Martina Schwarz

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Martina Schwarz is a London based musician (accordion, vocals), composer/songwriter and performer. theatre, private functions, festivals...
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Martina Schwarz, is a London based musician, composer/songwriter, performer, choir leader and accordion teacher (LTCL music education). Martina enjoys a constant and varied stream of engagements as a solo singing accordionist and in different musical formations as well as a music creator for theatre, film and dance. Martina has a very large repertoire of various styles which she performs with great passion. Apart from playing at weddings and other private functions she often brings her music and singing into community, health and educational settings. Martina holds a degree in education and has released several songbooks and CDs for children and tours her songs worldwide. She won the national composer's competition for accordion twice.

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Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Classical, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Originals, Light music, Vintage, Covers, Acoustic, Pop, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, African music, Argentinian, Arabic, Bossa nova, Bavarian oompah, Balkan, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cumbia, French music, Greek music, German music, Klezmer, Jewish music, Italian music, Latin, Polka, Polish music, Russian music, Ska, Tango, Spanish music, Reggae
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker, Animateur
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Martina's Song list

Music from the 1920s to the 1960s
Well known film themes (The Godfather, Amacor, Amelie, little Mermaid theme and many more)
Music hall songs
Jazz standards
Beatles, Stones, other Pop & rock'n roll
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD for all sorts of occasions:
Balkan/ Gypsy, Klezmer, Italian, Tangos, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian and Irish
FRENCH MUSIC suitable for Bastille day, Valentine's day, Weddings and wine tasting, "Beaujolais Nouveau":
Edith Piaf; I can also sing many of these chansons:
La Vie en Rose (Take Me To Your Heart Again)
Non, Je ne Regrette rien (No Regrets)
Mon manege a toi (Love is like champagne)
Padam, padam…
Les amants d’un jour
L’hymne a l’amour
C’etait un jour de fete
La Goulante du pauvre Jean
Sous le ciel de Paris (Under Paris Skies)
Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves)
Charles Treinet
La Mer (The Sea)
Que reste-t-il de nos amours
(I Wish You Love)
Lucienne Delyle
L’amant de St. Jean
Mon homme (My Man)
Jacques Brel
Ne me quitte pas
Georges Brassens
La Marine
Many tunes from the film Amelie
as well as:
Sous les ponts de Paris
Plaisir d’amour
Amour at printemps
La java bleue
Parlez-moi d’amour
La Villette, and many more
Martina can prepare special requests
if known in advance.
Customer questions

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

I always try my 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 me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I hardly need any time setting up as a solo musician, 20 minutes at the most. If vocals are added I might use a PA which would add another 15 minutes, so 35 min max

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

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

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own accordion to play accoustically (or amped). For vocals I can bring a small PA & Mic & mic stand unless you have a PA and Mic stand for me to use.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my set 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. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

Martina's Prices

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Martina's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Joanna G
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

We couldn’t have asked for a better accordionist for our drinks reception, Martina played beautifully, everyone enjoyed her music which further added to our memories of our very special day! Thank you so so much for being part of it!

Reply from Martina
5 months ago

I had a great time playing for you my Italian repertoire on your special day for you and your lovely guests!

Sarah E
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Martina played for a funeral services, she provided a very special touch for the family farewell of someone dear to them

Reply from Martina
5 months ago

it was an honour for me to play for such a special occasion and to accompany the last farewell for this lovely sounding lady with her favourite Irish music.

Graeme D
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Martina was amazing- she came really prepared and fully committed to the performance, and the theme which contributed inestimably to its success!

Reply from Martina
8 months ago

Thanks for the lovely review, Graeme! Your light installation was beautiful and I really enjoyed contributing to this event musically. It was wonderful seeing the kids (and the adult folk) having a great time!

Richard T
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent. Just what was wanted, cheerful all round

Reply from Martina
8 months ago

Sorry for my very late reply! I very much enjoyed playing for your event in your beautiful garden!

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From other customers:

Darren C
7 years ago

Our accordionist Martina played a huge part in making our wedding day such a success! She was completely "on brief" and everyone has commented on how fabulous she was, thank you, Martina!

Claire B
8 years ago

Martina played at the reception drinks of our move themed wedding at Shepperton Studios back in March - she played lots of film classics - like music from Amelie and The Godfather - she was amazing and made the day all the more special for us as we love the music of the accordion - so romantic! Book her!