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About Cassandra

A soulful and charming singer with original arrangements to suit any occasion. The perfect accompaniment to a sophisticated event!
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Cassandra Mathews has always had a passion for delivering all styles of music to new audiences and has beautiful architecture to all of her performances, both solo and within ensembles. "...musical sense and understanding are at the heart of Cassandra's playing..." "...her instinct for cadence and pause are unerring..." Cassandra graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2014 with a 1st Class Honours Bachelor of Music. She studied primarily with Gary Ryan, but also received coaching from Chris Stell and extra lessons with Craig Ogden and Jakob Lindberg on the lute. During her time at the RCM, she took part in masterclasses with John Williams, Stefan Lӧfvenius, Carlos Bonell, Jason Vieaux, and Julian Byzantine as well as performing at Queen Elisabeth Hall and the Purcell Room as part of “The Rest Is Noise” Festival 2013. She premiered new guitar works at the National Portrait Gallery and the Martin Harris Centre. She was the winner of the Lennox Berkeley Guitar Prize 2012 and was the given a Highly Commended Award for the annual Royal College of Music Guitar Competition in both 2014 and 2012. Cassandra performed a selection of works by Joaquin Rodrigo at the Instituto Cervantes at the presentation of 'Voice and Vision' in 2016 to Cecilia Rodrigo and other distinguished guests. Cassandra was also selected to represent the RCM at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in an Erasmus exchange programme in 2012. Cassandra currently works as a guitar vocalist aboard cruise ships for Princess Cruises and used to work at Jumeirah Carlton Tower as a musician in residence. She has recorded CDs and loves to share the joy of music through her performance.

Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Acoustic, Classical, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Baroque, Early music, Renaissance, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Ambient pop, Covers, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Top 40, Soul, Britpop, Indie, Pop rock, Spanish music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Lyricist, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Accompanist, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon
I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
Just Give Me A Reason – Pink
Valerie – The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
Royals – Lorde
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere – The Beatles
Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
Let It Be – The Beatles
Yesterday – The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
Blackbird – The Beatles
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King Soundtrack
Let It Go – Frozen Soundtrack
Reflection – Mulan Soundtrack
A Whole New World – Aladdin Soundtrack
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat – The Aristocats Soundtrack
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella Soundtrack
When You Wish Upon A Star – Pinocchio Soundtrack
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Burt Bacharach
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? – Dusty Springfield
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Ben – Michael Jackson
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Light My Fire – The Doors
Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley
At Last – Etta James
This Girl’s In Love With You – Burt Bacharach
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey
It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Dionne Warwick
Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
I Put A Spell On You – Nina Simone
Bang Bang (I Shot You Down) – Nancy Sinatra
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
You Can Get It If You Really Want – Desmond Dekker And The Aces
Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
Do You Know The Way To San Jose? – Burt Bacharach
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Burt Bacharach
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Cheek To Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald
La Bamba – Ritchie Vallens
Volare – Dean Martin
Nature Boy – Nat King Cole
Girl From The North Country – Bob Dylan
Don’t Think Twice – Bob Dylan
Blowin In The Wind – Bob Dylan
Sandy Grey – John Martyn
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Why Try To Change Me Now? – Frank Sinatra
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Mamas and Papas
My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby Mcferrin
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Feelings – Nina Simone
Don’t Explain – Billie Holiday
Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
Embraceable You – Nat King Cole
I Wish You Love – Nat King Cole
Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours – Charles Trenet
My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
Something Stupid – Nancy Sinatra
Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Carole King
You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
Home Again – Carole King
Logical Song – Supertramp
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Van Morrison
Old Man – Neil Young
Heart Of Gold – Neil Young
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
September – Earth, Wind And Fire
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Love So Right – The Bee Gees
How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
Nothing Compares 2 U – Prince
Desperado – The Eagles
Vincent – Don Mclean
American Pie – Don Mclean
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
Layla – Eric Clapton
Change The World – Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
California – Joni Mitchell
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
Handbags And Gladrags – Rod Stewart
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
What The World Needs Now – Burt Bacharach
I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
The Look Of Love – Burt Bacharach
Walk On By – Burt Bacharach
Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Honesty – Billy Joel
Wonderwall – Oasis
He Can Only Hold Her – Amy Winehouse
Champagne Supernova – Oasis
Live Forever – Oasis
Slide Away – Oasis
You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse
Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Better Together – Jack Johnson
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
Millennium – Robbie Williams
The World Is Not Enough – Garbage
I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
Always – Bon Jovi
Don’t Speak – No Doubt
Chasing Pavements – Adele
Thank You – Dido
Someone Like You – Adele
All I Ask – Adele
Here With Me – Dido
Fell In Love With A Boy – Joss Stone
Right To Be Wrong – Joss Stone
For All We Know – Donny Hathaway
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
One Love – Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
It Must Be Love – Madness
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
Warwick Avenue – Duffy
Mercy – Duffy
I’m Not In Love – 10cc
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
The Writing’s On The Wall – Sam Smith
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Torn – Natalie Umbruglia
Angels – Robbie Williams
She’s The One – Robbie Williams
Eternal Flame – The Bangles
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon And Garfunkel
The Sound Of Silence – Simon And Garfunkel
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
The Voice Within – Christina Aguilera
You’ve Got The Love – Florence And The Machine
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson
Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Grenade – Bruno Mars
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
The Rose – Bette Midler
Viva Forever – Spice Girls
Pure Shores – All Saints
Believe – Cher
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Elton John
Rocket Man – Elton John
With Or Without You – U2
Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
You’re The Inspiration – Chicago
Jar Of Hearts – Christina Perri
Distance – Christina Perri
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
Without You – Harry Nilson
Easy – Lionel Ritchie
Cannonball – Damien Rice
My Immortal – Evanescence
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
The Closest Thing To Crazy – Katie Melua
Alright – Jamiroquai
Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
All Of Me – Ella Fitzgerald
Faith – George Michael
Coffee And TV – Blur
The Universal – Blur
Careless Whisper – George Michael
All Of Me – John Legend
Ordinary People – John Legend
Hotel California – The Eagles
Like A Star – Corinne Bailey-Rae
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Rio – Duran Duran
The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
The Winner Takes It All – ABBA
The Scientist – Coldplay
She’s Always A Woman – Billy Joel
The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Clocks – Coldplay
Best Of You – Foo Fighters
True Colours – Phil Collins
Against All Odds – Phil Collins
Dancing In The Devil’s Shoes – Guillemots
Sunrise – Norah Jones
Walking After You – Foo Fighters
White Flag – Dido
Whistle For The Choir – The Fratellis
Fields Of Gold – Sting
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Greenday
Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morrisette
Ironic – Alanis Morrisette
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
Murder On The Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie
Life On Mars – David Bowie
Yellow – Coldplay
Linger – The Cranberries
Half The World Away – Oasis
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Nine Million Bicycles – Katie Melua
Feeling Good – Nina Simone
Anyone Who Had A Heart – Burt Bacharach
Ordinary World – Duran Duran
Sympathique – Pink Martini
American Boy – Estelle
Too Much – Spice Girls
Don’t Make Me Over – Dionne Warwick
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Baby Now That I’ve Found You – The Foundations
April In Paris – Ella Fitzgerald
It’s Only A Paper Moon – Nat King Cole
Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey-Rae
The Last Thing On My Mind – Joan Baez
One Day I’ll Fly Away – Randy Crawford
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Angel Of The Morning – Nina Simone
Don’t Stop Believin – Journey
More Than Words – Extreme
Love Of My Life – Queen
Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
Elastic Heart – Sia
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People often say that I bring a warm and friendly feeling to the gigs which I play. I am also approachable, so people never have to worry about asking for requests. I also bring a classy and sophisticated vibe to my performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Purcell Room, King's Place, V&A Museum, Hoxton Hall, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Instituto Cervantes, Northampton Derngate

