Isobel Smith

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About Isobel

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I am a professional cellist with years of experience performing in orchestral concerts (often as principal), chamber groups and shows.

I studied the cello under Naomi Butterworth at Trinity College of Music. Since graduating I have freelanced, playing orchestral and choral concerts, in pits for shows, recording tracks with a range of artists and performing at innumerable weddings, functions and events with string quartets. Please see my quartet The Four of Herts listed. As such I am a reliable pair of hands and a go- to player for work in the Hertfordshire and South East.

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
I own a PA system
Christmas, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Folk, Jazz
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Cello and Piano Duo Repertoire
Wagner Bridal March from Lohengrin
Pachelbel Canon
Mendelssohn Wedding March
Trumpet Tune
Bach Arioso
Faure, Pie Jesu from Requiem
Trumpet Voluntary
Ave Maria – Schubert
Ave Maria – Bach
Adagio from Clarinet Concerto by Mozart
Elgar, Salut D'Amour
Kreisler – Fair Rosmarin
Faure Sicilienne
To a Wild Rose
Panis Angelicus
Faure, Apres un Reve
Bach Air on the G String
Borodin, Nocturne from String Quartet no 2
Delibes, Waltz from Coppelia
Tarrego, Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Pieds En L'Air from Warlock Capriol Suite
Faure Pavane
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Dance of the Hours, Ponchielli
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade theme
Bizet, Chanson Boheme from Carmen
Mediation from Thais, Massenet
Elgar, Chanson de Matin
Clair de Lune, Debussy
Berceuse, from Faure Dolly Suite
Bach, Sheep May Safely Graze
The Swan, from Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals
Adele, Make Me Feel Your Love
Gershwin Embraceable You, Summertime, It Aint Necessarily So, Let's Call The Whole thing off, Oh, Lady be Good, 's Wonderful, Bess, You is My Woman Now, Foggy Day
All I ask of you, from Phantom of the Opera
Getting To Know You from The Kind and I
Hopelessly Devoted to You from Grease
I'd Do Anything from Oliver
Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
On My Own from Les Miserables
Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific
I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables
More Than Words (Extreme)
A Thousand Years
Lovin' You (Minnie Riperton)
Bethena, Joplin
Wonderful Tonight
Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
It Had to Be You
A Man and A Woman
Arrivederci Roma
How Insensitive
La Bamba
Maria and Somewhere from West Side Story
The Girl From Ipanema
Fly me to the moon
Can't help falling in love
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I play on my own as a solo cellist but also play in a cello and piano duo and string quartet

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

I'm afraid I do have to stick to the contracted times. It may be possible to accommodate changes with enough notice.

How much time do you need to set up?

Just 30mins on average.

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


Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we just need space to play and armless chairs in the spots we will be performing in,

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, its fine to ask for new pieces and I will do my best to source them,

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm quite a bubbly performer, but that's because I love what I do.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Impossible to list...but at the very least the quartet have played at Ashridge Estate, Brocket Hall, Cambridge Guildhall, Coltsfoot, Essendon Country Club, Fanhams Hall, Fennes Estate, Granary Estates, Moor Park, Haberdashers Boys School, Hanbury Manor, Hatfield House, Hatfield Place (Chelmsford), Henry Moore Foundation, Hitchin Priory and many many more.


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)£125
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£255
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Zoe R, 1 year ago

I wanted to thank you and Rachel very much for playing at Tilty church last Saturday. Will and our families said how lovely the music was before the service began and I thoroughly enjoyed the pieces while we signed the register and our hymns with such uplifting accompaniment. Several of our guests were in the military and knew the Boccherini well, they said how great it sounded! Thank you for your good advice all along, and for taking the time to interpret our choice of music.

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David I, 1 year ago

We just wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding last month! Although we didn’t get much time to enjoy the music we know our guests definitely did, we had lots of comments that you guys were great and the music was fantastic throughout.

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