The Scottish String Quartet

A highly professional group with 25 years experience of providing music for weddings, receptions, conferences and dinners. Based in Edinburgh but willing to travel throughout Scotland and the North of England.

Price from £575 + travel

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Set List / Repertoire

Classical music - includes:

Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
- Jesu Joy
- Air on a G string
- Brandenburg Concerto no.3
Beethoven - Adagio Cantabile
- Minuet in G
Bizet - Suite from Carmen
Boccherini - Minuet
Borodin - Polovtsian Dances
Delibes - Flower duet from Lakmé
Dvorak - Humoresque
- Slavonic Dance
Elgar - Salut d'amour
- Chanson de Matin
Faure - Pavane
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
- Water Music
Haydn - Serenade
- various string quartets
Massenet - Meditation from Thaïs
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Mozart - Divertiment K136 - 138
- Rondo alla Turca
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Pachelbel - Canon
Puccini - - Nessun Dorma
- O mio Babbino Caro
Ravel - Bolero
Schubert - Ave Maria
Schumann - Träumerei
Strauss - Pizzicato Polka
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Wagner - Bridal Chorus

Popular / Jazz

Martin - Congratulations
Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
- All you need is love,
- When I'm Sixty Four
- Penny Lane - Yesterday
Rodgers & Hart - My Funny Valentine
Henry Mancini - Moon River
Sherwin - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Cole Porter - Anything Goes - Let's Do It
- Every Time We Say Goodbye
Bert Howard - Fly me to the Moon
Johnson - Pennies from Heaven
Donaldson - Makin' Whoopee
Bernstein - Maria, New York New York
- There's a place for us
Gershwin - A Foggy Day
- Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
- Summertime
Irving Berlin - Top hat, Cheek to cheek
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer and
other popular rags
Scottish Traditional Music.

Film music

Star Wars
James Bond
Indiana Jones
Out of Africa
Dr. Zhivago,
The Godfather
The Deer Hunter
Romeo and Juliet


You're Just To Good To Be True - Frankie Valli
That's Amore - Dean Martin
Chapel Of Love
Love's theme - The Love Unlimited Orchestra
Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
Groovy Kind Of Love -  Phil Collins 
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder 
It Must Be Love -
Close To You - The Carpenters
Candle In The Wind -  Elton John
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Fields of Gold - Sting
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
Human - Killers
Hoppipola - Sigur Ros
Whatever, Don't Look Back in Anger, Wonderwall - Oasis
Kiss from a Rose - Seal
Don't Stop Believin - Journey
Empire State of Mind -  Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
All I Want Is You - U2
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Fix You - Coldplay
The Scientist - Coldplay 
Yellow - Coldplay
Stand by me - Ben E. King
Bittersweet Symphony- The Verve
One Day like this, Starlings, Station Approach - Elbow
500 Miles - Proclaimers
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
Marry You - Bruno Mars
I an the Resurrection, I wanna be Adored, She Bangs the Drum - Stone Roses
Beautiful Girl - Inxs
The Universal - Blur
All of me - John Legend
My Love - Paul McCartney
Someone Like You - Van Morrison
You're So Vain - Carly Simon
Too Close for Comfort - Mcfly
Sweet Disposition -  The Temper Trap
At Last - Etta James
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - The Orgianl Blues Brothers Band
Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift

Full Biography

The Scottish String Quartet have performed in a wide range of venues both in Edinburgh e.g. - The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Signet Library, The Assembly Rooms, Old College Library, The Scottish Parliament, House for an Art Lover, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and various hotels and also as far afield as Gleneagles, Turnberry, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Aviemore, Stirling Castle, Glamis Castle, Balbirnie House, Torphichen Preceptory, Tantallon Castle and Liverpool.

Their repertoire is very flexible, ranging from Scott Joplin and popular music of the 1920's and 30's, and music by classical composers such as Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi to contemporary pop. They can arrange music specifically for you (hymns and one arrangement usually provided free of charge).

In the past they have been asked for:-
You're just to good to be true, That's amore, Chapel of love, Love's theme, Can't smile without you, 500 miles, Nothing else matters, The Scientist, Groovy kind of love, Signed, sealed, delivered, It must be love, Fields of gold, Hoppipola, Everlong, I predict a riot, Chasing cars, Candle in the wind.