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love the music of Joni Mitchell and Carole King. They have such beautiful voices and great stories to tell in their lyrics. I have always looked up to Julian Bream as a classical guitarist, and love the palette of colours that he uses when playing the guitar. A bit of The Beatles and Radiohead is always good too!

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

I have played at the Snooker Masters Tournament in Cluj-Napoca in Romania with my duo partner (violinist Sabina Virtosu). There were certainly a few TV cameras rolling at the time in the arena!

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

This is no problem at all. I am more than happy to accommodate any changes in timings. Please try and give as much notice as you can, so I can adjust any travel plans.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes I can. If you'd like a DJ service in between live sets and for up to 3 hours after the final set, I provide this for an additional £150.

How much time do you need to set up?

I have a very short setup time, as it's just me! I generally need no longer than about 15 minutes.

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

Of course! I can also display my set list during the performance, so that people can choose songs (a bit like a live jukebox!).

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! Less stress for you!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

That is no problem for me at all. Seeing as I work as a soloist, it doesn't take me long to perfect the songs that you want to hear. There are certain songs which don't always suit a guitar vocalist, but I will always try my best to get it done for you!

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£100
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£280
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Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15

Add-ons

DJ set
+£150

Reviews

From customers:

The A, 5 years ago

Young classical guitarist Cassie Mathews is a rising star with an intimate sound that demanded the full attention of the audience.

Princess C, 5 years ago

"Engaging personality and classy presentation" - Princess Cruises

From other musicians:

2nd February 2016

Cassandra is a wonderfully versatile, professional and reliable musician. Her sound, technique and personality are absolutely fabulous! I have performed with her on many occasions as part of our violin-guitar duo and I would always wholeheartedly recommend her.