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London Strings

London Strings is a young professional quartet with extensive experience in performing at wedding services and receptions, corporate functions, fund raising events and other special occasions. Based in London.

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Set List / Repertoire

Recommend pieces for the Bride’s entrance:
Air from Suite no. 1 (Water Music) - Handel
Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Largo from Winter - Vivaldi
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke

Recommend pieces for the couple’s exit:
Allegro from Spring - Vivaldi
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Hornpipe (Water Music) - Handel
La Rejouissance (Royal Fireworks) - Handel
Rondeau - Jean Joseph Mouret
Two Rondeaux - Purcell
Wedding March - Mendelssohn

Recommend pieces for the signing of the register:
Adagio (from organ sonata no. 2) - Mendelssohn
Air on a G String - J S Bach
Allelujah (from Exsultate Jubilate) - Mozart
Aria from "Xerxes" - Handel
Ave Maria - J S Bach
Ave Maria - Schubert
Brandeburg Concerto no. 3 - J S Bach
Cannon in D - Pachelbel
Clare de Lune - Debussy
Divertimento & Early String Quartets - Mozart
Flower Duet - Delibes
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J S Bach
Liebestraum - Liszt
Meditation (from Thais) - Massenet
Pavane - Faure
Tango Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel
Thou Ring on my Finger - Schumann
Where'er You Walk - Handel

Recommend pieces for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast:
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin
Ain't Misbehavin' - Waller & Brooks
Anything goes - Cole Porter
Aria from The Barber of Seville - Rossini
Arias from The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
Barcarolle - Offenbach
Black Adder TV theme tune - Howard Goodall
Cavalleria Rusticana (intermezzo) - Mascagni
Danse des Mirlitons (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
Eastenders TV theme tune - Leslie Osborne
Every time we say goodbye - Cole Porter
First Polovtsian Dance - Borodin
Funiculi Funicula - Denza
Howards' Way TV theme tune - Leslie Osborne
Hungarian Dance no. 2 - Brahms
Last Spring - Grieg
Leaning on a Lamppost - Noel Gay
Let's Do It - Cole Porter
Lovejoy TV theme tune - Denis King
Makin' Whoopee - Donaldson
Marche (the Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
Maria (from west side story) - Leonard Bernstein
Minute Waltz - Chopin
Miss Marple TV theme tune - Ken Howard
Moonlight in Vermont - Suessdorf
My Funny Valentine - Rodgers
New York New York - Leonard Bernstein
Norwegian Dance no. 2 - Grieg
Norwegian Dance no. 3 - Grieg
O Sole Mio - Capua
Pennies from Heaven - Arthur Johnson
Pizzicato Polka - Strauss
Prelude to Carmen - Bizet
Quando me'n vo' (La Boheme) - Puccini
Ragtime Dance - Scott Joplin
Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart
Salut D'Amour - Elgar
Slavonic Dance no. 1 - Dvorak
Slavonic Dance no. 2 - Dvorak
Slavonic Dance no. 8 - Dvorak
Smoke gets in your eyes - Kern
Soldier's chorus - Verdi
The Folks Who Live on the Hill - Kern
Traumerei - Schumann
Various songs - Beatles
Vocalise - Rachnaminoff
Waltz - Grieg
Wedding Day At Troldhaugen - Grieg
William Tell Overture (Allegro) - Rossini

6 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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A truly class classical quartet

5 stars - London Strings are Highly Recommended booked London Strings for their Wedding in Berkshire September 2019

“A truly accomplished and highly recommended classical quartet, whose beautifully skilled musicianship was highly appreciated by us and all of our wedding guests. Highly recommended.”


The perfect backdrop for our wedding feast

5 stars - London Strings are Highly Recommended booked London Strings for their Wedding in Surrey

“I wouldn't hesitate to recommend London Strings - they are very talented musicians, and play well together as a group.  They were happy to play our choice of music, and they even played one of our pieces again because the groom and I had missed it the first time around!  I found that my nerves about the wedding melted away as I listened to the beautiful music - it really was the perfect backdrop for our wedding feast, and set the tone for a wonderful day. 10/10!”


