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 […]
All in a week’s recording session work. The range of songs and styles is fun to record to. This week I had a break-up song followed by a song about making the world a better place ( as we should) and ended with a wedding processional song recording. I’ve copied […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
So glad to be included on the Melody Nest roster as a session musician. Looking for any string recordings for an upcoming project? Get in touch for blazing solo violin leads or warm, cosy string sections for your next song.
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!
‘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!
“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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The event organiser on this event wanted something with a ‘sizzle ‘ to start the evening and EthAerial Violin swirling in mid-air was just the jaw-dropping act to set the tone for the rest of the event.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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 – […]
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 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.
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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.
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!
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 […]
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. […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]