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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, born in Cologne, 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 language learning songbooks and CDs for children and tours her songs worldwide. She won the national composer's competition for accordion twice.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
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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Song list

Music from the 1920s to the 1960s
Well known film themes (The Godfather, Amacor, Amelie and many more)
Music hall songs
Jazz standards
Pop & rock'n roll
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD for all sorts of occasions:
Balkan/ Gypsy, Klezmer, Italian, Tangos, French, German, Russian and Irish
FRENCH MUSIC suitable for Bastille day, Valentine's day, Weddings and wine tasting, "Beaujolais Nouveau":
Edith Piaf:
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.


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Sara P, 1 month ago

Martina was amazing. She played traditional Italian folk music during our cocktail reception. There was a song I asked her to play, which she did and everyone commented how lovely all the music was. Great at communicating leading up to the day! Thank you Martina

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Christine K, 2 years ago

Martina played the accordion during my husband's 60th birthday lunch party. The track choices were perfect with a good mix of French chanson, tango and jazz standards. Martina's performance created a unique atmosphere for this special event. I cannot recommend Martina more highly. Simply perfect.

From other customers:

Darren C, 5 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, 6 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!