Deadwood Strings boasts some of the most versatile string players you can find hiding in London. Lead violinist Kerenza Peacock has just released a solo CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, which was picked as Classic FM’s CD of the Week. But she also plays and records with Adele, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, and is a member of Anglo-American bluegrass band the Coal Porters. Kerenza was leader of the Pavao String Quartet for 15 years.
In fact, many of the Deadwood players, including violists Felix Tanner and Alex Gale, have been part of award-winning chamber groups, as well as performing with orchestras ranging from the Royal Philharmonic to John Wilson’s electrifying film orchestra. Members such as bassist Ben Russell and cellist Daisy Vatalaro can often be found cluttering up the stages of the Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall and the Wigmore, then winging their way across the globe with artists from Andrea Bocelli to Beyoncé. Deadwood
musicians like Libby Croad and Leanne Wren have had fun recording for TV programmes including The X Factor, The Brit Awards and Downton Abbey, and are equally at home recording Hollywood film soundtracks in Abbey Road Studios.
“I’m excited about Deadwood Strings because it’s something completely different. The players are fantastic and a joy to work with, there’s a great deal of talent but not a single precious ego; just vivid, quality, collaborative playing that reminds us all of why we wanted to embark on careers in music in the first place.”
Louisa Aldridge, Deadwood Strings violinist
“The performance was mesmerising, from first note to last. Such sensitive, responsive playing, combined with all those pyrotechnics… I was genuinely touched.”
Tom Bond, audience member
Unlike any group you’ve heard before, Deadwood Strings embraces every style of string music from Baroque to Disco.