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Cupid's Bow Cello Duo

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Cello duo with a versatile repertoire, playing Bach to the Beatles, Beyoncé and more. Perfect for weddings and functions.
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Cupid’s Bow Cello Duo is one of the TOP 5 most booked string duo acts on Encore. 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!

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Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
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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Cupid's Bow's Song list

Some of our favourites, and therefore on our cd, ‘Arioso’:
Arioso –J.S. Bach
Autumn Leaves -Kosma
Barbara Allen –trad.
Bare Necessities- Gilkyson
Can-Can –Offenbach
Chanson d'Amour -Shanklin & Hart
Drunken Sailor- Trad.
Hungarian Dance -Brahms
Por Una Cabeza –Gardel
Que Sera -Livingston/Evans
Sailor's Hornpipe -trad.
She -Aznavour/Kretzner
Summertime –Gershwin
The Swan -Saint-Saens
Waves of the Danube –Ivanovic
William Tell Overture –Rossini
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.
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
Hungarian Dance number 5 - Brahms
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
Spring 1 Recomposed by Max Richter
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
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.
POP/FILM/DISNEY
‘s Wonderful – Gershwin
Addams Family theme
A Dream Is A Wish – Cinderella, Disney
Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
Ain’t Nobody – Chakra Khan
Aladdin – A Whole New World
All Along the Watchtower– Bob Dylan
All I Have To Do Is Dream – Everley Brothers
All of Me – John Legend
All Through the Nigh _trad. Welsh melody
Always A Woman to Me – Billy Joel
Always On My Mind - Elvis
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
Always With Me – Spirited Away
Amazing Grace
American Pie – Don McLean
Amor I Love You – Marissa Monte
Amor I Love You – Marissa Monte
Angels – Robbie Williams
At Last (Etta James)
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Loesser
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
Barnacle Bill
Basin Street Blues
Beautiful Day – U2
Beauty and the Beast Theme – Disney
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Besame Mucho - Velazquez
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
Better Place – Rachel Platten
Better Place – Rachel Platten
Bittersweet Symphony – Verve
Blame it on the Boogie – Michael Jackson
Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon
Bring Him Home – Les Miserables
Bring Me Sunshine
British National Anthem – jazz version
Budapest – George Ezra
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Lion king (Elton John)
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
Can’t Help (Lovin’ Dat Man)
Careless Whisper – George Michael/Andrew Ridgeley
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
Computer game themes: Tetris, Mario Brothers, Halo4
Consider Yourself (from Oliver!)
Crazy In Love – Beyoncé
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Dark Eyes
Deborah’s Theme (from Once upon a time in America) – Ennio Morricone
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Don’t You Worry About a Thing –Stevie Wonder
Down By the Sally Gardens
Downtown – Tony Hatch
East Enders theme
Ebony & Ivory – Stevie Wonder/ Paul McCartney
Edelweiss
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – Les Miserables
Endless Love – Lionel Richie
English Country Garden floral medley
Every Breath You Take
Everybody Wants To Be A c¬¬at
Faith – George Michael
Falling In Love Again – Marlene Dietrich (F. Hollander)
Fawlty Towers
Fix You - COldplay
Flintstones theme
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
From This Moment – Shania Twain
Game of Thrones Theme
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Get me to the church on Time
Ghost busters theme tune
Glenlogie (Scottish trad.)
God Only Knows – Beach Boys
Goodnight Girl – Wet Wet Wet
Great Escape theme
Greatest Day – Take That
Groovy Kind of Love – Toni Wine
Grounds For Divorce – Elbow
Habanera
Halelujah – Leonard Cohen
Halo – Beyonce
Happy – Pharell Williams
Happy Birthday
Harvest Home
Havana – Cabello
Have I Told You Lately? – Van Morrison
Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez
Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Hernando’s Hideaway – Adler/Ross
Hoppipola – Sigur Ros
How Deep Is Your Love? - BeeGees
How Long Will I Love You? (E. Goulding version)
Hushaby Mountain
I Have A Dream – ABBA
I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
I Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin)
I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston
I Will Survive – Fekaris/Perren
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen - Josef Locke
Imagine – John Lennon
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
In the Flesh – Pink Floyd
Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Isn’t She Lovely? (Stevie Wonder)
It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing)
It Must Be Love (Madness)
James Bond theme
Karma Chameleon – Boy George
Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Kissing You – Desree (Romeo & Juliet)
Knocking on Heaven’s Door– Bob Dylan
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
La Vie en Rose
La Vie En Rose – Louiguy
Last of the Summer Wine theme
Let it Go (from Frozen)
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) – Cole Porter
Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Mary Poppins
Levitating – Dua Lipa
Life On Mars – Bowie
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Love is A Verb – John Mayer
Love Is All Around – Love Actually/Reg Presley
Love On Top – Beyoncé
Love Story – theme – Francis Lai
Lucky – Radiohead
Maestro – Hans Zimmer (from “The Holiday”)
Mairi’s Wedding
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Mamma Mia!
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Mary Poppins Medley of Songs – Disney
Memories – Maroon 5
Memory – from Cats
Mexican Hat Dance
Mia and Sebastian’s theme (from La La Land) - Hurwitz
Million Dreams , A – The Greatest Showman
Miss Marple theme
Mission Impossible theme
Mister Sandman
Moon River
Moon River – Mercer/Mancini
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Mull of Kintyre – McCartney/Laine
Muppet Show theme
My Baby Just Cares for Me – Kahn/Donaldson
My Favourite Things – from The Sounds of Music
My Heart Will Go On (from film Titanic)
My Lighthouse – REND collective
Nellie the Elephant
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley (Stock/A/W)
Night on a Bald Mountain – Mussorgsky
Nine To Five – Dolly Parton
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
No Time to Die – Billie Eilish
No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley/Ford
Now We Are Free – theme from Gladiator
Oblivion - Piazzola
Oblivion – Astor Piazzola
Once Upon A Dream - Sleeping Beauty
One Day Like This - elbow
Only You - The Platters
Oompah Loompah song
Our Last Summer – ABBA
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
Palladio
Paradise – Coldplay
Path of the Wind - Totoro
Penny Lane – The Beatles
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Phantom of the Opera theme tune
Pink Panther theme
Pizzicato Polka
Puttin’ On the Ritz
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner
River Flows in You - Yiruma
Roar – Katy Perry
Rock Around the Clock
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
Salut d’Amour
Schindler’s List theme
Secrets: one republic
Senorita – Camila Cabello
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
Shallow - Gaga/Cooper
She – Aznavour
She Loves You - The Beatles
Shotgun – George Ezra
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Simple Gifts
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Sky Full Of Stars
Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Stand By Me – King/Stoller/Lieber
Speak Softly Love (‘Godfather’ theme)
Stand By Your Man – Wynette/Sherrill
Star of the County Down – Van Morrison
Star wars themes
Stayin’Alive – The Bee Gees
Stop! (Spice Girls)
Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
Summertime
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Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Sweet Dreams are made of this - Eurythmics
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Take the “A” Train
Tears In Heaven – Clapton
Teddybear’s Picnic
Temper Trap (Sweet Disposition) Ben Stevenson
Thank You For the Music – ABBA
Thanks for The Memory – Robin/Rainger
The Final Countdown
The Girl from Ipanema
The Liberty Bell
The Lonely Goatherd - Sound of Music
The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield
The Times They Are A-Changing– Bob Dylan
The Way You Look Tonight – Fields/Kern
This is Me – Greatest Showman
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
Thousand Years, A
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Top Of the World – Carpenters
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
Up – Married life (Disney film)
Up Where We Belong (Love Lift Us)
Uptown Funk – Mars/Ronson
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
Valse a Mille Temps
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Wallace and Grommit theme
We Found Love – Harris/Rhianna
Wedding March (we play both versions, by Wagner and Mendelssohn)
Wednesday Addams Plays the Cello
Wellerman, The – Nathan Evans
Whatever – Oasis
When A Man Loves A Woman – Lewis/Wright
When I’m 64 – Beatles
When you Wish Upon a Star - Pinocchio
Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
With A Little Help From My Friends - Beatles
With or Without You – U2
Without You (“I can’t live, if living is without you…”) – Ham/Evans
Wonderwall – Oasis
Wouldn’t It Be Lovely? - from My Fair Lady
You Are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
You are the Wind Beneath My Wings
You’ll Never Walk Alone –
You’re My best friend – Queen
You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Toy Story
You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine
Your Song – Elton John
BOLLYWOOD
Chand Sitare Phool Aur Khushboo
Chhukar Mere Manko
Ek ladki Ko Dekha
Kabhii Tumhe
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kannazhaga
Kaun Tujhe
Khabi Kushi Khabie Gham
Pal from jalebi
Raabta
Sun Sathiya
Tum Hi Ho
Tumko Hi Chahenge Hum
We can play HYMNS for a church service, and any CHRISTMAS SONGS.
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. Usually these can be added at no extra cost.
Customer questions

