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The Williams Quartet - String Quartet
This lively, charismatic and vibrant quartet have played at a range of functions including wedding receptions, garden parties and summer balls. They have played at Terence Conran’s restaurant Bluebird in London, as well as the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, The Dorchester, London and Powderham Castle in Exeter.
Their extensive repertoire and their versatile approach mean that they can cater for virtually any occasion. Between them the girls have played in a number of quality orchestras including: The Three Choirs Festival Orchestra, The Cambridge Mozart Players, The Cotswold Symphony Orchestra, The City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra, Cardiff Concert Orchestra, Kensington Chamber Orchestra and The Lydian Orchestra.
The Lead Violinist: Over the last decade the violinist has travelled all over world with various ensembles, most recently the world-renowned Trinity College Chapel Choir, with whom she held a choral scholarship. She holds a BA Hons in Music and Languages from Cambridge University.
The Second Violinist: A keen musician from an early age, she has led several orchestras and string ensembles, many of which she has organised herself. She is also a part-time novelist.
The Viola Player: She has been playing the viola since she was eight, “because she liked the name”! She also plays piano, flute and mandolin. Although classically trained, she has a passion for folk music and loves Irish fiddling along with her boyfriend, a keen accordion player. Her occupations include instrument retail, composing and writing.
The Cellist: She started learning music at the age of three, and since then has played in settings as diverse as London’s Jazz Café and St John’s Smith Square. She has performed in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis and Raphael Wallfisch, and her cello, a replica of a Stradivarius, was made by the British maker Colin Irving.
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The Williams Quartet - String Quartet Repertoire
Over the course of several years, they have built up a wide-ranging repertoire of music. Below is a list of our most popular requests, which is by no means exhaustive. If there is something in particular that you would like them to play, they will happily arrange it for you, as they have done many times before. They adapt every performance to suit the occasion!
- Pavane - Fauré
- The Swan - Saint-Saëns
- Canon - Pachelbel
- Prelude to Carmen - Bizet
- Habanera from Carmen - Bizet
- Toreador’s Song from Carmen - Bizet
- Meditation from Thais - Massenet
- O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
- In the Hall of the Mountain King - Grieg
- Norwegian Dance No2 - Grieg
- Norwegian Dance No 3 - Grieg
- Waltz - Grieg
- Morning from Peer Gynt - Grieg
- Chanson de Matin - Elgar
- Chanson de Nuit - Elgar
- Everytime We Say Goodbye - Cole Porter
- Pennies from Heaven - Johnson
- Vocalise - Rachmaninov
- Danse Des Mirlitons - Tchaikovsky
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