The Corinium String Quartet is a group of friends who met in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
We play mainstream repertoire such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. But we also enjoy venturing into popular music of the 20th century, because some of it is great music - and we like it.
Nicky Akeroyd (viola): Nicky has been a professional musician almost all of her adult life. Her first three years were with the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra under Norrie Paramor until it was disbanded in 1980. Since then she has enjoyed a varied freelance career playing mainly with The Academy of Ancient Music, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and The Sixteen where she enjoyed trips to the USA, South America and the Far East. Nicky loves chamber music and indulges in weekends of good food, great wine and wonderful quartets - the record number played in one weekend is 24 so far! One ambition is to convince Steve of the joys of Country & Western music.
Tina Gardiner (violin): Tina’s favourite experience with Cheshire Youth Orchestra was a week in the pit for West Side Story (with percussionist Peter Donohoe on the drumkit). She studied music at Sheffield University where the Lindsays provided coaching in chamber music as well as violin lessons from their leader Peter Cropper. Briefly leading Croydon Sinfonia and later South London String Orchestra, Tina currently occupies the leader’s seat of Eclectic Strings in Cirencester. A lifelong Beatles nut, she no longer favours their haircut. Her favourite classical composer is Mozart who features in many a Monday morning quartet session.
Steve Jones (violin): As a teenager, sometime in the last century, Steve played in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He later dabbled in folk music, playing fiddle for a team of Morris Dancers in the Black Mountains. Fast forward 25 years and he found himself leading Cirencester Philharmonia. Steve has played in various styles from Early Music to atonal works, and has a particular love of jazz. However, he assiduously avoids Country & Western music.
Ruth Starling (cello): As a teenager Ruth played in youth orchestras in Croydon, most notably under the late Arthur Davidson with the Croydon Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Subsequently she played in the Exeter University Orchestra before becoming entirely distracted by a career which began with the BBC and ended in the City. Ruth is now making up for lost time and plays with three Cotswold orchestras and the Corinium Quartet.