Samuel Warner

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Highly sought after across the UK as a versatile musician, Sam provides a personalised, reliable service for every event.
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Sam is a vibrant musician, performing at hundreds of events every year across the UK. Committed to making your event personal, Sam is very happy to discuss repertoire choices. If you’re not sure, you can offer a shorter list for a full set to be based on these suggestions. As a versatile musician, Sam will make sure your requests are fulfilled! As a resident of Bath, Somerset, Sam frequently performs at many picturesque venues around the South West, including the Roman Baths, where he appears as a soloist or as member of a string ensemble. Rearranging music for personal requests is another of Sam’s skills, he arranged Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and Lauridsen’s setting of ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ for his own wedding ceremony cello quintet, as well as 90 minutes of popular tunes for his evening jazz band! Sam’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Music (with honours) from Cardiff University, including first class results in performance modules, and bursary awards for solo and ensemble performances. He has since been awarded a Licentiate Performance Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal School’s of Music. He has also achieved Grade 8 certificates in piano and clarinet performance.

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Classical, Contemporary classical, Christmas, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Avant garde, Experimental, Noise music, Acoustic, Covers, Funk, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock, Power rock, Welsh folk, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, Ambient, German music, French music, Italian music, Klezmer, Jewish music, Latin, Polka, Russian music, Scottish music, Tango, Spanish music, Early music, Ceilidh, Country, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Modern jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Wedding, Theatre / Show, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Musical comedy, Accompanist
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Song list

Bach - Arioso
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos
Bach - Cello Suites
Bach - Minuet in G
Beethoven - Cello Suites
Beethoven - Minuet in G
Bizet - Selections from Carmen
Boccherini - Minuet
Brahms - Cello Sonata
Britten - Cello Suites
Bruch - Kol Nidrei
Cui - Orientale
Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor
Dvorak - Largo from the New World Symphony
Elgar - Cello Concerto in E Minor
Elgar - Chanson De Matin
Elgar - Salut d’Amore
Faure - Après Un Rêve
Garth - Cello Concertos
Gershwin - Summertime
Grieg - Holberg Suite
Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite
Handel - Music from the Royal Fireworks
Handel - Water Music
Haydn - Cello Concertos
Lalo - Cello Concerto
Marcello - Cello Sonatas
Massenet - Meditation
Mendelssohn - Song Without Words
Minsky - Ten American Cello Etudes
Monti - Czardas
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Paradis - Sicilienne
Prokofiev - Montagues and Capulets
Puccini - Nessun Dorma
Purcell - Music for a While
Rachmaninov - Vocalise
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
Romberg - Sonata
Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto
Saint-Saëns - The Swan
Satie - Gymnopédies
Schubert - Ave Maria
Schumann - Fantasiestücke
Sibelius - Finlandia
Sibelius - Romance
Smetana - Vltava
Summer - Julie O
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Vivaldi - Cello Sonatas
Vivaldi - Concerto in D minor
Vivaldi - Double Cello Concerto
Walton - Cello Concerto
Walton - Passacaglia
Wood - Fantasia on British Sea Songs
All Through The Night
Ashokan Farewell
Auld Lang Syne
Britches Full Of Stitches
Calon Lan
De’il Among The Taylor’s
Dirty Old Town
Down By The Salley Gardens
Drowsy Maggie
Girl I Left Behind Me
Irish Washerwoman
John Ryan’s Polka
Kerry Polka
Last Rose Of Summer
Loch Lomond
Londonderry Air
Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
Sky Boat Song
Star of the County Down
Staten Island
Tell Me Ma
Whiskey In The Jar
Wild Rover
Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menkin
Cavatina (from The Deer Hunter) - Stanley Myers
Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi
Godfather - Nino Rota
Greatest Showman - Pasek & Paul
Harry Potter - John Williams
James Bond - John Barry
Jurassic Park - John Williams
Ladies in Lavender - Nigel Hess
Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) - Mancini
Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Badelt
Star Wars - John Williams
Up - Michael Giacchino
A Great Big World - Say Something
Ariana Grande - Problem
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Beyoncé - Crazy In Love
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Cee-Lo Green - Forget You
Celine Dion - The Prayer
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Coldplay - Sky Full Of Stars
Earth Wind and Fire - September
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elton John - Your Song
Etta James - At Last
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
James Brown - I Feel Good
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Lukas Graham - Seven Years
One Republic - Counting Stars
Piano Guys - Various arrangements
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sia - Chandelier
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Toto - Africa
~Musical Theatre~
Addams Family
City of Angels
Dear Evan Hansen
High School Musical
Into The Woods
Jekyll & Hyde
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Last Five Years
Les Miserables
Merrily We Roll Along
Miss Saigon
Phantom of the Opera
Songs for a New World
South Pacific
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
We Will Rock You
Wizard of Oz
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Fairytale of New York
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Coventry Carol
First Noel
I Saw Three Ships
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
O Magnum Mysterium
Sleigh Ride
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients love the variety they get from my extensive library, the fact that everything is stored on an iPad and how easily I get on with other booked musicians who I may have never met until the day!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As I’m based in the South West of England, I have played in countless stunning venues such as The Roman Baths. Further afield I have performed at the Barbican Centre, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As a cellist, probably Mstislav Rostropovich, Stephen Isserlis and Oliver Coates. Musical theatre-wise it would have to be the inspirational scoring of Jason Robert Brown and of course the amazing music teachers from my days of studying in Hampshire and Cardiff.

