The Spring Quartet was formed in 1995 when the family was approached by someone wanting string quartet music at their wedding. Our success led directly to an engagement to play at the Sponsors’ Dinner of the World Transplant Games at which Dr Christian Barnard, the Heart Transplant pioneer, led a standing ovation for the Quartet during the first course of the meal!
Since then we have played for many weddings and corporate functions including Manchester’s World Track Cycling Championships at the then new Velodrome. We have frequently been requested to perform at Civic functions in Manchester and Stockport and played for the wedding of one of Elton John’s band.
We had a long association with Indian musicians, including several innovative projects with Indian composer Rakesh Joshi which saw us appearing at Leeds and Brent Town Halls in Millennium celebrations and later in the Lowry Theatre as part of the Milapfest, an Arts Council sponsored Festival of Asian Arts.
In June 2001, as part of the Commonwealth Games 2002 buildup, we were invited to Barbados to help in the foundation of a string-teaching project in schools, based on the highly successful Venezulan project which led to the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. We also gave a series of formal and informal concerts, culminating in a lunchtime concert at the prestigious Frank Colymore Hall in Bridgetown.
The Quartet has given concerts in churches and community venues, including one at Birmingham Cathedral where the Quartet also accompanied a performance of the Schubert Mass in G