Violinist Jaya Hanley and Cellist Sarah James of the Chapel Hill Duo playing their instruments in a bluebell forest.

The Chapel Hill Duo’s music goes beyond the boundaries of genre and challenges the ‘classical’ Violin and Cello stereotypes. With years of experience performing Pop, Jazz, Classical, Film and Folk music, and a firm grounding in the perfection of Classical virtuosity, they explore the limits of what is possible with just two musicians, a Violin and a Cello.

The Duo’s own intricately detailed covers and arrangements are internationally renowned, selling thousands of copies of sheet music a year. Whether they are tackling the latest top 40 chart hits, epic film-scores or old classics, Sarah and Jaya undertake each new challenge with the same energy and commitment. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide enjoy watching and listening to the Duo perform live and online every year.

Sarah James, Cello, and Jaya Hanley, Violin talking with graffiti in the background.
The Chapel Hill Duo, Jaya Hanley Violinist and Sarah James Cellist share a romantic moment sitting on a bench in front of a drystone wall covered in moss.

In 2011 Violinist Jaya Hanley and Cellist Sarah James met at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. In 2015 the Duo graduated with 1st Class Honours Performance Degrees in their respective instruments, but they came away with so much more than just a qualification. In November of the following year Jaya and Sarah got engaged on top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and in March 2022, after many delays, they finally tied the knot!

Although the Duo are loosely based in the East Midlands, U.K., they spend much of their time touring and playing for hundreds of events across the country. Be it a Concert, Wedding, Corporate event, Party or Primary School assembly, Sarah and Jaya love performing and approach all of their engagements with equal enthusiasm.

Jaya Hanley Violinist and Sarah James Cellist of the Chapel Hill Duo enjoy the sun in a field of yellow rapeseed flowers silhouette framed with cloudy background.

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Make your day unforgettable with a bespoke Live Music performance. Walk down the aisle to your song and wow your guests with the latest chart hits. Let us help you create the perfect atmosphere for your day. (Photo Credit Michael Cottingham, Reflections)

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