Adelaide String Quartet Music for Weddings & Corporate Events

About Us

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Amicus Strings was founded in 1996.  Since that time, it has established a reputation for excellence in presentation, performance and customer relations, and is one of Adelaide's busiest performing string quartets.

In addition to providing music for weddings, corporate functions, parties and events, Amicus performs regularly in concert with repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to contemporary composers such as Philip Glass and Karl Jenkins.

Amicus has performed for Recitals Australia, the "Tuesday on Flinders" series of concerts, ACME New Music Company, the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus and the State Opera of South Australia, as well as in various music festivals and private functions.  It as performed twice in the Mawson Lakes Planetarium, involving memorised performance in total darkness.  It has undertaken a masterclass with the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet, and was quartet in residence for Symphony Australia's Westfield Young Conductor of the Year programme.

Amicus has accompanied international artists including Elaine Paige OBE, and Aled Jones.

In 2004, Amicus featured as the performing string quartet in the wedding episode of the Australian drama series "McLeod's Daughters".

As a commercial quartet, Amicus has recorded sound tracks for numerous television commercials including Baker's Delight, Bridgestone Tyres, Stratco, San Remo, Virginia Nursery, Arnott's, University of South Australia, Jacob's Creek and Beaurepairs.

Amicus' service to the bridal industry has been recognised with many awards in the Ceremony Music and Live Entertainment categories of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for Excellence.

They are in high demand playing at weddings, corporate functions and events every year.

As individual musicians, they are classically trained to the highest degree.  Together as a quartet, they are dymamic and exciting players and pride themselves in delivering top quality performance.

The string quartet players are:-

Carolyn Lam - Violin
Sarah King - Violin
Asha Stephenson - Viola
Jacqueline Finlay - Cello

Carolyn Lam - Violin.  Founder and Manager of Amicus Strings

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Carolyn is a professional violinist and pianist.  Since the age of 8, she has won more than 60 Australian Music Examinations Board, Eisteddfod and Elder Conservatorium prizes and scholarships on violin and piano.  In 1995, Carolyn graduated with first class Honours in violin performance from the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

Carolyn has given numerous public performances on both instruments each year and has performed throughout Australia, Europe, England and South East Asia.  Her solo appearances with professional orchestras include the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra as violinist, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Orchestra as pianist.  Carolyn has performed as violinist and pianist in many international festivals in Adelaide and Melbourne.

As violinist, Carolyn has played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, in numerous orchestras for international ballet companies, and in pop/rock orchestras including the Electric Light Orchestra and Split Enz/ENZSO.  She is the concertmaster, co-founder and Vice-President of the Adelaide Art Orchestra, which has become a major player in Adelaide’s professional music scene.  She has appeared as violinist on McLeod’s Daughters, recorded for numerous television commercials and was the solo violinist in the award winning Anifex animation movie Gargoyle.  Carolyn is an active chamber musician and founded Amicus Strings in 1996, of which she is the leader and manager.

As pianist, Carolyn has repetiteured for the Adelaide Vocal Project, the State Opera of South Australia, the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus and other choirs in Adelaide.  She played solo violin and keyboard in both of Adelaide’s productions of the Philip Glass trilogy of operas, including the Ruby Award winning State Opera production in 2014.  For 4 years she participated as violinist and pianist with Leigh Warren and Dancers and performed with them for His Royal Highness Prince Edward.

Carolyn is also a lawyer and mother of two very young children.  She enjoys the challenges of balancing a professional career with family life.


Sarah King - Violin

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English-born Sarah comes from a musical family. From an early age, weekends were spent making music and at the age of 13 Sarah was awarded a bursary to study at the Royal College of Music Junior department in London. The training she received there included chamber music workshops with Yehudi Menuhin and Sheila Nelson. Sarah studied Violin with Tessa Khambatta and was immersed in solo, chamber and orchestral music receiving a rich, rounded, and grounding foundation of musical education.

Sarah has a special interest in Early Music and continued her Baroque education in 2012 attending a prestigious masterclass in Perugia, Italy directed by Elizabeth Wallfisch alongside Harpsichordist Albert-Jan Roelofs - ‘The Wallfisch Band’. The opportunity brought together a ‘hand picked’ group of string players worldwide to study Italian Baroque Music exploring and extending knowledge, technique, repertoire and receiving solo and chamber music tuition from Elizabeth Wallfisch.

