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Hi! I'm Jay, a friendly and diverse professional solo cellist available for weddings and private functions around the UK, and beyond!
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From well-loved classics such as The Swan, Bach Cello Suite in G, and The Wedding March, through to pop favourites like John Legend "All Of Me" and Christina Perri "A Thousand Years"; beautiful church hymns like Love Divine, Lord Of The Dance, and How Great Thou Art, whilst adding film and theatre favourites such as "She" from Notting Hill, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and of course, the Main Theme from Game Of Thrones, so far there's been no limit to what I can play for you on your wedding day! I have 1st class degree-level training in professional music software, which I use to create specific requests, and I’m more than happy to arrange your favourite piece of music for you. I can also sight-read fluently, and improvise where necessary. I've played cello for 30+ years, performing with numerous orchestras and ensembles around the UK, from north Scotland, right down to the south coast. I was longest serving Principal cellist for Midland Youth Orchestra - now CBSO Youth Orchestra - and when I'm not busy playing professionally for weddings and events, I perform regularly with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra. I've also travelled internationally with my cello, including Canada, Jersey, and most of Europe. Away from orchestras, I've been invited as backing strings for numerous musicians, have provided music for Max Factor promo shoots, and am often invited to work with music students exploring creative arts through music. I studied in Birmingham with a Masters Degree in Performance (distinction), and am currently working on a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music. To maintain an excellent standard of playing, I currently study under award-winning cellists Richard Jenkinson, Lionel Handy, and Jane Salmon. I travel worldwide, and can perform for as little or as long as you need. Most importantly, I am fully insured with Public Liability insurance which covers me for the majority of venues worldwide.

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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, Experimental, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Ableton Live, Actor, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Pie Jesu - Webber
Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring - Bach
Londonderry Air - Trad
Greensleeves - Trad
Arrival of The Queen Of Sheba
Trumpet Voluntary. Jeremiah Clarke
Wedding March - Mendelssohn (Bride exit)
Canon - Pachelbel
Pie Jesu - Faure
Arioso - Bach
Cello Suite 1 Prelude - Bach
Danse Rustique - Squire
Meditation from Thais - Massenet
Humoresque - Dvorak
Entr’acte - Bizet
Salut d’amour
Minuet in G - Beethoven
Minuet - Boccherini
Air (on a G String) - Bach
Air from Water Music - Handel
Alla Hornpipe from Water Music - Handel
I Vow To Thee My Country/ Theme From Jupiter - Holst
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach
Waltz Of The Flowers - Tchaikovsky
I Giorni - Einaudi
Trumpet Tune & March - Clarke/Purcell
Polovtsian Dances - Borodin
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky
Wedding March (Bridal Chorus) - Wagner
Pavane - Fauré
Spring (the Four Seasons) - Vivaldi
Winter (The Four Seasons) - Vivaldi
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
La Réjouissance - Handel
Sicilienne - von Paradis
The Swan - Saint-Saëns
Nimrod (Enigma Variations) – Elgar
Scheherazade – Rimsky-Korsakov
Flower Duet from Lakmé – Delibes
Après Un Rêve – Rachmaninoff
Ode To Joy – Beethoven
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Bach
Nocturne (String Quartet) - Borodin
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
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 (Hedwig’s Theme)
When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
My Favourite Things (Sound Of Music)
Tale As Old As Time (Beauty And The Beast)
La Vie En Rose (Wall-E)
Game of Thrones (Main Theme)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Lion King)
I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables)
Ashoken Farewell (The Civil War)
How To Train Your Dragon (Flying Theme)
I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard)
A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Robin Hood)
The Music Of The Night (Phantom Of The Opera)
Song From A Secret Garden
So This Is Love
Married Life (UP)
Wedding Theme (Braveheart)
Jurassic World Medley
Just Passing By
Summertime - Gershwin
Sometime Maybe
Fly Me To The Moon
Moon River
On The Street Where You Live
Dancing Cheek To Cheek
Just The Way You Look Tonight
Beyond The Sea
Adios Nonino
Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
When I’m Sixty Four - Beatles
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
We Found Love - Rihanna
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Lay Me Down - Sam Smith
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
All Of Me - John Legend
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
Halo - Beyonce
Somewhere Only We Know
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
Someone Like You - Adele
These Days - Glynne/Macklemore
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis/UB40
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Love Me Tender - Elvis
It Must Be Love - Madness
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
At Last - Etta James
Love Story - Taylor Swift
How Deep Is Your Love - The BeeGees
You Can Call Me Al
Marry You - Bruno Mars
More Than Words - Extreme
With Or Without You - U2
Kissing You - Des’ree
Autumn Leaves
What A Wonderful World
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
The Book Of Love – Peter Gabriel
Into My Arms – Nick Cave
Waking Up Slow – Gabrielle Aplin
One Day Like This – Elbow
Havana - Camilla Cabello
Happy Together - The Turtles
Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Give Me Joy In My Heart (Sing Hosanna)
Lord of All Hopefulness
Love Divine All Loves Excelling
How Great Thou Art
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Psalm 23 (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
Morning Has Broken
Amazing Grace
Lord Of the Dance
One More Step Along The World I Go
Shine Jesus Shine
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
Tell Out My Soul
Praise My Soul The King of Heaven
Joy To The World
The First Noel
O Holy Night
We Three Kings
O Come All Ye Faithful
Away In A Manger
Silent Night
Once In Royal David's City
Hark the Herald
The Holly And The Ivy
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Some of the most repeated comments I hear about my performances, is how beautifully I play, how I settle in quickly without any fuss, and how much the guests enjoyed the music I performed!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Dartmouth House, London Walcot Hall, Shrewsbury Jersey, Channel Islands Middle Temple, London Pershore Abbey, Pershore Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth Leominster Priory, Leominster Cornwell Manor, Cotswolds Porchester Hall, London Pembroke Lodge, London Gunnersbury Park, London Rudolfinum, Prague The Queen's House, London Deer Park Country House, Devon

