Not only does she play anything and everything from scintillating gypsy jazz to the classical repertoire and dancefloor-raising dubstep to uninhibited Irish jigs and reels, but she also packs a mighty singing voice and bags of personality.
“Since I rebelled against my teachers at the age of 17 I have basically made my own way of playing violin, I spend my entire time improvising, doing things that aren’t supposed to work, trying techniques that nobody else has, that’s where the joy is for me,” explains Lettice, a graduate of the internationally renowned Yehudi Menuhin School where she sped through the Grade exams, registering the highest Distinction mark in the country at Grade 8.
Lettice first declared her love for the violin at the age of three when she saw some buskers in the street near her Surrey home. Months of nagging her parents resulted in them buying her a plastic violin, which she instantly rejected, then eventually a real instrument. Within hours she was picking out melodies.
A glittering career in classical music beckoned as she moved onto the Purcell School for Young Musicians, but the classical world had reckoned without Lettice’s highly developed aptitude for rebellion.
“Really, since the age of 17 I’ve hardly read music at all, I’ve just done my own thing. I love improvising, it’s so expressive and I can be really free when I’m playing like that, in touch with my emotions. I get these sounds that are almost vocal, like Hendrix did on the guitar.”
Lettice has played for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, for Vladimir Putin at his daughter’s secret wedding in Morocco and appeared with Olly Murs on a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session.
Lettice has performed at private and public functions all over the World from London to Italy, Cape Verde, Barbados and Vienna – and that’s just this autumn!
Lettice can’t stand to sit still. Her work rate is as fast and furious as her violin improvisations as she rushes towards the horizon with open arms. What she’ll discover along the way nobody knows, but it’s going to be fun hearing it when she releases her debut album due in spring 2015.
All about that bass - Meghan Trainor
Lettice's improvisation & solo of Czardas
Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey
Empire State Of Mind- Alicia Keys
Money On My Mind' - Sam Smith
'I'm Kissing You' - Des'ree
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Name: Lettice Rowbotham
Band Members: Lettice
Main Category: Violinists
Standard Set Times: 1 x 20 minute show
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