Fantastic band which were spot on with the music.

5 stars - London Strings are Highly Recommended booked London Strings for their Wedding at HAMPTON COURT PALACE in Surrey

“Fantastic band which were spot on with the music they played at our wedding. We were very grateful for their performance.”


Charming, talented, consummate professionals.

5 stars - London Strings are Highly Recommended booked London Strings for their event in Buckinghamshire

“Charming, talented, consummate professionals with a real desire to make the occasion special and stress-free. My Father was enchanted by his surprise birthday present and it is truly the most memorable part of a very special day. Without exception, all our guests were enchanted with the London Strings' and their performance. We had so many people ask us how we had sourced the quartet and where else could they hear them play. Given that most of the audience are ardent classical music lovers who frequent concerts, opera, Glyndebourne etc this was a true accolade of their success on the day.”


They exceeded expectations

5 stars - London Strings are Highly Recommended booked London Strings for their Wedding at Newland Hall in Essex

“They exceeded expectations providing expertly played and appropriate music. The guests were amazed and they provided the musical atmosphere I was wanting for my wedding. They were perfect.”

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Price from £539 + travel from London

Based on 4 members performing 1 x 60 minute set

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    Lineup

    Default lineup: 4 members

    Quartet: violin, violin, viola, cello

    Full Biography

    London Strings is a young professional quartet that was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 1995 by Caryn Cohen (violin), Sarah Turner (viola) and Helen Godbolt (cello) and was later joined by Emma Martin (violin) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    This London based quartet has extensive experience in performing at wedding services and receptions corporate functions parties fund raising events and other special occasions. They also have an active concert schedule performing at local music societies and music festivals including the prestigious Brighton Music Festival and the Cambridge Summer Music Festival .

    The quartet has played at most major London hotels including The Dorchester, The Langham, The Lanesborough, Claridges, The Royal Lancaster, The Hyatt Carlton Tower, The Regency and also The Banqueting House, Tate Britain, Downing Street, Loseley Park and Stoke Park. The quartet has provided music for Bombay Sapphire, BP, the Financial Services Authority, Renaisi and Unilever.

    Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London Strings won the coveted John B McEwen competition for the best string quartet of the year. Since completing their studies the quartet have given spirited performances of classical and modern repertoire in venues across the country. Based in London, the quartet is in demand for both corporate and charity events as well as for private wedding receptions, birthday parties and public concerts. Some of the functions they have provided live music for include:

    Christmas parties at No. 11 Downing Street, Lancaster House and for the Financial Services Authority, exhibitions at the Tate Britain Gallery and the Natural History Museum, a book launch at Searcy's brasserie in Knightsbridge, charity fundraising events held at the Tower of London, the South African Embassy and Ocean club, an evening's entertainment for the South Kensington Rotary Club, events at the Royal College of Physicians, an annual dinner for the Landscape Institute, a graduation ceremony at Leobaeck College, a 50th birthday party at the Reform Club, Pall Mall, and a corporate function at St. Stephen's Constitutional Club. They have played at most of the top London hotels as listed on the home page, and travel frequently to venues in greater London and the South East.

    London Strings is also available for classical music concert performances.

    Recommendations
    London Strings adds a touch of elegance to any occasion. Here are a few of the comments their clients have made:

    "Our guests were full of praise for you and we received so many comments saying how much the quartet's performance added to the whole occasion - a real celebratory atmosphere." (Sarah & Steven Bellamy's wedding reception, July 2003)

    "I would like to thank you and your colleagues for last Friday evening. Your playing added tremendously to the atmosphere and feeling of the event." (the Landscape Institute's annual dinner, June 2003)

    "Many people commented on you and your playing, it added the ambience we were looking for to compliment Loseley Park." (Jenny & Jonathan Evans' wedding service & reception, May 2003)

    "Thank you for making our wedding day all the more special with your performance at the Precious Blood Catholic Church. You sounded fantastic." (Karen & James Swain's wedding service, May 2003)

    "Thank you for a magnificent performance on 13th December at the House of St Barnabas in Soho. Everyone thought your playing was wonderful." (YRM's Christmas party, December 2002)

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