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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!

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.

Francis' Reviews

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Diane S
6 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
6 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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This act has been working with Encore for over 8 years
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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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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