Catherine Lee

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Award-winning cellist with experience performing in weddings and corporate events with clients including Samsung, BBC, Disney & BMW.
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I am an experienced performer for weddings and special events. My music is personalised for each individual occasion with each client in mind. The cello's rich and warm tones have the power to elevate any atmosphere, creating moments that are truly unforgettable.  My previous clients include Louis Vuitton, Samsung, BBC, Disney and BMW as well as numerous other individuals and corporate customers. With a repertoire that spans from classical to pop, I offer a diverse range of music that's perfect for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. Additionally, I'm able to arrange music according to each client's specific requests.  I have performed extensively at venues such as Old Marylebone Town Hall, The Dorchester, Claridge's Hotel, the Langham Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental as well as National Portrait Gallery, The Barbican and Royal Opera House.​ Please be in touch for my music list and a quote.

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Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Fanfare, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Pop, Acoustic, Easy listening, Light music, 1920s era music, 1960s era music, 1930s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music, 1980s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Barbershop, Ragtime, Gospel, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Covers
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Wedding, Private event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Accompanist, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription
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Catherine's Song list

Please see below for the list of pop, soundtrack, jazz, classical, musical and opera music. The selection is a mixture of my favourites and popular clients' requests from over the years. I am happy to arrange songs not on the list depending on the suitability and time.
I am able to perform solo as well as with my own backing tracks.
A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
A Thousand Years - Cristina Perry
Adagio Cantabile from Pathétique Sonata - Beethoven
Adagio Sostenuto from Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
Air on G - J.S Bach
All I Ask of You ( Phantom of the Opera) - Andrew Lloyd Webber
All of Me - John Legend
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Aprés Un Rêve Fauré
As It Was Harry Styles
As Long As You Need Me (Oliver)
As Times Go By (Casablanca) - Herman Hupfeld
At Last - Etta James
Ave Maria - Gounod-J.S Bach
Ave Maria - Schubert
Beauty and the Beast Theme - Alan Menken
Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Lion King) - Elton John
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Chandelier - Sia
Chanson de Matin - Elgar
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone
Comptine D'un Autre Été (Amélie) - Yann Tiersen
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
DNA - Ludovico Einaudi
Dos Oruguitas (Encanto) - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Dream of Dream - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music) - Rodgers & Hammerstein
Etude "Chanson de l'adieu" - Chopin
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Experience - Ludovico Einaudi
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Fields of Gold - Sting / Eva Cassidy
Fix You - Coldplay
Flower Duet - Delibes
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission) - Ennio Morricone
Gymnopédie No.1 - Satie
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Halo - Beyoncé
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Home - Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros
I Can Show the World (Aladdin) - Alan Menken
I Dreamed a Dream - Claude-Michel Schönberg
I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana) - Mascagni
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
I'll Be There - Jackson 5
Jurassic Park Theme - John Williams
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Largo from Cello Sonata - Chopin
Le Onde - Ludovico Einaudi
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Liebestraume No.3 - Liszt
Life On Mars - David Bowie
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love On The Brain - Rihanna
Lullaby - Brahms
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Méditation from Thaïs - Massenet
Misty - Erroll Garner
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's) - Henry Mancini
Nessun Dorma (Turandot) - Puccini
Nocturne Op.9 in E flat major - Chopin
Now We Are Free (Gladiator) - Hans Zimmer
Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi
One Summer's Day (Spirited Away) - Jo Hisaishi
Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Playing Love - Ennio Morricone
Reflection (Mulan) - Matthew Wilder
River Flows In You - Yiruma
Salut D'Amour - Elgar
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
Shallow Lady Gaga
Sicilienne - Fauré
Solo Cello Suites J.S Bach
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Space Man - Sam Ryder
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Ständchen - Schubert
Summer - Jo Hisaishi
The Joker and the Queen - Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran
The Swan - Saint-Saens
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Tonight - Leonard Bernstein
Top Gun Theme - Harold Faltemeyer
Una Mattina - Ludovico Einaudi
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Voi Che Sapete (The Marriage of Figaro) Mozart
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Yellow - Coldplay
Yesterday - The Beatles
You Are The Reason - Calum Scott
Your Song - Elton John
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm very well prepared and I make sure there are no glitches when it comes to performing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Old Marylebone Town Hall, The Dorchester, Claridge's Hotel, Langham Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Islington Town Hall, National Portrait Gallery, The Barbican and The Royal Opera House.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love music which have rich and endearing melodies. I enjoy playing music from Ennio Morricone, John Williams and Ludovico Einaudi.

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

BBC live shows, RAI Italia TV, Disney live concerts, corporate events for clients including Samsung, Louis Vuitton and BMW.

Do you have different line-up options?

I can use backing tracks but you can book me as part of a duo with a guitarist, pianist or another cellist. Please contact me for more information.

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

I try best to be flexible to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Let me know if timings change slightly in the run up to the event and I will try best to accommodate the change.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need 30 minutes to 1 hour before the event starts.

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

My list is made up of pieces and songs which I have carefully selected for occasions such as weddings, corporate events and concerts. I am happy to recommend pieces from my list which have great feedbacks. I am also flexible on playing music which are not on the list.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have my own music stand, instrument and PA system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to suggest pieces which I think might best suit your occasion. I have a list which is made up from numerous performances I have presented over the years. However, I am happy to discuss and perform music of your choice as well.

Catherine's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£62.50
Up to 1 hour£312.50
Up to 2 hours£437.50
Up to 3 hours£562.50
Wedding ceremony
Guest Arrival Music: Set the stage for your celebration with the gentle sound of cello as your guests arrive, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and elegance. Bridal Entrance: Turn your entrance into an unforgettable moment of grace and emotion. Signing of the Register: Elevate the importance of this step with the subtle tones, creating a lasting memory. Farewell Melodies: As your guests bid you farewell, let the tunes create a heartwarming atmosphere, leaving a lasting impression.
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Catherine's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Michelle T
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Catherine played solo cello beautifully at our wedding ceremony. She was thoughtful about the repertoire, making suggestions that suited the venue as well as taking our requests on board. She played our favourite piece perfectly as I walked down the aisle! Thank you Catherine for helping to make our wedding so special.

Purity M
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

From the moment we booked Catherine, right until the day of the wedding, she was extremely professional, responsive and proactive. Highly would recommend!

From other customers:

Bonnie T
5 months ago, for a Private event in 140 Park Ln
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5 out of 5

Highly recommend Catherine!

6 months ago, for a Wedding in Old Marylebone Rd
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5 out of 5

Thank you for making our wedding so beautiful!! Really grateful that you were able to arranged our requested songs at such a short notice.

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