Status Cymbal are the String Quartet with a difference.
As well as playing the works of Mozart, Beethoven and all the other great composers for the medium, they are also able to bring the same dedication of performance to a unique library of sparkling and witty arrangements of all kinds of popular music, from Opera through Swing and Jazz to the great Musicals, Pop hits and Rock classics, including tunes by the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Abba and many more.
Status Cymbal are available for concerts, weddings, product launches and all other kinds of function both corporate and private, together with entertaining in hotels and restaurants and on board cruise liners. Whatever the occasion, their fully professional approach, and at a very competitive price, will ensure the success of any event.
The members are:
A native of Saddleworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, GILL AUSTIN began playing the violin from an early age and went directly from secondary school to the Royal Academy of Music, studying with the established French soloist and teacher Maurice Hasson. She plays regularly with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with Welsh National Opera. She has led the orchestra for the Thursford Xmas Spectacular in Norfolk for the past eight seasons, and is occasionally invited to Norway to work with the Bergen Symphony. Despite her Yorkshire roots, she is an avid supporter of Manchester United
The newest member of the quartet, DAVE WILLIAMS was born in Rugby and educated at the town’s well-known public school before going to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Derek Collier. During his time there he was awarded the Roth Recital and the Bearer prizes as well as the Florence Whitlock scholarship. Since graduating from the Academy he has pursued a varied career both in the UK and abroad and has worked with the London Musici and Ballet Rambert and also appears regularly on TV backing singers including Emma Bunton and Dido. He enjoys shooting and the occasional game of football, being also a follower of Tottenham Hotspur
PAUL APPLEYARD also comes from Yorkshire, being born in Dewsbury in 1951. He began learning the violin at Oldershaw Grammar School in Wallasey but soon switched to the viola and took lessons with Andrew Thomas, then Principal Viola in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. From school, he studied Law at Kings College London before entering the Royal College of Music as a postgraduate, where his professor was Frederick Riddle. He spent two years in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra before returning to the UK to freelance. He has worked with all the major London orchestras and those of the BBC as well as spending short periods as Principal Viola with the Ulster, Scottish Ballet and London Festival Ballet orchestras. In 1988 he was invited to join the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, where the quartet was founded and where his interest in arranging began, producing many numbers for both the orchestra and the quartet. His major spare-time activity is in the classic car movement, being the proud owner of a much-cherished Triumph Stag, and is also a member of the Jaguar Drivers Club. His viola was made for him in 1974 by the celebrated modern luthier Sergio Peresson, in Haddonfield NJ
UNA BIRTCHNELL began studying music at an early age in Bristol. She continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music, receiving scholarships to complete the Advanced Solo Studies course. Her education continued at L'école Normale in Paris with Raphael Sommer, where she won the Premier Prix and the Jean Toussaint Bach Prize. Her career combines orchestral, chamber and solo playing with many ensembles, from London Mozart Players to Portishead. She plays with the Ulster Orchestra, London Concertante and London Soloists. Una performs regularly with her partner, pianist John Human, at chamber festivals and for the Council for Music in Hospitals. She tutors at the City Literary Institute and plays on a modern instrument by Tony Padday.
So, whether it is a concert, conference or wedding, a special party, a corporate event or a banquet, playing the works of the classical masters or music from their unique arrangement repertoire, STATUS CYMBAL will be delighted to entertain you.
