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About Benjamin

Passionate performer, first instrument cello!
Cellist
Stoke-on-Trent
Public liability insurance of £1 million

I have loved playing the 'cello all my life, and am still in love with it. I can understand why you're looking for a 'cellist!! :) There are so many beautiful pieces for the 'cello to explore and play, but I always find more, that so far.. has been my main occupation! Finding, playing and exploring the 'cello and it's sound. It's an adventure worth listening to. There are many genres to hear, and once I think I know "classical" music, something more comes along! Folk, pop, jazz, so much to discover!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Cruise
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Producer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Bach Prélude in G
Pachelbel's canon
Bridal March
Trumpet Voluntary
Air on the G string
Sarabande in G
1000 years
Perfect
La vie en Rose
Game of thrones theme
Imagine
Let it be
All you need is love
Gabriel's Oboe/
(or the mission)
Hallelujah
Ave Maria
Think of me
All I ask of you
Fields of Gold
Edelweiss
Moon River
Jesu Joy of man's desiring
Winter
Various folk tunes
Pop songs on request
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we are flexible between instruments. Line-up options include: string quartet/trio/duo Piano + strings Guitar +strings Above +percussion

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

That shouldn't be a problem so long as you let us know as soon as you can.. normally we will be flexible enough to change, and if not we'd let you know straight away.

How much time do you need to set up?

No long! 15 minutes is all we really need. :)

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

Yes, although our playlist is quite extensive, and it's not all on encore.. in our experience we find it best to give us a few requests and leave the rest to us :)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Of course! Unless you want to provide us with a cup of tea, we have everything we need! You can relax ..!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Given enough, for sure! Normally if the piece is a special request and we don't have it already, we do charge the cost of the music to buy. This is normally about £15.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We always get comments about how happy we look to be playing together! Probably because we are!!! We love playing and I think it really comes across:)

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too many to name!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Mmm... Tricky one, there are a lot, but the ones that have really stuck are Vivaldi & Monteverdi -

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

I'm not really into "high profile" - every gig is as important as every other. From the Sheldonian theatre to Fulford village hall... When we perform, we try to contribute to the environment, not the other way around :)

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£80
Up to 2 hours£150
Up to 3 hours£220
Packages
standard hour
An hour at the venue, this is the standard for a ceremony, if you want me to play whilst you walk in and out, also for the signing of the register, normally it takes about an hour. For that there's normally a bit of time for me to entertain your lovely guests with some gorgeous music before you arrive.
£125
Duo
This Is for a duo, either harp, violin, or piano along with me, a 'cellist per hour. It's especially good if you've got a little extra in the budget and you want to have a really special sound for something magical like Pachelbell's canon.
£225
the whole thing
This is for 4 hours of wedding playing, this is for when you want a solo cellist to play for the ceremony, the drinks, the photographs and a little bit either side! It's a great package that whilst is more a little more expensive, gives you total peace of mind that no matter what happens with the timings of the day, your musician will be there at the ready.
£500
NEW!Virtual services
Workshop
Half a day workshop of 'cello pieces of any grade, this can include many 'cellists or just a one to one session in preparation for exams or performances.
£350
Your wedding song
I'll record the piece of music you had at your wedding, with a special message included too. Perfect for an anniversary.
£200

Add-ons

Extra player
+£75
Recording
+£200

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Bev Z, 1 year ago

Ben played alongside a pianist which he arranged at a dear friends funeral.The piece they played was absolutely perfect.The booking experience was fantastic and Ben was so flexible and helpful he really went out of his way to accommodate our needs.We can highly recommend Ben and will certainly use him again in the future should we need to.Thanks again Ben for being so wonderful.

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Catherine N, 1 year ago

I am so glad I booked Ben for my wedding. His communication was great and he was really helpful and positive with everything I wanted. We chose to book a seperate violinist to accompany Ben which he was happy and willing to do. His playing was beautiful and as I walked up and down the aisle I had to resist the urge to stop and say thank you :) would definitely recommend!

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Tim D, 2 years ago

Great concert, thanks, I loved journeys don't stop believing.

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Justin P, 2 years ago

Really fun string quartet, nice people and really great sound!

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