Magdalena Helen

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Leeds Violinist Available for Events!

Magdalena Helen is a Leeds/Edinburgh 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).

Performance details
I can perform with backing tracks
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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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! Extra charges for music requests only occur when the piece is difficult (and thus will require extra practice) or I am not used to the genre. Message for more information!
Here are some I already play (or can play with a short amount of practice):
1.Perfect by Ed Sheeran
2.Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
3.Pachelbel’s Cannon
4.All of me - John Legend
5.River Flows in You - popular piece in Twilight
6.Into You - Ariana Grande
7.Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
8.Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
9.Clean Bandit - No Place I’d Rather Be
10.Coldplay - Adventures of a Lifetime
11.Freya - Lost Without You
12.Shallow - Lady Gaga
13.Love me Like you Do - Ellie Goulding
14.Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
15.Marry You - Bruno Mars
16.Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
17.How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
18.Portugal. The Man - Feel it Still
19.We Found Love - Rihanna
20.Make you Feel My Love
21.I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
22.Crazy in Love - Beyonce
23.Love on the Brain - Rihanna
24.Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
25.She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5
26.Can’t Get You Out of My Head - Kylie Monogue
27.Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
28.Bruno Mars - Just the way you are
29.As Long as you Love Me - Justin Bieber/ Backstreet Boys?
30.Love Story - Taylor Swift
31.Let me Love You - Justin Bieber
32.I Believe in a thing called Love - The Darkness
33.Be the One - Dua Lipa
34.Love Somebody - Maroon 5
35.Sam Smith, Normani - Dancing with a Stranger
36.I say a Little Prayer for you - Aretha Franklin
37.Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
38.Nothing Breaks like a Heart - Miley Cyrus
39.Still into You - Paramore
40.Like a Prayer - Madonna
41.My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson
Customer questions

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 don't have a PA system or microphone so such equipment would need to be provided. I can play the electric violin too but I don't own an electric violin.

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

As long as you update me in advance of me purchasing public transportation tickets, 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.

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.

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. If the music is of a genre I'm not used to performing, for example, Bollywood music, there would be a fee to learn the music due to extra rehearsal times required to learn the piece(s).

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.


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£370
Up to 3 hours£550
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
Drinks reception
45 minutes performance during your drinks reception.
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.
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.