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kent london string quartet

Kent London String quartet has played for over 400 clients since 2010. Our experience will give you the peace of mind you need on your special day.

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Leon String Quartet

About us

We are a professional ensemble based in Kent and have performed for concerts, weddings, recordings and theatre productions across the UK for the past 10 years.

Our story began at our first rehearsal in 2010, where we immediately found that we each had strong musical ideas which blended together to create something really exciting.

Since then, we have been lucky enough to perform at many amazing events and collaborate with some truly talented artists.

Performances and recording sessions

Most recent ventures include performances at the Marlowe Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and Smugglers Festival in Kent. We have also provided session recordings for the BBC and feature on several bands’ albums, including Coco and the Butterfields.

Education and outreach

Invested in arts education, Leon String Quartet often ventures into schools to perform, with the mission of igniting a spark in the future generation of classical musicians. We recently had the privilege of workshopping students’ compositions with Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music.

Weddings and functions

Leon String Quartet has provided music for hundreds of clients over the years. Be it a wedding, party or business function, we can add a touch of class to any event and play music spanning multiple genres. We feel incredibly privileged to play a part in setting an atmosphere, enhancing an occasion and creating a moment. We love what we do, and it certainly doesn’t feel like a job! Our combined wealth of experience as musicians can ensure that our performances are always to the highest standard.

"Leon String Quartet are an incredibly accomplished ensemble and are composed of four very talented musicians."

About the players

Karen Jolliffe, Violin

Karen Jolliffe, Leon String Quartet

Karen Jolliffe is a versatile and experienced violinist based in Kent, regularly engaged as a freelance solo, orchestral and chamber musician. 

Karen’s performance repertoire is very diverse, with past concert programmes including works by Janáček, Ravel and Silvestrov. In recent years, Karen has also specialised in championing a large range of contemporary music.

As a session violinist, Karen has also recorded for television and radio including the BBC, and features on several bands’ albums.

For the past eight years, Karen has enjoyed her role as a violin teacher in Canterbury, and also in Kent schools, including Highworth Grammar School and Ashford School. She feels privileged to be teaching and inspiring the next generation of string players!

Karen is also a keen orchestrator and arranger, and regularly arranges music for the Leon String Quartet.

Karen plays on two violins: One from 1907 by the German luthier Henreich Heberlein Jr., kindly donated by Eric Richards in 2010, and the other a 2015 Guarneri model by Canterbury Luthier Philippe Briand.

Visit: www.karenjolliffeviolinist.com

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Kammy Pike, Violin

Kammy Pike, Leon String Quartet
Kammy began playing the violin at the age of 4 and was awarded a prestigious music scholarship to The Kings School at the age of 13. There she studied with Andrew Pollock of the London Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed masterclasses by various visiting artists such as Rachel Podger and Sir Colin Davies.

In 2006 she won the highly competitive Recital Competition with a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto going on to study with Faith Whitely of the Yehudi Menuhin School and Martin Outram of the Royal Academy of Music. She currently enjoys a varied career as a freelance musician.

As a soloist she has performed with orchestras in London, Barcelona and the Netherlands and undertaken a tour of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, featuring performances at John Smiths Square and Edinburgh Arts Centre.

In 2012 she became second chair with the Leon String Quartet and began an ongoing successful collaboration exploring contemporary works and new commissions written especially for the quartet. She combines her busy life as a chamber musician with freelance and orchestral work.

Kammy plays an exceptional copy of the historical 1728 Tononi violin made by renowned contemporary Belgian maker, Simon Peters.

Matthew Brown, Viola

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Matthew is a composer and violist and learned to play the violin at the age of 5 and also began composing at the age of 9. 

In 2013 he completed a Master of Music in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Adam Gorb and Paul Patterson, with a scholarship kindly supported by the Richard Newitt and Radcliffe trusts. 

Matthew has since gone on to study for a PhD at RNCM in composition. He frequently writes arrangements for the quartet and the quartet have also performed many of his compositions around the UK. 

Website: www.matthewbrowncomposer.co.uk

Michael Bacon, Cello

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Michael leads a busy and diverse performing life. His freelance work allows him to perform as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He has performed across the UK, including Edinburgh Fringe, Southbank Centre, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Festival, Deal Festival, Sacconi Festival, Leicester Guildhall and Trinity Arts Centre. 

Michael loves playing in the theatre and recently performed as part of Half a Strings ‘Boulder’ at the Edinburgh Festival and in a production of ‘The Frogs’ for House on a Hill Productions at Jermyn Street Theatre. Michael won the Christ Church Music Department Scholarship for two consecutive years and was also awarded the Canterbury Arts Council Scholarship and Lord Lieutenants Fund Grant. 

As well as performing, Michael is has taught cello within a wide range of institutions such as King’s Rochester, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, The Centre for Young Musicians and Junior Guildhall.

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