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“gorgeous compositions and swooning melodies with warmth and fervour that demand attention” 

The Musician (Top pick album Spring 2018)

Supported by Help Musicians Uk

Supported by Help Musicians Uk

Supported by PRS Open Fund

Supported by PRS Open Fund

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A collaboration between Preetha Narayanan (Violin) and Tara Franks (cello), string duo, Balladeste, explore the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments.  With traces of contemporary minimalism, Indian classical and folk, the duo co-creates all original compositions that are vibrant and experimental yet melodic and filmic in quality – songs without words with a contemporary alt-folk twist.


"Dazzling musicianship and transportive melodies. An utter privilege to have them on the show”   

The Nest Collective – Resonance FM

Preetha and Tara came together through an understanding of their parallel paths from a classical background to a current practice of collaboration, research, and improvisation. Having developed a duo identity born out of their trio Quest Ensemble, and with a decade of experience playing together they have created a unique sound of their own and way of working with mutual resonance.

Writing through playing, improvising, and finding a shared language without notation, Balladeste merge their varied musical experiences to create entirely unique compositions. They released their much lauded debut album Relic in October 2017 and are set to put their second album out into the world next year (thanks to the support of PRS and Help Musicians UK)

With a collective array of collaborations and commissions including working with renowned UK artists including Anoushka Shankar, Talvin Singh, Oi Va Voi, Bernhard Schimpelsberger and Kate Tempest to visual artist/dancers; Lucy Steggals, Somang Lee, Ruth Pethybridge, Imogen Butler-cole, their varied work and love of collaboratively creating feeds into their process and performance dynamic as a duo.

They have been invited to both perform and lead workshops in the UK and abroad.