Jessie May Smart

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Dynamic and vastly experienced violinist & electric violinist Jessie performs in London, across the UK, and around the globe.
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Classically trained at Trinity College of Music, The University of Nottingham Music dept, and The Royal College of Music Jr Dept., Jessie has been playing the violin since the age of four. She is a versatile musician, playing chamber music to jazz, musical theatre to commercial. Jessie is frequently complimented on her rich tone, sweet melodic solos, and ability to adapt her playing and improvisational style to music of very different genres. The focus on musical theatre in recent years has seen Jessie performing in numerous shows including depping on Wicked in the West End and Arion Production's Dessa Rose at Trafalgar Studios. Touring has included Jessie playing with Sophie Ellis Bextor, Katie Melua, Elbow and more. Other commercial work includes performing on television shows such as X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Royal Variety Performance. Jessie is privileged to have been invited to be the new violinist in the legendary band Steeleye Span and has been playing with them since early 2014. She has toured the UK, Europe, USA, Canada with them. As electric violinist Jessie plays all over the world; solo, with DJs and with other musicians. Her improvisation skills stretch folk to deep house and everything in between.

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Jessie's Reviews

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Ros M
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The G
9 years ago

A remarkable violin workout from Jessie May Smart

The P
9 years ago

One of the biggest stars of the show was Jessie May Smart whose virtuosic violin peformance provided an irresistible counterpoint to every melody

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Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at some incredible venues across the world, such as the Roundhouse, The Royal Festival Hall. I have also performed at Glastonbury Festival, and festivals across Europe and Canada.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! I also run string quartet Vesper, so can always add other string players if you'd like. Or DJs, singers etc etc pending their availability. Just get in touch and we can discuss.

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

I always try to be flexible as possible to help ensure your event runs smoothly, so if timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to arrive 60 minutes prior to starting playing so that it's all up and ready in advance, but setup should take around 20 minutes.

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

Absolutely! For ceremonies I recommend you choose whatever you like, even if I don't have it in my repertoire. For reception, evening, DJ, dinner sets etc, most people request a couple of songs and describe the vibe/genre they'd like, and I tailor the sets around these.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I can provide PA for up to 300 guests (for dinner/ receptions etc) and all the equipment that I need. For shows, DJ live sets at clubs etc, it's often best to use the venue or client's PA, so in that case let's discuss.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I will learn a first dance, or ceremony pieces, or a couple of special requests, as long as I have these a couple of weeks in advance to learn.
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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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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Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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