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Maria Rodriguez Reina

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Freelance cellist, Spanish and cello teacher based in London

I am a professional musician (cellist), originally from Zaragoza, Spain. In 2006 I completed my MA in English Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (QTS) as well as a BMus (cello). I moved to London in Jan 2008. Music and cello are my prime priority, my passion, my main enjoyment! I have got relevant experience mainly in orchestras, chamber music groups, bands, musical theatre productions and recordings. I like diversity and I’m always open to play different genres and styles. Full CV at: http://www.mariacello.com/music-cv

Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Baroque, 1920s era music, 1960s era music, 1930s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music, 1980s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, Folk rock, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Soul, R&B, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Britpop, World music, Argentinian, Brazilian music, Choro, Italian music, Tango, Spanish music
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Instruments:
Cello
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Sample repertoire
Classical:
Asturias from Leyenda (I. Albéniz)
Bach cello suites (Preludes & dances)
Barber of Seville Ouverture (G. Rossini)
Bolero (M. Ravel)
Canon (J. Pachelbel)
Cant des Ocells (Traditional Catalan song)
Clare de lune (C. Debussy)
Habanera from Carmen (G. Bizet)
Humoresque (A. Dvorák)
Hungarian Dance No.5 (J. Brahms)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (F. Liszt)
Kol Nidrei (M. Bruch)
La fille au cheveux de lin (C. Debussy)
Largo from Xerxes (G. F. Handel)
Meditation from Thais (J. Massenet)
Pavana pour une infant défunte (M. Ravel)
Salut d’Amour (E. Elgar)
Song Without Words (F. Mendelssohn)
The Swan (C. Saint-Saëns)
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty (P. Tchaikovsky)
Non-Classical:
All of Me (J. Legend)
All My Love (P. DeWalt)
A Thousand Years (C. Perri)
A Whole New World – Aladdin (A. Menken)
El Choclo (A. G. Villoldo) – tango
El Día que me Quieras (C. Gardel) - tango
Flower Duet (L. Delibes)
Funk piece (D. Bruce)
Greensleeves (Traditional English song)
House of the Rising Sun (Traditional folk song)
La Bamba (Mexican traditional song)
Libertango (A. Piazzolla)
Oblivion (A. Piazzolla)
Over the Rainbow (H. Arlen)
Por una Cabeza (C. Gardel) – tango
Stand by Me (B. E. King)
Summertime (G. Gershwin)
Tale as Old as Time – Beauty & the Beast
The Blower’s Daughter (D. Rice)
The Easy Winners (S. Joplin) – ragtime
The Entertainer (S. Joplin) - ragtime
Volver (C. Gardel) - tango
Yesterday (The Beatles)

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Jonathan D, 1 year ago

María was great to deal with and her beautiful playing really made our wedding.

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David G, 2 years ago

Many thanks to Maria for stepping in at a very short notice. A talented cellist with great sight reading skills and a very developed musicality enabling her to enjoy a varied repertoire. We will definitely contact her again. David Giardino

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Fiona P, 3 years ago

Worked with Maria many times, always a pleasure to have her play for us!

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Fiona P, 3 years ago

Maria has played in my orchestra before, really lovely person and great cellist :)

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J D, 1 year ago

Thank you for the beautiful music yesterday. A lot of our guests commented on how nice the music was. It made the ceremony extra special for us. Best regards

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Bob F, 1 year ago

The Prince Albert proved to be the ideal setting for the Lewis Barfoot Trio on a chilly Sunday evening at the end of April. The gig began with Lewis walking on through the audience, singing a traditional Gaelic "herding song" and accompanying herself with subtle tones from a Shruti box. It was an enchanting start to her set of original songs. Lewis Barfoot's music is not easy to categorise. I usually try to avoid using labels as they can obscure more than they explain but in this case a quote from her website seems helpful in understanding her oeuvre - "Folk Meets Quirk". There are certainly elements of traditional and non-traditional folk in many of her songs but there is also a great deal of original Lewis Barfoot "quirk" and highly personal observations. At times she displays a fearless and disarming honesty in her lyrics. Take these from "White Dress" (a song about the funeral of her mother) and her new single. "Are you comfy? Is it cold? Have your bones turned to dust?" However, don't get the impression that Lewis was gloomy or morbid. Far from it! She was very funny and charmed the audience with ease. Other songs included "£2,700" - the price of her wedding dress and a confessional song about turning into a "bridezilla". There were also songs about first love, encounters with a Jay bird and other observations from Lewis's life. She was joined on stage by Maria Rodriguez Reina (cello) and Matt Dibble (clarinet and keyboards) Their brilliant musicianship complimented Lewis's guitar and vocals and gave extra depth and richness to her song arrangements. One highlight of the evening was Matt Dibble's accompaniment to "Transmission Complete". The refrain from the traditional fiddle tune "Farewell to Ireland" played on the clarinet was a delight to the ears. Superb. Lewis is not planning any more gigs in the near future. She is going into the studio to perfect her album "Folkalism", scheduled for release in spring 2019. When she does return to gigging, I urge you to keep an eye out for the Lewis Barfoot Trio and if you fancy an evening of guitar, clarinet, cello, transcendent singing and beautifully crafted songs, you should go and see them. If you don't fancy these things why on earth are you reading this ?

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