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 in the band Magik River
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, 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!
ATM ... She is recording her cello sounds for an Indian Film.. Very Bollywood!!
- Wednesday 1st November Acoustic Night at Stratford Folk Club
- Thursday 9th November Magik River at Catalan Bar Warwick 8pm
- Wednesday 15th November Acoustic Night at Stratford Folk Club
- Saturday 18th November ... Youth Rock Pop Cello Workshop with chocolates! FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 26th November .. Impromptu Jazz Band (Tori on Double Bass) at The West End Pub Stratford Upon Avon at 5pm til 7pm
- Saturday 2nd December ...Adults Christmas Cello Workshop with Tea & mince pies FULLY BOOKED
- Wednesday 6th December Acoustic Night at Stratford Folk Club
- Thursday 7th December Magik River at Susie's Bar RSC 7pm
- Wednesday 20th December Acoustic Night at Stratford Folk Club
Cello Workshops for students (please book your places quickly!)
- LADIES BEATLES CELLO WORKSHOP Saturday 14th October 9:30am to 12:30pm with Tea and Cake!
- STRING ROCK/POP WORKSHOP Saturday 18th November 1pm to 4pm with chocolate!!
- ADULTS CHRISTMAS CELLO WORKSHOP Saturday 2nd December 9:30am to 12:30pm with Tea and mince pies!
I offer lessons for all ages, half hour to an hour in a calm and happy environment. I love teaching students either focussing on grades or purely for fun. I run cello workshops in wide variety of music to develop ensemble skills. I teach double bass and guitar too.
If you would like some cello on your tracks... I offer session work for bands in recording studios using the pure cello sounds or pedals depending on the genre of music.
I play acoustic, baroque and electric cello for live concerts with other musicians, solo work for weddings, dinner parties and other events.
Rocking out on stage at FAB FEST in Stratford Upon Avon. A free annual Music Festival that I organise in mid July which attracts many musicians and music lovers from all over the UK.
“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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