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Adventures of a Violinist

EthAerial Violinist

Way up high a tender feel-good tune rings out on electric violin while text, projected onto the long skirt sends motivational messages to the audience. EthAerial Violin making a statement at a recent IIG ( Insurance Institute ) Awards Event. A link to the event is […]

Art, wine and song

Combining forces, 3 local artists hosted an art Exhibition at a magazine shoot-ready home in Northcliff for art-lovers. With paintings, installations, film and structures scattered throughout the home, guests felt at home, and glass of wine in hand slowly soaked up and bought must-have pieces.

It was a pleasure to perform […]

Wildflower-Contemporary Classics

Piano music fans are in for a treat with this playlist. ‘Focusing Minimal Piano & Contemporary Classics’ is a great laid back playlist for working or studying to. It is mainly piano based but includes some violin and cello as well. Check out the compilation […]

New Music Friday: Wildflower

Wildflower an original song for Violin and Piano goes live today. Inspired by the times we live in it is a composition reminiscent of a fragile beauty that thrives under harsh conditions.
Please let […]

Awards Evening

A performance for internal staff awards event at The University of Johannesburg was the lovely cosy spot for tonight’s event. The campus grounds were lush with the Jacarandas just coming into bloom.

It […]

Sunset on the Fairway

Sublime sunset view just before a storm hit at The Fairway Hotel .
The theme for the evening was ‘Denim and White’ – an elegant yet laid-back feel awards dinner for a corporate. Thanks […]

Wedding Violinist for Cocktails

Big trees and babbling water features made for a relaxed feel at this wedding canapes entertainment at Tres Jolie. Guests spilled out under the trees and relaxed to the violin playlist. The playlist usually caters for the broad range of guest at a wedding with […]

40th Birthday Bash

Nestled in a lush green garden was a laid-back setting for an outdoor 40th birthday bash. Special requests for this event included Classical music and some Irish tunes and a smattering of Big Band favourites.

Violin Recording Sessions

Write a poem for a loved-one, have it set to music and for a special touch add a violin recording to add extra heart-string tugs. Just finished recording a violin session for a bespoke gift song written by a husband to his wife for their upcoming anniversary.

Spring Weddings

Spring is in the air! Playing ‘Spring’ by Vivaldi at a recent wedding, so lovely to have some birds chirping along. It seemed fitting to play ‘Spring’ and join the chorus of birds!

Fundraising Event

A sunny day outside with wonderful sponsors such as Kia Motors Silverlakes adding some excitement to the SAACA fundraising event this morning at Lombardy Boutique Hotel.

Women’s Day Retreat

Women’s day celebration event at Gold Reef City Hotel/ This event was for a spa day for ladies so the music needed to be gentle and relaxing. We had just the right fit with a new song titled ‘Wildflower’ .

It is a soon to be released single on 22 October […]

Come Dine With Me

Despite the very cold wintry day music, wine and fine dining was the highlight of a private dinner party, ‘Come Dine With Me’ -style. Guests rose to the challenge and dressed up in their finest. All were treated to a red carpet walk accompanied by moi on violin.

‘Liewe Kristel, BAIE […]

Bespoke Wedding Song Recording

Today’s recording session was a custom-written song for an upcoming wedding entrance song. I think the final recording will be very special to the bride-to-be and her dad who requested the recording.

Sunrise on Set

Film shoots usually start early, so I got to see the sun rise on set this morning for a romantic scene, whilst playing some classical numbers.

I am so grateful for opportunities like this at a time when places to play are few and far between.

Sweet 60th Birthday

A cosy setting at the deluxe Royal Elephant Hotel was the setting for a sweet 60th birthday party. Guests were treated to a special set menu accompanied by violin music. The organiser had this to say :

‘ Thank you very, very much for yesterday, your contribution to making our event […]

Think of a Tolkien Tale

Think Tom Bombadil from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings… the inspiration for today’s remote recording session, played here on Murray Kuun’s superb violin.

For a link to Murray’s expert work, visit his website here:
https://murraykuun.com/

Autumn Wedding

Autumn is a beautiful time to have a wedding as the days get crisper and the leaves turn to gorgeous golden browns. This wedding at the sumptuous White Light venue set a picturesque backdrop for an Autumn Wedding.

