Strelitzia is a professional string quartet working within 75 miles of Manchester. All musicians are graduates of the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. Since 2002, the quartet has performed each year for around 40 weddings, functions and events.
As well as performing for weddings and civil partnerships, Strelitzia’s corporate clients include Yamaha, Yorkshire Bank, Ernst & Young and Manchester United. Should any member of the group be unavailable for a booking they will be replaced by a deputy drawn from a select group of exceptional professional musicians. As freelance players, members and deputies of Strelitzia play with world-class orchestras such as the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Catering to a broad range of musical tastes, with music ranging from Baroque/Classical to Pop/Jazz and Bollywood, they are happy to give suggestions for music choices and talk through any queries you may have.
Their dress code is dinner or black suits for the men and all black for the ladies.
Strelitzia is now also available as an
Electric String Quartet. This setup would typically suit a larger event of say 130 people or more, gives a more contemporary feel and works particularly well for Bollywood music.
"You had us all tapping our feet and I am sure I could hear some people humming along with their particular favourite. …people asked me when the next concert is and that could we please ask Strelitzia to come back in the future."
"Your choice of music, discreet approach and handover to the jazz band were all so professional and well judged - enhancing the whole experience"
"Thank you for playing at our daughter's wedding last Friday. Your beautiful renditions we're commented on many times."
Oliver was born in Yorkshire in 1982. He began to play the piano at six and violin a year later. In 1998 he won a place at Chetham's School of Music to study violin and piano. Oliver continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester studying with Benedict Holland and Thomas Kemp. In his time at the RNCM Oliver was awarded a Bachelor of Music Honours (2/1) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Merit).
Oliver was a member of the resident orchestra at the Cantiere Internazionale D”Arte Montepulciano in Italy during summer 2002 and 2003. Whilst at the RNCM he led the New Ensemble at the Lindberg Festival and the Modern Opera Orchestra. Oliver's freelance work includes Halle Orchestra tour of Spain, BBC Philharmonic Tours of Japan, South Korea and China. London Proms with the Halle Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as recording sessions for Sony Manchester and 'The Doves'.
Gill began learning the violin at the age of six. In 1999 Gill studied for her MMus degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Following her studies Gill was awarded a place in the Southbank Sinfonia giving the opportunity to play Bruch Violin Concerto with the orchestra. Other solo performances with orchestras include Beethoven Violin Concerto, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Sibelius Violin Concerto and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.
In 2007 Gill was part of a group of musicians touring with Russell Watson on his ”The Voice” Tour. Orchestral work includes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Concerto Orchestra and New London Orchestra
Ian is currently a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s viola section alongside
enjoying a busy freelance career as a performer, teacher and sound engineer.
Ian began learning the violin at the age of six. Following undergraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, he took up the viola and gained his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in 2009. Following this he studied on the Halle String Leadership scheme before continuing to work orchestrally with orchestras such as The Halle, BBC Philharmonic, and Opera North.
Ian is also a keen chamber musician and has performed in concerts throughout the North West of England. Whilst at college, he won the RNCM’s Hirsch Prize for chamber music and was a finalist in the Granada Prize. This led to them being granted a full scholarship to study with the Alberni String Quartet in July 2008 at the University of Cambridge. Ian regularly plays with Manchester Camerata and Manchester Strings
Rod is a New Zealand born cellist currently based in Manchester. He began his studies at The University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours. After moving to the UK to further his studies, he graduated with distinction from the Master of Music programme at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Roderick currently freelances around the North West, combining education work as cello tutor on the In Harmony project in Liverpool, with chamber music and orchestral work. He has performed with the Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Ensemble 10/10, the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra and is Principal cello of Skipton Camerata. Rod has also performed on radio and television, including Songs of Praise and the X Factor.