Live sessions – coaching – recordings – events – theatre – TV- radio
Margit van der Zwan : freelance cellist
Alongside my work as an illustrator I have a music career, working as a cellist and piano teacher. Over the years I have been fortunate to play at incredible venues (for example the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury main stage, Abbey Road Studios, Wembley Stadium, on TV and radio) meeting wonderful musicians along the way: Emeli Sande, Jools Holland, Elbow, Snow Patrol, Roy Wood, the Cinematic Orchestra and many more.
My freelance work has led to many varied opportunities, e.g. touring and recording with bands, performing in schools with the books I have written, and theatre work such as Cabaret (dir. Sam Mendes), The Prince & the Pauper (New Vic Theatre), MD at The Queen’s Theatre London. I am also involved with several charities (Music in Hospitals, Lime Arts, High Peak Community Arts) and ensembles (Cupid’s Bow cello duo, Duo Bellatando). Most recently I worked as a Music Coach on Get Even (BBC/Netflix).
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Lady Bird Music (Jagger/Gladwin/Van der Zwan) – vocals/cello
White Van (written and performed by Margit van der Zwan)
The World (written and performed by Margit van der Zwan)
Hearts, Hearts (written and performed by Margit van der Zwan)
“Sophie and I just wanted to say thank you so so much for making our wedding magical with your beautiful cello playing and wonderful presence. Our guests commented many times how absolutely wonderful you were and how magical it was to have your music at the ceremony. And from what I could see the little people at the wedding gravitated towards you and especially enjoyed ‘Let it Go and ‘Harry Potter’ 😉 I can’t tell you how special and moving it was to have you play ‘Quilting Theme’ as we walked down the aisle, it was hard to hold back the tears as I entered the room and heard your beautiful arrangement. It was simply stunning. You looked amazing at the wedding […] I can’t wait to recommended you to everyone should they need some beautiful music, a friendly kind soul that you are, and the best cello music they will hear. Your artful music really sung into the soul, so thank you Margit 💜” -Sophie G.
“Communications with Margit before the event were excellent, she gave us an extensive list of music to choose from, and offered to learn anything that wasn’t on her list. Margit arrived in plenty of time, was wonderfully friendly, calm and professional. And her music was simply fantastic!!! All our guests commented on how lovely she played. If you need a cellist, stop right here, you’ve found the one for you.” -MB
“Thank you so much, the music was wonderful and so powerful and really enhanced the event. […] Thanks again you were amazing!!” -StartC
“Thanks so much Margit for arranging all the pieces for my mum’s funeral. I didn’t get to hear as many of your pieces as others as we entered as you finished, but the Mission piece [Gabriel’s Oboe] at the end was beautiful and lots of people said that your music was a lovely part of the service. Many thanks.” -Clare B
“Thank you so much for playing with us last night and fitting in with the vibe so wonderfully well! We really appreciated your patience, professionalism, good humour and, of course, brilliant playing.”
-Manager of Roy Wood