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Emily Burridge is a fantastic virtuoso cellist, composer and arranger providing classical & ambient crossover music for special occasions.
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Emily Burridge is a virtuoso concert cellist, composer, arranger and producer. In November 2019 a reviewer wrote, “Emily Burridge lifts the subtle art of cello to new dimensions with her inspirational, moody, soulful and joyous musicianship.” Her skill of deftly improvising has expanded her career beyond the usual associations of the cello as a classical instrument and her composing skills while generally featuring the cello are also realised in a live setting through the adaptation of looping pedals. These enable her both in a solo and collaborative context to multi track the cello and create both dynamic and ‘sublime music which fluidly crosses genres’. “Fascinating and unique” – The Musician “Spellbinding innovative performance” – Nexus “Music that is deep, thoughtful and also lifts your spirits” – European Progressive Music She specialises in performing the Bach Suites and combines these with a series of compositions from her acclaimed album productions ‘Music from Out of the Blue’ in which she utilises the looping pedals. You can also enquire and discuss with Emily about classical repertoire which can be suitable with just solo cello for example 'The Swan' by Camille Saint Saens. Additionally for an extra fee to the performance Emily can write an arrangement of a favourite pop song or theme tune or a piece originally written for other instrumentation. .Emily's covers and arrangements include 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol, (now released on i tunes& Spotify), 'Home' by Cinematic Orchestra, 'Speechless' by Michael Jackson,. Classical arrangements include Pavanne by Faure. The Flower duet (Lakme) and in summer ‘21 Her charting arrangement of Pachelbel’s “Canon” was produced to accompany a bride as she walked through gardens to her wedding. For these pieces Emily pre-recorded a multi tracked cello arrangement in her studio and in performance accompanies it as a backing track. She approaches her employment with utmost professionalism and will bring to a special occasion, wedding or corporate function style and charm with her original program of both classical and classical crossover ambient music. In addition if a client requests an arrangement of a pop song as part of the event’s music she can produce this with her own recording facility. She has her own PA for smaller venues and can set up within half an hour. She delights in performing and recognises the art of performance as an important role of being a musician. She entertains audiences alike in concert halls, churches, museums, intimate venues of UK rural touring, arboretums and parks, festivals and the ever increasingly popular house concerts. She currently has three productions which tour. Emily’s Solo Productions Through employing modern sampling and looping technology, Emily has developed exciting and innovative programs of new music for her solo cello programs “Bach & Music from Out of the Blue”, “From Bach to the Amazon” “Bach by Candlelight” and “Out of the Blue & Into the Amazon” INCANDESCENDO A dynamic composing and performing duo with Latin percussionist and guitarist Felix Gibbons. “A Musical Kaleidoscope of World, Classical, Folk and free Jazz influences” Duos for Pedal Steel Guitar & Cello Her long standing duo with the renowned pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole. Together they produce a dynamic energy that has evolved from their complementary musical perspectives. As a session musician :and arranger - Emily, the classically trained virtuoso ‘cellist with a talent for improvisation honed to spontaneous perfection by the demands of top flight session work in genres of music including; pop, rock, folk, Latin, dance music and classical. With more than twenty years of experience employed in recording studios, Emily is at home within the recording environment as she is on stage performing and has contributed to countless songs and soundtracks. As well as reading a notated part her perfect pitch enables her to identify chordal structures and establish a ‘cello part. She can write cello parts and string arrangements having previously been sent the song or she can improvise working alongside other musicians in a studio environment or work individually with a producer or songwriter

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Classical, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Folk, Rock, Progressive rock, World music, Brazilian music, Bossa nova, Samba
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Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise
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Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Audio engineer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Emily's Song list

