Who we are
We’ve been enjoying playing at weddings across the UK since 2009 and have played in various cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester and London. We are now regarded as one of the top string ensembles in the UK and are proud of our commitment to quality live music customer service. Our aim is always to add a touch of magic to every event and we have a track record of delivering this in spades. Our players are all freelancing professionals (i.e. Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra etc). Rest assured you are in the safest of hands which is why we guarantee an enjoyable and memorable performance every time.
We have a very large playlist of string music (spanning all possible types of music) and now have over 100 recordings and video.
We enjoy performing all genres of music from chart hits to movie themes, pop classics to jazz standards. Not forgetting the classical favourites – we’re classically trained after all! We love entertaining and you can rest assured that we will add something special to your big day which your guests and yourself will treasure both on the day itself and in the future.
Originally from Edinburgh, Daniel studied there with the late Nigel Murray before moving to Glasgow to study with Olivier Lemoine & Justine Watts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has played with groups including the Scottish Chamber Music Players, Ambassador Theatre Group & London Concertante. He has also played live to 40 million listeners on BBC World Radio, played at The Commonwealth Games 2014, and with mainstream acts including Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins and Belle & Sebastian. He currently freelances with Scottish Ballet and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. www.danielpatersonmusic.com
Emma is originally from Dundee and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with James Durrant and Catherine Marwood. She has enjoyed masterclasses with Robin Ireland, Barbara Westphal and Garth Knox and the Brodsky Quartet. Emma currently freelances for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Glasgow, Sarah began learning the viola at the age of 8 and studied with Patricia Field before gaining her degree at the RCS with Andrew Berridge, and then her masters at the RNCM with Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir. During this time she received master classes fromLawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Thomas Riebl, Nobuko Imai, Simon Rowland-Jones and Garth Knox. A member of Live Music Now Scotland, Sarah has performed in venues all across the UK, Wales and Saudi Arabia. Sarah enjoys performing a wide range of music and has performed with Goldfrapp, Rod Stewart, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Fat-Suit and Sinfonia Cymru.
Anja began studied privately with Uli Fenner before joining the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Conservatoire, where she was awarded the Nan Christie Memorial Prize. Following this she studied at the RCS with Gina McCormack, continuing to play in various projects including the Scottish Opera mentoring scheme. Anja is currently studying for her masters degree with Andrea Gajic.
Alice Allen is originally from Banchory, Aberdeenshire. Alice has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She has also played with the Scottish Ensemble and Red Note, including a performance at the Wigmore Hall. Alice also enjoys a variety of music styles and has played at Celtic Connections alongside Scottish fiddler Graham Mackenzie and has recorded and performed with bands such as ‘Fat-suit’ and ‘The Scott Wood Band’.
Kirsty MacLeod is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Andrea Gajic. She was recently awarded the Robert Highgate Prize for excellence in violin, the Mabel Glover String prize for chamber music and is the reciprocate of the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Scholarship. Kirsty has recently performed at the Cantilena Music Festival and Festival Music Alpe. Kirsty is currenly on the RSNO mentoring scheme and has received lessons from Simon Fischer, Lutsia Ibragimova, Leland Chen and Jacqueline Ross. As a former member of NYOS, she has also performed at the BBC Proms. Kirsty has enjoyed performing with various well known acts including Susan Boyle as part of Children in Need.
Emily started playing the violin at the age of 4 in her hometown of Calgary in Canada before moving to study at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. In 2005 she began studying at the San Franciso Conservatoire, where she gained her masters degree under the tutelage of Ian Swensen. Since moving to Europe she has held orchestral positions in Berlin and Sweden and has now settled in Glasgow. Emily currently plays for the Irish Chamber Orchestra and freelances for various orchestras across the UK and abroad.
Heather MacLeod is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, having previous studied at the RCS with Andrea Gajic where she was awarded the Robert Highgate Scholarship and the Mabel Glover Chamber Music Prize. Heather also studies traditional fiddle with Pete Clark and Alistair McCulloch. Heather has played with the Marianne Chamber Ensemble, Melios Chamber Orchestra and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra. She has also played with Scottish opera and the RSNO during their mentoring schemes. She has also worked alongside mainstream artists such as Twin Atlantic, Susan Boyle, Delta Mainline, and Lou Hickey.
Elias David Rooney studied with Robert Irvine at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before furthering his studies privately in Copenhagen with Andreas Brantelid and London with Natalie Clein. During his time at the RCS he gained extensive experience playing string quartets and won all available prizes for chamber music. He has performed live on BBC World Radio to over 40 million listeners and appeared with mainstream acts such as Ronan Keating, Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Belle and Sebastian. Elias is currently combining a busy teaching schedule in Scotland with freelance orchestral work throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. He works most regularly with English National Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Ulster Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Your music was fabulous and it entertained our guests perfectly. Thanks for being so amazing even though we were running a bit late. Everyone loved the day and your presence added that extra sparkle!
Your music was fantastic! Everyone commented on how beautiful the music was and I think everyone felt a lump in their throat when you played as we signed the register. Thanks so much for adding that special something to our day