The wedding colours were warm rustics and natural elements, as well as […]

Autumn Weddings

An autumn wedding in the Freestate, golden wild grass, cosmos flowers and wide open spaces made for a most enjoyable gig road trip.

Riverside Proposal

Cupid is still at work, playing for a romantic proposal event, riverside views and a 5 star bush experience.

Violin Sessions

Another online violin session done and dusted. It is so interesting to play the varied range of compositions that come through for session work. Today’s one was a little country number about a dorpie.

New Music Friday

The Wheel Keeps Turning (instrumental)-A rock inspired instrumental

This instrumental version of Wheel Keeps Turning (vocal version as recorded by Cherry Pill) reflects the the ever-changing seasons of life. The song draws on imagery from the world around to represent how life and […]

Day on a Film Set

Lights, camera, action… a day on set for the filming of a proposal scene.
I can’t give any details, but for fans of local drama shows, you’re in for a treat!

‘You’ve got a friend in me’

Some guide dogs in training were part of today’s audience at Fourways Mall festive entertainment. The pups were intrigued and loved the music!

String Sessions

The latest session project was for a mini string orchestra.

After some special requests to hear the viola I took a quick video while recording. The feedback on this project was just fantastic, I am so enjoying being able to record for composers/songwriters all over the world!

‘Kristel recorded violin and viola […]

Music Video ‘Goat-Crashers’

Guess who made a guest appearance at yesterday’s music video shoot? Everything was perfect, the rain held back, the golden sunlight softly lighting the veld scene where we were about to shoot a music video for Christmas. Then just as we were ready to begin, the local grazers decided they […]

Viola Session

This week I got to dust off my viola for a session on a Spanish track. The lovely alto sound is just perfect for a sultry Spanish song.

The Magic of Theatre

There is something magical about a Theatre. The red fold-up chairs, the glow of warm lights and the moments of prose or song that seem to hang in the air. Stepping out onto the stage at the Market Theatre for a private event this weekend felt like stepping into an […]

Original Violin Music

Tears That Flow (Instrumental) is a violin led version of a vocal song I wrote and released by the same name with my band Cherry Pill. Listen out for soaring melodic choruses and pensive verse parts.The song was inspired by overcoming a period of physical and personal drought. Tears that […]

Session Violinist

As all things turning increasingly online, I have been trying my hand (or fingers as it were) at online session work.

Very happy to have had some contented clients in the past few weeks.The most recent project had this to say

‘Kristel did an amazing job on my track. She was easy […]

Singing in the Rain

It’s the start of the rainy season here in Gauteng with some big downpours. It reminded me of a recent improvisation I did on ‘Singing in the Rain’ the carefree song from the 1952 film of the same name. Hope it brightens your day!

Wedding Bells

A lovely couple who recently tied the knot at Summerplace had this to say:
‘I have to tell you, you were the best for the function I regret not having you for the whole evening, you were amazing.’

Love is in the Air

‘Let’s do it, let’s fall in love’…. so goes the chorus of Cole Porters memorable song ‘Let’s fall in Love’.
With spring in the air and blossoms on the trees, Shepstone’s Garden was a perfect setting for this mid-week engagement event… and she said yes!

https://shepstonegardens.co.za/

Shall we Tango?

“Por una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel also known for it’s use as the tango from the movie “Scent of a Woman” performed here on violin and guitar. We made this video recording for Theatre on the Square’s Online lunch hour concerts teaser series while concerts are postponed due to Covid-19.

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Safe Events

A morning breakfast spent with PCO Alliance and Capital on Park Hotel demonstrating that events can continue safely.

Dinner for Two-Socially Distanced

A Chef and a violinist make the dinner for two a special event. With the violin way up high on the balcony and the romantic couple below make sure social distancing is observed. It was lovely to see a couple finding a way to celebrate life and love amidst the […]

LightSAred Campaign

#lightsared campaign in support of the local events industry which is taking strain. The red light is a warning sign that local live events are in distress.

Op Die Lug / On Air

Begin die dag met musiek.

Luister 2 Augustus Sondag oggend saam met Esté Gross tussen 05h00 en 07h00 op RSG se Oggendstemming. Deel van my album sal gespeel word tussen ander verwikkende musiek.

Start the day with music.

