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British cellist Ruth Hallows is a classical performer, function artist and teacher. Book her for your event today!

British cellist Ruth Hallows has performed with Manchester Camerata under Gábor Takács-Nagy and Havant Symphony Orchestra as well as performing solo recitals at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal College of Music and Cambridge University. This season, Ruth will make her debut with the Bolton Chamber Orchestra performing Elgar’s iconic Cello Concerto in E minor. Recent graduate from the Royal College of Music and winner of both the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary Competition and the Reuben Burton Foundation Scholarship, Ruth has been given the opportunity to study with famous cellists such as Raphael Wallfisch and Gregor Horsch. She has also participated in masterclasses with Torleif Thedéen, Leonard Elschenbroich, Robert Cohen, Moray Welsh, Denis Brott, Guy Johnston and Alice Neary throughout her studies. As a chamber musician, Ruth has performed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, collaborated with the award-winning Sacconi Quartet performing Shostakovich’s ‘Two Piece’s for String Octet’ and played at prestigious venues throughout the UK including the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. She has also toured the UK with the Arcus Quartet and performed at the Lake District Summer Music Festival and the British Isle’s Music Festival. A keen orchestral player, Ruth has completed a Professional Placement Scheme with the English Chamber Orchestra as well as performing with players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the London Firebird Orchestra and other musical ensembles within London. An enthusiastic educator, Ruth has taught both in Asia and in the United Kingdom, working as a cello tutor for at M.int Academy, Hong Kong, the Royal College of Music’s Teaching Service and Marie de Bry Arts Academy as well as tutoring the cello section for Imperial College Sinfonietta. Fond of working with children right at the start of their musical journey, Ruth worked as part of the Mini Sparks and Chamber Tots team at the Royal College of Music and in 2018 set up her own educational outreach project working with Primary School children. This year Ruth will be returing as Chamber and Cello Coach for the Jersey International Masterclass Series.

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Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Suite no. 1 in G major J.S. Bach
Suite no. 2 in D minor
Suite no. 3 in C major
Air on the G String
Sheep May Safely Graze
Choral Symphony Beethoven, Ludwig van
Country Dance
Minuet in G
Carmen Bizet, Georges
Chanson Boheme
Nocturne Borodin, Alexander
Clair De Lune Debussy, Claude
Largo The New World Symphony Dvořák, Antonin
Chanson de Matin Elgar, Edward
Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1
Pavane Fauré, Gabriel
La Cinquantaine Gabriel-Marie, Jean
Notturno Goltermann, Georg
Notturno II
Notturno III
Gavotte Gossec, Francois
Morning Grieg, Edvard Hagerup
Romance Have, Willem ten
Minuet Haydn, Franz Joseph
Jupiter Holst, Gustav
The Entertainer Joplin, Scott
Adagio from Spartacus Khachaturian, Aram
Sarabande Klengel, Julius
Gavotte Leclair, Jean-Marie
Vesti La Giubba Leoncavallo, Ruggero
Sonata in F major Marcello, Alfred
Turkish Rondo Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Song Without Words Mendelssohn, Felix
Barcarolle Offenbach, Jacques
Canon Pachelbel, Johann
Dance of the Hours Ponchielli, Amilcare
Nessun Dorma Puccini, Giacomo
Oh! Mio Babbino Caro
Nymphs and Shepherds Purcell, Henry
Arrivederci Roma Rascel, Redato
Bolero Ravel, Maurice
Scheherazade, Third Movement Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay
The Swan Saint-Saens, Camille
Gymnopédie no. 1 Satie, Erik
Die Zigeuner kommen Seitz, Friedrich
Madrigal Simonet, Archille
The Blue Danube Strauss I, Johann
Radetsky March Strauss II, Johann
Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich
Lullaby Wolf, Hugo
Tulips From Amsterdam Arnie, Ralf
The Ballad of Davy Crockett Bruns, George
Hunting the Hare Folk, Trad.
Country Gardens
Parson’s Farewell
The Oyster Girl
The Trumpet Hornpipe
The Fairy Dance
The Keel Row
Sir Roger de Coverley
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Lannigan’s Ball
The Temperance Reel
Cooney’s Reel
Mrs Hamilton of Pencaitland
Danny Boy
The Fox Hunter’s Jig
Drowsy Maggie
From the New Country
Harvest Home
Star of the Country Down
The Gay Gordons
Skye Boat Song
Lord MacDonald’s Reel
Brochan Lom
Mary, Young and Fair
Timour the Tartar
Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston
Now is the Month of Maying Morley, Thomas
Lullaby of Birdland Shearing, George
Paper Roses Speilman, Fred
Scarborough Fair Trad.
The Happy Farmer
Lavender Blue
Soldiers Joy
Devil Amongst the Tailors
Irish Washerwoman
Speed the Plough
As Long As He Needs Me Bart, Lionel
If I were a Rich Man Bock, Jerry
He’s a Tramp Burke and Lee
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo David and Hoffman
Strangers in the Night Kaempfert, Bert
Cabaret Kander, John
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina Lloyd Webber, Andrew
I Don’t Know How to Love Him
Edelweiss Rogers and Hammerstein
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
Some Enchanted Evening
Getting to Know You
There’s Nothing Like a Dame
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Sherman and Sherman
Say Something A Great Big World
Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith
Someone Like You Adele
When I’m Sixty-Four Beetles
She Loves You
All my Loving
Yellow Submarine
Can’t Buy me Love
Penny Lane
Marry You Bruno Marz
Smile Charlie Chaplin
A Sky Full of Stars Coldplay
My Heart Will Go On Celine Deon
A Thousand Years Christina Perry
Time’s A-Wastin’ Duke Ellington
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Tenerife Sea
Love me Tender Elvis Presley
Radioactive Imagining Dragons
All the Way James von Heusen
Telstar Joe Meek
All of Me John Legend
It’s Magic Jule Styne
Roar Katie Perry
Let’s Twist Again Mann and Appel
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson
There’s a Whole Lot of Loving Martin and Morrow Arnold
All about the Bass Meghan Trainor
Sweet, Sweet Smile Newton and Young
Happy Pharell Williams
The Very Thought of You Ray Noble
Top of the World Richard Carpenter
I’d like to Teach the World to Sing Roger Crook
Stay with Me Sam Smith
Shake it Off Taylor Swift
Love Story
Downtown Tony Hatch
What a Wonderful World Weiss and Thiele
Try a Little Tenderness Woods, Campbell, Connelly
Mary’s Boy Child Hairston, Jester
Baby it’s Cold Outside Loésser, Frank
O Come O Come Emmanuel Piano Guys
Hark the Herold Trad.
Jingle Bells
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Deck the Halls
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Usually it is just solo cello. I can do duo functions with either a violinist or pianist* however this will cost more. *for pianists, there must be a piano at the venue

