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About Lara

Electric/Acoustic Violinist. Graduate of Paul McCartney's 'The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts'. Pop, Rock, Classical, Disco, Film..
Violinist
Liverpool
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Lara has recorded and performed with artists including; Nile Rodgers, Rudimental, Olly Murs, Ray Quinn (X Factor), Sweet Female Attitude, DJ Spoony, Clare Teal, Gregory Porter, Richard & Adam (Britain’s Got Talent), Circa Waves, ZUZU & many more, in various venues from Abbey Road Studios to The Royal Albert Hall. Lara is a classically trained musician and graduated from Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ in 2016. She founded Echo Strings - a string ensemble who perform extensively at events around the UK and appear regularly on Hollyoaks, Channel 4 . She also runs Sapphire String Trio - an electric/acoustic string ensemble who perform on cruise ships. In 2019, they completed a six month contract performing on the Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship in the Caribbean. Lara is a member of critically acclaimed Electric Light Orchestra Tribute Band The ELO Show with whom she has played sold out shows across the UK and toured Europe. She also performs regularly with rock & roll band Ian Prowse & Amsterdam who have most recently supported Elvis Costello on his UK tour. She has performed with orchestras including; Ignition Orchestra, Gatecrasher Orchestra, Leeds Symphony Orchestra, Incredible 11 Hip Hop Orchestra and the Northern Session Collective. In terms of musical theatre productions, Lara has performed in shows including; Keep The Change (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Last 5 years (Epstein Theatre), The Silence Between Us (Unity Theatre), Bring On Tomorrow (The Barbican), and many more. Lara has provided the string arrangements for various projects including; The ELO Show, The Incredible 11 Hip Hop Orchestra, The Christians’ album ‘Sings & Strings’, and string arrangements for Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines. As well as offering private music tuition, Lara has also worked as a tutor at Pulse Music Education, Maestro Academy of Music & Aintree School of Music.

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
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Classical, Traditional church music, Christmas, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Top 40, Vintage, Covers, Soul, Electronic, EDM, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Country, Irish rock, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Originals, Experimental, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Instruments:
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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, Accompanist
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Song list

*I can learn and perform any special request free of charge and add to my list - here are the songs I play on a regular basis*
MODERN POP
Friends Anne Marie
7 Rings Ariana Grande
One Last Time Ariana Grande
Sweet But Psycho Ava Max
Lose Control Becky Hill
Crazy in Love Beyonce
Bad Guy Billie Eilish
Treasure Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk Bruno Mars
Giant Calvin Harris
One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
Havana Camila Cabello
My Oh My Camila Cabello
Senorita Camila Cabello
I Miss You Clean Bandit
Rather Be Clean Bandit
Rockabye Clean Bandit
Solo Clean Bandit
Bed Joel Corry
Stronger Clean Bandit
Symphony Clean Bandit
Independent Woman Destiny’s Child
No Scrubs Destiny’s Child
Say My Name Destiny’s Child
Survivor Destiny’s Child
Say So Doja Cat
Break My Heart Dua Lipa
Don’t Start Now Dua Lipa
Levitating Dua Lipa
New Rules Dua Lipa
Physical Dua Lipa
Shape of You Ed Sheeran
Hold My Hand Jess Glynne
Head & Heart Joel Corrie / MNEK
Despacito Justin Bieber
Can’t Stop The Feeling Justin Timberlake
Higher Love Kygo / Whitney Houston
Rain On Me Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande
Good As Hell Lizzo
Don’t Call Me Up Mabel
Lean On Major Lazor
Happy Pharrell
Feels Pharrell / Katy Perry
What About Us Pink
Circles Post Malone
Wild Thoughts Rihanna
Diamonds Sam Smith
Cheap Thrills Sia
Came Here For Love Sigala
Blinding Lights The Weeknd
Dance Monkey Tones And I
CHILLED POP
Make You Feel My Love Adele
A Whole New World Aladdin
If I Ain’t Got You Alicia Keys
Valerie Amy Winehouse
Moon River Andy Williams
Stand By Me Ben King
Halo Beyonce
Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars
Marry You Bruno Mars
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
IDGAF Dua Lipa
Photograph Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Perfect Ed Sheeran
Your Song Elton John
Can’t Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley
Over The Rainbow Eva Cassidy
Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur
All Of Me John Legend
What A Man Gotta Do Jonas Brothers
Mirrors Justin Timberlake
Shallow Lady Gaga
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen
Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi
Can You Feel The Love Tonight Lion King
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Jealous Nick Jonas
Let Her Go Passenger
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back Shawn Mendes
Titanium Sia
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Edelweiss Sound of Music
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Van Morrisson
You Raise Me Up Westlife
I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston
The Middle Zedd, Grey
CLASSICAL
Air on the G String Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Bach
Concerto in D minor Bach
Minuet in G major Beethoven
Carmen, Habanera Bizet
String Quintet in E Major Boccerini
La Plus Que Lente Debussy
Hornpipe from Water Music Handel
String Quartet No.17 in F major Hayn
Palladio Karl Jenkins
Meditation Massenet
Ave Verum Corpus Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart
Canon in D major Pachelbel
Traumerei Schumann
Vivaldi, Violin Concerto in A Minor Vivaldi
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am able to provide music on classical instruments which you wouldn't expect to hear! People tend to love the LED electric violin especially as it brings a new energy to the performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Abbey Road Studios, Royal Albert Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool International Music Festival, Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship, Liverpool Echo Arena, the list goes on!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love artists who fuse classical and popular music. I am a classically trained musician but have a passion for modern, pop, commercial styles. Therefore, artists such as Clean Bandit, Bond, Escala, David Garrett, Vanessa May, Lindsay Sterling really inspire me!

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

I lead an orchestra in Abbey Road Studio 1 conducted by Nile Rodgers, recording a symphonic version of David Bowie's hit 'Let's Dance' for 80's Symphonic project. It was amazing!

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.

How much time do you need to set up?

Not long - around half an hour! Depending on the line up. Electric with backing tracks will take longer as we will have to get the levels right. Acoustic performances don't take long at all.

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

Yes you can choose the exact pieces you would like for your event so that you make sure it provides the perfect atmosphere for your special day. You can also request songs that aren't on the set list beforehand for a small extra price.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes we provide everything we need.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes we can! There is a fee of £20 for us to learn a new song which isn't already on our set list. We love getting new request and adding all of our clients favourites to our repertoire!

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

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£50

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Jade B, 2 months ago

Lara played for our wedding ceremony and was just amazing. She was so lovely and approachable from the initial communications and discussions about music pieces and then we were just blown away by the music on the day. It made our ceremony that much more special. Thank you so much, we couldn’t have been happier. xx

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Paula H, 11 months ago

Although Lara was unable to do our booking due to unforseen circumstances, she arranged a replacement who was amazing. Thanks Lara you were so professional, warm and reassuring. Amy who was replacement was brilliant.

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Patricia R, 1 year ago

Lara was amazing. Booked her as a surprise for my eldest daughters birthday event. Every one enjoyed the performance, choice of music was perfect.

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Jakir A, 1 year ago

Excellent

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Charlie W, 2 years ago

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

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Mike G, 3 years 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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