Established in 2002, the Cambria String Quartet is one of the finest, most experienced quartets in the region.

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My name is Helina Rees. I run the Cambria String Quartet from my home on the South Wales coast, my husband helps a little, and my very young daughters occasionally answer the phone!

In terms of both musical quality and levels of service, the Cambria String Quartet is one of the finest around, and I take a lot of pride in our work – I simply wouldn’t do it otherwise. Further down this page you’ll find a selection of the players who play for the quartet – all handpicked professionals with a wealth of playing and recording experience.

All that talent wouldn’t mean a thing however, without great customer service. From finding that obscure Metallica piece to liaising with the venue on the best place to sit, we’ve got it covered. Actually, with well over 10 years experience, we’ve played in nearly every venue in South Wales, so we know the people and the spaces and we can help you picture how the quartet can fit into your special day.

A quartet can play so many different styles, you really couldn't ask for anything more. Add some modern style to your day.

It’s been a few years since my wedding, and whilst I couldn’t tell you what kind of flowers we had, the memories of the music are still vivid! Live music really transforms a gathering into an event, leaving a lasting memory for both you, and your guests. 

The beauty of a string quartet – four bowed stringed instruments – is that we produce a full sound which can ‘sustain’ the notes, with the acoustic control to be able to play as softly or as strongly as needed.  We can also play outdoors (in suitable weather) and our sound will still carry due to the nature of the instruments.

A good string quartet has the versatility to play any style you desire. Several styles convert very well into string quartet arrangements – jazz/swing, heavy metal, pop, ballads, and folk. We can also accompany the guests at churches for the hymn singing.

Over the years, we’ve built up a vast repertoire of music, classical, film and jazz – but primarily, modern, contemporary music. Please see our playlists for an up-to-date list of all we have. If you can’t see what you want, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Many of the arrangements I’ve written myself, some by players, and thanks to the Internet, many are bought from a number of trusted suppliers from across the world. Where we buy them in, we’ll review for quality, and where they don’t make the cut they’ll be re-worked to meet our high standards. Please bear in mind, whilst other quartets might have the same music as us, they will often not be to the same standard. 

Cambria String Quartet Cardiff City Hall

Here is a recent recording, recorded at the Union Chapel in London where we played live with the Ultimate Eagles. To listen to more, click here.

Violin

Tanwen Evans Violin

Tanwen Evans
Tanwen is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. As a freelancer, she has played in many orchestras and chamber groups, including Welsh Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra and New Queen's Hall Orchestra, performing at venues such as St James Palace and Wigmore Hall, London.

Helina Rees Violin

Helina Rees
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and a former leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Helina has been involved with music most of her life. She runs the Cambria String Quartet, collaborates with singer/songwriters and is a member of the upcoming folk group Elfen.

Jenna Shiells Violin

Jenna Shiells
Jenna is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As well as private teaching, Jenna plays regularly with a variety of string quartets, chamber groups and symphony orchestras, and has performed with solosits including Joshua Bell, Chloe Hanslip, and Maxim Vengerov.

Viola

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Niamh Ferris
Aside from working with the Mavron Quartet, Niamh has worked with the Northern Ballet and many freelance orchestras. Niamh's diverse music career has included teaching Benedict Cumberbatch the fundamentals of playing the violin for his lead part as Sherlock Holmes.

Barry Friend
After graduating from the Royal College of Music, Barry freelanced in England and Portugal. He has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra amongst several others, before joining the Welsh National Opera in 1999. He takes charge of the WNO Orchestra's tea urn facility whilst on tour!

Nancy Johnson
Nancy is a graduate of the Juilliard School. She freelances in London and Cardiff, working mainly with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera.

Cello

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Claudine Cassidy
Claudine, a graduate from the RWCMD and Post-Graduate from the Royal College of Music in London, has performed in a variety of styles including Theatre and Dance. She is currently working as a freelance player with many orchestras and chamber groups.

Lucy Simmonds
Lucy started learning the cello aged 3 and since then music and Lucy have been inseparable. At Durham University she performed extensively whilst completing a science degree, following which she created a career in local government before giving up office life to freelance exclusively. Spot her with orchestras, quartets, folk bands or hear her in Studio Lucello

Jenny Lloyd
Jennifer is a graduate from the Royal College of Music, London. As a freelance cellist, she has worked with orchestras, chamber groups and solo work. Jennifer has had the pleasure of playing in St James Palace, Buckingham Palace Gardens, 10 Downing Street and Boodles Gentlemen's Club in Mayfair.