The sensational sounds of string quartet Stringfever captivated 1600 Suffolk primary school children today (Tuesday 2 July) at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich, in an event organised by Ipswich School as part of the Ip-Art Festival.
The four Stringfever musicians played brightly coloured electric violins and cellos, and wowed the audiences with two hour-long concerts, performing music from Vivaldi to the James Bond theme, as well as all four of them playing on one cello at the same time.
Beverley Steensma, Director of Music at Ipswich Preparatory School and the event organiser, said: “Electric strings really created an electric atmosphere today! It was fantastic to see so many youngsters excited and exuberant about live music, especially as for some it was the first live music concert which they had ever attended. The beat-boxing cellist demonstrated what fabulous versatility these talented bunch had and it was certainly a hit with the children.”
There was a concert in the morning, and one in the afternoon, with around 800 pupils in each session, from 21 different schools from across Suffolk.
The group are described as a “genetically modified string quartet”, and are all from the same family – three brothers and a cousin! Their concerts in Ipswich were sandwiched between gigs in Barbados and Oslo.