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The Scottish String Quartet
Based in Edinburgh
but travels UK wide
The Scottish String Quartet are a versatile and stylish string quartet available to play for all kinds of occasions. Alternatively, they are able to provide a Flute Quartet. Christmas Songs Available!
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The Scottish String Quartet's Biography
Line up: Quartet 2: Violins, Viola, Cello.
* String Quartet based in Edinburgh
* A perfect backdrop to your reception or graceful accompaniment to your wedding ceremony
* Versatile; also available as flute quartet - please enquire
* From folk and classical to pop and film themes as well as bespoke arrangements for a small fee: you will find a prefect repertoire with The Scottish String Quartet
* Quartet have played music festivales and some of Scotland's top venues
* Available throughout most of Scotland
* Additional Harpist available for your event at no extra cost when Quartet is booked (see booking options)
The Scottish String Quartet are a versatile and stylish string quartet available to play for all kinds of occasion but specialising in providing music for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Alternatively they are able to provide a Flute Quartet (ie Flute Violin Viola and Cello).
About the Quartet
At the core of the ensemble is Edinburgh based husband and wife team Caroline and Julian Marshall playing violin and viola and augmented from a small pool of other professional violinists / cellists, including daughter Zoe when not studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
The Scottish String Quartet's repertoire is both extensive and varied, encompassing Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Ragtime, American Songbook, Film & Musical, Folksongs, Pop and about twenty Bollywood songs.
The Scottish String Quartet began in 2006, and while most of their engagements since then have been for weddings, they have also provided music for:
• Open Days at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull (2006 and 2007)
• Gold Class Audi Owners dinner at Glasgow Audi (2007)
• Calmac / Jolomo event - cruise from Oban to Colonsay with exhibition of paintings by John Lowrie Morrison (2006, 2007 and also booked for May 2009)
• Valentine’s Day Dinner, Gleneagles Hotel (2007)
• “Mostly Mozart” concert for Perth Decorative and Fine Arts Society (2006)
• Outdoor 60th Birthday celebration, Livingston
• Bar Mitzvah (Glasgow 2008 – including provision of Klezmer music for dancing)
Meet the Musicians
Caroline Marshall (violin) graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has played with Scottish Ballet for more than 25 years. She has also played for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra, and was a member of the Esterhazy Quartet in London for 6 years. Highlights with the Esterhazy Quartet included playing aboard the QE2, at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Chelsea Arts Ball. Caroline was also principal 2nd Violin with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company where she played all of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas, and she also played regularly in many West End shows including Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Oklahoma and Carousel.
Julian Marshall (viola and arranger) read music at Cambridge University and then studied viola at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies in London. He held full-time positions with the Opera and Symphony Orchestras in Palermo, Sicily and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has written a number of original compositions for The Scottish String Quartet and many commissioned arrangements ranging from Iron Maiden (!?) and Bollywood to string quartet accompaniments for Mozart and Puccini arias.