Listen 2 August Sunday morning with Esté Gross between 05h00 and 07h00 on RSG 100-104 […]

Radio Interview Classic FM

Looking forward to chatting with Kutlwano Masote on Classic 1027 Wednesday 22 July at 10h30. Tune in for some great music with a behind-the-scenes chat and some South African Music Awards (SAMAs) buzz!

SAMA #26 Nomination

What started out as a project to help violin students practise for their music exams, evolved into a recording project and subsequently has received a SAMA Nomination (South African Music Award). So delighted to find that my Classical album ‘Vignettes for Violin’ released in 2019 has been nominated for an […]

Happy Birthdaygram!

I was booked to perform at a birthday event this weekend where the birthday girl had put in so much planning to make her special day tops. With the current quarantine measures in place, no public celebrations are happening. As a birthday gesture I recorded a happy birthdaygram for her […]

Some Old Folk Tunes

In putting together some teaching material, I came across an old Sea Shanty called The Leaving of Liverpool. It is a song I had played years ago with a folk band and decided to look more into it’s roots. This song dates from around the 1880s if not earlier during […]

Recording Sessions

Recordings can still happen with social distancing in place. It was fun to spend some time today working on some violin parts for a composition by Gregory Nottingham.

Educational Videos

Lockdown has provided the time to edit some educational videos I’ve made for the new Violin Syllabus. A huge thank-you to Steve Flavin​ at Lovemore Music Centre​ for providing me with the sheet music, you guys are the best!

https://www.lovemoremusicshop.co.za

One of the pieces for the Initial Grade ‘Sword Dance’ can […]

Violin Mash-up Senorita & Habanera by Kristel Birkholtz

The lockdown period has given the creative juices a bit of time to simmer. Here is a pairing of something new and something old. ‘Senorita’ with the classical piece ‘Habanera’.

View the video of the mash up at:

What to do when lock-down means no more performing?

As lock-down approaches as a result of the Covid-19 virus, many musicians have found that bookings and events of all kinds have had to cancel or postpone, leaving musicians with a lot more time on their hands and likely less money in their pockets as a result.

In the 21-day lock-down […]

Singing Telegram

With my violin replaced by a bunch of bright balloons and a hamper of champagne, I set off to deliver a musical telegram, a message sung to the well-known ‘Time after Time’ by Cindy Lauper. The celebration was for a local company merger with a new supplier.

The balloons caused quite […]

Romantic Violin

Love is in the air. This pic was snapped while performing violin at a private event at a romantic spot for a couple getting engaged.

The event and set up was arranged by The Perfect Proposal Suzy White – https://theperfectproposal.co.za/

and the video/photo was taken by Denver Paulick of Brightmoon Video […]

Laser Violin for the opening of the UFS

Lights, camera, action! With first year students ready to celebrate before the 2020 academic year gets going, LaserX and I performed a 15 minute laser show for the students and parents at the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein Campus.

For more about what LaserX do visit https://laserx.co.za/

Christmas Cheer

A Christmas Concert with the collaborating musicians from Christ Church Midrand and Rosebank Union Church with special guest conductor Noel Tredennick from All Souls, London.

Beautiful arrangements of Christmas Carols old and new had people heartily singing along.

Elegant Aerial Violin for Christian Dior Store Opening

The opening of the Christian Dior Store in Menlyn caused quite a stir and had shoppers stopping in their tracks, phone cameras in hand. Beautiful cosmetics, personalised engravings of perfume bottles and and a larger than life violinist welcoming guest into the store.

My team and I had to figure out […]

Red Velvet and Sequins

Added some extra glam to this event with the Red Carpet Violinist at a recent gala dinner event.

High Flyers

Some spectacular new jets setting the stage for an afternoon on a runway with guest admiring the new aircraft perfectly positioned with the Magaliesberg mountains in the distance. Some sophisticated violin music added the sound track along with the occasional chink of cocktail glasses. The day ended off with a […]

On Higher Ground

While the Sandton skyline twinkled as the backdrop to a private event at Higher Ground, guests mingled and listened to some funky violin music before settling into to a delicious meal. The organiser was most pleased and described the violin entertainment as ‘just perfect and setting the right tone for […]

Tins and Timber-VioRimba

VioRimba is adds a twist on the traditional marimba band format by adding violin as a melody instrument to the group. Not just any violin though, this is one of a kind tin-can violin in keeping with the proudly South African tone of the group. This snap was thanks to […]

A Travel Breakfast

A Travel Breakfast held at the Indaba Hotel. A morning where all things travel in and around Sandton are discussed.

