Violinist

Thomas Balch

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About Thomas

Violinist
Manchester
Thomas Balch is a Violinist, Baroque Violinist and Violist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Thomas was 5 years old when he first picked up a violin, inspired by his Mother, also a violinist. Since then, he has so far enjoyed a varied and exciting career, playing in many contexts including as a recital soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Thomas was a member of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra for a total of 6 years, advancing through the orchestra over the years, playing high magnitude works by the likes of Mahler, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Thomas departed the organisation in 2015 as co-leader of the County Youth Orchestra and leader of the County Youth Chamber Orchestra. During this time, Thomas also became a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain, of which he was the co-leader for two years, sitting next to his ex-teacher and long-established professional violinist Christopher Hirons, whose career highlights include teaching at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, membership of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and as soloist with and member of the Academy of Ancient Music. As well as an extensive orchestral portfolio, Thomas has also appeared many times as soloist with orchestras around the country, in venues such as Winchester Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and St. Mary's church in Walthamstow. Currently studying at the world-renowned Royal Northern College of Music, Thomas learns under Deputy Head of Strings, Catherine Yates, and continues to thrive with the ample opportunity and high-level education on offer to him at the RNCM.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, I can bring some friends along with me to play in a duo, trio, quartet or more!

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

Of course, plans change and I will always try my utmost to accommodate your needs.

How much time do you need to set up?

20 minutes is often more than enough.

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

You can, however if you have a specific piece in mind, it’s probably best to just ask me personally!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn a new piece before a gig, provided I have at least a weeks’ notice.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The atmosphere. I always try to engage people and draw them in when I’m performing. I want them to know what’s going on behind the eyes!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

All sorts of places! From school halls and elderly people’s homes all the way up to the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, I’m well versed in a variety of performance venues.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My greatest influence is probably my previous teacher, Christopher Hirons, who was a concert soloist and leader/director or many of the world’s foremost ensemble. He was such an inspiration for me and I would never be anywhere near where I am now without his guidance and faith in me!

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

Probably at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. I was part of an ensemble that gave the world premiere to not only a packed RAH, but was broadcast live on BBC radio and TV.

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)£40
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250

Reviews

From customers:

Dame W, 5 years ago

Congratulations on a superb performance!

Dr L, 5 years ago

A young star.

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