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The South Wales String Ensemble

The South Wales String Ensemble are an elegant & versatile quartet performing baroque, classical, musicals, pop songs & more.

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Secure your 2021 / 2022 booking before the 31st March 2021, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against a new date.

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Set List / Repertoire

~ Suggested Ceremony Music ~

Processional or Recessional:
‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ - Handel
’Winter’ from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
‘Hornpipe in D’ from the Water Music - Handel
‘Palladio’ - Karl Jenkins
‘Canon in D’ - Johann Pachelbel
‘Wedding March from the Marriage of Figaro’ - Mozart
‘Prince of Denmark March’ - Jeremiah Clarke
Signing of the Register:
‘The Flower Duet’ - Delibes
‘Air’ from the Water Music - Handel
‘Meditation’ from Thais - Massenet
'Air on the G String' - J. S. Bach
‘Salut d’Amour’ - Elgar
‘Second movement from Eine Kleine Nacht Musik’ - Mozart

As part of the ceremony, clients may also choose to have a solo spot (instead of a reading) where the quartet will play a piece of music for you and your guests to listen to. This could be one of your favourite classical pieces or perhaps an arrangement made of a popular song that has special meaning for you. As making string quartet parts often involves us listening to and transcribing from a CD we would ask you to allow us at least 8 weeks notice if you would like us to make an arrangement for you.

~ Special Arrangements ~

Previous special requests from our clients:
‘Magic Moments’ - Perry Como
‘Stand By Me’ - Ben E King
‘Clocks’ - Coldplay
‘Lovely Day’- Bill Withers

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast:
After discussions with you on what type of repertoire you like the music for the remainder of the wedding is usually selected by the quartet from our extensive list. This would normally include a mixture of styles to suit guests of all ages or you can have solely classical repertoire if you prefer.

‘Tangos’ - Albeniz Villoldo and Zerillo & Howard
‘Country Club Rag’ - Scott Joplin
‘Sophisticated Lady’ - Duke Ellington
‘Anything Goes’ - Cole Porter
‘I Could Have Danced all Night’ from My Fair Lady - Frederick Loewe
‘Somewhere My Love – Lara’s Theme’ - Maurice Jarre
‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ - J W Bratton
‘Lullaby- of Birdland’ - Shearing
‘Barcarolle’ - Offenbach
‘Romance from the Gadfly’ - Shostakovitch
‘String Quartet in C’ - Mozart

~ Sample Setlist ~
Please note that repertoire listed marked with an *, is not available for String Trio.

Baroque Repertoire - String Quartet
Purcell Movements from ‘The Fairy Queen’ *
Vivaldi - Seasons (Selected movements)
Vivaldi - Lute Concerto in D (II)*
J.S. Bach - Sleepers Wake
J.S. Bach - Air from the Suite in D
Purcell - Two Rondeaux *
Handel - Movements from the ‘Water Music’
Handel - Movements from the ‘Firework Suite’
J.S. Bach - Joy of Man’s Desiring
Handel - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Chedeville - (Recorder) Suite in G*
Scheidt - Battle Galliard*
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Pachelbel - Fuga 1 *
Gabrieli - Canzona per Sonare No. 1 & 2
‘La Spiritata’*
Dirute - Ricercare del Settimo Tuono MS – Yellow Book *
Poglietti - Recercar Primi Toni *
Palestrina - Mori Quasi il Mio Core *
J.S. Bach - Dances from the 2nd & 3rd Orchestral Suite in D
Telemann - Tafel Music *
Charpentier - Prelude To Te Deum
J.S. Bach - Fuga1 *
J.S. Bach - Slow Movement from Brandenburg No.2 *
Handel - Fireworks Music
Handel - Water Music - Suite in G
Jeremiah Clarke - Suite for String Quartet *
Playford - Trumpet Minuet
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major*
Lassus - Bonjour Mon Coeur
Prince of Denmark’s March
J.S. Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
J.S. Bach - Double Violin Concerto in D minor *
John Blow - Ayre
Anon. - Bath Minuets *
Playford - Dances *
Anon. - Pavane ‘La Cornetta’
Rossi - Canzon *
Arbeau Pavane:- Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie
Handel - Let the Bright Seraphim
Byrd Pavane: - Earl of Salisbury
Stanley - Trumpet Voluntary in D
J S Bach - Arioso from Cantata - BMV 156*
Handel - Sarabande in D minor
Handel - Lascia Ch’io Panga
Handel - I Know That My Redeemer Liveth *
William Boyce - Hearts of Oak *
J S Bach - Rondeau (from Flute Suite) *
J S Bach - Sarabande (from Flute Suite) *
J S Bach - Bourrees (from Flute Suite) *
J S Bach - Polonaise (from Flute Suite) *
J S Bach - Menuet (from Flute Suite) *
J S Bach - Badinerie (from Flute Suite) *
Tielman - Susato La Mourisque *
Tielman - Susato Ronde - Mon Amy *
Tielman - Susato Basse Dance Bergeret *
Purcell - Suite from Abdelazar *
J S Bach - Toccata & Fugue in D minor *

