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About Fionnuala

Cellist living in South Yorkshire, used to playing solo gigs or with quartets/small ensembles. Can play a range of styles.
Public liability insurance of £10 million

I grew up in a very active and music family. We were encourage from a very young age to get involved in many activities. These included music, drama and sports lessons. My passion still lies very much in the arts. My career path has led me in two directions. One being Design (I am currently Director of Mustard Seed Media Partnership), and the other being Music. I am a playing member and director of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra. I also teach both in schools with my local music hub and privately at home. My pupils have included adults and children, able and disabled both mentally and physically. I have put pupils successfully through Associated Board exams and progressed at a speed that suited their learning abilities.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
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
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Christmas, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Acoustic, Covers
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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, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Pachelbel - Canon in D Major
Ed Sheeron - Thinking out loud
Bruno Mars - Marry You
David Grey - This Years Love
Elbow - One Day like this
Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Eva Cassidy - Over the rainbow
Adele - Make you feel my love
Megan Trainor - All about that bass
John Legend - All of me
Coldplay - A sky full of stars
Ian Axel - Say Something
Sam Smith - Stay with me
Disney (Harry Potter) Hedwigs Theme
Disney (Frozen) Do you wanna build a snowman?
Disney (Frozen) Let it go
Disney (Frozen) For the first time in forever
Disney (Frozen) In Summer
Star Wars - Cantina Band
James Bond Movies - James Bond Theme
Lord of the Rings - In Dreams
Bach - Cello Suite No 1 in G
Beatles - When I'm 64
Beatles - Yesterday
Beatles - Lady Madonna
Disney - (Lady and the Tramp) He's a Tramp
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

No, it is just me, however I can be flexible if you would like me to play alongside/with another group e.g Organ / Singers

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

I will book out the day for your wedding, so timing changes will not be a problem.

How much time do you need to set up?

Not long. I need a place where I can store my Cello case (usually reception will have somewhere) and a chair. I take about 15-20 minutes to tune up and check levels if am using a backing track.

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

I am open to suggestions and will try and play your favourite song. I will also try and appeal to the room, so if there are lots of kiddies, I will throw some disney in. If there are more older generations, I will throw some Beatles and jazz numbers in.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, all I need is a chair.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, within reason.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They love the fact that I can source songs that they have requested. They love that I produce a wonderful sound but take up very little space. They like that I am flexible to playing indoors and out.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Churches, hotels, private houses.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bach, Beethoven, Jacqueline du Pre, Tchaikovsky,

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

Garden Party for a very influential person in York,


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

Wedding ceremony
My fixed fee for a ceremony only is £250. This means that no matter how late you are or what ever delays might occur, I will not charge more. I will be present half an hour before the service is due to start and will stay until all the guests have left.
Drinks reception
My fixed fee for the drinks reception again is only £250. Again, I will be present before guests arrive at the venue and will stay until they are called into the Wedding Breakfast.
WeddingCeremony & Drinks Reception
If you would like to have me play for both ceremony and drinks reception, then my package deal is £450. I play solo cello but would use a backing track for more popular/modern pieces
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Lucy H, 1 year ago

We were thrilled to be able to have a local quartet play at our wedding. The Fern Quartet had a great selection of music to choose from and Fionnuala was so helpful in sourcing the extra pieces we wanted. The service itself was absolutely beautiful and I loved walking down the aisle to such a wonderful sound. The musicians were absolute professionals. Fionnuala was so helpful in the run up to the wedding. She regularly communicated with me and sent examples of what the music would sound like. When I struggled to imagine the hymns she even sent me a recording of her singing them- amazing! All in all she reassured me during my worried bride moments. Thank you so much- we can't wait to frame the sheet music and it will always be a special memory for us." Lucy and Matt

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Gillian P, 1 year ago

The Fern Quartet played for my sons wedding and they were just amazing and perfect for the occasion. We definitely recommend

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