Musical Performances

A Brief History

The Rose Street Quartet was founded in 1998 to provide a creative performing outlet for four then students at the Faculty of Music in the University of Edinburgh. A strong bond was formed, and the group began to receive bookings for outside engagements.

To secure their tight-knit performance skills, they took to the streets of Edinburgh and wowed locals and tourists alike.

Although two of the original line-up are no longer based in Edinburgh the group’s high standards have been maintained, along with their exuberance and energy, through careful selection of an ever-increasing number of freelance players.

RSQ Founders

Liz Ford – Violin/Viola/Triangle

Originally from Kingston Upon Hull, Liz began her musical training with her parents. She began studying the violin at the age of four under the tuition of Mary Goodman before embarking on advanced viola tuition under Paul Mountain. Liz was awarded Salinger and University of Edinburgh academic scholarships to read music at the University of Edinburgh where she graduated in 2002 with Honours. It was here that an interest in Arts Management developed, and she not only led the viola sections of all of the university (and many local) ensembles, but was – and still is – highly active in the running of such organisations. Currently Courses & Events Organiser for the University of Edinburgh, Liz maintains her prolific musical activities as freelance string player, orchestral fixer and concerts manager. Liz is co–founder and partner of the Rose Street Quartet.

Pete Harvey – Cello/Triangle

Born in North Yorkshire, Pete was, for a long time, the only member of his family permitted to play for the county’s reputed cricket team. Having shown no aptitude for sport, however, he began playing the cello at the age of eight, and went on to study music at Edinburgh University, graduating in 2003 with honours. Pete has played and toured with many great artists as a session cellist. As a founder member of Khaya/Desc/The Leg, Pete has toured and recorded in America, Holland, Germany and Alun’s bedroom. He has also recorded several sessions for the late great John Peel. As a copyist, arranger and music setter, Pete has worked for the likes of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival and is currently setting score and parts for Scottish Ballet’s new commission from Robert Moran, Alice in Wonderland. After 12 years in Edinburgh, he recently relocated to Perthshire, whence he works across Scotland as a freelance ‘cellist and arranger. Pete is co–founder and partner of the Rose Street Quartet.

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