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Violinist for Weddings, Functions and Session Work. Programmes individually tailored to you. Music Makes Memories.
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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. 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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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

7 Rings by Ariana Grande
A Million Dreams by Pasek & Paul
A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
A Whole New World by Alan Menken
Afterglow by Ed Sheeran
Ain’t No Mountain by Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terell
Air From The Water Music by Handel
Air on The G String by Bach
All Of Me by Ella Fitzgerald
All of Me by John Legend
Allegro from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
Always by Bon Jovi
Amazing Grace/Traditional
America by Leonard Bernstein
Angels by Robbie Williams
Arioso by Bach
Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole
Ave Maria by Bach/Gounud
Ave Maria By Schubert
Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
Beautiful by Cristina Aguilera
Beauty and The Beast
Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
Begin Again by Taylor Swift
Best Part by Daniel Caesar
Better by Khalid
Bloom by The Paper Kites
Bolero by Ravel
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
Braveheart Secret Ceremony by James Horner
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin-Wagner
Brochan Lom/Traditional
Broken Vessels by Hillsong
Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers
Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John
Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis
Canon in D by Pachelbel
Carolan’s Air/Traditional
Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran
Cello Suite No. 1 by Bach
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
Chasing Pavements by Adele
Clair de Lune by Debussy
Clocks by Coldplay
Come What May by Baerwald & Gilbert
Con te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli
Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore
Concerto in A Minor by Vivaldi
Constant Billy/Traditional
Cornerstone by Hillsong
Country Gardens/Traditional
Czardas by Monti
Dance of The Flowers from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Grand Calumet of Peace by Rameau
Dance of the Little Swan from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcraker by Tchaikovsky
Danny Boy/Traditional
Diamond Heart by Alan Walker ft. Sophia Samajo
Die Fledermaus by Strauss
Dolce Droga- Ludovico Einaudi
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Dragonborn by Jeremy Soule
Dream A Little Dream by Mama Cass
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
Drops of Jupiter by Train
Drowsy Maggie/Traditional
Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn & Sia
Early Grey/Traditional
Easy on Me by Adele
Edelweiss by Richard Rodgers
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart
Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
Face My Fears from Kingdom Hearts III
Fallin' by Alicia Keys
Feel it Still by Portugal. The Man.
Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra
For The Lover I Lost by Sam Smith
Forever Reign by Hillsong
Friday I’m in Love by The Cure
Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi
Girl From Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto
Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran
Give Me Your Hand/Traditional
Gnossienne No.1 by Satie
Gravity by Sara Bareilles
Gymnopedie No. 1 by Satie
Habanera from Carmen by Bizet
Happier by Marshmellow and Bastille
Happy Now by Zedd and Elley Duhe
Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Havana by Camila Cabello and Young Thug
Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears
Hedwig’s Theme by John Williams
Here with me by Dido
Hold My Girl by George Ezra
Hornpipe from Water Music by Handel
How Deep is Your Love by The Bee Gees
Hunting Hare/Traditional
I Giorni by Einaudi
I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis
I Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman
If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
If I Can't Have You by Shawn Mendes
In Dulce Dubilo/Traditional
In My Blood by Shawn Mendes
Indaco by Ludovico Einaudi
Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana by Mascagni
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Kind of the Fairies/Traditional
Kiss From A Rose by Seal
L’elsir d’amore by Donizetti
L’origine Nacosta by Ludovico Einaudi
La Rejouoissance by Handel
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Lara’s Theme by Maurice Jarre
Largo by Handel
Largo from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
Largo from Xerxes by Handel
Last Of The Mohicans Theme by Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones
Lego House by Ed Sheeran
Leibesleid byKreisler
Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Linger by the Cranberies
Lord MacDonald’s Reel/Traditional
Lose You To Love Me by Selena Gomez
Love Me Do by The Beatles
Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
Love Someone by Lukas Graham
Love Story by Taylor Swift
Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid
Lover by Taylor Swift
Mad World by Tears for Fears
Ma vlast – The Moldau (Vltava) by Smetna
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Mamma Mia by Abba
Maria by Leonard Berstein
Mary, Young and Fair/Traditional
Meditation by Massenet
Memories by Maroon 5
Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Mighty To Save by Hillsong
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston/Traditional
Morning from Peer Gynt by Grieg
Morpeth Rant/Traditional
Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite/Traditional
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
Norma: Casta Diva by Bellini
Now We Are Free by Gerrard, Zimmer & Badelt
O Praise The Name by Hillsong
Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish
Oceans by Hillsong
Ode To Joy by Beethoven
On The Nature of Daylight by Max Richter
Paradise by Coldplay
Patience by Guns ‘N’ Roses
Pavane by Faure
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Phantom of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Photograph by Ed Sheeran
Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Portsmouth/Traditional
Rainbow by Kacey Musgrave
Red-Haired Boy/Traditional
Rewrite The Stars by Pasek &Paul
River Flows in You by Yiruma
Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Romantic Piece No.1 by Dvorak
Romeo & Juliet Theme, Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet Theme by Rota & Mancini
Rondeau by Mozart
Runaway by The Corrs
Sailors Hornpipe/Traditional
Salut d’amour by Elgar
Sarabande by Ludovico Einaudi
Say you Won't Let Me Go by James Arthur
Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel
Schindler’s List by John Williams
Senorita by Shawn Mendes
Serenade by Schubert
Serenade from String Quartet in F major by Haydn
Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
She by Elvis Costello
She Moves Through The Fair/Traditional
Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
Sicilienne by Paradis
Some Enchanted Evening by Richard Rogers
Someone Like You by Adele
Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Yip Harburg
Star Wars Theme by John Williams
Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Story Of My Life by One Direction
Stuck With U by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber
Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald
Take My Breath Away by Berlin
Te Deum Prelude by Charpentier
Teardrop by Massive Attack
Tender by Blur
Thank U Next by Ariana Grande
Thank You For The Music by ABBA
That’s Amore by Dean Martin
The A Team by Ed Sheeran
The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba by Handel
The Bonny Lass O’Fyvie/Traditional
The Bridal Jig/Traditional
The Crane Dance- Ludovico Einaudi
The Fairy Dance/Traditional
The Flower Duet by Delibes
The Flowers of Edinburgh/Traditional
The Fox Hunter’s Jig/Traditional
The Gay Gordons/Traditional
The Girl I left Behind Me/Traditional
The Keel Row/Traditional
The Mason’s Apron/Traditional
The Night We Met by Lord Huron
The Peeler’s Away with My Daughter/Traditional
The Prayer by Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli
The Rains of Castamere by Ramin Djawadi
The Scientist by Coldplay
The Sleeping Beauty Waltz by Tchaikovsky
The Spey in Spate/Traditional
The Staffordshire Hornpipe/Traditional
The Swan by Saint Saens
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
The Wind That Shakes The Barley/Traditional
Theme from Braveheart by James Horner
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
This I Believe by Hillsong
This Year's Love by David Gray
True Colours by Cyndi Lauper
Trumpet Tune by Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke
Tum Hi Ho by Arijit Singh
Turning Page by Sleeping at Last
Una Mattina by Ludovico Einaudi
Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
Unforgetable by Nat King Cole
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Walk Right Back by The Everly Brothers
Waltz of The Flowers by Tchaikovsky
Wedding March by Mendelssohn
What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong
What About Us by P!nk
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
When I Fall in Love by Nat King Cole
Where Is Love? by Lionel Bart
William Tell Overture by Rossini
Wonderwall by Oasis
Yellow by Coldplay
You Are The Reason by Callum Scott
You Are The Sunshine by Stevie Wonder
You Do Something To Me by Paul Weller
You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
You Say by Lauren Daigle
You’re Still The One by Shania Twain
Your Song by Elton John
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)£75
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£600
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
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Laura T
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Abigail was absolutely brilliant as the musician for our wedding ceremony! She responded to all my messages promptly and was always so helpful. Her song list is so comprehensive and she even went above and beyond to put together a specific playlist for us with the folk music vibe we were looking for. I would definitely book Abigail again :)

