Cellist

Bethany Morris

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About Bethany

Cellist
Newark
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Experienced Cellist based in Nottinghamshire, willing to travel. Available for Weddings and events as well as Orchestral and Session work.

Bethany graduated in 2003 with a degree in music performance and has worked as a freelance performer and teacher ever since. Bethany has a varied performing career playing with Orchestras across the East Midlands as well as Chamber ensembles and solo engagements. After acting as a dep. cellist for string trios and quartets for several years, Bethany started running Bethany Morris Music in 2014. The aim was to provide high quality music at an affordable price for smaller weddings and functions. Bethany offers two options to clients. The first is to perform as a solo cellist, using high quality backing tracks to accompany. This offers an affordable alternative to hiring a larger ensemble and is perfect for smaller venues. Secondly Bethany has teamed up with Newark based pianist Jane Olson who can offer a live piano accompaniment, giving the performance a more personal touch. Bookings have grown year upon year since setting up and over the last couple of years Bethany has played in some of the countries most beautiful Wedding venues including Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. With a wide choice of repertoire including popular classics and hymns as well as some jazz and pop covers Bethany is able to offer the perfect accompaniment to your special day.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical
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Instruments:
Cello
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Classical:
'Adagio' from Concerto in C major - Haydn
'Adagio' from Concerto in D major - Haydn
Air on the G string - Bach
‘Arioso’ from Cantata 156 – Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba – Handel
Auf Flugen des Gesanges - Mendelssohn
Ave Maria – Bach/ Gounod
Ave Maria – Schubert
Bass dance - Warlock
‘Berceuse’ from the Dolly suite – Faure
Bist du bei mir – Bach
Bridal chorus – Wagner
Canon – Pachelbel
Chanson de nuit – Elgar
Concerto grosso in D minor - Vivaldi
Allegro - Adagio - Finale
Czardas – Monti
Dance of the blessed spirits – Gluck
Danza Espanola - Grandos arr Johnstone
Due Tramonti - Einaudi
Eine Kleine nacht music – Mozart
Allegro – Romanza – Menuetto – Rondo
‘Ent’racte’ from Carmen – Bizet
The Fireworks music (selections from) – Handel
La Paix – La Rejouissance
Flower duet – Delibes
Gavotte – Gossec
‘Gigue’ from suite in D major – Bach
Grande Valse brillant – Chopin
‘Grand march’ from Aide – Verdi
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Satie
‘Habenera’ from Carmen – Bizet
Humoresque – Dvorak
‘If with all your hearts’ from Elijah – Mendelssohn
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach
‘La dona e mobile’ from Rigoletto – Verdi
‘Largo’ from Xerxes – Handel
Laudate Dominum – Mozart
Londonderry air – Trad Irish
‘Meditation’ from Thais – Massenet
‘Minuet’ from concerto grosso in B min – Boyce
‘Nimrod’ from Enigma variations – Elgar
Nocturn No. 1 – Chopin arr Johnstone
‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi – Puccini
O perfect love – Barnby
‘Preludio’ from Sonata 6 for cello and piano – Vivaldi
'Romance' from the Gadfly suite - Shostakovich
‘Rondeau’ from Sinfonies de fanfares – Mauret
Salut d’amour – Elgar
‘Sarabande’ from suite in D minor for piano – Handel
Serenade – Haydn arr Johnstone
Sheep may safely graze – Bach
Sicillienne – Paradis
Sonata in F major – Marcello
Largo – Allegro
Sonata in G major for Viola da Gamba - Bach
Adagio - Allegro
Song without words – Mendelssohn
Standchen – Schubert
Suite No. 1 in G major – Bach (Unaccompanied)
Prelude – Allemande – Courante – Sarabande Minuet I – Minuet II – Gigue
Swan, The – Saint Saens
The girl with the flaxen hair – Debussy
Traumerei - Schumann
Trumpet voluntary – Clarke
‘Waltz’ from Coppelia – Delibes
‘Waltz’ from Sleeping Beauty – Tchaikovsky
The Water music (selections from) – Handel
Air – Bouree – Hornpipe - Finale
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Easy listening/ Jazz/ Shows:
Aint misbehavin’ – Waller/ Brooks
Anything goes – Porter
Bess, you is my woman from Porgy and Bess – Gershwin
Blue Tango – Anderson
Chrysanthemum, The – Joplin
Doin’ the crazy walk – Duke Ellington
Dream a little dream of me – The mamas and the papas
Easy Winners – Joplin
Entertainer, The – Joplin
Embraceable you – Gershwin
Fiddle Faddle – Anderson
Fig leaf rag – Joplin
Fly me to the moon – Sinatra
I got rhythm – Gershwin
It ain’t necessarily so – Gershwin
It’s de-lovely – Porter
It had to be you – Jones
I’ve got you under my skin – Porter
Jazz pizzicato – Anderson
Let’s call the whole thing off – Gershwin
Let there be love – Nat King Cole
Lullaby of Birdland – Weiss/ Shearing
Magnetic rag – Joplin
Makin Whoopee – Kahn/ Donaldson
Maple leaf rag – Joplin
Moon river – Mancini
New rag – Joplin
Night and Day – Porter
Oh, Lady be good – Gershwin
Over the rainbow – Arlen
Pennies from heaven – Johnson
Ragtime dance – Joplin
Smoke gets in your eyes – Harbach/ Kahn
Summertime – Gershwin
Sweet Lorraine – Burwell/ Parish
S’wonderful – Gershwin
Take five – Desmond
Take the A train – Strayhorne
They can’t take that away from me – Gershwin
What a wonderful world – Weiss/ Theile
Popular/ Film music:
All of me – John Legend
All you need is love – Lennon/ McCartney
‘A Thousand years’ from Twilight Breaking Dawn part 2 – Perri
Between two lungs – Florence Welch
Cannonball – Damien Rice
Can't help falling in love - Elvis Presley
Chasing cars – Snow Patrol
Grow old with me – Tom Odell
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Have I told you lately – Van Morrison
Here comes the sun – Lennon/ McCartney
Here, there and everywhere – Lennon/ McCartney
Hoppipola - Sigur ros
How long will I love you – Ellie Goulding
In my life – Lennon/ McCartney
Iris - Goo goo dolls
It must be love – Madness
‘Kissing you’ from Romeo and Juliet – Des’ree
Make you feel my love – Bob Dylan/Adele
Neighbourhood#1 (Tunells) – Arcade Fire
Nightswimming – REM
Nobody does it better - Carly Simon
Ordinary people - John Legend
‘Rule the world’ from Stardust – Take That
Run – Snow Patrol
She – Elvis Costello
Skyfall – Adele
Someone like you – Adele
Somewhere only we know – Keane
'Start a fire' from La La Land - Stephens/ Hurwitz
Stay with me - Sam Smith
Symphony - Zara Larsson
Viva la Vida – Coldplay
We have all the time in the world – Louis Armstrong
When we were young – Adele
Wings - Birdy
Writings on the wall – Sam Smith
‘Yesterday’ fantasia – Lennon/ McCartney arr Johnstone (cello only)
‘Young and Beautiful’ from The Great Gatsby – Lana Del Ray
Folk/ World
Decide – Piazzolla arr Johnstone (cello only)
Irish Medley
The Irish Washerwoman – The Blackthorne stick
La Cumparsita – Rodriguez
Medativo – Piazzolla arr Johnstone
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I offer solo cello with either a choice of professional quality backing tracks or live piano to accompany. This offers clients flexibility in their booking when taking into account budget and the space available.

