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Welcome to the official website of multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer Pete Hartley. Pete has recorded and performed all over the world in almost every musical style in existence over a 30-year professional career. Pete is active as a session musician, a wedding and function musician, a recording artist and Birminghams most famous busker, and is active in promoting the rights of buskers and other professional musicians.
Pete Hartley is one of the most experienced and in-demand wedding and function musicians in the country – a virtuoso violinist, mandolinist, bandleader and composer who has toured all over Europe, pioneered the use of the 6-string Violectra electric violin (now also endorsed by the likes of Escala and Nigel Kennedy) and played functions for the likes of Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahern, Princess Anne and, in a personal career highlight, Joanna Lumley!
Pete has nearly 30 years' experience as a session musician for TV and Radio, and has performed music for programmes as diverse as Top Gear, Pebble Mill, Not the Nine o'clock News and the Goodies, amongst many others. He was also a heat winner on the televised talent competition New Faces in 1987.
On this site you can learn more about Pete, hear and purchase his recordings, and book him to play your wedding, function or gig, ensuring that you will get the very best for your most important day!
As well as Jazz, Classical, Folk and Irish music Pete performs Bollywood, Asian music in spell binding performances. For Bollywood or Asian weddings Pete is the number one choice as a violinist! Also no need to book a DJ, with Petes professional sound equipment he can compile a playlist to suit and provide the days or evenings entertainment as well.