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Duetto Arpeggione

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About Duetto Arpeggione

Duetto Arpeggione is a Cello and Classical Guitar duo, based in Suffolk and performing across the East of England and further afield.
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Bury Saint Edmunds
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About Us Duetto Arpeggione are a Suffolk-based ensemble, performing across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. They formed after performing regularly together in musical theatre bands. The name is derived from the now obsolete instrument the 'arpeggione' which was a six-stringed instrument tuned like a guitar but bowed like a cello. The combination of Cello and Classical Guitar is perhaps more unusual than the traditional string quartet, but the voices of both these instruments combine effectively and they lend themselves to performance in a range of musical styles - from Classical to Jazz, Pop to Spanish music - making Duetto Arpeggione the perfect choice for something a little different at your event. Claire Bostock Claire was born and grew up in Leicestershire. Following the completion of her training as a classical cellist in London, she relocated to Suffolk. Claire enjoys the diversity of performing in a range of styles and collaborating with other performers in live and recorded mediums. She performs regularly with the Prometheus Orchestra in concerts across Suffolk. She also loves musical theatre and playing in pit orchestras. Claire also composes and arranges music; currently having a partnership with Paper Lantern Theatre Company, and recently arranging and recording strings for Alex Highton's upcoming album. In addition to performing with Kevin as part of Duetto Arpeggione, Claire is also pursuing solo projects and other Classical collaborations. Kevin Butcher As a professional player for more than 20 years, Kevin has played in almost every situation imaginable. From intimate solo shows to duo, trio and band performances in front of thousands at festivals, he has played almost every style of music in his career and has been featured on both local and national TV and radio stations. As an in demand player for musical theatre work, he can regularly be heard performing in theatres across the region and is extremely excited to be involved in this new project and playing in yet another new musical context.

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Duetto Arpeggione's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Genevieve W
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Incredible performance that made our wedding day that bit more special. Everyone loved it.

Kieren T
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

We were really pleased with our booking of Duetto Arpeggione. Claire was patient when other matters were being dealt with in terms of the party, and they performed immaculately on the night. We are thrilled to be able to book them and would look to do so again.

Reply from Duetto Arpeggione
11 months ago

We had a great time working with this client and performing for this event. Thank you for the review - we’d love to work with you in future.

Grace M
6 years ago
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5 out of 5

Our wedding was made extra special having duetto arpeggione play for us. They were amazing and I couldn’t recommend them enough!

Hannah R
6 years ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely fantastic. They were very patient with the bridal party and kept my guests entertained at the church for over an hour. The music was beautiful and wa exactly what I was looking for.

From other customers:

D. B
7 years ago

Duetto Arpeggione simply made our wedding ceremony. There is something in their repertoire for everyone and they created for us the most beautiful, romantic, personal and atmospheric backdrop. They are so talented and accommodating and will give you the most unique wedding experience. We can't recommend them highly enough.

Farmers E
7 years ago

A highly professional and talented duo, who played fantastic music for us all evening. Really made our event. A great sound and created the perfect atmosphere.

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Duetto Arpeggione's Song list