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

There has to be a certain amount of flexibility with every booking. My aim is to make your day run as smoothly as possible. If timings change in the run up to the event then just let me know, if I have to fill time on the day then that is fine.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always arrive 40 minutes before the start time to set up and warm up a little before guests start to arrive.

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

A set list and Special requests form are sent out 6 weeks before your booking for you to pick your playlist. You can pick as much or as little as you want and I am always on hand to give advice where needed.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I carry all the equipment needed for a performance. This includes speakers to play the backing tracks through, a pick up for the cello if needed in larger venues and electric piano if the live piano option is chosen. All electrical equipment is PAT tested.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If there is a special song that you would like me to play on the day that is not on my set list then I am happy to source music for the occasion, as long as a suitable arrangement can be found.

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)£40
Up to 1 hour£210
Up to 2 hours£295
Up to 3 hours£380
Packages
Drinks reception
1 hours live music to entertain your guests through the drinks reception.
£210
Ceremony only
30 minutes of live music as your guests arrive at the venue. Bethany will then play for the arrival of the Bride, the signing of the register and the exit of the Bride and Groom.
£225
Available services
Ceremony and Drinks
+£395

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Claire M, 5 months ago

Beth provided the music for our wedding ceremony and drinks reception at Hazel Gap Barn. We were really glad to have her as part of our big day. She was very professional and helpful from our first contact with her. She is a very talented cellist and set the tone beautifully for our wedding day. Thank you :-)

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Samantha M, 9 months ago

Perfect! Communication from Beth on the lead up to the wedding was brilliant. Her professionalism and attention to detail was amazing. A very skilled and talented lady who absolutely completed our ceremony. All guests gave very positive feedback throughout the time Beth was here. Thankyou x

From other customers:

Benjamin C, 10 years ago

A quick message to say a big thank you for your beautiful playing last week. You received a lot of lovely comments from friends and family who thoroughly enjoyed your playing. You really helped to create the atmosphere we wanted.

Emily C, 10 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful music during our ceremony. It was beautiful and a real talking point for our guests

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