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I simply love to play the violin and would like to perform for your special day! Please see reviews of my work for your peace of mind.
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Chichester
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I have performed as a freelance violinist, including with the 'The Finishing Touch String Quartet' for over fifteen years. I have played at numerous weddings and social functions (including for the Royal Family), as well as regularly giving concert recitals both at home and abroad. Please read my reviews in respect of all aspects of my work. As a soloist I have hundreds of pieces with backing tracks for every occasion, including classical music, modern day hits, soul music, jigs and reels, jazz and blues and popular classics, including film music. I play both acoustic and electric violin, so offer a diverse range of experience. In addition to a successful freelance playing career, I am an experienced professional conductor. The videos that you hear are obviously unedited simple demonstrations of my playing as I believe it is import that you know exactly what you are hiring in a simple format.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Medieval music, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Easy listening, Originals, Covers, Light music, Jazz, Pop, Italian music, Scottish music, Blues, Ragtime
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Instruments:
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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, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Examiner
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Song list

SOLO VIOLIN (example repertoire)
POPULAR
Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistakes)
Colourblind
Complicated
If You're Not the One
I'm Gonna Getcha Good
Love at First Sight
Round Round
The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)
Unbreakable
Whenever, Wherever
Caught in the Middle
Emotion
Eternity
Evergreen
Hero
If You Come Back
Queen of My Heart
Whole Again
You
What If
Green Onions
I Got The Sweetest Feeling
I Got You (I Feel Good)
I Say A Little Prayer
In The Midnight Hour
Let's Stay Together
Pick Up The Pieces
Private Number
Respect
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Soul Man
Stand By Me
Take Me To The River
Walkin' The Dog
Who's Making Love
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Candle In The Winds
Dust In The Wind
Every Breath You Take
Fire And Rain
Good Vibrations
Have I Told You Lately
Heaven
Lean on Me
Shes Always A Woman
Tears In Heaven
With A Little Help From My Friends
All About Tonight
The A Team
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Glad You Came
Grenade
Jar Of Hearts
Last Friday Night
Love Goes Down
Jealousy
Someone Like You
All Of Me
Heart's On Fire
How Long Will I Love You
Let Go For Tonight
Let It Go
Roar
Say Something
Sky Full Of Stars
Story Of My Life
Wrecking Ball
22
Best Ever Song
Big When I Was Little
Hey Porsche
Just Give Me A Reason
Let Her Go
Panic Chord
Right Place Right Time
Stay
Walks Like Rihanna
Fernando
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen
Money, Money, Money
Super Trouper
Thank You for the Music
Take a Chance on Me
The Winner Takes It All
Waterloo
CLASSICAL
Morning
Nessun Dorma
Largo (New World)
Oh! Mio Babbino Caro
Pavane
Nimrod
Scheherezade
Pomp Amd Circumstance No 1
Romeo And Juliet
Vesti La Giubba
Radetsky March
Turkish Rondo
Barcarolle
The Blue Danube
Meditation
Adagio (From Sparticus)
Canon
Carmen (Overture)
Chanson De Matin
Chanson Boheme
Choral Symphony
Farandole
Dance Of The Hours
Gymnopedie No. 1
Jupiter
Spring
Ode To Joy
Canon In D
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Russian Dance
Air On The G String
Minuet In G
Fur Elise
Wiegenlied Brahm's Lullaby
Rondeau
Andante
Morning Mood
Habanera
Can Can
GIGS AND REELS
Hunting The Hare
The Fairy Dance
Morpeth Rant
Constant Billy
The Keel Row
Country Gardens
The Staffordshire Hornpipe
The Girl I Left Behind Me
King Of The Fairies
The Trumpet Hornpipe
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
The Bridal
Danny Boy
The Peeler's Away With My Daughter
Red-Haired Boy
The Fox Hunter's Jig
Drowsy Maggie
Harvest Home
Carolan's Air
The Mason's Apron
The Bonny Lass Of Fyvie
Brochan Lom
Mrs Jamieson's Favourite
Lord MacDonald's Reel
The Flowers Of Edinburgh
Miss Sally Of Thurston
Mary, Young And Fair
The Gay Gordons
The Spey In Spate
Earl Grey
FILM
Believe (Polar Express)
Come So Far (Hairspray)
Gonna Fly Now (Rocky)
Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter)
In Dreams (Lord Of The Rings)
James Bond Theme (Casino Royale)
Over The Rainbow (Wizard Of Oz)
Raider's March (Raiders Of The Lost Ark )
Pink Panther (The Pink Panther)
Way Back Into Love (Music And Lyrics)
RAGTIME
Good Morning Blues
Makin Whoopee
The Entertainer
Lullaby of Birdland
House of the Rising Song
Number Twelve Train
The Fascinator
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Paragon Rag
Franky and Johnny
Tuxedo Junction
Take Five
ALSO SEE THE FINISHING TOUCH (example repertoire below)
POPULAR
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
A Walk in the Black Forest
Agitation Rag
Alfie
All Creatures Great and Small
All The Way
An Innocent Man
Annie’s Song
Anything Goes
Around Midnight
As Long As He Needs Me
