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Tori Rushton came back to her home town Stratford-upon-Avon in 2003 after playing for 10 years in Paris with incredible orchestras, dance companies, theatres and even rock bands and her musical journey has continued to grow. As a professional cellist she often plays for theatre companies in the pit for their productions. (RSC, Warwick Arts, Belgrade Theatre, Stratford Artshouse). She plays solo or part of a duo Violin/Viola and cello or Quartet for the drinks receptions/ceremonies at weddings, christenings, coporate dinners, other family/friends special occasions to create the right ambiance of background music. She does session work in recording studios, works in musical theatres, plays in different set ups, duos, trios and bands playing all kinds of genres. Tori is the cellist in the band Magik River and Double bass player in the Jazz Band Impromptu and Bass Guitarist for The Zeb Project

Tori is a highly experienced Cello and Double Bass Teacher (also teaches Bass guitar/guitar and ukuele) working privately in primary and secondary schools and some afternoons and evenings in her music studio based in Stratford Upon Avon. She organises cello ensembles and string ensembles with a difference using the diversity of the instruments to play all sorts of genres from Classical music to Rock ! Very popular and gets booked up quickly!

She is also a Music Director,Conductor for The Real String Orchestra, Promoter, Music Producer and Created her own Festival FAB FEST which she is Festival Organiser. Tori is involved in many music projects in and around Stratford upon Avon, organising Festivals, Music events, Live music evenings so if you wish her to help you out on any events her knowledge and experience is huge. She has many contacts and knows many local musicians with different genres to make your Live music event special and with a community vibe.

Tori volunteers as a Radio Presenter on Welcombe Radio every Friday from 1pm to 3pm on her show Sounds of Stratford TUNE IN to internet Radio!

RECORDING SESSIONS: ATM.....cello on Louise Dengate tracks

NEWS.....Tori is looking for String Players aged 16 tp 99, grade 5 and above for a new String Orchestra for 2019..The Real String Orchestra String Teachers most welcome as this is a high standard String Orchestra in Stratford Upon Avon.

Gigs This Month


  • Wednesday 8th January Hosting Ukuele Night at The Old Bull Pub, Inkberrow 8pm
  • Saturday 14th March, The Real String Orchestra at Welford on Avon Church.

Cello/strings Workshops for students (please book your places quickly!)

5 superb Cello Workshops for all ages and abilities in 2020 from 9:30am - 12:30pm

LIMITED to 8 places per workshop based at The beautful settings and building of The Quakers meeting room in Ettington near Stratford Upon Avon..

  • Saturday 29th February
  • Saturday 2nd May
  • Saturday 11th July
  • Saturday 26th September
  • Saturday 5th December

Then ...

“I started studying the cello at 7. I had already begun to learn the guitar and piano at 5 years old. I continued at school and soon achieved the associated board exams grades 1-8 in cello and 1-6 in piano and guitar. I also picked up the double bass and taught myself. My passion for the cello grew and I continued studying different techniques, playing in orchestras, performing chamber music and musicals. Through working with professional cellists and other musicians I also developed an interest in teaching.

In 1992 at the Paris conservatoire I worked with many inspiring musicians, teachers and mentors which gave me opportunities to play in very professional Parisian orchestras, like the Paris symphony orchestra and the Impromptu and Franclien orchestra’s. This took me to some amazing places around Paris and the whole of France, playing incredible pieces of classical music from Baroque to Modern in castles, churches and cathedrals, accompanying top solo artists in France.

I moved ranks throughout my ten year career in these orchestras to finally first cellist which was a great honour and also very scary. I wasn’t only playing classical stuff, I always wanted to venture into other styles of music with my cello and during my time in Paris I met and was influenced and later played with different musicians in Jazz, punk, rock and folk. I worked for two contemporary dance companies where depending on the show I would play a diverse range of different styles to suit. And then just for fun I played in a punk band and bars at night using an electric pick up and a distortion pedal on my 200 year old Baroque cello. Crazy amazing years! I now have an electric cello where I use all kinds of pedals!”

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