a little Dream
A SMALL SELECTION OF OUR DUO MUSIC
Meditation – Massenet
Humoresque –Dvorak
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
La Donna e Mobile Verdi
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Tango por una Cabeza – Gardel
Danny Boy – Trad
Libiamo – from Traviata – Verdi
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Mexican hat dance
Air from partita VI – JS Bach
Bist du bei mir – JS BachTheme from Symphony no 5 – Schubert
Bouree from Water music – Handel
Hornpipe from Water Music – Handel
La Rousissance – Royal Fireworks – Handel
Air from water music – Handel
Bach 2 part invention no 1
Bach 2 part invention no 4
Bach 2 part invention no 8
Violin and cello duo in D major – Haydn
Largo from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
Wedding March – Wagner
Minuet – Boccherini
Minuet and Trio – Mozart
Jesu Joy of Mans desiring – JS Bach
Hungarian Dance – Brahms
Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
Serenade – Schubert
Fur Elise – Beethoven
The Swan – Saint Saens
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Everlasting – Love Affair
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
When I fall in Love- Heyman and Young
Always – Irving berlin
Puttin- on the Ritz – Berlin
It don’t mean I thing – Duke Ellington
Five fooy Two, Eyes are Blue,
I can’t give you anything but love.
Lets do it!
Anything Goes
Tango – Albeniz
Yellow – Coldplay
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Make you feel my love
Scarborough Fair - Trad
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I play as a soloist as well as being part of a flexible ensemble who work as a string quartet, trio or duo. We are also able to provide you with a violin and piano duo and even an organist if required! (our cellist is multi-skilled!)

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

If your timings change after a booking I will do my very best to accommodate you. Payment for extra time can be easily be organised. 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 me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

As my violin is an acoustic instrument I require minimum time for set up. However we like to arrive between 30 mins -1 hr before the event to ensure I am ready and and relaxed.

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

As with the The Element String Quartet, Trio and Duo I am happy to play pieces from the set list. Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure you and your guests are relaxed 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, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am very happy to play a request that is not on my list.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients have said they like my friendly, professional approach from the moment they contact me until the end of the booking. I recommend you read my/our reviews if you have a moment.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at Keech Hospice Care for a celebratory event attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Other venues include - Hengrave Hall, Dodford Manor, Bassemead Barns, Brocket Hall, Waddesdon Manor, Woburn Picture Gallery, Castle Headington, The Barns - Bedford. The Swan hotel-Bedford, Whittlebury Hall. South Farm -Shingay-cum-Wendy...many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have been influenced by so many over the years. Listening to a wide range of music has made me realise that as a soloist and as an ensemble I can play classical music and so much more. Listening and learning from my own professor at the music conservatoire (RNCM) where I studied has probably been my greatest influence overall!

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

On Tuesday 7/11/17 I was privileged enough to be able to perform for the Balfour 100 celebration.

Prices

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)£75
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£190
Up to 3 hours£240

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Zoe A, 28 days ago

Excellent! Learns the song of our choice and it was everything I dreamed! Thank you!

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Alpash M, 1 month ago

We had the band booked for our wedding reception canapes. They delivered on our special day. The music was great. As was the song selection. Would recommend.

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Helen S, 2 months ago

Caroline and Luke played at our wedding on Feb 24th in Bury St Edmunds and I cannot recommend Element String enough. They were absolutely fantastic and I feel lucky to have had them playing at our wedding. So many guests commented on the quality and variety of the music they played and how it created a great atmosphere for the event. From the outset we received quick responses from Caroline and a friendly and flexible approach. She was happy to adjust length of time and number of musicians to fit our budget. We had the duo to play as guests were arriving and having welcome drinks , then through the ceremony itself and for most of the drinks reception that followed. We had thought we would be indoors on the day given it was Feb but due to uncharacteristically hot weather , the drinks were taken outside onto the terrace. Caroline and Luke being very flexible moved outside with us which was amazing. The group have a good repertoire to select from so you can have classical for the more formal moments in your day and something more jazzy afterwards to give a party feel. The duo created the perfect level of sound for the size of our ceremony room and number of guests (around 85). If we had a greater budget we would have taken the trio or even quartet without thinking as their previous reviews were so positive. I’m sad that I didn’t get to meet Caroline and Luke properly to say a big thank you. On the wedding day itself everything just seems to happen around you without you having any chance to veer off schedule. I bumped into Caroline by chance as I was being shown into the dining room and she was lovely , very warm and friendly. She and Luke arrived nice and early to set up and what is great is they are fully acoustic. Everything you hear is fully their talent and no electrics/amplifiers and wires required so it is easy to set up in almost any part of the room you require. They created such atmosphere for our ceremony - I could not have been more delighted with them. If you are looking for musicians for your wedding or other event that are extremely talented in their range of music, flexible , easy to deal with , fairly priced and transparent - then look no further than Element String.

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Matilda E, 2 months ago

These guys are beyond perfect. We do not know how to say thank you. They were amazing, in the heat these guys played consistently and patiently. They were a fantastic touch to our wedding and I strongly recommend that you ONLY book these guys! You will not be disappointed. We are trying to find another occasion to book them for!

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Samantha A, 6 months ago

We are so delighted to have found Caroline and friends. It was the icing on the cake for my husband and I’s joint 50th birthday celebration last Saturday night. They played a varied selection of music. Our guests thought they were brilliant. Caroline was lovely to deal with from start to finish. Definitely use again.

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Mary B, 6 months ago

Dear element Strings Jonathan and I wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding reception last weekend. We really enjoyed the songs you played and it was the perfect accompaniment to our reception drinks. We've had lots of compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed your music and the high quality of your performance- they felt it was perfect for the summer house location and added a sense of occasion to the event. We would highly recommend you to others planning their wedding and other events. Its been great to work with you leading up to this event and thank you so much for making our reception so special.

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