About us…..!!

Ariella Strings is run by husband and wife team, Cheryl Agnew-Bass and John Bass who are both experienced, conservatoire trained professional musicians.

Ariella Strings has now performed at over 1000 weddings and is known as the best “crossover” wedding string quartet in the country.

About Us – Cheryl and John

about usCheryl Agnew-Bass – violin

Cheryl studied violin with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.  After graduating in 1989 she worked overseas for 6 years in a full time professional orchestra. Since returning to England Cheryl has freelanced with professional orchestras across the UK and in Europe. Alongside her freelance orchestral commitments, Cheryl is the manager and co-ordinator of Ariella Strings and is also the main violinist in the group. Running  and playing in Ariella Strings is a full time job which Cheryl juggles with looking after her family and menagerie of animals!

about us

John Bass – viola

John studied viola with John White and Stephen Shingles at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has played with various professional orchestras throughout the United Kingdom and internationally, as well as performing in chamber ensembles. John’s special interests are arranging music for chamber groups and conducting. He is in charge of the music arranging for the different groups and has his own company, “Music and Strings”. A fun fact about John is that he recently played a “Party Musician” in the Tim Burton movie “Alice in Wonderland with Jonny Depp heading the cast.

All the professional musicians who are chosen to play for Ariella Strings have a vast experience in every aspect of the music industry – session work, recording for movies, playing for TV shows, West End Shows as well as playing with some of the top professional orchestras in the UK, and of course, performing at wedding and events.

Ariella Strings musicians have played with top celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Gloria Gaynor, performed for Royalty in UK and abroad, and have also played for blockbuster movies such as Tim Burton “Alice in Wonderland” and “Anna Karenina”

Meet some of the team members

Eluned Pritchard – Violin

About us

Eluned grew up in Wales and went on to study violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Howard Davis. After she graduated she studied with Mauricio Fuks in Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently enjoying a mix of freelancing and teaching violin and viola. She has played in many symphony and chamber orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, London Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, London Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic.

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