I've just been through a total nightmare trying to find an accompanist for my son's sax exam next week. The woman who originally agreed to do it let me down at the last minute. He's doing Guildhall and the nearest centre is 12 miles away. Finding an accompanist who doesn't work all day and is prepared to do a 24-mile round trip - aaaarrggh!!!
None of the people I would normally use were available that day.
One person quoted me Â£100. I pretty much told him where to go. I finally found someone last night prepare to do it for Â£50 (aarrgggh) including one rehearsal - his going rate apparently.
I know the distance problem is because there's no Guildhall centre in my home town, but does anybody else here have problems these days finding accompanists? And what do they generally charge?