ABOUT


the Manchester String Quartet are the real deal: not only are they fantastic players but, in John Purton, they have an incredibly talented composer and arranger. They’re mega!
— Jarvis Cocker

All Manchester String Quartet players are full time professional musicians. Individually we work with orchestras such as the Hallé, Opera North and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, playing, teaching and for education projects. 

As a quartet we are in high demand during the wedding season and take bookings up to 2 years in advance. We have over 10 years experience providing background music for weddings and events and regularly play for recording sessions. We have established major corporate clients in Manchester performing for high profile events such as the launch of the new Manchester United Nike Clothing range at the Museum of Science and Industry.

We met while studying at the Royal Northern College of music in 2002. The founder members are John Purton, Tim Crooks, Natalie Purton and Sarah Smyth, although we now use a pool of players for our busy diary of events and weddings. We have built up a select network of professional musicians who are all friends and colleagues and excellent players. So if one or more of us can't make it on a particular day, or you would like more than 4 players, we have trusted deputies to rely on.

We love the variety that comes with playing in the Manchester String Quartet and feel honoured to be part of such special occasions and fantastic new projects.