Attracted to Adelaide’s culture and family lifestyle, Sarah and her family moved here in late 2013. History repeats itself as weekends are now spent making music with her own children. She enjoys a varied and successful career as a freelance musician and is a passionate teacher specialising in Primary String teaching and arranging. She currently teaches at Wilderness School, Medindie, guest tutors for Adelaide Youth Orchestra and is a String Examiner with the AMEB in Adelaide.

She has performed at various concerts, tours and festivals throughout Australia featuring Katie Noonan, Zac Hurren, Stephen Magnusson, Zoe Hauptman, Ben Hauptman, Sarah Curro, Vince Jones, Cameron Deyall, Il Divo -Tenors, in venues including Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Bangalow Chamber Music Festival and the annual Bach Festival in Armidale, NSW.

Sarah has recently self-funded recordings of her own original songs and is releasing her debut album in 2016. Her songs feature themes of home, family, hope, love, loss and the challenges faced by modern women in today’s society. Communicating through music, Sarah expresses heart-felt emotions and messages that audiences can connect with of all ages and gender. Her music is a unique melting pot of ideas, life experience, musical genres and instrumentation.

 

Asha Stephenson - viola

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Asha began learning the violin at the age of 4 after her mother noticed that she would climb up to sit at the piano to mimic her older siblings after they finished their practice. As her hands were quite small, it was recommended that she learn the violin.  She had her first television performance on the Curiosity Show as part of the Silver Strings Ensemble.  Asha learnt from several teachers in Adelaide and participated in eisteddfods and musical activities.

Asha moved to Sydney to study with two further teachers and graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Performance on violin.  For 16 years, Asha lived in Sydney and Melbourne where she performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

In 2001 she moved back to her home town of Adelaide and it was then that she also decided to play the viola.  Since that time she has played violin and viola with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Co-Opera, Adelaide Art Orchestra and many other ensembles.  She has played on tours all over Australia, country and capital cities, and overseas to the Pacific Islands, Asia and Europe.  Asha is the principal violist of the Adelaide Art Orchestra. 

Asha teaches the violin and viola and is busy bringing up her two teenage daughters.  Her involvement as viola player with the Amicus String Quartet is great fun where she enjoys both friendship and musicianship.

 

Jacqueline Finlay - cello

Amicus string quartet Jacqui Finlay cello

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jacqui holds a BMus degree from the University of Pretoria. She has extensive experience as principal cellist in numerous orchestras, including the South African National Youth Orchestra, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra.

Currently, she performs as principal cellist with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. She was a member of several other orchestras in South Africa, including the New Arts Philharmonic in Pretoria, the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Jacqui has also enjoyed the privilege of performing with many other great artists, such as the Three Tenors, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Luciano Pavarotti, Josh Groban, James Morrison, Michael Buble, Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.

A great lover of chamber music, Jacqui has played with many groups around Adelaide, in particular as cellist of the Amicus String Quartet. In addition, she appears as a recording artist on various South African recordings, including the Salon Music CDs Polka, Trumpet Dreams and Café Society. In Australia, she has recorded for The Edge Church and some television advertisements.

In addition to Jacqui’s performing commitments, she is a committed cello teacher and ensemble director, teaching at her home studio and at various top private schools all over Adelaide, including Wilderness School, Immanuel College, St Peter’s College and Westminster School. She often serves as a member on audition panels for the various groups in Adelaide, including AdYO and South Australia music camp. She loves tutoring the cello sections of these groups and sharing her passion for performing.

Jacqui relocated to Adelaide with her family at the end of 2009. She is married to trumpeter Robin Finlay and they have two daughters, Kita and Kayla, both eager musicians in their own right.

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Testimonials

Amicus Strings played at our outdoor wedding ceremony two weekends ago. Everyone commented on how beautiful the music was and how it complimented our gorgeous vineyard setting. Not only did they play beautiful classical pieces during our ceremony, they also played fun, modern covers during the drinks and canapes section of our reception. They are so versatile in their playing style and are so professional, we were very pleased to have them play at our wedding. Thank you so much Amicus Strings!

Marita (2016)

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