Magdalena Helen

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Magdalena Helen is a Leeds based musician with a BMus (Hons) degree from The University of Edinburgh and a Computer Music MA from the University of Leeds. She is a composer, violinist, singer, computer musician, clarinettist, and pianist, with interests in composition, computer music and creative programming, acoustics, and mathematics. Magdalena has performed internationally (singing in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod); she has performed for various music festivals (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Eisteddfod), radio and TV shows (various BBC radio and TV, Real radio), musical theatre productions (performances at the Alhambra theatre), and performs with professional ensembles (currently with the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble (ECME) and LSTwo).

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Magdalena's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Rebecca F
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Superb!!! Magdalena provided such a wonderful service. Would highly recommend. Thank you so much!

From other customers:

Angela R
4 years ago, for a Wedding in York
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5 out of 5

Absolutely fantastic violinist, my wedding party thoroughly enjoyed her music!

Hannah R
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Leeds
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5 out of 5

To Magdalena, Thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding & for taking the time to learn new music for us. You were so kind and helpful. Thank you, Hannah & Jon x

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Magdalena's Song list

I'm currently in the process of creating a song list. Feel free to message with requests: there's a strong chance I know the piece already or can learn it very quickly! Message for more information!
Here are some I already play (or can play with a short amount of practice):
1. Ed Sheeran - Perfect
2. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
3. Elvis Presley - Can’t Help Falling in Love
4. Pachelbel’s Cannon in D
5. All of me - John Legend
6. Yiruma - River Flows in You (popular piece in Twilight)
7. Into You - Ariana Grande
8. Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
9. Clean Bandit - No Place I’d Rather Be
10. Freya - Lost Without You
11. Shallow - Lady Gaga
12. Love me Like you Do - Ellie Goulding
13. Marry You - Bruno Mars
14. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
15. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
16. Portugal. The Man - Feel it Still
17. Make you Feel My Love - Adele
18. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
19. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
20. She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
21. Can’t Get You Out of My Head - Kylie Monogue
22. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
23. Bruno Mars - Just the way you are
24. Backstreet Boys - As Long as you Love Me
25. Love Story - Taylor Swift
26. I Believe in a thing called Love - The Darkness
27. Be the One - Dua Lipa
28. Love Somebody - Maroon 5
29. Sam Smith, Normani - Dancing with a Stranger
30. I say a Little Prayer for you - Aretha Franklin
31. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
32. Nothing Breaks like a Heart - Miley Cyrus
33. Still into You - Paramore
34. Like a Prayer - Madonna
35. My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson
36. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
37. Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
38. Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
39. Beautiful Day - U2
40. I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
41. Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
42. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
43. Wonderwall - Oasis
44. Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
45. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
46. Adele – Make you feel my love
47. Coldplay - Adventures of a Lifetime
48. Coldplay – The Scientist
49. Coldplay – Paradise
50. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
51. Beyonce - Crazy in Love
52. Beyonce – XO
53. Beyonce - Halo
54. Beyonce - Love on Top
55. Beyonce - Single Ladies
56. Beyonce - Sweet Dreams
57. Rihanna - Lift Me Up
58. Rihanna - We Found Love
59. Rihanna - Love on the Brain
60. DJ Snake - Let Me Love You ft. Justin Bieber
61. Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
62. Justin Bieber - As Long as you Love Me
1. Salut D'Amour - Edward Elgar
2. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, Movement I - Mozart
3. Meditation from Thais - Jules Massenet
4. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach
5. Largo from Winter - Antonio Vivaldi
6. Waltz of the Flowers (From the Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
7. Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck
8. The Swan (From the Carnival of the Animals) - Camille Saint-Saens
9. Air on G - J. S. Bach
10. Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
11. Pavane, Opus 50 - Gabriel Faure

Magdalena's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£475
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding Meal
45 minutes performance during the wedding meal.
Drinks reception
45 minutes performance during your drinks reception.
Wedding ceremony and meal/ reception
Ceremony: this includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. And Meal: 45 minutes performance during the wedding meal. Or Reception: 45 minutes performance during the reception.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Four Hours Performance
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. - 1 x 45 min performances at any other appropriate point


PA System for Backing Tracks
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have had people let me know they have been inspired to play the violin after I have performed, which is a very nice comment to hear. People love how I get into the music and convey not only the music, but the emotions too. They have always commented on the tone and particularly the vibrato.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed internationally at various prestigious venues across France and the UK. I have performed for the Pope, for various BBC radio and TV, in various well known festivals, such as Llangollen International Eistedfodd, and Edinburgh Fringe festival, and in various prestigous cathedrals, such as St. Anne's Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am influenced by all genres and all styles of music! This influences me compositionally and as I perform as a violinist. With regards to violinists, I am inspired by musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Paganini, Kreisler, Wieniawski, Kreutzer, Nicola Benedetti, Vengerov, and David Garret, to name but a few.

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

I have performed for Pope Benedict XVI for the beatification of Cardinal Newman in 2010.

Do you have different line-up options?

I can play solo violin, play to backing tracks, and/ include pedals for some electronic music effects. I have a wireless PA system with a microphone (perfect for outdoor events!) I can play the electric violin too but I don't own an electric violin and would need to hire one.

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

As long as you update within a month of the event date, it should be fine. If I'm required to play longer, my fees would increase depending on how much that would be. If the event has changed to a different date, I may not be able to perform if I am booked for another event that day. Message for more information.

How much time do you need to set up?

15 minutes to set up and tune my violin. 30 minutes if I'm using a PA. I usually arrive about an hour in advance of performances (free of charge).

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

Yes. You may also request any pieces and I will let you know if I am able to learn them in time for your event. Message for more information!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically, and PA system if requested and 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. I'm happy to learn requests as long as they are made with plenty of notice (deadline being a month before the event). If it's a particularly tricky piece that requires a lot of rehearsal, there may be a £30 fee per tricky piece. This would be communicated beforehand.
Pop, Covers, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Pop rock, Indie, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Irish rock, Folk rock, Country, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1950s era music, Electronic, Ambient, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Early music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, Electro-Swing
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church 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:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Actor, Dancer, Ableton Live, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Theory teaching
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