Formed in 2013, The Stringcredibles is an independent string quartet of CBSO musicians dedicated to inspiring creativity, supporting instrumental learning and connecting new audiences to culture. In 2014, they performed for more than 6000 children and family audience members via a number of different projects and worked with over 500 children who participated in music-making projects which resulted in a number of new compositions.
The founders of The Stringcredibles – Catherine Arlidge, Helen Edgar, Amy Thomas and Bryony Morrison wish to develop the relationship between classical musicians and their audiences. Despite the fact that professional musicians are always technically highly skilled, they sometimes struggle to communicate as effectively as they might with audiences, especially those new to classical music.
The projects developed by the Stringcredibles to date – particularly Tunes from the Trenches and Stringcredible Apprentices – demonstrate how classically trained musicians are able to tell a bigger story by really “performing” their carefully curated programmes, often enhanced by digital media. They are increasing the reach of these ideas by coaching younger players to really connect with audiences through improved stage presence, sound production, expression, programming skills and confident public speaking.
In 2014 The Stringcredibles became a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation and are funded by Arts Council England, trusts and foundations and individual supporters.