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Narise J
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Abigail was absolutely incredible! From her professionalism in the organisation beforehand to the remarkable performance on the night! She has an wonderful array of song selections that made the night classical with a modern twist. My team were delighted when they heard her play :) 5***

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Kathryn P
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Our experience through booking with Encore has been so smooth and easy. However Abigail made this booking even more perfect and made the process before the wedding stress free and easy. Abigail communicated with us superbly and granted every wish we had for our wedding ceremony. No song was too much and never made us feel like we were asking for too much. Would not think twice about booking Abigail as she was professional, kind and above all else a great violinist. Thank you again Abigail!

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Amy P
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Honestly, we couldn't be more thankful. Abi was fantastic from start to finish. Accomadated our choice of music without a blink of eye...and also our pre wedding overthinking questions haha. We knew we was safe in her hands from the off and no ask was too much. Thanks again Abi!

Reply from Violin By Abigail
4 months ago

Your choices of music were superb. It was a pleasure to be part of your beautiful day.

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Emma S
3 months ago, for a Wedding in Wellington House
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5 out of 5

Out of this world! We kept Abigail as a surprise from our guests the day of our wedding. When I came down the Isle with My Dad Abigail played Beauty and the Beast and cannot explain the feeling everybody felt when she started to play! Abigail is amazing, so kind and thoughtful and will go above and beyond for you. Abigail it was such a pleasure to have you with us and you was an absolute credit to our ceremony, it was everything we could of asked for! Thankyou. Emma and Jack x

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Kiel Y
3 months ago, for a Wedding in High Rocks Ln
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5 out of 5

'Lovely all round: We had Abigail play at our wedding. We could not fault her service and her abilities. Many guests gave us compliments on Abigail and we would highly recommend her. She was easy to book and flexible, as willing to learn new material. We would definitely have her play for us again if the occasion arose. Thank you again Abigail for making our Wedding Day special.'

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