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Cupid's Bow Cello Duo

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Manchester
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Cello duo with a versatile repertoire, playing Bach to the Beatles (and more!) Perfect for weddings and functions.

Classically trained musicians Adrianne Wininsky and Margit van der Zwan travel the world with their cellos. They decided to team up in 2010 to form Cupid’s Bow Cello Duo. Together they have clocked up an impressive range of musical experience, performing professionally with orchestras, theatres and bands, at festivals around the globe, on television and radio, and in concert as soloists. They have played with the likes of Take That, Emeli Sande, Snow Patrol, Elbow, I Am Kloot, Chesney Hawkes, Gabrielle Aplin Michael Bublé and Eliza Carthy, making regular TV and radio appearances (Top of the Pops, Jools Holland, The X Factor, The Michael Parkinson Show, to name just a few). Listen out for Cupid’s Bow on the album, “Build A Rocket Boys!” by Elbow. Genres of music include classical, popular, show tunes, tangos, romantic, jazz and folk. Margit and Adrianne arrange much of the music they play, expanding the cello duo repertoire by the week. Be surprised and delighted at what’s possible with the wonderful sound of two cellos!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Pop, Rock, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Electronic, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Country, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Avant garde, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Britpop, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Glam rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, Argentinian, French music, German music, Italian music, Jewish music, Tango, Contemporary Christian, Ambient, Originals, Funk, Ambient pop, Disco, Pop rock, Indie, Punk rock, Alternative rock, Power rock, Synth rock, Hardcore, Post rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock, African music, Reggae
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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
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Other skills:
Actor, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Some of our favourites, and therefore on our cd, ‘Arioso’
Que Sera -Livingston/Evans
Can-Can –Offenbach
Summertime –Gershwin
Por Una Cabeza –Gardel
She -Aznavour/Kretzner
The Swan -Saint-Saens
William Tell Overture –Rossini
Chanson d'Amour -Shanklin & Hart
Sailor's Hornpipe -trad.
Autumn Leaves -Kosma
Arioso –J.S. Bach
Barbara Allen –trad.
Waves of the Danube –Ivanovic
Hungarian Dance -Brahms
Drunken Sailor- Trad.
Bare Necessities- Gilkyson
Classical/Baroque
Composers include Brahms, Strauss, Haydn, Handel, Breval, W.A. Mozart, Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Hook, Schumann, Dotzauer, Guignon, Pleyel, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok, Kodaly, Couperin, Boismortier, Telemann, Purcell, Stravinsky, many more.
Some popular classical pieces
Air (‘on a G string’) – Bach
Air (from the Water Music) – Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Autumn – Vivaldi
Bach – Double Concerto
Canon in D –Pachelbel
Celeste Aida – Verdi
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Fur Elise – Beethoven
Greensleeves
Hornpipe (from the Water Music) - Handel
I Wanna Be Like You – Sherman
In the Hall of the Mountain King - Grieg
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
La Rejouissance – Handel
Largo from “winter” (Four Seasons) – Vivaldi
Marche Militaire – Schubert
Minuet from “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” –Mozart
Minuet from “Music for the Royal Fireworks” – Handel
Nimrod (adagio) – Elgar
Non Piu Andrai (from “Mariiage of Figaro) - Mozart
Ode to Joy from “Symphony No. 9”– Beethoven
Plovtsian Dance – Borodin
Sheep May Safely Graze – J.S. Bach
Spring (Four Seasons) – Vivaldi
Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
The Silver Swan – Orlando Gibbons
To a Wild Rose - MacDowell
Trumpet Voluntary –Clark
Voi Che Sapete - Mozart
Wedding March –Wagner
Traditional/folk music
Mainly British and Irish & Eastern European folk tunes, including Arkansas Traveller, Dark Eyes, Greensleeves, Harvest Home, It was a Lover and his Lass, Land of my Fathers, Londonderry Air (=Danny Boy), Planxty Irwin, Star of the County Down, Wedding of William and Mairi. Also some Bollywood.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
Addams Family theme
Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
Ain’t Nobody – Chakra Khan
Angels – Robbie WIlliams
All of Me – John Legend
All Through the Nigh _trad. Welsh melody
Always A Woman to Me – Billy Joel
Amazing Grace
American Pie – Don McLean
At Last (Etta James)
A Million Dreams – Greatest Showman
A Thousand Years
Aladdin – A Whole New World
Barnacle Bill
Basin Street Blues
Beautiful Day – U2
Beauty and the Beast Theme – Disney
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
Bittersweet Symphony - Verve
Bring Me Sunshine
British National Anthem – jazz version
Budapest – George Ezra
Can’t Help (Lovin’ Dat Man)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Lion king (Elton John)
Cha-cha
Chim Chim Cher-ee (from Mary Poppins)
Chitty chitty bang bang
Clair de Lune
Clocks – Coldplay
Close to you – Carpenters/Bacharach
Come Fly With Me
Consider Yourself (from Oliver!)
Computer game themes: Tetris, Mario Brothers, Halo4
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Dark Eyes
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Down By the Sally Gardens
Eastenders theme
Edelweiss
English Country Garden floral medley
Everybody Wants To Be A cat
Every Breath You Take
Fawlty Towers
The Final Countdown
Fix You - COldplay
Flintstones theme
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Game of Thrones Theme
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Get me to the church on Time
Glenlogie (Scottish trad.)
Ghost busters theme tune
The Girl from Ipanema
God Only Knows – Beach Boys
Great Escape theme
Groovy Kind of Love – Toni Wine
Grounds For Divorce – Elbow
Habanera
Halo – Beyonce
Happy –Pharrell Williams
Happy Birthday
Harvest Home
Havana – Cabello
Have I Told You Lately? – Van Morrison
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Hoppipola – Sigur Ros
How Long Will I Love You? (E. Goulding version)
Hushaby Mountain
I Have A Dream - ABBA
I Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin)
Isn’t She Lovely? (Stevie Wonder)
It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing)
It Must Be Love (Madness)
I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton/Whitney
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
James Bond theme
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
La Vie en Rose
Last of the Summer Wine theme
Let it Go (from Frozen)
The Liberty Bell
Life On Mars – Bowie
The Lonely Goatherd - Sound of Music
Love Is All Around – Love Actually/Reg Presley
Love is A Verb – John Mayer
Lucky – Radiohead
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Mary Poppins Medley of Songs – Disney
Mexican Hat Dance
Mairi’s Wedding
Mamma Mia!
Mission Impossible theme
Miss Marple theme
Mister Sandman
Moon River
Muppet Show theme
My Favourite Things
My Heart Will Go On (from film Titanic)
My Lighthouse – REND collective
Nellie the Elephant
Night on a Bald Mountain – Mussorgsky
Once Upon A Dream - Sleeping Beauty
One Day Like This - elbow
Oompah Loompah song
Our Last Summer – ABBA
Palladio
Paradise – Coldplay
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Pink Panther theme
Pizzicato Polka
Phantom of the Opera theme tune
Puttin’ On the Ritz
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Roar – Katy Perry
Rock Around the Clock
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Salut d’Amour
Schindler’s List theme
Secrets: one republic
Simple Gifts
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
She – Aznavour
Shotgun – George Ezra
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Speak Softly Love (‘Godfather’ theme)
Star wars themes
Stop! (Spice Girls)
Summertime
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Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Take the “A” Train
Teddybear’s Picnic
Temper Trap (Sweet Disposition) Ben Stevenson
This is Me – Greatest Showman
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
Top Of the World – Carpenters
Up – Married life (Disney film)
Uptown Funk – Mars/Ronson
Valse a Mille Temps
Wallace and Grommit theme
Wedding March (we play both versions, by Wagner and Mendelssohn)
Whatever - Oasis
With or Without You – U2
When I’m 64 – Beatles
You are the Wind Beneath My Wings
You’re My best friend – Queen
Your Song – Elton John
PLEASE NOTE
We arrange a lot of our own music. If there is a specific piece of music you would like us to play that’s not already on the list we’d love to hear from you! A small fee may apply for certain pieces.
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We perform as a duo, but if you should require a cello quartet this is also an option, please enquire. For solo cello please see "Margit van der Zwan" also listed on the Encore Agency.

