Caroline Dale

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Caroline Dale (born 1965) is a widely recorded British cellist who has performed music for numerous films, including Truly, Madly, Deeply, Hilary and Jackie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as the 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and 2007's Academy Award winner Atonement. She currently plays Principal Cello for the English Chamber Orchestra and London Metropolitan Orchestra.


Dale won the String Final of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year in 1978 at the age of 13 and has two sisters.

She has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras including the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.

She has performed with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant during their 1994 tour promoting the album No Quarter. She plays in the 1994 video for "Whatever" by Oasis.

In 2002, Dale released Such Sweet Thunder, an album of classical music with performances of Handel's Sarabande from the D-minor harpsichord suite, and the Largo from Vivaldi's E minor Cello Sonata.

She played with David Gilmour during his 2002 solo tour dates, and on his most recent album, On an Island. She appears on the David Gilmour in Concert DVD which was recorded at Robert Wyatt's Meltdown concert and the Royal Festival Hall concert, both in 2002. In 2008, she appeared, playing solo cello, at Ron Geesin's 2 performances of the "Atom Heart Mother Suite", with Pink Floyd tribute band Mun Floyd, the Royal College Brass Ensemble, and the choral group Canticum. David Gilmour made a guest appearance on the second night.[1]

She performed with David Gray during the "Live in Slow Motion" tour and again in 2014.

She plays the solo cello part in "Elegy for Dunkirk", written by Dario Marianelli for the film Atonement.

Since the mid-1990s and up until as recently as 2007, she was Sinéad O'Connor's touring cellist. She often sang with O'Connor and her band on the song "In This Heart", from the 1994 album Universal Mother.

Dale plays cello on a number of tracks on U2's 2009 album No Line on the Horizon.

She often collaborates with film composers Klaus Badelt, Ilan Eshkeri and Dario Marianelli.


  1. "Atom Heart Mother at Cadogan Hall, SW1 - Times Online". Retrieved 2010-11-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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