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Charlie Cole

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Professional violinist, Southampton based, classical, jazz, pop, rock. BMus RNCM.
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Southampton
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Charlie Cole was born in London in 1989 and began learning the violin at the age of six, under Aidan Massey and later with Sheleigh Webb. At the age of 11 he was accepted into the Royal College of Music Junior Department, studying under Erik Houston. At the Junior RCM Charlie Lead their symphony orchestra, took part in various chamber music activities, involving public performances and studied conducting part time under the renowned conductor Richard Dickins. Outside of RCM, Charlie Lead Orchestras including the Surrey County Youth Orchestra and the Reigate String Orchestra. Charlie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Redhill Sinfonia. In 2006 Charlie was awarded the Aidan Massey Memorial Prize for services to Surrey County Arts. In the same year Charlie was awarded a place at the Purcell School of Music, where he spent his sixth form years. It was also at Purcell where Charlie discovered and developed his passion for jazz, studying under Simon Colam and composing his own jazz repertoire. With the Purcell School Contemporary Ensemble, Charlie took part in a collaboration concert with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall in London, performing works my James Macmillan (in the presence of the composer) and Colin Matthews. This concert also involved conducting members of the Nash Ensemble in a Premier of a piece written by fellow student and gifted composer Isa Khan. In his final term at the Purcell School, Charlie conducted the Purcell String Chamber Orchestra in performance of Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade and Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profaine for Harp and String Orchestra. In 2008, Charlie began his undergraduate Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with the Internationally renowned violinist Maciej Rakowski. It was also at the RNCM where Charlie was able to explore further his life long passion for chamber music, giving performances around the UK and Wales in venues including London’s Wigmore Hall with the Aves the Torre Quartets. Charlie has taken part in public master classes with distinguished musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Yair Kless, Gabor Tackacs-Nagy, Ani Schnarch, Katherine Macintosh and the Gould Piano Trio. Charlie has also given solo performances including a lunchtime recital in Dorking, Surrey and in a concert featuring in the Lake District Summer Music Festival. Charlie works as a freelance musician, working in all parts of the UK with, to name a few the London Pops Orchestra, Surrey Art’s Melody Line Orchestra and in pit orchestras in performances of shows such as Dogfight by Pasek and Paul, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Purcell’s Dido and Aneas, Britten’s The Little Sweep and Noel Gay’s Me and My Girl. As a member (Violin, keyboards and vocals) of successfu band l 'Iron Boot Scrapers,' Charlie regularly performs with them in a variety of situations including functions, weddings, corporate events and original music concerts. Charlie also has a great passion for teaching and has taught around Manchester and Merseyside, and currently teaches privately in London where he now resides. Charlie has worked with numerous distinguished jazz and contemporary musicians including Alexander Markov, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, Asaf Sirkis, Astilerro Tango, Bobby Wellins, Don Weller, Christian Garrick, Martin Taylor, Guy Barker, Colin Matthews and Simon Colam. Television appearances include with the National Youth Orchestra, ITV’s ‘The X Factor’ and the Royal Variety Performance. Charlie regularly performs with the comedy string quartet ‘Graffiti Classics,’ with whom he plays on cruise ships and other venues, combining classical music, singing, comedy and movement.

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Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Opera, Musical theatre, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Electro-Swing, EDM, Dubstep, Drum 'n' Bass, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Triphop, Techno, Jungle, Industrial, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Country, Irish rock, Folk rock, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Barbershop, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Pop, Covers, Hip Hop, Soul, Acoustic, Disco, Karaoke, Top 40, Ambient pop, Funk, Motown, Tribute, Americana, Funk rock, R&B, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Power rock, Synth rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Post rock, Hardcore, Hard rock, Pop rock, Punk rock, Progressive rock, Glam rock, World music, Asian music, Argentinian, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Flamenco, Cuban music, French music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Russian music, Spanish music, Tango, Traditional church music, Folk, Gospel, Britpop, Indie, Film / TV music
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private 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:
Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Perfect pitch
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Charlie's Song list

