Once upon a time, I played the violin. Such a beautiful instrument once you’ve mastered it! When you’re learning it, not so much. There were days when it sounded like all I was missing was a crowd of howling wolves to accompany my whiny, screechy scale practice. But once I got the hang of it – it took a few years! – I was able to enjoy it! And eventually, those scratchy sounds became beautiful music.
My years of playing helped me appreciate the art so much more. To this day, I still love classical music and feel moved by the sound. So when these ladies stepped on stage with their stringed instruments, I knew they had a treat in store. And it gets even better – these aren’t your average ladies or instruments. They’ve done one better.
Known as Escala, these four best friends are an electric string quartet. That’s right, these two violins, one viola, and one cello are all electric, so their sound is classical with a rock ‘n roll twist. All four women once played in an orchestra together but forged such a strong friendship that they decided to let go of their regimented schedule of day-in-day-out practice while on the road touring, to come together to start their own endeavor.
The talented quartet knew that opportunities like this don’t come often, so when they heard that “Britain’s Got Talent” auditions were being held, they had to make the most of it.
Dressed in stunning purple dresses and black high heels, these women are here to impress with their look and talent. They stepped on stage to perform Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio,” and they got the judges’ attention immediately, throwing in a couple of dance moves and executing the familiar piece, flawlessly. I think, hands down, one of the most impressive factors of the performance is the standing cellist. That really doesn’t happen too often!
All judges loved every second of their show. “It was really, really good. I think you’ve got a real chance in this competition,” says Simon — everyone knows that he is a tough critic! And it seems as though their hard work and effort paid off. At the end of the season, Simon offered the group a $2 million contract with Sony BMG. I’d say job well done!
Click below to watch this fabulous group light up the stage with a home run performance!