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Sasha Valeri Millwood

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Name: Sasha Valeri Millwood
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Location: Brentwood
United Kingdom CM14
Contact: I live near Brentwood High Street, within eight minutes' walking distance from the railway station (from whence there are very frequent trains, typically every ten minutes, to central London). I am also semi-regularly in Glasgow, especially during the winter months.

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Additional Info: A graduate of the University of Cambridge (where one of the papers for which I studied was the Advanced Keyboard Skills paper) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where I studied Interpretation through Improvisation with Dr David Dolan for two years), I am an experienced soloist, chamber musician, improviser, accompanist, pit-band player, and répétitur. I have worked with musicians of various abilities (from the complete beginner to Andrew Kennedy) and in various contexts (including examinations, professional recitals, competitions, auditions, and functions that require background music). In many cases, I have had to sight-read a part, so I know how to deliver good results in situations with limited/no rehearsal time. I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

I can improvise elaborations and interludes in various styles, either as a soloist or in collaboration with other performers. Given sufficient preparation time, I can also realise figured bass (including on harpsichord or chamber organ), and even transpose works of a reasonably tonal character. That said, I hasten to add that (unsurprisingly, seeing as I am a composer myself) I would be delighted to play more modern repertoire, too.

I have experience accompanying a range of instruments, voices, and repertoire, including atonal and serial music. A sympathetic chamber musician, I prioritise listening and maintaining good ensemble over burying one’s head in the notes: a good accompanist covers up the other player’s slips and mistakes in performance. However, having worked as a répétitur on several operatic productions, I am also familiar with the contrasting demands of that role, where the priority is to follow the conductor and furnish clear cues for the singers.

For more information, you can consult my website: http://sashamillwood.com/pianist
Fees: £ 30.00 Pounds Per Hour
£30 per hour is my rate for rehearsal time, provided that no individual rehearsal is less than 30 minutes in length.

For accompanying at examinations, competitions, auditions, amateur performances, and amateur recordings, I charge a fee of £36, provided that the cumulative playing time (that is, including warm-ups, sound checks, &c.) does not exceed one hour. Where the cumulative playing time exceeds one hour, the fee is by negotiation.

Professional engagements are subject to negotiation -- in such cases, the fee will typically be related to what you are being paid (assuming it is not unreasonably little) for the performance, as opposed to the number of hours' rehearsal. For a duo recital, I would typically expect a 50% share of the fee after promoter's commission.

Fees are levied on a per-booking or a per-hour basis, not on a per-person basis. This means that considerable savings may be available to individuals who combine their bookings. Discounts may be offered, at my discretion, for regular/large/shared bookings. Surcharges may be levied for travel to venues located more than two miles as the crow flies from Wilson's Corner, Brentwood (the intersection of the A128 and the A1023).
Instruments: Piano
Additional Specialisms: Contemporary Music, Improvisation, Instrumental Accompaniment, Vocal Accompaniment, Vocal Répétiteur, Musical Theatre
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