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About us

We are a string quartet, but can provide you with a string trio or duo if that is more suitable for your event. We will do our best to accommodate any special requests though there may be a small charge for this service. See the how to book us page for details.

Elisabeth Reed, violin

Elisabeth Reed, violin

Elisabeth received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, USA. As a student she performed in master classes for Dorothy Delay and Franco Gulli. She has played with English Touring Opera, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestra of Wales, Het Gelders Orkest in Holland, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Oxford Company of Musicians and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Currently she plays for the Oxford Philomusica. In the USA she played in film recordings at Skywalker Ranch and Fantasy Film Studios in California. She has created her own series of concerts for young people, which has been performed many times in Oxfordshire schools, the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building as well as in the Newbury Spring Festival and the Abingdon Arts Festival.

Olivier Bonnici, violin

Olivier Bonnici, violin

Olivier studied at the Consrvatoire National Superieur de Musique in Lyon and now performs regularly with a wide range of orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has recorded several CDs, solo and in various groups. He regularly gives master classes in the south of England, and enjoys coaching youth orchestras.

He was recently invited to perform in a duet recital with his wife Rosalind at the American Ambassador's residence in Paris. Olivier became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in Performance in 1998, and is currently Head of Strings at Headington School.

Heather Birt, viola

Heather Birt, viola

Having gained a BA (Hons) degree in Music at Oriel College, Oxford, Heather won scholarships to study modern viola and baroque violin at Trinity College of Music. It was there that she became a founding member of the early music group Minerva. Alongside her postgraduate diploma studies, she began to play jazz double bass in London-based band Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz, which now thrives on demand for clubs and jazz festivals, both nationally and internationally.

Heather has performed on viola notably as a guest with the Allegri String Quartet, and as a soloist with Oxford University Chamber Orchestra and Leicester University Sinfonia (giving the premiere performance of a viola concerto by Richard Wilkins), and has also performed with artists such as Emma Kirkby and Nigel Kennedy. She plays baroque violin and viola with various groups, including Charivari Agréable.

She works part time as Head of Strings at The School of St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, around which she has built a flourishing and unusually varied career comprising early music, chamber music and jazz.

Jacqueline Johnson, cello

Jacqueline Johnson, cello

Jacqueline graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. During her studies there she took part in masterclasses with cellists Rohan da Sarem, Anner Bylsma and Paul Tortelier. She was a full time member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, played with the Australian Opera and Ballet companies and broadcast and recorded recitals for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She gave many solo and chamber recitals throughout Australia, and also in China and Hong Kong and made several recordings and CDs.

On moving to the United Kingdom in 1990, Jacqueline undertook further study with Christopher Bunting, and has also had coaching from Steven Isserlis and Colin Carr. Now based in Oxford, Jacqueline works free lance, combining chamber music and solo performances with orchestral work and teaching. She regularly performs recitals programmes with pianist Tallis Barker, and recent concerto performances include Beethoven Triple Concerto, Dvorak Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.