Caroline Dale mocht als young musician of the year 1978 als dertienjarige de toen al erg zieke Jacqueline Du Pré opzoeken. Later zou ze haar rol “spelen” (letterlijk, dus op de cello, niet als actrice) voor de film “Hilary and Jackie”.
Ze doet dat wel meer, cello spelen op filmsoundtracks. Zo b.v. bij “Truly, Madly, Deeply”, “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”. Here she plays the solo cello part in “Elegy for Dunkirk”, written by Dario Marianelli.
She has also performed with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant during their 1994 tour promoting the album “No Quarter” and she plays in the 1994 video for “Whatever” by Oasis. Furthermore she played with David Gilmour during his 2002 solo tour dates, and on his most recent album, “On an Island”.
In 2008, she appeared, playing solo cello, at Ron Geesin’s two performances of the “Atom Heart Mother Suite”, with Pink Floyd tribute band Mun Floyd, the Royal College Brass Ensemble, and the choral group Canticum.
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”.
As a string arranger, she has worked on albums for U2, Joan Armatrading, Sinead O’Connor, David Gray, Belinda Carlisle Squeeze and Simply Red with her latest collaboration being with U2, conducting her arrangements for them at the Hollywood Bowl.
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.
Caroline was a member of the Nigel Kennedy Quartet and the Balanescu Quartet, as well as founder member of the American–based Apollo Piano Trio. Prior to her appointment as Principal Cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra she was principal of the BT Scottish Ensemble and the London Chamber Orchestra.
She has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.