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

I always allow for flexible timings so that your event can run as smoothly as possible. If timings change please tell me as soon in advance as possible for the best results.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually only need 30 minutes to set up and will arrive at the venues 30 minutes in advance to allow for this set up time. If you would like me to turn up earlier, just ask.

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

Yes. I want your event to be exactly as you like it. So please feel free to pick anything from my set list. If you wish to have additional pieces that you can't find there please let me know when you're booking so that I can arrange this for you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes of course!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Tailoring my music according to their individual preferences My friendly and approachable nature My punctuality, both at the event and when responding to the client before the event

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall Victoria and Albert Museum Cambridge University Imperial University and various hotels across the UK to name a few.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Sol Gabetta, Jacqueline du Pre and Ed Sheeran

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The Royal Albert Hall


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)£160
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£260
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding and Cocktail Hour
A 2hr Package: Wedding - Playing as the congregation gets seated - Bride and Bridal Party Entrance - Signing register - Exit music Cocktail Hour: 1hr of music to accompany your cocktail hour.


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From Encore customers:

Andrea R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ruth played beautifully at our wedding from the service through to the wedding breakfast. She was very professional and would definitely recommend her to anyone 😊

From other customers:

Urszula M
3 years ago, for a Concert in Hong Kong
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5 out of 5

I had the great pleasure of having Ruth Hallows as my cello teacher during 2019. My return to music came after a 20+ year break from playing. To my delight, Ruth not only had me playing 6th Grade pieces again in a matter of weeks, but also dramatically improved my technique beyond where it had been before. Ruth also encouraged and coached me to perform in a string quartet with a difficult cello part, as well as performing for the first time solo with Bach's Menuet II from his Suite I in G Major. This would have been impossible in years gone by because of performance anxiety, but Ruth provided strategies to overcome this. She also taught me strategies for clean sound and meticulous intonation, and to look beyond the notes and bring out the best in each piece. I also had the fortune of hearing Ruth play during our lessons and at the http://M.int Academy Annual Recital. Ruth plays beautifully, with confidence, precision and deep musicality. Ruth shone while playing in a trio, both when carrying the lead melody and when providing the all-important base. Ruth is evidently respected by her peers. Besides these exceptional professional qualities, Ruth is kind, focussed and great to work with. We had a great deal of fun, while working hard and achieving so much.

Philip C
3 years ago, for a Concert in London WC2R 1DH
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5 out of 5

Always creates inclusivity, a feeling that not only is the performance exceptional but that sense of being within an atmosphere of creativity..... The stunning musicianship can too easily be taken for granted but the sense that you are being included in the discovery and exploration of the music , that it is all being created in that immediate moment is exceptional. That the artist wants to take you on the the journey. Surely this is what composers want, for to people to feel the excitement the raw emotions the intelligence, wit , humour, sadness , the very life they are trying , need to communicate. That personally a musician comes across as warm, fun , charming and always questioning her performance for some extra nuance is a pleasure to share.

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