Repertoire list:
Anon - Greensleeves
Craig Armstrong - Love Actually soundtrack suite
Bach - Air on a G String
Bach - Arioso
Bach - Aria from the Goldberg Variations
Bach - Bist du bei mir
Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach - Menuet from Orchestra suite No. 2
Beethoven - Adagio Cantabile from Pathetique Sonata
Beethoven - Sonatine for Cello and Guitar
Boccherini - Minuet
Burgmuller - Nocturnes 1, 2 and 3
Chopin - Nocturne
Dvorak - Humoreske
Einaudi - Le onde
Einaudi - Nuvole Bianche
Elgar - Chanson de Nuit
Elgar – Salut D’Amour
Faure - Pavane
Bach/Gounod - Ave Maria
Haydn - Serenade
Mouret - Rondeau from Suite No. 1
Mozart – Magic Flute and Don Giovanni arias
Mozart - Theme from Clarinet Concerto
Mozart - Andante: Theme from Piano Concerto No. 21
Mendelssohn – Wedding March
Myers - Cavatina
Offenbach - Barcarolle
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Paradis - Siciliano
Puccini - Nessun Dorma
Saint-saens - The Swan
Satie - Gymnopedie No 1
Schubert - Ave Maria
Sor - L'Encouragement
Sor/Forlea - Etude in B Minor
Vivaldi - Largo from Winter
Wagner – Bridal Chorus
Yiruma - River Flows in You
Zigman - Theme from 'The Notebook'
Anon - Spanish Romance
Albeniz - Granada
Granados - Danza Espanola: ‘Andaluza’
Leoncavallo - Mattinata
Llobet - El testament d'amelia
Malats – Serenata
Tarrega - Caprichio Arabe
Tarrega - Gran Vals
Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
Adele/Bob Dylan – Make you feel my love
Harold Arlen – Over the Rainbow
American Authors - Best Day of My Life
Burt Bacharach - Close to You
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beatles - All you Need is love
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles - Here comes the Sun
The Beatles – Yesterday
Beyonce - Halo
Bricusse and Newley – Pure Imagination
Bright Eyes - The First Day of my Life
David Bruce – Django’s Stomp
Michael Buble - Everything
Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Steve Curtis Chapman - I Will be Here
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Coldplay – Fix you
Coldplay - Clocks
Coldplay - Sky Full of Stars
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
The Corrs - Runaway
Des’Ree - Kissing You
Donaldson and Kahn – Makin’ Whopee
The Eagles - Desperado
Elbow - One Day Like This
ELO - Mr Blue Sky
Extreme – More than words
George Ezra - Budapest
Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
The Foo Fighters -This will be Our Year
Errol Garner – Misty
George and Ira Gershwin – Embraceable you
George and Ira Gershwin – Someone to Watch over Me
George and Ira Gershwin - Summertime
Gordon and Myron – You make me feel so Young
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love
Guns and Roses - Sweet Child of Mine
Hansgard and Irglova - Falling Slowly from 'Once'
Whitney Houston- I have Nothing
Whitney Houston - I will always love you
Bart Howard – Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Billy Joel - Just the Way You Are
Elton John - Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King)
Elton John - Your Song
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Scott Joplin – Country Club
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Keane – Somewhere only we know
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
John Legend - All of Me
John Legend - Stay with You
Lowe and Lerner – On the street where you live
Henry Mancini – Moon River
Alan Menken - Beauty and the Beast (Tales as old as Time)
Alan Menken - A Whole New World (from Aladdin)
Van Morrison - Brown eyed Girl
Van Morrison – Moon Dance
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Bruno Mars - Just the Way you Are
McFly - All About You
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Muse - Starlight
Pasek and Paul - A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman)
Pasek and Paul - Rewrite the Stars
Christina Perri – A Thousand years
Plain Whites T’s - Hey There Delilah
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Cole Porter – Ev’ry time we say goodbye
Cole Porter – I’ve got you under my skin
Cole Porter – Let’s Do It
Elvis Presley - Can't help Falling in Love with You
Queen - You’re My Best Friend
The Rembrandts- I’ll Be There for You
Lionel Richie - Ballerina Girl
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran - Dive
Ed Sheehan - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Ed Sheeran - Thinking out loud
Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
Ed Sheeran - The Shape of You
Labi Siffre/Madness - It Must Be Love
Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Take That – Rule the World
Take That - Greatest Day
Train - Marry Me
Train - Hey Soul Sister
Turtles - Happy Together
Shania Twain - From This Moment On
Fats Waller -Ain't Misbehavin'
The Wannadies - The You and Me Song
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Years and Years - Shine
Various Traditional Irish repertoire (jigs, reels, hornpipes, songs) approximately 1 ½ hours of material

Duetto Arpeggione's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£320
Up to 2 hours£360
Up to 3 hours£450
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We are always cello and classical guitar.

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

If timings change slightly we can generally accommodate this. Just get in touch and let us know.

How much time do you need to set up?

We generally arrive to set up 30 minutes before the booked start time.

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

Of course - we encourage clients to personalise their event through selecting from our repertoire list. We can even add to this to allow for inclusion of a special song.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - the amp used by the guitarist is battery operated so we can perform indoors and outdoors.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a piece you particularly want is not in our repertoire then just ask and we should be able to arrange this for you.
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Rock, Pop rock
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session
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