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Biography

I am a fretted instrument specialist, playing different styles of Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin; with a particular interest in the music of the 19th century : the Classic Fingerstyle Banjo, Early Romantic Guitar and the Classical Mandolin.   Having studied with Craig Ogden and Mark Ashford, I graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in June 2001 and now perform both as a soloist and in a number of ensembles who specialise in 19th century fretted instrument performance.  I am one of the world's very last few female professional Classic Fingerstyle Banjo players. I have performed at a wide range of UK venues and festivals including at Art in Action, St David's Cathedral Festival, The Royal Festival Hall at The South Bank; The Bolivar Hall, London; the CBSO centre in Birmingham, the Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and Birmingham Town Hall; at York Guitar Festival, Bath Banjo Festival, Droitwich Festival, Jane Austen Festival, Bath; Hagley Music Festival and numerous appearances on BBC Radio and Television.
I have a regular performance series at the Library of Birmingham.
As well as my performing career, I run a busy private teaching practice and also direct the Midlands Fretted Orchestra
www.m-f-o.co.uk, which I founded in September 2001 to promote the ensemble playing of fretted instruments. The Award Winning orchestra is based of the principles of the original fretted orchestras which were popular in the 19th Century, and is one of only a handful of similar ensembles in the UK.

Other projects include  Friendly Folk (Folk Sessions for the Plucking Terrified) ,  performing with Barbara Dunn as The Harvington Duo (Guitar with Flutes and Recorders) and Dodici Corde.

Testimonials

 

"I engaged Danielle Saxon Reeves for a House Concert having been mightily impressed with her performances with the Midland Fretted Orchestra, the Black Country Guitar Quartet and as one half of Dodici Corde. I knew she would provide exquisite guitar music but she went an extra mile and then some, structuring her programme around folk-inspired music, of which she knew I was a fan. The result was a musical evening which was spell-binding and which enthralled my friends in the intimacy of my front room. It was one of the most enjoyable musical experiences of my life and I cannot wait to have another. In addition to her musical brilliance, Danielle is a charming artist who introduces her pieces in an informative and accessible manner, without pretension but with profound knowledge and an undoubted love for her art. Whatever she chooses to perform, Danielle will entertain you, tug at your heart-strings, make you smile, bring a lump to your throat and enhance your appreciation of the power of the guitar to do all of those things. Don't miss any opportunity to hear Danielle play as, I promise, you won't be disappointed." F. Mallon 

 

"I wanted something a little special for my joint

60th birthday party and decided upon a classical guitarist to perform during the drinks reception Having looked through long lists of local artists I came across Danielle’s details. I listened to some of her performances on youtube and decided she sounded perfect. It was easy to make arrangements;  Danielle was very flexible and the cost was well within the budget I had set. Before the day she tied up with me to ensure all was as planned.  Danielle played without hitch and I was very happy and impressed. I would not hesitate to recommend her, Thanks Danielle." J.Shearer

"I just wanted to write and thank you for the thought and skill you put into playing for our mother’s funeral .

I’m sure she would have loved the music." J. O’Hagan.
 

"Danielle played guitar at our wedding ceremony and guitar and banjo at our reception and we couldn't have made a better choice. 

Nothing was too much trouble for Danielle, we wanted a particular song played as I walked down the aisle and Danielle learnt the arrangement, which made the song even more unique and personal to us. 

Having Danielle play at our reception meant there was such a lovely atmosphere. Our guests all commented on how wonderful the music played was and how different it was to have banjo as well as guitar. 

I can't recommend Danielle highly enough, having such a personal touch for our wedding day made it so special and she was totally professional and accommodating to our requirements. " K. D'Oliviera