Margit Zwan

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Solo cello music to add a gorgeous classical sound to your special event. Amplification provided if required. Margit is based in Manchester.

"I am a freelance musician based in Manchester. I love to perform different styles of music on the cello. As well as performing and teaching, I work closely with organisations that promote music to nourish the soul: Lime Arts, Music in Hospitals, High Peak Community Arts. I enjoy playing chamber music (British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; Trappini Trio; Duo Bellatando; Cupid’s Bow) as well as recording and touring with artists including Elbow, Cinematic Orchestra, Emeli Sande, I Am Kloot, Dutch Uncles, Richard Hawley, Mat Halsall’s Gondwana Orchestra, The Maccabees, Beth Orton, Roy Wood. These performances have taken place on radio and TV and in beautiful venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Abbey Road Studios."

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
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, EDM, House, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Other skills:
Arranger, Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Please note that this list is merely an indication of the music I play, and which I know works well for solo cello without a backing track. It’s impossible to list every single piece due to the sheer number of lovely melodies in the world! If you do have any specific requests, please get in touch.
Gamba Sonatas - J.S. Bach
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring - J.S. Bach
Suite for solo cello no. 1 in G major - J.S. Bach
Suite for solo cello no. 2 in D minor - J.S. Bach
Suite for solo cello no. 3 in C major - J.S. Bach
Air – water Music – Handel
Après un Reve – Fauré
Ave Maria - Bach-Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Barcarole - Offenbach
Berceuse from “Jocelyn” - Godard
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Elegie – Fauré
Elegie – Massenet
Gabriel’s Oboe - Morricone
Habanera from “Carmen” – Bizet
Hornpipe - Handel
Humoresque - Dvorak
Intermezzo Sinfonica from “Cavalleria Rusticana” - Mascagni
The Lady and the Dragoon – Vaughan Williams
Largo from “Winter” (Four seasons) – Vivaldi
Méditation – Jules Massenet
Melody in F - Rubinstein
Minuet in G – Beethoven
Non so Piu - Mozart
On Wings of Song - Mendelssohn
Prayer (from Jewish Life) - Bloch
Salut d’Amour – Elgar
Serenade – Poulenc
Sicilienne - Von Paradis
Sonata Boni, Pietro
Sonata in E minor - Brahms
Song Without Words - Mendelssohn
The Swan - Saint-Saëns
Träumerei – Schumann
Tumpet tune - Purcell
Un Bel Di Vedremo (Madame Butterfly) – Puccini
Voi Che Sapete –Mozart
Also works by Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Marcello, Purcell
A Couple of Swells
A Fine Romance
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Basin Street Blues
Bess you Is My Woman Now
Can’t Help lovin’ that man
Cheek to cheek
Come Fly With Me
Don’t sit under the Apple tree
Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
Fly Me To the Moon
Happy Talk
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I got Plenty o’ nuttin’
It Don’t Mean A Thing
The Lady Is a Tramp
La Vie en Rose - Piaf, Edith
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
Love and Marriage
Love Me Or Leave Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Mad About The Boy
Makin’ Whoopee
Mister Sandman
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Someone to watch over me
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Spread A Little Happiness
Star Dust
That Old Devil Called Love
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
What’ll I Do?
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
All of Me – John Legend
All My Loving - The Beatles
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
American Pie – Don McLean
A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
Angels – Robbie WIlliams
Annie’s Song – John Denver
At Last – Etta James
Beautiful Day – U2
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
Blackbird - The Beatles
Budapest – George Ezra
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Lion King
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
Can’t Buy Me Love – Beatles
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Clocks – Coldplay
Close To You - Carpenters (Bacharach/David)
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Crazy Little thing called love – Queen
Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Eternal Flame -
Every Breath You Take – Sting
Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
Fields of Gold – Sting
Game Of Thrones theme
Girl From Ipanema - Jobim/Gimble/de Moraes
God Only Knows – Beach Boys
Groovy Kind of Love – Toni WIne
Halo – Beyonce
Happy –Pharrell Williams
Havana – Cabello
Have I Told You Lately? – Van Morrison
Here comes the sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude – Beatles
I Have Dream - ABBA
I Know Him So Well – Andersson/Ulvaeus
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
It Must Be Love - Madness
It’s All About You – McFly
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
I will always love you –Whitney/Dolly Parton
I Say a Little Prayer - Hal/Bacharach
I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton/Whitney
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
Lazy Sunday Afternoon - Small Faces
Love Is All Around – Love Actually/Reg Presley
Love is A Verb – John Mayer
Make you feel my love – Adele
Mama Mia! – ABBA
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Michelle - The Beatles
Mister Sandman – Ballard
My Lighthouse – REND collective
One Day Like This – Elbow
Our Last Summer – ABBA
Paradise – Coldplay
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Roar – Katy Perry
Rock Around the Clock – Freedman
Secrets – One Republic
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
She – Charles Aznavour
She’s the one – Wallinger
Shotgun – George Ezra
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
That’s Amore - Brooks/Warren
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
This is Me – Greatest Showman
Top of the World – Carpenters
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Whatever -Oasis
What the World Needs Now - Carpenters (Bacharach/David)
When I’m 64 – Beatles
With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles
With or without you – U2
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
You are the Wind Beneath My Wings
You’re My best friend – Queen
Your Song - Elton John
Amazing Grace
Ashokan Farewell
Barbara Allen
Danny Boy
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes (English Air)
Down By the Salley Gardens
The Drunken Sailor
Hava Nagila
Hungarian folk songs
Loch Lomond
Londonderry Air (“Danny Boy”)
Morgan Magan
My Bonnie Lies over the ocean
O Susanna
Salley Gardens
Scarborough Fair
Steal Away
Swallowtail Jig
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Teddybears’ Picnic
Annie – Tomorrow
Big Spender – Sweet Charity
Fawlty Towers – Theme tune
Fiddler on the Roof – If I were a rich man
Fiddler on the Roof – Sunrise, Sunset
Glasgow love theme (from film “Love Actually”) – Craig Armstrong
The Godfather – Speak Softly Love
Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
James Bond – Main theme
Jean de Florette theme
Love is all around – love actually
Mission Impossible – Main theme
My Heart Will Go on (“Titanic”) – Celine Dion
Romeo & Juliette - Love theme
Schindler’s List – Main Theme
The Eternal Vow – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Sound of Music – Do-re-mi
The Sound of Music – Edelweiss
Star Wars – Main theme
Disney and Musicals
A Dream Is A Wish – Cinderella
Aladdin – A Whole New World
Beauty and the Beast – Main Theme
Cabaret – Main Theme
Can you feel the love Tonight? (Lion King) - Elton John
Get me to the church on Time - My Fair Lady
Cats – Memories
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Hushaby Mountain
Edelweiss – The Sound of Music
I Dreamed a Dream – Les Miserables
The Jungle Book – The Bare Necessities
The Jungle Book - I Wanna Be Like You
Little Mermaid – Kiss the Girl
Lonely Goatherd – Sound of Music
Mary Poppins – Chim chim Cheree
Oliver! – Where Is Love?
Oliver! – Consider yourself
Once Upon A Dream - Sleeping Beauty
Phantom of the Opera – All I Ask Of You
Pinocchio – When You Wish Upon A Star
Song of the South (Disney) – Zip-a-dee-doo-dah
Up – Married Life (theme)
The Wizard of Oz – Over the Rainbow
All I want for Christmas
Away In a Manger
Coventry Carol
Deck the Halls
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Fairytale of New York
The First Nowell
Frosty the Snowman
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angles Sing
The Holly and the Ivy
In Dulci jubilo
In the Bleak midwinter
I Saw Three Ships
It came upon the midnight clear
Jingle Bells
O Christmas Tree
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David’s City
Silent Night
We Three Kings of Orient Are
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Please get in touch if your song is not on this list. A small arrangement charge may apply for more obscure requests – this would always be agreed with you before I proceed to buy the music.
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I perform solo cello, but love teaming up with my cellist and harpist friends. Please see "Cupid's Bow Cello Duo" and "Duo Bellatando" for other cello/harp options.

