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Stretto String Quartet

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The Players below are the regular players for the Quartet, however, when these players are unavailable we also work with many other players, all of whom are full-time professional musicians.

Julia Loucks

Canadian violinist Julia Loucks recently completed her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music as a Frederick Johnston Scholar supported by an Astor Award.

She is currently on trial for a position with the Welsh National Opera orchestra, and also appears with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2013, during which time she appeared as a soloist with Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas”, as well as taking part in chamber music concerts in the Purcell Room for the Rest is Noise Festival and the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

She has received generous support from the Williamson Foundation and Dartington School, as well as the Afternoon Music Club of Phoenixville and Matt Bailey Memorial Scholarships, both of which are awarded to a student pursuing music performance at a major university or conservatory.

Julia is a founding member of the London-based Live Film Orchestra, and Chamber Music Without Borders, a music outreach program based in Montreal.

Henry Salmon

Native Londoner Henry took up the violin age 3 and his music has taken him as far afield as China, the USA and India. He studied at Leeds University and UNT (Dallas) under the tutelage of Peter Poole, Raimonda Koco, Igor Borodin and Julia Bushkova.

Since returning to London Henry has worked across a wide range of Musical Genres. From Classical Orchestral work with the English National Ballet, to Bollywood recordings for Chennai’s Ilayairaja. He has worked in the west end in Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and has done a considerable amount of work with Pop Artists including Mary J Blige, Jessie J, Katie Melua and Lana Del Rey. Henry has also appeared on screen as a violinist in several films including Les Miserables (2012) and Cinderella (Scheduled for Release 2015).

Henry also works extensively with Chamber ensembles including the Koko Quartet, Resident Quartet of Lords Cricket Ground, The Larkin Quartet and the London Studio Players.

Frances Higgs

Born in Bristol, Frances started the viola at age 11. Studying at Trinity College of Music, supported with awards from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and full scholarships, she studied 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 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 a premiere of Oliver Kentish's work, Prelude and Fugue for 10 Violas, at the Southbank Centre.

Frances is a guest artist with the Armartis Ensemble, and a founder member of the Stretto Quartet, who are currently preparing to undertake a UK tour of recitals. Her work has also lead to recording BBC documentaries, Indian film scores, rock festivals and albums for vocalists.

Frances plays on a viola made for her in 2002 by the luthier, David Milward, and regularly works with the Australian pianist, Coady Green.

Daniel Burrowes

Daniel Burrowes began playing the cello at the age of 5, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department until the age of 11, then the Kent Music Academy to the age of 18. Further study at Leeds University, Trinity College of Music and SMU, in Dallas, Texas, completed his studies.

Returning to the UK in 2011, Daniel has been building a freelance career, performing with many orchestras as well as a wide variety of theatre orchestras. He is a member of the Darwin Piano Trio with Eleanor Tagart and Helen Twomey, and has also performed regularly with the London Studio Players, with whom he performed on a three week cruise of the Mediterranean.

He also runs the cello duet ensemble, Two Cellos, providing music for weddings and functions.

He is currently teaching cello at Coloma Convent Girls School in Croydon, and also runs a private studio.

The Stretto Quartet is a sought-after ensemble for social events, corporate functions and weddings, in London and further afield.

They are happy to travel to your event, and will bring with them their professional approach, reliability, flexibility and sense of fun.

If you are looking to find a string quartet consisting of four individually talented players who combine to perform with a considerable flair and zest, this is the string quartet for you.

The four members of the Stretto Quartet first worked together during a tour of Chennai, India. Three members of the group toured China together, and two studied in the USA before meeting their Canadian violinist. Though clearly well-travelled, they have also individually appeared in Phantom of the Opera in the West End, on screen in the film of Les Miserables, and with the Welsh National Opera.

They enjoy playing all styles of music, from Mozart to Michael Jackson, and convey their enjoyment to you and your guests. Among the most recent additions to their regular repertoire are the theme from Skyfall and songs by Coldplay and Maroon 5, which with other contemporary music adds a vibrant atmosphere to their performance.

