Aurora Strings are an in-demand, professional string quartet (violin 1, violin 2, viola and cello) based in the North East of England.
Aurora Strings are the most experienced, in demand professional string quartet in the North East of England, consisting of four highly trained and dedicated musicians: Jo Montgomery (violin 1) - Jo studied violin at Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as working with the quartet Jo has worked as a freelance violinist for over 20 years, performing and recording with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. Jo has also performed with well-known artists such as Leslie Garret, Sir Cliff Richard, Russell Watson and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Jo has recorded and performed live with many prominent artists, most recently playing live on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 show with Paul Smith of Maximo Park and Field Music as well as touring and recording on various releases. Kirsten Gibson (violin 2) - Kirsten joined Aurora Strings in 1999, having studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama followed by Newcastle University, from which she graduated with a PhD in musicology in 2006. She is an experienced chamber musician and also plays baroque violin with Newcastle Baroque with whom she has performed alongside leading early music specialists including Simon Jones, Emma Kirkby, Charles Daniels and Robin Blaze. She has also recorded with song writers Beccy Owen and Mercury-nominated Kathryn Williams. Gayle Roberts (viola) - Gayle studied Music at Newcastle University, specialising in Performance and Composition where she was taught by the leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bradley Creswick. During this time, she started playing in a university quartet which eventually became Aurora Strings. She has also recorded and performed live with Smoove and Turrell, Fovea Hex, Caro Snatch, The Crayonettes and Kathryn Williams with whom she performed for a sellout concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Ele Leckie (cello) - Ele first studied under a scholarship at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music then progressed on to the Royal College of Music. Here she also studied piano with Bernard Roberts and chamber music with The Chilingirian Quartet. She worked as an orchestral musician with the Wellington Sinfonia in New Zealand and since returning to the UK, has performed with artists ranging from the Royal Shakespeare Company (on stage and BBC Radio 4 broadcast), to Peppa Pig and Mr. Bump for the Channel 5 Milkshake! Tour. She has played on touring West End productions and has performed and recorded with musicians such as Lesley Garrett, classical pianist John Lill and Paul Smith of the band Maximo Park. Since 1997, the quartet have been giving concerts of various genres in all types of venues, from a programme of Baroque music for English Heritage at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, to a set of their own arrangements of 80s electro pop at Solfest music festival in Cumbria, as well as providing music for TV shows, recording sessions and private events. They have performed with artists such as The Cinematic Orchestra, Field Music, Beccy Owen, Kathryn Williams and Gary Hilton (Badly Drawn Boy), as well as working on some amazing projects such as Ditte Elly’s The North Sea Project at Sage Gateshead and the award winning Miracle! in Sunderland Minster. They have recorded for the soundtrack to CSI Miami and will even be appearing on the ITV series, Vera series due to show this Spring!
AURORA STRINGS REPERTOIRE LIST Classical Suite no. 3 in D Bach Air on the G String Bach Arioso Bach Wachet Auf Bach Sheep May Safely Graze Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 Bach Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Bach Ode To Joy Beethoven Habanera from Carmen Bizet The Toreador's Song from Carmen Bizet Minuet Boccherini String Quartet no.2 Borodin Hungarian Dance no. 5 Brahms Trumpet Voluntary Clarke Christmas Concerto Corelli Clair de Lune Debussy The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Debussy The Flower Song from Lakme Delibes O Sole Mio di Capua Chanson de Matin Elgar Nimrod Elgar Salut d'amour Elgar Serenade for Strings Elgar Pavane Faure Panis Angelicus Franck Suite from Peer Gynt Grieg Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Grieg Aria from Xerxes Handel Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Handel The Water Music Suites Handel Concerto Grosso no.5 Handel Music from the Royal Fireworks Handel Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni* Various string quartets Haydn Palladio Jenkins* Liebestraum Liszt Meditation from Thais Massenet Wedding March Mendelssohn Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate Mozart Andante from Piano Concerto n. 21 Mozart Der Vogelfanger from The Magic Flute Mozart Divertimenti no. 1,2 & 3 Mozart Bei Mannern from The Magic Flute Mozart Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman Offenbach Canon in D Pachelbel Troika (xmas) Prokofiev Nessun Dorma Puccini O mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicci Puccini Trumpet Tune Purcell Bolero Ravel Danse Macabre Saint Saens Gymnopedie no. 1 Satie Romance Shostakovich* Ave Maria Schubert Traumeri Schumann The Blue Danube Waltz Strauss Sleeping Beauty Waltz Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite (xmas) Tchaikovsky Concerto Grosso Vivaldi Largo from Winter Vivaldi Spring (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi Summer (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi