Session Work

We are available to hire for recording sessions as soloists or larger ensembles. Our relaxed but professional approach puts engineers & artists at ease and we really enjoy working alongside musicians to create that perfect recording.

Whether or not you have string parts written out or need our help to compose them, we are very happy and able to assist. We not only want to do our best for you but also for the Leos name. We are our harshest critics so you can rest assured in the recording studio we always give 100% and won’t sign off on any audio files if we feel we can do a better job for you.

Enjoy the links below to hear us in action & read reviews from previous clients. If you are interested in our remote recording sessions, click here…

Examples of our work

You can hear examples of our session work on our soundcloud page.

Reviews

I particularly enjoyed the track Cat on a Cold Slate Roof – Topping’s love song to his wife – which features some fittingly lush strings from the Leos Quartet.

Martin Chilton
The Telegraph

Cat On A Cold Slate Roof is an emotional Country-Soul ballad with gorgeous strings from The Leos Quartet.

Peter Cowley
Fatea

I’ve worked with Rachel on a number of occasions and have never had the pleasure of working with a more talented cellist nor as consummate a professional. Rachel always delivers at the highest quality, both with regards her playing as well as her role booking musicians for gigs and recording sessions. Even at short notice, Rachel has always ensured delivery of top quality musicians. I never consider anybody else when it comes to booking strings for a studio session, and I would rarely recommend any other string group for music at weddings and other special events. Leos Strings continue to impress me and I always look forward to future projects working with them.

Steve Pycroft

Working with Rachel was a real joy. She is very pleasant to be around, which meant the session was a joy to work. She was able to offer some useful constructive suggestions when asked about how certain parts could be played, whilst also good at listening and responding to notes on how certain takes could be tried differently. Most importantly her playing was accurate and consistent meaning that work that had been scheduled a full day was completed in around 6 hours. She will be my first point of call for a cellist on future projects.

Dan Steele

Leos Strings was recommended to me by a Manchester based arranger called Steve Pycroft. We had 2 sessions with the quartet for my album production for which they were prepared, ready to accept changes and willing to persevere to “get it right”, which was just as well as we were in a tape studio. These guys are fun to play with, and they get the job done. Thanks again Rachel and team… worthy every penny.

Ray Gibson

Rachel played the cello on my debut album initially following existing arrangements forwarded to her only a few hours before and adding her own. This project required a professional who could pick things up quite quickly and make changes when and as required, improvising in effect. Rachel did this and more, understanding the essence of the music and beautifully blending her own touches into the style (folk fusion).

Tiki Black

Brookspeare Music

Remote Recordings

In 2013 we partnered with sound designer Richard Brooker and formed Brookspeare Music; a service offering remote recordings & mixing. From our Warwickshire studio, we record strings for artists, composers & producers across the world. We offer quick turnarounds, competitive prices and fantastic quality.

Below are samples of Brookspeare Music projects. To learn more about the services we can provide click here. Please bear in mind that for us to give you a detailed quote, we will require the deadline for the project, access to scores or midi files, audio guides and information on the instrumentation and number of takes & over dubbing required.

Reviews

Leos Strings consistently provide top quality performances and professionalism and as a result have become my go-to string group for projects ranging from contemporary concert music to video game and television scores. Whether it’s a last minute solo overdub or a full day’s recording they always strive for the highest musical standards. A pleasure to work with

I brought along a (decently tricky) string quartet arrangement for a pop song to one of Leos Strings’ hour long recording sessions last Autumn. The environment was relaxed, very friendly, and highly professional and time-efficient. I sat in on the recording session with the members of the quartet, all of whom were excellent musicians. I would have been happy to use their first pass of the arrangement on a record. With minimal direction from me, (to which everyone was responsive and receptive) over the course of an hour we’d recorded three great takes of the arrangement, allowing me to pick and choose the sections from each take that were most adaptable to the existing material. The recording setup was clean and effective, rendering a mix that sounded great simply dropping the unprocessed stems into a DAW. All round it was a fun, friendly, efficient session with a great quartet. I’d love to work with Leos Strings again in the future.

Singer Songwriter, Lokki & Glass Animals

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say I’ve had the first mixes of the tracks back featuring your strings.
They’ve totally come to life – you did an amazing job, thank you! Justin, The Producer asked me to pass on his thanks too, he’s really made-up with the result

Hive Music

I found Leos Strings when looking for session musicians to record my first composition to be publicly released. Never having worked with performers before and with no idea what I was doing, Rachel was incredibly helpful in advising me, tidying up the score, and delivering professionally recorded well performed recordings with a quick turnaround. Very professional and friendly, I’ll be back for more!

Composer