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About Alistair

Alistair is a young and ambitious cellist looking for work in York or London.
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Alistair is a cellist who is able to perform on both Classical and Baroque cello. With experience as principal cellist in the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as being the cellist of both the Howell String Quartet and the Eboracum String Quartet, Alistair has a wealth of experience to draw upon at a relatively young age. He is particularly interested in chamber music, performing with his quartets at locations including Westminster Abbey, Bishopthorpe Palace, the Savoy Hotel and the Merchant Taylor's Hall.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Classical, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Film / TV music, Light music, Easy listening
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Virtual event, Church service
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Transcription
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Song list

Baroque and Classical
JS Bach - Cello Suites No. 1-5
Vivaldi - Cello Sonatas No. 5-6
CPE Bach - Cello Concerto in A major
Bloch - Jewish Life
Bruch - Kol Nidrei
Beethoven - Sonata in A major
Beethoven - Sonata in C major
Elgar - Cello Concerto
Saint-Saens - Cello Concerto
Walton - Passacaglia
Fauré - Après un Reve
Franck - Panis Angelicus
Schubert - Ave Maria
Gounod - Ave Maria
Saint-Saens - Allegro Appassionato
Saint-Saens - The Swan
Mendelssohn - Song Without Words
Moeran - Prelude
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Fauré - Pie Jesu
JS Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Mascagni - Intermezzo From 'Cavalleria Rusticana'
Elgar - Salut d'Amour
JS Bach - Air on a G-String
Trad. - Londonderry Air
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Elgar - Chanson de Nuit
Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus
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Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at Westminster Abbey, the Savoy Hotel, Bishopthorpe Palace and Merchant Taylor's Hall with my various quartets. With orchestras, I have performed in many venues, both in the UK and abroad, including St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Mantua Cathedral, Saffron Walden and the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall in York.

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

Performing at the Reception for the Installation of the Receiver General at Westminster Abbey in January 2019 was a particular highlight.

Do you have different line-up options?

Solo instrument.

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

I am happy to be flexible if given enough warning. Please do get in touch if there are any necessary changes.

How much time do you need to set up?

Set up takes around 10 minutes. Once set up, I can start playing whenever you would like!

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

My set list is crafted from various performances and learning what works best to ensure that guests have the best time possible. However, I am definitely happy to discuss any requests you may have, and will endeavour to incorporate these requests if possible.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Mostly! I will bring my instrument as well as music, a stand, and a spike holder. I will, however, require a chair to be provided.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

That is negotiable, provided enough warning is given. I am always willing to look into learning new music if you have a preference for something outside of the set list.


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


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Ben V, 2 years ago

"We hired the Howell String Quartet for our wedding back in May. They were fantastic - very professional and sounded great! Good repertoire including classical and pop covers, and they were really helpful in suggesting pieces for the ceremony. They even managed to put together a cover of the Cantina band song from Star Wars (our wedding was May the 4th...!) Would highly recommend them 😊

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Peter B, 2 years ago

We booked the Howell String Quartet for our wedding ceremony and reception in July, and they were absolutely brilliant. From our first enquiry to the wedding day itself, they were very helpful, accommodated our musical requests and presented a selection of additional music from a variety of genres from which we could choose. They responded to messages quickly, which made planning the day that bit easier. I had written a piece for them to play for the arrival of the bride, which they performed flawlessly having only been given it on the day. Thanks for your brilliant performances!