Kristel provided the welcoming violin music whilst guests were treated to a mini-mobile neck and shoulder massage from Mowana Spa. https://www.mowanaspa.co.za/

The cool violin is handmade by Murray Kuun – […]

New Album Release

Hot off the press, a new classical album is available titled ‘Vignettes for Violin

It is a collection of evocative classical miniatures for violin and piano

Be transported by this varied and skillfully-performed collection of classical vignettes. Each short piece of music on this album captures an emotion in time.

For a sneak […]

Summer Tunes and Beats

Beauty & The Beat performed the opening set for the 94.7 Stand Up Joburg Comedy Show at Emperors Palace this week adding some Seasonal flair with the chart-topping ‘Senorita’ at the end of the set.

Catch the performance here:

Red Carpet Welcome

Guests were treated to a musical Red Carpet welcome at a recent Cloud Launch event. Walking on air as they entered and stopping to take photos, selfies and group photos with their newly-made acquaintances at the arrivals area.

Sipping cocktails whilst listening to some laid-back violin and networking, a perfect start […]

From Books to the Bushveld

A week of variety starting with a violin performance at a Book Launch held at the cosy Wanders Club https://www.thewanderersclub.co.za

and then off to an early morning bushveld event for a private group breakfast/luncheon.

Thanks to John Griffin for the fantastic photo and the violin used in photo no. 1 is […]

Classics, Contemporary and Country

Take a ride through musical styles from classical and contemporary through to country music. All performed live by beat-boxer/violin duo called Beauty and the Beat.

Cotton Eyed Joe was a crowd favourite at this show as was a new piece we’ve put into, the famous Habanera from Carmen.

Small Business, Big Hearts

The energy in networking café was palpable as small business owners, eager to grow and learn swapped details and later learned about the SME organisation.

It was invigorating to meet and perform violin for so many small businesses hungry to succeed, and to have met SME that make it all possible.

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Musical Statues

Playing musical statues to warm up a winter-themed event at the cosy Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg.

Morning, Noon or Night

Early mornings or late evenings, music can happen morning, noon or night! This was an early start for a breakfast conference networking event at Birchwood Hotel. Thanks to the fabulous Hands-On Promotions team who made it happen.

https://www.hands-on.co.za

The interactive screen which was a hub on the day was provided by […]

Beauty and the Beat Live at the Rand Easter Show 2019

Beauty and the Beat rocking it live at the Rand Easter Show Joburg’s Talent 2019. Looking forward to the final rounds this coming weekend!

Catch us in action Sunday 28 April 2019 at the Rand Easter Show, Nasrec Grounds. Finals will be running throughout the day.

Be the Light

Lasers and light dresses made for an illuminating evening at Fancourt recently. A laser violin show supported by LaserX and a violin performance by Kristel had the crowd reaching for their mobile phones.

https://laserx.co.za/

EthAerial Violin

Sunset from above for a gala dinner event at Kyalami Racetrack in a striking long white dress that gently catches the late-summer breeze. A thunderstorm was brewing in the distance, making beautiful cloud formations as the white dress billowed as if to the violin music.

A Fresh Start

With the year still feeling fresh this beautiful spot in nature was the setting for a morning wedding event.

It has been a weekend of natural beauty after my band Cherry Pill just returned from a concert out in the Magaliesberg.
http://www.cherrypillband.com/

Flash Mob Tango

Early morning office staff, casually drinking their first coffee in the canteen were treated to a Flash Mob Tango performance. In amazement, everyone took out their phones and forgot about their coffee for 3 minutes whilst being whisked away to the streets of Buenos Aires . The local corporate are […]

Light Up!

Twinkling lights and sweeping lasers make for an unforgettable show. At the recent Eskom Young Scientists Awards event for 2018 Laserx and I teamed up to create a show-stopping opening act complete with Laser bow and heads, Chroma LED dress and violin.

And the work the students produce at the Young […]

Themed Events

The classic ‘Gatsby’ theme makes a regular appearance at corporate and private events. Guests just love the dress-up element and being transported back in time by the foot-tapping, swinging music.

