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About Gillian

I have been teaching and freelancing for 36 years. Experience playing for orchestras, quartets and ensembles. LTCL; ALCM; Post Grad Dip NCOS
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I began playing the Viola aged almost 14 when a fabulous free Music scheme was under way at my local school. This inspired me to go on to study the Viola in Newcastle with Robin Benefield, during which I was given the opportunity to play alongside members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. I moved to London to study with Fred Riddle (Principal Viola, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) whilst studying with The National Centre for Orchestral Studies for my Postgraduate Diploma (Passed with a Distinction). I have freelanced with London Orchestras through Julian Morgensterns Agency and played for events and recordings including Spring Harvest, Green Belt and for songwriters Graham Kendrick, Chris Rolinson, John Pantry and Dave Fellingham. I have also played for theatre productions in London, the North East and Kent. I currently play Viola with Asaph, Adoramus Orchestra and All Souls Orchestra. I began teaching Violin and Viola (and beginner Cello) at Chistlehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in 1985. I currently teach Singing, Piano, Violin and Viola in schools and privately in Kent. Throughout my career I have prioritised encouraging children in their lifetime love of Music, in order to achieve this I have continued my professional development through undertaking many courses and have recently trained to become a Music Examiner. As a songwriter I have published songs for Kings Pre Preparatory School where I worked as Singing Teacher and Class Music Teacher; and for the musical 'Bridesong'. I am a member of The Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

Classical, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Early music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Gypsy jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Covers, Argentinian, French music, German music, Italian music, Russian music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Examiner, Songwriter
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Song list

Light Classical:
Air on the G string (Bach)
Arioso (Bach)
Air (Handel)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Chanson de Matin (Elgar)
Jupiter (from The Planets) (Holst)
Adagio (Khachaturian)
Largo (Dvorak)
Largo (Vivaldi)
Meditation (Massenet)
Nessun Dorma (Puccini)
Prelude from Te Deum (Charpentier)
Oh! Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini)
Jesu Joy of Mans desiring (Bach)
Pavane (Faure)
Rondeau (Mouret)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Palladio (Jenkyns)
Musical Theatre:
To Life (Fiddler on the Roof)
Sunrise Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof)
Sabbath Prayer (Fiddler on the Roof)
If I were a rich man (Fiddler on the Roof)
Bring him home (Les Miserables)
Medley from The Greatest Showman
The Hills are Alive (Sound of Music)
Chim chiminee (Mary Poppins)
Ashokan Farewell (Ungar)
Halo (Beyonce)
The greatest day (Take That)
Titanium (Guetta)
The Prayer (Sager and Foster)
Hey Soul Sister (Monahan)
Get a good feeling (Flo Rider)
Bad Habits (Ed Sheeran)
Paradise (Coldplay)
Aint no sunshine (Withers)
This will be an everlasting love (Natalie Cole)
I'm yours (Jason Mraz)
She (Elvis Costello)
Bittersweet symphony (Verve)
Senorita (Cabello and Mendez)
I say a little prayer for you (Aretha Franklin)
It must be love (Madness)
Danny Boy (Irish Air)
Misty (Garner)
The girl from Ipanema (Jobim)
One note samba (Jobim)
Autumn leaves (Kosma)
Minor Swing (Reinhardt)
Cossack Dance (Kraemer)
Drowsy Maggie (Irish Reel)
Amazing Grace
Sing Hosanna (Trad)
Lord of the Dance (Carter)
Customer questions

How much time do you need to set up?

One hour

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

Yes of course

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£65
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£500


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Marius M, 4 years ago

Hope all is well - we wanted to get back in touch to say thank you for playing at our wedding, we really loved it and it was exactly what we had in mind. Thanks so much, we're happy to complete a review if you have a page or link somewhere. We have also attached a picture of you which we thought you might want! All the best, James & Marius

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Victoria B, 8 years ago

Adam and I just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding at The Museum Of Kent Life on 1st June. You were just fantastic and the songs you played were amazing. Sometimes having a civil ceremony means you miss out on those special touches that you want to add but to be able to incorporate music to both of our tastes and was just beautiful. I want to have an excuse to have you both play at another gathering! Thank you again! Love Mr & Mrs Buckley. xx