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About Flora

Flora is a cellist based in Birmingham and London, currently studying on a scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Cellist
Birmingham
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Flora was born in London and started learning the cello at the age of eight, and has since received invaluable musical training during her studies at the Royal Academy of Music junior department (2011-2016) where she learnt with Alexandra Mackenzie. Flora graduated in 2020 with BMus(Hons) after studying with Matthew Sharp at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During her undergraduate studies she earnt a place on both the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet side-by-side schemes, playing in notable symphonies and ballets with the two renowned orchestras under top conductors such as Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Christian Macelaru. She is now studying postgraduate performance under the tutelage of Eduardo Vassallo. During her studies, Flora has won places studying with top orchestras, performing in masterclasses with renowned cellists, and most recently has been awarded 1st Prize in the RBC Strings Competition (2021). In her orchestral career, most recently Flora has played with the Manchester Concert Orchestra under conductor Lee Reynolds. Throughout her time studying the cello at RAM and RBC, Flora has benefitted from invaluable chamber music coaching from many established musicians such as Jian Wang and ensembles including the Castallian, Heath, Lindsay, and Kus Quartets, and the Schubert Ensemble. Flora is a founding member of the Lumos String Quartet and the Hestia String Quartet (soon to have their debut at the Wigmore Hall in May 2021). She has explored a wide array of chamber music - most recently, putting on a concert of Messiaen's 'Quartet For the End of Time'. In addition to her classical cello work, Flora has been an artist at numerous folk festivals, performing at top venues such as Green Man and Shambala.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Pop, Early music, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Baroque, Film / TV music, Folk, Jazz, Experimental
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Instruments:
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Audio engineer, Orchestrator, Composer, Live looping, Ableton Live, Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Producer, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Six Cello Suites.......................................................Bach
Orbit...........................................................................Philip Glass
Julie-O........................................................................Mark Summer
Air from Water Music............................................Handel
Air on the G string..................................................Bach
Allegro from the Four Seasons-Spring............Vivaldi
Arioso.........................................................................Bach
The Ash Grove.........................................................Trad.
Ave Maria..................................................................Schubert
Ave Verum Corpus.................................................Mozart
Bist du bei mir..........................................................Stölzel
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin.............................Wagner
Canon in D.................................................................Pachelbel
Hornpipe from Water Music................................Handel
Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana..............Mascagni
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring...................................Bach
La Rejouissance.......................................................Handel
Largo from The Four Seasons-Winter..............Vivaldi
Largo from Xerxes...................................................Handel
Ode to Joy..................................................................Beethoven
Rondeau.....................................................................Mouret
Sheep May Safely Graze.......................................Bach
Trumpet Tune............................................................Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary...................................................Clarke
Wachet Auf (Sleepers awake).............................Bach
Wedding March........................................................Mendelssohn
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients always love to hear the original arrangement of their song choice! Reviews range from comments on guests' enjoyment of my playing, to how the atmosphere I create makes their occasion that extra bit more special.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Weddings/events include: The Queen's House, Greenwich Park Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield Sandwell Council house, Birmingham Castle Bromwich Hall, Birmingham Pim Hill Barn, Shrewsbury Concert venues include: Symphony Hall Cadogan Hall LSO St. Luke's Midlands Arts Centre King's Place Henry Wood Hall Shambala Green Man

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My teachers Eduardo Vassallo and Matthew Sharp, both wonderful artists, have influenced me a great deal. Kian Soltani and Jennifer Langridge are also favorite cellists of mine. Aside from the cello world, Philip Langridge (opera singer) influenced me greatly in my development as a musician and as a person. Many say that the cello is close to the human voice.

Do you have different line-up options?

My bookings are for solo cello. Although, as a member of the Lumos String Quartet, I also have the option for a string duo, trio, or quartet.

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

As a solo cellist, it only takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to set up. As soon as I have my strings tuned up and I've got my chair and sheet music ready, I can set the atmosphere with your very own live performance!

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

My set list is crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests enjoy yourselves. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event if there are any pieces you would like omitted for instance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically. All I need is an armless chair to sit on - and even then I am happy to arrange to bring my own.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list, there may still be a chance I already know it - I am very happy to discuss this. However, if there is a special song you'd like me to create a unique arrangement of, this is an add-on I provide. There is a fee of £20 for this service to take into account rehearsal times and writing the music etc.

Prices

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)£40
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£160
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£240
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£625
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15

Add-ons

Unique arrangement
+£20

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Mandy R, 1 year ago

Flora, we wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your beautiful cello playing at our wedding and we were so delighted you were able to stay and join in the festivities afterwards. So many people commented on your talent and your excellence. With love and thanks, Mandy & Ian, The Queen’s House, Greenwich, 3rd August 2019

Ben D, 3 years ago

A determined performance played with gusto and musical shaping.

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