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About Violin By Abigail

Violinist For Weddings, Functions and Session Work.
Violinist
Hastings
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Hello, I am Abigail Deeks, a classically trained violinist and pianist based in East Sussex. My musical journey began at the age of 7, when I began learning the violin. I later trained under Pavel Crisan at The Guildhall School of Music, before going on to study a music degree at Roehampton Institute. With over 20 years of performing and teaching experience, I find myself continuing to return to my classical roots. I also enjoy the variety and pace which folk and rock styles bring. I love playing a more fiddle led technique with my duo The Devil and I and the band Gripper Lee 3. It is both fun and creative. My aim is that by playing at your event I will be making it meaningful to you. This ultimately creates something very personalised and emotive. I truly believe that my services are there to help you make memories. Delivering a programme which is tailored to each individual need is my driving passion. Whether you are looking for someone to accompany you as you walk down the aisle, a soloist who can add a modern twist to your favourite songs, or someone special to add to your corporate event, I am more than happy to help. I strive to come to each event or recording session offering the very best in terms of both quality and originality. Have a look through my repertoire list. Or give me something new to learn and explore. I would love the chance to work with you to create a perfect and unique day. My Musical Styles: Classical, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Klezmer, Music from Musicals and Film. Notable performances: The Royal Albert Hall The Gulbenkian St Mary in the Castle, Hastings Southwark Cathedral Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Canterbury Cathedral The Royal Festival Hall Recording experience: Bootleg Beatles Gripper Lee 3 Lloyd Darbon Elaine Sanders Services: Birthday and special event recordings Weddings Funerals Corporate events Session work Event performances I can provide my own equipment if required including PA and live recording equipment. I am a member of the Musician’s Union and have public liability insurance.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Christmas, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Ambient pop, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Pop rock, Indie, Klezmer, Scottish music, Spanish music, Tango, Latin, French music, Jewish music, Salsa
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Concert, Birthday party, Burns night
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Classical Unaccompanied
Air From The Water Music-Handel
Air on The G String- Bach
Allegro from The Four Seasons Vivaldi
Arioso- Bach
Ave Maria- Schubert
Ave Verum Corpus-Mozart
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin-Wagner
Canon in D- Pachelbel
Hornpipe from Water Music-Handel
Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana- Mascagni
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring- Bach
La Rejouoissance- Handel
Largo from The Four Seasons- Vivaldi
Largo from Xerxes- Handel
Ode To Joy- Beethoven
Rondeau-Mozart
Sheep May Safelt Graze- Bach
Trumpet Tune- Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary-Clarke
Sleepers Awake-Bach
Wedding March- Mendelssohn
Classical Accompanied
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik-Mozart
Clair de Lune-Debussy
Leibesleid-Kreisler
Morning from Peer Gynt-Grieg
Waltz of The Flowers-Tchaikovsky
Romantic Piece No.1-Dvorak
Serenade-Schubert
William Tell Overture-Rossini
Meditation-Massenet
Pavane-Faure
Salut d’amour-Elgar
The Swan-Saint Saens
Concerto in A Minor-Vivaldi
Czardas-Monti
Sicilienne-Paradis
The Crane Dance- Ludovico Einaudi
Dolce Droga- Ludovico Einaudi
Indaco- Ludovico Einaudi
L’origine Nacosta- Ludovico Einaudi
Sarabande- Ludovico Einaudi
Una Mattina- Ludovico Einaudi
On The Nature of Daylight- Max Richter
Folk and Traditional
She Moves Through The Fair
Scarborough Fair
Sailors Hornpipe
Portsmouth
In Dulce Dubilo
Hunting Hare
The Fairy Dance
Morpeth Rant
Constant Billy
The Keel Row
Country Gardens
The Staffordshire Hornpipe
The Girl I left Behind Me
Kind of the Fairies
The Trumpet Hornpipe
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
The Bridal Jig
Danny Boy
The Peeler’s Away with My Daughter
Red-Haired Boy
The Fox Hunter’s Jig
Drowsy Maggie
Harvest Home
Carolan’s Air
The Mason’s Apron
The Bonny lass o’Fyvie
Brochan Lom
Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
Lord MacDonald’s Reel
The Flowers of Edinburgh
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston
Mary, Young and Fair
The Gay Gordons
The Spey in Spate
Early Grey
A selection of Celtic pieces.
A selection of Klezmer pieces.
Pop/Rock/Jazz
Stay With Me
Perfect
All of Me
Make You Feel My Love
When I Fall in Love
Grow Old With Me
Just The Way You Are
Always
Gravity
Here There And EveryWhere
Love Is All Around
Dream A Little Dream
Bye Bye Love
Walk Right Back
Linger
Patience
Love Me Do
You Raise Me Up
I Will Be Here
My Heart Will Go On
Summertime
Fly Me To The Moon
Autumn Leaves
All Of Me
Mr Bojangles
She
I Love You Baby
That’s Amore
Unforgetable
Girl From Ipanema
Wonderwall
Angels
Harvest Moon
How Deep is Your Love
Where is The Love
Alone
Your Song
Bad Romance
Tiny Dancer
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Beautiful
Unchained Melody
Up Where We Belong
Eleanor Rigby
I Say A Little Prayer
Natural Woman
You Are The Sunshine
Musicals/Film Music
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Gabriel’s Oboe
Sunrise, Sunset
Wedding Processional
Schindler’s List
Game of Thrones
Hedwig’s Theme
Polar Express
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Memory
I Dreamed A Dream
Rewrite The Stars
America
Maria
Lara’s Theme
In Dreams
Concerning Hobbits
Eowyn’s Theme
The King of The Golden Hall
Evenstar
The Breaking of The Fellowship
Let It Go
A Whole New World
Star Wars Theme
Last Of The Mohicans
Where Is Love
Pie Jesu
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Phantom of The opera
Music of The Night
Some Enchanted Evening
Edelweiss
Romeo and Juliet Theme
Mamma Mia
Braveheart Secret Ceremony
Dragonborn
Beauty and The Beast
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love my warm and engaging performances. Played with technical expertise and feeling. The love that I have for what I do is obvious and this captures the audience. Clients appreciate my professionalism and my reliability. My flexible approach to planning and availability for learning new pieces. Couples have the opportunity to make their day unique.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Albert Hall The Gulbenkian St Mary in the Castle, Hastings Southwark Cathedral Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Canterbury Cathedral The Royal Festival Hall

