Rhona Macfarlane

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About Rhona

Graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rhona is a versatile Violinist and Pianist and covers a range of genres.
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Training: Rhona trained as a Violinist on the performance programme at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Greg Lawson. Rhona also holds her Grade 8 Violin, Piano and the ABRSM Diploma. Rhona also took a professional project scheme around Music Business called ‘The Musician as an Entrepreneur’ in her final year and received Distinction. She was recently selected to be an ambassador for the Benedetti Session. Rhona developed other skills during her time at RCS such as orchestration and Jazz piano. Violin Performance Experience: Benedetti Foundation Ambassador, Nevis Ensemble 2019 Tour of the Hebrides, Concerto for the Commonwealth Summer School with Nicola Benedetti at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Opera Connect Orchestra side by side project ,NYOS Symphony Orchestra – Tour of China (2015), BBC Proms (2016), 2017, NYOS Camerata, Decoda Ensemble Residency, Mark Hendry Large Ensemble – Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Session violinist on Fat suit fourth album, wedding gigs, session violinist with bands and a wide range of orchestral and ensemble performances while a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. String Arranging: Wrote string arrangements and recorded strings for: Kirsty Macfarlane- Home (2016) Rhona Macfarlane- The Tide EP (2017) Kinnaber Junction- Looking at the Tracks (2017) (Violin and Piano recorded) Michael Cassidy’s EP- I Never Made it EP (2018) Blair Coron- On the Nature of Things (2019) Flew the Arrow- Come the Wind, Come the Rain (2019) Currently working on Michael Cassidy new album.

Rhona's Reviews

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Recording S
7 years ago

Rhona played all the violin and piano on my Kinnaber Junction album Looking at the tracks. As well as playing Rhona also composed all the string arrangements for the album. To say I was pleased with the results would be a massive understatement. I gave her a basic guitar and vocal track to work with and left the rest to her. The results took many of the songs to a whole new level for which I will be eternally grateful. While Rhona was much younger than the rest of the musicians on the album she settled in great with everyone and her attitude and commitment were second to none both in the studio and at live gigs. I would recommend Rhona to anyone, I look forward to hopefully working with her again in the future and wish her every success in her musical career.

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Rhona's Song list

Classical: (Violin) (Some examples, I am flexible and can also take requests!!)
Adagio - T. Albinoni
Ave Maria - C. Gounod
Air - J.S Bach
Air from Suite no. 5 - G.F Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - G.F. Handel
Ave Maria - F. Schubert
Allegro from 'Spring' - A. Vivaldi
Bridal March- Wagner
Canon in D - J. Pachelbel
Claire De Lune- Debussy
Chanson De Nuit - Elgar
E Major- Mozart Adagio
Gymnopédie No. 1 - E. Satie
Intermezzo - Cavalleria Rusticana
Largo from the 'New World Symphony' - A. Dvorak
Largo Xerxes- G.F. Handel
Largo from 'Winter' - A. Vivaldi
Minuet Boccherini
Meditation from 'Thais' - J. Massenet
Nessun Dorma - G. Puccini
O Mio Babino Caro - Puccini
Paganini theme on Rachmaninov
Pavane - Faure
Romance from the Gadfly - Shostakovich
The Prayer - Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
The Swan - Saint Saens
Wedding March - F. Mendelssohn
Traditional: (Scottish/ Celtic)
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose- Robert Burns
Ae Fond Kiss- Robert Burns
Caledonia- Dougie MacLean
Wild Mountain Thyme- Francis McPeake
Highland Cathedral- Michael Korb and Ulrich Roever
Ashokan Farewell
Pop Covers:
All of Me - John Legend
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Ain’t no sunshine
At Last - Etta James
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Canonball - Damien Rice
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Don't stop Believin' - Journey
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Fix You - Coldplay
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
I Won't Give Up - Jason Miraz
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
It's all About You - Mcfly
Imagine- John Lennon
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Let Her Go - Passenger
Let It Be - Beatles
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Make you Feel my Love - Bob Dylan
My Girl - Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
One Day Like This - Elbow
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Roar - Katy Perry
Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel
The Greatest Day - Take That
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
When We Were Young - Adele
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Yellow- Coldplay
Your Song - Elton John
You Raise Me Up- Josh Groban
Disney/ Films:
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella
Beauty and the Beast (Tale as Old as Time) - Alan Menken
Can you Feel the Love Tonight from 'The Lion King' - Elton John
Concerning Hobbits - Lord of the Rings
Colours Of The Wind - Pocahontas
Edelweiss from 'The Sound of Music' - Richard Rodgers
For the Love of a Princess from 'Braveheart' - James Horner
Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually)- Craig Armstrong
Go The Distance - Hercules
In Dreams - Lord of the Rings
Kiss the Girl from 'The Little Mermaid' - Alan Menken
Let It Go - Frozen
Main Theme from 'Star Wars'- John Williams
Million Dreams- Greatest Showman
Married Life from 'Up'- M. Giacchino
Part of Your World from 'The Little Mermaid' - Alan Menken
Rewrite the Stars from 'The Greatest Showman' - Zak Efron and Zendaya
Remember Me - Coco
Romantic Flight from 'How to Train Your Dragon' - John Powell
Reflection - Mulan
See the light- Tangled
Skyfall- Adele and P. Epworth
Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland
Shallow - A Star Is Born
Theme from 'Game of Thrones' - Ramin Djawadi
The Circle of Life from 'The Lion King' - Elton John
Theme from 'Forrest Gump' - Alan Silvestri
The Notebook - Main Title
You've Got a Friend in Me from 'Toy Story' - Randy Newman
You'll Be in My Heart - Tarzan
Falling Slowly - Once
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
Castle On A Cloud - Les Miserables
On My Own - Les Miserables
Beyond the sea
Autumn Leaves
My funny Valentine
As Time Goes By
Everytime we Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Solo Violin Solo Violin with backing track I also play piano

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

I always try 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. A few days in advance would be ideal.

How much time do you need to set up?

10m or so.

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

Yes you can, the pieces are there so you can choose and make your event what you want it to be. It can be helpful to talk to me to discuss your choices so we can see what works best. Any pieces that aren't on the repertoire list I am happy to learn if you ask me in advance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in the song 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 may be a fee of £30 for this service (depending on the difficulty of the piece) to take into account rehearsal times.
Classical, Film / TV music, Folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Covers
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Wedding proposal, Burns night
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger, Songwriter, Composer
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