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Severn Duo

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Severn Duo is a vibrant violin/cello ensemble comprised of Jess Townsend and Tom McCluskey and active across the Midlands & the South.

Severn Duo is a vibrant ensemble comprised of violinist Jess Townsend and her partner, cellist Tom McCluskey, and is active over the Midlands, Gloucestershire, Bristol and South Wales. The duo has a huge range of repertoire for your special day, from the traditional classics for the church ceremony, to light-listening and jazz for your wedding breakfast or drinks reception, and intimate pop duets for your first dance. If you have particular music in mind, Severn Duo will locate it or arrange it themselves. Jess & Tom met during their studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, having both entered with scholarships in 2011. Jess studied under Darragh Morgan and played in several chamber ensembles including the Hallows Trio and Mezin Quartet. In her last year at college, she was the only string player that year to achieve a full student placement with Welsh National Opera and rehearsed with them for several projects, and also participated in their side-by-side concert scheme. During this time, she also lead several ensembles including the RWCMD Opera Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra and was nominated for the Ian Stoutzker Prize. She had regular masterclasses with many esteemed musicians including Danny Phillips, Itzhak Rashkovsky & Rachel Podger. Tom studied under Alice Neary. In the years preceding his conservatoire studies, he appeared with his electric cello ensemble Nexus on MTV with singer Jayce Lewis. He regularly arranges music for ensembles, which has been performed at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and was hired to write and perform music for the première of Finn der Fisch in Lörrach, Switzerland. At college, he was involved with the Mezin Quartet and the Bridge Trio and lead his section for RWCMD Opera's production of Cunning Little Vixen. Outside of college, Tom has enjoyed session recording, and has appeared on several professionally produced tracks as well as an album called "Beneath the Surface" by singer-songwriter Olivia Fern. After graduating, Tom and Jess moved to Reading to participate in a year's teaching internship with respected music service Berkshire Maestros. However, they moved back towards the English/Welsh border in the summer of 2016 to focus on their performing careers, and are now based near Bristol. Jess currently teaches part-time for Severn Arts, Elgar School of Music and South Gloucestershire Music. She also regularly freelances with the English Symphony Orchestra, and has been recently involved in several of their highly praised endeavours including a series of CD recordings of Krenek Concerti and John Joubert's Jane Eyre Opera premiere. Tom also teaches for South Gloucestershire Music and freelances across the country. Together, the duo recently collaborated again with Olivia Fern on a new album set to release later this year.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Pop, Acoustic, Covers
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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, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Traditional Ceremony Music:
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Wedding March - Richard Wagner
Trumpet Tune - Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Ave Maria – Schubert*
Wachet Auf - Johann Sebastian Bach
Panis Angelicus - César Franck
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frideric Handel
Arioso - Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze - Johann Sebastian Bach
Gabriel's Oboe - Morricone
Air from Suite in D (Air on the G String) - Johann Sebastian Bach
Spring from the Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
Winter from the Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
Meditation - Jules Massenet
Humoresque - Antonín Dvořák
Hornpipe in D - George Frideric Handel
Hornpipe in F - George Frideric Handel
Air in D - George Frideric Handel
Air in F - George Frideric Handel
Bouree in F - George Frideric Handel
Menuet in G Minor - George Frideric Handel
Coro - George Frideric Handel
La Paix - George Frideric Handel
La Rejouissance - George Frideric Handel
Menuet in D - George Frideric Handel
Menuet in D Minor - George Frideric Handel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Hungarian Dance No.5 - Johannes Brahms
Theme from Serenade for String Orchestra - Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto No.4 - 2nd Movement - Niccolò Paganini
Flower Duet - Léo Delibes
Theme from Brahms' First Symphony - Johannes Brahms
Blue Danube - Strauss
Ave Verum Corpus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Tchaikovsky
Les Patineurs – Emile Waldteufel
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky
Huit Morceaux - Gliere
Libertango - Piazzolla
Light Music/Easy Listening:
Conclusion - Apocalyptica
Dream a Little Dream of Me
We’ll Meet Again
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Traditional
The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
Spring Song - Frank Bridge
Serenade to Spring - Lovland
The River Flows in You - Yurima
Palladio - Karl Jenkins
Ashokan Farewell – Jane Ungar
The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz) - Harold Arlen
Singin’ In the Rain
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) - Henry Mancini
If I Were A Rich Man
I Know Him So Well (from Chess)
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All Of Me - John Legend
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Can’t Take My Eyes off You
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Every Breath You Take - Sting
Feel - Robbie Williams
Half the World Away - Oasis/Aurora
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hey Soul Sister – Train
Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Latch – Sam Smith
Let It Be - The Beatles
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Neighbourhood 1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire
One Day Like This - Elbow
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
Resistance – Muse
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
Secrets - One Republic
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Stand By Me - Ben E King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns ‘N’ Roses
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Ewan MacColl
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Timber - Kesha
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
Videogames - Lana Del Rey
Viva la Vida – Coldplay
With or Without You – U2
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
My Neighbour Totoro - Joe Hisaishi
Always With Me (from Spirited Away) - Joe Hisaishi
Theme from Game of Thrones
Rains of Castamere (Game of Thrones) *Not advised for weddings!
Concerning Hobbits (from Lord of the Rings)
Hedwig’s Theme (from Harry Potter) - John Williams
Let It Go (from Frozen)
Everything I Do, I Do It For You (from Robin Hood) - Bryan Adams
Mario Theme
I See the Light (from Disney’s Tangled)
Cantina Band (from Star Wars)
Imperial March (from Star Wars)
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from Toy Story) – Randy Newman
Maestro (from The Holiday) – Hans Zimmer
Live & Let Die (from James Bond) – Paul & Linda McCartney
Love Theme (from the Godfather)
Love Story
Tale as Old As Time (from Beauty and the Beast)
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We'll always be a duo, but in the unlikely event one of us is unavailable for a date, we have a great selection of very talented musicians to take our places.

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

We always try to be as flexible as possible to help ensure things run smoothly - if timings need to change, please let us know as soon as possible and we'll do our best to accommodate any alterations.

How much time do you need to set up?

We will always arrive and set up at least 20 minutes before we are set to play so we have time to meet with you, or any events co-ordinators or managers and then unpack and arrange ourselves.

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

Of course! Please do pick out as many pieces of music from our lists as you like. Alternatively, we are more than happy to have a chat with you in order to guide you through music choices, or even pick for ourselves!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Everything apart from chairs (they won't fit in the car with a violin and cello!).

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely. At the moment, we include two free requests for new music as a part of our quote. If you require more, please have a chat with us and we can work out a fee which will cover the time it will take for us to write them out and rehearse them.


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Pippa L, 7 days ago

Absolutely amazing acoustic duo who were fantastic to work with, punctual and highly skilled. Such beautiful work. Thank you!

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Samantha M, 9 days ago

Fantastic and really lovely people. Pleasure to deal with.

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Sophie M, 1 month ago

Amazing, from first booking to the wedding!

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Kirsten H, 1 month ago

Severn Duo were fantastic and really added to our special day. Jess was so helpful and communicated well. I wish I could have heard them play more!

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From other customers:

Sally W, 2 years ago

It was fantastic. Exactly how I imagined it [...] It really made the ceremony extra special.

Kevin S, 2 years ago

Jess and Tom (Severn Duo) performed a wonderful set for us at our wedding at Matara in Gloucestershire. We selected a range of songs from their repertoire and they even played a few of our own requests. They played every song perfectly which provided a wonderful atmosphere for the ceremony. Thank you so much Jess and Tom for being part of our big day!