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Violinist Billy Thompson


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Billy Thompson's wedding performances are unique in style and quality. Enhancing every couple's dream day in a very special way. Amazing music to create a memory to last a lifetime

Award winning violinist Billy Thompson is a professional musician who specialises in the Gypsy Jazz Style made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Other styles performed include classical music and folk including bluegrass.

Along with live performances around the UK, Billy is available for functions of all kinds including Weddings and practically any other event where high quality live music is required. Solo or with his band.

In 1996 and 1998 Billy reached the televised final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year and has subsequently performed with some of the biggest names around. Highlights have included headlining twice at Ronnie Scott's London with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia and being the main support for Tom Jones' home coming concert in Pontypridd in front of 25,000 people.

Incidentally, the day of the Tom Jones gig also saw Billy performing in the VIP hospitality tent and then afterwards travelling to Cardiff to play at a wedding in the MacDonald Hotel.


On a walkabout whilst playing Monte's Czardas at a wonderful wedding in Hertfordshire
Billy Thompson and Eryl Jones entertaining wedding guests before the evening do with the full band...
Getting the party started at a great wedding in North Wales
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Billy Thompson's latest CD available throughout Wales and direct from http://www.billythompson.co.uk/shop.html
WIth the use of Billy's radio mic, Billy sometimes 'does a walkabout' surprising guests - and brides!
Was honored to be part of the procession at this lovely wedding.
A great day and a privilege to play at this wedding. My sons were page boys.
The guitar is a strong second instrument and can also be provided.
In 2009 Billy released a live album of a performance by his Gypsy Style line-up.
Billy has a Welsh band with his singer/songwriter wife Rhian Thompson. This album was released in 2006. They subsequently performed at all the major Welsh language festivals around Wales. On occasion Rhian has also joined Billy's Gypsy Band adding further variety to a performance.
Billy has performed many times at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Since his move to Bala in North Wales, Billy has learned Welsh and is proud to be comfortable conversing in both Welsh and English. His French isn't too shabby either.
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On the way back from a concert at the Beaumaris music festival.
Performing on the Bellevue Park Bandstand, Wrexham
Billy's full Gypsy Style band at Sesiwn Fawr in Dolgellau
For my own wedding my cellist brother Rob kindly brought over his colleague Juan to perform for us as my wife came into the room. I later played at the reception with my own band - who else was I going to get?!
As functions go, performing for Prince Charles was pretty cool...
Billy performed for 10 years with Welsh singer/songwriter Meic Stevens
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Performing with Eryl Jones adds huge scope to the music choices at your wedding/function.
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Great wedding at Sarnau near Bala in North Wales. The wedding was being filmed for the BBC's show Wales in a Year. Billy's band featured frequently.

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100% recommend Billy Thompson!

We first met Billy at a Wedding Open Day and from the moment we saw and heard him, knew we had to have him at our wedding. Fast forward 12 months later, Billy performed before and after our ceremony and during our wedding breakfast at our wedding in September 2022. He is absolutely amazing and created such a lovely atmosphere on the day. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was happy to play our weird and wonderful requests. We would 100% recommend Billy for helping to leave a lasting impression to guests on your big day.
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Perfect choice for our big day!

Billy was absolutely incredible at our wedding in October. We met Billy at a venue opening and immediately knew we wanted to book him for our special day before we had even booked our date/venue!
He made sure to play all the songs we had asked for and the special songs at the exact times we had requested. Billy also offered more than once to learn new songs for us in the months leading up to our wedding which I thought was a really nice touch!
Billy has absolutely everything you could wish for on his playlist and sounds like he is always learning more to add to the list.
He played our ceremony and set the perfect tone for the day, then continued to play for our drinks reception and 3 course meal right up until the speeches where he discreetly packed up and left with no disruption. We couldn’t be more thankful for having Billy play at our day our guests loved him and we hope to see you again soon! We will 100000% be recommending you at any opportunity possible! From the Russells x
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Brilliant Billy

If you are thinking of booking Billy, don't think about it just do it! He is an exceptional musician. We booked Billy for our small wedding ceremony last summer. We wanted to add a little style and he certainly did that. He managed to blend our eclectic song choices ( with only 2 days notice) from pop to opera seamlessly to add a certain depth to the day. Billy can be a real showman but also knows how to read the room and blend in when necessary. He is utterly professional and I would highly recommend. Book BILLY!
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Billy Thompson Violinist

Billy is an absolutely outstanding violinist he entertained us at my daughter's wedding and really made the day. He can play anything perfectly. Would highly recommend to make any occasion extra special.
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Wedding Violinist

Wow, what can i say. We met Billy on our wedding rehearsal dinner at Weston Hall and we were blown away with how talented he was. We booked Billy for our wedding on Saturday but before that we had emailed over to him a list of songs we would like him to play on the day. I would strongly recommend Billy to anybody as he really makes the day, The guests gave nothing but positive feedback to us after.
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