Miriam Wakeling is in high demand internationally, in both the studio and the concert hall, enjoying a varied career as a session musician and creative collaborating artist.
Miriam is currently writing with a new collective of musicians called ‘Nereus,’ and is exploring using Ableton Live to create loops and synthesised effects, along with playing cello through her effects pedal, to create unique sounds and performance possibilities to mix with the current blend of strings, sax and percussion.
Miriam also arranges and records strings for artists from her home studio. Her most recent work is with artists Jimmy Bailto and Jack Hawitt.
Cello is Miriam’s foremost passion, though she also enjoys to sing vocals in many projects, most recently recording voice and cello in a podcast of a new adaptation of ‘The Christmas Carol.’
Miriam was also a member of pop-folk band ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ in which she played cello and sang backing vocals.
Due to frequent lockdowns, 2020 has been a year of exploring recording and writing from home. However Miriam was also lucky enough to have played principal cello for AA Williams new album (out in 2021) and with Dermot Kennedy in a special livestream performance from the Natural History Museum.
As a cellist in 2019 Miriam toured extensively around Europe, as far as Moscow with iconic disco producer and musician Giorgio Moroder as part of his live band. Shortly after this Miriam was invited to play Principal Cello with Trevor Horn’s Sarm Orchestra to tour the UK’s major concert halls, performing ‘Trevor Horn Reimagines the 80’s.’ Later highlights in 2019 included a x10 date tour with Beverley Knight performing Stevie Wonder Songs with The Leo Green band and string quartet, taking BBC radio 2 Friday Night Live around the UK.
December 2019 Miriam toured again with the innovative Heritage Orchestra and Pete Tong, performing at the UK’s Stadiums which she has been a member of since 2017.
Miriam is also a member of the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra (LSRO), who toured with Il Divo in 2019, which included a sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall, where Miriam also performed with string quartet ‘Q Strings.’ ‘LSRO’ regularly perform with ABBA The Show, which Miriam toured with in Germany and Denmark in 2019 and Brazil and Bulgaria in 2018.
Also in 2019 Miriam appeared on BBC radio 1 Live Lounge with Yungblud and on BBC 1 ‘The One Show’ with The Vamps. Miriam has collaborated with the likes of Roger O’Donnell of The Cure, live and in studio, and in the recording of the music for BBC 1 David Attenborough documentary, ‘Dynasties.’
Miriam enjoys collaborating in a duo with pianist Christopher Guild. The duo have performed recitals regularly around the UK together since 2014, covering repertoire from Beethoven to Britten, Debussy and Bridge, to their own improvisations, at venues including St James Piccadilly, Penhulk Music Festival Gala Concert and Maxability Recital Series, London.
After receiving a BMUS (hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2010, whilst studying with Richard May, Miriam gained a Masters in Music performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire or Music and Dance in 2013, where she held the Ludwig Lebell Scholarship and The Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship. Miriam won first prize in the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Competition and twice first prize in The Cavatina Chamber music competition, under the tutorage of Richard Markson and Natalia Pavlutskaya.
Miriam is extremely passionate about teaching and has held teaching positions at Blackheath Conservatoire and Junior Trinity Conservatoire of Music. She has a wide experience teaching students from beginner to diploma and professional level. Miriam enjoys pushing her students to fulfill their potential and have a rich enjoyment of music.
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