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Professional violinist, Southampton based, classical, jazz, pop, rock. BMus RNCM.
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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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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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Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Perfect pitch
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Song list

Salut D' amor- Elgar
Chanson du Matin- Elgar
Unaccompanied Bach
Jazz standards featuring My Funny Valentine, Speak Low, Autumn Leaves, My Romance and many more
Extensive jazz, classical, rock and pop repertoire


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350
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From Encore customers:

Natasha S
9 months 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!

From other customers:

Samara G
3 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.

6 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