Frances Verity Higgs
Born in Bristol, Frances started the viola at age 11 under the professorship of Richard Crabtree. She continued her studying at Trinity College of Music, supported with awards from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and full scholarships, under the tutelage of international soloist, Rivka Golani. As well as a busy freelance career focusing in opera and ballet, she has given concerts in Dubai, France, Italy, China and India, whilst future concerts will see her travelling to perform in Zimbabwe and Scandinavia. In demand as a contemporary artist, she works with composers in new works and cross-arts disciplines, including premieres of Oliver Kentish's work, Prelude and Fugue for 10 Violas, at the Southbank Centre; and collaborating on a work for solo viola and dancers at Mobility of the Line exhibition. Frances is a founder member of the Stretto Quartet, who are currently preparing to undertake a UK tour of recitals. She is also a guest artist with the Taliesin Quartet, Cambrian Quartet and Armartis Ensemble. Her work has also lead to recording BBC documentary music, Indian film scores, playing at rock festivals, and recording on albums for various singers and bands. Frances plays on a viola made for her in 2002 by the luthier, David Milward.
From Encore customers:
The group were very accommodating and friendly. Very professional. I would highly recommend.
Excellent. Professional, charming and talented musicians. They were also happy to learn a new tune that added so much to the event.
Excellent band to hire. Their music really did make the night and was a big talking point amongst everyone. They were very good at being flexible (moving around to different parts of the venue to follow the night). Very professional and excellent a playing a range of music.
Superb through and through. Beautiful musicians, very friendly and amazing communication at all times. Simply the best.
The group were fantastic, they were professional and highly talented. We would highly recommend them for any event, party or wedding you're organsiing
Thank you so much for the amazing music for my wedding day. They band were incredible really set the tone for the ceremony and reception following. Everyone commented on how lovely the music was. Really added something special to our day.
Dan and his fellow musicians were excellent from start to finish. Wouldn't hesitate to use again or to recommend.
Excellent music and very friendly. They really made the whole day perfect. Thank you
We loved the songs played at our ceremony and reception and would absolutely recommend Stretto Ensembles to anyone who is looking for a good mix of classical and contemporary music. The musicians are very professional and the songs we requested (specifically for the ceremony, we walked down to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and then out to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered") were played exactly as we wanted. Beautifully done, we are very happy!
The string quartet was one of the best highlights of my wedding day. They were absolutely fantastic and everyone loved them and complimented how amazing they were. Honestly I am so grateful to have chosen you as our string quartet players. Thank you so much!
Dan and his team were a wonderful addition to our special day. Everything ran wonderfully well and our guests were thrilled with the selection of music chosen for the day. Stretto Quartet were extremely professional and leading up to the day, happily communicated with the Choir and Church, leaving my husband and I to focus on other things. Absolutely five star and highly recommended. Thanks again Dan.
Dan was a pleasure to deal with - he even transcribed a piece of music special to us. Punctuality , appearance and musicianship excellent. Would rebook without hesitation. WHLee
From other customers:
Amazing. Would 100% recommend and would book again. Thanks for everything.
Wow! Amazing music for my wedding! Lots of custom songs played wonderfully and all artists were dressed beautifully! Great customer service and answers to all of my silly questions! Very reasonably priced! Brilliant!
They were superb worth every penny. My entrance piece was done to perfection and all my guests certainly thought wow they were a lovely touch to the wedding ceremony and they easily flowed with my chosen hymns to sing to
"The Stretto Quartet were fantastic. They made our wedding that extra bit special. So many people commented on how beautiful it was to come through to the reception area and hear the strings already playing. The band catered to our taste by playing more modern songs and some classical music which was great. Many of the guests loved the fact the songs were recognisable. They even played 'I believe in a thing called love' by The Darkness which was our Marryoke song! The band are professional, smart, fabulous musicians and a great bunch of people. Highly recommend them to anyone looking for a string quartet. 5* service. A massive thanks to Dan and the band for your awesome music and for making our day even more brilliant!"
I'd like to thank you so much for playing on our big day. The music was exquisite and all of the guests were complimentary and several enquired about your group. I'd like to also mention how positive the experience was not just on the day but also outside of it. From the Initial booking to the big day itself you were professional and proactive, taking a lot of the organizational pressure off me by presenting an easy to complete form with all of the essential information and listing out your requirements for the day along with arranging your own transport and sets. On the day itself the quartet arrived early, were dressed impeccably and very professional setting up quietly and falling in with the timings of the day instinctively. Thank you so much, your group are a joy to work with and I'd recommend anyone looking for an elegant strings band for their wedding or function to look no further than the stretto quartet.
What can we say, “Thank you so much for your performance, it was all that we expected and so much more” We will recommend the “Stretto String Quartet” to all and have passed a few short videos on to others who weren’t present, their comments are delightful, thank you so much for making our special gathering a success with your presence.
"Stretto were absolutely incredible. The music was perfect and we couldn’t of wanted for better! Stunning! Thank you so much xx"
We worked with Stretto Quartet and would thoroughly recommend them for your wedding. They have a huge repertoire of classical and modern tracks that you can choose from to really carve out the vibe and personality you want for your day. They are also happy to consider other tracks and work with you to source other arrangements as you need. Dan was great at giving advice but also ensuring we made our own decision for the day as it was our wedding. Very easy to communicate with around the event logistics and payment as well. Overall a great experience!
We booked The Stretto Quartet for our gala dinner on the last night of an international conference. They complimented Queen’s college perfectly and delighted our guests with their mix of classic and modern music. The booking process was easy and were great to work with.
One of the best things we did at our wedding was to hire the Stretto Quartet, not only are you wonderful musicians but you were so effortless and professional to deal with. With all the things involved in getting married it’s so nice to deal with people who just get it done (and get it done well!). The amount of people who commented how great you guys were was huge. We absolutely loved having you there. The music for both the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast was nothing but perfect. You truly set the tone for our memorable day and helped to make it such a perfect occasion. I can’t recommend you highly enough, if you want a quartet at your event then none other would be better than the Stretto Quartet.
musician of infinite skill, subtlety and support. Sensational. (L'elisir d'amore)