Sally Potterton

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An electrifying interactive performer, Sally takes traditional classical violin playing into the future with show-stopping virtuosity.
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Sally enjoys a varied musical career playing violin around the world. From classical performances to high-impact electric shows and collaborations with DJs, Sally lives for the feeling of performing for an audience, and sharing her unique style and contemporary edge. Born in Hertfordshire, Sally learnt to play the violin at age of three via Suzuki Violin Method. This early training encouraged her to learn to play music by ear without sheet music, and this notion opened up a whole world of musical creativity and a passion for improvisation. Classically trained throughout school, she won a host of musical awards both on a local and national scale. These included a Benslow Instrument Award for which she was loaned a fine Thomas Urquhart violin from 1680, as well as a BBC Fame Academy Bursary with which she used to purchase her first electric violin at the age of fifteen. With this and a love of contemporary music, Sally really started to experiment with what the violin could do. Sally went on to read Music at Oxford University as an exhibitioner before gaining a Distinction in her Masters in Violin Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. With a passion for ballet and years of training in dance, Sally grew up listening to an eclectic range of dance music, inspired by classical, pop, jazz, EDM, deep house and commercial chart music. Sally combines this love of dance into her performances, thrilling audiences worldwide with her ability to move interactively and improvise. She now plays electric violin in London, throughout the UK, and around the world. Sally is the face of English sparkling wine brand, Nyetimber’s premium product line - 1086. She is also featured as the soloist on the soundtrack of this global ad campaign, also known as ‘The Performance’. Other notable performance highlights include performing ‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for VIPs in the Wedgwood Garden, as well as regular shows at the enclosures in Henley Royal Regatta and Royal Ascot. Sally has a wealth of experience performing for celebrities and at events such as the opening of the Mall of Egypt, UEFA Cup Final Dinner, ExxonMobil Tennis Gala Dinner, AFCB Player Awards, fashion launches, and VIP weddings. Recent clients include Rolls Royce, Dom Perignon, Alexander McQueen, Vogue, Jaguar, MINI, Bombay Sapphire, Aquascutum, Dell, Air France, KLM, and London Fashion Week. Playing over DJ sets, Sally frequently performs at luxury private parties, and has opened sets for artists such as Jessie J, Madness, Bob Sinclair, and has jammed with legendary producer Timbaland. As a backing violinist, Sally has performed alongside some of the world’s biggest artists such as Calvin Harris, John Legend, Michael Bublé, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Rita Ora, Sigma, FKA Twigs, Don Broco, Alfie Boe and Russell Watson. Television performance credits include The BBC Music Awards, Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, Top of the Pops and The X Factor to name a few. Sally plays a Ted Brewer clear perspex LED electric violin, a silver marble Bridge electric violin, and a silver Violectra electric violin.

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Sally's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Pep C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

so so so lovely having Sally at our wedding was so beautiful and every one loved the music she played..only down side i kept crying every time she played i couldnt hold it together lol ... we loved her and the music she played

Peter L
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Fantastic. Sally was outstanding, she is a superb musician but her ability to read the vibe in the room and play something aligned to that, shows what a real talent she has.

Philippa H
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Sally is amazing - would thoroughly recommend her

Russ J
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

A personable lady and professional talented performer. Made the party a special day.

From other customers:

Elise H
9 years ago

Sally performed at the Vogue Gold Night Out event in our Aquascutum Westfield store in November 2014. She provided the perfect entertainment and really set the mood for the evening. She was a pleasure to work with, completely professional, poised, and absolutely gorgeous! It was so refreshing to hear classical renditions of popular chart music and you could tell the customers truly enjoyed her performance from start to finish. A pleasure to work with.

Emily J
9 years ago

I would like to thank you for your fantastic performance on the evening, which helped to further accentuate the glamour and vibrant atmosphere on the night. Furthermore, you were a pleasure to deal with, remaining professional and polite throughout. It was truly refreshing to hear your rendition of some well known music!

