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"...they're extraordinary ...." Simon Bates Classic FM
"Celticana are a delight ...talented, motivated and lots of fun." Nicholas Cleobury, Artistic Director Britten Sinfonia
"Polished, versatile and an absolute pleasure to look at let alone listen to." Brian Radford, National Media
"Celticana thrilled the audience with their excellent playing and infectious enthusiasm - not to be missed." Peter Hagen MD for Shirley Bassey
"Warmth, adaptability, enthusiasm and charm pervade the high quality performances of Celticana. Their performances are much appreciated by all our audiences." Gillian Green, Director Live Music Now
Watch out for these four - we're going to hear lots more of them." Julian Smith Head of Music, Welsh National Opera Company.
The Celticana String Quartet was formed seven years ago when they made their initial television appearance on S4C followed by a successful QE2 cruise as guest artists. As individuals they have flourishing careers, playing with major orchestras and touring with opera groups as well as stars of Rock and Popular music, thus bringing a breadth of musical experience to their performances.
They participated enthusiastically in Live Music Now for four years, performing all over England and Wales, taking music to people who otherwise would not be able to access it. They were chosen to play for the 25th year anniversay of LMN at Windsor Castle and Cardiff Castle. The Quartet played at the Wigmore Hall during Quartet Week, running workshops for pre-school children and appeared with Nicholas Cleobury and Henry Kelly in performances of Peter and the Wolf for the Sounds New Festival at Canterbury.
Celticana played for the BBC Songs of Praise with Bryn Terfel and in 2003 and 2004 the Quartet was invited to play at his Faenol Festival alongside artists including Jamie Cullum, Jules Holland, Simon Keenleyside and Bryn himself.
Celticana has appeared at Music Festivals all over Europe, including Aosta in Turin, Italy, St. David's, Fishguard International, Llwynderw Swansea, Denbigh, North Wales International, All Saints Alive Swansea, the Welsh Proms at St. David's Hall, Swansea Festival and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. They have performed with several major choirs in England and Wales including the Cleethorpe Orpheus, Pontarddulais Male Choir, Morriston Rugby Choir and Morriston Orpheus Choir (with soloist Rebecca Evans).
They were the Quartet in Residence at the Criccieth Festival during 2004 and in the Theatr Ardudwy Concert Series, with pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, performing "Mapping Wales", a special commission by John Metcalf.
In 2005 Celticana took the stage at the BBC Proms in the Park. As principal players with Sinfonia Cymru they accompanied the Opera Gala and Songs of Inspiration with Aled Jones, Katherine Jenkins and Bryn Terfel at the Faenol Festival in North Wales. These were subsequently broadcast on the television programmes Dechrau Canu and BBC Songs of Praise.
Celticana went on to record a CD 'Benedictus' with Bryn Terfel, Catrin Finch and Rhys Meirion on the Welsh recording label Sain. The CD reached Number 3 in the Classical charts!
In 2006 Celticana performed on the Italian island of Ischia at the invitation of Lady Walton, the wife of the late composer Sir William Walton. The Quartet gave a series of recitals, including works by Walton to audiences at 'La Mortella'- the beautiful estate on which the Waltons spent many years together.
The quartet has helped raise many thousands of pounds for charities including Save the Children, Breast Cancer Wales, Heartbeat Wales, the British Heart Foundation, the Samaritans and Books for the Blind. They joined Fflur Wyn and Catrin Finch at Craig y Nos in a Gala Music Night in aid of Kidney Research and performed at the Welsh Millennium Centre with the Morriston Orpheus Choir, Dennis O'Neill, Aled Jones, Steve Balsamo and others again for Kidney Research Wales. They all play instruments made in the last 20 years.
Celticana String Quartet's web profile was last updated 5th Dec 2018
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