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

We aim to be as flexible as possible for you, so if there's a change to your timings just let us know! During peak season we can have as many as three bookings on one day, but will always do our best to make your event as perfect as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually arrive between 30-60 minutes before the start time so we are warmed up and ready to play in good time.

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

Yes! We understand how personal a music selection can be. Either send us your specific song list, or feel free to leave the choice up to us. From years of experience we have a pretty good idea what will work best!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. All we require on the day is a nearby socket and two chairs without arms. For booking longer than 2 hours we kindly request some light refreshments.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

- The sheer variety of songs we have available - Our personable and friendly service, which also resonates through every single piece we play - Our aim to make the booking experience as easy as possible, with a performance that's tailored exactly to your requirements.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

MANY! - Beautiful country homes and wedding venues especially in the North West of England - London: exceptionally beautiful hotels and venues including the Ritz, Savoy etc - Glastonbury main stage, Wembley arena, The Royal Albert Hall etc

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

Every single performance is special to us, be it playing in a children's hospital, to small intimate wedding ceremonies, to performing on TV or radio with the likes of Jools Holland.

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Andrew S, 2 months ago

Totally brilliant at our daughter's wedding! Margit & Sarah made a special day even more special. They played a range of lovely tunes we asked for, even dressed in the colour scheme of the wedding! They moved from ceremony room, to outside in the fresh air, to the function room, quite happily. Very flexible, extremely talented, happy and charming people. What a lovely sound for a special event. Thank you!

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Faye W, 3 months ago

Cupid’s Bow duo were FANTASTIC! Couldn’t have hoped for better, more friendly, professional and committed musicians to play at my friends wedding. They were a surprise for the brides and did everything in their power to keep it a surprise, even an unusual entrance to the venue by drawing through a hedge just so as not to be noticed! They were approachable, professional and sounded amazing. Thankyou so much ladies! Would highly recommend.

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Julie S, 3 months ago

Cupid's Bow cello duo were fabulous! We booked them for our daughter's wedding as a surprise for her, and she was delighted. The ladies were so helpful from the original booking to the day itself, playing our pre-chosen requests and thoroughly delighting our guests. Amazing! Thank you Marjit and Adrianne x

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Gemma M, 4 months ago

Cupid’s Bow played at our wedding and were fantastic. Thank you ladies.

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Music C, 1 year ago

A big bouncin’ brillness for supporting Music in Hospitals & Care at Didsbury Open Gardens event on Sunday. You were top class!

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Siena L, 1 year ago

Thank you for your superb playing at our concert!

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