Violinist

Richard Sanderson

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Violinist
Manchester
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Richard is a highly accomplished gigging musician based in Manchester. His main instrument is the violin and can play all styles on request.

EDUCATION: Richard started playing violin at the age of 9 while living in Essex. A couple of years later his family moved to Cornwall and he continued his violin tuition at school with the county music service, having lessons during school time and playing in the county ensembles. After leaving school Richard went to Truro college and continued with lessons with the Cornwall music service. During his time at college he started to develop an interest in jazz and folk styles and working outside the traditional domain of classical music. Following his time at college he moved north to Salford University where he completed a degree in Popular Music and Recording, focussing on performance. He graduated in 2001 with a 2:1. It was during his time on this course that Richard really developed his playing as a contemporary violinist with a focus on Irish folk and jazz. LIVE WORK: Richard has been playing live and gigging for almost 25 years and below are some of the achievements that he feels most proud of: “Sacred Turf” - his first band in Cornwall that played all original material jointly written by Richard. They released 2 albums and 1 EP that was produced by the bassist from Big Country. The band headlined the outdoor festival at Plymouth Hoe in 1999 to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium. “Green Hot Clover” - Richard formed this Irish cover band while he was at Salford University. In ten years they have played all around the UK, in many different bars and functions. The band has worked alongside Coventry dance company “Celtic Feet” performing at theatres in England, France and Romania. They have also played a number of corporate functions for organisations like Co-Operation Ireland, performed at Old Trafford cricket club in 2008 for ex-England cricketer Mal Loyes’ benefit year and in 2010 supported the lead singer of the Levellers Mark Chadwick on his solo tour. “Tenor Martin Toal” - Richard has worked with Martin for a number of years playing corporate events and featuring on his debut album Aria Celtica. During his time with Martin he did a lot of work for the rugby charity Wooden Spoon and played a number of benefit events for ex-England winger Jason Robinson. “Lord of the Dance” - after meeting Michael Flatley he was invited to audition for the show. Richard was successful and spent 6 months touring the UK and France on the shows’ tenth anniversary tour. In November 2013 he was invited to audition with the Levellers at the Manchester Academy. The band were looking for 3 musicians to join them on stage for their final number of the night called “The Recruiting Sergeant”. He was successful and performed at the Manchester Academy in front of 2000 Levellers fans. Richard is also a very accomplished solo performer for weddings and corporate events. Playing a high energy set of popular classics and Irish tracks. These are all performed to backing tracks while waking/dancing/running/jumping around the room! He regularly performs along side club DJs at venues in the North West to enhance any club night. Please get in touch to find out more about what Richard can offer your event.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Folk rock, Country, Ceilidh, Welsh folk, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Pop, Acoustic, Rock, Indie
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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, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Sound technician, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker, Live looping
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Song list

Lord of the Dance
River dance
Monstel boy/toss the feathers
Masons Apron
Fields of Athenrye
Whiskey in the jar
Star of the County Down
Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran
Beat it - Michael Jackson.
Palladio
Little lion man - Mumford and sons
Nothing breaks like a heart - milky Cyrus
Moo dance - van morrison

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£400
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£650

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Jan Y, 2 months ago

Richard was amazing, all our wedding guests loved him aswell. Nothing was too much trouble. We would book him again in a flash.

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Shaun H, 1 year ago

Very good band, kept the crowd entertained all evening

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Wendy X, 1 year ago

We asked Rich to play for our daughter’s 30th birthday party last July. It was a private party in our garden and she and all of her guests absolutely loved his performance. He brought all of his own equipment and set it all up before the party. Rich is a highly talented fiddle player who can play a vast array of songs, from Irish to classical to contemporary. He was able to play the requests that were asked of him which went down brilliantly. What our daughter’s guests loved the most about Rich is the fact he is a true performer. Apart from his stunning fiddle playing, he had people up an dancing, laughing out loud and clapping and stamping their feet. He even managed to get one of the grumpy old uncles laughing and clapping to the beat. If you want something different at your party we really recommend Rich, most of the guests had never heard someone play the fiddle like that before and when we saw a lot of them 6 months later at Christmas they were still talking about how great he was and a few have even asked about whether or not he can play at their events.