Violist

Frances Verity Higgs

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Violist
Bristol
Public liability insurance of £1 million
Freelance violist, based in Bristol and regularly working in London, Birmingham and Cardiff. Opera/Ballet/Symphony/Chamber work.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
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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Instruments:
Viola
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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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Ragen S, 3 months ago

The group were very accommodating and friendly. Very professional. I would highly recommend.

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Martin A, 4 months ago

Excellent. Professional, charming and talented musicians. They were also happy to learn a new tune that added so much to the event.

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Oscar M, 5 months ago

Excellent band to hire. Their music really did make the night and was a big talking point amongst everyone. They were very good at being flexible (moving around to different parts of the venue to follow the night). Very professional and excellent a playing a range of music.

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Phil G, 6 months ago

Superb through and through. Beautiful musicians, very friendly and amazing communication at all times. Simply the best.

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Matthew Q, 1 month ago

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

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Gareth M, 1 month 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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