The Claret Quartet is a classically trained String Quartet based in Cardiff, UK. We are a dynamic and passionate group of musicians, available to hire for a wide range of events, including Weddings, Concerts, Special Occasions, Formal Dinners and Corporate events. Our repertoire is vast, but are always looking to widen our range of music and able to arrange our own music if there are any requests! About us: Emma Exton- Violin Emma is currently in her third year reading Music at Cardiff University, studying violin with Terry Porteus. She was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra for seven years and her local county music centre, in which she was a member of a quartet that revived a ballet by Phillip Feeney called ‘The Knot Garden’. Chamber music being a particular interest for Emma, her past quartet played at events for the Bishop and Mayor of Winchester. Since coming to Cardiff, Emma has become a member of the YMSO and a multitude of university ensembles including CUSO and Chamber Orchestra. She aims to further her performance studies with a Master’s degree. Joanna Mlot- Violin Joanna Mlot, also in her third year of studying Music at Cardiff University, has started her violin training in Zespół Szkół Muzycznych Nr 4 im. Karola Szymanowskiego (Complex of Music State Schools No. 4) in Warsaw where she studied from the age of seven. After moving to UK she became highly involved in the local music scene taking part in numerous ensembles and orchestras such as South West Youth Orchestra. Currently, an active member of the university music department, Joanna leads both Cardiff University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and is taught by Laurence Kempton. She hopes to pursue her musical education with a Masters degree in performance as well. Thomas Wilkinson- Viola Thomas is a second year Music student at Cardiff University, studying viola with Philip Heyman. He has been co-principal viola with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain, Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and leads several viola sections in various ensembles across the university. From Brussels, Thomas has played with string quartets in prestigious events including the Queen's Birthday Party and the Bishop of Europe's installation. He is currently working towards a career in performance, specialising in chamber ensembles and string quartet works. Elin Taylor- Cello Elin Taylor is in her third year, studying Music at Cardiff University. Originally from North Wales, Elin is a keen orchestral and chamber musician;- an established/dedicated member of the North Wales Youth Orchestra, member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, North Wales Camerata, and recently a member of the Young Musicians Symphony orchestra based in London. Within the University, Elin is an active student in the Music Department, principle cellist of the Symphony orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Group. She is hoping to further her studies to gain a Masters degree in performance.
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