Ariella Strings is run by husband and wife team, Cheryl Agnew-Bass and John Bass who are both experienced, conservatoire trained professional musicians.
The Ariella Strings groups have now performed at over 1000 weddings and events over the last 20 years. Their reputation precedes them and their string groups are recommended by some of the top wedding venues and suppliers in the country.
The top wedding specialist string group in the UK, they love helping clients create the perfect musical scenery for their events and special occasions.
Cheryl Agnew-Bass – Manager, Events co-ordinator & Violinist
Cheryl studied violin with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. After graduating, she worked overseas for 6 years in a full time professional orchestra. Since returning to England, Cheryl has freelanced with many professional orchestras across the UK and in Europe. Cheryl is the manager and co-ordinator of all the groups and is also the main violinist. Running and playing in Ariella Strings is a full time job which Cheryl juggles with looking after her family and menagerie of animals!
John Bass – Professional Violist, our Music Consultant and our Music Arranger
John looks after most things “music” for Ariella Strings. His role is to chat with our clients about their music choices and guide them should they need suggestions!
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”.
MEET OUR PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS
Caroline Mitchell – Violinist
Caroline studied violin at Chethams and the Royal Northern College of Music before spending a few years at Boston Conservatoire, also playing principal in many of the Boston orchestras.
Luckily for us she returned to the UK and married our cellist Chris, settling in Milton Keynes. She loves playing at weddings and is ‘encouraging’ her 2 young sons to practice piano, violin and cello.
Eluned Pritchard – Violinist
Eluned has been playing for Ariella Strings for many years. She 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.
Chris Mansell – ‘Cello
Chris has been part of the team for over 10 years! He studied ‘Cello at Trinity College of Music, London and has since enjoyed a varied musical career from English National Ballet to D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and West End shows including Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady and numerous Sondheim musicals.
He enjoys time with his two young sons, especially flying kites and cycling.
David Robinson – ‘Cello
David read Music at Manchester University where he studied the cello with Bernard Gregor-Smith of the Lindsay Quartet. Following a post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he has followed a varied career; his orchestral work has included the London Festival Orchestra, the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Pop work includes a U.K tour with Blur and recording with Edwyn Collins. David also teaches the cello at Highgate School and UCS School. When not teaching, or playing the cello, David enjoys pottering in the garden or attending to the whims of his cat, Lottie!