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Cairn String Quartet

The Cairn String Quartet is Scotland’s most sought after ensemble, pushing the boundaries of string tradition with a contemporary and unique take on classical music. They ...

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Set List / Repertoire

Personal arrangements available on request

Canon – Pachelbel
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Wedding March – Wagner
Largo – Handel
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Cantabile – Tartini
Traumerai – Schumann
Air on a G String – Bach
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Hornpipe from Water Music – Handel
Fanfare - Lemmens
Tuba Tune
Ave Maria – Schubert and Gounod
Panis Angelicus

Hymns available on request

Spring – Vivaldi
Largo from Winter – Vivaldi
Pavane – Faure
Intermezzo – Mascagni
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
Divertimento I in D Major - Mozart
Divertimento II in Bb Major - Mozart
Divertimento II in F Major – Mozart
Selection of Mozart and Haydn quartets
Largo from the New World Symphony – Dvorak
Intermezzo from Aranjuez Guitar Concerto – Rodriguez
Brandenburg III – Bach
Chanson de Matin – Elgar
Chanson de Nuit – Elgar
Salut d’Amour – Elgar
Adagietto from 5th Symphony (theme from ‘Death in Venice’) - Mahler
Theme from Jupiter ( I vow to thee my country) – Holst
Flower Duet from Lakme – Delibes
Gabriel’s Oboe – from the film the Mission – Ennio Morricone
Two Rondeau from Abdelazar and the Fairy Queen – Purcell
Finiculi Finicula – Denza
O Sole Mio – Di Capua
Palladio – Karl Jenkins
Romanze – Shostakovich
St Paul’s Suite – Holst
2 Waltzes – Dvorak
Thunder and Lightning Polka - Strauss
Czardas – Monti
Fantasia on Greensleeves – Vaughn Williams
Can Can – Offenbach
First Polovtsian Dance – Borodin
Andantino from the Forces of Destiny – Verdi
Golliwog’s Cake Walk – Debussy
Humoresque – Dvorak
Norwegian Dance no.2 – Grieg

Habanera from Carmen – Bizet
Prelude to Carmen – Bizet
Meditation from Thais – Massenet
Nessun Dorma from Turandot - Puccini
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann – Offenbach
Three Little Maids from School from the Mikado – Gilbert and Sullivan
No Piu Andrai from the Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
Dance of the Cygnets –Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers – Tchaikovsky
Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music – Sondheim
Broadway Tonight – a Medley
Somewhere from West Side Story – Bernstein
All I Ask of You and
Music of the Night from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ – Lloyd Weber
Rags Jazz Tangos
Country Club – Joplin
Paragon Rag – Joplin
New Rag – Joplin
The Entertainer – Joplin
Rag Time Dance – Joplin
Easy Winners – Joplin
Making Whopee – Donald Son
Let's do It – Cole Porter
Anything Goes – Cole Porter
Someone to Watch Over Me – Gershwin
I Got Rhythm – Gershwin
God Bless the Child – Billie Halliday
Chicago – Theme from the Musical
Summertime – Gershwin
Fly me to the Moon – Bart Howard
Can’t take my Eyes off of You – Frankie Valli
Moondance – Van Morrison
Somewhere Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
Feelin’ Good – Nina Simone
Moon River – Mancini
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
Sway – Michael Buble
Dream a little Dream – Mamas and Papas
La Comparisita – Rodriguez
Tango pour una Cabeza – Gardel
Tango Albeniz – Albeniz
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rogers
The Folks who live on the Hill – Kerns
Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
Moonlight in Vermont – Suessdorf
Take the A Train – Billie Strayhorn
The Girl from Ipanema – Antonio Jobim
Chelsea Bridge – Billie Strayhorn

Hoppipola – Sigur Ros
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Weiss
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
With or Without You – U2
Beautiful Day – U2
One Day like This - Elbow
Hard to Concentrate – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
It Must be Love – Madness
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
She – Elvis Costello
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
In my Place – Coldplay
Yellow – Coldplay
Whatever – Oasis
I predict a Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
All the Things that I have Done –The Killers
Stand by Me – Ben E. King
You Raise me Up – Westlife
Angels – Robbie Williams
Will Young – All Time Love
Fields of Gold - Sting
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Your Song – Elton John
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross
Caravan of Love – House Martins
Colorful – Vervepipe
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon
Killing me Softly with his Song – Norman Gimbel
Eleanor Rigby – Lennon McCartney
When I’m 64 - Lennon McCartney
Here Comes the Sun - Lennon McCartney
All you Need is Love – Lennon McCartney
Imagine – Lennon McCartney
Lady Madonna – Lennon McCartney
Hello Goodbye – Lennon McCartney
World Without Love – Lennon McCartney
Hey Jude – Lennon McCartney
Yesterday – Lennon McCartney
Get Back – Lennon McCartney
Good Day Sunshine – Lennon McCartney
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard (from the film ‘Once’)
Unchained Melody – Alex North (Theme from Ghost)
Chapel of Love from Four Weddings and a Funeral
Everything I Do I Do It For You – Micheal Kamen from ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’
Without You – Peter Ham/Tom Evans
Theme from Jurassic Park – John Williams
My Heart Will Go On – James Horner from “Titanic”
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet – Nina Rota
The Bare Necessities from Disney’s The Jungle Book
Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams
Kissing in the Rain from Great Expectations
Kissing You – Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet - Desiree
Nothing is Gonna Stop us Now – from Mannequin
Theme from Fawlty Towers
Theme from Black Adder

