Emily Burridge

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Emily Burridge is a virtuoso cellist, composer, arranger and performer -classical & classical crossover for your special occasion

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 have included '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).For both 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

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Classical, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Folk, Rock, Progressive rock, World music, Brazilian music, Bossa nova, Samba
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Event types:
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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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Audio engineer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

The unaccompanied suites for cello by JS Bach, suite 1, in Gmaj (famous Prelude),
no. 2 D Minor,
no.3 C major
The Swan by Saint Saens,
Vocalise by Rachmaninov
The Flower Duet (Lakme) Emily Burridge multi tracked arrangement.
The National 'I need my girl'
"Chasing cars" by Snow Patrol cello cover produced by Emily. and granted a license by Universal Music for release
Cinematic Orchestra 'Home' (for cello & guitar Incandescendo arr.)
Gabriel's oboe" by Ennio Moricone,
"Pavane" by Faure for solo cello with pre-recorded multi tracked cello arr.
"Andiamo" by Emily Burridge, using looping pedals to create harmonies
"Reverie" by Emily Burridge using looping pedals to create harmonies
"Pizzicato Rhapsody" by Emily Burridge using looping pedals to create harmonies
orded backing track accompaniment produced by Emily for a wedding request
"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
& 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

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

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


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£120
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Available services
Arrangements of requested song


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Becks H, 5 months ago

Emily was just fantastic. She was booked very last minute and was very accommodating with this approach. It was a surprise for my Dad's 82nd Birthday and it was such a delightful evening. It was an intimate evening, just family and Emily's mastery with her beautiful cello left not many dry eyes in the house. She was just great and my whole family had such a special, memorable and delightful evening. Thanks so very much Emily for making a special birthday , a truly fabulous night to remember.

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Lisa S, 8 months ago

I am so pleased that I found Emily through your website. She was friendly and professional from our first contact and gave me complete confidence. Emily not only played her own compositions and traditional cello pieces but also created an arrangement for a specific track at my request, as a surprise for my husband. In addition, Emily prepared a further arrangement at our request, to play alongside our 17 year old son, who accompanied her on the ukulele. Emily and George were only able to run through this piece a couple of times on the day, directly before guests began to arrive and it was wonderful to hear them master it together so quickly. Our guests burst into spontaneous applause after they had played this piece for the recessional! I cannot recommend Emily highly enough!

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Pilla D, 8 months ago

Emily was a delight. Everyone at this memorial gathering for my husband loved her informal playing while everyone arrived and then she played Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G maj most beautifully. Please thank her from The Dingle Family

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Annabelle D, 1 year ago

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

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Tanya B, 1 year ago

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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