Valentine String Quartet

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Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8TA
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Valentine String Quartet

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Rebecca - Becky graduated from the RAM in 2001, and has since performed violin with orchestras, ensembles and bands in all manner of venues and outfits. She has appeared with lipstick on radio and TV shows (Jules Holland, BBC radio, TFI Friday, The white roomMTVKCRW, CBS Chicago), co-written string arrangements in a dressing gown (for Beth Orton, Deus, Lifehouse, Tom Macrae, Tracey Thorne), toured with a shabby suitcase in USA/Japan/Europe (with Rachel Yamagata, Ray Lamontayne, Tindersticks, My Life Story), recorded in clean studios and dirty jeans (with Marc Almond, Mike Scott, The Pogues, Kirsty Mcall, Howard Jones), and performed in smart black with classical groups (Borloff String Quartet, English Rose String Quartet, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy String Orchestra, Aldeburgh Opera Orchestra, Ten Tors Orchestra).

In addition to regular local orchestral work in Devon she currently enjoys wearing dancing shoes in her jazz band Skedaddle, playing folkmusic for story telling group Kushka, composing theatrical tracks for piano and strings, and wearing her best shoes for the Valentine String Quartet.

Anna Elwood (Violin) - Anna gained her 1st class Bachelor of Music from the University of Sheffield and her Postgraduate Performance Certificate from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she first developed a love for string quartet playing. She has played with a wide variety of chamber groups and orchestras, most recently with the Abu Dhabi National Symphony Orchestra. Anna was a member of the Abu Dhabi String Quartet playing for visiting dignitaries at the British Embassy including the Queen, Tony Blair, John Major and Prince Andrew and also at many weddings and corporate functions. Anna performed with the Rolling Stones on their On Fire tour and has taken part in concerts and educational projects with Elbow, Trevor Pinnock and Andrew Lawrence King. Since moving to Devon in 2015, Anna has played with several local orchestras including Divertimento and ISCA and her passion for string quartet music has continued as a member of the Valentine String Quartet. In addition to performing, Anna also runs a thriving teaching studio.

Sharon - Sharon began violin lessons at 8yrs old with local teacher Ralph Barker. She quickly rose through the music scene winning competitions and eventually leading the Kirklees Youth Orchestra. She studied with the renown teacher Herbert Whone of Harrogate.

Sharon performed for several years under the name ‘The Magic Bow’  and with classical guitarist John Kaye, playing at weddings, garden parties, festivals, fairs and concerts.

After moving to Devon in 2002 Sharon played with many orchestras and ensembles including The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Taunton Sinfonietta, South West Sinfonietta, Plymouth Philharmonic Choir Orchestra and South Devon Choir Orchestra. She has also performed with The Copperfield Ensemble, performed Gilbert & Sullivan and undertaken session work with local artists.

In addition to the Valentine String Quartet, Sharon plays with pianist David Wood performing mostly classical music and with piano accordionist Joy Rendell playing Italian, French, Klezmer and Hungarian music.

Siri - Siri studied music at Goldsmiths College, London, where she became Principal Cellist for both the college’s Symphony Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra. She is a versatile cellist with music styles ranging from classical to popular and jazz. As well as cellist for the Valentine String Quartet, Siri regularly performs in the ‘cello and guitar duo, Cellotones. She has also performed in Mike Westbrook’s Big Band and recently performed at the St Ives Jazz Club. She has performed at a wide variety of venues at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Exeter Cathedral, Hannahs, and a huge range of wedding venues across Devon, including Haldon Belvedere and Dartington Hall.

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