“Thank you so much for your fabulous performance at our wedding on New Year’s Eve. We were over the moon with Heroes and the sheet music you gave us was a wonderful surprise. Thank you for being a part of our amazing day”
“May I also take this opportunity to thank you and your group for providing us with such a lift to our programming and for remaining in such good humour for the many hours you were with us, it certainly brought some festive joy to the offices” – QVC Shopping Channel
“Banish all previous conceptions of a string quartet from your mind – STATUS CYMBAL are definitely different. They gave us a brilliant classical first half programme then a fun-packed romp through the 20th Century in the second half. It was a pleasure having them with us and their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by our audience of over 800 members” – Clacton & N.East Essex Arts and Literary Society
“Thank you so much for coming to play to us at Goldsmiths’ Hall last night. Your programme was perfect. You found some very ingenious solutions to the ‘Gold’ challenge and the inclusion of some Gershwin and Victor Sylvester nostalgia was extremely well suited to our older audience. We are most grateful to you all and thank you again for being so accommodating over our requirements” – Concert for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation
I would like to thank you for the marvellous concert at Kew last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and I am sure the rest of the audience did as well. There were some really nice comments from people as they left, and in fact a couple of people went to the effort of phoning me the next day to say what a nice evening it was, and how good you were” – Friends of Kew Gardens
“The Beethoven Quartet in C Major Op 59 No 2 (Razumovsky) was skilfully handled with much attention paid to phrasing and rhythm. After the interval a lighter side of their repertoire which consisted of music from the last century. The audience went home, without doubt, humming many of the tunes of yesteryear, which will always remain in the mind” – Tiverton Spring Festival
“I have had the pleasure of engaging STATUS CYMBAL on two occasions this year and found them to be thoroughly excellent and professional in every way. Their repertoire and musicality was appreciated by both our passengers and ourselves and I will have no hesitation in using them again should the opportunity arise” – P&O Cruises
“Everything went really well and the string quartet did a super job for us – they were really flexible (some of the timings changed on the day but they handled it really well) and I had loads of positive feedback from people about them. So thanks for making our VIP opening event such a huge success” – Roche UK
- Song List
Light Classical Repertoire List ANDERSON Leroy Belle of the Ball Blue Tango Fiddle-Faddle Forgotten Dreams Jazz Pizzicato Penny Whistle Plink Plank Plunk Trumpeter's Lullaby The Typewriter ARENSKY Anton Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky BACH Johann Sebastian Air (from Suite No 3 in D) Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Chaconne (orig for Solo Violin) Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Sheep May Safely Graze Toccata & Fugue in d minor BEETHOVEN Ludwig van Adagio Cantabile (from the Pathétique Sonata) BIZET Georges Carmen Prelude Pearl Fishers Duet BORODIN Alexander Nocturne BRAHMS Johannes Hungarian Dance No 6 BRIDGE Frank An Irish Melody (Londonderry Air) CHOPIN Frederick Minute Waltz COATES Eric Dambusters March DEBUSSY Claude Girl with the Flaxen Hair DELIBES Léo Flower Duet DVORAK Antonin Humoreske Serenade Slavonic Dance No 8 ELGAR Edward Chanson de Matin Chanson de Nuit Nimrod Salut d'Amour ELLIS Vivian Coronation Scott FAURÉ Gabriel Le Jardin de Dolly Mi-a-ou Pavane FIOCCO Allegro FUCIK March: Entry of the Gladiators GERSHWIN George Three Preludes Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) GRAINGER Percy Country Gardens Molly on the Shore Shepherds' Hey GRIEG Edward Norwegian Dances 1-4 Waltz (from Op 12) GOUNOD Charles Waltz (from Faust) FOSTER Stephen Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair Old Black Joe HANDEL George Frederick Largo HASSE Johann Adolf Canzona HAYDN Josef Serenade KATCHATURIAN Aram Waltz (from Masquerade) KREIN Jascha Gypsy Carnival KREISLER Fritz Caprice Viennois Liebesleid LISZT Franz Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 Hungarian Rhapsody No 14 McDOWELL Edward To a Wild Rose MALANDO Tango: Noche de Estrellas Tango: Olé Guapa! MASSENET Jules Meditation (from Thaïs) MENDELSSOHN Felix Canzonetta (String Quartet Op 12) MONTI Czardas MOZART Wolfgang Amadeus Adagio and Fugue in c minor Adagio in C K356 Divertimenti (3) for Strings K136-8 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik OFFENBACH Jacques Barcarolle (from The Tales of