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Sally's Song list

Pop (Ballads – recent)
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All Of Me – John Legend
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Lost Without You – Freya Ridings
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Over And Over Again – Nathan Sykes & Ariana Grande
Paradise – Coldplay
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
Skyfall – Adele
Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Pop (Ballads – semi-recent)
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
Home – Michael Bublé
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Out Of Reach – Gabrielle
We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
Wonderful Tonight – Michael Bublé
Yellow – Coldplay
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Pop (Ballads - classic)
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
At Last – Etta James
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis
Fields of Gold – Sting
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Imagine – John Lennon
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Stand By Me – Ben E King
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Your Song – Elton John
Pop (Mid-tempo - classic)
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
It Must Be Love – Madness
Pop (Mid-tempo - recent)
Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Beautiful People – Ed Sheeran
Chandelier – Sia
Counting Stars – One Republic
Dark Horse – Katy Perry
Despacito – Justin Bieber
Earned It – The Weeknd
Firestone – Kygo
Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
Greatest Day – Take That
Havana – Camila Cabello
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Miley Cyrus
One Dance – Drake
Perfect Stranger – Jonas Blue & JP Cooper
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Real Love – Clean Bandit
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Starboy – The Weeknd
This Girl – Cookin’ on 3 Burners
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
Wicked Games – Parra for Cuva & Anna Naklab
Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled & Rihanna
Pop (Upbeat and dance music)
Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
Blame – Calvin Harris & John Newman
Breathe – Jax Jones
Came Here For Love – Sigala & Ella Eyre
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
Lean On – Major Lazer and DJ Snake
Let Me Love You – Justin Bieber
Levels – Avicii
My Head Is A Jungle – Wankelmut & Emma Louise
New Rules – Dua Lipa
Places – Martin Solveig
Prayer In C – Robin Schulz & Lilywood
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Rockabye – Clean Bandit & Sean Paul
Summer – Calvin Harris
Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Waves – Robin Schulz remix
A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman
Bésame Mucho – Andrea Bocelli
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling
Feel Like Makin’ Love – Bob James
Fever – Peggy Lee
I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi
Kissing You – Des’ree
Maestro (Theme from ‘The Holiday’) – Hans Zimmer
Moon River – Henry Mancini
Palladio – Karl Jenkins
Pirates Of The Caribbean – Hans Zimmer
Raiders Of The Lost Ark – John Williams
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Theme from Game Of Thrones
Time To Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli
When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio
Humko Humise Chura Lo from Mohabbatein
Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Kal Ho Naa Ho from Kal Ho Naa Ho
Mohabbat Barsa Dena Tu (Saawan Aaya Hai) from Creature 3D
Teri Ore from Singh is Kinng
Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2
Tum Jo Aaye from Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
J. C. Bach – Allegro con spirito from Sonata in D, Op. 16 No. 5
J. S. Bach – Air on the G String
J. S. Bach – Double Concerto in D
J. S. Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
J. S. Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
Beethoven – Allegro from Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, Op. 24
Beethoven – Romance in F
Dvořák – Largo from the New World Symphony
Elgar – Salut d’Amour
Elgar – Chanson de Matin
Fauré – Pavane
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Handel – Allegro from Sonata in F, Op. 1 No. 12
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Hornpipe from Water Music
Joplin – Paragon Rag
Kreisler – Danse Espagnole (De Falla)
Massenet – Méditation from "Thaïs"
Mozart – Rondo from Serenade No. 7 "Haffner"
Nolck – Hungarian Dance, Op. 196
Offenbach – Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Parry – Jersualem
Puccini – Nessun Dorma from Turandot
Saint-Saens – The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1
Schubert – Ave Maria
Tchaikovsky – Theme from Romeo and Juliet
Vivaldi – ‘Spring’ from the Four Seasons
Wagner – Bridal Chorus
Williams – Tango (Por Una Cabeza)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I play pop covers completely from memory and can roam around interacting with guests. I perform a vast repertoire of well-know pop covers, from classic mellow ballads to current dance and chart music. My electric violin also has the ability to light-up with sound-to-light technology! For evening parties I can perform with DJ to get the party started.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot, The Dorchester, Claridge's, Annabel's, The Ivy Asia St Paul's, Grosvenor House Hotel, Aynhoe Park, Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The Wallace Collection, Monaco Sporting Club, Hippie Fish Mykonos, The Sheraton Hua Hin, The Galaxy Macau, The Venetian Las Vegas, Davos Congress Center.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Santana, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit.

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

I once performed at the home of one of the Spice Girls for a VIP celebrity dinner of around 10 guests - very surreal! In terms of concerts, I recently performed with Liam Gallagher on his MTV Unplugged session from Hull and Jonathan Ross.

Do you have different line-up options?

Either solo acoustic or electric violin performance.

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 get in touch.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually aim to arrive between 1 hour – 90 minutes before I am due to start performing. I will need this time to set up any sound equipment and do a quick sound check. As soon as my PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

I have ready-made playlists that I know from experience work well for different types of events. However, if there are any genres you would particularly like to focus on, or any songs/pieces that are big no-no’s, please do let me know.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I provide my own PA and sound equipment depending on the size of the event. For events up to 150 guests, I can provide my own Bose L1 Compact PA system. For larger events and bookings outside the UK, I require an AV company at the venue with sound engineer for whom I can provide a specific tech spec.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to learn up to 5 extra requests that are not already on this list. All I ask is that you let me know these requests at least one month before the event.
Christmas, Classical, Classical crossover, Electronic, Ambient, Deep house, Dubstep, Garage, IDM, House, Techno, Electronica, EDM, Jazz, Pop, Ambient pop, Covers, Top 40, R&B, Bollywood, Indian music, Jewish music, Contemporary classical
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Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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