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

That has to be performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a soloist accompanied by an orchestra as a finals student at university!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! I have contact details for a huge number of musicians, including pianists, harpists, singers, and other string players. Please note that my prices reflect booking one musician, I can adapt the quote accordingly. I am incredibly easy to work with, and therefore have no problem with performing alongside any other musicians you book externally.

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

That’s absolutely fine! Please let me know with as much notice as possible, (ideally a week before) as I may need to notify other clients if it affects them. If you require extra time from me, I can adapt the quote accordingly. If the timings change within a week, I will do my best to accommodate you.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes me around 5-10 mins to set up, however I will arrive approximately 30-45 mins before booking time to find any event coordinators/clients where appropriate.

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

Please do! I have an extensive library of repertoire stored on my iPad, which I read from for performing, this means nothing is further than two or three taps away! If I don’t already have a particular piece you’d like to hear, I’m always keen to expand my library.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

The only thing I need provided for me on the day is an armless chair. I bring my own instrument, music stand, music scores and can provide PA equipment/own microphones if required. I’m happy to use any amplification provided, as necessary.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Definitely! If I don’t already have the piece in my vast collection of music, I’m always happy to expand my library. Just let me know a week or two in advance to allow time to source the music and learn the piece!


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£260
Up to 3 hours£340
Wedding ceremony
Including music for procession, two pieces for signing the register and music for recession as requested.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception.
Wedding ceremony plus background music
As above, with additional 30 minutes of music either side of the ceremony before the service as guests arrive/leave for up to 30 minutes.
Ceremony, guest arrival, drinks reception combo
- Music for guest arrival up to 30 minutes. - Music for ceremony. - Music for guest exit up to 30 minutes. - 2 x 45 minute sets for drinks reception.
Ceremony, guest arrival/exit, drinks reception, dinner
- Music for guest arrival up to 30 minutes. - Music for ceremony. - Music for guest exit up to 30 minutes. - 2 x 45 minute sets for drinks reception. - 2 x 45 minute sets during wedding breakfast.
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From Encore customers:

Sarah R
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sam was absolutely fantastic. He was extremely responsive and did a great job of creating the perfect set list for our event theme. The performance itself was fantastic, and made our evening truly memorable. Would highly recommend Sam!

Will W
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great performances, ideal for our wedding. Thanks, Sam!

Stephanie M
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sam was exactly what we were looking for for our wedding reception. Loads of people commented on the wonderful music. I would highly reccomend him for any event you might have.

Farzana H
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sam was exceptional. Thank you for being such such an excellent communicator, for your professionalism and for your beautiful cello performance at our ceremony. Thank you for learning a little Bollywood number at the end for our fusion wedding. we are so impressed with you, we’ve hired you to teach our daughter piano . Do not hesitate to hire Sam, you really won’t regret it. THANK YOU, you made our ceremony!

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From other customers:

Jacob B
6 years ago

Very enthusiastic, great player, and very pleasant company too.

Newham O
6 years ago

The Newham Philharmonic Orchestra booked Sam for a Newham Philharmonic course and performances and was extremely pleased with his playing, contributions and general attitude to the project.

From other musicians:

5th March 2018

I had a chance to meet and play with Sam in July 2016 and can confirm that he is a very confident, professional and reliable player. I look forward to meeting him again in the future. David Giardino GIARDINO STRINGS