Hoffmann) Can-Can (from Orpheus in the Underworld) Waltz (from The Tales of Hoffmann) SCHUBERT Franz Ave Maria Moment Musicale SCHUMANN Robert Scenes from Childhood Träumerei SHOSTAKOVITCH Dmitri Romance (from The Gadfly) SOUZA John Philip El Capitan High School Cadets Semper Fidelis Stars & Stripes Forever STRAUß Johann I Radetzky March STRAUß Johann II Blue Danube Waltz Roses from the South Waltz Seid Umschlungen Millionen Waltz Thunder & Lightning Polka Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Voices of Spring Waltz Wiener Blut STRAUß Johann II & Josef Pizzicato Polka SVENDSEN Johan S Serenade SULLIVAN Sir Arthur Iolanthe (Medley) TCHAIKOVSKY Piotr Ilyich Andante Cantabile Danse des Mirlitons Sleeping Beauty Waltz Trad Arkansas Traveller Greensleeves Londonderry Air Negro Spirituals (Various) Reel Fiddlin' (Medley of Scottish Reels) Skip To My Lou Song of the Volga Boatmen VERDI Guiseppe Brindisi (from La Traviata) etc VIVALDI Antonio Concerto Grosso in d minor The Four Seasons WHITE Edward Runaway Rocking Horse WOLF Hugo Italian Serenade Wedding Music GRIEG Edward Wedding Day at Troldhaugen HANDEL George Frederick Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon) MENDELSSOHN Felix Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) PACHELBEL Johann Canon for 3 Violins & Ground Bass WAGNER Richard Wedding March (from Lohengrin) Classical Repertoire List ARENSKY Anton Quartet in A minor (Op 35a) BARBER Samuel Adagio BEETHOVEN Ludwig van Quartet in C minor (Op 18 No 4) Quartet in C major (Op 59 No 3) "Rasumovsky" Quartet in E flat Major (op 127) BORODIN Alexander Quartet No 2 in D major BRAHMS Johannes Quartet No 3 in B flat major (Op 67) BRIDGE Frank An Irish Melody DVORÁK Antonin Quartet No 5 in F Minor (Op 9) Quartet No 12 in F major (Op 96) "American" Two Waltzes (Op 54) GADE Niels Quartet in D major (Op 63) GLINKA Mikhail Quartet in D major HAYDN Josef Quartet in C major (Op 33 No 3) "The Bird" Quartet in E major (Op 54 No 3) Quartet in D major (Op 67 No 5) "The Lark" Quartet in D minor (Op 76 No 2) "The Fifths" MENDELSSOHN Felix Quartet No 2 in A minor (Op 13) MOZART Wolfgang Amadeus Adagio & Fugue in C minor (K 456) Quartet in G major (K 387) Quartet in B flat major (K 458) "The Hunt" Quartet in C major (K 464) "The Dissonance" PURCELL Henry Chaconne in G minor RAFF Joachim Quartet in C minor (Op 192 No 1) "Suite in the Old Style" RESPIGHI Ottorino Quartet in D major SCHUBERT Franz Quartet No 13 in A minor (D 804) "Rosamunde" Quartettsatz in C minor (D 703) SCHUMANN Robert Quartet No 2 in F major (Op 41 No 2) SPOHR Ludwig Quartet in E minor (Op 45 No 2) SVENDSEN Johan Severin Quartet in A minor (Op 1) WANHAL Johann Baptiste Quartet in E flat Major (op 127) WOLF Hugo Italian Serenade Musicals List 1/5 of Beethoven (Saturday Night Fever) Sometimes When We Touch Summer Holiday Alexander's Ragtime Band Summer Nights (Grease) All I Ask of You Summertime All the Things You Are Swanee Always True to You after My Fashion America! (West Side Story) Take a Chance on Me (Mama Mia!) Annie! (Overture) Top Hat Big Spender Waterloo (Mama Mia!) The Way You Look Tonight Cheek to Cheek What'll I Do Without You Don't Cry for Me Argentina Every Time We Say Goodbye Fiddler on the Roof (Medley) Finian's Rainbow (Medley) I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables) I Know Him So Well I Love Paris I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise I'm Walking in the Air (The Snowman) Let's Do It Love Is Here to Stay The Man I Love Man of La Mancha (Medley) Maria (West Side Story) Memory (Cats) Money Money Money My Fair Lady (Medley) My Funny Valentine Nice Work If You Can Get It No Business Like Show Business No Strings Over the Rainbow Pick Yourself Up September Song Singin' in the Rain Slap That Bass Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Somebody Loves Me Someone to Watch over Me Standards & Jazz List Alexander's Ragtime Band Kickin' the Dog All I Ask of You King Porter Stomp All the Things You Are Always True to You after My Fashion La Paloma Anything Goes La Vie en Rose As Time Goes By Leaning on a Lamppost Autumn Leaves Let's Do It Little Brown Jug Beer Barrel Polka Love Is Here to Stay Bethena Walz (Joplin) Beyond the Sea (La Mer) Makin' Whoopee Black & White Rag The Man I Love The Blue-Tail Fly Misty Bluesette Moonlight and Roses Moonlight in Vermont Can’t Take My Eyes off of You Music to Watch Girls by Caravan My Funny Valentine Cascades Rag (Joplin) Charleston Nice Work If You Can Get It Cheek to Cheek A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Chelsea Bridge No Business Like Show Business Chicken Reel No Strings Chimes Blues Nuages Chrysanthemum Rag (Joplin) Cock Linnet Oh! Dem Golden Slippers The Old Music Master Dark Eyes Orange Blossom Special Dead Man Blues Over the Rainbow Desafinado Paragon Rag (Joplin) Élite Syncopations (Joplin) Pennies