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Christopher Heron

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About Christopher

Northern Irish Violinist | Guitar & Vocalist | Live-Looper | Highlights→ GLASTONBURY MAIN STAGE | BBC LIVE LOUNGE | TOURING IBIZA ORCHESTRA
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Sheffield
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VIOLINIST - First and foremost Chris is a violinist, a versatile violinist from a background of classical training and now a seasoned professional in an array of styles. This makes him a standout violinist and he’s completely immersed in the music industry. You’ll find him playing at sold-out events with his Ibiza Orchestra, performing with original bands at Glastonbury, Leeds, and Latitude festivals to performing with well-known artists in the BBC live lounge. Behind the scenes, he’s performing at corporate events for the likes of Ferrari & BMW and travelling abroad for events involved with the likes of Goldman Sachs and, flying to exclusive nightclubs in Germany. As a soloist he’s able to bring his modern and contemporary style to the wedding scene where he shines as a musician, tailoring each wedding to the client. Learning requests, composing bespoke arrangements, and offering a unique service as a musician to weddings. GUITAR & VOCALS - As an addition to the violin, Chris offers an acoustic live lounge-style performance with guitar and vocals. His Northern Irish vocals offer character and charm, perfect for a chilled drinks reception. LIVE LOOPER - Have you ever heard of looping musicians? Using loop pedals and production technology as a feature of his performances, Chris delivers versatile Classical and Contemporary Pop music with an electronic twist. He layers up violin, acoustic guitar and vocals to create a symphony of sound using live looping technology. Whilst being a key element of his appeal, this also means that one musician can provide the sound of a full string quartet or band - offering a cost-effective solution for those in love with the sound of a string quartet but on a limited budget.

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Christopher's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Suzie E
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Chris really brought something I couldn’t even envision. His professionalism, talent and charisma shone through throughout his time with us at our wedding. Guests couldn’t have spoke more highly of Chris and his Talent and it really added an incredible touch and atmosphere to our wedding. Some of my favourite moments of the day were those with Chris’ playlist and violin setting the soundtrack to them. If you’re considering hiring Chris there is no need to debate it or wait, just get him booked so you don’t miss out! Thank you again Chris !!! Suz & James

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Megan B
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Chris was really amazing! We got so many compliments from our guests. Would definitely recommend!

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Emily B
2 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Chris was excellent really made our wedding special and would highly recommend for anybody looking for a wedding violinist ☺️

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Louise G
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Amazing! Our guests said Chris was excellent and he really made our day special. Communication was brilliant throughout and he’s a lovely person too. Totally recommend him to add that extra touch to your day

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Liz P
9 years ago

Chris is stupendous. At a recent wedding guests were demanding quiet so they could listen to his music. Classical style with a modern twist that should be resounding round the Albert Hall!

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Patrick S
8 years ago

Chris is a talented, creative and lively violinist whose enthusiasm for music is contagious. He has a proactive and charismatic style of musical leadership that just makes you want to play! He’s restored my confidence and eagerness to be involved in string ensemble playing and improve my violin playing – he is an excellent role model

