Bethany Morris

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Classically trained Cellist with over 15 years experience in providing live music for Weddings, parties and corporate events.
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Bethany graduated in 2003 with a degree in music performance and has worked as a freelance performer and teacher ever since. To date, Bethany has had a varied performing career playing with Orchestras across the East Midlands as well as Chamber ensembles and solo engagements. After acting as a deputy 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 professional backing tracks to accompany. This offers an affordable alternative to hiring a larger ensemble and is perfect for smaller venues and tighter budgets. 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.

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Classical, Ambient pop
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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

'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 a choice of either professional backing tracks or live piano to accompany. I work regularly with pianist Jane Olson who provides this service and knows all of my repertoire. This choice 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 is 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.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always arrive 40 minutes before the start time to set up and warm up 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. If there is a special piece that you would like that isn't on the list then I am always happy to source new material for a booking.

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 and accompanied with a current certificate.

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.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I offer a very personal performance for each of my clients, playing pieces that they have personally selected for the day. I offer a broad range of music to choose from with everything from Classical favourites to Contemporary pieces and pop covers, so there is really something for everyone to enjoy.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in venues all over the country: Chatsworth house, Woburn Abbey, Stubton Hall, Elsham Hall to name a few.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am a classically trained musician but I listen to a broad range of music, Classical, jazz, world, pop, and draw from influences across the board.

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

I have repeat bookings for the RHS playing at their annual Flower shows.


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)£45
Up to 1 hour£245
Up to 2 hours£330
Up to 3 hours£415
Ceremony only
Bethany is a professional cellist with over 15 years experience in providing high quality live music for Wedding ceremonies. Bethany plays a classical cello using a pick up and professional quality PA for larger venues. For a ceremony only, Bethany plays your guests into the venue from 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. You will then have a piece of your choice played for the entrance of the Bridal party, the signing of the register (this requires 2-3 pieces) and the exit of the Bride and Groom. If there are any pieces you would like to hear in advance of the day then Bethany is always happy to send out recordings.
Drinks reception
Bethany is a professional cellist with over 15 years experience in providing high quality live music for Weddings and parties. Bethany plays on a Classical cello using a pick up and professional quality PA system for larger venues and outdoor bookings. This package gives you 1 hours live music to accompany your drinks reception. Additional time can be booked at £75 per hour. For bookings of more than 1 hour Bethany plays in sets of 50 minutes having a 10 minute break after each set. Bethany has a wide choice of repertoire to choose from including Classical, Contemporary pieces as well as pop covers, meaning that you can hand pick your perfect playlist for your guests.


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From Encore customers:

Eva W
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Booking with Beth was a pleasant experience and she did a wonderful job performing at our wedding. Would recommend!

Sarah F
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you Bethany for playing at our wedding reception. You played so beautifully and it really made the day extra special. We would highly recommend Bethany.

Joanne S
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Bethany played for our Ceremony and reception and she was amazing! Had so many compliments for her, would defiantly recommend. Thank you Beth! X

Charlotte D
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Bethany really did make our wedding ceremony so magical. She was so professional and obviously so talented, everyone commented on how much of a good job she did. We will be forever grateful of Bethany and the perfect performance she did at our wedding 🤍. Thank you!!

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From other customers:

Benjamin C
13 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
13 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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