Speranza String Quartet was formed in 2017 by four Hampshire-based music graduates. Violinists Cathy and Sue both studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Cathy leads Havant Symphony Orchestra and Sue leads Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra. Janis and Wendy are music graduates from Lancaster and Cardiff universities respectively. Janis performs with The Consort of Twelve and Wendy is currently involved in a recording project in Turkey!
All four perform regularly with SouthDowns Camerata and have enjoyed performing premières of new works by composers such as Dorry Macaulay and Lucy Flint.
Speranza String Quartet gives recitals predominantly in the south of England, but also has strong links with Wales (Wendy and Sue having grown up there) and particularly enjoys its biennial recital tours of north and mid-Wales (though not necessarily the journey there and back). They have performed in venues as diverse as the National Physical Laboratory Teddington and the Explosions Museum Gosport!
Speranza works with other musicians to perform repertoire requiring additional forces, for example Mozart’s church sonatas and clarinet quintet, Dvorak’s and Schumann’s piano quintets.
Cathy Mathews (violin) studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and then enjoyed a career with positions in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, BBC Radio Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. She freelanced extensively in London and with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Sue Bint (violin) studied violin and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music graduating GMusRNCM (Hons), and later MA in Music Education with Distinction. Sue divides her time between her private teaching practice, Speranza String Quartet, leading the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra and examining for ABRSM in the UK and internationally.
Janis Moore (viola) read music at Lancaster University studying violin with Paul Robertson, and viola with Paul Silverthorne of the Medici String Quartet. Post-graduate studies followed with Sidney Griller. Janis regularly plays with Solent Symphony Orchestra, SouthDowns Camerata and the Consort of Twelve.
Wendy Lowe (cello), read music at Cardiff University, studying cello with Sharon McKinley. She worked with the Welsh Sinfonia and the contemporary theatre group “Moving Being”. Wendy collaborates on projects with Dorry Macaulay and plays with Solent Symphony Orchestra and SouthDowns Camerata.