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Celebration String Quartet

A group of dedicated, professional musicians who have an expansive and varied repertoire and have performed at many weddings and functions since forming in 1994.

Suzie Walden – Quartet Organiser and ‘Cellist. After leaving the Royal College of Music in London, Suzie freelanced with major British orchestras before taking up a 2 year contract with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Here, she experienced a variety of professional music-making from Opera and Ballet to String Quartet concerts for radio and studio work recording TV jingles.

This was followed by a 4 year full time contract in the orchestra of Opera North, based in Leeds. After moving to the Midlands, she now lives in Worcestershire and teaches at Malvern College and other private schools in the area as well as playing in 2 traditional string quartets, the Bergonzi based in Stratford and the Voces Intimae who play regular concerts at Leicester University.

Suzie’s parents were both light music performers so it was a natural progression for her to set up the Celebration String Quartet to play background music for special occasions. For musicians, this aspect of our work can be very rewarding as it provides a very valuable service and changes the atmosphere of the occasion without being the focus of attention. It also puts the players in close contact with the public, which we don’t achieve on a concert platform.