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The Regent String Quartet

The Regent String Quartet is a young professional quartet that was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 1995 by Caryn Cohen, Sarah Turner and Helen Godbolt, later joined by Emma Martin from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music they won the J B McEwan prize awarded for the best string quartet of the year. Since leaving the institution they have performed regular recitals in London and surrounding areas.

London String QuartetsThis London based quartet has extensive experience in performing at wedding services and receptions, corporate functions, a variety of parties including engagement and garden parties and fund raising events.

The success of the quartet is due to its skill in selecting the right music for each occasion – and since its repertoire ranges from Bach to Bernstein there is always something to suit everyone. Although based in London the quartet has played in many prestigious venues across the country.

They have played at most major London hotels including The Dorchester, The Langham, The Lanesborough, Claridges, The Hyatt Carlton Tower and also at The Banqueting House, The Guildhall, The Tower of London and Stoke Park.

Previous engagements include a Christmas party at No. 11 Downing Street, exhibitions at the Tate Gallery and the Natural History Museum, a book launch at Searcy’s brasserie in Knightsbridge, a wedding reception at St James’ Palace, the launch of a passenger carrying balloon company at Tower Bridge and numerous fundraisers.

The Quartet receives coaching from members of the Alberni and Amadeus Quartets as well as giving coaching to many young amateur groups in and around London.

The quartet also performs in classical music concerts in an around London. Recent performances have included the Brighton Music Festival, the Hampstead and Highgate Music Festival, the Abinger Music Festival, the Burgh House Trust and a benefit concert for the Macmillan Cancer Fund.


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Sample Repertoire

The repertoire of the Regent String Quartet can be grouped into four separate categories: 

   Traditional Classics

   Operatic Arias

   Lighter Classics

  Jazz & Popular Music

These categories can be combined to provide a selection of varied music or if a particular ambience is required music may be selected from one or two groups. It is normal for Traditional Classics to be played during the wedding ceremony whilst all the categories are suitable for wedding receptions, engagement parties and dinners. The lists below provide some examples of the type of music included in each category however their repertoire extends far beyond this.  

It is possible for the quartet to cater for individual requests if given notice, as they are able to arrange our own music.

Traditional Classics

Their traditional classics are designed for more formal occasions including wedding receptions, corporate entertainment and garden parties.

These include:-

        Vivaldi - the Four Seasons

        Mozart – Divertimento & early string quartets

        Bach – air on a G String

        Handel – Queen of Sheba & music from the Royal Fireworks

        Pachelbel – Kanon

        Purcell – Rondeaux from the Fairy Queen

Lighter Classics

The lighter classics selection includes popular classical music, which may be used in television or in films, that has been arranged for String Quartet. 

These include the following:

        Tchaikovsky – dances from The

        Dvorak – Slavonic dances

        Grieg – Wedding day at Troldhaugen and Last

        Bernstein – Maria

        Offenbach – Barcarolle

        Capua – O Sole Mio

Operatic Arias

As the title suggests the quartet has a range of operatic repertoire including many of the famous arias as follows:-

        Delibes – Flower duet

        Puccini - Quando me’n vo’ from La Boheme

        Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria

        Mozart – Arias from the Marriage of Figaro

        Rossini – Arias from the Barber of Seville

        Verdi – The Soldier’s Chorus

Jazz & Popular Music

This last selection includes jazz music, numbers from the musicals and pop/modern music arranged for string quartet.

 These include the following:

        Joplin – The entertainer & the Maple Leaf Rag

        Donaldson – Makin’ Whoopee

        Kern – Smoke gets in your eyes

        Porter – Anything Goes & Every time we say

        Gay – Leaning on a Lamppost

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