Leon String Quartet Kent – About Us

The Leon Quartet is based in Kent and London, UK. Since forming in 2010, the quartet has performed across Britain, including Canterbury Cathedral, Deal Festival, Leicester Guildhall, Edinburgh Fringe, Trinity Arts Centre and the Marlowe Theatre. They enjoy playing a diverse and colourful repertoire, with recent performances ranging from quartets by Prokofiev, Schubert, Bridge, Arnold and Webern. The quartet also regularly engage in session work for film and TV including for the BBC.

All four members share a passion for contemporary music, and the quartet has given world premieres by local and international composers. The quartet regularly appear at the Free Range experimental concert series, which has included interpretative projects such as playing original compositions in reaction to visual art. In 2015 they worked with Italian compoer Dimitri Scarlato, performing his work ‘Time and Eternity’ for String Quartet, Soprano and Percussion. More recently in 2018, the quartet performed Golijov’s haunting quartet ‘Tenebrae’. The quartet regularly collaborates with composer Samuel Messer on World Premieres of beautiful and fragile explorations of contemporary soundworlds.

Recitals aside, the quartet also devote their time to educational outreach projects, and in 2013 performed Noyes Fludde with the Sacconi quartet as part of the Sacconi Music Festival. In 2014 they held an open rehearsal of Mozart’s clarinet quintet with Professor Grenville Hancox at the Beaney Institute in Canterbury City Centre. Also taking to the stage in 2013 for a sold out production of ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ at the Gulbenkian Theatre. The quartet often venture into schools with the mission of sparking an interest in ‘all things strings’ to the future generation. In 2016 the quartet workshopped GCSE students’ compositions with Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music.

The Leon quartet enjoys an ongoing collaborations with local bands and folk musicians. Past performances have included the Smugglers’ Festival,  the Free Range concert series and Coco and the Butterfield’s tours in London and Margate. The quartet feature on Arlet’s 2016 album ‘Big Red Sun’ and Coco and the Butterfield’s 2019 album ‘Monsters Unplugged’.

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Who’s who?

Karen Jolliffe - Violin

Kammy Pike - Violin

Matthew Brown - Viola

Mike Bacon - Cello