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Award-winning, classically trained cellist. Skilled international chamber and orchestral musician as well as a studio recording artist.
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Sarah Nail began her musical studies at the age of three before switching to cello at the age of six. She attended the world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy and then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied with Steven Balderston of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sarah was quite an active member of the arts community in Chicago, Illinois. She was a frequent member of The Chicago Composers Orchestra from 2016-2019. In addition to being a member of the CCO, she also taught underprivileged students cello within the Music for Kids program, in Chicago. She was also a student mentor for two years at the Scrolworks program in Birmingham, Alabama. Sarah has studied music in Italy, America, and the UK. She has also participated in studio recording projects as well as film score orchestras. Sarah attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Alison Wells. She has worked with the Scottish Opera,  Scottish Ensemble, and Brodsky Quartet, as well as worked closely with principal musicians in Glasgow's top orchestras. Sarah is currently a member of the Nevis Ensemble.

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Steven J
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Inverkip
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5 out of 5

Great musician for weddings. Extremely professional and understanding, given circumstances surrounding COVID. Would definitely recommend for future events!

3 years ago

Wedding in Lincoln Ave, Glasgow G13 3LZ, UK I would just like to thank you both for your performance on Saturday. It was beautiful and professional. The guests and neighbours! Absolutely loved it and your choice of music was just perfect . Wishing you all much success in the future.