from Heaven Every Time We Say Goodbye Pick Yourself Up Pleasant Moments (Joplin) Floral Dance Raggin' the Scale The Girl from Ipanema Ragtime Dance (Joplin) Guantanamera Roseleaf Rag (Joplin Russian Rag Home in Pasadena Hungarian Rag Satin Doll September Song I Do Like to Be beside the Seaside Singin' in the Rain I Love Paris Slap That Bass If You Knew Suzie Smoke Gets in Your Eyes In a Sentimental Mood Solace (Joplin) It Had to Be You Somebody Loves Me It Must Be Love Someone to Watch over Me I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise Sometimes When We Touch Spanish Eyes Jazz Me Blues St Louis Blues Jealousy Summertime Sunshine The Way You Look Tonight Swanee What'll I Do Without You Take 5 Wonderful World Take the 'A' Train Tango 'Por Una Cabeza' Yiddischer Momma Tiger Rag Top Hat Turkey in the Straw Two Guitars Up a Lazy River Film & TV List The A-Team All Creatures Great and Small Scarborough Fair (The Graduate) America! (West Side Story) Schindler's List The Avengers The Simpsons Singin' in the Rain Black & White Rag (Pot Black) Star Wars Bond themes - most Summer Holiday Summer Nights (Grease) Cagney & Lacey The Sweeny Cavatina (The Deer Hunter) Chi Mai (The Life and Times of Lloyd George) Thunderbirds Chitty- Chitty-Bang-Bang Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines Top Hat Dragnet Eye Level (Van der Valk) Fiddler on the Roof (Medley) The Godfather The Great Escape Green Leaves of Summer (The Alamo) Harry Lime Theme (The Third Man) Hawaii Five-O High Noon Hill Street Blues I'm Walking in the Air (The Snowman) Jeeves & Wooster Lara's Theme (Dr Zhivago) Man of La Mancha (Medley) Maria (West Side Story) Miss Marple Mission: Impossible My Fair Lady (Medley) No Business Like Show Business (The Bandwagon) Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz) Peter Gunn Pinball Wizard (Tommy) Pink Panther Theme Poirot The Rockford Files Music for the Screen 1/5 of Beethoven (from Saturday Night Fever) Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me) Alexander’s Ragtime Band On an All Time High (from Octopussy) All Creatures Great and Small (TV Theme) Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz) America! (from West Side Story) Annie! (Overture) Pinball Wizard (from Tommy) The Avengers Pink Panther Theme Baby Elephant Walk (from Hatari) Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) Cavatina (from The Deer Hunter) Chariots of Fire Scarborough Fair (from The Graduate) Cheek to Cheek Schindler's List Chi Mai (TV The Life and Times of Lloyd George) Singin' in the Rain Star Wars Dad's Army (TV Theme) Summer Holiday Dam Busters’ March Summer Nights (from Grease) Diamonds are Forever Don't Cry for Me Argentina (from Evita) Tango 'Por Una Cabeza' (from Scent of a Woman) Dragnet (TV Theme) Thunderbirds Fiddler on the Roof (Medley) We Have All the Time in the World (from On Her Finian's Rainbow (Medley) Majesty’s Secret Service) For Your Eyes Only Yellow Submarine You Only Live Twice The Godfather Goldfinger The Great Escape (Film Theme) Green Leaves of Summer (from The Alamo) Harry Lime Theme (from The Third Man) High Noon Hill Street Blues (TV Theme) I'm Walking in the Air (from The Snowman) James Bond Theme Lara's Theme (from Dr Zhivago) Little Brown Jug (from The Glen Miller Story) Live and Let Die The Magnificent Seven Man of La Mancha (Medley) Maria (from West Side Story) Misty (from Play Misty for Me) My Fair Lady (Medley) Pop & Rock Classics List 1/5 of Beethoven Killing Me Softly with His Song All I Do the Whole Night Through Lady Madonna All You Need Is Love Love Is All Around Another Brick in the Wall Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Back in the USSR Mandy Beautiful Michelle Beautiful Day A Million Love Songs The Blue-Tail Fly Money Money Money Bohemian Rhapsody Both Sides Now Nights in White Satin Bridge over Troubled Water No Surprises Norwegian Wood Candle in the Wind Chanson d'Amour Out of Time Chariots of Fire Close to You Paint It Black Common People Paperback Writer Penny Lane A Day in the Life Pictures of Lily Pinball Wizard Eight Days a Week I'm into Something Good Eleanor Rigby Eternal Flame Ride a White Swan Every Breath You Take (Everything I Do) I Do It for You Scarborough Fair She's Out of My Life Feelings Smells Like Teen Spirit Fields of Gold Something The Fool on the Hill Stairway to Heaven Strawberry Fields Forever God Only Knows Summer Holiday Goodbye to Love Superstar Got to Get You into My Life Take a Chance on Me Handbags & Gladrags Those Were the Days Hello Hello Goodbye The Universal Here There and Everywhere Waterloo I Feel Fine We Are the Champions I Heard It through the Grapevine When I'm 64 If I Fell A Whiter Shade of Pale I’m a Believer I'm into Something Good Yesterday Imagine Yesterday Once More It Must Be Love YMCA It's Rock'n'Roll (Medley)
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