Versatile accompanist and jazz oboe player

Everything from music hall, musical theatre, classical, exams, auditions & recitals, to jazz, blues, and standards on oboe.

Gail Ford is a pianist/accompanist/oboist, based near Cambridge but working throughout the UK and Europe.

Gail studied at Manchester University, and later privately with teachers such as Nina Walker, Gordon Back and Clifton Helliwell. Her performing experience ranges from music hall to grand opera, including recitals, auditions, rehearsals and silent movies. 

She has played in many prestigious venues including the Barbican, South Bank Centre, the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Italian Consulate, and her clients have included English Heritage, The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, wedding parties, music societies, corporates, Cambridge colleges and cinemas. 

With the Collaborative Orchestra and Singers, she was a semi-finalist (oboe) on Britain’s Got Talent 2016, also took part in the 10 Day Orchestra Challenge in London, and recorded an album in a day with the Challenge team in Paris. She performs for rehearsals, performance, auditions and functions, is company pianist for the NODA award winning Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company, and also for Serenata Female Voice. 

Get in touch to check availability and discuss fees.

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SUPER Evening At Westminster College !!

Every now and again, I get a really outstanding engagement.  Which is wonderful, as it was the first time I’d played at Westminster College Cambridge, the first time for this client, and the fi…
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Upcoming Events………

2020 has got off to a busy and varied start!  Looking forward to playing for Serenata Female Voices first concert of the year, on February 15th at Holy Trinity Church Balsham.  I’m also playin…
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2020 Vision!

I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions – they never work for me, BUT somehow I’ve started to get more business organised.  Don’t all shout with laughter, now.  I have…
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What’s Up!

Well, it’s been an interesting time – I’ve left my regular London contract, and am NOT missing the commute.  A couple of weddings coming up, and in autumn, the musical theatre rehea…
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New compositions and recordings

Well, it’s taken some time, but I’ve just recorded two more lounge jazz tracks, future gigs for the use of.  And, just to show I can do it, a ‘proper’ piece as well, dedicated…
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“Gail’s total musicality and sensitivity produced a true and equal partnership”

— Anthony Halstead, horn player, professor & conductor.

“You took my breath away…. Everyone said it made the service even more special. I cannot thank you and Gail enough”

—At Langlois Wedding with Soprano Penelope Manser, 2008


Gail provides a range of musical services, including accompaniment rehearsals, performance, auditions and functions

Get In Touch

Available now for bookings, sessions and recordings. Contact Gail to check availability and discuss fees.