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Light Music
Abba, Mamma Mia
ACDC, Back in Black
Adams, Everything I do, I do it for you
Adele, Skyfall
Ain't Misbehaving
Aladdin - A Whole New World
Anderson, Blue Tango
Anderson, Forgotten Dreams
Animals, House of the Rising Sun
Anita Baker, Sweet Love
Barry, We have all the time in the world
Bart, Where is Love?
Bastille, Pompeii
Beach Boys, Wouldn't it be Nice
Beauty and the Beast - Be our Guest
Beauty and the Beast - Tale as old as Time
Berlin, Let’s Face the music and Dance
Blue Moon
Bowie, Changes
Bowie, Heroes
Bowie, Let's Dance
Bowie, Life on Mars
Britney Spears, Toxic
Bruno Mars, Just the Way You Are
Bruno Mars, Marry You
Burman, Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo dil Ko
Clean Bandit, Rather Be
Coldplay, Clocks
Coldplay, Paradise
Coldplay, Viva la Vida
Conte, For Your Eyes Only
The Darkness, I Believe in a Thing Called Love
David Guetta, Titanium
Davis, Theme from Pride and Prejudice
Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water
Desree, Kissing You
Elbow, One day like this
Elton John, Tiny Dancer
Elvis, Can't Help Falling in Love
Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams
Fleetwood Mac, Dreams
A Foggy Day in London Town
For the Scent of a Woman
Francois, My Way
George Michael, Careless Whisper
Gershwin, I'll build a Stairway to Paradise
Gershwin, The Man I Love
Gershwin, Embraceable You
Gershwin, 'S Wonderful
Gershwin, Somebody Loves Me
Guns and Roses, Sweet Child of Mine
Gunning, Theme from Poirot
Harrison, Here comes the Sun
Harrison, Something
Jackson, Smooth Criminal
Jackson, Thriller
Johnson, Pennies from Heaven
Jones, It Had to be You
Joplin, Easy Winners
Joplin, Heliotrope Bouquet
Joplin, The Entertainer
Journey, Don't Stop Believing
Karas, Harry Lime Theme from the Third Man
Katy Perry, Firework
Kern, Smoke Gets in your eyes
Killer, Mr Brightside
La Paloma, Tango
Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven
Lennon, Imagine
Lennon-McCartney, All you Need is Love
Lennon-McCartney, Yesterday
Lilly Allen, Somewhere Only We Know
The Lion King - Can you feel the love tonight?
Lordi, Royals
Lou Reed, Perfect Day
Lumineers, Ho Hey!
Mancini, The Pink Panther
Maroon 5, Moves Like Jagger
Metallica, Enter Sandman
Metallica, Master of Puppets
Metallica, Nothing Else Matters
Once, Falling Slowly
Phil Chill, Return of the Mack
Pixies, Here Comes your Man
Porter, Anything Goes
Porter, Let’s Do it
Porter, Every time we say goodbye
Queen, Another One Bites the Dust
Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen, I want to break free
Russell-Smith, Hoe Down
Russell-Smith, Right After Four
Sam Smith, Stay with Me
Shaffer, It’s Raining Men
Sheeran, Thinking out Loud
Sherwin, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Sigur Ross, Hoppipolla
Smokey Robinson, My Girl
Stevie Wonder, Signed Sealed Delivered
Sting, Fields of Gold
Strayhorn , Take the ‘A’ Train
Suessdorf, Moonlight in Vermont
Take the 'A' Train
Take That, Greatest Day
Taylor Swift, Love Story
Tico Tico No Fuba
Trad, La Bamba
Trad, Negro Spirituals – Nobody knows
Trad, Negro Spirituals – Go Down Moses
Trad, Negro Spirituals – Swing Low
Trad, Negro Spirituals – Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
Trad, English Country Garden
The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony
West Side Story - Somewhere
Williams, Star Wars
Wilson, Fawlty Towers
Wittstatt, Pepe

