Although a quartet only needs 4 musicians to perform, it requires more than that to provide a year-round service.
Illnesses, work commitments, other musical projects and family commitments can leave us short handed at the most inopportune moments which is why we work with a number of musicians to ensure we can always pull together a team. We also regularly work with the vocalist Sharon Jane Campbell.
Here are a few of our key musicians:
Having started on the piano at the age of 5, Terri took up the flute at the age of 8 and by the age of 9 years old was also learning violin. In recent years she has also turned her hand to drums on occasions, can play guitar and has learned to play the harp.
As a young teenager, Terri attended boarding school on a music scholarship where she was introduced to the viola for a brief period and returned to Jersey at 15 to complete her education.
Terri later obtained grade 8 Viola, performers diploma on Piano and an honours degree at the London College of Music, before moving on to Kingston University where she studied a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in music. She returned to Jersey in 1997 for a summer holiday with the intention of returning to London to pursue a career in music, however ended up staying in Jersey to teach piano. In the last 15 years she has been a classroom music teacher but has also taught the piano, violin and viola both privately and in several schools. She currently teaches piano, violin and viola at Beaulieu Convent and F.C.J. schools where she has been involved in many of their musical productions.
Her local performing credits are just as impressive. She has been involved in a multitude of performing work, including the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the St Cecilia Guild of Strings, the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, a local Irish Folk Rock Band Run for Cover, Inside Job, a 10 piece covers band, the St Martin’s Old Thyme Music Hall, the First Tower School of Dancing and a small choral group The Songsmiths.
Terri has also been the Musical Director for the Green Room Club as well as founding and running the No Strings Attached Quartet.
Terri’s biggest claim to fame so far is playing violin and viola on Shayne Ward’s single “Gotta Be Somebody” which was released on 7th November 2010.
Terri currently plays keyboards for a newly founded 10-piece swing band called The Jersey Bounce and she has recently started playing violin with the band Badlabeques who help promote Jèrriais in Jersey. Terri also performs on occasion with The Curtain Up Theatre Group who provide regular musical performances to Alzheimer and Dementia residents at various nursing homes in Jersey.
Connie was born and raised in Jersey and started playing the ‘cello aged 6, completing Grade 8 aged 14. She began playing the piano and oboe still in primary school but the ‘cello was the instrument she preferred.
She joined the quartet in 2008 and in the same year won the Jersey Young Musician of the Year Strings heat. She thoroughly enjoys playing in ensembles and is a regular member of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She has also played in the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and been a member of both the Birmingham University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.
She graduated with a first in Chemical Engineering (MEng) from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and has just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law. She is currently working as a paralegal in Jersey, hoping to become qualified in the near future.
Aside from music, she enjoys sports and travelling.
Rachel Sinfield was born and educated in London. She began learning the Piano from the age of 4 and later the Violin at 6. Whilst studying the Violin at school, Rachel played in and later became the leader of the Goldsmiths and Bexley Youth Orchestras and toured around France, Germany and the Czech Republic with them. By the time she left school, Rachel had achieved Grade 8 on the Violin and Grade 7 on the Piano and gained a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study Music. Rachel continued to study the Violin under the pupilage of the Associate Principal Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and took part on a placement scheme with the BBC NOW. She also performed in the College Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble which toured to Belgium and formed a String Quartet and Piano Trio.
Rachel continued to study after leaving University and completed her Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the Institute of Education in London. She has since worked in a variety of schools in Nottingham and London, both as a violin teacher and class teacher. She moved to Jersey in August 2005 and is currently working as a music teacher in a secondary school. Rachel began playing with No Strings Attached in July 2007.
Elliot, has been playing the violin since the age of seven having been introduced to it at primary school. He instantly became fascinated with the ‘noise’ it produced and rattled through his grades quite speedily. His love of music and the violin was therefore born at an early age.
At secondary school, Elliot was a member of many musical ensembles and led three youth orchestras. He gained Grade 8 Distinction in December 2011, just after his GCSE’s, and in the same week as gaining a Merit at Grade 7 on piano.
Elliot won the prestigious title of Jersey Young Musician of The Year in 2013 after winning through to the final for the third successive year. He has been lucky enough to solo with The Band Of The Royal Marines, solo with Kings Chamber Orchestra and has enjoyed Masterclasses from Nicola Benedetti, So Ock Kim, and Harriet McKenzie to name but a few. He enjoys playing with The Jersey Symphony Orchestra but especially loves the intimacy of playing in a small chamber group, which is why Elliot loves being a member of the popular ‘No Strings Attached’ quartet.
Elliot is currently studying for his BMus in musical performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Benedict Holland. He enjoys being part of the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and various other chamber groups.
Elliot is a keen festival goer, a dedicated Liverpool football club supporter and participates in the odd game of football when time allows.
Sharon Jane Campbell
Sharon has been singing since she was so small she doesn’t remember ever not singing! Her mum, nan and aunt were singers, her dad was a drummer, her uncle and nan pianists and so it just would have been odd to not sing! Little wonder then that Sharon has been singing professionally since she was 23 and mastered a number of genres in her journey from lounge to pop to rock to light jazz to classical/opera. She has worked as a soloist, in duos, trios, 4, 5, 6 piece, and 7 piece set ups, has trod the boards many a time as leading lady, and worked with choirs and orchestra’s in religious works, musicals and rock operas. “I always feel so privileged to find myself amid such musical maestro’s- I have to pinch myself all too regularly – I bruise so!”
Continuing her professional development as a lifelong career she manages to top up her her classical and opera training with Singing Professor Jane Highfield both here and in London when she can get across. Sharon is also a vocal coach in her own right, offering private tuition to adults and working in association with JENCA and ROCKSCHOOL UK for young students aged 8 – 18. Sharon is also a founder member of the local tribute band Abbaloo; 70s band FunkyBeatz; Trio pop & rock band Sequoia; and the harmony trio known as the Optimistic Voices – all currently active and keeping her busy. As a soloist with No Strings attached Sharon has delighted clients with her interpretation of contemporary and classical pieces as requested specifically for special occasions. She truly enjoys all the genre’s she works in which makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly who or what she is – other than a highly accomplished and versatile singer with a great sound, and the perfect vocalist for our highly accomplished and versatile string quartet.Tweet