1. How much does it cost to hire Sally?
My prices vary depending on a number of factors that will be specific to each event, such as type of performance, date, location, length of set(s) etc. The best thing to do is to fill out the form on my CONTACT page, giving as much information as you can so that I get back to you as quickly as possible with an accurate quote.
2. Do you require a deposit?
Yes. My fee is made up of a booking fee and a non-refundable administration fee. I require an advance deposit of the administration fee + 50% of the booking fee to secure the date. The remaining balance then needs to be received one month before the event.
3. Do you accept credit card?
Unfortunately I don’t accept credit card payments directly. The best way to pay is via BACs transfer. If you do wish to pay by credit card, I accept PayPal but there is an extra charge for this.
4. How far in advance can I book?
I take bookings up to two years in advance.
5. Where are you based and how far do you travel?
I am based in North Hertfordshire, UK, but travel up and down the country as well as internationally. Previous bookings include events in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bali, Qatar, Bahrain, Bermuda, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Portgual, Greece, Germany and Sweden. For some international bookings I may need to travel with a tour manager, depending on the type of event.
6. How long do you play for?
Set lengths vary depending on the performance package you would like to book. I can perform anything from a 15-minute show to 3 x 45 minute sets maximum (or equivalent).
7. What songs do you play, and do you take requests?
For a copy of my current repertoire list, please click here. For the wedding ceremony or first dance, I am happy to learn up to 5 extra requests that are not already on this list. All I ask is that you let me know these requests at least one month before the event.
8. Can we choose the set list?
I have ready-made playlists that I know from experience work well for different types of events. However, if there are any genres you would particularly like to focus on, or any songs/pieces that are big no-no’s, please do let me know.
9. Can you perform with other musicians?
Yes! Although I do a lot of solo bookings, I love working with other musicians! Please do let me know when enquiring if you would like me to perform with other instrumentalists. Over the past 8 years I have built up a strong network of musicians that I love working with and who I book regularly through my agency, Bubble and Squeak Entertainment. I regularly work with DJs, as well as saxophonists, percussionists and other string players/classical musicians – just ask via my CONTACT page!
10. Do you provide your own PA/sound equipment?
Yes – depending on the size of the event. For events up to 150 guests, I can provide my own Bose L1 Compact PA system or Bose S1 Pro. For larger events and bookings outside the UK, I require an AV company at the venue with sound engineer for whom I can provide a specific tech spec. I can recommend some great sound companies I work with on a regular basis – just ask via my CONTACT page!
11. Are you able to perform outside?
Yes – as long as you can provide a performance space that is sheltered from potential rain and direct sunlight - ideally a large parasol or gazebo structure. This shaded area needs to be big enough to cover me and my violin whilst playing, as well as my PA system. I will also require a power socket nearby so that I can plug my PA in there/run an extension lead from there to the performance area.
12. How much space do you require?
I need a space approx. 2m x 2m to play freely. I perform wirelessly and can move around the room to interact with guests as well if desired, providing I’m in the same room as the PA system.
13. My venue requires Public Liability Insurance and PAT-testing. Are you covered?
Of course! I have Public Liability cover up to £1,000,000. All of my equipment is PAT-tested and of the highest standard. I am also a member of the Musician's Union.
14. How long do you need to set up?
I usually aim to arrive between 1 hour – 90 minutes before I am due to start performing. I will need this time to set up any sound equipment and do a quick sound check.
15. Will you require refreshments?
Yes please! I ask for water/soft drinks to be provided while I am performing. If the event requires me to be on site over dinner time, I also ask that a hot evening meal is provided.
16. Can I see you perform live before I book?
As most of the events I perform at are private bookings, I’m afraid that I can’t guarantee that I’ll be performing publicly any time soon. However, you can check out videos of my performances on my social media pages, such as Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, and follow me on Twitter to keep updated on any upcoming public shows.