Margit Zwan

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Solo cello music to add a gorgeous classical sound to your special event. Amplification provided if required. All genres of music.
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From my base in the northwest I travel all over the UK, performing different styles of music on the cello. I'm highly versatile and have much performing experience, be it in the recording studio, concert hall, playing at weddings/events, or teaching. Recent jobs have involved cello coaching (BBC), theatre (New Vic) and working with charities that promote music to nourish the soul (Lime Arts; Music in Hospitals). Variety is the spice of life, so I always jump at the chance to record with bands and go on tour! Artists I've worked with include Elbow, Cinematic Orchestra, Emeli Sande, I Am Kloot, Dutch Uncles, Richard Hawley, The Maccabees, Beth Orton, Roy Wood, The Coral. These performances have taken place on radio and TV and in beautiful venues such as Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Abbey Road Studios. Please drop me a line if you want to discuss your ideas and requirements. Margi x

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Arranger, Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

This ilist is merely an indication of the lovely melodies I know will work well for unaccompanied cello. If you have any specific song requests, just get in touch!
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
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring - J.S. Bach
La Réjouissance – Firework Suite - Handel
Largo from “Winter” (Four seasons) – Vivaldi
Méditation – Jules Massenet
Melody in F - Rubinstein
Minuet in G – Beethoven
Musetta’s Waltz - Puccini
Non so Piu – Mozart
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
On Wings of Song – Mendelssohn
Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Pavane – Fauré
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
To A Wild Rose - MacDowell
Träumerei – Schumann
Tumpet tune - Purcell
Un Bel Di Vedremo (Madame Butterfly) – Puccini
Voi Che Sapete –Mozart
Wedding March – Wagner
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
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
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
Grounds For Divorce - Elbow
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 Heart Will Go on (“Titanic”) – Celine Dion
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
Top of the World – Carpenters
Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette
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 - various
Italian folk songs - various
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
Film (see also “Disney”)
A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
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
For the love of a Princess – Braveheart
Game of Thrones - theme
Gladiator Theme –Hans Zimmer
Glasgow love theme (from film “Love Actually”) – Craig Armstrong
The Godfather Theme – Speak Softly Love
Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
Imperial March – Star Wars (Darth Vader’s theme)
James Bond – Main theme
Jean de Florette theme
Love is all around – love actually
Mission Impossible – Main theme
Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Heart Will Go on (“Titanic”) – Celine Dion
Romeo & Juliette - Love theme
Schindler’s List – Main Theme
Somewhere over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
The Eternal Vow – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Sound of Music – Do-re-mi
The Sound of Music – Edelweiss
Star Wars – Main theme
This is Me – Greatest Showman
Disney and Musicals
A Dream Is A Wish – Cinderella
All I Ask Of You - Phantom of the Opera
The Bare Necessities - The Jungle Book
Beauty and the Beast – Main Theme
Cabaret – Main Theme
Can you feel the love Tonight? Lion King
Chim chim Cheree - Mary Poppins
Consider yourself - Oliver!
Do You want to Build a Snowman? - Frozen
Edelweiss – The Sound of Music
Get me to the church on Time - My Fair Lady
How Far I’ll Go – Moana
Hushaby Mountain - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
I Dreamed a Dream – Les Miserables
I Just Can’t Wait to be King – Lion King
I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
Kiss the Girl - Little Mermaid
Let It Go - Frozen
Lonely Goatherd – Sound of Music
Memories - Cats
Once Upon A Dream - Sleeping Beauty
Somewhere over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
Up – Married Life (theme)
When You Wish Upon A Star - Pinocchio
Where Is Love? - Oliver!
A Whole New World - Aladdin
You’ll be in my Heart – Tarzan
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah - Song of the South (Disney)
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 charge may apply for more obscure requests – this would always be agreed with you before I proceed to buy the music.
Customer questions

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!

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 these 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 on one day. Usually I can be flexible, as long as this is clearly agreed in advance.

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, so please get in touch if there are any pieces not on the list that you would like me to play. I'll do my best to include them.

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 chair and batteries. To 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 small fee to cover purchase, preparation and rehearsal of the music.
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Katie M
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

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!

Reply from Margit
6 months ago

Thanks Katie! It was a beautiful wedding x

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3 years ago
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3 out of 5

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.

Reply from Margit
6 months ago

With Encore finally creating an option to be able to respond to reviews, I want to express my sincere regret that your wedding day didn't go quite as planned. The crash on the motorway did delay things somewhat, and I would have absolutely loved to have stayed longer had I not had another booking to go to after yours. I arrived an hour beforehand, something I always do to prepare fully - "Playing music to an empty room" - that's the sound of me warming up! I can assure you that I do everything I can to make sure the musical side of things matches my clients' wishes. I'm glad we did manage to exchange a few words, and am sorry your experience was not quite as expected.

From other customers:

3 years ago, for a Wedding in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Communications with Margit before the event were excellent, she gave us an extensive list of music to choose from, and offered to learn anything that wasn't on her list. Margit arrived in plenty of time, was wonderfully friendly, calm and professional. And her music was simply fantastic!!! All our guests commented on how lovely she played. If you need a cellist, stop right here, you've found the one for you.

Becky I
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Nantwich CW5 8LD
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5 out of 5

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

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