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Sarah Nail's Song list

Jazz and Pop, Folk, Traditional and Film Score Selections:
Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darin)
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
Love and Marriage (Frank Sinatra)
La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf)
Moon River (Andy Williams)
Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra)
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
All of Me (John Legend)
A Thousand Years (Christina Perry)
Shape of You (Ed Sheeran)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Amazing Grace
Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission)
Theme (Once Upon a Time in the West)
Lucky (Jason Mraz)
I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
Rather Be (Clean Bandit)
Symphony (Clean Bandit)
Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
Auld Lang Syne
Theme (Beauty and the Beast)
The Champions (UEFA Champions League Theme)
The Entertainer
Spanish Dance
Maple Leaf Rag
El Tango de Roxanne (Moulin Rouge)
Tango Por Una Cabeza
May It Be (Lord of the Rings)
Now We Are Free (Gladiator
Rasputin (Boney M.)
Take On Me (A-ha)
Lord of the Rings Medley
Potter Waltz (Harry Potter)
Theme (The Phantom of the Opera)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Besame Mucho
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
The Pink Panther (The Pink Panther TV Series)
When You Believe (The Prince of Egypt)
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses)
Theme (Once Upon a Time in the West)
Theme (Bridgerton, TV Series)
All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
Heart of the Lonely Mountain Cold (The Hobbit)
Theme (Jurassic Park)
Fade to Black (Metallica)
Theme (The Secret Garden)
Mamma Mia! (Mamma Mia the Musical, ABBA)
Believer (Shrek)
Wild Mountain Thyme (Will Ye Go Lassie, Go?)
Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding)
River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Let It Go (Frozen)
I Could Have Danced All Night
Marry You (Bruno Mars)
Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
Something (The Beatles)
Octopus Garden (The Beatles)
Come On Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners)
Ennio Morricone Tribute Medley
Bella Ciao!
When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
The Winner Takes It All (Mamma Mia the Musical, ABBA)
Ashokan Farewell
All My Love (Led Zepplin)
Storybook Love (The Princess Bride)
So This Is Love? (Cinderella)
Theme (Game of Thrones)
I'll Always Remember Us This Way (Lady Gaga, A Star is Born)
Shallow (Lady Gaga, A Star is Born)
Fairytale of New York (The Pogues)
You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
Highland Cathedral
Tonight (West Side Story)
Theme (Braveheart)
Friday, I'm in Love (The Cure)
Fix You (Coldplay)
British Bake Off Medley
Theme (The Queen's Gambit)
Imagine (John Lennon)
How Deep is Your Love? (Bee Gees)
Theme (Final Fantasy)
The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd)
Under The Sea (The Little Mermaid)
Death of a Bachelor (Panic! At the Disco)
The Medallion Calls (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Titanium (David Guetta ft. Sia)
Goodbye Yellow Brick (Elton John)
Your Song (Elton John)
Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid)
The Champions (UEFA Champions League Theme)
Moonlight Sonata/Dancing in the Moonlight Mashup (Beethoven/Toploader)
Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
Bella Notte (Lady and the Tramp)
Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually)
Zombie (The Cranberries)
For the First Time in Forever (Frozen)
Tell Me Ma
Stand by Me (Ben E. King)
Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly, Ennio Morricone)
That's Amore (Dean Martin)
Volare (Domenico Modugno)
Africa (Toto)
See You Again (Charlie Puth)
Carl and Ellie: Married Life (Disney's 'Up')
From Russia with Love (James Bond)
Clocks (Coldplay)
Please Please Me (The Beatles)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
A Postcard from Henry Purcell (Pride and Prejudice, 2005)
Havana (Camilla Cabello)
Uprising (Muse)
Mr. Sandman (The Chordettes)
Grace Kelly (Mika)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
Hills of Donegal
Ordinary Man (Christy Moore)
Star of County Down
Scarborough Fair
Kiss from a Rose (Seal)
Accidentally in Love (Shrek)
Theme (Pride and Prejudice, 1995)
I Won't Say I'm in Love (Disney's Hercules)
Killing Me Softly (Fugees)
My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion, Titanic)
Danny Boy/Shenandoah
Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas)
True Colours (Phil Collins)
Against All Odds (Phil Collins)
You'll Be in My Heart (Phil Collins, Tarzan)
Country Roads, West Virginia (John Denver)
Supermassive Black Hole (Muse)
Rasputin (Boney M)
Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)
J.C. Bach:
Cello Suites
J.S. Bach:
Air on the G String
Bist Du Bei Mir
Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
My Heart Ever Faithful
Sheep May Safely Graze
Sleepers Awake
Trio Sonata
Fugue C minor
W.F. Bach:
Trio Sonatas
Ave Maria
Romanian Folk Dances
Fur Elise
Ode to Joy
Pastoral from Symohony No. 6
Six Minuets
Six Country Dances
Symphony No. 5 (slow movement)
Agnus Dei
Jeux d’Enfants: Galop, Petit Mari, Petite Femme
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Excerpts from “Carmen”
Six Trios, Op. 35
Polovetzian Dance Theme
Hungarian Dance No. 5
S. Carlebach
Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Od Yishama
Fantasie Impromptu in C#
Waltz in A minor
Simple Gifts Theme
Threnodies I and II
Trio Sonatas
Clair de Lune
Girl with the Flaxen Hair
De Falla:
Ritual Fire Dance
Flower Duet from “Lakme”
Theme from New World Symphony, mvt. 2
Slavonic Dances Nos. 1 and 2
Pomp and Circumstance
Salut d’Amour
Panis Angelicus
I've Got Rhythm
Selected works
Impresiones de la Puna
Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits
“Che Faro senza Euridice” from “Orfeo”Le Bananier
The Dying Poet
Tournament Galop
“Avant de Quitter ces Lieux” from “Faust”
Funeral March for a Marionette
Juliet’s Waltz Song
I Love Thee
Zadok the Priest (also known as the UEFA Champions League Theme, and Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Anthem)
Trio Sonatas
Hymn from 'Jupiter', The Planets
Pavane for a Dead Princess
F.J. Haydn:
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Fireworks Music
Hallelujah Chorus from “Messiah”
Largo from "Xerxes"
La Rejouissance
Air from Water Music
Hornpipe from Water Music
"London" Trios
Song Without Words
Intermezzo from Op. 13
Wedding March
Theme from Romeo and Juliet
Swan Lake
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Waltz of the Flowers
The Swan from Carnival of Animals

Sarah Nail's 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£175
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£310
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Very professional Flexible Easy going and pleasant to work with Always come prepared Performances are beautifully thought-out and enjoyable for everyone

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Springkell, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

Do you have different line-up options?

My line-up includes, but is not limited to solo cello. Upon request, duos, trios, quartets, etc can be provided for your event.

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

There is a booking fee and cancellations will be available up until one week before the scheduled event. If any cancellations take place after that time, refunds will not be available.

How much time do you need to set up?

Set up usually takes place 1-1.5 hours before the event starts. This allows adequate time to make sure everything is in place for your event and to accommodate any changes that might need to take place.

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

My setlist is crafted from years of performance experience playing all genres of music. However, if you have any special requests, feel free to contact me about them and we can talk through to see what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring everything I need with me!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, if a song isn't included feel free to make a request! I am happy to include any song that will make your event even more memorable.
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Opera, Film / TV music, 1920s era music, 1960s era music, 1930s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music, 1980s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Rock, World music, Jazz
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Christmas party, Birthday party, Charity event, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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