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Tim Cais

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About Tim

Professional cellist based in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

A graduate of the Reid School of Music (University of Edinburgh), Tim leads a busy musical life. He began playing the cello aged four, and started singing and playing the piano soon after. He attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department where he continued to study cello with Betsy Taylor (RSNO). In 2013 Tim graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BMus (Hons), specialising in performance, orchestration and stylistic composition. Alongside his academic studies, he continued to study cello with Betsy Taylor and Donald Gillan (SCO). In 2010 Tim was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship for achievement in performance. Tim played with, and was principal cellist of, the University’s String, Symphony, and Chamber orchestras. He played continuo for Edinburgh Studio Opera’s productions of Handel’s Semele and Purcell’s King Arthur, and was principal cellist for Edinburgh University Footlights’ production of Bernstein’s West Side Story. He sang with the University Singers and was a member of Edinburgh Studio Opera. Since university Tim has played with many ensembles, including the Rose Street Ensemble, Magnetic Opera, Sospiro Baroque, Amicus, the Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra, the Edinburgh Charity Orchestra, and Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is one of the founder members of both the Fyrish String Quartet and the Pentland String Quartet. He was bass choral scholar at Old Saint Paul's Church for two years. Tim regularly sings with choirs in Edinburgh and Glasgow, including Octavoce, the Glasgow Chamber Choir and the Robin Chapel Choir. He has been involved in recent recordings with the Glasgow Chamber Choir and Octavoce, as well as singing live on the BBC with Glasgow Chamber Choir. As a cello soloist Tim gave his debut recital in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and has since given successful recitals in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In June 2013 he was the soloist with the Edinburgh University String Orchestra in their performances of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile for Cello and Strings. Working with pianist and accompanist, Chris Harding, Tim gave successful recitals showcasing sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and JS Bach. Tim has appeared as the cello soloist for performances of Rutter’s and Duruflé’s Requiems, and Bob Chilcott's St. John Passion, with choirs including the Glasgow Chamber Choir, the Scottish Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union. Tim plays a cello by Noel Sweetman (2000).

Performance details
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Opera, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Folk, Pop, Covers, Acoustic
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching
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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I play as a soloist, and in a string quartet (and sometimes trio.)

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

Just let me know as soon as you can. I always try to be flexible, as I understand circumstances change. The further in advance you can tell of any changes, the more likely I am to be able to accommodate this.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive 30 mins before I'm due to start playing. If there are special circumstances, I will arrange to arrive earlier.

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

I'm happy to play any style of music - let me know if you have any particular requests. I have a wide variety of music ranging from classical to pop to folk.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! Although I will need a chair, but this is usually provided by the venue.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, absolutely! It's your day, so if you would like to hear your favourites song, just let me know!


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)£80
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£260


From customers:

Katherine E, 2 years ago

We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your support yesterday evening, You truly captivated everyone in the Upper Library with your impeccable performance in every song and we look forward to working with you again.

Sohpie, 3 years ago

Just wanted to email to thank you so much for the beautiful music at our wedding last weekend. It was just how I imagined it and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed it. Thanks also for learning all our requests, it really made the ceremony so special for us. I would not hesitate to recommend you!

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