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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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
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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Song list

Classical: (Violin) (Some examples, I am flexible and can also take requests!!)
Adagio - T. Albinoni
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
Air - J.S Bach
The Swan
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - C. Debussy
Largo from the 'New World Symphony' - A. Dvorak
Ave Maria - C. Gounod
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - G.F. Handel
Largo Xerxes- G.F. Handel
Air from Suite no. 5 - G.F Handel
Meditation from 'Thais' - J. Massenet
Wedding March - F. Mendelssohn
Canon in D - J. Pachelbel
Nessun Dorma - G. Puccini
Gymnopédie No. 1 - E. Satie
Ave Maria - F. Schubert
Allegro from 'Spring' - A. Vivaldi
Largo from 'Winter' - A. Vivaldi
Bridal March- Wagner
Romance from the Gadfly - Shostakovich
Franck Violin Sonata
Minuet Boccherini
E Major- Mozart Adagio
Claire De Lune- Debussy
Paganini theme on rachmaninov
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
Pop Covers:
When We Were Young - Adele
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Yellow- Coldplay
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Make you Feel my Love - Bob Dylan
One Day Like This - Elbow
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
Everytime we Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald
The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard
At Last - Etta James
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Your Song - Elton John
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
All of Me - John Legend
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Marry You - Bruno Mars
It's all About You - Mcfly
I Won't Give Up - Jason Miraz
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Let Her Go - Passenger
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Canonball - Damien Rice
My Girl - Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
The Greatest Day - Take That
Ain’t no sunshine
Blackbird - Paul Mccartney
Imagine- John Lennon
See the light- Tangled
Skyfall- Adele and P. Epworth
Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually)- Craig Armstrong
Theme from 'Game of Thrones' - Ramin Djawadi
Rewrite the Stars from 'The Greatest Showman' - Zak Efron and Zendaya
Million Dreams- Greatest Showman
Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland
Married Life from 'Up'- M. Giacchino
For the Love of a Princess from 'Braveheart' - James Horner
Can you Feel the Love Tonight from 'The Lion King' - Elton John
The Circle of Life from 'The Lion King' - Elton John
Kiss the Girl from 'The Little Mermaid' - Alan Menken
Part of Your World from 'The Little Mermaid' - Alan Menken
Beauty and the Beast (Tale as Old as Time) - Alan Menken
You've Got a Friend in Me from 'Toy Story' - Randy Newman
Romantic Flight from 'How to Train Your Dragon' - John Powell
Edelweiss from 'The Sound of Music' - Richard Rodgers
Theme from 'Forrest Gump' - Alan Silvestri
Main Theme from 'Star Wars'- John Williams
Beyond the sea
Autumn Leaves
My funny Valentine
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.


From customers:

Recording S, 4 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.