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Michael Bacon

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About Michael

Versatile and experienced Bristol based cellist, passionate about performing beautiful live music for your concert, wedding or event.
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Michael leads a busy and diverse performing life. His freelance work allows him to perform as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He has performed across the UK, including Edinburgh Fringe, Southbank Centre, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Festival, Deal Festival, Sacconi Festival, Leicester Guildhall and Trinity Arts Centre to name a few. Michael loves playing in the theatre and recently performed as part of Half a Strings ‘Boulder’ at the Edinburgh Festival and in a production of ‘The Frogs’ for House on a Hill Productions at Jermyn Street Theatre. Michael won the Christ Church Music Department Scholarship for two consecutive years and was also awarded the Canterbury Arts Council Scholarship and Lord Lieutenants Fund Grant. As well as performing, Michael is has taught cello within a wide range of institutions such as King’s Rochester, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, The Centre for Young Musicians and Junior Guildhall.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Experimental, Avant garde, Klezmer, Tango, Russian music, German music, French music, Jewish music, Italian music, Polish music, Scottish music
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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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser
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Song list

CLASSICAL
Bach, J.S – The Six Cello Suites
Bach, J.S – Air on G
Bruch – Adagio (violin concerto no. 1)
Boccherini – Minuet from string quintet in E
Elgar – Salut d'Amour
Elgar – Chanson d'Matin
Elgar – Chanson d'Nuit
Handel – Water Music
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Jenkins – Palladio
Mendelssohn –Wedding March
Moussorgsky – Gopak
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Puccini – Nessun Dorma
Puccini – O Mio Babbino Caro
Purcell – Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite
Massanet – Meditation from Thais
Wagner – Wedding March
Vivaldi – Sinfonia in G
Vivaldi – Excerpts from The Four Seasons
FOLK/TRADITIONAL
Ashokan Farewell – Ungar
Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) – Irish
Wedding Reel – Irish
Skye Boat Song – Scottish

FILM/TV/MUSICALS
All I ask Of You – Phantom of the Opera
A Whole New World – Aladdin
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King
City Of Stars – LaLa Land
Everybody's Free – Romeo and Juliet
Fawlty Towers Theme – Fawlty Towers
Gabriel's Oboe – The Mission
Game Of Thrones – Game of Thrones Theme
Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros, Planet Earth
Let it Go – Frozen
My Heart Will Go On – Titanic
Over The Rainbow – Wizard of Oz
Tale As Old as Time – Beauty and the Beast
The Music Of the Night – Phantom of the Opera
The Rose – The Rose (Midler)
This Land – The Lion King
Under The Sea – The Little Mermaid
When You Wish Upon a Star – Pinocchio
You've Got a Friend in Me – Toy Story
JAZZ/EASY LISTENING
Anything Goes – Cole Porter
At Last – Warren, arr. Cohen
Beyond the Sea – Trenet
Blue Moon – Rogers and Hart
Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
I Got Rhythm – Gershwin
It Don't Mean a Thing – Ellington
La Vie en Rose – Gugliemi arr. Cohen
Lets Do It – Cole Porter
Lullaby – Gershwin
Maple Leaf Rag – Joplin
Mood Indigo– Ellington
Moon River – Mancini
Nocturne – Grappelli
Over the Rainbow – Arlen
Summer Time – Gershwin arr. Brown
What a Wonderful World – Armstrong
When I Fall in Love – Victor Young
POP/ROCK/INDIE
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Africa – Toto
All You Need is Love – Beatles
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Charlie Brown – Coldplay
Clocks – Coldplay
Don't Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Don't You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
Don't Stop Believin' – Journey
Eleanor Rigby – Beatles
Everglow – Coldplay
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes – Korgis
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
Fireflies – Owl City
Fix You – Coldplay
From the Heart – Another Level
Fugue on a Theme of 'Michelle' – Beatles
Greatest Day – Take That
Halo – Beyoncé
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
Human – The Killers
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
I Giorni – Einaudi
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
I'm Yours – Jason Mraz
In My Place – Coldplay
It Must Be Love – Madness
I Want To Hold Your Hand – Beatles
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Just Give Me a Reason – Pink
Kissing You – Des'ree
Knights of Cydonia – Muse
Latch – Sam Smith
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Make You Feel My Love – Dylan/Adele
Mamma Mia – Abba
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Mr Brightside – The Killers
One Day Like This – Elbow
Paradise – Coldplay
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Pompeii – Bastille
Resistance – Muse
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
She's Always a Woman To Me – Billy Joel
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
Something – Beatles
Something Just Like This – Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Starlight – Muse
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin
Sweet Child O' Mine – Guns N' Roses
The Rose – Amanda McBroom
Take On Me – A-Ha
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Titanium – David Guetta
Toxic – Britney Spears
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Waiting For a Star to Fall – Boy Meets Girl
Whatever – Oasis
With or Without You – U2
Yellow – Coldplay
Your Song – Elton John
You Are the Reason – Callum Scott
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Solo Cello only, however I am also a member of the Leon String Quartet!

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I generally need about 30 minutes to set up.

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

My set lists are crafted from many years of performances and learning what works best. However, I’m very happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance I already know it! If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. Three new songs are included in your quote. If you would like more, there is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£260

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Loretta V, 10 months ago

What can I say...except Michael was absolutely brilliant!! A great musician and very professional - he made my special day even more special! We spoke via text before the event and he offered suggestions based on his wedding experience, this was a great help as I wasn’t too sure what would work best for a wedding. We were lucky with the weather so everyone went outside after the ceremony, Michael joined us all outside to play some background music, he was not prompted to do this but he knew the music would entertain our guests whilst we were having pictures. I would massively recommend Michael to play at weddings and other social events! Very friendly and professional.

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Karen J, 2 years ago

Michael is a talented cellist. I have worked closely alongside Michael as a colleague in various orchestras, quartets and ensembles for nearly 10 years and he has always stood out as someone with a unique understanding of his instrument. Michael has a friendly, polite and professional demeanour at all times and is a joy to work alongside.

Mariam J, 3 years ago

It was such a brilliant day and the guests loved the music you played. Thank you so much!

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