THE fantastic Archaeus String Quartet visited King’s Ely on February 27th to give our string musicians an uplifting masterclass before dazzling an evening audience with Haydn and Dvorak String Quartets.

Both our Junior and Senior String Orchestras were put through their paces by the award-winning recording artists, and the students left with so many new ideas to put into practice.

Director of Music at King’s Ely, Neil Porter-Thaw, said: “Along with the orchestras, the Archaeus members also coached string quartets and the 10 members of the school’s excellent Senior Cello Ensemble, Spikes.

“Ann Hooley and Liz Turnbull, founders of the quartet, were hugely impressed with our students’ enthusiasm to listen and learn. This was the first of a series of masterclasses which will see world-famous concert pianist, Philip Fowke, visit King’s Ely in July.”

The Archaeus String Quartet are a well-established group, formed in 1990, who have enjoyed a busy schedule from their very first season, performing in music clubs and arts centres throughout the UK, and at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London.

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