Meet Jay

The Detailed Info

I have played the cello for 30+ years, performing with numerous orchestras and ensembles around the UK, from north Scotland, right down to the south coast. I raised through the ranks of county youth orchestras very quickly, and was longest serving principal cellist (9 years) for Midland Youth Orchestra - now the prestigious CBSO Youth Orchestra. I am a regular cellist with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst I also freelance with various other orchestras and ensembles around the UK throughout the year. I also travel to perform internationally, with locations including Canada, the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Away from orchestras, I've been invited as a cellist for numerous musicians for professional recordings and live performances, have provided music for promo sessions, wedding shows, and Graduation ceremonies, and am often invited to work with music students exploring creative arts through music. I am currently studying in Birmingham for a Masters Degree in Performance, whilst also working towards a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM). To maintain an excellent standard of playing, I currently study under award-winning cellists Richard Jenkinson, Lionel Handy, and Jane Salmon at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

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Things I Love

Fine dining. Good coffee. Sewing. Five Guys cajun fries. Silver jewellery. Lush. Supportive friends. Hula hooping. The Smalls. 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. That's literally my dream come true - it was my dream since I was 10. I absolutely LOVE to be engulfed in the full sound of an orchestra. And I love to hear the sound of a cello singing with its own voice, alone. I believe in being professional about everything I do, as a professional musician, running a business and maintaining my creativity! Importantly, I refuse to be squashed into a conformist box. I'm full of life and love. My thinking is diverse, and I live life honestly. It's a pleasure and an honour to work with you.

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Let's make music...

I'm always ready to explore new ideas and take on new projects. Whether you need a cellist for your orchestra, a soloist for your event, or just someone to improvise, have a jam, and create new sounds with other talented musicians, I would love to help you out. All you have to do is get in touch..