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Number one cellist in the north east of England, great reviews, professional service and flexible repetoire ranging from Bach to the Beatles
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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.

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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner, Community music worker
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Arthur's Song list

The pop stuff
Believer- Imagine Dragons
Can't Stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake
Despacito- Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
Perfect- Ed Sheeran
Shape of You -Ed Sheeran
Let it go- James Bay
The logical Song -Supertramp
Money-Pink Floyd
Someone like you - Adele
Saty with me -Sam Smith
Thinking out loud -Ed Sheeran
All of me -John Legend
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Writing's on the wall - Sam Smith
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
Customer questions

How much time do you need to set up?

30 -45 minutes

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Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, but please ask as some pieces are not always available.

Arthur's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£300
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
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Arthur's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sarah T
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Arthur was lovely and personable when we met up, and listened to our preferences. He made a few suggestions and we loved his ideas. On the day the music was beautiful and Arthur was very dapper and everyone appreciated the music greatly.

Cheree M
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Arthur was excellent at our wedding! very professional and would highly recommend! Thank you so much

Siobhan R
1 year 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
1 year 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.

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From other customers:

Joyce S
5 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
6 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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