Jay Emme

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Hi! I'm Jay, a lovely, friendly, and diverse cellist available for weddings and private functions around the UK, and beyond!

Hi! I'm Jay, a friendly, professionally trained freelance cellist available for weddings and private functions around the UK, and beyond. I have an incredibly varied repertoire of pieces, from classical to Disney, to pop, and old favourites too. I can play for ceremonies, drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts, and travel the world for intimate elopements through to grand weddings, no matter how big or small! I also perform for corporate events and private functions and dinners. As well as performing familiar classical pieces, I use my versatility to include a range of other music genres you might like, including pop/chart songs, Disney favourites, even some rock classics, and much more! I have also been trained to 1st Class degree level to use professional music software, and I use this within my business to create arrangements of specific requests. This means I can quickly and simply arrange any special requests or favourite pieces for you! I can also sight-read and improvise, where necessary. I've played cello for 30+ years, performing with numerous orchestras around the UK and internationally. I studied music to degree level in Birmingham, and have furthered my studies with supporting and advanced performance diplomas. To maintain a high standard of playing, I continue my cello studies under CBSO principal cellist Richard Jenkinson. I perform regularly with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Solihull Symphony Orchestra, and other chamber ensembles. I travel worldwide, and can perform for as little or as long as you need. Whilst I primarily perform fully acoustic, I can provide backing tracks via my own amp and speakers, should you require. I am also fully insured, and have Public Liability insurance which covers me for the majority of venues.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Gospel, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Funk, Karaoke, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, African music, Asian music, Bollywood, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cuban music, French music, German music, Reggae, Samba, Tango
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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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach
Apres Un Reve - Faure
Unaccompanied Suite I in G - Bach
Air (on a G String) - Bach
Greensleeves - Vaughan-Williams
Minuet - Boccherini
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Mediation - Massenet
Arioso - Bach
The Swan - Saint Saens
Canon - Pachelbel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Amazing Grace
Pie Jesu
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
Londonderry Air
La Réjouissance - Handel
Danse Rustique - Squire
Rondo - Breval
Humoresque - Dvorak
Minuet in G - Beethoven
Sicilienne - Paradis
Memory - Cats
You’ve Got a Friend In Me - Toy Story
At Last I see the Light - Tangled
Monsters Inc - Main Theme
She - Notting Hill
Hallelujah - Shrek
Harry Potter - Main Theme
When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwoole
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane/Lily Allen
Lay Me Down - Sam Smith
La Vie En Rose - Wall-E
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
All of Me - John Legend
Just Passing By - Trad./jazz
Sometime Maybe - Trad./Jazz
Summertime - Gershwin
Tale As Old As Time - Beauty And The Beast
A Thousand Years - Christina Perry
Ashokan Farewell - Ken Burns
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
True Colours - Cyndi Lauper
Love Me Tender
Fly Me To The Moon
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
Game of Thrones - Main Theme
Halo - Beyoncé


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Charlotte P, 8 months ago

Jay arrived on time and mingled into the scene immediately. She provided a varied playlist that matched our wedding perfectly. She was friendly and professional. Would highly recommend!

Event O, 1 year ago

Thank you to you, you were absolutely wonderful, beautiful musician, so natural...totally our honour to have you play!

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