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Cantabile Cello Duo

  • 5 stars - Cantabile Cello Duo are Highly Recommended 15
  • Number of members: 2

  • Cello Duo
  • Dorset

Two women, two cellos: small enough to be a perfect accompaniment for the most intimate functions but also suitable as a different, quirky alternative to the string quartet. We have bases in London and Dorset and are very unique.

Price from £385 + travel

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Secure your 2021 / 2022 booking before the 30th November 2020, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against a new date.

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Set List / Repertoire

New! Christmas Repertoire!
Music from The Nutcracker Ballet
Dance of the Reed Flutes
Russian Dance
Waltz of the Flowers
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Vivaldi: Largo from Winter

Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah

Christmas Carols:
Angels We Have Heard on High
Away in a Manger
Coventry Carol
Deck the Halls
For Unto Us a Child is Born
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
The Nutcracker
Dance of the Reed Flutes
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Silent Night
Sing We Now of Christmas Noel Nouvelet
Wassail Song
We Three Kings of Orient Are
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata 147
Sheep May safely Graze from Cantata 208
Arioso from Cantata 156
My Heart ever Faithful from Cantata 68
Air on the G String and Gigue from Suite no 3
Minuets from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook

Sonata in G major for Two Cellos

Prelude to Te Deum

Trumpet Voluntary in D Major


Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Allegro from Sonata in F major
Bourree and La rejouissance from The Fireworks
Hornpipe, Air, Allegro, Andante, Bourree and Finale from The Water Music Suite
Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah



Trumpet Tune
Rondeau from Incidental Music to Abdelazer

Vivace from Sonata in F major
Presto from Sonatina in F major
Canonic Sonatas

Selections from Spring, Autumn and Winter from The Four Seasons
Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D minor

Ode to Joy from Symphony #9
Minuet in G

Sonata in C major for Two Cellos                                      
Sonata in D major for Two Cellos

Aria from Orfeo ed Euridice

Gavotte and Tambourin

Heavens Are Telling from The Creation
Presto from String Quartet in F major op 74
Theme from Military Symphony

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata in A Major
Menuetto and Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Arias from Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute
Adagio from Clarinet Concerto in A

Andante from 'Rosamunde' String Quartet
Marche Militaire

Variations on a Theme of Haydn: Sicilienne and St Anthony Chorale
Hungarian Dance no 5  

Flower Duet from Lakmé

Largo from the New World Symphony

Nimrod from 'Enigma Variations'
Chanson de Matin

Panis Angelicus from 'Messe Solonelle'

Ten Duets Op53 for Two Cellos, nos 1-4

Gavotte from 'Holberg Suite'

Evening Prayer from Hansel & Gretel

Meditation from Thais

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Andante from Violin Concerto in E minor

Duo Op 52

Piano Concerto #3, Theme from 1st movement

The Swan

Traumerei from Kinderscenen

Selection from The Nutcracker

La Donna e mobile from Rigoletto

Estudiantine from 'Suite de Valses'

Bridal Chorus form Lohengrin, Act 3

Theme from Der Freishutz

Modern/ Jazz
Pine Apple Rag
Rag-Time Dance
The Entertainer      
Heliotrope Bouquet

I Got Rhythm
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Ray Charles
What'd I Say


Spice Girls

Mamma Mia

Darin/ Murray
Splish Splash


Bang the Drum all Day

Van Morrison

Vance/ Pockriss
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Pat Legg
Blues, Lullaby Blues, Ragtime

Aaron Minsky
Cello Blues
The Good High Alaska Boogie
Way out West

Songs from TV, Film & Musicals

Addams Family theme
Barnacle Bill
Bob the Builder theme
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Chitty chitty bang bang
Consider yourself from Oliver!
Eastenders theme
Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
Everybody wants to be a Cat from The Aristocats
Fawlty Towers theme
Fraggle Rock theme
Frosty the snowman
Get me to the church on time
Happy birthday
I'm forever blowing bubbles
James Bond theme
Last of the Summer Wine theme
The Lion Sleeps Tonight from The Lion King
Looney Tunes theme
The Merry-go-Round Broke Down (Looney Tunes)
Match of the Day theme
Mission Impossible theme
Muppet Show theme
New York, New York
Oompah Loompah song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Roobarb and Custard theme
Rugrats theme
Schindler's List theme
Scooby Doo
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Speak softly, love (The Godfather theme)
Star Wars: Main Theme, Anakin's Theme, Cantina Band,  Han Solo
and The Princess, May the Force be With You, Parade of the Ewoks, Princess Leia's Theme, The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme), The Throne Room, Victory Celebration, Yoda's ThemeThe Flintstones theme
The Great Escape theme
The Liberty Bell
Those magnificent men in their flying machines
Wallace and Gromit theme
Wipeout Theme
You're the One That I Want (Grease)

Simple Gifts
Amazing Grace
Nearer, my God, to Thee
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Rule Britannia
Be Thou My Vision
The Last Rose of Summer
Scarborough Fair
English Country Garden
Shepherd's Hey
Soldier, Soldier
The British Grenadiers
Little Brown Jug
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (Glover-Kind)
Daisy, Daisy (Dacre)
Blow the Wind Southerly
The Ash Grove
Dance to Your Daddy
Donkey Riding (Canada)
Waltzing Matilda (Australia)
J'ai du Bon Tabac (France)
Still, Still, Still (Austria)
Mango Walk (Jamaica)
Linstead Market (Jamaica)