Autumn Leaves
Be My Love
Belle Of The Ball
Blue Tango
Bohemia Rag
Born Free
Brideshead Revisited
Bring Me Sunshine
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Caravan
Cavatina (Theme from the Deer Hunter)
Close To You
Country Club Rag
Czardas
Dance Of The Snowman
Do You Know Where You’re Going
Doin’ What Comes Naturally
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Fawlty Towers
Fiddler On The Roof
Foggy Day
Forgotten Dreams
Getting To Know You
God Bless This Child
Goodbye To Love
Hallelujah I Love Him So
Heliotrope Bouquet
Hello Dolly
Horse and Buggy
If You Knew Suzy
I’ll Close My Eyes
I’ll Wait For You
I’m In The Mood For Love
I Got It Bad
It’s A Lovely Day Today
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Aint Got Swing)
Jamaica Rumba
Jazz Legato
Jazz Pizzicato
Jeepers Creepers
Last Of The Summer Wine
Love Theme From St Elmo’s Fire
Lullaby Of Birdland
Making Whoopee!
Maple Leaf Rag
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
Memory
Michelle
Minder (I Could Be So Good For You)
Misty
Moonlighting
Moonlight Serenade
Moon River
More
My Love
My Way
Nancy
Never Mind The Why Or The Wherefore
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Nobody Does It Better
Oklahoma
On The Street Where You Live
On Top Of The World
Over the Rainbow
Paragon Rag
Pennies From Heaven
Penny Lane
Pineapple Rag
Plink, Plank, Plunk
Postman Pat
Prelude To A Kiss
Promise Me
Reel Fiddlin’
Sandpaper Ballet
Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Serenata
Solitaire
Some Enchanted Evening
Sound of Music (selection)
South Pacific (selection)
Spread A Little Happiness
Star Dust
Steppin’ Out With My Baby
Stop!
Stormy Weather
Summer of ‘42
Summertime
Sunburst Rag
Sunrise, Sunset
Superstar
That’s A Plenty
The Dam Busters March
The Easy Winners
The Entertainer
The King and I (selection)
The Last Time I Felt Like This
The Party’s Over
The Promise
The Riviera
The Syncopated Clock
The Typewriter
The Waltzing Cat
Theme from Godfather II
Theme from Ice Castles
Theme from New York, New York
Theme from Schindlers List
Theme from Life and Times of Lloyd George
The Sound Of Music
They Didn’t Believe Me
Those Were The Days
Traditional Christmas Carols
Turkey In The Straw
Unforgettable
Waltzing Cat
HITS
Arthur’s Theme
Bohemian Rhapsody
Chariots of Fire
Diamonds Are Forever
Eleanor Rigby
Eternal Flame
Fly Me To The Moon
Hello
Love of My Life
Money, Money, Money
Saving All My Love For You
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’M Yours!
Somewhere Only We Know
Thanks For The Memory
The Greatest Love Of All
The Windmills Of Your Mind
The Winner Takes It All
TRADITIONAL
Auld Lang Syne
Congratulations
God Save the Queen
Happy Birthday
Havah Nagilah
Highland Whisky – traditional scottish
I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
Irish Sherry – traditional Irish music
Irish Tune from County Derry
Match of the Day
Ship’s Fiddler – Sea Songs and Shanties
Sleigh Ride
Sussex By The Sea
CLASSICAL
Tango - Albeniz
Brandenburg Concerto No 2 - J. S. Bach
Concerto for two violins - J. S. Bach
Fugue in C minor - J. S. Bach
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring - J. S. Bach
Prelude No. 7 - J. S. Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze - J. S. Bach
Sicilienne - J. S. Bach
Sinfonia - J. S. Bach
Suite in D Major - J. S. Bach
Themes from Carmen - Bizet
Menuet - Boccherini
Polovtzian Dance (Stranger In Paradise) - Borodin
Waltz - Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Brahms
Two Cuban Dances - Cervantes
Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) - Clarke/Purcell
Christmas Concerto - Corelli
Concerto No. 11 in Bb major - Corelli
Golliwog’s Cake-Walk - Debussy
Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes
Humoresque - Dvorak
Polka from the Czech Suite - Dvorak
Chanson de Matin - Elgar
Chanson de Nuit - Elgar
Nimrod (“The Enigma Variations”) - Elgar
Salut d’Amour - Elgar
Pavane - Faure
Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Gluck
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen - Grieg
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Firework Music - Allegro and Minuet - Handel
Hallelujah Chorus (from “The Messiah”) - Handel
Passacaglia - Handel
Water Music - Handel
Serenade - Haydn
Theme from the Planets - Holst
Liebeslied - Kreisler
To A Wild Rose - Macdowell
A Deserted Farm - Macdowell
Wedding March - Mendelssohn/Wagner
Czardas - Monti
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
Theme from Elvira Madigan - Mozart
Three Divertimenti: K.136, K 137, K.138 - Mozart
Barcarolle - Offenbach
Canon and Gigue - Pachelbel
Themes from Peter and the Wolf - Prokofiev
Chaconne - Purcell
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Vocalise - Rachmaninov
Bolero - Ravel
The Swan (Carnival of the Animals) - Saint-Saens
Gymnopedies - Satie
Gadfly Romance - Shostakovich
Moment Musicale - Schubert
Trumpet Voluntary - Stanley
Waltzes - Strauss
Three Little Maids From School (“The Mikado”) - Sullivan
Sixteenth Century Dances - Susato
The Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky
Greensleeves - Traditional
Irish Tune From County Derry - Traditional
Scottish Reels - Traditional
La Forza del Destino (Andantino) - Verdi
Concerto in A minor - Vivaldi
The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Capriol Suite – Warlock
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

