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Experienced flautist, folk fiddler and singing-guitarist (folk) ,trained at University of Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama
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Hilary Davies is a flautist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, currently studying music therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She has BA (2:1) and MA degrees in music from the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius college) and studied for a Postgraduate Performance diploma in flute at Trinity College of Music, London. In addition to flute, she plays a number of instruments including violin, piano, guitar, viola da gamba, Irish whistle and crwth. She also sings folk and original songs, accompanying herself on guitar or piano. Hilary has over a decade of experience of teaching music to children and adults, both privately and at schools and music services such as Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre). She also has extensive performing experience both solo and with various groups, in a range of musical styles including classical music (from Early Music to contemporary/new music), folk music (English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Breton and Eastern European styles) and improvisation (in a range of styles including classical, jazz and free improvisation). She also performs a solo set with loopstation, where she sings and improvises on several instruments such as flute, violin and guitar. She has recorded four solo albums of her original compositions and songs: "Internal Sunshine" (2006), "Medicina" (2008), "Through the Lanes" (2011) and "Eirlys" (2017).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Classical, Early music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Baroque, Folk, Ceilidh, Welsh folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Avant garde, Experimental, World music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Originals, Acoustic
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker
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Song list

Bach - Chaconne in D minor (flute arrangement)
Debussy - Syrinx (flute)
Bach - Partita in A Minor (flute)
Ian Clarke - The Great Train Race (flute)
Ian Clarke - Zoom Tube (flute)
Gossec - Tambourin (flute)
Elgar - Chanson de Matin (violin)
Monti - Czardas (violin)
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (violin)
Si Bheag Si Mhor (fiddle/flute)
Ashokan Farewell (fiddle)
Morfa Brenhines (fiddle)
Atholl Highlanders (fiddle)
Morrison's Jig/Cooley's reel (fiddle)
Irish Washerwoman (fiddle)
Farewell to Ireland (fiddle)
Spey in Spate (fiddle)
Flowers of Edinburgh (fiddle)
Wild Rover (voice and guitar)
Mick Maguire (voice and guitar)
Leaving of Liverpool (voice and guitar)
Cae The Yowes (voice and guitar)
Loch Lomond (voice and guitar)
Ar Lan y Mor (voice and guitar)
Dacw 'Nghariad (voice and guitar)
This is just a small selection of the many pieces, tunes and songs that I have in my repertoire: please enquire if you would like to know if I can play/can learn a particular piece or song.
Customer questions

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

I will always try to be flexible with timings as far as possible, to help your event run smoothly. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, please let me know as soon as you can.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I am not able to offer this at present but hope to be able to in the future.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually like to set up about 1 hour before the performance time, to give me plenty of time to make sure everything is ready.

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

The set list on my profile is just a small selection of the many pieces and songs I know and can play for you. Once you let me know your requirements, including any particular pieces you would like me to play, I can send you a sample set list for the performance for your approval.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I can perform acoustically on any of my instruments, for a smaller or quieter venue. I am classically trained so am able to project my sound into a space very well. I also have some basic sound equipment (amp, microphones etc.) that I can use to make my solo sound louder for a larger or more noisy venue.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am a quick learner and happy to learn a piece or two for your event, given a reasonable amount of time to do so. If you let me know what you would like me to learn, I can confirm with you whether this is possible or not.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300


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Alexandra W, 4 years ago

To me Hilary's musicality is the perfect combination of talent and grace. What I particularly enjoy about Hilary's performance is her humanity, humility and willingness to include others in joining in. I could listen to her forever, she always generously gives; then leaves me wanting more as well!

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Michael T, 4 years ago

Hilary’s flute playing is amazing. Each note she expresses beautifully through rich tones and sensitivity. Her flute rendition of Bach’s chaconne for violin left the audience at her concert in Glastonbury Abbey enchanted and utterly stunned. I have also heard her weaving intricate improvised layers of harmony with a loop station not only on flute but also playing guitar, violin and singing. An extraordinarily talented musician. Michael Tyack, Circulus