Duo Cello Wedding Music
J. Clarke,Trumpet Voluntary
Wagner, Wedding March from 'Lohengrin' ('Here comes the bride') 
Pachelbel, Canon
Purcell, Trumpet Tune in D 
Handel, La Rejouissance from Fireworks
Handel, Hornpipe in D from Water Music
Handel, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Mozart, Wedding March from 'Le Nozze di Figaro'

Signing of the Register
J.S. Bach, Jesu, joy of man's desiring
J.S. Bach, Air on the G string
J.S. Bach, Arioso
Massenet, Meditation from Thais
Elgar, Chanson de Matin
Vivaldi, Winter from The Four Seasons

Mendelssohn, Wedding March
Purcell, Trumpet Tune in D
J. Clarke, Trumpet Voluntary 
Handel, La Rejouissance from Fireworks

15 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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  • Good 0
  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
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“I was very happy with the service I received from Alive Network in helping me to find Cantabile Cello Duo who were prepared to arrange some songs outside their repertoire and play them at our wedding. Everything happened as I was told it would, and I was very pleased with the communication with Alive Network and the cellists before the event, particularly hearing that they had enjoyed the challenge of re-arranging the pieces for the cello. I was very happy with the cellists professionalism and performance on the day, and would recommend them to others.”

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“Alive Network provided a wonderfully professional service, allowing us to trust them with this element of our event and to get on with organising everything else. Cantabile Cello Duo are professional, charming and extremely talented musicians who really made our day. We would, without hesitation, use them again and wholeheartedly recommend Cantabile Cello Duo to anybody else considering using them, they are a delight and we feel honoured to have had them play. Thank you from us both.”

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“Our dealings with Alive Network were professional and uncomplicated, and we would use Alive Network again. Cantabile Cello Duo played a varied mix of Christmas music and popular Classics as well as playing an item which they had to arrange specially. Everything went to plan and our guests were impressed by the whole event.”

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Full Biography

Founded in the summer of 2004, Cantabile Cello Duo was soon heard at major venues across London. Two women, two cellos: the perfect accompaniment for weddings and events.

Cantabile Cello Duo have performed at venues such as 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), City Hall, Channel 4, The Reform Club, The Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, The Queen’s House and on board the Cutty Sark. Clients attending these high profile events include the Duke of Edinburgh Sir Nicholas Serota Sir David Attenborough and Anton Mosimann to name a few!

What do two cellos sound like?
Please listen to the sound clips provided; the sound is very rich and the two instruments complement each other perfectly.

What kind of music do Duo Cello play?
Cantabile Cello Duo has an extensive repertoire, ranging from classical favourites to popular songs. We also accommodate special requests if possible (for an extra fee) - we have arranged music as diverse as Handel, Radiohead and Irish jigs!

Pippa Rans is a freelance orchestral cellist, performing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

She graduated with Distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College of Music in 2005, where she was a scholar studying with Lowri Blake and Joely Koos. She was principal cellist of the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and won many prizes including the Classical Concerto and the Solo Bach Competition. Pippa gained her undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham, where she led all the orchestras, won the Concerto Competition and was invited to perform the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the University Sinfonia.

Pippa has been giving recitals as soloist and chamber musician to great acclaim, including a platform at the Wigmore Hall and a recent performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with St Paul’s Sinfonia as well as education work with the City of London Sinfonia. She is a member of the Sonas Quartet with whom she has travelled the world as guest entertainers on board Saga Cruise Ships.

Ruth Beedham studied at Trinity College of Music with Alison Wells and Natasha Pavlutskya. Whilst at Trinity, Ruth won the Leonard Smith Prize for string duo and also gained a scholarship to continue her studies with Natasha on the postgraduate diploma course. Ruth now studies with Naomi Butterworth.

Ruth performs regularly as a chamber musician. She is a member of The Backman Trio who give recitals for music clubs and societies across the country and have recently performed at St James’s Piccadilly and Blackheath Halls. After a successful tour of Finland in summer 2009 they have been invited back by popular demand in 2011.  Ruth has also been guest soloist with Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra, and performed Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso with St Paul’s Sinfonia in April 2008.

Ruth also has several teaching posts including cello teacher at City of London School for Boys. In her spare time, she enjoys running and in 2006 ran the London Marathon. Ruth hopes to run it again sometime soon and preferably faster!

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You were amazing and we really appreciate the effort you went to in order to include our special request.
-Kendra & James, Mandarin Oriental Kinghtsbridge

We very much appreciated your music and it contributed to the success of the evening
- Ursula Jost Carraro, The Swiss Church Project

Thank you so much, we really enjoyed the recital.
- Caroline Scott, Country Life Magazine

Many thanks for playing such beautiful music on our wedding day. Your performance was brilliant and really contributed to our perfect day.
- Heidi and Dom, Danson House

Previous Clients include;
Deutsche Bank
Lloyds TSB Private Banking Mayfair
ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)
Finnish- British Chamber of Commerce
Society for Distinguished Songwriters (for David Arnold)
Country Life Magazine
Croydon Council (Eco Expo Launch)
GVA Grimley Property Consultancy

Previous venues include;
Horsley Towers, Surrey
Frensham Heights, Surrey
Great Tythe Barn, Hampshire
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge
Dulwich College
Richmond Gate Hotel
Greenwich Yacht Club
Islington Town Hall
Royal Academy of Arts
Islington Town Hall

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