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I'm influenced by a huge variety of artists! I have very eclectic tastes, and feel I can learn much more in terms of style and technique, by keep my options open. That said, whilst I enjoy Bach on the cello, I do love non-traditional classical music, and also love to play soul, fusion, world music, and folk on the cello. I listen to just about anything!

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

All of my gigs are high profile, in my opinion! But, if I had to choose, I think maybe doing a promo video for Max Factor...or perhaps performing for a prestigious graduation ceremony at The Queens House in London. I've played such a wide variety of events, it's genuinely difficult to choose!

Do you have different line-up options?

I am a solo cellist for events, however I can take special requests for duets and small ensembles, and can work with other musicians whom you may wish to book for your event.

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

Absolutely no problem! Nothing is ever set in stone, just make sure to keep me as up-to-date as possible, so that I can provide the best service for you.

How much time do you need to set up?

As long as there is a suitable chair (with no arms) for me to sit on whilst I play, I should literally only need about 5 minutes. For weddings, I will usually start playing about 15-30 mins before the start of the ceremony.

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

You are more than welcome to pick and choose pieces from my play lists! If you're booking me for a wedding, then you just need to let me know what you would like for your entrance, signing the register, and your exit. If you have any special requests, or something not on the list, let me know and we'll work something out.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Almost! I will just need a chair to sit on, preferably one with no arms on the sides. I provide everything else, so you don't need to worry.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can do, as long as I can make it suitable for solo cello! Ideally I will need between 3-6 weeks notice before your event, so that I can source, transcribe, and learn the music in advance. There is a fee of £30, by agreement.


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)£150
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£680
Music for the ceremony only
Suite 1
Up to 90 minutes This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Also includes travel within England, consultation call, new music request.
Suite 2
Up to 3 hours This can include the ceremony, and/or your drinks reception. Also includes travel within England, consultation call, new music request.
Suite 3
Up to 6 hours This can include your wedding ceremony, your drinks reception, and music throughout your wedding breakfast. Also includes travel within England, consultation call, new music request.


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From customers:

Josephine C
3 years ago, for a Wedding in 37 Charles St
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5 out of 5

Jay definitely exceeded our expectations. She is both a wonderful musician and a very kind woman who paid attention to all our wishes and suggestions. Our wedding was a very happy occasion and thanks to her music it was even more romantic, elegant and fun.

Charlotte P
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Stocksmoor
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5 out of 5

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!

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