The Bristol String Quartet

The Bristol String Quartet was formed in 2007, and since then has provided music for in excess of 1700 weddings, celebrations and corporate events across the South-West and beyond. Our professional players have years of experience playing for all types of events from weddings and corporate functions, through to backing bands and stage shows. Please read more about our player's experience below.

Andrew Barrington


Andrew studied at Trinity College of Music, London, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff.
He is the founder and director of the quartet, and works as a freelance violinist and teacher based in Somerset.

Andrew is also the owner of JPB Music, a conductor of Weston Youth Orchestra , a trustee of Weston Education Trust and a co-ordinator of the Weston Festival of Music and Drama.

Tamsin Barrington


Tamsin studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Peter Hanson and Iwona Boesche, and in Australia with Elizabeth Holliwell. Whilst studying Tamsin led the Bute String Quartet and played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on a placement scheme for two years. Since graduating she has freelanced for many orchestras, including: British Sinfonietta, Orchestra West, Ensemble Inspirita, The Bristol Orchestra (leader), Clevedon Chamber Orchestra (leader), Dartington Festival Orchestra and numerous theatre orchestras. She also teaches at many schools across Somerset and for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Centre for Young Musicians, Taunton).

Sue Lord


Sue studied at Bath Spa University, later completing a PGDip at the RWCMD in Cardiff.
She has recorded on award winning albums including Jim Moray's 'Low Culture'. She has also recorded with Newton Faulkner, The Heavy, Beth Porter and the Availables, Jackie Oates, IKO and Daisy Chapman amongst others. Her work with The Heavy has been used for Film Trailers (including The Dallas Buyers Club and Quentin Tarentino's The Hateful Eight) and several TV adverts. Other recording credits include Public Service Broadcasting, This Is The Kit, Rose Kemp and Crippled Black Pheonix. TV credits include adverts for the BBC and Dr Who.

Kate Robey


Kate studied at Bath Spa University with Ruth Zagni, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Richard May. Kate now works as a freelance cellist, performing in local orchestras and ensembles including Bath Philharmonia. She has also toured China with the London-based Amadeus Orchestra. As a session musician, Kate has worked with bands including Kula Shaker and performs regularly with Bristol-based singer/songwriter Phil King. Kate is also a pianist, and has recorded for an ITV production of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’. An experienced accompanist, she works at all levels from grade exams to recitals.

The players at events may vary from the four musicians above. These musicians have all played with the Bristol String Quartet on numerous occasions, so our high standard of performance will not be affected.