Classical Repertoire - String Quartet
J.C. Bach - (Flute) Quartet in D *
J.C. Bach - (Flute) Quartet in C *
J.C. Bach - (Flute) Quartet in A *
Haydn - ‘The Lark’ Quartet in D Loose *
Mozart - Quartet in G K387 Loose *
Mozart - Quartet in G K80 *
Mozart - Quartet No 2 in D K155 *
Mozart - Quartet No 3 in G K156 *
Mozart - Quartet No 4 in C K157 *
Haydn - ‘The Sunrise’ Quartet No.49 in Bb Loose *
Abel - (Flute) Quartet in G *
J.C.F. Bach - No. 3 *
Mozart - Divertimenti *
Haydn - ‘The Bird’Quartet *
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik *
Charles Wesley - Quartet No. 2 in D*
Borodin - Quartet No. 2 in D *
Chopin - Preludes –Op.28 No 4 & 6 *
David Stone - Minature Quartet No. 1*
Haydn - Op.76 Quartets Nos 1 - 6 *
Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Schubert - Ave Maria
Faure - Berceuse from Dolly Suite
Mendelssohn - Venetian Gondola Song *
Saint-Saens - My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice *
Anon - Prince of Wales Waltz *
Anon - Pavilion Waltz *
Wesley - Quartet No 2 in D *
Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre *
Mozart - Adagio from Violin Concerto in G major *
Boccherini - Celebrated Minuet
Haydn - St. Anthony Chorale
Debussy - Le Petit Negre *
Dittersdorf - Anglaise No 1 & 2 *
Schubert - Serenade
Beethoven - Minuet in G
Chopin - Mazurka Op. 67 No 3
Puccini - Mio Babbino Caro *
Rossini - Tarantella *
Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Puccini - Nessun Dorma*
Mozart - Minuet from Symphony No. 39
Greig - Morning from Peer Gynt
Debussy - Clair De La Lune
Puccini - Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly
J S Bach - Bist Du Bei Mir
Mozart - Duet from The Magic Flute*
Mozart - Wedding March from Figaro *
Rimsky-Korsakov Selection from Scheherazade *
Faure - Pavane
Moussorgski Promenade *
Delibes - Dance Hungroise (Coppelia) *
Grigoras - Dinicu Hora Staccato *
Charles Widor - Toccata from the Organ Symphony *
Beethoven - Romance in F for Violin & Strings *
Tchaikovsky - Canzonetta from the Violin Concerto *
Madeline - Dring Flute/Oboe Piano Trio – movement 2 MS *
Mozart (arranged JER Harvey) Themes from The Magic Flute*