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Christopher's Song list

Learning your favourite songs comes as part of the package. Let me know your favourites, ones to avoid and any special requests. This helps to build a tailored set for your event. If unsure, I'm happy to use my best judgement.
HAPPY TO LEARN ANY AND ALL REQUESTS!
Styles/Genres included:
Contemporary Pop
Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynn, George Ezra, Bastille, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, Harry Styles, Jack Johnson, Sia, Camila Cabello, Tones & I, Coldplay, Michael Kiwanuka.
Classical Pop
Wildest Dreams, I'm Yours, Just The Way You Are, Thank You, Next, Watermelon Sugar, Something Just Like This, Perfect, & Love Story arranged by 'The Vitamin String Quartet', which are popular songs played in a classical style, think Bridgerton.
Classical
Pachelbels Canon, Ludovico Einaudi, Ave Maria - Gounod, Schubert, Elgar, Camille Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Mozart, Faure.
Disco
Bee Gees, Luther Vandros, KC & The Sunshine Band, CHIC, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Curtis Mayfield.
Motown & R&B
Sam Cooke, Sister Sledge, Otis Redding, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, Bill Withers, Four Tops, The Temptations.
Dance/Club/House - Classic Ibiza Music
La Ritournelle - Sebastien Tellier, Children - Robert Miles, Titanium Remix, Adagio For Strings - Tiesto, Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia, You've Got The Love - Candi Staton
Indie / Alt Rock
Oasis, Radiohead, Artic Monkeys, The Libertines, Kaiser Cheifs.
Irish, Folk, Country
The Pogues, The Dubliners, Old Crow Medicine Show, Shaboozey. Steve Earle, Kenny Roders, Mumford & Sons, John Denver, The Cranberries, Kodaline, The Irish Rovers.
Jazz
Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Eva Cassidy, Gregory Porter.
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SETLIST
Here are a few playlists that include some of my repertoire. You may find it useful when choosing
songs or getting the right style for each part of your day.
WEDDING CEREMONY FAVOURITES
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1GRpeyZs0QdIQISNaBnL9I?si=65dadbb24ab84ffd
CEREMONY ENTRANCE FAVOURITES
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5RQXowYCwyuYnRfxMA0dlv?si=d47947eaeec04f02
CEREMONY EXIT FAVOURITES
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0JHA2NdByU5NiDbYYoQVUH?si=6092473091f94f9f
ACOUSTIC POP
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5m4i1Ea5X53hC1BOQgveP3?si=19656c62f457492c
UPBEAT CONTEMPORARY POP
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1lQD2kdaeB85z8512EPVdt?si=48834753a5ef4792
CLASSICAL POP - BRIDGERTON INSPIRED
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7tXIeL7p3jCb3k92N8h0s1?si=098ad774bb55418e
CLASSICAL
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5SFiWV1QKKqCeTlq3xwTMq?si=c7a8d09f9b2d4a2d
ACOUSTIC IBIZA CLASSICS
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4DYCoSge6IKYYk5GtygrM7?si=f4c52d4fefaa4e60
CLUB & HOUSE
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/411QenFRcOI7Ok9t8j1JcA?si=d7192ea45e264fe0
LIVE LOUNGE - GUITAR & VOCALS
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2pahuVJxvRhCLt2hwsmA6K?si=9c419476328b43fc
TV & FILM
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7N0rKlbdZEUPublZTCHy5w?si=40c49290ebe547bf
Irish / Folk / Country
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7zw20uV5sH40z6Qwjpz1Jk?si=b57673cf64844376
Disco
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6Y9a4mmESm8B1LhfMUWrLX?si=c5f6ebabde05447f
Motown / R&B
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4zkkhrwvg6aDUC7xpdLUUu?si=65b79911f2c04329
Acoustic Motown
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3hcAeAFPZaop0ElqfWbwwZ?si=b59bfe90aecb43f7
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SETLIST HIGHLIGHTS
WEDDING CEREMONY – VIOLIN
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Ain’t No Mountain High – Marvin Gaye
All of Me – John Legend
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Best Part – Daniel Caesar, H.E.R
Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Cheap Thrills - Sia
Every Little Thing She does is Magic - Sting
Get Lucky – Pharrell Williams
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney
Houston
I Was Made For Loving You – Tori Kelly, Ed
Sheeran
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
In My Life – The Beatles
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Just The Two of Us – Bill Withers
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Lover – Taylor Swift
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Memories / Pachelbel’s Canon
One Day Like This – Elbow
Paradise – Coldplay
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
September Song – JP Cooper
Shivers – Ed Sheeran
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers
& Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel
Kamakawiwo’ole
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Until I Found You – Stephen Sanchez
Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
You Are The Reason – Callum Scott
You’ve Got The Love – Florence + The
Machine
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CLASSICAL – VIOLIN
4 Romantic Pieces Op 75 – Dvorak
6 Impomptus Op 5 - Sibelius
Arioso - Bach
Ave Maria – Gounod
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Capriol Suite 5 – Peter Warlock
Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi
Largo from Xerxes - Handel
Mariage d’Amour – Paul de Senneville
Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
Overture – Black Veil Brides
Pavane Op 50 – Faure
Salut d’amour
Solfeggio in D – Johann Christoph Friedrich
Bach
The Swan – Saubt-Saens
Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn
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CLASSICAL POP VIOLIN – INSPIRED BY BRIDGERTON
- Check the playlist ‘Classical Pop’ above to hear a true representation of style.
A Sky Full of Stars
Accidentally in Love
Everlong
Halo
I’m Yours
Love Me Like You Do
Love Yourself
Meant To Be
Memories / Canon in D
New Rules
Penny Lane
Pompei
Royals
Shape of You
Stay With Me
Stiches
Symphony
Take on Me
Thank You, Next
The Way You Make Me Feel
Viva La Vida
Wildest Dreams
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LIVE LOUNGE – GUITAR & VOCALS
- Check the playlist ‘Live Lounge – Guitar & Vocals’ above to hear a true representation of style.
As It Was – Harry Styles
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Bloom – The Paper Kites
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Can’t See Straight – Jamie Lawson
Counting Stars – One Republic
Dancing On My Own – Callum Scott
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Forget You – Ceelo Green
Green Green Grass – George Ezra
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I Like You – Ben Rector
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
Pompei – Bastille
Riptide – Vance Joy
Shotgun – George Ezra
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
Toxic – Britney Spears
Until I Found You – Stephen Sanchez
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
You’ve Got A Friend in Me – Toy Story

