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Emily Birse

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About Emily

Freelance violinist with a variety of styles available to suit your event!
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Emily has years of experience performing in weddings and functions across the UK and is available to play as a soloist or in a string duo/quartet. She is also able to perform with a backing track if required. Repertoire ranges from classical to pop, and from jazz to film music. She is able to take requests and is happy to tailor her performance around your wishes. Emily is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied violin performance. She has enjoyed many different opportunities ranging from performing with the Hallé Orchestra to travelling across the UK with the Gatecrasher Classical Orchestra. In July 2019, Emily performed in Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom’s ‘The Nico Project’ at the Manchester International Festival, and in October 2019 travelled to Australia to perform the show in the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Another recent highlight was performing in the televised 'Jonny Greenwood Prom’ at the BBC Proms, in which Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood had his new works performed for the first time. Feel free to get in touch with any queries or questions you may have about your event 🎻🎶

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Film / TV music, Christmas, Traditional church 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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Below is a selection of available music, there are more and I also take requests!
Popular classical includes:
Pachelbel - Canon
Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Divertimento in D major
Elgar - Salut d'Amour
Chanson de Matin
Chanson de Nuit
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Bach - Air on a G string
Vivaldi - 'Spring' and the Largo from 'Winter' (Four Seasons)
Puccini - Nessun Dorma
O Mio Babbino Caro
Vaughan-Williams - Lark Ascending
Einaudi- I Giorni
Le Onde
Pop music includes:
Bruno Mars -Just the way you are
Marry you
Adele - Make you feel my love
Someone like you
Rolling in the deep
Set fire to the rain
John Legend -All of me
Start a fire
Jason Mraz- I'm yours
Michael Buble - Everything
Crazy Love
How sweet it is
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained melody
Seal - Kiss from a rose
Elvis Presley - Can't help falling in love
Christina Perri - A thousand years
Stevie Wonder - Signed, sealed, delivered
Isn't she lovely
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Fix You
Ed Sheeran - Galway girl
Shape of you
Thinking out loud
Clean Bandit - Rather be
Elton John - Your song
Don't let the sun go down on me
Crocodile Rock
The Verve - Bitter sweet symphony
Oasis - Don't look back in anger
Half the world away
Mcfly - It's all about you
Star Girl
Guns n' roses - Sweet Child of Mine
Aerosmith - I don't want to miss a thing
Luis Fonsi - Despacito
Des'ree - I'm kissing you
Film music includes:
I see the light (Tangled)
Touch the sky (Brave)
Glasgow love theme (Love Actually)
Pelagia's song (Captain Corelli)
You've got a friend in me (Toy Story)
A whole new world (Aladdin)
Can you feel the love tonight (Lion King)
Circle of life (Lion King)
Love theme (Cinema Paradiso)
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffanys)
Summer Loving, Grease Medley (Grease)
Love Theme (Godfather)
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I can perform solo or with a backing track. I am also able to perform as part of a violin duo!

How much time do you need to set up?

If I am performing solo or in a duo then I will not need much time to set up. I would usually allow 15-20 minutes to position and settle. If you would like me to play with a backing track then I will need approximately 45 minutes.

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

Please let me know if there are any particular pieces on my songlist you would like me to play. My set list is ever-growing, so as part of the package you can make extra requests which I will arrange before the event!


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)£50
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


From customers:

Rhi (, 5 years ago

Thank you so much, you all played beautifully. A real treat for us and our guests

Helen (, 6 years ago

They had a wide song choice and everything from booking to performing was seamless and worry free. Would definitely recommend them and just disappointed we didn't get to hear more of them. Thanks again and all the best for the future!