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 notably 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 elaborate wedding ceremonies, to performing on TV or radio with the likes of Jools Holland.

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. Sometimes a small fee may apply for this service to take into account costs, rehearsal, arranging etc.
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Cupid's Bow's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Laura N
12 days ago
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4.8 out of 5

Excellent they played beautifully

Reply from Cupid's Bow
12 days ago

Thank you for having us, it was so nice to hear some singing and clapping along.

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Jack G
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Perfect experience that changed the whole wedding dynamic for the better. Wouldn’t of been the same without them, brilliant.

Reply from Cupid's Bow
3 months ago

Thank you! It was a perfect day xx

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Natalie F
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Cupids Bow played our wedding on Friday 23rd June and it was absolutely perfect, everything we had hoped for and more. Our guests absolutely loved them and the music they played. Thanks for being a part of our special day - Natalie & Aidan xx

Reply from Cupid's Bow
8 months ago

Thank you very much for having us! We enjoyed playing for you and your guests. It was so lovely when everyone began singing along to the exit music! xx

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Stella W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Cupid's Bow was a fantastic choice for accompanying our wedding breakfast. They were professional, fun and excellent cellists. They gave us the opportunity to choose from an extensive play list which includes classical, folk, jazz, pop music and film and TV tracks, and they even added a couple of our favourites from Les Miserables. Having a cellist duo gives more variation to the music as they play off each other - each taking on different aspects of the music. We would highly recommend them for any occasion where great music is wanted.

Reply from Cupid's Bow
1 year ago

Thank you Stella and Ray! It was a sheer joy to play your song choices, and a real honour to provide the music on your special day. xx

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Harriet N
6 months ago, for a Wedding in Stockport Town Hall
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for performing for us! It was beautiful and set the tone so well, so many people said how fantastic you were! ❤️

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Anthony F
9 months ago, for a Wedding in 36 Bridge St
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5 out of 5

We just wanted to say a huge thank you one more time for being part of our special day and making it even more special. When we heard the first notes of “I can’t help falling in love”, it made us both tear up, and the way you had arranged it was exactly as we had imagined it! And we heard so many positive comments from our guests about the music choices, and about your performance throughout the day. Thanks again for being part of our day.

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