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Francis Newman

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About Francis

Dynamic young violinist based in Scotland. I hold a chamber music scholarship at St Andrews and enjoy playing an eclectic mix of music!
Violinist
Edinburgh

Inspired to take up the violin at the age of 3, my performance career began as a young child playing short pieces in my father’s church. I grew up in Hong Kong where I developed my skills as a violinist. Returning to the UK in 2012, I earned a place in the Britten Sinfonia Academy before moving in 2014 to my present position as a chamber music scholar at the University of St Andrews, where I also read for a degree in Physics. I also serve as concertmaster for the St Andrews Symphony Orchestra, St Andrews Chamber Orchestra and the New Music Ensemble. I play first violin in the Hetty Buchanan Scholarship String Quartet; we are regularly coached by the world-renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet. I also hugely enjoy playing for events such as weddings, and I have a great deal of experience doing so, primarily as a solo performer, but also as part of a quartet. I have many solo arrangements of famous and popular songs or pieces, classical or popular, and am willing to discuss the requirements of each event with the organiser - and, if necessary, to create new musical arrangements - to ensure the best possible experience for the guests.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Contemporary classical, Christmas, Easy listening, Light music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Reviews

From customers:

Diane S, 2 years ago

We were delighted by Francis' performance today - it really served to create the atmosphere we wanted for our special day. We would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone else!

The F, 2 years ago

[The concert] showed what heights a talented and enthusiastic ensemble can reach. Glorious melodies emanated from every rank of this fine orchestra...

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