March 8th - 24th

The Friendly Festival





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Capella String Quartet

Widely respected in the industry, we are a friendly and vibrant quartet with a passion for delivering both excellent customer service and first class performances! Our players are all highly accomplished musicians in their own rights and perform individually with some of the top orchestras in Scotland and England, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, SCO, the BBC concert orchestra and the RSNO.

We have also been lucky enough to perform with Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, the late Joe Strummer, Madonna, Kanye West, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and Rod Stewart. We have also arranged string parts for, and recorded on, over 200 studio albums including the Mercury Music Prize nominated ‘The Great Eastern’ by The Delgados.



Classy vintage swing and gypsy jazz played by a band that combines brilliant musicianship and warm personality. At the helm, violinist, and 2017 Scottish Jazz Awards 'Best Vocalist' Seonaid Aitken’s “superb, cool singing complements her dynamic, on-fire but always highly musical violin solos” (The Herald), recreating the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris of the 30s and 40s with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. The Rose Room gypsy jazz band, with Swing Guitars' Tom Watson and Tam Gallagher on solo and rhythm guitars, and Jimmy Moon of Moon Guitars on double bass, is expanded to 8 members with the string quartet that backs all the stars, from Madonna to Rod Stewart - The Capella String Quartet! Their "gorgeous romantic accompaniment" results in the classy interpretation of Rose Room's repertoire fit for a 1930s dance hall.

"As partnerships go, Rose Room plus the Capella Quartet is pure Astaire-Rogers."