A collective of talented string players with a passion for chamber music.

Established in 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.

Session Strings

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.

Concerts

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."

ardeton string quartet - hilife companion - session strings in bath and bristol

Special Events

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.

Sarah Loveridge - Violin

sarah loveridge - violin, violinist, bristol, bathSarah 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

 

Jon Cowell - Violin

jon cowell - violin, violinistOriginally 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.

 

 

Rachel Clennell - Viola

rachel clennell - violist, viola playerBorn 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 Loveridge - Cello / Double Bass

dury loveridge - cellist and double bass player 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