Percussionist

Jemma Sharp

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About Jemma

Percussionist
Cardiff
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Spirited young percussionist available for unique solo performances at events and for ensemble work within orchestras, musicals, operas etc.

Jemma Sharp is an avid events performer with a passion for providing everyone she can with unforgettable musical experiences. From countless performances in care homes and schools with her percussion quartet and orchestral experiences in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, to solo recitals and concerto performances in the Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava and beyond, Jemma is well experienced and equipped to take on any type of event or performance. Whilst studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Jemma reached the final of the college’s Concerto Competition in her very first term, going on to win the first Ev-entz Solo Percussion Prize the year after. She is also a Live Music Now artist and works in conjunction with young and upcoming composers to create new and exciting repertoire for percussion. Jemma has played for many weddings, personal events and corporate events and also works as a composer and arranger, with previous clients including O Duo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Jemma is happy to arrange any song you’d like for your event for solo marimba. Jemma is also happy to perform as an orchestral percussionist with orchestras, choirs, musicals, etc., or for pop and club events on Latin percussion. She is also a passionate and experienced percussion teacher for pupils of all ages; her current pupils ranging from 5 to 74 years old.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Ibiza club, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, African music, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Flamenco, French music, Latin, Samba, Tango, Salsa
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Transcription, Orchestrator, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

A Thousand Years
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
All of Me
At Last
Banana Pancakes
Best Day of My Life
Better Together
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Can’t Stop The Feeling
Dog Days Are Over
Endless Love
Forever Young
Here Comes The Sun
Home
Ho Hey
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
If I Ain’t Got You
I’m Kissing You
In Your Eyes
Isn’t She Lovely
I Will Wait
La Vie en Rose
Love Me Like You Do
Love of My Life
Make You Feel My Love
Marry You
Misty
Moon River
Perfect
Ribbon In The Sky
Shut Up And Dance
Somewhere Only We Know
Sugar
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Thinking Out Loud
What A Wonderful World
You Are So Beautiful
Your Song
Customer questions

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

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

Happily, although if you require me to supply the PA there will be an additional fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive one hour before the performance is due to begin, but if you require a quick get-in please discuss this with me.

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

I am more than happy to create bespoke set lists with you to ensure your event is as perfect as possible.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes indeed.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I would be more than happy to learn additional songs for your event, but due to time restraints, I do cap this at five songs before incurring a charge.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Audiences of all kinds are captivated by the beautiful, warm sound and the visual aspect of the marimba. It is very different from your conventional pianos and string ensembles and always takes guests by surprise!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in everything from musical theatre pits to vast concert halls with ensembles around Europe, and in numerous wedding venues and recital halls across the UK as a soloist.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Emiko Uchimaya is my favourite marimbist as it were, but I take inspiration from all kinds of musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Bill Laurance, Lizzo and Mongo Santamaria.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I once performed in a European palace for a Prince and Princess.

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)£60
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£320
Packages
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Morning or Dinner Performance
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception/wedding breakfast - 2 x 45 min performances either before the ceremony as the bridal party are getting ready, or as dinner is being served.
£450
Available services
Playlist Service
+£60

Reviews

From customers:

Private C

A tearjerking performance from a very talented young lady.

Private C

Jemma was superb, each note was clearly delivered very intently to great effect.