Richard Curran

Session string player

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I'm a remote session string player (violin, viola and cello) with 30 years album, TV, film and video game soundtrack experience, including work for award winning composers Richard G Mitchell (Royal Society of television), David Mitcham (Emmy) and Ian Livingstone (Ivor Novello), Justine Barker (Best Composer, Underwire Film Festival).

I provide remote, high quality recording of full strings including violin, viola and cello. I have my own purpose built recording studio and a variety of instruments that can be multitracked to provide a full section sound, recorded as solo instruments or in small ensemble.
If you have an existing string arrangement I can work from a score, midi or audio. I can also arrange strings for your piece.
As a soloist I have experience in a wide range of genres including classical, folk, roots, blues, country and rock. I am comfortable improvising or reading parts.
I have 9 years experience of remote sessions.
Live appearances include:
Wembley Arena
Montreux Jazz festival
V festival
Greenbelt festival
Ronnie Scotts
Mean Fiddler
Album credits include:
Bert Jansch
Steve Tilston
Maggie Boyle
Corner Shop
Angie Palmer
As well as session working alongside Albert Lee, Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks and numerous others.
Film, TV, Game and Library music credits include Justine Barker for primetime BBC drama Casualty and work for award winning composers Richard G Mitchell (Royal Television Society award), David Mitcham (Emmy), Ian Livingstone (Ivor Novello award).

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Richard Curran
  • Cornershop
  • Cornershop
  • Sabaton
  • Sabaton
  • Sabaton
  • Jennifer Sawdon
  • Jennifer Sawdon
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Angie Palmer
  • Angie Palmer
  • Angie Palmer
  • Angie Palmer
  • Angie Palmer
  • Angie Palmer
  • Bailey
  • Bailey
  • Angie Palmer
  • Angie Palmer
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Cornershop
  • Rick Guard
  • Rick Guard
  • Bert Jansch
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Steve Tilston
  • Bert Jansch
  • Buchanan
  • Buchanan

66 Reviews - 15 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Julie L.
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    Another great job!!! :-)

  2. Review by Julie L.
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    Quality strings, always a pleasure to work with!

  3. Review by Genesis R.
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    I've been working with Richard for a few projects now and each of them went very smoothly! Great communication and very talented :)

  4. Review by Julie L.
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    Another fantastic job by Richard, always a pleasure to work with!

  5. Review by Charlie B.
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    Incredibly responsive and professional. Richard is a class act. The parts he recorded for me sound incredible. Really precise. I am extremely happy with the experience and creative output.

  6. Review by George K.
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    Great communication, we love what he was able to arrange for our project. Highly recommend!

  7. Review by Anatoly F.
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    Richard is absolutely the best.
    A talented composer and musician who has helped us to create a masterpiece of our song.
    The collaboration was perfect as well.
    We are looking forward for starting next project with Richard.

  8. Review by Jon Will
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    If you need strings for pop music Richard is the guy to go to. He nailed the brief first go. No revisions needed. Professionalism and communication at a world class standard. One man string section. Would highly recommend and will work with again in the future.

  9. Review by Andrew U.
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    Fantastic communication and great results, Richard is a joy to work with!

  10. Review by James Leeds
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    I worked with Richard for the sixth times and can’t recommend him enough!👌 Excellent communication, great string arrangement ideas, high quality production and delivery always in time. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Julie L.
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    Another great job by Richard - always professional with high quality tracks!

  12. Review by James Leeds
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    What a fantastic string arrangement. Thank you Richard!

  13. Review by James Leeds
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    Richard has created a wonderful string arrangement and he is one of those rare artists who always tries to deliver the best for your music project. Even if it means he has to work more. I appreciate his work very much.

  14. Review by James L.
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    It’s always such a pleasure to work with Richard. Great communication and outstanding production!

  15. Review by James L.
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    This was the second time I had the pleasure to work with Richard. Highly skilled professional, who will contribute to your song with wonderful strings and treat your song just in the right way to make it complete.

  16. Review by Julie L.
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    Another great job, always a pleasure to work with!

