String & Tonic

Clare W – Violin

Clare enjoys a varied freelance career working with orchestras such as Welsh National Opera, Opera North, the Hallé, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. She recently performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at The National Theatre and previously enjoyed performing Stoppard and Previn’s play for actors and orchestra, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour in 2010. As an orchestral musician she has recorded two CDs and been broadcast on Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Clare read music at Christ Church, Oxford where she won an instrumental exhibition, was awarded the Clifford-Smith Prize and attained a first class degree. Afterwards she gained her Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction at Trinity College of Music.
Clare enjoys chamber music, recently performing Schubert’s Octet at The Royal Opera House recital series. She plays with The Dovetail Quartet and formed String and Tonic with her good friend Jo with whom she performs on cruise liners all over the world.

Jo – Cello

Jo began to play the cello in her home town of Durham. Studying with Jim Bickel, she progressed to achieve the DipABRSM with distinction in 2004. Following this, she took up a full scholarship to study with Joely Koos at Trinity College of Music. In 2008 she graduated with a first class honours degree, gaining both the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Prize, and the Sir John Barbirolli Prize for Cello Studies. In 2009 she completed a Masters of Music degree from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Pierre Doumenge. Since then, Jo has had an active freelance musical career, working with prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru, as well as being a member of the Southbank Sinfonia 2010 season.

She has had radio broadcasts on Radio 1, Radio 3 and Classic FM. When not playing in orchestras, she can be found accompanying the DJ Anchorsong in venues across Europe, and collaborating with TCM composer graduate Hannah Ashe and Laban graduate Ilona Jantti.

Humoresque by Dvorak
Drunken Sailor
The Swan by Saint-Saens
Badinerie by J.S. Bach
Romance from The Gadfly
Tambourin by Gossec
Pizz Polka by Strauss
Meditation from Thais by Massenet
Monti Czardas
2 Part Inventions by J. S. Bach
Duo in G by Mozart
Pasacaglia by Handel/Halverson
The Entertainer by Joplin
Skye Boat Song – trad. Scottish arr. Thorp/Wheeler
The Bridal – trad. Irish arr. Huw Jones/Wheeler
Scarborough Fair – trad. English arr. Thorp Wheeler
Duos by Bartok
(Movs I-IV: Allegro Ironico, Allegretto, Moderato, Choral)
Cotton Patch Rag – trad. American arr. Wheeler
Tico Tico by Abreu
La Cumparsita – by Rodriguez
Sonata by Handel
Por Una Cabeza by Gardel
Bouree and Gigue from Orchestral Suite no 3. by J.S. Bach
Sicilienne by Marie Theresia von Paradis
The Waltzing Cat by Anderson
Invitation to the Dance – Weber
Greensleeves
The Derry Air
Suo Gan
Pizz Polka – Delibes
Winter from Four Seasons – Vivaldi
Sailor’s Hornpipe
Schlinder’s List by Williams
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Tchaikovsky
Radetzky March – Strauss
Telemann canonic sonata
Serenade – Haydn
Duo in C major – Beethoven
Barcarolle – Offenbach
Hungarian Dance – Brahms
Ragtime Dance – Joplin
Number Twelve Train Blues
Fly Me To The Moon
Georgiana Moon – trad. American arr. Thorp/Wheeler
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Paragon Rag
Lullaby of Birdland
Ashokan Farewell
Vivaldi – Sonata op. 5 no. 2
Duo for Violin and Cello – Hoffmeister
Huit Morceaux – Gliere
Duet in D major – Haydn
Canonic Sonatas – Telemann
Ave Maria Schubert

String Duo (Violin, Cello)

String Quartet – Please see Kir Royale

The price guidelines are based on playing for the ceremony (for half an hour before start of ceremony, entrance of bride, signing of register and exit of bridal party) and drinks reception. Usually comprises of up to 2 hours with a 15 minute break in the middle. We can play for more or less, depending on your requirements.

We often play for the wedding breakfast too, please enquire for quotes.

We can also travel to other areas of the UK, again please enquire for quotes.

“String and Tonic were superb! They added a touch of class to the Wedding reception and played the most beautiful music during the ceremony. Thank you for being so wonderful at my daughters Wedding.”

Mrs Garret, Wedding, April 2012

“String and Tonic played during the drinks reception of my wedding. I have to say they sounded fantastic and all the guests commented how splendidly they both played creating a wonderful atmosphere. I would highly recommend them.”

Helen Staines, April 2013

Bedfordshire – £390

Berkshire – £380

Buckinghamshire – £380
East Sussex – £380
Essex – £405
Hampshire – £380
Hertfordshire – £380
London – £380
Kent – £380
Middlesex – £380
Oxfordshire – £390
Surrey – £380
Sussex – £380
West Sussex – £380

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