For Gatsby and other themed events, think of adding themed music to complete the overall effect.

CHROMA

CHROMA, the light-it-up violin performance.

ˈkrəʊmə’ noun – purity or intensity of colour.

The new LED Violin offering by Kristel includes a colourful LED dress , Violin and Bow.

Book soon to avoid disappointment!

Red Carpet Violin Welcome

As year-end events are in full swing, the Red Carpet Violin welcome is bowling over invited guests. Everyone wants to strut the red carpet before posing for a photo like a celebrity!

Along the Riverside

The Riverside Sun, set along the banks of the Vaal River is a great spot for viewing some spectacular sunsets. At this event for a local company, a lazy boat cruise was followed by sunset cocktails accompanied by a chilled violin set.

It’s a great venue for a quick weekend getaway […]

Women’s Month

With Women’s Day falling in August in South Africa, the month takes on a feminine theme. PSG Wealth hosted a women’s month financial road show for their female clients. The evening highlighted the role women can play in shaping their financial futures. I had my note book ready and learnt […]

Ships Ahoy!

Cruise the coastline in Red Carpet Style with S&L travel.

Thanks team Hands On and Boswell Wilkie Circus for making all the backing happen.

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Askari Lodge

A beautiful day it was this past weekend in the bushveld, elephants and wildebeest in view.

The bride left this lovely message: Dear Kristel thank-you for being such a great part of our wedding day, you played beautifully and I cannot imagine the day without you because you made our wedding […]

VioRimba Starts the Party!

VioRimba as the name suggests is a violin meets marimba band collective with a distinctive African feel. Played here on a one-of-a-kind tin can violin. At recent awards breakfast the party started early as delegates just could not resist the enticing marimba rhythms.

To see what happened next click the video […]

Somewhere over the rainbow…way up high

This lovely little ballad from The Wizard of Oz just never gets old and a special number to relive some childhood memories.

The song is included in the violin exam repertoire currently which is the reason for the video recording.

A Warm Welcome

The Red-Carpet Violin is a show-stopper welcoming act for events. This photo was taken at a recent event for Avroy Shlain.

VioRimba hit the high notes!

VioRimba combines the lilting African Rhythms of a Marimba Quartet with the melodious Tin Can Violin. Over the weekend the group had delegates for the for the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) tapping their feet and swaying to the infectious music.

A big thank-you to Gigster for booking this event – […]

Kids say the sweetest things!

At a recent public performance in the new Loftus Park centre a little boy drew me this picture on the back of a menu and rather shyly handed it over.

It is so lovely to play at venues where children get to hear the violin performed. To see the look of […]

Wedding Bells and Flower Girls

These sweeties were too cute not to blog about. It is a heart-warming moment when little flower girls or page boys walk in whilst I am playing a wedding entrance or exit song. These 4 little ones melted everyone’s hearts in their matching floral dresses.

It’s Human Nature For Art’s Sake

It was a treat to perform for the ‘Human.Nature’ photographic exhibition by Natalie Field held recently at the Berman Contemporary Gallery in Sandton, which attracted much interest from art lovers and investors. The beautiful shots from a recent artist-in-residence programme capture mythology, nature and the human form exquisitely.

For more information […]

Go Play in the Traffic!

How did a wedding reception end up on the streets of Sandton? The recent reception event hosted at the superb Wombles Restaurant had a team of photographers with a keen sense of fun. So much so that when not dining on delicious food we were outside basically playing in the […]

Sunset on a Space Station

It’s not everyday one gets to play at a Space Station. The quiet location nestled in the Magaliesburg mountains has a beautiful view of the bushveld which is dotted occasionally with Space antennae. As the sun was setting someone snapped this shot, Space stations and bushveld, who would have thought?

A Thankful Job

I often perform for different private functions and many are warm, happy celebrations. This weekend though I performed for a private lunch that inspired me deeply. A lady in her fifties had decided to to put on a special lunch to say thank-you to all her teachers. She tracked down […]

Water Music

The theme of tonight’s event was ‘Water’ to highlight the topical issues facing us regarding water. Each table had a different expression of water decoration and the event was perfectly situated along the Vaal river while I added some ‘water music’ to the occasion.