Classical Music
Albeniz, Tango
Albinoni, Adagio
Bach, Badinerie from Suite 2
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No 3
Bach, Goldberg Variations, Aria
Bach, Suite III
Bach, Jesu Joy
Bach, Toccata and Fugue
Bach, Sheep may safely graze
Barnby, O Perfect Love
Beethoven, Op 18 No 1
Beethoven, Fur Elise
Beethoven, Minuet from Septet
Beethoven, Symphony No 5 1st Movement
Beethoven, Symphony No 6 1st Movement
Beethoven, Symphony No 7 2nd Movement
Beethoven, Symphony No 7 4th Movement
Beethoven, Symphony No 8 1st Movement
Beethoven, Symphony No 8 3rd Movement
Bizet, La Toupie
Bizet, Prelude to Carmen
Bizet, Entr’act from Carmen
Bizet, Danse Boheme from Carmen
Bizet, Habanera from Carmen
Bizet, Sequidilla from Carmen
Boccherini, Minuet
Borodin, Nocturne from 2nd Quartet
Borodin, Polovtsian Dances “Prince Igor”
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No 5
Bruch, Adagio from Violin Concerto
Charpentier, Te Deum
Chopin, Prelude in e
Corelli, Christmas Concerto
Debussy, Arabesques
Debussy, Berceuse from the Dolly Suite
Debussy, Clair De Lune
Debussy, En Bateau from Petite Suite
Debussy, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Debussy, Romance
Debussy, Le Petit Negre
Delibes, Flower Duet
Dubois, Toccata
Dvorak, American Quartet
Dvorak, Cypressen
Dvorak, Humoresque
Dvorak, Slavonic Dance No 8
Elgar, Salut d’amour
Elgar, Chanson de Matin
Elgar, Chanson de Nuit
Elgar, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
Faure, Pavane
Faure, Apres un Reve
Faure, Pie Jesu from Requiem
Granados, Andaluza
Greig, Ich Liebe Dich
Grieg, In the Hall of the Mountain King
Handel, Queen of Sheba
Handel, Allegro Maestoso (Water Music)
Handel, Halleluia from Messiah
Haydn, Andante from Oboe Concerto
Haydn, Quartet No 34, Op. 64 No 4
Haydn, Serenade
Holst, Jupiter from the Planets
Holst , St. Pauls Suite
Il’yinsky, Berceuse
Iradier, La Paloma
Liszt, Liebestraum No 3
MacDowell, To a Wild Rose
Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony No 5
Massenet, Meditation from Thais
Mendelssohn, Song Without Words op 38 No 2
Mendelssohn, Song Without Words op 102 No 5
Mendelssohn, Song Without Words op 102 No 6
Mendelssohn, Song Without Words op 102 No 3
Mendelssohn, Song Without Words op 53 No 4
Mendelssohn, Wedding March
Mendelssohn, Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn, Nocturne from Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn, Symphony No 4 (Italian) 1st Movement
Monteverdi, Sinfonia and Duet from Poppea
Mozart, Ave Verum
Mozart, Bei Mannern from Magic Flute
Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 
Mozart, Divertimento in F
Mozart, Divertimento in D
Mozart, Quartet in G KV 156
Mozart, Rondo alla Turka
Offenbach, Can Can
Pachelbel, Kanon
Puccini, Nessun Dorma
Purcell, Dido's Lament
Purcell, Two Rondeaux
Ravel, Bolero
Rossini, William Tell Overture
Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre
Saint-Saens, The Swan
Satie, Gymnopedie
Schostakovich, Romance from Gadfly
Schubert, Moment Musical No 3
Schubert, Wiegenlied
Schubert, Die Rose
Schubert, Serenade from Schwanengesang
Schumann, Traumerei from Kinderscenen
Scriabin, Etude
Souza, Liberty Bell March
Strauss, Pizzicato Polka
Strauss, Radetzky March
Strauss, The Blue Danube Waltz
Sullivan, Three Little Maids
Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Tchaikovsky, Waltz of the Flowers
Tchaikovsky, Crysostomos Liturgy Op 41
Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite
Tchaikovsky, Waltz from Swan Lake
Trad, Londonderry Air
Verdi, Force of Destiny
Vivaldi, Spring
Wagner, Bridal Chorus
Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries
Jack's the Lad (Sailor's Hornpipe)
Home Sweet Home
See the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!
Rule Brittania
Pomp and Circumstance March No 1
I vow to thee my Country

String Quartet Ensemble

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, March 9, 2017


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, May 19, 2017

"A great performance, the perfect addition to our wedding. Thank you so much! (I really hope that a ranking of 5 is the best, that's what I was aiming for!)"

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, July 21, 2017

"Excellent - great sound and very easy to work with in preparing for the event."

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How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
We take breaks of roughly 10 minutes every hour.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
We can find music, as long as we're given enough notice. This may incur a small fee, depending on how difficult it is to find.
What kind of events do you usually serve?
We play anything, but the majority of our bookings are weddings, both ceremonies and drinks receptions.
How much space do you require?
4m x 3m, although we can be flexible if necessary.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
We have Pubic Liability Insurance, provided by the Musician's Union.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
We don't require a PA. We don't currently have lighting.
How long do you play for?
We tend to play in sets of 45 minutes. We can play as many sets as you like.

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