Alternative groups available:- 

(flute, violin, viola and cello) is an alternative ensemble to the string quartet. They play mostly baroque and classical music.

THE SCOTTISH BAROQUE ENSEMBLE consists of two violins, cello and harpsichord. They play music by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, and also 18th century Scottish composers. They also perform as a trio (2 violins & cello; OR flute, violin & cello; OR 2 violins and harpsichord; OR flute, violin & harpsichord) or as a six-piece group with the addition of flute and viola.

THE SCOTTISH PIANO TRIO has a similar repertoire to that of THE EDINBURGH STRING ENSEMBLE. They require a venue with a good piano.

THE SCOTTISH STRING TRIO consists of two violins and cello and plays mainly baroque music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and 18th century Scottish composers.

THE SCOTTISH PIANO & VIOLIN DUO - Violin and piano duo - a wide range of music similar to that of Capriccio Quartet.

THE SCOTTISH HARPSICHORD & VIOLIN DUO - Violin and harpsichord duo - playing mainly baroque music.

THE SCOTTISH GUITAR & VIOLIN DUO - Violin and guitar duo - classical and modern music (also mandolin).

GLADSTONE'S BAG specialises in the performance of music from the Victorian era, and theme music and signature tunes from the Golden Age of Wireless. The group consists of flute, clarinet, violin and piano.

COOL CAPRICE - Violin, piano and jazz bass - music from the 1920's, 30's and 40's with a hint of jazz.

CELTIC CAPRICE - Trio playing fiddle, mandolin, accordion, guitar, cello, keyboard etc. - Scottish music for background entertainment.


Default lineup: 4 members

Standard Quartet: Violin x 2, Viola, Cello. *Alternative lineups available (see main profile text and booking options for details).

Performance Times

Ceremony (Civil upto 60mins)

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Ceremony (Church upto 90mins)

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Drinks OR Meal (2 hour period)

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Ceremony AND Drinks (3 hour period)

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Drinks AND Meal (upto 4 hour period)

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Ceremony AND Meal (5 hour period including waiting between)

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Ceremony, Drinks Meal (5 hour period)

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Upto 1 hour background music

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Price from £575 + travel from Edinburgh

Based on 4 members performing up to 2 hours

  • Scotland From £575
  • Northern Ireland From £1,307
  • Republic of Ireland From £1,307

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5 stars - The Scottish String Quartet are Highly Recommended
booked The Scottish String Quartet for their Wedding in Edinburgh April 2024

“We weren't planning on hiring a string quartet for our ceremony at first but we're so glad we did! The Scottish String Quartet sounded amazing, all round nice people, and have a wide song list in their repertoire. I would definitely would recommend to hire them for your wedding or event. Lawrence was amazingly easy to talk to and was very quick to respond in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Thank you again The Scottish String Quartet!”

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5 stars - The Scottish String Quartet are Highly Recommended
booked The Scottish String Quartet for their Wedding in Fife

“Just want to extend our gratitude for the fantastic contribution to our wedding from your performance at the wedding. Everyone can’t stop commenting on how great you were and it really made our day special. Thank you so much again and I will be recommending you to all our friends. Thank you again!”

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5 stars - The Scottish String Quartet are Highly Recommended
booked The Scottish String Quartet for their Wedding in Edinburgh

“Made our day that bit extra special and we just loved hearing them play. ”

A perfect addition to our wedding day

5 stars - The Scottish String Quartet are Highly Recommended
booked The Scottish String Quartet for their Wedding in Fife

“The quartet were just perfect for our wedding day ceremony and reception. They made the atmosphere feel just magical and we would highly recommend to anyone looking for music for their day. Thank you again!”

Absolutely perfect for our ceremony and drinks reception!

5 stars - The Scottish String Quartet are Highly Recommended
booked The Scottish String Quartet for their Wedding in Perth and Kinross

“The Scottish String Quartet were the perfect addition to our day! We were provided with an extension play list to choose from and the communication ahead of the day was excellent. All of our guests commented on how enjoyable their performance was, creating a wonderful atmosphere for our ceremony and drinks reception. Would highly recommend!”

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