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About Miriam

If you want an instrument that is a little bit different, then go for the viola!
East Sussex

Miriam Eisele has been a professional violist and music teacher for over twenty years. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell School, and then at the Royal College of Music with Simon Rowland-Jones and Grigory Zhislin. As a student she won a number of prizes and scholarships, gained a first class honours degree, and then continued her music studies at post-graduate level. Miriam is also a fully qualified music teacher, having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from London University. She has performed on BBC radio 3 on various occasions, including the live pre-Prom BBC radio debut broadcast of Robin Holloway’s trio for viola, clarinet and piano. She has given both solo and chamber music recitals over the years, and was a founder member of the Alexander Piano Quartet. Her career has taken her to countries such as China, Korea, Gabon (for the President, to celebrate the centenary of Albert Schweitzer's Lambarene Hospital), Turkey, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Italy, America, Cyprus, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, France, Norway, Bermuda, and Greece. Miriam appeared with the singer Craig David, both on live BBC TV when he sang the 2016 'Children in Need' official song, and also in the subsequent music video recording. She played for Queen Elizabeth during her Golden Jubilee celebrations, and on another occasion for Prince Charles. As a soloist (on stage, amongst the dancers!) Miriam has toured nationwide with the Richard Alston Dance Company, and as an orchestral player and chamber musician she has often appeared in major British venues such as the Festival Hall, the Albert Hall, Abbey Road Studios, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Miriam has worked with many major orchestras and ensembles during her performing career, including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, English National Ballet, English Festival Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, English National Orchestra, Fine Arts Sinfonia, London Orchestra da Camera, Bennelong Ensemble, Oxford Philomusica, Trafalgar Ensemble, Kings Chamber, and Belmont Ensemble. She has also performed on a number of occasions with the English National Opera and Glyndebourne. If you have a particular tune which you would like Miriam to play, she would be happy to learn up to 5 new tunes/either with backing track or unaccompanied. She can also play a tune by ear if you are able to sing it to her! Miriam would like to credit the following sites for allowing her to use their backing tracks, either for recording purposes or for performing purposes: Karaoke version Tency Music Piano Accompaniment Tracks Musicians Backing Tracks

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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2nd Encoreversary
Classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Contemporary classical, Baroque, Early music, Opera
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Flower duet - Delibes
Hornpipe by Handle
The Swan - Saint-Saens
Devils Gallop by Charles Williams
Pavane by Faure
Habanera by Bizet
Ave Maria by Schubert
Canon by Pachelbel
Meditation by Massenet
Salut D'Amour by Elgar
Nessun Dorma by Puccini
Monti Czardas
Jesu Son of God's Desiring
Schon Rosmarin by Kreisler
Chim Chimney
Schindler's list
The Lonely Goatherd
Ashokan farewell by Jay Ungar
Cavatina by John Williams
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Amazing Grace
Scarborough Fayre
All I have to do is dream-Everly Brothers
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
White Cliffs of Dover by Vera Lynn
Halfway to paradise by Billy Fury
War Medleys
I Could Have Danced All Night
Hey Jude by the Beatles
Sailors Hornpipe
Danny boy
Drowsy Maggie
Swallowtail Jig
Skyboat song
Song From A Secret Garden
Fly Me To The Moon
Love Me Tender
La Vie En Rose
When I Fall In Love
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Hey Brother Avicci
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Music from 'Last Night of the Proms'
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients love my friendly approach and also the fact that I enjoy interacting with the audience if appropriate. They also love the sound of the viola, and I have yet to try out the electric violin.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed internationally but well-known venues in England include:- Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall Purcell Room Queen Elizabeth Hall Barbican Wembley Stadium Elstree Studios Abbey Wood Studios St. John Smith Square St. James Piccadilly

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Pink Floyd Rivka Golani

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

Children In Need live on BBC with Craig David Performed for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee Performed for Prince Charles Performed for Judy Dench

Do you have different line-up options?

I have an acoustic viola, and acoustic violin and an electric violin.

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 know and I will see what I can do.

How much time do you need to set up?

One hour before the event.

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

Of course you can!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument and small PA system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can, if I am given enough notice.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£390


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Lesley T, 2 months ago

We recently celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary, and as part of the al fresco party, we were thrilled to be able to listen to Miriam playing her electronic violin. She played a selection of suitable pieces, which all got the toes tapping! In fact nobody wanted her to stop, as the performance was so professional. We would thoroughly recommend inviting Miriam to play for you at whatever event you are planning. People who were at our 'do' are still talking about the music now! Lesley and David Turner

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Tony H, 2 years ago

I attended Miriam's 'Last Night of the Proms' along with many others and I can say without hesitation that we all found it a joy from start to end. Not only does she have an extensive playlist – an intoxicating mix of classical and popular music as well as the traditional 'Last Night' favourites – but she also dressed up for the occasion as if she was at the Royal Albert Hall itself! Her engaging personality and mastery of her viola ensured it was truly an evening to remember! I can't recommend her 'Last Night' experience enough.

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