Emma Collingham

Emma has been teaching full time for over 15 years, and part time before that, privately as well as in both state and private schools.
Emma learned the piano and ‘cello from childhood as well as playing guitar in bands, and took up the double bass as a young adult. She now teaches both ‘cello and double bass to diploma standard to both children and adults having studied in various teaching methods, gaining level 1 Suzuki teacher training, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Strings Teaching.
Amongst her teaching, Emma also performs regularly, mainly with her sisters in Sorrelli Strings at weddings and functions, sometimes touring the U.K. and Europe, or even as far as South Korea playing backing strings for groups such as G4 and the 12 Irish Tenors, and alongside performers such as Leslie Garrett, Merrill Osmond, Blake, and All Angels.
Emma plays regularly in the North Devon Theatre orchestra pits on cello, bass, or keys, and is lead cellist of the North Devon Sinfonia, who won the BBC’s Great Orchestra Challenge and performed in The Royal Albert Hall and Proms in the Park.
Emma enjoys teaching pupils aged 3 – 85+ (it’s never too late!) and adapts to each pupil’s needs using a mix of Suzuki, Kodaly, and various other methods to create the “Emma” method!
Cellos and double basses are available for hire (or to buy if preferred) at very reasonable prices in all sizes from 1/16 (cello) and 1/10 (bass).


  • Cello
  • Double Bass

Teaching types

  • Adult Learning
  • Ensembles/group music-making
  • Individual lessons
  • Small group lessons

Membership Organisations and Professional Bodies

  • Musicians Union

Legal documentation

  •   Enhanced DBS Disclosure with Children’s Barred List
  •   Child protection/safeguarding training certificate
  •   Public Liability Insurance

Contact Emma Collingham

Emma Collingham prefers to be contacted by email: sorrellicello@gmail.com