Michele – violinist

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Michele’s Story

I am often asked by guests how a Londoner such as myself came to be living in Thenay, an unassuming picturesque village in the Loire Valley

teaching English in the village catholic Lycèe and performing as a violinist. Or the hidden question; what motivated you? happiness? love? despair?

My story begins with a born yearning to connect with people beyond the normal social niceties. My father taught me to be curious and creative and my mother and my grandmother taught me to work hard and to value education. However, the truth was evasive in my childhood with several forced moves, changes of schools and eventually the disappearance of my father who re-surfaced in America under a different name. Driven by the need for absolute truth I turned to Christianity  and in so doing, found an honest Christian man who wanted to marry me.

No longer in each other’s lives, the marriage with God and the Christian man is now a distant happy memory. But I have not given up the search for spirituality, for generosity, for trust in relationships and a yearning for a deeper connection with humanity and nature. It is now to music, to the arts, to the French culture, to my reading and studying, to the beauty of the nature around me and to an attempt to remain open and curious that drives me forward.

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Michele Spencer BAHons LGSM

Studied at Guildhall Music College in London.

or Solo violin:

Available for hire for:

private engagements/ weddings/portes ouvertes/vernissages/wine festivals/weddings/funerals

100-250€ (1-3hrs)













Recent playing experience:

– La Ballade Blanche, April 2011

  1. -Street theatre in Pontlevoy
  2. -Violinist for dance spectacle, Blois, May 2011
  3. -Violinist with France Montgolfiers May 2011
  4. -Working with composer Herbert Winful (see photo below)
  5. -Violinist with English theatre company, Full Body & The Voice
  6. -Opening of Ouchamps & Molineuf art exhibitions
  7. Caves Monmousseau, opening of art exhibition
  8. Regular performer at Chateau Vallagon
  9. Performer at Hotel de l’Ecole speacial dinners
  10. Director of Music for Ballad de Sens, April 2012, Pontlevoy Abbey
  11. 2011 Musee de Beaux Arts Tours – violin spectacle with dancer and artist Pamela Moulton

Previous: classical musician with English orchestras and ensembles


To listen to Herbert’s music with Michele improvising.





“Michele is easy to work with, she is able to play any music to fit the mood. She seems to know what people want… Her playing ‘made’ our birthday party.”

Dance spectacle Blois

Performance at H.A.G., Blois, May 2011 with 18 dancers and Michele improvising on violin to a theme by Purcell.