String quartets these days need a large repertoire of music at their disposal for functions such as weddings, parties or corporate events.  Whether it’s pop music, jazz standards, popular classics or even the occasional rock cover, a successful quartet needs to have all bases covered.

Another genre that goes down very well with audiences is folk music – particularly Irish and Scottish music.  Foot-tapping reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes or beautiful arrangement of slow airs.  Combining the sophistication of the string quartet with the energy of folk music.

Phil Berthoud has been a folk fiddle player for over 30 years, has many published instructional titles to his name on playing fiddle (as well as guitar and mandolin), and has a deep knowledge of the technical side of folk playing, both melodically and from an accompaniment point of view.  This, combined with a proven track record as a string quartet composer, with his music selling regularly on Sheet Music Plus, as well as being performed by the likes of Swiss quartet La Donne Virtuose and The Didsbury Quartet, means that you can be sure of high quality when you play Phil’s music.

“In my quartet music, my aim is to balance the classical precision of a string quartet with the exuberance and energy of folk music.  I aim for the music to be entertaining and accessible, making it ideal for functions or even as encore music – something to send an audience away with a smile on their faces.”

Watch here to see La Donne Virtuose performing Phil’s lively, foot-tapping piece The Halfpenny Polka

And here for the haunting slow air Autumn Breeze

Phil’s other pieces and arrangements are available at Sheet Music Direct.

As well as these, Phil takes on commissions for new pieces or arrangements – if you have a particular favourite traditional tune that you feel would work for string quartet.