Miriam Wakeling

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Miriam is a Cellist who loves to perform a wide variety of music at events! She's played with Dua Lipa, Yungblud, Il Divo, Pete Tong!

Cellist Miriam Wakeling is in high demand in both the studio and the concert hall, enjoying a varied career as a solo, chamber, orchestral and session musician. During 2019 Miriam toured extensively around Europe, as far as Moscow with iconic disco producer and musician Giorgio Moroder. Shortly after this Miriam was invited to play Principal Cello with Trevor Horn’s Sarm Orchestra to tour the UK’s major concert halls, performing ‘Trevor Horn Reimagines the 80’s.’ Later highlights in 2019 included a x10 date tour with Beverley Knight performing Stevie Wonder Songs with The Leo Green Orchestra, taking BBC radio 2 Friday Night Live around the UK. December 2019 Miriam toured again with the innovative Heritage Orchestra and Pete Tong, performing at the UK’s Stadiums. Miriam performs regularly with the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra (LSRO), who toured with Il Divo in 2019, which included a sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall, where Miriam also performed with string quartet ‘Q Strings.’ ‘LSRO’ regularly perform with ABBA The Show, which Miriam toured with in Germany and Denmark in 2019 and Brazil and Bulgaria in 2018. Also in 2019 Miriam appeared on BBC radio 1 Live Lounge with Yungblud and on BBC 1 ‘The One Show’ with The Vamps. Miriam has collaborated with the likes of Roger O’Donnell of The Cure, live and in studio, and in the recording of the music for BBC 1 David Attenborough documentary, ‘Dynasties.’ After receiving a BMUS (hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2010, whilst studying with Richard May, Miriam gained a Masters in Music performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire or Music and Dance in 2013, where she held the Ludwig Lebell Scholarship and The Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship. Miriam won first prize in the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Competition and twice first prize in The Cavatina Chamber music competition, under the tutorage of Richard Markson and Natalia Pavlutskaya.

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Wedding, Virtual event, 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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Miriam's Song list

Suggestions for Wedding Ceremony:
Pre Ceremony:
A mixture of uplifting Bach from Suites for solo cello 1 and 2.
Some light pop tunes can be mixed in if requested.
e.g. -Summertime by George Gershwin,
-Ain’t no Sunshine by Bill Withers
-Stand By Me by Ben E King
Bridal Entrance:
Prelude from Suite no. 1 by Bach
The Swan by Saint Seans
Signing of the register:
Salut d’amour by Elgar
Traumerei by Schumann
‘She’ by Herbert Kretzmer
Julie O by Mark Summer (starting from the main tune)
All You Need is Love by The Beatles
Prelude from Suite no 3 by Bach
Repertoire List:
(Please don’t hesitate to ask for something which is not on the list below)
J.S. Bach Suites:
Suite no. 1 in G major by J.S. Bach (Lightness):
-Menuet no 1 and 2
Suite no. 2 in D minor by J.S. Bach (Sorrow and intensity):
-Menuet no 1 and 2
Suite no. 3 in C major by J.S. Bach (Brilliance):
-Menuet no 1 and 2
Suite no. 5 in C minor by J.S. Bach (Darkness)
-Menuet no 1 and 2
-Adagio by Bach
-Song of the Birds by Casals
-The Swan by Saint Seans (piano backing track available)
-Traumerei by Schumann (piano backing track available)
-Salut D'amour by Elgar (piano backing track available)
-Apres un Reve by Faure (piano backing track available)
-Ave Maria by Bach (piano backing track available)
-Sicilienne by Faure (piano backing track available)
-Song without Words by Mendelssohn (piano backing track available)
-Vocalise by Rachmaninov (piano backing track available)
-Allegretto ben Moderato by Franck (from Violin Sonata in A) (piano backing track available)
-Allegro con brio, Beethoven Sonata no 5 in C (Only played with piano backing track)
-Julie O by Mark Summer
-Summertime by George Gershwin
-Ain’t no Sunshine by Bill Withers
-Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini
-All You need is Love by The Beatles
-I don’t want to miss a thing by Diane Warren (Aerosmith)
-Stand By Me by Ben E King
-Your Song by Elton John
-You are my Sunshine by Stevie Wonder
-Wouldn’t it be Nice by the Beach Boys
-When I’m Sixty Four by The Beatles
-One Day Like This by Elbow
-Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
-Born Free by John Barry
-Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John (The Lion King)
-Colors of the Wind by Alan Menken (Pocahontas)
-Skyfall by Adele (James Bond)
-‘She’ by Herbert Kretzmer and Charles Aznavour (Notting Hill)
-Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Tune
-Game of Thrones Theme Tune
-Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (Shrek)
-I’ve Had the Time of my Life by Fanke Previte (Dirty Dancing)
-Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die- James Bond)
-Misson Impossible Theme by Lal Schifrin
-Pink Panther by Henry Mancini
-Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head by Hal David (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
Short Folk Tunes:
-Hunting the Hare (Jig)
-Country Gardens (Morris Dance)
-Galopede (Reel)
-Parson's Farewell (Country Dance)
-The Oyster Girl (Jig)
-The Trumpet Hornpipe (Hornpipe)
-The Fairy Dance (Reel)
-The Keel Row (Hornpipe)
-Sir Roger de Coverley (Slip Jig)
-The Girl I left Behind Me (March)
-Lannigan's Ball (Jig)
-The Temperance Reel (Reel)
-The Irish Washerwoman (Jig)
-Cooney's Reel (Reel)
-Danny Boy (Air)
-The Fox Hunter's Jig (Slip Jig)
-Drowsy Maggie (Reel)
-From the New Country (Jig)
-Harvest Home (Hornpipe)
-Star of the Country Down (Slow Air)
-The Gay Gordons (Jig)
-Skye Boat Song (Air)
-Lord MacDonald's Reel (Reel)
-Brochan Lom (Strathspey)
-Mary, Young and Fair (Air)
-Timour The Tartar (Reel)
-Mrs Jamieson's Favourite (Air)
-Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston (Jig)
-Mrs Hamilton of Pencaitland (Slow Air)
-De'il among The Tailors (Reel)
Customer questions

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

No problem, I will always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive 45 minutes- 1 hour before the event time, to set up and get ready.

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

Yes absolutely! I can also find additional pieces not on the list

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, no problem, just let me know what you'd like!

Miriam's Prices

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

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£230
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£500
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Miriam's Reviews

From Encore customers:

David S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Miriam is a superb cellist who captured the spirit of the day with beautiful rich music. I would highly recommend Miriam. She arrived early, understood what was required and played beautifully. Everyone wished they could have heard more of her playing.

From other customers:

Tom C
3 years ago, for a Recording session in Bristol
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5 out of 5

Miriam played my cello part beautifully, and supplied excellent recordings well within the deadline. I will definitely come to her again for remote cello session work!

Gunnar S
3 years ago, for a Recording session in Bristol
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5 out of 5

This was my second collaboration with Miriam. I was totally blown away by the crystal clear sound, creativity and passion that she delivered back at our first collaboration but this time she even exceeded. I am beyond happy by the quality, pristine sound and professionalism she puts into every job. I have goose bumps listening to her cello and I am looking forward to many more collaborations! I highly recommend her and I am so glad I have found her here. Thank you!