Light Classical Repertoire - String Quartet
Bizet - Prelude to Carmen *
Offenbach - Barcarolle *
Rachmaninov - Vocalise *
Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Mirlitons *
Mozart - Rondo alla Turca *
J.S. Bach - Air from Suite in D
Dvorak - Slavonic Dance No VIII *
Purcell - Two Rondeaux *
Grieg - Norwegian Dance No. 3 *
Strauss - Pizzicato Polka *
Delibes - Flower Duet
Handel - Hornpipe from the Water Music
Di Capua - O Sole Mio
Grieg - Norwegian Dance No. 2 *
Strauss - Radetsky March *
Elgar - Salut d’Amour *
Bizet - Carillon *
Saint-Saens - The Swan
Saint-Saens - The Elephant
Elgar - Idyll *
Dvorak - Humoresque *
Strauss - Emperor Waltz *
Borodin - Polovtsian Dance No. 1 *
Grieg - Wedding Day at Trollhaugen *
Schumann - Traumerei *
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Strauss II - Roses from the South *
Strauss II - Blue Danube Waltz *
Mozart - Magic Flute Overture *
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Symphony No. 5 *
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik *
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Wagner - Wedding March
Dias - Guantanamera
Albeniz - Tango
Rodriguez - La Cumparsita
Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Mendelssohn - Venetian Gondola Song *
Saint-Saens - My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice *
Granados - Spanish Dance No. 5
Pixinghuinha - Lamentos *
Myers - Cavatina
Greek - Dance Milissi Mou *
Trad. - Santa Lucia
Verdi - Grand March from Aida
Cesar - Franck Panis Angelicus
Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine
Debussy - Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Holst - I Vow to Thee My Country
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Faure - Pie Jesu *
Handel - Sarabande in D minor
Handel - Lascia Ch’io Panga
Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits *
Angel G. - Villoldo El Choclo - Tango Criollo
Zerillo & Howard - Milonga de Arrabal (Tango)
Angel G. Villoldo - Acorazado Rivadavia - Tango Argentino
Johann Kok Joska - Zigeuner Romanze *
Verdi - La Donna e Mobile *
Karl Jenkins Palladio - 1st movement
Elgar - Nimrod *
Mozart - (arranged JER Harvey) The “Magic Quartet” Overture – Themes from the Magic Flute Overture
Rachmaninov - Variation 18 from ‘Rhapsody on a theme by Paginini’

Show Tunes, Film and T.V. Themes, Pop Songs & Miscellaneous - String Quartet
Gay - Leaning on a Lampost *
Bernstein - Maria
Bernstein - New York, New York *
Sullivan - Mikado *
Rogers & Hammerstein - Some Enchanted Evening
Frederick Loewe - On the street where you live - My Fair Lady *
Frederick Loewe - Get Me To The Church On Time - My Fair Lady Frederick Loewe - I Could Have Danced All Night - My Fair *
Frederick Loewe - Wouldn’t it Be Loverly - My Fair Lady
Irving Berlin - You’re Just In Love from Call Me Madam*
Irving Berlin - It’s A Lovely Day Today from Call Me Madam *
Rogers & Hammerstein - Oh What A Beautiful Day - Oklahoma
Rogers & Hammerstein - People Will Say We’re In Love - Oklahoma *
Leonard Bernstein - Somewhere - West Side Story*
Noel Coward - Chorus of “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” *
Noel Coward - I’ll Follow My Secret Heart *
Noel Coward - I’ll See You Again *
Andrew Lloyd Webber - I Believe My Heart (Woman In White) *
Rodgers & Hammerstein - Eidelweiss
Beadell & Tollerton Cruising Down The River *
Henson & Pottle - Muppet Theme
Batt - The Wombling Song *
Nott Wallace & Gromit - ‘A Grand Day Out’ *
Washington & Harline - When You Wish Upon A Star
Wilson - Fawlty Towers
Maurice Jarre - Laurence of Arabia *
Maurice Jarre - Somewhere My Love - Lara’s Theme
John Williams - Theme from ET
Michael Nyman - Theme from ‘The Piano’*
Barry Gray - Theme from Thunderbirds
Jim Parker - Ground Force *
Lisk - Tim Behaving Badly
Courage - Theme from Star Trek *
E. Morricone - Gabriel’s Oboe from ‘The Mission’
Nina Rota - Theme from Godfather I
Nina Rota - Theme from Godfather II
Lalo Shifrin - Theme from Mission Impossible *
Marvin Hamlisch - The Spy Who Loved Me *
Denis King - Galloping Home from Black Beauty
John Barry - Dances with Wolves *
Carl Davis - Pride & Prejudice - Main Theme *
Carl Davis - Pride & Prejudice - The Gardiners *
Carl Davis - Pride & Prejudice - Pemberley *
Carl Davis - Pride & Prejudice - Thinking About Lizzy *
Carl Davis - Pride & Prejudice - Double Wedding *
Trevor Rabin - Theme Tune from Armageddon
Trevor Jones - Last of the Mohicans - The Kiss *
John Williams, Harry Potter - Harry’s Wondrous World *
John Williams, Harry Potter - Diagon Alley *
John Williams, Harry Potter - Hedwig’s Theme *
John Williams, Harry Potter - Hogwart’s Forever *
From the Far Side of the World - Master & Commander*
Mozart - Musical Joke – Presto (Horse of the Year Show Theme) *
Jean-Claude Petit Theme from Jean de Florette (Stella Artois advert) MS - Pink Book *
John Williams - Yoda’s Theme (Star Wars) *
Eliot Daniel - I Love Lucy Theme *
John Williams - Star Wars Theme *
Barrington Phelong - Inspector Morse Theme *
Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries & Paul Hooper - Balcony Scene, Romeo & Juliet Film Score *
John Barry - You Only Live Twice *
Mel Leven - Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations*
Anne Dudley - Theme to Jeeves & Worcester *
Don Williams - You’re My Best Friend *
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Donaldson - My Baby Just Cares For Me *
Beatles - Selected Songs *
John Lennon - Imagine
John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins - Son of a Preacher Man*
Brian Wilson - Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys) *
Baker/Myers - Once Upon A Lifetime *
ABBA - I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do *
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply *
Coldplay - Clocks *
Withers & Scarborough - Lovely Day *
Thiele & Weiss - What A Wonderful World *
Ewan McColl - First Time Ever I Saw Your Face *
Alex North & Hy Zaret - Unchained Melody *
Ben E King - Stand By Me *
Oasis - Don’t Look Back in Anger *
Robbie Willliams - Nan’s Song *
Will Jennings & James Horner - All Love Can Be *
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot *
W G “Snuffy” Walden - The West Wing *
Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood - The Air That I Breathe*
Lennon & McCartney - All You Need is Love
Smokey Robinson & Ronald White - My Girl *
Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs Robinson *
Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode) - Just Can’t Get Enough*
Cathy Denis & Rob Davis (Kylie Minogue) - Can’t Get You Out of My Head *
Cathy Dennis & Andrew Todd (S-Club7) - Reach for the Stars*
Bryan Adams – Heaven, Candlelight Remix *
Lennon & McCartney - With a Little Help & Yesterday*
John Barry - We Have All The Time In The World*
Smith & Dickinson (Iron Maiden) - Two Minutes to Midnight*
Don McClean - Starry Night*
James Newton Howard - Pretty Woman*
Trad. - The Lark in the Clear Air*
Weatherly - Danny Boy*
Glover - Kind Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside*
Welsh Folk Melody - David of the White Rock*
Trad Folk Jiggery-Pokery: The Irish Washerwoman, Father O’Flynn, Haste; Ye To The Wedding, The Bridal Jig*