  17. Review by Genesis R.
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    Another excellent song with Richard. He knew exactly what the song needed and the result is absolutely beautiful!

  18. Review by Julie L.
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    Professional sounding track and great communication, always a pleasure!

  19. Review by Julie L.
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    Another fantastic job by Richard - always a pleasure to work with!

  20. Review by James Leeds
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    Richard has developed a producer-friendly approach. First he will arrange the string ensemble with a VST Plugin so there is still room for adjustment if needed. Then he will record the ensemble with real strings (bass, cello, viola, violin) in a wonderful way. Highly recommended!

  21. Review by Julie L.
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    Richard continues to be a great source for strings, quality tracks and great communication!

  22. Review by Genesis R.
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    Highly recommended!

    Working with Richard was incredible and the quality of his work is outstanding. I'll be coming back for other projetcs.

  23. Review by Eli L.
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    Our experience working with Richard was phenomenal and incredibly streamlined. He's got his process down to a science and included us in every step along the way. HIGHLY recommend his services and we couldn't be happier with the sound and melody and arrangement of the string section he contributed to our upcoming single.

  24. Review by Julie L.
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    Another great job, always a pleasure to work with!

  25. Review by Alan Gregson
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    Great working with Richard. Clear instructions and good communication. Highly recommended.

  26. Review by Angelo
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    Working with Richard is always the best. He delivers on time and is always easy to work with. 10/10

  27. Review by Julie L.
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    Another great job by Richard, always a pleasure to work with!

  28. Review by Will W.
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    Extremely skilled, talented, knowledgeable. Really went the extra mile and then some.

  29. Review by Mika M.
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    It was a pleasure working with Richard!
    He is an amazing strings player.
    He understands the intent of the song well,
    The difficult-to-play passages I wrote were also arranged nicely.
    I'm looking forward to working with him again.

  30. Review by Julie L.
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    Another excellent job from Richard, very easy to work with!!

  31. Review by Jeremy M.
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    Fantastic all round! Highly recommend

  32. Review by Sello-Sintu M.
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    It was a pleasure working with Richard! Great communication and strings sound excellent. Will definitely call upon Richard for more strings again.

  33. Review by Julie L.
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    Pleasure to work with Richard, easy to communicate with and beautiful string arrangement.

  34. Review by SĂ­mun D.
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    Amazing to work with! Did a great job playing the violin on one of my projects!

  35. Review by Thomas S.
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    I can't believe my luck finding Richard. He recorded strings on several cues for a movie that i just scored. He was so professional. Everything was packed perfectly, recorded tight and he did some great suggestions on how to optimize also. I can't recommend him enough.

  36. Review by matic.rozman
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    I loved working with Richard. He is an amazing musician with a lot of feeling and detail in his playing. He did a high quality recording of my self arranged trio part for a piano pop ballad that I wrote. And it was perfect the very first time! I was very enthusiastic with the result! Thank you Richard!

  37. Review by Julie L.
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    Another fantastic job, looking forward to working with Richard again!!

  38. Review by Julie L.
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    Great to work with and wonderful string work. Will definitely work with Richard again!!

  39. Review by Julie L.
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    Richard is great to work with and the cello track on this sounded fantastic!

  40. Review by Julie L.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Richard, great playing and easy to communicate with. Would highly recommend!

  41. Review by Marcel C.
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    It was such a pleasure working Richard.He 's an extremely talented, versatile and creative musician. Incredibly patient, helpful and easy to communicate with. I look forward to working with him again.

  42. Review by Bruce D.
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    Richard is an exceptional arranger with an amazing feel. I’m always blown away by his work.

  43. Review by Paul B.
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    This was my second time to call on Richard & his incredible strings for my original song. I call him my "string guy" to all my producers.
    Again, he was a pleasure to work with - easy to communicate with, very open to my suggestions/ideas/changes & intuitive as to what I was trying to describe musically. I HIGHLY recommend him & will absolutely be returning again for my next song shortly. Thank you Richard!! You're amazing!

  44. Review by ron k.
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    Richard was a pleasure to work with. Great communication and high quality results. I look forward to working with him again!

