Q&A With | Sally Potterton | Violinist | London

To assist you in booking London Based Violinist Sally Potterton for your upcoming event, we recently had a Q&A session with her! Sally Potterton1

Q. What are the most common events that you perform at?
A. I perform mainly for private parties, weddings and corporate events. The violin is such a versatile instrument, so I can perform chilled background music, an upbeat electric violin show or live over DJ Ibiza-style to get the party started. 

Q. How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
A. I’ve been working in the industry for about 4 years but my training started long before that, when I started having violin lessons at the ripe old age of 3!

Q. On average, how much do you cost to hire? A. My fee starts at around £500 for my most basic packages, but this is subject to extras depending on a number of factors such as venue location, travel, seasonal demand, bookings over a year away etc.

Q. What’s your most favourite gig to date and why? A. I’ve played at some amazing venues but my favourite performance was at the Natural History Museum in London. It is such a magical hall to play in, with the dinosaur staring right back at you! I got to perform a 5 minute show on my LED electric violin for an event for Dell. Michael Dell even tweeted that he thought my performance was ‘brilliant’ which really made my evening.

Q. Describe your act in 5 words. A. Electrifying and vibrant violin talent.

Q. Whereabouts have you played in the country/world?
A. My job has taken me to many amazing places such as Las Vegas, Monaco, Bermuda, Qatar, Bahrain, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Tokyo, Malaysia and Macau, as well as regular tours throughout Europe.

Q. Is there audience interaction in your act?
A. Yes, if desired! This is one of the things I love most about what I do – connecting with an audience. Whether it’s roaming around playing to people at drinks receptions, or jumping up and down with party guests over a massive tune from the DJ, I get a buzz bouncing off an audience.

Q. What do you personally enjoy most about performing?
A. I love sharing my passion for playing with an audience, and being able to show them a unique twist on what people might consider just a classical instrument. My favourite thing is to perform to children and get them excited about the violin too, or when parents tell me they’re going to show footage of me to their child who is learning violin. It’s a real joy to be able to inspire the next generation.

Q. What’s the biggest crowd you’ve performed to so far?
A. I performed for for an audience of 20,000 people at the O2 Arena in London for a big corporate event a few years ago. It was absolutely mind-blowing, such an amazing feeling.

Q. What type of occasion/event have you the most experience in performing at?
A. I probably perform at more weddings than anything else. My first ever professional event was a wedding and I loved being able to bring something so unique to someone’s special day. It’s a really lovely thing to be able to perform at such a joyous and loving celebration. I can perform during the ceremony, drinks reception/wedding breakfast and party. My favourite part is playing the bride’s request to walk down the aisle, it always makes me a bit emotional! I also love performing for weddings of different faiths. I’ve performed for Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and civil ceremonies all over the world. And, of course, I love a destination wedding!

Q. What questions would you need to know from a booker? A. The main details I need to be able to quote a price are: date, venue address, timings of the event, whether a PA system is needed, and what sort of performance they would like e.g. classical/pop, acoustic/electric violin, background/show/over DJ.

Q. Do you have any video links on your profile for a booker to view your act? A. Yes – please do check them out! My favourite is my music video I filmed on my travels to Bermuda. I did an improvised version of a remix of ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit. It was so much fun performing on the cliffs looking out over the vast blue ocean.

Q. Can you tailor your act to the booker’s requirements?
A. Yes, in terms of musical choices I can learn up to 3 requests that are not on my repertoire list. It’s also possible for me to dress to match the theme/colour scheme/grandeur of the event. I can also work with other artists, collaborating with other musicians and dancers. I even performed as a ‘flying violinist’ once, and did aerial training to produce a violin routine in the air, which included playing upside down! 

Q. Do you need any special arrangements in order to perform? A. I usually request 2 plug sockets if I am providing my own PA, or if it’s a big venue I would need a sound engineer/AV company. I would also need a lockable changing/green room and suitable water/refreshments/meal.

Q. Do you have online reviews on your profile that bookers can read?
A. Yes, my favourite is by Theo Paphitis (one of the dragons from Dragon’s Den) who saw me perform and wrote that I was a ‘vibrant, talented artiste!’

Q. What is the average duration of your act?
A. Performances can be high-impact, anything from 5 minutes, to more chilled background sets of up to 2 hours.

Q. Are there any cancellation fees?
A. On booking my act, I require a 50% non-refundable advance deposit to be paid to confirm the date. If the event is cancelled due to the client I hold on to this deposit as a cancellation fee.

Q. What sets your act apart from your competition?
A. I am versatile and can perform a huge range and styles of music and improvise by ear, which is rare for a classically-trained violinist. Most of all I’m really passionate about what I do and I have so much fun performing, whatever the event – I think this comes across when I play. 

Q. Are you insured for Public Liability?
A. Yes, I am a member of the Musician’s Union so I have a PLI certificate through them.

Q. How long before the event do you typically arrive at the venue?
A. I usually arrive 90 minutes before I’m due to start playing so that I can set up and do a quick sound-check.

Q. How far in advance would you advise that the booker book you?
A. I usually don’t take bookings more than 18 months in advance. Any time up to then is fine.

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