Hiring a Violinist, Tips, Advice and How to Book!

Violinists are very versatile instrumentalists and can be booked for many occasions.  This string instrument provides quite a piercing sound, which can be used for different genres and really portray an emotional performance.  We thought it would be useful to put together a little guide for people looking to book a violinist containing all of the information you might need before you book, including a checklist of questions you might wish to ask your chosen performer.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about booking a violinist!


What Events are Violinists Suitable For?

Violin music produces a very beautiful sound which can be used across many events and occasions.  Book a violinist for:

  • Wedding Ceremony and Receptions
  • Civil Partnerships and Ceremonies
  • Christenings
  • Corporate Event Entertainment
  • Drinks Receptions
  • Sit Down Dinner Entertainment
  • Cocktail Parties

What does a Violinist Actually Do?

A Violinist is a very skilled musician with many years of experience.  They will perform either individually or as part of a duo or group (if hired), and will use their bow and fingers to play the violin.  Violinists can perform in a rather excited manner depending on the genre of music chosen or rather elegant for slower performance pieces.  Either way, your guests will really benefit from the performance of a violinist and this can include classical masterpieces or instrumental versions of popular hits.

Sally Potterton is a leading violinist who performs a vast repertoire ranging from background classical and chill out music to high impact electric violin classical/pop cross over shows. See her play in the video below and visit Sally’s profile to find out more

When Does a Violinist Perform?


Choosing the right part of your event for your violinist to perform is down to personal choice, however for Wedding Entertainment a violinist is usually booked for the wedding ceremony, drinks reception and possibly the wedding breakfast depending on how long you wish for them to perform.

Corporate Events

During corporate events and other occasions, a violinist will perform during the times that you agree.

How Long will a Violinist Perform for?

Each violinist will have their own set performance times; however many will happily perform for an hour or more.  If you have a longer event that you wish to be catered for, simply ask your chosen performer to see if they can accommodate it.

How Much Does a Violinist Cost to Book?

Depending on the location and also experience of your chosen violinist, the costs to book can vary quite dramatically.  Other factors that will affect the price to book a violinist include the length of performance required and also how far they need to travel to your venue.  Expect to pay in the region of a few hundred pounds or equivalent.

Click here to view Violinist, Joanna Chambers' Profile

Joanna Chambers – Violinist from EntertainersWorldwide.com

What Should I Ask A Violinist?

If you have chosen to book a violinist for your upcoming event, you might wish to ask them important questions to make sure that all of your boxes are ticked.  Read our little checklist to help you when enquiring about a booking.  If you can think of any more, don’t be afraid to add them to your list.

  • Are you available to perform on the date of my event
  • Can you cater for the length of my event/How long will you perform for?
  • How much do you charge to perform?
  • What songs can you play and do you have a repertoire list?
  • Can you learn new songs if they aren’t listed?
  • Do you have public liability insurance?
  • How much will you charge to perform
  • How much of a deposit is needed to secure my date?

How do I Choose a Violinist?

Choosing a violinist is generally down to personal taste.  We make it that bit easier to find a violinist and by using our website you can view all of the available musicians near you while reading their profile pages.  Many instrumentalists provide audio and video clips for you to hear and watch their performance which is a massive help in choosing the right musician for your event.  Don’t forget to read previous customer testimonials to get feedback from happy clients!

I’ve Chosen a Violinist! How do I Book?

Not only do we make it really easy to find a violinist, but we also help you to book one too!  Once you are on your chosen performers’ profile page, simply click on the big green “Request a Quote by E-mail” button.  This will put you in direct contact with your violinist (we aren’t an agency!)  and this won’t cost you a single penny more than your usual booking fee!

Want to Save Time When Booking Your Entertainment? Sit back, relax and have your Entertainment contact you! By adding a post to our website e.g. ‘Violinist required for Drinks Reception on July 3rd’, our available acts will contact you by email. Look at the Entertainer’s publicity, decide which is your favourite and contact them directly! The entire service is completely free of charge. Tell us what entertainment you are looking for now and we will do the rest! Contact us.



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