Autumn (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi Winter (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi Wedding March Wagner The Skater’s Waltz Waldteufel Capriol Suite Warlock Pop Songs Thunderstruck AC/DC Make You Feel My Love Adele* I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith* Grease (theme from) Bee Gees* How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees Rasputin Boney M* Let’s Dance David Bowie* Life on Mars David Bowie* Wuthering Heights Kate Bush* Tainted Love Cobb (Soft Cell)* Yellow Coldplay You Spin Me Round Dead or Alive* Annie’s Song John Denver* I Just Can’t Get Enough Depeche Mode Personal Jesus Depeche Mode* Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners* One Day Like This Elbow* Mr. Blue Sky ELO* Sweet Talkin’ Woman ELO* Can’t Help Falling In Love With You Elvis Love Me Tender Elvis Sweet Dreams The Eurythmics* Dream Catch Me Newton Faulkner* Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac* Lovely Head Goldfrapp* Pilots Goldfrapp* Let’s Stay Together Al Green* Sweet Child of Mine Guns n’ Roses* Flightless Bird, American Mouth Iron and Wine* Billy Jean Michael Jackson* I Just Can’t Stop Loving You Michael Jackson* Thriller Michael Jackson* Your Song Elton John Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin* All of Me John Legend* All You Need is Love Lennon & McCartney* Eleanor Rigby Lennon & McCartney Hey Jude Lennon & McCartney* Penny Lane Lennon & McCartney Funky Town Lipps Inc.* Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack* It’s All About You McFly* Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey* Local Hero Mark Knopfler* The Robots Kraftwerk* Papa Don’t Preach Madonna* Could It Be Magic Barry Manilow* The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face MacColl (Roberta Flack)* Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars* Marry You Bruno Mars* My Love Paul McCartney* Cars Gary Numan* Songbird McVie (Eva Cassidy)* I Feel Love Moroder (Donna Summer)* Blue Monday New Order* Listen Up Oasis* Whatever Oasis* Wonderwall Oasis* Beethoven’s 5 Secrets One Republic* Perpetuum Mobile Penguin Café Orchestra* A Thousand Years Christina Perry Purple Rain Prince* Raspberry Beret Prince* A Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum* Baby I Love You The Ramones Under the Bridge Red Hot Chilli Peppers* Perfect Day Lou Reed* Truly, Madly, Deeply Savage Garden* Hoppipolla Sigor Ros* Samskeyti (Heima) Sigor Rós* Von Sigor Rós * Fields of Gold Sting* A Song for You Leon Russell (Ray Charles)* Home Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros* Something So Right Paul Simon* Breathe Sia* Chandelier Sia* Chasing Cars Snow Patrol* You’ve Got the Love Candi Staton/Florence and the Machine* The Greatest Day Take That* Rule the World Take That* Close To Me The Cure* Sunny Afternoon The Kinks Fairytale of New York The Pogues* Bittersweet Symphony (intro) The Verve* Holding Out for a Hero Bonnie Tyler* (Steinman) From This Moment On Shania Twain* Beautiful in White Westlife* You Raise Me Up Westlife* You're the First, the Last, My Everything Barry White* My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder* Signed, Sealed, Delivered Stevie Wonder* Sunny Stevie Wonder* TV & Film Themes / Trad Kissing You Armstrong (Des’ree)* Goldfinger John Barry* Diamonds are Forever John Barry* From Russia with Love John Barry* James Bond Theme John Barry* Viva la Vida Coldplay Allo Allo Theme David Croft* Theme from Sex and the City Cuomo* Game of Thrones Ramin Djawadi Jeeves and Wooster Theme Anne Dudley Nobody Does It Better Hamlisch (Carly Simon)* A Man and A Woman Lai Get Me to the Church on Time Lerner/Loewe Grandstand theme tune Keith Mansfield* The Gael (Last of the Mohicans) Dougie MacLean* Beauty and the Beast Prologue Alan Menken Tale As Old As Time Alan Menken The Ecstasy of Gold Ennio Morricone* Family Guy Theme Walter Murphy* The Imperial March (Star Wars) John Williams The Throne Room (Star Wars) John Williams Faulty Towers Theme Dennis Wilson Irish Sherry Trad. Fiddle Dance Trad. Molly on the Shore Trad. You’re So Cool (True Romance) Zimmer Jazz / Tangos / Musicals / Songbook Over the Rainbow Arlen La Vie en Rose Gugliemi (Edith Piaf/Louis Armstrong) Close to You Bacharach Say a Little Prayer Bacharach Misty Burke Fueye…! (tango) Charlo Makin’ Whoopee Donaldson Caravan Ellington La vi Ilegar (tango) Francini Por Una Cabeza (tango) Gardel Embraceable You Gershwin Fascinating Rhythm Gershwin I Got Rhythm Gershwin Love is Here to Stay Gershwin Someone to Watch Over Me Gershwin Pennies from Heaven Johnston The Girl from Ipanema Jobim Paragon Rag Joplin The Easy Winners (rag) Joplin The Folks who Live on the Hill Kern When I Fall In Love King Cole* Bohemia Rag Lamb Moon River Mancini Cafetin de Buenos Aires (tango) Mores Cristal (tango) Mores La Calesita (tango) Mores Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Porter True Love Porter Anything Goes Porter Let's Do It Porter I Get a Kick Out of You Porter My Funny Valentine Rodgers Some Enchanted Evening Rodgers Suite from Oklahoma & The Sound of Music Rodgers & Hammerstein A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square Sherwin My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone* (Donaldson) Moonlight in Vermont Suessdorf EL 58 (tango) Varela/Nery El Choclo (tango) Villoldo Ain't Misbehavin' Waller & Brooks Mr. Wonderful Weiss Slippery Elm Rag Woods Tea for Two Youmans When I Fall In Love Young We also have a selection of Christmas and Bollywood music. * - arrangement by Aurora Strings
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