Abi Davies

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About Abi

Professional cellist. Completed masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Available for Weddings, Concerts and events.
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Abi is a professional cellist from Manchester. She has completed her masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music with Petr Prause. She has performed with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and played in venues such as Symphony Hall Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, and Cambridge University. She has toured with her orchestra, Vivace, in Poland, Croatia, Belgium and Barcelona. Abi has had coaching from world renowned quartets such as The Carducci Quartet and The Chillingirian Quartet. Abi has played in musicals such as Oliver!, Fame, Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, The Last 5 Years and The Sound of Music. At the age of 15, Abi completed her grade 8 and performed Elgar's Cello Concerto at Bushall Hall in Solihull. She then went on to study with Helen Edgar of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Abi participated in the Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet weekend at Chetham's School of Music for two years where she had coaching from the Carducci Quartet and other professional musicians such as Pavel Fisher, Raphael Todes, and Graham Oppenheimer. When Abi was 17 she was accepted into the National Youth Chamber Orchestra which concluded with a concert at Cambridge University. In 2014 Abi was accepted into four different music colleges with scholarships around the UK and took her place at the Royal Northern College of Music starting in September 2015. She has performed in many orchestras over her time at the college and was principal cellist of the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in March 2020. She is also principal cellist of the Northern Film Orchestra. Abi toured the UK and Russia as part of the Britten Shostakovich Festival Orchestra in 2019.

Abi's Reviews

From customers:

Audience M
7 years ago

Big thank you Abi to both you and Mackenzie. Fabulous evening of music in a wonderful setting. Magical and please invite us to future performances

Audience M
7 years ago

Fantastic performance in a great venue. We had a lovely evening.

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Abi's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£300
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My sensitivity and musicality to make your event as special and as personal as possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in venues around the UK including Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and numerous town halls.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

All classical musicians are incredible to me due to their skill on their instruments. I aspire to be as good as the famous cellists I have grown up with.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I performed with Peter Hook from New Order.

Do you have different line-up options?

I can also organise a string duo, trio and quartet.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually only need 30 minutes to set up if it is acoustic but up to 1 hour when using a PA.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes and you can also request pieces/songs of your own and I will do my best to accommodate.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. There is an extra £10 fee per song you would like me to arrange.
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