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Yehudi Menuhin and Itzhak Perlman were my influences as a child and were the first recordings of the violin that I heard. As a teenager I loved the varying styles of Nigel Kennedy and his quirkiness. Folk violinists it has to be Eliza Carthy and Seth Lakeman. For the band element Jon Sevink and Erica Nockalls.

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

Bootleg Beatles for their Sgt. Pepper Tour.

Do you have different line-up options?

I offer solo violin, with or without a backing track.

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

I am flexible with time changes but would ask that you let me know as soon as you do.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes me 30 minutes to set up but I will always arrive an hour before I play.

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

I have an extensive repertoire list that you can choose from. I am happiest when we work together to create a programme which suits you best.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, instrument and amp or full PA system will be provided by me.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to learn 3 new pieces for your event. After that I charge £20 each piece to take into account extra rehearsal time.

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)£60
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£320
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£200
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£260
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.
£320

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Vicky O, 1 month ago

Abigail was so warm, friendly, talented, professional and kind. She held a virtual zoom call with us to discuss our preferences and play for us. Her set list for our wedding ceremony and reception was absolutely perfect. She took into consideration our ideas, gave us creative inspiration and played so beautifully. I will always be grateful and highly recommend Abigail to anyone for any event.

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Richie N, 1 year ago

We engaged Abigail as a violinist on some recent studio recordings, and were delighted with the results. As well as being an accomplished player, she is charming and easy to work with, and brought a positive energy to the session. Reliable, professional and creative, she arrived well prepared with plenty of excellent ideas, and her playing transformed the overall sound. The singles that have been released so far have been very positively received, and we are keen to collaborate on future recordings and live work whenever Abigail is available. Richie Nice (Gripper Lee 3)

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Elaine S, 1 year ago

I have been a fan of Abigail Deeks for some time, watching her lovely violin versions of covers with her band.I worked with Abi on a new song I had recently written. I asked Abi if she would improvise throughout the song and come up with a solo. She surpassed my expectations and brought an atmosphere and skill I was overjoyed with. I have since played the song ‘Wild Horse’ live several times with Abi. We have received great compliments, especially about the way the violin weaves through the song. Abi is a true professional. Elaine Sanders (singer/songwriter)