  45. Review by Deniz S.
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    Great communication and beautifully played & recorded instruments. Thank you so much for putting your time, experience and feelings to the song!

  46. Review by Walton G.
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    Richard was the consummate professional and did an exceptional job in both his performance and communication. I'm very happy with the results and will work with him again.

  47. Review by RazNitzan
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    One more successful project with Richard - an amazing artist that knows how to deliver a proper strings arrangement! Thank you!

  48. Review by Angelo
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    Phenomenal working with Richard. 10/10 experience and fantastic quality.

  49. Review by Paul B.
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    Richard was an absolute pleasure to work with. A great communicator, very professional, responsive & amazingly talented. He has recorded a beautiful string section for my original song. I provided him with a basic score from my producer which he enhanced, along with writing extra parts & also allowed me to collaborate & incorporate my own ideas. The results were exquisite.

    I HIGHLY recommend him & will be back for my next song!

  50. Review by Mark D'Angelo
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    A one stop string shop - fantastic playing couldn't be happier

  51. Review by Oz W.
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    Richard was absolutely fantastic, I cannot recommend him highly enough! From start to finish he was professional and quick, suggested amendments, sent over a rough MIDI draft before recording the real thing. His strings were both beautifully played and well recorded, and was perfect for the project. I will definitely look to work with him for future projects too. Thanks!

  52. Review by RazNitzan
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    Third project with Richard! Good communication, fantastic arrangements, beautiful deep and emotional music, highly recommended - no brainer!

  53. Review by Bruce D.
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    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone better at arranging and playing. Richard is superb.

  54. Review by SĂ­mun D.
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    Was amazing working with Richard! Good and professionel musician

  55. Review by Bruce D.
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    Top notch string arranger and great communicator. I highly recommend him.

  56. Review by RazNitzan
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    Second project together! Richard simply delivers the highest quality. Beautiful music, perfectly recorded carried by a well crafted arrangement. Highly recommended!

  57. Review by Jeremy T.
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    Another great job from Richard. Managed my expectations with time and delivered ahead of schedule. Looking forward to working with him again!

  58. Review by RazNitzan
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    Creative, delivers beautiful results. We are definitely very pleased! Thank you!

  59. Review by MattGordon
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    Completed everything in a timely manner. Super easy to work with, patient, and helped me bring my idea to life!

  60. Review by Jeremy T.
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    Richard recorded strings for a song of mine - I was very pleased with the result - he produced great sounding recordings well ahead of schedule. Definitely to be recommended.

  61. Review by Jamal P.
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    Better then I could have ever imagined, thank you! Very speedy work but also well done.

  62. Review by Andrew
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    Richard is very professional and a great communicator. His turn around time was fast and the recordings he supplied were great. He is very talented and I looking forward to working with him again in the future.

  63. Review by Reuven S.
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    It was a real pleasure working with Richard. Not only did he supply some high quality recordings, but he also shared some great insights and was very communicative.
    Thanks for helping me take my song to the next level.

  64. Review by Nádia S.
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    I asked Richard to record strings for a song and I was so happy with the result that he ended recording three more songs. He played with an amazing attention to detail, made good suggestions to help achieve a better result, has a great sound quality, and the communication was always easy. As I had the chance to tell him, I was lucky to have him as part of my project.  

  65. Review by pamela r.
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    Absolutely exceptional working with Richard.

    He really put some high quality magic into my song and is so very talented. Highly recommend.

    Many thanks. Will be ordering again and again and again.

  66. Review by Alan Gregson
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    Richard is an extraordinarily gifted musician. I've worked with many violinists, viola players and cellists down the years and Richard is my favourite in all three categories! His playing has expression and soul that will bring your music to life. He exhibits an attention to detail that means I can always rely on him to bring out the best in my compositions and arrangements. Highly recommended!

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  • AKG C414
  • Rode NT1a
  • Avalon Vt737sp preamp
  • Protools
  • German violin c1850
  • French violin c1890
  • German cello c1880
  • modern cello
  • modern viola
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