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About Frances

Freelance violist, based in Bristol and regularly working in London, Birmingham and Cardiff. Recording/Chamber/Orchestral/Contemporary
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Born in Bristol, Frances started the viola at age 11 under the professorship of Richard Crabtree. She continued her studying at Trinity College of Music, supported with awards from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and full scholarships, under the tutelage of international soloist, Rivka Golani. As well as a busy freelance career focusing in opera and ballet, she has given concerts in Dubai, France, Italy, China and India, whilst future concerts will see her travelling to perform in Zimbabwe and Scandinavia. In demand as a contemporary artist, she works with composers in new works and cross-arts disciplines, including premieres of Oliver Kentish's work, Prelude and Fugue for 10 Violas, at the Southbank Centre; and collaborating on a work for solo viola and dancers at Mobility of the Line exhibition. Frances is a founder member of the Stretto Quartet, who are currently preparing to undertake a UK tour of recitals. She is also a guest artist with the Taliesin Quartet, Cambrian Quartet and Armartis Ensemble. Her work has also lead to recording BBC documentary music, Indian film scores, playing at rock festivals, and recording on albums for various singers and bands. Frances plays on a viola made for her in 2002 by the luthier, David Milward.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
Classical, Baroque, Musical theatre, Opera, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Traditional church music, Military, Contemporary Christian, Christmas, Easy listening, Light music, Avant garde
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader
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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

You can book me as an individual through this page. I also play with Stretto Quartet across the South of the UK, you can find a separate page for this group here on Encore.

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

Let me know as soon as possible! I understand that many things change unavoidably, and am happy to be flexible. I ask for a week minimum lead time on time changes, and 2 weeks for date changes. Of course, the more time, the better as it gives me to opportunity to make arrangements.

How much time do you need to set up?

As standard, I aim to be at the venue 30 minutes before I am due to start.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, performing acoustically I will bring myself, a stand and music. You will need to liaise with your venue to make sure that there is the option to play out of direct sun, rain or heavy wind. Instruments are valuable, and this needs to be taken into consideration.


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)£40
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£210
Up to 3 hours£250


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Matthew Q, 2 years ago

Amazing. Would 100% recommend and would book again. Thanks for everything.

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Gareth M, 2 years ago

Wow! Amazing music for my wedding! Lots of custom songs played wonderfully and all artists were dressed beautifully! Great customer service and answers to all of my silly questions! Very reasonably priced! Brilliant!

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