BIOGRAPHY

A versatile violinist and electrifying interactive performer, Sally enjoys a varied musical career playing violin around the world. From classical performances to high-impact electric shows and collaborations with DJs, Sally lives for the feeling of performing for an audience, and sharing her unique style and contemporary edge.

 

Born in Hertfordshire, Sally learnt to play the violin at age of three via Suzuki Violin Method. This early training encouraged her to learn to play music by ear without sheet music, and this notion opened up a whole world of musical creativity and a passion for improvisation. Classically trained throughout school, she won a host of musical awards both on a local and national scale. These included a Benslow Instrument Award for which she was loaned a fine Thomas Urquhart violin from 1680, as well as a BBC Fame Academy Bursary with which she used to purchase her first electric violin at the age of fifteen. With this and a love of contemporary music, Sally really started to experiment with what the violin could do. Sally went on to read Music at Oxford University as an exhibitioner before gaining a Distinction in her Masters in Violin Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

 

With a passion for ballet and years of training in dance, Sally grew up listening to an eclectic range of dance music, inspired by classical, pop, jazz, EDM, deep house and commercial chart music. Sally combines this love of dance into her performances, thrilling audiences worldwide with her ability to move interactively and improvise. She now plays electric violin in London, throughout the UK, and around the world as a soloist, as well as with other musicians in live acts that include Entourage, House Of Angels and Lumina the Laser Violinist. 

 

Sally is the face of English sparkling wine brand, Nyetimber’s premium product line - 1086. She is also featured as the soloist on the soundtrack of this global ad campaign, also known as ‘The Performance’. Other notable performance highlights include performing ‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for VIPs in the Wedgwood Garden, as well as regular shows at the enclosures in Henley Royal Regatta and Royal Ascot.

Sally has a wealth of experience performing for celebrities and at events such as the opening of the Mall of Egypt, UEFA Cup Final Dinner, ExxonMobil Tennis Gala Dinner, AFCB Player Awards, fashion launches, and VIP weddings. Recent clients include Rolls Royce, Dom Perignon, Alexander McQueen, Vogue, Jaguar, MINI, Bombay Sapphire, Aquascutum, Dell, Air France, KLM, and London Fashion Week. Playing over DJ sets, Sally frequently performs at luxury private parties, and has opened sets for artists such as Jessie J, Madness, Bob Sinclair, and has jammed with legendary producer Timbaland. 

As a backing violinist, Sally has performed alongside some of the world’s biggest artists such as Calvin Harris, John Legend, Michael Bublé, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Rita Ora, Sigma, FKA Twigs, Don Broco, Alfie Boe and Russell Watson. Television performance credits include The BBC Music Awards, Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, Top of the Pops and The X Factor to name a few.

 

Sally plays a Ted Brewer clear perspex LED electric violin, a silver marble Bridge electric violin, and a silver Violectra electric violin.

 

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