Ellen Porter

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Ellen Porter is a British cellist and studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. In 2016 she was awarded the RNCM Annie Fletcher Award having previously studied with David Smith. She has attended classes with Hannah Roberts, Guy Johnston, Gillian Thoday, Emma Ferrand, Miklos Perenyi and Peter Somodari. Ellen is a passionate orchestral cellist and for five years Ellen played with the CBSO Youth Orchestra working with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. She now plays with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra as well as all of the RNCM’s Orchestras and Ensembles, as well as maintaining a busy schedule of freelancing. Ellen studies baroque cello with Susan Sheppard, as well as receiving regular coaching from Roger Hamilton, Harvey Davies and Annette Isserlis. In 2017, Ellen attended the Pro Corda Conservatoire Baroque, and in summer 2018 she travelled to Amsterdam for the Early Music Summer School to study with Viola de Hoog and the rest of the Early Music faculty at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Ellen is also passionate about music education and outreach work. During the last two years she has worked with Global Grooves as part of the LIME Music UK 2017 Festival, with the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain and with RNCM Young Basses, providing support and tuition to young double bass players from across the Northwest of England. In September 2018, Ellen began a placement with the Halle Youth and Ensembles team, working closely with the Halle Youth Orchestra as well as all of the Halle choirs. Ellen currently plays on a modern Italian style cello dated 2012, and is supported in her further musical study by The Edna Newill Charitable Trust, to whom she is very grateful. She would also like to thank the RNCM for loaning her a wonderful baroque cello made by Kai-Thomas Roth.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I own a PA system
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, Early music, Ceillidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Swing, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Hip Hop, Argentinian, French music, German music, Italian music, Latin, Tango
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker, Arranger, Sound technician
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Customer questions

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

I always allow plenty of time at the venue before and after the event just to be safe - so if your timings change slightly, just let me now ASAP!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually aim to arrive at the venue 30 minutes to 1 hour before the performance.

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

I don't perform from a set list so everything I will play will be discussed directly with you before the event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I will bring everything I need - I only ask that you provide a chair! (With no arms)

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

It is essential that you are able to have your favourite pieces played at your event! So please let me know, as soon as possible, if you have any special requests and I will do my best to arrange this for you! (This may come at an additional cost in order to cover sheet music hire / arrangements.)


From customers:

Oundle F, 5 years ago

very moving

View P, 5 years ago

deeply felt