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Samantha is a freelance violinist based in Stratford upon Avon. She trained at Birmingham Conservatoire and gained an MMus
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Samantha is a freelance violinist classically trained at Birmingham Conservatoire to Masters level. She is also a specialist in folk/gyspy/klezmer styles with a wide-ranging performing career. She performs with several orchestras and chamber groups and works regularly at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since 2012 she has appeared in numerous productions and has often appeared on stage and in costume playing from memory. Some of these performances have been broadcast live to cinemas and subsequently released on DVD. Samantha was a founding member of seven-piece cinematic folk septet the Old Dance School, now know as the Fair Rain. With them she toured the UK and Europe in theatres, arts centres and festivals and released three studio albums and one live album. The band have won critical acclaim and have been featured several times on BBC Radio 2. She performed with them until 2015. Samantha has a busy freelance career combining theatre, orchestral and chamber work, session recording and also performing with ceilidh bands and folk groups.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, World music, Balkan, Jewish music, Klezmer, Scottish music, Tango, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Elgar Salut D'Amour
Elgar Chanson de Matin
Dvorak Humouresque
Boccherini Minuet
Bach (Various from Sonatas/Partitas for Solo Violin)
Handel Royal Fireworks
Handel Water Music
Vivaldi Winter
Vivaldi Spring
Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach Arioso
Bach Air on the G String
Palchelbel's Canon in D
Shostakovich Romance from the Gadfly
Mouret Rondeau
Purcell Trumpet Tune
Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
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Jack F, 2 years ago

Samantha played with a small group of musicians for our wedding in August 2019. She was so helpful and brilliant, and worked really well with the others (some of whom she had never met before) - and sounded excellent! Our guests loved the music too, and it really brought our church service to life - we can’t thank her enough!

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Helen C, 2 years ago

Samantha has played at several events I have managed at the Royal Shakespeare Company and has always been highly professional as well as an excellent musician. I would recommend her without hesitation

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