Water is currently a very topical issue […]

Wedding Bells

Wedding season continues as the long Summer months lazily stretch on. This wedding event was at the Hertford Hotel in Lanseria.
The venue has a serene all-white chapel which is where this photo was taken. A lovely couple and a beautiful venue, made the day a treat!

The Red Carpet Welcomes in the New Year

Tucked into the valley of the majestic Berg mountains this lovely spot is a perfect way to start off the new year. This event is for a company setting their compass for the year. I too am looking forward to a walk in the fresh mountain air when my violin […]

On Air

As the Christmas season fast approaches and Carols are heard everywhere, I was very glad to hear my album Gloria Vol 1. Instrumental Christmas Carols for Violin and Guitar has been getting some airplay on Classic FM.

Refreshing yet festive takes on well-known Carols arranged for Violin and Guitar. […]

On Top of the World

Over a glorious sunset on a peachy day in Johannesburg, car fundis gathered on the rooftop of Sandton City for the Land Rover/Jaguar Two Icons Tour.

Performing violin on a raised platform on top of one of Sandton’s sky-rises felt like being on top of the world!

Married at First Sight

Tonight is the night, catch Married at First Sight to view the wedding ceremony of the current contestants.
The venue, Faircity Roodevallei and the décor is superb and the whole event took an interesting turn.

Tune in to Lifetime Channel 131 at 20H50 to see what happened!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/tvplus/want-to-be-on-married-at-first-sight-south-africa-heres-how-to-enter/10154678490881754/

Philips Live

Philips Live this week was an inspiring activation by Philips of their Access to Care units that they are rolling out to service remote areas.

This opening sequence of visuals and live violin performance portrayed the dynamic and live aspect that new technologies are bringing to healthcare.

Play it again! We Recycle, Do You?

Recycling was the theme of this event for Coca Cola’s school recycling awards sponsorship. Various schools and communities demonstrated out-of-the-box creativity on how to re-use and up-cycle waste materials found in their environment. In keeping with the up-cycling theme, I brought along my Tin Can violin which is made solely […]

Light up, light up!

A Night of a Thousand Stars was the theme of this show for a local company awards evening. So in keeping with the brief, we decided to light up. Sax and violin lit-up, costumes sparkled and our eyes twinkled with the light-up/crystal masks.

Making an Entrance

Tonight’s venue at St Georges Hotel was a a perfect backdrop for the Red Carpet Violin Act. Gorgeous high-vaulted archways set the tone for the a glittering evening.

Birthday Broadcast

Chatting violins, orchestras and Stradivarius plus a surprise performance of happy birthday for the broadcast host Gareth Cliff at Cliff Central. You can catch the interview here:

http://cliffcentral.com/gcs/gcs-25-8-17-pt3/

The figure in the photos was actually the birthday cake made by Crystal Du Preez at Sensational Suga – and the head actually […]

Married at First Sight Shoot.

A wedding with a difference today, I’m on set to film a wedding for the Reality Show ‘Married at First Sight’.
I can’t say too much about today as the show will only be aired in October this year, but for now I can share the beautiful setting at Faircity […]

As Unique as a Snowflake

On arriving at the Snowflake building in Potchefstroom this weekend, I was convinced I was at the wrong address. Being early to set up for a violin wedding performance at this venue, there was only one other car in the dusty parking lot, but the place otherwise looked like a […]

Music Makes a Difference

As a performer one doesn’t often hear the audience stories behind the scenes of a show. At a recent lunchtime regular performance this last week, the concert co-coordinator told me these two lovely stories about how music can make a difference to people’s lives:

Kristel, thank you so much for today. […]

A Winter Wedding

Dear Kristel
You are one of a kind. Thank-you for everything, my friends and family can’t stop talking about you. You made matrimonial event so special and I am thankful for that.

-Bride July 2017

There is a stark beauty to a winter wedding. Crisp blue skies and warm oranges and reds gave […]

A Walk in the Forest

As autumn begins to turn the leaves and drop temperatures, wedding events begin to trail off, but recently I performed for a wedding at an enchanting venue called ‘In the Forest’.

Imagine being on set filming a movie like Robin Hood or something along those lines, that is what this […]

New Video Recordings : The Muppet Show

In this set is a wide mix of classical miniatures, folk songs as well as a Jazz piece titles Pitlochry and The Muppets Theme Song.

