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About Grazia Strings

We are all highly experienced string players, and have worked with artists such as Olly Murs, Clare Teal and Gregory Porter. We have performed at various prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, The Grosvenor Hotel, The Sage at Gateshead, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Manchester Town Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. We are also firm favourites for both wedding ceremonies and receptions.

One of our favourite performances has been at the Bright Star Ball in London alongside Sir Tom Jones, Jack Whitehall and Sam Bailey. We have also performed at the Eithad Stadium for their annual Woman’s Awards Ceremony and the Coronation of Awards at the RNCM. We have even been featured on Sky News!

As well as playing the standard repertoire, we also create our own arrangements. Our session work experience includes collaborations with the RNCM Session Orchestra, the James Vezer Band, James Bradshaw and the Dom Lawson Band.

Please contact us to discuss your event. We would be delighted to play for you and make your day truly memorable.

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Katie Payn
Katie PaynViolinist
Katie Payn is a violinist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under Julia Hanson, a member of the Hallé orchestra.

Originally from Suffolk, she began playing the violin at the age of 6 and in 2010 became a member of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, a centre of advanced training for exceptionally talented musicians.
From the age of 16, she led the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, with whom she toured to Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland, as well as frequently performing at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

At the RNCM she has undertaken masterclasses with numerous highly regarded musicians, including James Clark and Wu Qian, and has been invited to perform chamber music with prestigious violinists such as Pavel Fischer and Sophia Jaffé. In just her third year at the RNCM, she has already lead several orchestras at the conservatoire, including the RNCM Opera Orchestra in the critically acclaimed production of ‘Street Scene’.

Inés Mota
Inés MotaCellist
Inés Mota, originally from Valencia, Spain, began studying the Cello when she was seven. At the age of twelve she began studying under Iván Balaguer, the Principal Cellist of Orquesta de Valencia. Inés has performed with a range of Spanish and EU orchestras, including the Master Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Requena, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

At the age of 15 Inés performed as a soloist with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yaron Traub. In the same year, she received first prize at the Young Artists Competition, given by the Autonomous Community of Valencia. In 2011, Inés was invited by the Orchestra Orquesta Filarmónica de Requena (Valencia) to perform Dvorák’s Cello Concerto on tour under the baton of Francisco Melero. A few months after, Inés was the winner of the “2011 Fin de Grado Prize”. In June 2013, Inés won the Valencia Concerto Competition which resulted in a performance of Tchaikovky’s Pezzo Cappricioso at Palau de la Música, accompanied by the Valencia Symphony Orchestra. She is currently in her 4th year of study under the prestigious cellist Karine Georgian at the RNCM (Manchester) and she has recently won the Raphael Sommer Cello Prize (March 2015) and RNCM Schubert Prize.

Emily-Grace Clifton
Emily-Grace CliftonViola
Emily-Grace Clifton, from Wakefield, has been playing the viola since the age of 14 and is currently studying, with a scholarship, at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Vicci Wardman, principal violist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). Emily-Grace has completed a Professional Experience Scheme with RLPO. During her time at RNCM she has had the opportunity to play in many of the college orchestras and ensembles such as the opera orchestra, RNCM Symphony orchestra, a concert orchestra led by players from Manchester Camerata and has led the violas in the RNCM Big Band and Chamber Orchestra. She has undergone master classes with many prestigious string players including David Greed, Simon Rowland-Jones, Henk Guittart, Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir, Nobuko Imai, Veit Hertenstein and the Sacconi String Quartet.

Emily-Grace is a former member of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra (where she co-led the viola section), Yorkshire Young Musicians and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She has performed at many renowned concert venues including Leeds Town Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Sage Gateshead, The Barbican, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms.

Emily-Grace is also an accomplished pianist and was the jazz pianist in Clare Teal’s BBC Radio Leeds Big Band. As such she has accompanied Gregory Porter, Olly Murs and Clare Teal. She also sang as a soprano with the Wakefield Youth Choir who performed on Songs of Praise in 2013.

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by Simon on Grazia Strings

Wonderful music, lovely girls, just perfect for our wedding. Thank you so much.

Thank you Simon for your very kind comments. We loved playing at your beautiful wedding.

by Annabel on Grazia Strings
Played at my Birthday Party

Grazia Strings played at my 50th Birthday. They blew us all away with their amazing playing and went out of their way to ensure the music was exactly what I wanted. Made my birthday very special indeed.