The unaccompanied suites for cello by JS Bach, suite 1, in Gmaj (famous Prelude), and all movements in the suite.
Minuet no1
Minuet no 2
no. 2 D Minor, - whole suite
no.3 C major - various dance movements
The Swan by Saint Saens,
Vocalise by Rachmaninov
Tarantella by WH Squire
The Flower Duet (Lakme) Emily Burridge multi tracked arrangement. by Emily and accompanies backing track.
I need my girl by The National arrangement by Emily accompanies backing track.
"Chasing cars" by Snow Patrol cello cover produced by Emily. and granted a license by Universal Music for release. Emily accompanies a backing track.
Gabriel's oboe" by Ennio Moricone,
"Pavane" by Faure for solo cello with pre-recorded multi tracked cello arr.
"Apres un Reve" by Faure
"Libertango" by Piazolla solo arrangement by Emily Burridge
"Nana" by Manuel da Falla solo cello arrangement by Emily
"El Pano Moruno" by Manuel da Falla solo cello arr. by Emily
Pieces from Emily Burridge's fourth album production:. Emily utilises looping pedals to multi track harmonies and rhythms.
"Out of the Blue"
"A call to Peace"
New compositions included in repertoire with looping pedals to create harmonies and rhythms from 2020 :
"Sisters in the Forest",
"Double 0 cello"
"Pizzzicato Rhapsodie"
"I need my girl" for solo cello with pre-recorded backing track accompaniment produced by Emily for a wedding request
"The Flower duet" for solo cello with pre-recorded backing track accompaniment produced by Emily for a wedding request
"Chasing Cars" cover - created specifically as a wedding request
& many more....
'Fire me a request & I'll see what I can do......
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Different line up options include: Solo cello acoustic or electric with looping pedals. Cello combined with guitar and optional Latin percussion Cello combined with pedal steel guitar

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

Please let me know as soon as possible and I will do my best to accommodate your change in timings

How much time do you need to set up?

Solo cello with looping pedals and PA - forty minutes cello & guitar - forty minutes cello, guitar and percussion - one hour cello and pedal steel guitar - one hour

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

“Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. ”

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes including acoustic or amplified option.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If you have a favourite song that isn't included in my set list then please enquire and an arrangement can be created for you. Depending on the work involved this can be an extra fee ranging from £40.00 for a single line arrangement to £200.00 for a multi tracked prerecorded backing track .

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My mixture of classical repertoire and my own ambient pieces for the solo cello when I utilise looping pedals enabling me to create harmonies

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Cliveden House Hotel - corporate event Chartres Cathedral Bolivar Hall South bank London Kings Place London Union Chapel London Connaught Rooms Covent garden - corporate booking

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

Solo concert - Chartres cathedral Duo with BJ Cole at Kings Place supporting Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Emily's Prices

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Standard Prices
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Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
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I can stream live from a beautiful setting and provide an exceptional musical experience for any special occasion being celebrated on a virtual platform. Combining classical with contemporary through utilising sampling and looping technology, an exciting and innovative program of new music for the cello has evolved . As a virtuoso solo concert cellist I specialise in performing the "Unaccompanied suites for solo cello" by JS Bach. As a composer in performance I incorporate looping pedals to multi track the cello creating harmonies and rhythms performing music from my album releases. Review of album "Compositions & Meditations live in Chartres Cathedral" ‘Emily has developed an original program of new music by operating looping pedals with her feet to record harmonies and create multi-tracked cello compositions live). The result is a wonderfully mellow, atmospheric resonance……The extraordinary spiritual presence of Chartres is exquisitely captured here through Emily's cello.’ Review by Richard Giles JUNE – JULY 2018 NEXUS and in 2019 a reviewer wrote ‘Emily Burridge lifts the subtle art of cello to new dimensions with her inspirational, moody, soulful and joyous musicianship. This is cello to lift the spirit, harmonise with the emotions and take you on a journey’


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Emily's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Tim H
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent. Well judged and much appreciated by all.

Robin C
6 months ago
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5 out of 5


Simon S
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

At such short notice, Emily was fantastic in every way. We could not have asked for more from her. She elevated the event to make it a resounding success. Thank you Emily.

Angela C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Emily was charming, professional and went out of her way to ensure that she tailored her beautiful performance to out tastes and needs. She was adaptable, even improvising with one of our guests who played the uilleann pipes. Our guests commented on the quality of Emily's playing, describing it as truly enhancing the ambience of our wedding and a rare treat. Thank you Emily.

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Annabelle D
4 years ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in St Eustacious church Tavistock PL198AU
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5 out of 5

Emily played at my sister's memorial service. She was very accommodating in working with the family to play my sister's favourite music. My sister had always loved the cello so it was very fitting for Emily to play at the service. She played beautifully which allowed us time to reflect on my sister's life. Thank you. 10/10 Annabelle Dexter

Tanya B
4 years ago, for a Corporate event in St John’s Gate
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5 out of 5

It was a pleasure to work with Emily who performed at our charity’s 50th Anniversary event at the Museum of St John’s in London. Highly professional, she worked closely to our brief, and through her Amazon inspired collection, brought something truly unique and distinct to our important event.

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