Ashlea Martin (pianist) and myself have been recording the violin exam syllabus as reference material to violin students. We make a backing track of the piano […]

Filming for Elephants

As delicious coffee aromas hung thick in the air at Urban Grind Coffee Roastery in Parkhurst, a small film crew headed by passionate wildlife videographer Paul Mills, started setting up camera angles. The story for the shoot was to create a typical morning on-the-go scenario of a woman drinking a […]

New Album by Cherry Pill: Instrumental in their Success

Cherry Pill took a detour this year and recorded an instrumental album titled Si Tu Savais. Si Tu Savais is a collection of well-loved standards that have helped shape Cherry Pill’s sound over the years, including rousing gypsy jazz inspired by Reinhardt and Grappelli, a touching rendition of Puccini’s O […]

Electric Violin and Cello in Concert

The stately Northwards House in Parktown hosts regular classical concerts. The beautiful Sir Herbert Baker Home has a lovely acoustic and an inviting music room that takes one back in time. This as the backdrop for a concert I did with cellist Carel Henn a few weeks ago. Our first […]

The Secret Room

Colourful floaty dresses in silk and chiffon were on display at the Secret Room’s launch of the new summer range at Bryanston’s Riverside Shopping Centre. Each dress has been thoughtfully designed and made. The fabrics are high quality and imported.

It was a feast for the eyes to perform violin at […]

Music for Rhinos

A special fund-raiser event that raised money for Anti-Rhino Poaching initiatives that was held at Kyalami Theatre on Track 15 October featured many talents to delight the guest. Fine artists’ work and photography was on sale. Musicians Samantha Peo, Andre Schwart, Saranti Rheerders, Kristel Birkholtz on violin in The Bubble […]

A Humble Gift – Mercedes Benz Event

The Mercedes Benz Long Service Awards was a touching event to sing and perform violin for. One particular prize-winner told this story as the highlight of his career. As part of a manufacturing plant for Mercedes Benz back in 1993, he and the other workers were excited about the upcoming […]

L’Atelier de Givenchy in Song

The lovely new range of L’Atelier de Givenchy fragrances had a very special launch in Sandton City this August. An engraver was on hand to personalise any perfume bottles or lipsticks bought at the launch. This was a wonderful touch and many customers bought gifts for friends or themselves that […]

Corporate Dinner Concert

As a violinist at a corporate dinner event, I try to keep my repertoire varied and engaging throughout the evening and as a singer-songwriter for my group Cherry Pill I try to include a few vocal numbers as well over the course of an evening to add a little […]

A Dazzling Black Carpet Affair

A dazzling Black Carpet Affair at the picturesque Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg for Aspen. Snow had recently fallen and capped off the mountains, creating a lovely backdrop to the surroundings. Mesmerizing violin and the featured carpet added that special touch.

Movida Bisquit Night

What a treat to play again with such a great band The Music Cartels at Movida , Industry Night 25 June. You guys ‘Rocked My World’!

The event was sponsored by Bisquit Cognac.

Red-Carpet Affair

A glitzy Red-Carpet birthday event at the Forum, Bryanston. Guests turned out in their finest to stroll the Red-Carpet to harmonious violin music.

Swan Lake

What more idyllic stetting for a high tea than the Swan Lake tea garden at Heaven’s Gate, Boksburg.
Lovely eats and nibbles overlooking the lake with a smattering of violin.

State of the Art

The State of the Art Art Gallery 28, 6th st Parkhurst had a bustling opening night this week. Artists and art lovers from all walks of life came along to view the high quality artwork. Good art, great folks and a touch of violin music made this night special!

Launch of The Voice 2016

A glitzy red carpet affair was laid out for the launch of The Voice 2016. There was a mood of palpable excitement in the air as media snapped away at artists enjoying the red carpet treatment! On arrivals guests and VIPs were treated to an electric violin performance by Kristel […]

Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree

Playing violin under this old oak tree was quite a special occasion. The company that worked on the property enjoyed the shade of this stately tree for over 20 years. Many functions, lunches and casual smoke-breaks were had under this tree. On this, their final day at the office, it […]

Elphin-Shell-Princess Violinist

This Mansion party was not a staid or stiff affair! Upon entering the elegant Munro Hotel, guests were given a five star reception. But around the corner awaited a fun surprise, on the patio were rubber ducks, snooker tables and even mermaids! How did I fit into the scene, well […]

Lights, Camera, Action!

