Arthur Thompson

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Studied Cello and Double Bass at Chetham's school of music, plays cello in Aurora Strings, cello and guitar in Gladstone and composes
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British cellist Arthur Thompson “The Flat Cap Cellist” has built a respectable career, regularly performing at wedding venues as a soloist and with a variety of string quartets and chamber orchestras. His playing has been praised for its “astonishing range of colours and a wide variety of expressive styles”. He is an experienced recording artist, as a multi-instrumentalist, for many north-eastern singer/songwriters and has recorded a wealth of material for his own original compositions, holding a membership to the British Music Writers Association. His cello playing began at first school with state funded peripatetic teachers until his parents and teachers quickly realised that there was an innate talent and paid for Liz Maynard who studied under William Pleeth (Jacquiline Du Pre) to take on the prestigious talent. He then went on to study with Neal Skinner who taught Gay-Yee Westerhoff, co-founder of electric string quartet, ”Bond”. He then went on to win a bursary from Metro Radio which enabled him to attend The National Children’s’ Orchestra for a year before gaining a place at Chetham’s School of Music where he studied cello with Nigel Blomiley (BBC Concert Orchestra) and double bass with Ian Cockburn (Halle Orchestra). Arthur is now a licentiate to the Trinity College London and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. A keen recital and chamber performer, he has performed Bach’s Cello Suites in a local arts festival and has recently honed his repetoire to suit a range of special occasions such as weddings and corporate events. Arthur has spent the last two decades taking the cello to people who may feel uncomfortable in a recital environment (it can be a bit stuffy) He has performed in a rock, folk and metal bands in a whole range of venues from Alnwick Gardens to the Alnwick Castle (North Shields) and takes pride in his working class roots. Some have suggested that his love of wearing a flat cap harks back to this working class heritage although he claims that it is due to his lack of hair.

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Song list

Classical List
Air from Suite No.3 by J. S. Bach
Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Chanson de Matin by Elgar
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves by Verdi
Danse Macabre by Saint Saens
The Pearl Fishers' Duet by Bizet
Flower Duet by Delibes
Gavotte by Greig
Gymnopedie No.1 by Satie
Habanera by Bizet
Hornpipe by Handel
Intermezzo by Mascagni
Jupite by Holst
Menuetto by Haydn
Meditation by Massenet
Nessum Dorma by Puccini
Nimrod by Elgar
Non piu andrai from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini
Traumerei by Schumann
Toreador Song by Bizet
Vlatava by Smetena
Waltz by Delibes
Artist's Life, The Blue Danube and Radetsky's March by Johann Strauss I
The pop stuff
Someone like you by Adele
Saty with me by Sam Smith
Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran
All of me by John Legend
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Writing's on the wall by Sam Smith
Many more upon request (please note that a £20 charge per track will be made for any special requests not on this list)
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From Encore customers:

Siobhan R
14 days ago
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5 out of 5

Arthur was absolutely fantastic when he played at our drinks reception for our wedding - our guests absolutely loved him! Clear and quick communication on the run up to our wedding too - could not have asked for anything more. Thanks so much again Arthur!

Ben M
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Arthur was really easy and professional to liaise with and was really happy to trying out our clients requests. The couple were really really happy with Arthur saying they have been getting numerous compliments from the rest of the guests about how good his playing was - thank you again Arthur! Would highly recommend booking him.

Eleanor O
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Beautiful music. Lovely man. Would definitely recommend. Made my daughters wedding extra special.

Jessica H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Arthur for our wedding on the 19th June to perform for our ceremony. His music was beautiful and made it extra special for our guests whilst they were arriving - all commenting on how beautiful the music was. Thanks Arthur for helping make our day extra special!

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Joyce S
4 years ago, for a Wedding anniversary in Meadowfield Park S
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5 out of 5

Brilliant playing Arthur, it really made our wedding anniversary an occasion to remember. Peter loved Nessum Dorma by the way.

Phil K
5 years ago, for a Wedding in 13 Bishopsgate
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5 out of 5

Arthur, thank you so much for playing at my son's wedding, it really made our day even more special. All the best, Phil

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