The Finishing Touch can perform as a solo violinist, string duo, trio or quartet. If you would like a small orchestra this can also be arranged through discussion and negotiation.

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

It is usually not a problem if your timings change slightly on the day of your event. Please let us know and we can discuss through your preferred arrangements.

How much time do you need to set up?

It will take us very little time to set up - a matter of minutes! All we need are chairs without arms so that we can bow comfortably, alongside a good level of light.

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

We have played as an ensemble for many years and play a balanced repertoire, however we totally understand that it is your day and you can choose from our repertoire list or even request a favourite piece. We will always try to accommodate the style of music you would like to hear.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Apart from chairs we have everything we need!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Given enough time before your event, we will arrange a special piece for you free of charge.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients are happy with the whole experience from booking to performance. We pride ourselves on efficiency from the first enquiry, to meeting the needs of the client in respect of repertoire and performance. Being conservatoire trained, we take the quality of our work very seriously, with the highest quality professional performance foremost in mind.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As well as performing for social functions as a string quartet we perform as professional freelance musicians and as such have performed in concert halls in London and around the world. The Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre and South Bank Centre are to name but a few.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We are very open minded when it comes to influences. We like performing all musical styles and appreciate the work and performances of countless musicians.

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

In addition to performing for the Queen (November 2019), I have performed in person to an audience of over five thousand people at a classical music charity function. However, the most public views has been on-line where The Finishing Touch featured in a video which to date has had 24 million hits!

Prices

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)£180
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£220
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£180

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Rachael G, 1 year ago

Michael was absolutely exceptional from start to finish. He maintained contact right through the process from the moment of booking to the day itself giving us advice on the best songs that would work and adapting to songs that we really wanted to have on the day. On the day itself while I was stressing out over other things Michael turned up early and I was immediately reassured. He set up outside where our ceremony was and started to play. I have to say he is a wonderful violinist and the songs were both loud and clear to understand and of an excellent quality and all our guests complimented me on he's playing. He really was superb and to add to it all he is a genuinely nice guy. Me and my Partner Rachael would recommend him very highly and if we ever need a violinist again he will be the person we call. Thank you for everything Michael you really added to our special day.

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Stephen R, 1 year ago

I cannot put into words that will do Michael justice with just how beautifully he plays the violin. I hired Michal for a proposal to my partner and he was nothing less than professional from start to finish and was very aware of everything that was going to be happening. It was extremely personal setting and Michael was fantastic and very comforting prior to the event. I will be using Michal again for events in the future as he was just fantastic and plays just so well. Such a lovely person

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Richard K, 1 year ago

Michael was very professional and a highly talented musician, I highly recommend him.

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Veronica P, 2 years ago

Just wanted to say that Michael was very professional, flexible with timings and has made the day straightforward for us. We would happily recommend him.

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From other customers:

Andrea S, 3 years ago

The Finishing Touch are a highly talented string quartet

Ludgrove M, 3 years ago

The Finishing Touch String Quartet sounded wonderful both accompanying the choir and during the performance of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto'

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