Stradella Violin and Cello Duo is a fresh, exciting and glamorous violin and cello duo that specialises in original arrangements of famous classics, light jazz, latin american, fiddle and pop music.
Formed whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Duo, which are supported by the ‘Concordia Foundation’ and are also part of the ‘Concordia International Artists Ensemble 2008/2009?, have performed recitals at many venues in the U.K.
Recent venues include The Wigmore Hall, St. James Piccadilly, The National Portrait Gallery, St.Georges, Bloomsbury, ‘The Spice of Life’, Soho and the 2008 launch concert for the ‘Little Venice Music Festival’. They are also currently recording their debut album with the Kinesis Ensemble at The Wigmore Hall for a new classical label.
As a duo they perform for Corporate Events, Weddings, Private Parties and Cruises. Venues include The Bloomsbury Theatre, RAC Members Club, Blenheim Palace, BMW Plant Oxford, St. Paul’s Cathedral, RIBA, Tower Bridge, Kensington Roof Gardens and The Waldorf Hotel. They have recently performed on the televised show ‘Miss Top Model 2009? with singer Nathalie Miranda and their client list includes BMW, B.T., B.P. Hammerson plc & American Express.
As chamber and solo artists they have performed in over fifty countries worldwide including tours of the Middle East, Japan, Far East, Central America and the Caribbean. Stradella Violin and Cello Duo are also currently planning tours of Istanbul, Dubai, Cuba and Vienna & performances at the ‘Tuscan Paradise Music Festival’, Italy later this year.
Leanne won both violin and piano scholarships to Wells Cathedral School in 1993 where she studied for five years. She completed her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she gained an honours degree in 2002. During her time at G.S.M.D. Leanne has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician, in over fifty countries worldwide and in all the major London concert venues. As a soloist she has played at Wells Cathedral, St George’s Brandon Hill, Bishops Palace, St-Martin-In-The-Fields and St.John’s Waterloo with the Southbank Sinfonia, with which she was a member in 2003.
She has recorded solo works by Karg-Elert and Nicholas Chouveux for the National Sound Archive and recorded a solo CD in aid of The Prince’s Trust with The Dorset Male Voice Choir. She has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Llanelli Male Voice Choir in highly acclaimed concerts in both Dorset and Wales. Leanne regularly appears on T.O.T.P.’s, Smash Hits, National Music Awards and CD:UK and enjoys freelancing with various orchestras and chamber groups.Abigail grew up in Ealing, west London and begun learning the cello aged seven. She received scholarships at age 10 to study at both The Purcell School of Music and Trinity College of Music Junior Department, followed by gaining a Bmus hons degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Abigail has played in recitals and soloist in concertos in many of London’s concert halls including The Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Festival hall, Blackheath Concert Halls and St. John’s Smith Square. She has also played abroad including tours to Japan, Cyprus and Greece. She has mainly performed as a recitalist and in chamber groups in which they were awarded the Harry Isaacs Prize for chamber music performance.
‘Thank you again for helping to make our wedding such a wonderful day. You were both brilliant!’
– Andrew and Alessandra
(Royal Society of Art 2010)
“Thank you so much for playing during the reception – as always you were both fantastic! Thanks again and look forward to working with you again soon. Kind regards, Becky”
– Rebecca Denney | Events Coordinator
Environment Media Group
“We had an absolutely amazing day and Leanne and Abi contributed enormously.They set the perfect ambience for our reception drinks on arrival at the venue, they were friendly and very talented and exactly what I wanted.”
– Janice (Wedding in Richmond Park) 2009
“I wanted to thank you most sincerely for your part in making David and Sarah’s wedding absolutely perfect…you were all I had expected and more. Your playing was superb, contained lots of variety but was sensitive and set the scene beautifully both musically and visually. Well done!”
– Gill Chapman 2008
“I just wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful performance. You were so professional, played beautifully and looked absolutely gorgeous. I really hope to use you again, you were fantastic.”
– Arts and Business Ltd 2008
“Once again thank you for taking so much trouble with the music for Joanna’s wedding. The whole feel of the service was ethereal thanks to your wonderful music. We have received so many compliments and just wanted to pass this on to you. The reception music was great too and added to the ambience of the palm court. It was a day we will remember for the rest of our lives.”
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
El Condor Pasa
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Frankie and Johnny
Lullaby of Birdland
The Wind that shakes the Barley
The Peeler’s away with my Daughter
Mrs Jamieson’s Favourite
The Wedding of William and Mairie
Fix You – Coldplay
Dancing Queen – Abba
Mozart – Twelve Duets
Telemann – Three Canonic Sonatas
Bach – Two Part Inventions
Breval – Six Duo’s op.19
Wagner – Wedding March
Bach – Air
Gounod – Ave Maria
Tartini – Cantabile
Schumann – Trumerei
Mendelssohn – Wedding March
Schubert – Ave Maria
Handel – Largo
Albinoni – Adagio
Strauss – Waltzes from Gold & Silver
Strauss – Emperor Waltz
Strauss – Blue Danube
Strauss – Fireproof
Monti – Czardas
Brahms – Hungarian Dance
Pachelbel – Canon
Ravel – Sonata