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Matt Barlow

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Cellist
London
Professional and experienced solo cellist available for all occasions

Matt James Barlow is an internationally acclaimed cellist and performer. He has performed in theatres and concert venues around the world and has worked and collaborated with artists such as John Cale (The Velvet Underground), Lana Del Rey, and Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople). He studied at The University of York and Trinity College of Music, London and now works as a soloist and session musician. He is experienced in many different styles of music and is happy to tailor his performance to suit the occasion.

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical crossover, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1940s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1970s era music, 1950s era music, 1930s era music, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Rock, Classic rock, Britpop, Pop rock
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Instruments:
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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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

POPULAR
I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables
Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
Your Song - Elton John
You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Gabriel’s Oboe - Ennio Moriccone
Shallow - A Star Is Born
Edelweiss - The Sound Of Music
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Theme from Game of Thrones
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
All of Me - John Legend
Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey/Glee
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Mia and Sebastian’s Theme - La La Land
Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid (Disney)
A Whole New World - Aladdin (Disney)
When She Loved Me - Toy Story 2 (Disney/Pixar)
Love is an Open Door - Frozen (Disney)
Imagine - John Lennon
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Falling Slowly - Once The Musical
Yellow - Coldplay
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Theme from The Godfather - Nino Rota
The Water Is Wide - Eva Cassidy
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
One Day Like This - Elbow
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - (Different versions available; Judy Garland, Eva Cassidy, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole)
Yesterday - The Beatles
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
CLASSICAL
Prelude from Suite in G - J.S. Bach
Meditation - Massenet
The Swan - Saint-Seans
Song of the birds- Catalan traditional
Élégie - Gabriel Fauré
Apres un Reve - Gabriel Fauré
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Time To Say Goodbye - Andrea Bocelli
A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter
Air On A G String - J.S. Bach
Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Greensleeves - Traditional
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! I can perform on my own but if you’d like something more, there are a lot of options. You could book a duo - either cello and violin or cello and cello. A trio - Violin, Viola, Cello A Quartet - Violin, Violin, Viola, Cello You can also request a Piano and Cello duet Something even more special? Why not book a string quartet with classical singer?

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

Timings are often subject to change, right up to the day. The best thing is to let me know as soon as you can. I will always do my best to accommodate you.

How much time do you need to set up?

For solo or duo performances, twenty minutes is adequate. Any larger ensembles, half an hour.

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

Of course. I have many tried and tested pieces which i know are perfect for every occasion but if you really like a specific piece (or perhaps hate a specific piece!) then I’m always willing to make a bespoke set list.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring everything I need, although a power socket will be required if using the electric Piano for a duo performance.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! Just make sure you request these with enough time. Often, I will have to arrange the music, record a track and practice the music so the more time you give me, the better! For the aforementioned reasons, there is a fee of £30 for anything not already in my repertoire.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£120
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400

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Alex W, 1 month ago

Matt did an awesome job arranging and recording some music for our wedding ceremony. We talked Matt through what we were after and he gave us exactly what we described. Matt was so professional, making sure everything was perfect in the final version and that it was exactly what we wanted. We can’t thank him enough for creating the music to make our wedding ceremony feel unique and special.

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Lynne M, 1 month ago

I just wanted to thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job of providing the music for our wedding at the Fitzrovia Chapel on the 4th January. Not only did you play the pieces we had requested so beautifully, particularly the Bach prelude that I chose to walk up the aisle to, but your own choices were also very much appreciated by everyone there.

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