Zoe Marshall (cello) was a pupil at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh is currently studying cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She played with both the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
All other players are drawn from the Scottish professional free-lance scene and play regularly for many of the Scottish orchestras, including Scottish Ballet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
The Scottish String Quartet have played at many of the top hotels and venues in Scotland including:
• Gleneagles Hotel
• Mar Hall, Bishopton
• Raddison Hotel, Glasgow
• Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow
• Abode Hotel, Glasgow
• Glasgow Fruit Market
• Greywalls Hotel, Gullane
• Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh
• Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh
• Balbirnie House Hotel, Glenrothes
• Wedderburn Castle, Duns
• New Lanark Mill Hotel
• Stirling Castle
• Roman Camp Country House, Callander
• Brig O’Doon Country House Hotel, Ayr
• The Cruin, Loch Lomond
• The Lodge on Loch Lomond, Luss
• Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline
• Glenskirlie Castle, Falkirk
The Scottish String Quartet's Set List / Repertoire
NEW! Christmas Songs
A Wreath of Carols and Corelli Christmas Concerto
Christmas Jazz/Pops including:
Frosty the Snowman
Jingle Bell Rock
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Let it Snow
Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky
Baroque & Classical
Albinoni – Adagio in G minor
Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Wachet Auf Sheep may Safely Graze Bist Du Bei Mir My Heart Ever Faithful Concerto for Oboe & Violin Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor Movements from the Orchestral Suites including 'Air on a G String' and Badinerie Brandenburg Concertos nos 2 and 3
Bach-Gounod - Ave Maria
Bizet – Duet from ‘The Pearl Fishers’
Boyce - Symphony No. 4 in F
Charpentier - Te Deum ( Prelude and Tu Devicto)
Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary
Corelli - 'Christmas Concerto'
Debussy – 'Le Petit Noir', Mazurka, Reverie, Passpied
Delibes – Pizzicato from 'Sylvia'
Elgar - Salut D'Amour, Chanson de Matin
Frank – Panis Angelicus
Faure – Pavane
Handel – Excerpts from the Water Music and The Royal Fireworks Music, Entrance of The Queen of Sheba, Let the Bright Seraphim, Aria from Xerxes
Haydn – String Quartet in F (op. 3 no.5)
Massenet – Meditation from Thais
Mendelssohn – Wedding March, If With All Your Hearts from Elijah
Monti – Czardas
Mouret – Rondeau
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, 3 Divertimenti for Strings (K136, 137 and 138), The Marriage of Figaro Overture, Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate
Pachelbel – Canon
Purcell – Trumpet Tune, Suite from the Fairy Queen (Hornpipe, Air, Rondeau, Chorus)
Schubert – Ave Maria
Schumann – Traumeri
Shostakovich – Romance from ‘The Gadfly’
Strauss – Pizzicato Polka
Tarroga – 'Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Wagner – Wedding March
Vivaldi – The 4 Seasons (Largo from Autumn, Allegro from Spring), Allegro from Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, Concerto for Violin in D minor – 'Habanera', 'Toreador's Song' & 'Entracte' from Carmen
Jazz & Light Music
Isaac Albeniz – Tango in D
Luigi Denza – Funiculi Funicula
Walter Donaldson – Makin’ Whoopee
Carlos Gardel - Por Una Cabeza
George Gershwin – Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, Swanee, Summertime, Oh Lady Be Good !, The Man I Love
Oscar Hammerstein – The Folks Who Live on the Hill
Carlos Jobim – One Note Samba
Arthur Johnstone – Pennies from Heaven
Scott Joplin – The Ragtime Dance, Country Club, Paragon Rag, The Easy Winners, The Entertainer, Elite Syncopations, Solace - A Mexican Serenade
Ray Noble – The Very Thought of You
Cole Porter – Anything Goes, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Lets Do It
Richard Rogers – My Funny Valentine
Jack Strachey – In Party Mood
Karl Suessdorf – Moonlight In Vermont
Peter Warlock – Pieds-en-L'Air
Meredith Wilson - 76 Trombones
Aerosmith – Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Blur – The Universal
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do I Do It For You
Cockney Rebel - Come Up and See Me
Coldplay In My Place
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
Ki-C and Jo-Jo - All My Life
Jackie Wilson - Sweetest Feeling
Lennon/McCartney - Here Comes the Sun, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Get Back, All You Need is Love, Eleanor Rigby, The Long and Winding Road, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, When I'm Sixty Four
Lonestar - Amazed
Loreena McKennit Tango to Evora
Paul Simon - America, Bridge Over Troubled Water, God Bless You Dear Mrs Robinson
Roy Orbison - In Dreams, Crying, I Drove All Night , Mystery Girl, Only the Lonely, You Got It
Sting - Fields of Gold
The Proclaimers - Sunshine on Leith
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Show Film and TV Themes
Braveheart – The Secret Wedding
Les Miserables – Main Theme
Love, Actually – PM’s Theme, Portuguese Theme
The Last of the Mohicans – Main Theme
* Please note
The Scottish String Quartet have an extensive repertoire which can be tailored to suit your event.
If there is a particular song or piece of music which you can't find in the lists below, then for a reasonable additional fee they can usually create an arrangement (either for quartet or trio) for your special occasion.
Please note that given the amount of music in their repertoire they cannot guarantee to have it with them at your event unless you specifically request it in advance.
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