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The Quartet

Since 2008 we have had an absolute blast playing at weddings and other amazing events across Scotland. Over the past few years we’ve established ourselves as Scotland’s leading young professional group and we really love working with our clients to add something special and unique to your wedding or event. Our players are all conservatoire graduates, and we all freelance with orchestras including the RSNO, BBC SSO, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, so you’ll enjoy a high-quality performance guaranteed.

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We are proud to own one of the largest collections of string quartet music in Scotland (covering all genres including Pop, Musicals, Movies, Classical, Jazz, Folk, Latin etc) and now have over 70 recordings and over 30 HD videos for you to enjoy. We even have a video playlist of trio recordings so you can compare it with quartet and pick what you prefer (they both sound good!). Equally at home playing current chart toppers, pop classics, movie themes, musicals, jazz standards or classical favourites, we have a genuine passion for entertaining and we guarantee to add a touch of class to your special day which you and your guests will remember for years to come.

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Featured players

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    Daniel Paterson

    Daniel is originally from Edinburgh and studied there with Nigel Murray before moving to Glasgow to study with Olivier Lemoine and Justine Watts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has played groups including the Scottish Chamber Music Players and the Ambassador Theatre Group. He has also played live to 40 million listeners on BBC World Radio, played at The Commonwealth Games 2014, and performed with mainstream acts including Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins and Belle & Sebastian. He currently freelances for Scottish Ballet.

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    Emma Peebles

    Emma is originally from Dundee and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with James Durrant and Catherine Marwood. She has enjoyed masterclasses with Robin Ireland, Barbara Westphal and Garth Knox and the Brodsky Quartet. Emma currently freelances for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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    Sarah Leonard

    Born in Glasgow, Sarah began learning the viola at the age of 8 and studied with Patricia Field before gaining her degree at the RCS with Andrew Berridge, and then her masters at the RNCM with Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir. During this time she received master classes fromLawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Thomas Riebl, Nobuko Imai, Simon Rowland-Jones and Garth Knox. A member of Live Music Now Scotland, Sarah has performed in venues all across the UK, Wales and Saudi Arabia. Sarah enjoys performing a wide range of music and has performed with Goldfrapp, Rod Stewart, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Fat-Suit and Sinfonia Cymru.

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    Kirsty Macleod

    Kirsty MacLeod is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Andrea Gajic. She was recently awarded the Robert Highgate Prize for excellence in violin, the Mabel Glover String prize for chamber music and is the reciprocate of the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Scholarship. Kirsty has recently performed at the Cantilena Music Festival and Festival Music Alpe. Kirsty is currenly on the RSNO mentoring scheme and has received lessons from Simon Fischer, Lutsia Ibragimova, Leland Chen and Jacqueline Ross. As a former member of NYOS, she has also performed at the BBC Proms. Kirsty has enjoyed performing with various well known acts including Susan Boyle as part of Children in Need.

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    Anja Ormiston

    Anja began studied privately with Uli Fenner before joining the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Conservatoire, where she was awarded the Nan Christie Memorial Prize. Following this she studied at the RCS with Gina McCormack, continuing to play in various projects including the Scottish Opera mentoring scheme. Anja is currently studying for her masters degree with Andrea Gajic.

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    Alice Allen

    Alice Allen is originally from Banchory, Aberdeenshire. Alice has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She has also played with the Scottish Ensemble and Red Note, including a performance at the Wigmore Hall. Alice also enjoys a variety of music styles and has played at Celtic Connections alongside Scottish fiddler Graham Mackenzie and has recorded and performed with bands such as ‘Fat-suit’ and ‘The Scott Wood Band’.

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    Emily Nenninger

    Emily started playing the violin at the age of 4 in her hometown of Calgary in Canada before moving to study at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. In 2005 she began studying at the San Franciso Conservatoire, where she gained her masters degree under the tutelage of Ian Swensen. Since moving to Europe she has held orchestral positions in Berlin and Sweden and has now settled in Glasgow. Emily currently plays for the Irish Chamber Orchestra and freelances for various orchestras across the UK and abroad.

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    Heather Macleod

    Heather MacLeod is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, having previous studied at the RCS with Andrea Gajic where she was awarded the Robert Highgate Scholarship and the Mabel Glover Chamber Music Prize. Heather also studies traditional fiddle with Pete Clark and Alistair McCulloch. Heather has played with the Marianne Chamber Ensemble, Melios Chamber Orchestra and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra. She has also played with Scottish opera and the RSNO during their mentoring schemes. She has also worked alongside mainstream artists such as Twin Atlantic, Susan Boyle, Delta Mainline, and Lou Hickey.

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    Elias Rooney

    Elias David Rooney studied with Robert Irvine at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before furthering his studies privately in Copenhagen with Andreas Brantelid and London with Natalie Clein. During his time at the RCS he gained extensive experience playing string quartets and won all available prizes for chamber music. He has performed live on BBC World Radio to over 40 million listeners and appeared with mainstream acts such as Ronan Keating, Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Belle and Sebastian. Elias is currently combining a busy teaching schedule in Scotland with freelance orchestral work throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. He works most regularly with English National Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Ulster Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

I just wanted to say a very big thank you from us all for helping to make my daughter’s big day so special last Saturday. Everyone loved your playing at the church and reception. You were so punctual and professional – all we had to do was relax and enjoy!

Madeleine Gorham

It is hard to find strong enough words to say a big enough thank you. The programme was perfect and beautifully played. You all so talented and enthusiastic, thanks for being so friendly to our family and friends

Jackie Chase