Hey and welcome!
The "problem" with being born to not fit in, is you have to take the flak when you shine and stand out.
Hi! So you already know, my name is Jay and I'm a freelance, professionally trained cellist. I've been playing since I was around 5 years old. I joined my first orchestra at the age of 7, and have since played with many orchestras within the UK, and travelling the world. I have taught cello privately and in schools, worked with a diverse range of musicians from beginners to pro, and co-founded various ensembles. I have a BA (Hons) degree in music, and will soon be completing a taught MA in cello performance with additional electroacoustic studies. I currently study with award winning, internationally renowned cellist, Richard Jenkinson.
I'm currently principal cellist for Solihull Symphony Orchestra, and 3rd cello with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. I also play with Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, and various smaller ensembles around the Midlands area. I perform at weddings and private functions as a solo acoustic cellist. My primary cello is a beautiful English cello aged approx 198 years old (called Sid, and he's lush). I have 2 back up cellos, which I use depending on whether I'm required to perform as concert cellist, or play electroacoustic.
Things I Love
Fine dining. Good coffee. Sewing. Five Guys cajun fries. Silver jewellery. Lush. Supportive friends. Hula hooping. The Smalls. The Mr. Grey’s Anatomy. Sid. Weddings. Driving (anywhere). Belly laughs. Wagamama. Creating music. New York City. Gin. Film photography. Crochet and knitting. Huge hugs. Labyrinth. Dubstep. Champagne. Travelling the world. Politeness. Rum. Dancing. The sea. Instagram. Bacon and egg cupcakes.
This list is most definitely not exhaustive…
Claims To Fame(!)
Performed in a choir on Blue Peter! Stroked Bonnie the dog. There’s a Blue Peter badge somewhere on my desk. Squealed and professed my love to Philip Schofield when I saw him at the studios. Performed in various orchestras around the world, including the World’s Largest Orchestra. I can crochet a mean Pokéball. I once ate 14 rashers of bacon for breakfast, nothing else. Managed to embarrass Gordon Ramsay and one of his chefs (turns out, they were new to the phrase “mouthgasm”). Had tea with the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Sandwell, when I was 4 (they were awfully nice, you know?). Have been on the radio numerous times speaking about mental health issues. I'm an advocate for those without a voice.
Thoughts And Things
My career is as a cellist. Not as an orchestral cellist, even though I play in orchestras on a regular basis. I absolutely LOVE to be engulfed in the full sound of an orchestra. Truth is, I believe there's more to being a professional cellist than *only* orchestras and concertos - not that there's anything wrong with those things! And so, I refuse to be squashed into a conformist box. My thinking is diverse, as are my actions. I live life honestly, and in a way that suits me (and those I love!).