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    Default lineup: 4 members

    Quartet: 2 x violins; 1 x viola; 1 x cello

    Full Biography

    * Elegant and versatile quartet
    * Duo and Trio also available for smaller budget/ venue size
    * Suitable for weddings, corporate events and any other special occasion
    * Can perform wedding ceremony music and popular classics
    * Past clients include Cardiff Castle to the Wales Millennium Centre
    * Available in South Wales

    The South Wales String Ensemble will provide music of a professional standard for your wedding, dinner party or corporate function. The quartet uses professional musicians of the highest quality with its players being principally music graduates from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 

    The South Wales String Ensemble affords you access to some of the most talented up and coming young musicians in the country and all at affordable prices.

    The South Wales String Ensemble can provide a varied repertoire of elegant and stylish background music for all occasions. The quartet's repertoire includes many of the great Classical quartets by composers such as Mozart and Haydn as well as popular classics from Delibes, Handel, Elgar, Bach, Pachelbel and Saint-Saens.

    If you require a more light-hearted programme, they can play Tunes from the Shows, Ragtime, Jazz, Swing and arrangements of modern pop songs.

    For a small charge, the quartet are also happy to provide arrangements of your special requests. The quartet can also offer formal recitals and concerts.

    Please contact your agent to discuss any plans you may have for your wedding, concert or business event. Once you have booked, the quartet are happy to discuss with you a suitable programme of music for your event.

    The quartet regularly works throughout South Wales, including the areas of Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly, Newport, Cardiff, Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea, Rhondda and Powys. The group can also offer the Cardiff String Trio or Duo - please ask your agent for details.

    Trio and Duo Line Ups
    The South Wales String Ensemble can also provide a 'string trio' or 'string duo' to suit your budget and space requirements. Their repertoire includes classical and romantic music, as well as more popular jazz, swing, ragtime, modern and tunes from the shows.

    Previous Experience
    The quartet's past performances have included wedding ceremonies, receptions, after-dinner dancing, anniversary parties and ceremonial military dinners at venues in and around Cardiff, from Cardiff Castle to the Wales Millennium Centre and St David’s Hall.

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