About Sally Potter – professional violinist based in London, UK
With a fresh and unique performing style, British violinist Sally Potter takes traditional classical violin playing into the future with show-stopping virtuosity.
As a graduate of Oxford University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Sally has been trained to the highest standard of classical musicianship.
Fusing together a violin technique developed from years of intense performance training, a keen talent for improvisation, and a passion for pop and dance music, Sally has redefined the world of classical-crossover.
Whether you are planning a wedding or organising a special event, Sally offers a range of performance options and packages on both acoustic and electric violin to suit your need.
She offers packages for classic wedding ceremony music, chill-out music for drinks receptions, and evening party sets with DJ. Sally can do it all!
She plays electric violin in London, throughout the UK, and around the world as a soloist, as well as with other musicians in live acts that include Entourage, House Of Angels and Lumina the Laser Violinist.
Sally has a wealth of experience performing for celebrities and at events such as the opening of the Mall of Egypt, UEFA Cup Final Dinner, ExxonMobil Tennis Gala Dinner, AFCB Player Awards, fashion launches, and VIP weddings.
Recent clients include Rolls Royce, Dom Perignon, Alexander McQueen, Vogue, Jaguar, MINI, Bombay Sapphire, Aquascutum, Dell, Air France, KLM, and London Fashion Week. Playing over DJ sets, Sally frequently performs at luxury private parties, and has opened sets for artists such as Jessie J, Madness, Bob Sinclair, and has jammed with legendary producer Timbaland.
As a backing violinist, Sally has performed alongside some of the world’s biggest artists such as Calvin Harris, John Legend, Michael Bublé, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Rita Ora, Sigma, FKA Twigs, Don Broco, Alfie Boe and Russell Watson. Television performance credits include The BBC Music Awards, Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, Top of the Pops and The X Factor to name a few.
So, if you’re looking to hire one of London’s best electric violinists, do not hesitate to get in touch with Sally Potter...you do not want to miss her!
How far in advance can I book?
I take bookings up to 2 years in advance.
Where are you based and how far do you travel?
I am based in London but travel up and down the country as well as internationally. Previous bookings include events in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bali, Qatar, Bahrain, Bermuda, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany and Sweden. For some international bookings, I may need to travel with a tour manager, depending on the type of event.
How long do you play for?
Set lengths vary depending on the performance package you would like to book. I can perform anything from a 15-minute show to a 2-hour background set. However, as a general rule, the maximum amount of time I can play at any one event is up to 3 x 45-minute sets maximum (or equivalent).
What songs do you play, and do you take requests?
My repertoire is listed above. For the wedding ceremony or first dance, I am happy to learn up to 5 extra requests that are not already on this list. All I ask is that you let me know these requests at least one month before the event.
Can we choose the setlist?
I have ready-made playlists that I know from experience work well for different types of events. However, if there are any genres you would particularly like to focus on, or any songs/pieces that are big no-no’s, please do let me know.
Can you perform with other musicians?
Yes! Although I do a lot of solo bookings, I love working with other musicians! Please do let me know when enquiring if you would like me to perform with other instrumentalists. Over the past 5 years, I have built up a strong network of musicians that I love working with. I regularly work with DJs, as well as saxophonists, percussionists and other string players/classical musicians.
Do you provide your own PA/sound equipment?
Yes – depending on the size of the event. For events up to 150 guests, I can provide my own Bose L1 Compact PA system. For larger events and bookings outside the UK, I require an AV company at the venue with a sound engineer for whom I can provide a specific tech spec. I can recommend some great sound companies I work with on a regular basis.
Are you able to perform outside?
Yes – as long as you can provide a performance space that is sheltered from potential rain and direct sunlight. This shaded area needs to be big enough to cover me and my violin whilst playing, as well as my PA system. I will also require a power socket nearby so that I can plug my PA in there/run an extension lead from there to the performance area.
How much space do you require?
I need a space approx. 2m x 2m to play freely. I perform wirelessly and can move around the room to interact with guests as well if desired, providing I’m in the same room as the PA system.
My venue requires Public Liability Insurance and PAT-testing. Are you covered?
Of course! I have Public Liability cover up to £1,000,000. All of my equipment is PAT-tested and of the highest standard. I am also a member of the Musician's Union.
How long do you need to set up?
I usually aim to arrive between 1 hour – 90 minutes before I am due to start performing. I will need this time to set up any sound equipment and do a quick soundcheck.
Will you require refreshments?
Yes, please! I ask for water/soft drinks to be provided while I am performing. If the event requires me to be on-site over dinner time, I also ask that a hot evening meal is provided.
Can I see you perform live before I book?
As most of the events I perform at are private bookings, I’m afraid that I can’t guarantee that I’ll be performing publicly any time soon.
"What an amazing, talented young woman. We booked Sally for my daughter's 40th birthday party and she was a delight. She has the ability to play beautifully while moving in and among the guests unobtrusively. She was perfect!!"
– Katherine Hamilton, 16 January 2020, birthday party in London, UK
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Firstly, Sally is beyond amazing!! She performed at our wedding back in August and her unbelievable performance was the perfect touch to our drinks reception! When talking about the wedding, so many guests have commented on how fabulous she was and wanting to find out her details. Not only is she so talented, but she is also so professional and a lovely person! We cannot thank you enough Sally! As others have said, worth every penny and wish we had booked her for the evening too!! Recommend 100%!"
– Emma Taylor, 14 September 2019, wedding in Tonbridge, UK
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"I can’t recommend Sally enough. She performed at my wedding over the bank holiday weekend in August. She conducted herself very professionally even after she had to extend the background ceremony music after the car company picking up my wife took over 20 minutes longer than they should of. The music she played was beautiful and exceeded our expectations. Unbelievably talented and worth every penny. The only regret was we wish we had booked her for the evening as well as the ceremony and drinks reception. Many guests have come and asked for her details and passed comment on how amazing she was.
