Sky's the limit for girl group Escala

PUBLISHED: 16:42 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:31 06 May 2010

Escala

Escala

THE sky s the limit for talented string quartet Escala since reaching the final of the TV show Britain s Got Talent. Escala performed in front of the crowd at Sunday s Community Shield match between Manchester United and Portsmouth at Wembley and are app

THE sky's the limit for talented string quartet Escala since reaching the final of the TV show Britain's Got Talent.

Escala performed in front of the crowd at Sunday's Community Shield match between Manchester United and Portsmouth at Wembley and are appearing in Sky Sports adverts prior to the start of the new Premiership season.

The girls, who include in their number 24-year-old violinist Izzy Johnston whose parents Gill and David run Harpenden Musicale, played in the town on Monday night as part of the Musicale Summer Music Festival.

Their appearance was so popular that two performances in front of 800 people in Harpenden Public Hall had to be put on instead of the one scheduled.

Gill Johnston said: "They said they were far more nervous in front of their home-town audience than in front of 90,000 people at Wembley."

The quartet, whose other members are Chantal Leverton on viola, Tasya Hodges on cello and Victoria Lyon on violin, were also guests at the Cartier Polo event and also performed at Silverstone before the British Grand Prix.

They have signed up to Sony BMG and Syco - Simon Cowell's own company - and are managed by Prestige, which manages McFly, and Young Guns.

The girls have started recording an album which is due for release in November and are scheduled to fly to Cannes for a show, open Oxford Airport and play twice at Twickenham in forthcoming months.

Gill said: "They said that the best thing was that they didn't win Britain's Got Talent because if they had, they would have been locked in. As it is they have more freedom to make their own decisions.

"Certainly it is also very exciting and my philosophy is enjoy it while it lasts. They are really loving it and haven't got a day off until Christmas.

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