R. Joël-René de Villeneuve

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21st Century French composer • 1-to-1 kinæsthetic music teacher

A freelance organist across the UK and France, I specialise in French organ music – particularly that in the style of Messiaen and Langlais. During the academic year, most of my time is taken up by teaching children either piano, organ or singing. I also help run the music at Lancelot Music Centre in Knightsbridge; forming a choir that currently consists of 16 prep-school aged boys, and 14 men who sing the Alto, Tenor and Bass parts. I have recently taken up directorship of the newly formed girls' choir, open to 16 girls aged 11-18 within the area. Much of my free time is taken up by composing; having written around 20 pieces in current circulation, I am often invited to write choral and organ works for specific occasions. Recent large-scale choral works include Messe Solennelle and Messe des mortes.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
Contemporary classical, Classical, Baroque
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Musical comedy, Dancer, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Actor, Repetiteur, Community music worker
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Customer questions

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

I try my best to be flexible but a fee my be required.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, with an additional fee of £30.00 - free if setting up equipment.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes to 3 hours depending on instruments needed.

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

The set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests enjoy themselves. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I am able to provide a selection of keyboard instruments, however, an additional fee with be required.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, with an additional fee (negotiable).

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Originality; well-crafted choices of registration in organ repertoire

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

French composers including Messiaen, Langlais, Dupré, Duruflé, Vierne, Widor, Couperin and Tournemire

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

BBC Proms 2018 at Royal Albert Hall


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)£60
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£420