Fusing contemporary sounds with classical instruments, the all women electric string quartet ESCALA are talented, dedicated and disciplined musicians who studied at London’s most prestigious music colleges.
The four girls became close friends after being recruited as part of a large string section for a UK arena tour by boyband McFly, and decided to work together to create a new musical phenomenon.
After entering Britain’s Got Talent 2008, performing in front of 14 million viewers on the show’s final, the band were signed by Simon Cowell to company, Syco Entertainment.
Escala are serious about their music, playing both acoustic and electric instruments and bringing stylish high-octane showmanship to their performances.
With their unique formula of fun and integrity, the girls believe their approach will encourage many (in particular the young) to overcome prejudices about classical instruments. I agree.
The international appeal for their contemporary sound has seen them travel the globe over the past 2 years including appearances such as Oprah & The Today Show in the US, Children in Need and opening Sweden’s Pink Ribbon Gala.
A bit about the girls: Victoria Lyon is the great-great-grand-daughter of the renowned 19th century opera singer, Jenny Lind, known as “The Swedish Nightingale” and Izzy Johnston, who gained a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, is also from an extremely musical family.
Tasya Hodges, who speaks four languages, was born in England but is half Croatian. Passionate about music from an early age, she started playing the cello whilst living in Croatia and then later won a scholarship to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. Chantal Leverton, who took up music at age seven, was a member of the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, before she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.
Below are some snapshots to get a sense of their glamorous and yet fun style on stage.
See below a few short video snippets of their performance. Find out where they’re playing and go see them – there’s nothing like seeing them live:
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