CLASSICAL
MEDITIATION FROM THAIS- MASSENET SALUT D’AMOUR- ELGAR
CZARDAS- MONTI
CANON ON D- PACHABEL
CHANSON DU MATIN- ELGAR PAVANE- FAURE
CLAIRE DE LUNE- DEBUSSY VOCALISE- RACHMANINOV FLOWER DUET- DELIBES NOCTURN IN E FLAT- CHOPIN
SALUT D’AMOUR- ELGAR
VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE- BOCELLI
MUSIC OF THE NIGHT- LLOYD WEBBER
ABE MARIA- BACH
NESSUN DORMA- PUCCINI
AVE MARIA- SCHUBERT
EINE KLEINE- MOZART
HABANERA- BIZET
NIMROD- ELGAR
BLUE DANUBE- STRAUSS
POP/JAZZ
FLY ME TO THE MOON- SINATRA
AUTUN LEAVES- JAZZ STANDARD
MARRY YOU- BRUNO MARS.
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE- ELVIS PRESLEY.
MY FAVOURITE THINGS- JAZZ STANDARD
MY FUNNY VALENTINE- JAZZ STANDARD
KISS FROM A ROSE- SEAL
NINE TO 5- DOLLY PARTON
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME- GERSWHIN
BILLIE JEAN- MICHAEL JACKSON
RATHER BE- CLEAN BANDIT
WHERE IS THE LOVE- BLACK EYED PEAS SYMPHONY- CLEAN BANDIT
VIVA LA VIDA- COLD PLAY
HAVANA- CAMILLIA CABELLO
AT LAST- ETTA JAMES
IF I AIN’T GOT YOU- ALICIA KEYS
WAKE ME UP- AVIICI
DESPASITO- LUIS FONSI
I FEEL IT COMING- THE WEEKEND
END OF THE ROAD- BOYZ 2 MEN
SHAPE OF YOU- ED SHEERAN
A THOUSAND YEARS- PERRI (TWIGHLIGHT)
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE- BRUNO MARS CHEERLEADER- OMI
ALL OF ME- JOHN LEGEND
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND- THE BEATLES
I SAW HER STANDING THERE- THE BEATLES
I FEEL FINE- THE BEATLES
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND- JAMES TAYLOR
GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE)- GREENDAY
MR. BRIGHTSIDE- KILLERS
SEX ON FIRE- KINGS OF LEON
YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE- FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE LITTLE LION MAN- MUMFORD AND SONS
SHOWER THE PEOPLE- JAMES TAYLOR
WHISKY IN THE JAR- THIN LIZZY
ZOMBIE- THE CRANBERRY’S
GALWAY GIRL- STEVE EARLE
ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK- STING
LAND DOWNUNDER- MEN AT WORK
DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA- CHARLIE DANIELS
NEED YOU NOW- LADY A
EVE OF THE WAR- JEFF WAYNE
CHICKEN FRIED- ZAC BROWN
WAGON WHEEL- DARIUS RUCKER
COUNTRY ROADS- JOHN DENVER
LOVE STORY- TAYLOR SWIFT
YOU BELONG WITH ME- TAYLOR SWIFT
YOURE STILL THE ONE- SHANIA TWAIN
JOLENE- DOLLY PARTON
SHOWER THE PEOPLE- JAMES TAYLOR
RING OF FIRE- JOHNNY CASH
CLASSIC ROCK
BACK IN BLACK- ACDC
SWEET CHILD O’ MINE- GUNS N ROSES
LIVIN ON A PRAYER- BON JOVI
MR. BLUE SKY- ELO
DREAMS- FLEETWOOD MAC
GO YOUR OWN WAY- FLEETWOOD MAC
LANDSLIDE- FLEETWOOD MAC
ANYTHING FOR LOVE- MEATLOAF
WE WILL ROCK YOU/WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS- QUEEN
DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT- THIN LIZZY
WAR PIGS- BLACK SABBATH
I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE- THE DARKNESS
PARANOID- BLACK SABBATH
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I think what separates me from others is my ability to play and improvise in multiple styles and genres. No style is off the table. I also adapt very well to all situations and have very good communication skills. I am always ready to answer any questions you may have.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

-A multitude of wedding venues including Syon Park, Clock Barn, Pennyhill park, Sandown Racecourse, Southampton Harbour Hotel, Four Seasons (multiple locations) and many more. -Cruise ships, concert halls, smaller boats and private yachts.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Classical- Yascha Heifetz, Alex Markov, Maxim Vengerov, Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein Jazz- Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Keith Jarret, John Coltrane, Brad Meldau, Joe Venuti Rock- Thin Lizzy, Nirvana. Black Sabbath.

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

Probably alongside the great Russian violinists Alexander Markov and his father Albert Markov. Other appearances have included the X factor, The Voice and BBC Proms

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, I also come in the form of an acoustic duo, a perfect addition to your entertainment needs. We take requests on the spot from your guests and will have them all singing in no time! Can be an entirely acoustic act or with PA.

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

This is not a problem, provided it does not affect other bookings I may have that day. For example if your event is in the day time and I have another booking in the evening, I cannot delay attending the second booking. Just keep in touch, and if possible have final timings in place as soon as possible. Additional time added will be subject to a surcharge.

How much time do you need to set up?

This can be fairly flexible depending on the event. We can discuss this further at the enquiry stage.

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

Of course! Many people tend to ask me to stay within specific genres, which works well as I can judge what I play based on my reading the room, a skill I have acquired over many years of experience. I can also allow a few specific requests of songs that are not in my repertoire list to give you the bespoke experience.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, all equipment will be supplied by me.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! This will be built into the cost of the performance. The average amount of request is between 1 & 4 songs. Again this can be discussed further.

Charlie's 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)£125
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£437.50
Up to 3 hours£625
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Charlie's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Kelly M
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Charlie was exceptional, from the moment we booked him until after our wedding. Our guests were blown away by him. I cant recommend Charlie highly enough. Iain & Kelly

Reply from Charlie
2 months ago

Thank you so much!

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Natasha S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Charlie was incredible, both in the run up to the wedding (which ended up being over a number of years due to postponements!) and on the day. We were all blown away by his playing. Our guests couldn't stop talking about him, we had so many wonderful comments. Book Charlie, you won't regret it!

Reply from Charlie
2 months ago

Amazing feedback thank you!

From other customers:

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Samara G
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Southampton
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5 out of 5

Charlie is the best in the business - outstanding musicianship, total professionalism and just happens to be great company too. He’s a true all-rounder, equally comfortable sight reading or improvising in a huge variety of styles.

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Client/fixer
8 years ago

Charlie has worked for me a number of times and never ceases to amaze me. His ability to adapt to any situation or musical genre makes him a fabulous asset to the music business