Lucy Gijsbers

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Hi, I'm Lucy! I often work as a duo which is perfect for weddings. I'd love to hear from you!
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London-based New Zealand cellist and pianist Lucy Gijsbers graduated in July 2018 with an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. As an RCM Scholar, she graduated top of her class under the tutelage of Thomas Carroll. She completed her Bachelor of Music in cello and piano performance with first-class Honors in 2014, and in 2015 completed her Master of Musical Arts at the New Zealand School of Music. Lucy has recently been a contract player with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and she regularly performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the UK, Europe, and Australasia. Lucy has been concerto soloist with the Wellington Youth Orchestra playing Elgar's cello concerto, and has also performed as soloist with the Michael Monaghan Young Musician's Foundation Orchestra and the Tawa Orchestra. In 2018, she was a prizewinner at the RCM Cello Competition.

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Lucy's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Financial T
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much Lucy! You guys were awesome :)

Theresa R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Wonderful !

Tray W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

10/10 - would absolutely hire again

Fair Y
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Highly recommend! Booked Lucy and Arda very last minute! We booked London Strings for a String Duo (cello and violin) for a performance at our flat for our New Years Eve dinner party. We booked on Wednesday night for them to perform Friday which was also New Years Eve! We really appreciate that Lucy and Arda accepted the booking! We were advised 1 hour is about 20 songs, I chose 10 songs from the repertoire and requested 1 song not on the repertoire and gave them freedom to decide on the other songs. Communication was very quick and professional. The performance was amazing and beautiful. All of us were blown away, our dinner parties will never be the same again! Thank you for an amazing evening!

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Frances R
8 years ago

"Gijsbers' impressive power … and rich, sweet tone sung through with wonderful artistry. The beautifully crafted phrases and full throated, rich sound she drew from the lower register of the cello … showed immediately what an accomplished musician she is. Likewise as she moved up the register in the later reflective episodes, her tone was sweet and warm. Prokofiev's startling false harmonics in the coda melody were superbly executed by Lucy Gijsbers - you could have heard a pin drop as the final notes evaporated into the barrel vault."

Lindis T
7 years ago

Lucy Gijsbers' playing was quite lovely and of professional standard. She gained a most warm and attractive tone from her instrument in all parts of its wide range. Those flying, flexible fingers made the most of every note. Her cello almost talked to the audience. It is to be hoped that Lucy Gijsbers gets a chance to play this work with an orchestra. Her variety of tone was impressive, and the double-stopping in various places through the work was expertly executed; the cadenza was brilliant. (The performance) illustrated Lucy Gijsbers' command of her instrument, in all its wondrous variety of charm and drama. ...Gijsbers' playing was exquisite … These young players approached it as if they'd been living with it for years in their technical mastery and ease with the musical idiom, but judging by the spontaneity and freshness of the performance, it sounded as if they'd just discovered it."