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

I always try to be as flexible as possible for my clients to ensure a perfect experience! On some days during peak season I will have multiple bookings, but usually I can be flexible as long as this is agreed in advance so everyone is clear.

How much time do you need to set up?

I aim to arrive about one hour before the start of the booking, to ensure I'm warmed up and ready to play in good time.

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

Yes, please see my repertoire list for the songs available. I love learning new pieces and broadening my repertoire. Please get in touch if there are any pieces not on my repertoire list that you would like me to play and I'll do my best to fit them in.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I bring all my own equipment. All I require on the day is one chair without arms and a nearby socket. If this is problematic, or for performances in more remote locations I can bring a stool and batteries. Again, the can be discussed and agreed in advance.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Definitely! For any pieces not on the list please get in touch. For more obscure pieces I charge a £20 arrangement fee, which covers purchase, preparation and rehearsal of the music.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I love liaising with my clients to create an entirely unique performance. I'm highly regarded for my professionalism and friendly, personable nature. If you proceed with a booking we would not just discuss the music but the overall "look" you require to make the musical side of your event exactly as you want it to be.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

My cello and I have been lucky to perform at some incredible venues in the UK, including The Ritz, Wembley Stadium, on TV and radio in the UK and Europe, with bands such as Elbow, Emeli Sande, The Cinematic Orchestra, Snow Patrol etc. I regularly perform at wedding venues in the UK, especially North West, as well as in schools, hospitals and theatres.

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

Glastonbury!! ... I aim to make every single performance as beautiful as possible. In my opinion it's as worthwhile to play on a stage to 25,000 people as it is in a small hospital ward. I aim to make my performance as good as it can be!


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Katie M, 2 months ago

Margit was amazing, lots of contact before my wedding and she did exactly as I asked. Everyone commented on how beautiful the Cello was to play for the ceremony and Margit was very professional! Thank you so so much!

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Josh L, 3 months ago

Disappointed to write a bad review as not something I like to do but I feel I have to be honest, we booked Margit for our wedding day but on the morning of our wedding there was a severe car crash on the motorway which ended up pushing the times back on our day, with most guests arriving to the venue about an hour late, every supplier adapted and really supported us to make sure everything went as planned, except Margit. The hotel informed us that she played to an empty room until we arrived with 15 minutes left of the original booking, we heard her play for only 15 minutes of the hour and 15 minutes we paid £180 for. We genuinely feel that if we had arrived just 15 minutes later she would have just left and we wouldn't have heard her at all. We had hoped this would be a really special touch for our wedding day (one we were very excited about!) but in hindsight it is the one thing we regret about our day. Even if it wasn't possible to push back her booking with us a little, we felt she could have spoken to us to explain as you would expect from a professional service with a premium cost. All she really said to us was a comment about the fact we 'made it', it really felt that it was just about money rather than helping to make someone's day special. Margit is of course very talented but unfortunately we did not have a nice experience with her professionalism, we are both business professionals and would never give anything less than the highest standard.

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Salma P, 9 months ago

Fantastic performance.... Enjoyed by all.... Thank you once again....

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Becky I, 11 months ago

I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for your hard work [...] you were perfect!

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START C, 1 year ago

Thank you so much, the music was wonderful and so powerful and really enhanced the event. [...] Thanks again you were amazing!!

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