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Gabrielle Lewis

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About Gabrielle

West-country based organist, accompanist, singer and continuo/orchestral player, specialising in Baroque/Classical music.
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Gunnislake

Gabrielle Lewis grew up in Herefordshire, Teesside and Shropshire, then read music at Reading University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 1986. Since then she has trained and worked as a teacher of music, at Devonport High School for Girls in Plymouth, then privately in addition to other work. She studied the piano from an early age and the organ from teenage years, having lessons with Paul Derrett, John Longstaff, Kevin Bowyer and Graham Williams and gaining the ALCM, LRSM and ARCO diplomas. At present she is organist of St Anne’s Church, Gunnislake and St Andrew’s Church, Calstock; tutors organ, piano, singing and flute. Previously she has been Director of Music at the Church of the Ascension, Crownhill, Plymouth and since living in Cornwall from 1986, has had opportunities to perform, including organ recitals locally and around the country, choir accompaniment and orchestral/continuo playing.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music
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Instruments:
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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, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Dancer, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Bridal March from Lohengrin - Wagner
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Toccata from 5th Symphony - Widor
Toccata & Fugue in D minor - Bach
Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi) - Bach
Concerto in D minor (after Vivaldi) - Bach
Toccata and Fugue in F - Buxtehude
Rosymedre - Vaughan-Williams
Pastorale - Franck
Prelude, Fugue & Variation - Franck
Tema met Variaties - Andriessen
[Much more organ music and requests]
Schubert - Ständchen
Schumann - Nachtlied
Schumann - Der Nußbaum
Schumann - Wiegenlied
Handel - Arias from Messiah (soprano)
Handel - Let the Bright Seraphim
Bach - Bist du bei Mir
Handel - Silent Worship
Purcell - Nymphs and Shepherds
Purcell - Music for a While
Sullivan - Seated one day at the Organ
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
Christmas Carols and Songs
Memory from Cats
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (the Wizard of Oz)
Elton John - Your Song (as song or organ arrangement)
Bach - Italian Concerto
Chopin - Waltz in A minor
Chopin - Waltz in D flat
Mozart - Sonata in C
[Much for repertoire for piano/harpsichord]
Handel Messiah - Organ accompaniment
Vivaldi Gloria - Organ accompaniment
Handel - Zadok the Priest - Organ accompaniment
Handel Messiah - Continuo
Orchestral and continuo parts for keyboard
Organ accompaniments for anthems and canticles
Piano accompaniments for choirs
Mozart - Flute concertos
Bach - Sonatas for flute
Handel - Sonatas for flute
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Customer questions

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

This should not be a problem - just let me know so I can be suitably organised.

How much time do you need to set up?

This depends on the type of gig. I like to have some practice time to become accustomed to any new organ that I play, wherever possible. The keyboard requires a short time to set up; if the harpsichord is required, I need to secure someone to help me bring it and set it up.

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

Yes, especially for wedding services and similar occasions, you can choose all the music or chat to me about your requirements.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

In the case of an organ or piano, it should be at the venue (I like to check what is available). I can bring a keyboard or, for continuo playing, an electric harpsichord if needed.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, as an organist I am always willing to do this. If the piece requested is a demanding one, I appreciate some notice in order to have time to prepare it.

Prices

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£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250

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David S, 11 months ago

We booked Gabrielle through encore to play in the church for our daughters wedding day. I found Gabrielle to be a very professional organist. She is very organised and has been a delight to work with. She is conscientious and diligent in her approach carrying out a lot of planning directly with the church to make sure the event was a success.

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Sharon B, 1 year ago

Just to say how beautiful the Organ Recital was last evening. Many thanks and congratulations to our fabulous Organist, who performed fantastic pieces of music.

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Nigel P, 1 year ago

Many thanks for playing for us at St John's recently. It was a wonderful concert; a well-planned programme, well presented and beautifully performed. You truly made the most of our lovely Hill/Hele organ, and the audience really enjoyed it. Your programme ranged from baroque through to some contemporary Andriessen and showed both the versatility of the organ and our own versatility as a performer. It was good to hear the Anna Amalia di Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel what a mouthful!) - something which was new to me and to most of the audience. Your programme introductions were both interesting and witty and added much to the occasion. I shall be leaving St John's myself very soon, but I have given your contact details to Fr Nick and I'm sure that he will ask you back to St John's very soon. Thank you again for a wonderful recital.