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About Severn Duo

Severn Duo is a vibrant violin/cello ensemble comprised of Jess Townsend and Tom McCluskey and active across the Midlands & the South.
String duo
South Gloucestershire
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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
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore badges
Lightning fast responses
Average response time under 2 hours
Saved the day!
Booked for an Encore gig with less than 24 hours’ notice
Most booked musician of 2021!
5th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 5 years
50 gigs
Veteran: 50 bookings through Encore
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/Hymns:
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
O Danny Boy/I Cannot Tell
How Great Thou Art
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/Jazz:
Ashokan Farewell – Jane UngarAt Last - Etta James
Conclusion - Apocalyptica
Dream a Little Dream of Me
The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Palladio - Karl Jenkins
Spring Song - Frank Bridge
Serenade to Spring - Lovland
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Traditional
The River Flows in You - Yurima
We’ll Meet Again
The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz) - Harold Arlen
Over the Rainbow - Israel K
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
A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Gannets
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Can’t Take My Eyes off You
Collide - Howie Day
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Every Breath You Take - Sting
Feel - Robbie Williams
Feel The Love - Rudimental
Half the World Away - Oasis/Aurora
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hey Soul Sister – Train
Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts
How Long Will I Love You? - Ellie Goulding
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
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Marry You – Bruno Mars
My Girl - The Temptations
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
Set Fire To The Rain - Adele
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 Chain - Fleetwood Mac
The Final Countdown - Europe
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
All I Want Is You (from Juno) - Barry Louis Polisar
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)
Goodman's Theme (from Ghost Stories) - Frank Ilfman
Hedwig’s Theme (from Harry Potter) - John Williams
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (from When Harry Met Sally)
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
A Noble Maiden Fair (from Brave) - Patrick Doyle
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.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£340
Up to 2 hours£370
Up to 3 hours£400
Wedding Ceremony2 musicians
Music before the service begins, bridal entrance, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Includes two new music requests.
NEW!Virtual services
Session Strings - Up to 5 minutes of violin/viola/cello solo
Up to five minutes of one solo string instrument (violin, viola or cello). Recorded in stereo with Rode M5 condenser mics through a Saffire 6 audio interface. Delivery includes high quality dry .wav file and rough mix.mp3 for reference.
Session Strings - Up to 5 minutes of string duo
Up to five minutes string duo (any configuration of violins/violas/celli). Recorded in stereo with Rode M5 condenser mics through a Saffire 6 audio interface. Delivery includes high quality dry .wav files and rough mix.mp3 for reference.
Session Strings - Up to 5 minutes of string quartet
Up to five minutes string quartet (any configuration of violins/violas/celli). Recorded in stereo with Rode M5 condenser mics through a Saffire 6 audio interface. Delivery includes high quality dry .wav files and rough mix.mp3 for reference.


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From Encore customers:

Rowan S
7 days ago
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5 out of 5

Made our day!! Fitted themselves into the schedule of the day beautifully. Cannot recommemd them enough, a huge thankyou from us to Jess and Tom

Kathrine T
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

5 Star ⭐️ Would highly recommend. Very professional just turned up and sorted themselves out. Songs all sounded amazing. Thank you Severn Duo.

Mengxia S
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Provided a great musical backdrop to our wedding ceremony.

Sam B
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Highly recommended!! Severn Duo is an excellent pair of musicians who helped to made our wedding day absolutely perfect. We worked together on song choices and arrangements and the result was amazing. Thank you Jess and Tom x

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From other customers:

Sally W
5 years ago

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

Kevin S
5 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!