Josh Mountford

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Solo Cellist based in London and the West Midlands. Available for Weddings, private events and recitals.
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The orchestral environment has always been a big focus in Josh’s life from an early age, being part of the National Children’s Orchestra of GB, CBSO Youth Orchestra as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Josh went on to become the Principal Cellist of the CBSO Youth Orchestra in the 18/19 season. He has featured for the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, and The Midland Sinfonia throughout the year of 2022, as well as the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra for the Cheltenham Music Festival in 2021. Josh played alongside the Manchester Camerata as part of the PES scheme in 2022. Josh, currently studying a Master of Arts in Performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music under tuition of Jo Cole, started the Cello at the age of 4. He went on to join the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire tutored by Elaine Ackers, before moving on to Chetham’s School Of Music, Manchester, where he studied under Head of Strings, Nicholas Jones. He the continued his studies in Manchester, studying an undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. During his time here, Josh was taught by Hannah Roberts. In July 2022, Josh graduated the RNCM with a First Class Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree. Josh is actively part of many chamber ensembles. Forming the Bauhaus Trio in 2021, he went on to win the esteemed RNCM Nossek Chamber Music Prize with the ensemble in the following year, performing Mendelssohn’s D Minor Piano Trio. As a member of the Riedl Quartet, forming in the first year of RNCM undergraduate studies, Josh returned to his old school, Chetham’s School of Music, in March 2022, to collaborate with middle school students in a project consisting of working side-by-side coaching the students over an intensive two day period. This culminated with a performance in the Carol Nash Recital Hall at Chetham’s. Josh has a vast amount of experience performing at weddings and events with these ensembles, as well as the Petford Duo and also as a Solo Cellist. Through both orchestral and chamber playing, Josh has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic and Sage Gateshead, as well as the Konzerthaus in Berlin. Josh has had many masterclasses with illustrious Cellists from around the world such as Steve Doane, Bruno Delepelaire, Robert Cohen, Sung-Won Yang, Milkós Perényi and most recently Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Winning many awards, most recently the Shirley Catterall Award in June 2022 as well as the Guilhermina development award and the James Langley Memorial Trust, Josh is extremely grateful to Help Musician’s UK, having won a Postgraduate Award in 2022, allowing him to further his musical education to a Master’s level. Josh is a band member of Forever Elton, who made their first outing in March 2019. In this ensemble Josh performs on Electric Cello, as well as featuring as a keyboardist. Also taking part in many recording opportunities, Josh can be heard playing the cello in the feature film soundtracks to; Journey to Le Man (Patrick Stewart), Vendetta (Danny Dyer), Breakdown (Craig Fairbrass), Stalked (Justin Edgar), The Sun Also Rises (2023) Josh currently plays on Luthier Robin Aitchison’s Montagnana replica Cello and is grateful for the multiple awards he has received towards this. Josh is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

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Josh's Reviews

From customers:

James W
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Longfield Centre
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5 out of 5

We loved having Petford Duo play at our wedding! Brilliant from start to finish. Fantastic communication leading up to the event and have such a wide range of repertoire to choose from. Truly talented, professional, young musicians. Would highly recommend! Many thanks again!

Charlotte J
4 years ago, for a Wedding in 18-20 Castle St
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5 out of 5

I wanted to say a massive thank to you and your duo for performing at our wedding ceremony on August 31st. You were both amazing and so accommodating with times and music choice. It really helped make our day truly special and we will cherish these memories always! x

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Josh's Song list

All classical standards available on request.
Jazz / easy listening.
More pop/rock songs available on request.
Bach cello suites I-VI
Bach Arioso
Bach Air on G String
Bach Ave Maria
Berceuse from Dolly Suite
Borodin Nocturne
Waltz from Coppelia
Schubert Ave Maria
Bridal Chorus Wagner
Pachelbel Canon in D
Pavane Faure
Largo from Winter Vivaldi
Spring Vivaldi
Scene from Swan Lake Tchaikovsky
The Swan Saint-Saens
Barcarolle Offenbach
Meditation Massenet
Adagio from Spartacus Khachaturian
Carmen overture Bizet
Chanson Boheme Bizet
Chanson de Matin Elgar
Salut D’Amour Elgar
Choral Symphony Beethoven
Dance of the hours Ponchiella
Jupiter Holst
Morning Grieg
Nessun Dorma Puccini
Largo From New World Symphony Dvorak
Oh mio babbino Caro Puccini
Nimrod Elgar
Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov
Pomp and circumstance Elgar
Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky
Radetsky March Strauss
Gavotte Lully
Minuet Boccherini
Scherzo Webster
Humoresque Dvorak
La Cinquintaine Marie
Sicilienne Paradis
Song Without Words Mendelssohn
Ave Maria Schubert
Drowsy Maggie Irish trad
Makin Whoopee
Paragon Rag Joplin
La cucaracha
La Cumparsita
Dream a little dream of me
The way you look tonight
Blue moon
When I fall in love
Girl from Ipanema
When you wish upon a star
Unchained melody
Song bird
1000 years
One day like this
Chasing cars
Wherever you will go
I'm yours
When you say nothing at all
From this moment
Perfect day
Marry you
All of me
Somewhere only we know
Sweet Child of mine
Ho hey
Here comes the sun
Autumn leaves
How deep is your love
Here there and everywhere
Happy together
God only knows
She's always a woman
Viva la vida
Fields of gold
All about you
The Greatest Showman songs
Come what may Moulin Rouge
Lord of the Rings
Star wars
Mamma Mia Songs

Josh's 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)£50
Up to 1 hour£187.50
Up to 2 hours£281.25
Up to 3 hours£375
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Solo Cellist but member of Petford String Duo, with Violin if required.

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

Happy to adjust timings up until date of event. Please note changes in length of playing time can result in change of fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

Typically arrive 30-45 minutes before the start of performance. Setting up takes 10-15 minutes max.

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

Pieces are available on request so feel free to get in touch with any special requests!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

All equipment needed to perform I bring with me. Only an armless chair needs to be provided.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! Happy for requests (given plenty of time before the performance)
Classical, Baroque, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Christmas, Musical theatre, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Pop, Acoustic, World music, Rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Birthday party, Cruise, New Year's Eve
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Producer, Transcription, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Accompanist, Fluent sight-reader
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