The Carducci Quartet, recognised as one of today’s most exciting young string quartets, has been Head of Strings at Dean Close since January 2011. This partnership has proved to be incredibly successful and advantageous for our string players, chamber music, and orchestral groups. The members of the quartet all teach weekly instrumental lessons across the three schools, coach chamber music groups and take orchestral sectionals. As well as giving regular performances at Dean Close, the Carducci are also on hand to perform A level set works and student compositions.

The Carducci Quartet is passionate about taking music to the next generation and encourages pupils to develop a love of music through playing a string instrument, inspiring existing string players with additional coaching and masterclasses. String players compete each year for the Strings Cup and have reached the finals of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools on several occasions.