Ariana String Quartet

Ariana String Quartet

One of the leading string quartets for hire in West Yorkshire.

The Ariana String Quartet is one of the leading string quartets for hire in West Yorkshire. Its musicians are highly professional in terms of both their musicianship and also their approach to any event, making them the ideal choice of musicians for any occasion.

About Us

This Yorkshire string quartet came into being in 1998 when four freelance musicians meeting to play chamber music for their own pleasure led to the formation of a professional working quartet. The Ariana String Quartet quickly became in demand for public performances, and their rapidly spreading reputation has resulted in appearances at prestigious venues across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

In addition to recital performances, they have provided entertainment at many events, from weddings to banquets and corporate functions. They are noted for the breadth of their repertoire, from the classic string quartets to popular light music.


The Players

All members of the Ariana String Quartet are professionally trained experienced musicians, having performed with some of the finest British orchestras, including the HallĂ©, BBC Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, Northern Ballet, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Scottish Ballet and English National Ballet.   In addition they are involved in teaching and educational workshops as well as freelance and studio work.


Alison Rignall graduated from the University of Surrey with a B.Mus (Honours) degree where she was awarded the Robert Naylor Memorial Prize for Performance. After continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Alison has pursued a freelance career, becoming a member of the Franke Piano Quintet, and working with London orchestras including the English National Ballet and English Symphony Orchestra. Since moving North, Alison has freelanced with Northern Ballet and the National Festival Orchestra.

Karen Bithel studied at the Royal Academy of Music and then the Royal Northern College of Music.  From there she built up a successful freelance career which included working with the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Phantom of the Opera and Manchester Camerata orchestras. Karen now plays and teaches in the North Midlands where she regularly leads for many of the local shows in between a busy quartet schedule. 

Cordelia Prescott graduated from Bristol University with a Special BA Honours in Music, and continued her viola studies with teachers including Roger Bigley at the Royal Northern College of Music, and David Curtis of the Coull Quartet. Since graduating she has taught and freelanced in the North of England, playing for various orchestras including Welsh Chamber Orchestra, English Sinfonia, Northern Ballet and the National Festival Orchestra. Quartet playing has always been an important facet of her career. 

Caroline Steer studied cello with Florence Hooton at the Royal Academy of Music and then spent eight years as a member of the HallĂ© Orchestra.  She has since pursued a career as an orchestral musician, mainly in the North, where she has undertaken recording and freelance work with various orchestras including Opera North, Welsh Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.  Along with Cordelia she is a founder member of the Ariana String Quartet.