Traditional Scottish and Irish
Secret Wedding from ‘Braveheart’
Loch Lomond
Cumbrae Cottage – Eric Rice
Peter’s Reels – Eric Rice
The Maaker Speaks – Eric Rice
An Air for Phil Cunningham – Eric Rice
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Flower of the Quern
Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
Skye Boat Song
Ae Fond Kiss
Wild Mountain Thyme
Ashokan Farewell
Highland Cathedral
Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Nicht Musik –McMozart
Irish Sherry Suite – Thorp
It’s a Long Way from Clare to Here
Brian Boru March

NEW! Christmas Repertoire!
Fairytale Of New York
Oh I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Deck The Halls
Jingle Bells
The Snowman


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    Default lineup: 4 members

    Quartet 2x Violin; 1x Viola; 1x Cello

    Full Biography

    * A classy, young and cool String Quartet from Glasgow
    *From Bach to Beyonce, Mozart to Metallica, Sinatra to Snow Patrol
    *Specialise in tailor made weddings, events and stage performances
    * Available in the North and Scotland and the rest of the UK if required

    Tailor-Made Events
    The Cairn String Quartet is Scotland’s most sought after ensemble, pushing the boundaries of string tradition with a contemporary and unique take on classical music. Collaborating with well-known bands, DJ’s and solo artists, the quartet is constantly in demand for performances throughout the UK and Europe including appearances at the MOBO’s with Professor Green and Emeli Sande, at Glastonbury, T in the Park and on BBC Radio 1.

    One of the most respected ensembles in the Scottish music industry, the Cairn Quartets’ perform across the UK and Europe in all settings and are equally at home playing for weddings and corporate events as they are on the concert stage. 

    Formed in 2007 whilst busking on the streets of Glasgow, the Cairn String Quartet are graduates of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

    Specialising in the arrangement and performance of all musical genres, but particularly rock and pop, the quartet provides a tailored made experience designed to make your event memorable and unique. Their very own string arrangements, as well as collaborating with other Scottish composers and arrangers, has led their playlist to be like no other, from Bach to Beyonce, Mozart to Metallica and Sinatra to Star Wars!

    Not on the playlist? Cairn String Quartet work alongside RCS composer Richard Bett to create personal arrangements of any song you would like for your event. We can even have it recorded to be kept as a memento from your special day!

    What People Have Said

    "Dear Annemarie,
    Fiona and the Cairn Quartet, Just back from honeymoon and wanted to thank you all for the beautiful music for our wedding at Prestonfield on Sunday 7 September. You were absolutely breathtaking and even better than we'd imagined so thank you so much. From the pieces you played before our ceremony, to the special arrangements during our ceremony (including our hymn In Christ Alone which sounded wonderful) everything was perfect. Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's (which I walked down the aisle to) and You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban (which was played during silent prayer) especially were both huge hits with our family and friends and there wasn't a dry eye in the house at those points. We have had so many compliments on the music we just had to let you know how happy we were with it and also to let you know that it was an absolute pleasure to work with you. Your customer service and whole approach was fantastic - so friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble and your calming and laid back manner was much appreciated! We wouldn't hesitate to use you again or recommend you to friends and family (in fact I recommended you to a colleague Melissa Ferrie a number of weeks ago who has since booked you for her wedding at the Botanics in Glasgow this autumn). Our photographs should be ready any day now so I'll forward the link to our web gallery as soon as they are ready so you can see yourselves on camera and perhaps use a photograph on your blog.

    Take care, speak to soon.

    With love from Mairi & Paul Gordon xxx"

    "Hi Annemarie & Fiona,
    The new Mrs Dean here! I just wanted to email you to say a huge thank you for being part of our big day on 6th September 2008 at the Dunblane Hydro. Everyone has informed me that you were excellent and really added to the ambience of the day.

    Thank you so much for all your help with the composition of Colorful, our friends said it was wonderful. I am really excited to see the video as then I will really get a chance to appreciate the music. Also, having played the cello myself for 10 years, I think there is something very beautiful about the sight of a string ensemble playing whether it be a quartet or a full orchestra! Once again, thanks for everything you did. I won't forget you.

    Kind regards

    Amanda & Andrew"

    "Hi, I am sorry that it has taken me this long to get around to thanking you all. The music was sensational and all of our guests couldn't stop raving about you. It was such a nice touch to have a combination of classical and modern pieces played at our wedding. I have voted you 10 in every column of the Vows Awards. You have been fantastic.

    Nikki and Crawford 12/7/08"

    "Hi Fiona & Annemarie,We are just writing to express our deepest thanks for your lovelynperformance at our wedding ceremony at the Hill of Tarvit in Cupar on the 8th of August. Many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed listening to you during the following drinks reception. We would like to wish you all the very best for future successes.

    Kindest Regards

    Justin & Jennifer"

    "Hi girls, Just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at kibble palace on Saturday. I thought the place looked fab and it was great hearing our favourite elbow song. I just wish we had had longer to look around thanks again. hopefully see you soon at someone else's wedding

    Mrs Stevenson (Melissa Ferrie)"

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