Christopher's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£187.50
Up to 1 hour£406.25
Up to 2 hours£500
Up to 3 hours£687.50
Packages
Wedding Ceremony
This quote includes: Music for the entire ceremony - Guests arrival 15-30 minutes - The ceremony entrance - Signing of the register - The exit Extras included: - A bespoke song request - A handful of song requests, genres & styles Instrumentation: - Solo Violin - Guitar and Vocals - A mixture of Violin, Guitar, & Vocals
£406.25
Ceremony & Drinks Reception
This quote includes: Music for the entire ceremony - Guests arrival 15-30 minutes - The ceremony entrance - Signing of the register - The exit Music for the drinks reception - 1x45 minute set Extras included: - A bespoke song request - A handful of song requests, genres & styles Instrumentation: - Solo Violin - Guitar and Vocals - A mixture of Violin, Guitar, & Vocals
£500
Drinks Reception
This quote includes: Music for the drinks reception - 2X45 minute sets Extras included: - A handful of song requests, genres & styles Instrumentation: - Solo Violin - Guitar and Vocals - A mixture of Violin, Guitar, & Vocals
£500
Ceremony & Drinks Reception
This quote includes: Music for the entire ceremony - Guests arrival 15-30 minutes - The ceremony entrance - Signing of the register - The exit Music for the drinks reception - Up to 2x45 minute sets Extras included: - A bespoke song request - A handful of song requests, genres & styles Instrumentation: - Solo Violin - Guitar and Vocals - A mixture of Violin, Guitar, & Vocals
£562.50
Wedding Ceremony, Drinks Reception, & Wedding Breakfast
This quote includes: Music for the entire ceremony - Guests arrival 15-30 minutes - The ceremony entrance - Signing of the register - The exit - A bespoke song request Music for the drinks reception - Up to 2x45 minute sets Music for the Wedding Breakfast - Up to 2x45 minute sets - An entrance song Extras included: - A handful of song requests, genres & styles Instrumentation: - Solo Violin - Guitar and Vocals - A mixture of Violin, Guitar, & Vocals
£687.50
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The attention to detail that was carried out before and during the event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Charlton Hall – Northumberland Dewsall Court – Herefordshire Howsham Hall – North Yorkshire Ragley Hall - Alcester Iscoyd Park – Cheshire Peckforton Castle – Cheshire The Old Course Hotel – St Andrews Dunskey Estate - Dumfries Galloway & Ayrshire Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa – Northumberland Saltmarshe Hall – North Yorkshire Stubton Hall – Lincolnshire

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Andrew Bird Tom Misch H.E.R Laura Marling Ed Sheeran Dua Lipa Jason Mraz

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

Liam Gallagher

Do you have different line-up options?

- Violin Solo - Guitar & Vocals - Violin, Guitar, Vocals & Loop-Station

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

I'm happy to make adjustments where possible. It's often that I have two gigs in one day where it can be a tight depending on time and location but 99% of timing changes are absolutely fine.

How much time do you need to set up?

Between 45-60 minutes to fully set up and soundcheck.

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

Yes, that's definitely a selling point. I'm usually happy to learn as many songs for your day as is needed and you're welcome to choose different songs and genres from my collection of Spotify playlists. I've made some playlists to help give you an idea of the favourites that you might like included for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I have everything that I need up to 150 guests although sometimes the venue might have its own equipment and engineer that they'd prefer me to use. We can liaise easily to make sure we're on the same page. If needed, equipment hire might need to be booked if there are more than 150 guests.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, no problem at all. I'm often asked very last minute to learn songs and it's straightforward for me to get these sounding great, very quickly.
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Classical, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Light music, Easy listening, Classical crossover, Ambient pop, Film / TV music, House, Ibiza club
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, Wedding proposal, Concert, New Year's Eve, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Audio engineer, Producer, Orchestrator, Sound technician, Singing teaching, Composition teaching
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