This is a highly talented String Quartet with a difference. As well as playing the works of the great composers for the medium, it has its own unique library of sparkling and witty arrangements of all kinds of popular music from Opera through Swing and Jazz to the great Musicals, Pop hits and Rock classics. The idea of this most traditional classical line-up playing familiar modern tunes intrigues and delights audiences of all ages and walks of life. As a result, the schedule now embraces concerts, all kinds of function both corporate and private, together with entertaining in hotels and restaurants and on board cruise liners.
The sole aim of the string quartet, is to delight. Since their formation in 1988, all kinds of audience have been beguiled by their unique blend of musical styles, from established classical works through operetta, musical comedy and jazz to witty and sparkling arrangements of the latest in popular music.
The string quartet's approach to popular music is both refreshing and adventurous. From the beginning, works from some of Britain's finest string arrangers were commissioned, so that their unrivalled library now extends from Bach to Rock via Strauß, Gershwin, Bernstein, Duke Ellington, the Beatles, Abba, the Carpenters, Led Zeppelin and Queen, to name but a few. The haunting and the beautiful, the lively, the tearful, the passionate and the humorous, all can be heard in the quartet's recital. Variety, originality and entertainment are their watchwords.
In addition to concert work, this string quartet plays regularly in hotels, Livery and Banqueting halls, stately homes and a variety of other, more unusual venues. They have also performed at a multitude of private and corporate functions, including several organised by the British Tourist Board and the English Tourist Authority. Radio and TV credits include the BBC Radio 2 Arts Programme and Central TV's prime-time network show "Pot of Gold", hosted by Des O'Connor.
This string quartet is highly mobile, appearing throughout Britain and performing regularly on the high seas. During a two-month Alaskan contract on the Holland-America Cruise Ship the Ms Noordam, passengers voted them near perfect marks in a customer satisfaction survey. As a result they have been able to extend their shipboard activities, spending four months during the winter of 1997-98 on cruiseliners sailing out of Florida, Mexico and Puerto Rico for both Holland-America and Princess Cruises. More recently they have taken in the US West Coast and the Mediterranean (with a return trip to Alaska in the summer of 1999) have performed regularly for Brittany Ferries, both on high-season cross-channel routes and Xmas and New Year mini-cruises and been engaged by Cunard to give three evening recitals on the MS Caronia in Spring 2000.
So, whether it is a concert, conference or wedding, a special party, a corporate event or a banquet, playing the works of the classical masters or music from their unique arrangement repertoire, this 'different' string quartet will be delighted to entertain you.
A STATUS CYMBAL performance is a unique occasion. A traditional-style first half, presented in formal concert attire and featuring works for the genre by the great classical masters. (Recent performances have included the Dissonance by Mozart and Beethoven's third Rasumovsky quartet.) During the interval, the members then slip into something more comfortable in order to play music from their extensive repertoire of arrangements in a more popular vein.
Selections from this unique library are often presented along themed lines. During 2000 the quartet has performed its "20th Century Remembered" routine to great acclaim in venues throughout the UK, from Appleby-in-Westmoreland to Tiverton in Devon, as well as on the Cunard liner Caronia cruising in the Caribbean. Including a number from every decade, beginning with Music Hall and ending with Hollywood blockbuster, the programme also includes an element of audience choice (voting on a shortlist of ten to select its best-loved number from the 1960's). Other post-interval themes include "Gershwin & Friends", "Favourite Film & TV Hits". "The Swinging 60's", songs from the great musicals, "Around the World in 50 Minutes" and "Spirit of the Dance" featuring all styles from the Minuet to Jive. A full Xmas concert is also available with music as diverse as Handel's Messiah and Leroy Andersen's Sleigh Ride together with a full selection of popular Carols and other seasonal favourites. STATUS CYMBAL has also provided traditional classical recitals on a number of occasions when it was requested.
After more than ten years of existence THE STATUS CYMBAL STRING QUARTET has become one of Britain's most experienced quartets working in the field of corporate and private entertainment, whether it is a conference, office party or wedding. It has played in all kinds of venue from building site to stately home, including restaurants, leading hotels such as the London Ritz, and some of the world's most prestigious cruise liners. In 1999 for example, after a successful summer contract in Alaska on board the Dawn Princess, the quartet performed at numerous weddings, was engaged by Norwich Union for a week-long conference at the Assembly Rooms in Worthing, entertained passers-by in shopping centres in Bristol and Birmingham and was asked to play at several Xmas office parties, including one at the Chelsea FC football stadium.
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