About Tom and Jess of Severn Duo

About Severn Duo

Severn Duo is a British violinist/violist and cellist team which provides bespoke, high quality remote session string recordings, strings arrangements and live music for classical and contemporary concerts, weddings and corporate events.

Initially formed in 2015 as a weddings and events ensemble performing around the country, the duo expanded its services to remote session work in late 2019.

It has now completed over 1000 recording projects worldwide, appearing in television shows, adverts, movies and game soundtracks for Netflix, S4C, BBC, ESPN and Starz amongst other clients.

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Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend, Severn Duo


Jess began learning the violin at the age of seven. Having achieved Grade 8 by the age of 12, she enjoyed several years with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth ensemble before gaining an entrance scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2011 to study under contemporary violinist Darragh Morgan.

During her studies at RWCMD, Jess achieved a placement on the Welsh National Opera side-by-side scheme and lead the college’s string, opera and symphony orchestras.

After graduating, Jess has enjoyed a varied career. As a teacher, she has guided multiple students to Grade 8 and diploma level, some gaining places in national youth ensembles. As a professional orchestral player, Jess regularly plays for many ensembles including the European Union Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble. Having formed Severn Duo with her partner Tom McCluskey in 2015, Jess has performed for weddings and events across the country and abroad, and has written and recorded string projects for clients worldwide.

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Tom McCluskey

Tom McCluskey, Severn Duo


Tom grew up in Cumbria, UK, and in his childhood enjoyed playing with the National Youth String Academy. As a teenager he had a great interest in playing in a variety of genres, and his electric cello band Nexus appeared on MTV with singer Jayce Lewis and performed at the London O2 Arena.

In 2011, Tom took up a scholarship place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to learn cello with esteemed Gould Trio cellist Alice Neary. As a student, he enjoyed performing success with the Bridge Trio and lead the section for the college’s operatic production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen.

Since graduating, Tom has had a busy career in performing, recording and teaching. He plays for multiple orchestras across the country including the Paradox Orchestra, British Sinfonietta and St Woolos Sinfonia. As a recording musician, he has written and recorded string music for over 1000+ clients with his string duo, Severn Duo, working from his home studio in Lancashire. His recordings regularly appear worldwide in movies, TV shows, adverts and games.