2002, the Ardeton Ensemble combines talented string players
with a passion for chamber music and a creative flair for
session playing. On the concert platform they give lively
and energetic performances of mainstream repertoire and the
more unusual, where their individual personalities and
styles come to the fore. In the studio they bring an
eclectic taste and experience which allows them to create
the perfect sounds in any situation. Highly educated and
widely experienced, electric performances with sparkly
instruments aren't their thing - full-toned, expressive
playing on quality acoustic instruments is.
The ensemble has performed across the UK and beyond. They have appeared in concert for various music societies and festivals including a tour of Norway, and are frequently rebooked by public demand. As session strings they have appeared on Sky, BBC and ITV, have played on film soundtracks, and can be heard with a variety of contemporary artists on the radio around the world, as well as summer festival appearences - check out our storefront below or search us on Spotify.
In the studio is where the
creative force of the ensemble comes to the fore. The
Ardeton Ensemble brings with it an eclectic taste in
music, and a depth of experience in almost every musical
style and situation. Combine that with their talent for
playing, and they can quickly create the perfect sound
for your recording. Have string parts written already?
Great - let us know what sound you have in mind and
we'll deliver it quickly and consistently. Have no idea
where to begin with notating what you want? No problem -
send us a demo track and we'll send you some suggestions
back. We can even record the string parts in our own
studio set-up and send them as Aiff files.
"You took my mess of string parts and turned them into something beautiful" - Edwin Miles.
The Ardeton Ensemble has performed
in a variety of guises for music societies and concert
series. From an oboe quartet, piano quintet, string
trio, clarinet quartet and more, the group enjoys
bringing lively and meaningful interpretations of
concert staples and lesser-known works alike.
"The opening movement was played with a sure touch, the Adagio with evident emotion, the Scherzo all light and shade, and the Finale full of high spirits."
Corporate Events - The Ardeton Ensemble can perform as a string trio, string quartet or more and provide a lively and colourful backdrop to your event. Previous clients include Sky, Lloyds, the NHS and Marks & Spencer.
Educational Workshops - The players all have experience as teachers, and the ensemble regularly plays outreach and special concerts for children and babies, as well as providing workshops on GCSE and A-level performance and composition.
Thanks to the Ardeton Ensemble who took my mess of string parts
and turned them into something beautiful
The usage of the strings and horns are a real highlight of this album,
some really beautiful melodies complimenting the lush guitars.
Absorbing vocal harmonies astride dramatic keys coax the ears first, the rich
temptation enthralling and deepening as the cello and violin lay their emotive caresses across the senses.
is a busy freelance violinist who works across the UK. She
performs regularly with the English Symphony Orchestra, is a
member of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and works with the
Regency Sinfonia, Bath Philharmonia and British Concert
Orchestra in the South West. She has also performed with the
National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Southern Sinfonia, and
Welsh Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing for many
shows and theatre productions. Sarah is much in demand as a
chamber musician, leading both the Ardeton String Quartet
and the Ardeton Ensemble which perform throughout the
country for recitals and public functions. She is also a
highly experienced session musician, playing regularly for
studio recordings and live sessions for various bands
including the Hi-Life Companion, Jess McAllister, Edwin
Miles, The Portraits and Tanya Walker, as well as for TV
productions and independent films.
Originally from Manchester, Sarah gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Birmingham, before completing Postgraduate Studies in Performance with Lucy Gould at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama which included participation in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Orchestral Training Programme. . For many years Sarah was a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra which gave regular concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Proms in Suffolk. Solo engagements include performing as concerto soloist with the Arion Orchestra at St James Piccadilly, a recital of Vaughan-Williams' violin music for the Calne Festival of Music, and Brahms Sonatas for the 'Music Unlimited' lunchtime series in Chippenham. Alongside her freelance career, Sarah is Head of Strings at St Marys School Calne, has a busy private teaching practice in Chipping Sodbury, and is training to be an ITM Alexander Technique teacher.
Sarah has her own website at www.saraheales.co.uk
from Kent, Jon studied violin at the Royal College of Music
in London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in
Cardiff. He received a BMus Degree from the RWCMD where he
studied with Dona-Lee Croft.
Whilst at the RWCMD Jon played with the Cesar Quartet before joining the Ardeton Quartet shortly after it was founded, and Jon played in some of our earliest concerts and gigs in South Wales. Jon was selected to take part in a musical exchange programme, and studied at the Newcastle Conservatory of Music in New South Wales, before settling for a number of years in Gothenburg and then Stockholm.
It has been great to welcome Jon back to the Ardeton Ensemble (of which he was a founding member) and now to the Ardeton String Quartet.
Jon is also a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique with his own website at www.alexanderteacherlondon.co.uk. He also is head roaster at a coffee roastery in London.
Born in Somerset, Rachel Clennell's undergraduate and postgraduate studies took place at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Here she studied with international soloist Rivka Golani, gained a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra training scheme, was principal of the various college ensembles and winner of the Herbert Lumby prize for violinists and violists.
Rachel performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles across the UK, including the Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra da Camera, National Symphony Orchestra, New English Concert Orchestra, Orchestra West, the English Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan.
Dury is an experienced cellist and regular performer at the Aldeburgh Festival and the major UK concert halls. A member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra for 6 years, he has also played with the British Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, National Musicians' Symphony Orchestra and the British Police Symphony Orchestra. His work in musicals include credits as principal cellist for productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Crazy for You, and West Side Story. His media work includes an appearance on a BBC Commission for the Birmingham Film Festival 2001 called "Percussion", the soundtrack for the Independent Film "The Last of the BrylCreem Boys", and Principal Cellist on an episode of the BBC's "Dalziel and Pascoe". Dury also recently wrote and performed the string arrangements for Cardiff-based singer Tanya Walker on her Fopp records EP The Changing Me. He has more recently appeared on releases by Jess McCalister, The Hi-Life Companion, and his own compositions available on iTunes.
Dury received a Master of Arts degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2001, where he was Principal Cellist of the Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, Pelleas and Thallein Ensembles. He also played in masterclasses with Jane Salmon (Schubert Ensemble) and Rohan de Sarum (Arditti Quartet). Prior to this, Dury was an active performer and composer during his undergraduate studies at the University of Birmingham. Specialising in Contemporary performance and composition he had his orchestral work "...on the passing of time..." premiered at the Summer Festival of Music, and in Summer 2004 was solo cellist for a chamber ensemble at the Aldeburgh Festival, premiering works by Young Composers. Dury is also the web-designer and musical arranger for the quartet. He teaches in a number of the country's leading schools. He has his own website at www.duryloveridge.co.uk