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Isabella Baker

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About Isabella

Multi-genre violinist available in Manchester & Lancashire. Recent accolades include performing on BGT winners Collabro's latest album.
Violinist
Manchester
Public liability insurance of £10 million

An experienced improviser and multi-genre violinist, Isabella began lessons at the age of 7 and progressed quickly, resulting in her gaining a place at the Junior RNCM at the age of 11. She was awarded a place in the Hallé Youth Orchestra aged 13, where she gained a vast amount of orchestral experience, receiving the opportunity to play in a contemporary opera at the Royal Opera House, as well as performing alongside the Hallé Orchestra. During this time, Isabella also attended the Pro Corda North summer courses, where her string quartet was chosen to perform Beethoven quartet op.18 no.1 in a showcase concert at Cardiff Millenium Centre. At 16, Isabella then obtained a place at Chetham’s School of Music, where she participated in a wide range of musical activities, including violin masterclasses with Sigyn Fossnes from Barratt Due Institute of Music, Norway, and Fionnuala Hunt from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She also took part in the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra whilst there, performing at prestigious venues such as Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, and Bridgewater Hall. Isabella went on to gain a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, where she is currently studying. Taking a keen interest in chamber music, her string quartet (the Marvolo Quartet) have already received a following, and have rehearsed with the likes of the Elias Quartet and renowned composer Colin Matthews, performing Matthews’ String Quartet No.5 in the RNCM’s “In Focus” concert series. As well as this, Isabella has a passion for improvisation and jazz, taking inspiration from artists such as Stephane Grappelli, Zach Brock and Alex DePue whilst also using loop pedals to create her own compositions. She has also gained a wide experience in session work, performing on tracks by British band ‘Second City’, and also attending a summer school at Berklee College of Music (USA) in order to further her skills as a rock/jazz/pop violinist.

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 can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Electronic, Ambient, Dubstep, EDM, Ibiza club, House, Garage, 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, Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Light music, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Funk, Disco, Funk rock, Motown, Covers, Top 40, Soul, R&B, Tribute, Hip Hop, Rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Sample setlist:
All Of Me - John Legend
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Halo - Beyonce
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Wonderwall - Oasis
I'll Be There - Jess Glynne
Havana - Camilla Cabello
Clocks - Coldplay
Paradise - Coldplay
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Titanium - Sia
Hello - Adele
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
plus many, many more!!
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! I can perform as a duo with other instruments such as violin, viola, cello or sax, and can also provide a string quartet option. Please enquire if there is a specific line-up you are thinking of, and I can try to make it happen!

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

I can be flexible to a certain extent with timings, so if things change slightly in the run up to your event, please get in touch and I will endeavour to fit around you!

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on the act (acoustic or electric), I usually take between 15-60 minutes to set up. If a short DJ set is needed whilst I am doing this, I will provide this service!

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

I am very happy to tailor my setlist to you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I will bring most the equipment I need, however may need to liaise with the venue over sound equipment if required.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you.

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)£125
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250

Add-ons

DJ set
+£30

Reviews

From customers:

Mat (, 2 years ago

Brilliant, talented musician, with a professional attitude. Highly recommend!

Amy (, 1 year ago

Beautiful playing - all the guests said they thought you were fantastic!

From other musicians:

9th August 2017

Great jazz-violinist with a really positive attitude towards music, would definitely recommend!