Thank you so much, Sally."
– Chris Witchell, 12 September 2019, wedding in Farnham, UK
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Sally performed at the Vogue Gold Night Out event in our Aquascutum Westfield store. She provided the perfect entertainment and really set the mood for the evening. She was a pleasure to work with, completely professional, poised, and absolutely gorgeous! It was so refreshing to hear classical renditions of popular chart music and you could tell the customers truly enjoyed her performance from start to finish. A pleasure to work with."
– Elise Hamer, 13 August 2019, corporate event in Aquascutum Store, London
"You were fantastic. I will look out for your name in future.."
– Colin Firth (Actor), 1 June 2019, charity event in London, UK
"I would like to thank you for your fantastic performance in the evening, which helped to further accentuate the glamour and vibrant atmosphere on the night. Furthermore, you were a pleasure to deal with, remaining professional and polite throughout. It was truly refreshing to hear your rendition of some well-known music!"
– Emily Culver, 25 May 2019, Jaguar event in London, UK
"Everyone had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. You were amazing and you had so many compliments whilst you were playing. Since I have got back to work everyone loved it. Thank you very much indeed for making this a very special evening."
– Patricia Nicolaou, 8 May 2019, corporate event in Rolls Royce, London
"Your performance was absolutely mind-blowing, people have been coming to us these past days telling us that they have never felt an atmosphere like that at a ball dinner before. We all knew that you would kill it but you still exceeded our expectations, thank you so much!"
– Zacharias Ngiam, 30 April 2019, university ball in Lund University, Sweden
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All Of Me – John Legend
Earned It – The Weekend
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Over And Over Again – Nathan Sykes And Ariana Grande
Paradise – Coldplay
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Please Don’t Say You Love Me – Gabrielle Aplin
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Skyfall – Adele
Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Writing’s On The Wall – Sam Smith
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga Acoustic
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
Home – Michael Buble
If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
Kissing You – Des’ree
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Love Story – Taylor Swift
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Out Of Reach – Gabrielle
Stickwitu – Pussycat Dollz
We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
Wonderful Tonight – Michael Buble
Yellow - Coldplay
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis
Fields Of Gold – Sting At Last – Etta James
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Here Come’s The Sun – The Beatles
Imagine – John Lennon
It Must Be Love - Madness
Stand By Me – Ben E King
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Your Song – Elton John
Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Chandelier – Sia
Changing – Sigma And Paloma Faith
Counting Stars – One Republic
Dark Horse – Katy Perry
Despacito – Justin Bieber
Firestone – Kygo
Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
Havana – Camila Cabello
Happy – Pharrell Williams
I Came Here For Love – Sigala And Ella Eyre
It Must Be Love – Madness
Like I Can – Sam Smith
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Marry You – Bruno Mars
My Head Is A Jungle – Wankelmut & Emma Louise
Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson / Miley Cyrus
Part Of Me – Katy Perry
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Real Love – Clean Bandit
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Spectrum – Florence And The Machine
This Girl – Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
Wicked Games – Parra For Cuva And Anna Naklab
Wild Thoughts – Dj Khaled And Rihanna
Blame – Calvin Harris And John Newman
Breathe – Jax Jones
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris And Disciples
Lean On – Major Lazer And Dj Snake
Let Me Love You – Justin Bieber
Lovers On The Sun – David Guetta
Outside – Calvin Harris And Ellie Goulding
Prayer In C – Robin Schulz And Lilywood
Rockabye – Clean Bandit And Sean Paul
Summer – Calvin Harris
Titanium – David Guetta Ft. Sia
Waves – Robin Schulz Remix
Feel Like Makin Love – Bob James
Kissing You – Des’ree
Pirates Of The Caribbean – Hans Zimmer
Raiders Of The Lost Ark – John Williams
Humko Humise Chura Lo – Mohabbatein
Kal Ho Naa Ho – Kal Ho Naa Ho
Mohabbat Barsa Dena Tu (saawan Aaya Hai) – Creature 3d
Tum Hi Ho – Aashiqui
J. C. Bach – Allegro Con Spirito From Sonata In D, Op. 16 No. 5
J. S. Bach – Double Concerto In D
J. S. Bach – Air On The G String
J. S. Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
J. S. Bach – Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
Beethoven – Allegro From Sonata For Violin And Piano In F Major, Op. 24
Beethoven – Romance In F
Bizet – Chanson Boheme From Carmen De Beriot –
Sérénade In D
Dvorak – Allegro Risoluto From Sonatina For Violin And Piano In G Major, Op. 100
Dvorak – Largo From The New World Symphony
Elgar - Salut D'amour
Elgar - Chanson De Matin
Fauré – Pavane
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Handel – Allegro From Sonata In F, Op. 1 No. 12
Handel – Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
Handel – Hornpipe From Water Music
Joplin – Paragon Rag
Kreisler – Danse Espagnole (de Falla)
Massenet – Méditation From "thaïs"
Mozart – Rondo From Serenade No. 7 "haffner"
Nolck – Hungarian Dance, Op. 196
Offenbach – Barcarolle From The Tales Of Hoffman
Pachelbel – Canon In D
Puccini – Nessun Dorma From Turandot
Saint-saens – The Swan From Carnival Of The Animals
Sarasate – Playera - Spanish Dance
Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1
Schubert – Ave Maria
Tchaikovsky – Theme From Romeo And Juliet
Vivaldi – ‘spring’ From The Four Seasons
Williams – Tango (por Una Cabeza)