Jane Lawrence

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Jane Lawrence is a well known Lancaster-based musician performing folk music from around Europe , Scandinavia and the British Isles.
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Jane Lawrence has been researching, arranging, composing and performing music for many years. With a background in Ethnomusicology, she brings to life the music she plays, with innovation and creation, yet remaining true to the music. The combination of her classical training in violin and piano with her study of and passion for music of different cultures, makes Jane's playing unique. She has composed and performed music for theatre (Soho Theatre Company and Faulty Optic Theatre of Animation) and played with the bands Chouchenn and Beckham (with Jane Harbour of Spiro, Jon Swayne of Blowzabella and Becky Price of Boldwood) and currently plays in the fabulous band The Balkanics (Klezmer and Balkan) and more recently the Klezmer quartet, Mozaika. She also has been running a folk band in a school for over 10 years now in Kirkby Lonsdale, Salt Pie Lane. As well as being a fantastic fiddle player, Jane is also and incredibly accomplished pianist, with a particular love for playing Bach, Mozart, Bartok and Kabalevsky. She is also a member of the fabulous Lancaster based Haffner Symphony Orchestra.

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Baron F
1 year ago, for a Private event in Manchester
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5 out of 5

Jane and her band played at our big event (our son’s Barmitzvah) and they were sensational! Jane led her team mesmerically and got everyone in the great big room listening and swaying along, especially to the klezmer numbers which we all somehow knew enough to hum along to, at least after a few bars (the musical type, not the drinks, though they went well together). It was the best atmosphere we could have hoped for and biggest thanks to the band.

Malcolm F
13 years ago

Ms. Lawrence stood rocking slightly, her hair held back from her head in flowing tresses, at one with her violin. She had become shamanic, making music both passionate and lyrical, tender and strong, sad and joyful; and at the same time she brought to the piece the respect, authority and musicianship of a virtuoso of the classical repertoire. It was a transcendent moment. We were connected to our shared humanity; the intelligent and creative being that makes beauty.

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Jane's Song list

The Silver Wedding
Der Heyser Bulgar
Chose Kalle Mazelton
Hava Nagila
Odessa Bulgar
Nacht in Gan Eden
Happy Nigun
Jeff Warshauer's
Hora Medura
Hora Hadera
Od lo Ahavti Dai
Zemer Atik
Nigun shel Yossi
ENGLISH (Playford English Country Dance Collection.)
All in a Garden Green
Child Grove
Italian Rant
The Lily
Mr Preston's Hornpipe
Presbyterian Hornpipe
Black Cap
Drive the Cold Winter Away
Glory of the west
Heart's Ease
Kettle Drum
Maiden Lane
Parson's Farewell
Staines Morris
The Cuckoo's Nest
Lady in the dark
The merry conceit
The new Royal Exchange
Hijaz Mandalitos
Adje Jano
Macedonian Girl
Tune from Ohrid
Elena Mome
Dance from the Black Sea
Bach Partita in
Scarlatti Sonata in B minor
Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances
Khatchachurian Toccata
Couperin - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Satie - 3 Gymnopedies & 3 Gnossiennes
Chopin - Valse
Chopin - Nocturne in C# minor
Chopin - Prelude Op 28 no 4
Debussy - The Girl with the flaxen hair
Debussy - La Cathedrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)
Debussy - Reverie

Jane's 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)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£375
Customer questions

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

I always try to be as flexible as possible, as long as I'm given some prior warning.

How much time do you need to set up?

It usually takes around 1 - 1.5 hours to set up

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we can find what works best for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely. I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
Folk, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Traditional English folk, Ceilidh, Balkan, French music, Klezmer, Jewish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Recording session, Concert, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Theory teaching, Arranger
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