An exciting day spent on set filming 2 scenes for an upcoming slot on the popular “Binnelanders” soapie.
I can’t give away any of the plot, but suffice to say I am playing violin in 2 scenes. The slot should air in December so keep watching!

Technology meets Music

Whilst music and violin playing may be traditionally seen as a creative pursuit, I was certainly outnumbered by technology creators who competed in the Cyber Junkyard Competition. The ingenuity was astounding and perhaps I played second fiddle to these creatives!

LED Violin

Lights on her fingers, lights on her toes, she will make music wherever she goes…
Twinkling lights give a different twist to a violin and ballet performance for a Gala dinner.

Violin and the Volvos

Despite the chilly evening on Friday 31 July many Volvo enthusiasts, young and old, braved the cold to be among the first to see the new XC90. There were a range of Classic and Sport model Volvo’s on display from private collectors as well.

My brief was to create drama […]

Mixing it up Live

Beauty and the Beat, a violin/beatbox collaboration, performed at a Mediatech After Party. As the evening was an 80’s themed party, we included some 80’s classics such as Billy Jean by Michael Jackson. The talented Justin Chalice added his vocals to the mix.

Song of the Entrepreneur

The room was a-buzz with energy at last night’s Aurik Business Accelerator event. Brilliant entrepreneurs and small business owners from diverse backgrounds and industries converged for the award evening at the prestigious Michelangelo Hotel.

True to entrepreneurial flair, networking never stops. So while performing violin over the dinner service, a couple […]

Lady in Red

A client had this to say regarding a Marketing Awards event last night :

“I really enjoyed the Lady in Red / Carpet Electric Violin – wow – was an awesome touch!!!”

A Musical Journey Around the World

As a sort of musical tour-guide for an event themed “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at the Hyatt, Dar-Es-Salaam, my brief was to perform a repertoire of songs that would take the audience on a journey around the world.

The guest list included dignitaries and business leaders from across the […]

Violin While You Shop

I have played violin at various times of the day for different events. This morning though, I was dressed in glamorous red by 5h30 am to perform for the Pick n Pay store opening in the new Menlyn Grocery Avenue. It was amazing to see the queues of people lining […]

New Butterfly Bow for the Violin Laser Show

These laser tech guys are always tinkering about and today Munki and I tried out a new concept, the Butterfly Bow for the Laser Violin act. The effect is a wide butterfly-shaped arc on either end of the bow which washes over the the audience as I performed violin […]

A Bubbly Breakfast Event

As early morning light shone through the tree-shaded patio of Klein Kaap Boutique Hotel, a surprise Bubble awaited the guests wafting in for breakfast.

In such an enchanting setting I just had to include some classical numbers in the violin repertoire like Pachelbell’s Canon in D.

Tanzania Electric Violin Performance

While my stop in and out of Tanzania was short, I was there long enough to experience that Dar es Salaam is indeed a vibrant and friendly city! I was there to perform electric laser violin for a 4G launch.

Travelling with lasers and electric violins is an interesting […]

Bush Wedding

Rolling green hills and bush-veld laid a picturesque backdrop to an exquisite bush wedding. I performed some chilled violin music as guests milled about during the cocktails sessions. A few curious Karoo sheep even stopped by to see the proceedings!

High Fashion and Fast Cars

On Wednesday, an otherwise uneventful and unlit section of Rivonia Road was punctuated by the glimmer of white lights illuminating a muscular line of Aston Martin roadsters on the showroom floor of Aston Martin Sandton. From the sleek silver Vanquish to the red-trimmed black Vantage, these cars look like they’re […]

Violin Meets Hip Hop

Violin meets Hip Hop at the Bisquit event in Sandton, Mar 2015. Free-styling with club DJ’s is a great experience!

St Patrick’s Day Fiddler

Inspired by the St Patrick’s Day theme for the Investment Conference Event at Sun City , I wrote this limerick:

A fiddler on Sun City’s Green
Played jigs and reels to the keen
Investors who danced
And brokers who pranced
To let off some conferencing steam

Being an ‘Irish’ fiddler is so much fun as […]

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