Four professional string players available for hire. We perform at weddings, parties and corporate functions as a quartet, trio or duo.
QUARTET FORMATIONS/ HIRE AS A STRING QUARTET: Jessica, Sophie S, Sophie G, Samuel Starting from just £280 (based on rates for one hour) HIRE AS A STRING TRIO: Jessica, Sophie S or G, Samuel Starting from just £210 (based on rates for one hour) HIRE AS A VIOLIN DUO: Jessica, Sophie S Starting from just £150 (based on rates for one hour) TRAVEL/IMPORTANT: Your venue location may appear on our map within 100 miles (as the crow flies) - please note we are not always in a position to accept gigs further than 100 driving miles. Please just check this with us first. The above rates reflect our shortest performance time with the lowest travel band added on - unless your venue is walking distance within Cardiff we unfortunately are not able to offer free travel to the venue. The Cartol String Quartet are four professional string players with a passion for performing at weddings and special events. With members based in Cardiff and Bath, we best cater for the areas of S.Wales and the S.East of England. The quartet can perform a range of classical or more popular songs to suit the feel of your event, and will consider arranging specific songs if we cannot source the music that you have requested. All purchase/arrangement requests are considered on an individual basis. We have public liability insurance to perform at all events and are exceptionally well-trained, with undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from top UK universities and conservatoires. We can wear colour or black to suit you. Even though we are in our element as a quartet, and this is what we love doing the most, we like to consider the needs and budget of every client and so can also be hired as a string trio or duo. For an accurate quote, to ask a question, or if you'd just like to say hello, then please get in touch! About the players.... 1st Violin - Jessica Lawless (University of Southampton, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) Jessica is currently a full-time student living in Cathays, Cardiff, but also works as a one-to-one violin teacher and runs the Cartol String Quartet. Jessica plays in numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras in central Cardiff and takes lesson from Lowri Porter (co-principal 1st violinist in the Welsh National Opera). Jessica plays on a stunning George Hudson English violin kindly on loan from the Benslow Instrumental Loan Scheme. 2nd Violin - Sophie Silverstone (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) Sophie is a fabulous violinist who was selected through the RWCMD Orchestral String Placement Scheme to perform with the professional orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Sophie works at the RWCMD library and has played professionally with the Welsh Sinfonia orchestra. Sophie lives in Roath, Cardiff. Viola - Sophie Goveia (Bangor University, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) Our other Sophie is vegan and has studied at two Welsh institutions. Now living in Llandaff, Sophie works privately teaching the viola and violin both fully self-employed and for Making Music Change Lives (based in Ely.) Sophie has studied with Mark Braithwaite and Louise Williams, and plays on a beautiful 2004 Paul Collins viola. Cello - Samuel Warner (Cardiff University) Samuel has recently relocated from Wales to the historical centre of Bath, where he works as a peripatetic cello, clarinet and trombone teacher for Bath and North East Somerset Music Service. Sam is a talented and experienced cellist who performed the Elgar cello concerto as soloist with the Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra. Samuel also received a prize whilst at university for the highest grade strings recital. OUR REPERTOIRE/SONGS ON THE BOOKS: (Please feel free to make a request, especially if you feel we have something big missing!)
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