Lara Simpson

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About Lara

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Freelance violinist. Graduate of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Founder of Echo Strings.

I’m a freelance classical and electric violinist, graduating from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a First-Class Honours Degree in Music. Highlights of my career include; recording in Abbey Road Studios with Nile Rodgers for re-make of a David Bowie track. Playing on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship in the Caribbean for 6 months with my electric string group Sapphire String Trio. Touring Europe with top UK tribute band 'The ELO Show' and performing in venues including Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Touring the UK with celtic rock band 'Ian Prowse and Amsterdam'. I founded The Echo String Quartet who have since appeared on Channel 4‘s Hollyoaks three times, played VIP events for Liverpool Football Club & The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and performed backing strings for artists in Grammy Award Winning studios. Echo Strings play for Radio City's Cash for Kids Concert every year and have a residency with hip hop orchestra 'The Incredible 11'. We also perform at many weddings and private events. I have played in pit orchestras for many musical theatre productions including A Little Night Music (Paul McCartney Auditorium), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (The Sennheiser Theatre), The Last 5 Years (The Unity Theatre) and Liver Birdsong (The Epstein Theatre). I am available to hire as a solo violinist, as part of a string ensemble, for recording sessions and live gigs etc. Get in touch for more info!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Classical, Traditional church music, Christmas, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Top 40, Vintage, Covers, Soul
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Event types:
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, Charity event, Concert
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes I am available to be booked as a solo violinist, on acoustic or electric violin. I am also available to be booked as part of a string group of any size.

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

I am happy to be flexible in order to help your event runs as smoothly as possible. We can discuss changes in the run up to the event.


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250


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Charlie W, 1 year ago

Thanks for this – and all your hard work. It was beautiful thank you.

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Mike G, 1 year ago

Wonderful performance from Sapphire string trio. Created a bubbly and vibrant atmosphere for my 60th Birthday party playing all my favourite classics

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