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Lucy's Song list

These are mostly for popular gigs and weddings, of course I know all the cello repertoire so but I haven't included it all on here. Let me know what you need!
Bach, Air
Bach, Arioso
Bach, Jesu Man’s Desiring
Beethoven, Ode to Joy
Bocherini, Minuet
Brahms, Lullaby
Brahms, Hungarian Dances 1 and 5
Charpentier, Te Deum
Clarke, Trumpet Tune
Clarke, Trumpet Voluntary
Dvorak, Humoresque
Elgar, Chanson de Matin
Elgar, Salut d’Amour
Faure, Apres un Reve
Handel, Air in D
Handel, Air in F
Handel, Bourree in F
Handel, Hornpipe from Water Music
Handel, Hornpipe in D
Handel, Hornpipe in F
Handel, La Paix
Handel, La Rejouissance
Handel, Minuet in D
Handel, Minuet in D Minor
Handel, Minuet in G Minor
Handel, Queen of Sheba
Handel, Rejoussance
Handel, Water Music
Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mendelssohn, Wedding March
Mouret, Rondeau
Mozart, Romance
Mozart, Rondo Alla Turca
Pachelbel, Canon
Puccini, O Mio
Saint Saens, The Swan
Schubert, Ave Maria
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Love Theme
Thais, Meditation
Vivaldi, Largo from Winter
Wagner, Wedding March
Someone like you
Rolling in the Deep
Set Fire to the Rain
Ed Sheeran:
Shape of You
Castle on the Hill
Bohemian Rhapsody
We Will Rock You
Killer Queen
Love of My Life
Somebody to Love
You're my Best Friend
Black bird
The Beatles:
Here Comes the Sun
Let It Be
Hey Jude
I want to Hold Your Hand
Bon Jovi:
Living on a Prayer
It's My Life
Michael Jackson:
Smooth Criminal
Beat It
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Boy with Luv
Despacito-Luis Fonsi
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love with You
Sting - Fields of Gold
Michael Buble - Everything
Cohen - Hallelujah
La Vie En Rose
Over the Rainbow
Iosif ivanovici:-Waves of Danube
Edith Piaf: Padam Padam
Consuelo Velázquez-Besame Mucho
Eduardo di Capua- O Sole Mio
C. Fernandez -Cielito Lindo
Astor Piazzolla -Libertango
Carlos Eleta Almaran-Historia de un Amor
Loreena McKennitt -Tango to Evora
Rolf Lovland- Song from a Secret Garden
Carlos Eleta Almaran - Historia de un Amor
Dean Martin - Sway
Ben King- Stand by Me
Beyonce - Ave Maria
A thousand years - Christina Perri
Addicted to you - Avicii
Adore you - Miley Cyrus
All about that bass - Meghan Trainor
All my life - Kc and Jojo
All my love - Led Zeppelin
All of me - John Legend
Animals - Mattew Garrix
Applause - Lady Gaga
At last -Beyonce/Etta James
Atlas - Coldplay
Best day of my life - American Authors
Birthday - Katy Perry
Blurred lines - Robin Thicke
Burn - Ellie Goulding
Bury a Friend-Billie Eilish
Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John
Chandelier - Sia
Counting stars - One Republic
Dangerous - David Guetta
Dance Monkey- Tones and I
Dark horse - Katy Perry
Demons - Imagine Dragons
Do you realize? - The Flaming Lips
Dust clears - Clean Bandit
Future- Mask Off
God put a smile upon your face - Coldplay
Going under - Evanescence
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Hero - Mariah Carey
Hey Brother - Avicii
Home - Philip Philips
I believe I can fly - R. Kelly
I believe in you and me - Whitney Houston
I was made for lovinʼ you - Kiss
Iʼm yours - Jason Mraz
Karma police - Radiohead
Kissing you - Desʼree
Let her go - Passenger
Let me go - Avril Lavigne
Letʼs get it on - Marvin Gaye
Locked out of heaven - Bruno Mars
Love runs out - One Republic
Lovers in Japan - Coldplay
My Way-Frank Sinatra
Once upon a dream - Lana Del Rey
Other side - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pompeii - Bastille
Problem - Ariana Grande
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Rasputin-Boney M
Ribbon in the shy - Stevie Wonder
River flows in you - Yiruma
Royals - Lorde
Rude - Magic!
Safe and sound - Capital Cities
Sail - Awolnation
Say something - A great bid world
Shade of cool - Lana Del Rey
Shake it off - Taylor Swift
Sheʼs a rainbow - Rolling Stones
Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
Smile - Uncle Kracker
Somebody that I used to know - Gotye
Song for Sienna - Brian Crain
Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
Stay - Rihanna
Stay with me - Sam Smith
Summer - Calvin Harris
Summertime sadness - Lana Del Rey
Sweeter than fiction - Taylor Swift
Titanium-David Guetta
Thank you - Led Zeppelin
The Fox - Ylvis
The Walking Dead main title
The way - Ariana Grande
The wedding song - Danny Elfman
Toxic - Britney Spears
Unconditionally - Katy Perry
Venus - Lady Gaga
Wake me up - Avicii
We can't stop - Miley Cyrus
What now - Rihanna
White dress - Ben Rector
Wrecking ball - Miley Cirus
-----Movie soundtracks-----
Game of Thrones
Fiddler on the Roof, If I Were a Rich Man
Fiddler on the Roof, Sunrise Sunset
Scent of a Woman, Por uno Cabeza
James Bond
Titanic (My Heart Will Go On)
Frozen (Let It Go)
Frozen (Into the Unknown)
Survivor: Eye of The Tiger
-----Christmas Music-----
Away in a Manger
Deck The Halls
I’ll be home for Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
O’ Come All Ye Faithful
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride
The Christmas Waltz
The First Noel
The Little Drummer Boy
The Snowman
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Three Kings
Winter Wonderland

Lucy'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)£350
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£550
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Price is for solo cello.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception. Price is for duo.
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. Price is for duo.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The passion, dedication and thought I bring to each performance, as well as my professionalism and quick responses to any queries.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed all over the UK, in Europe and in Australasia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Some venues in the UK include the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, and solo performances at St James' Piccadilly.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Capucon, Harrell, Wispelwey

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

I've performed with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Nordic Symphony and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The highlight of my solo career was performing Elgar Cello Concerto in the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes definitely! I regularly work with violinists, cellists and pianists and can set up any ensemble for you.

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

We always try our 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 us know.

How much time do you need to set up?

We arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance, depending on the gig!

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

Yes of course, any requests please ask!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, except chairs will need to be provided, and cover if playing outdoors.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes for sure! Please let me know if you have any requests!
Classical, Pop, Covers, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Opera, Renaissance, Acoustic
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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:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent sight-reader
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