Musical uni students have more strings to their bow
JUGGLING university and playing in a band could be too much for some people, but for all-girl band Quatro, music is an essential part of their lives.
Vanessa Smith, Amity Brand, Claudia Vogel and Radha Shukla are four 18-year-old women who produce classical, Celtic, pop and rock music with violins, cellos and violas.
They play at various gigs around the country, their next stop being the Captain Cook 1770 Festival this weekend.
The girls met at high school in Bundaberg and discovered they shared the same passion for music.
That passion has taken them to heights they never imagined. Four years later, they are being invited to exclusive gigs around Australia.
"We couldn't predict four years ago how far we would come. It's insane and incredible," Vanessa says.
"We've performed at The Today Show, the Golden Fiddle Awards, Parliament and on Young Talent Time."
The girls also sing and have busked at the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane on weekends for a bit of fun.
"We love busking. It's actually a really good time to practice as well," Vanessa says.
All four girls attend university: Vanessa studies psychology, Amity studies journalism, Radha studies speech pathology and Claudia studies music.
They have ambitions to pursue careers in their field of study but music will always be there to fall back on.
WHERE: 1770 SES Ground
WHEN: Sunday at 11am and 1pm
COST: Adults $10, children $5