5 stars - City String Trio are Highly Recommended103 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Brilliant violin, viola and cello string trio combining classical with contemporary music. From Bach to The Beatles and Pachelbel to Gershwin. Based in London, their smaller ensemble size means they are perfect for petite budgets and venue spaces!...
5 stars - Garden String Quartet are Highly Recommended23 Reviews Number of members: 4London
A wonderful London based String Quartet featuring highly skilled, professional, conservatoire-trained musicians. Performing from a vast repertoire, this quartet cover Classical, Rock and Pop, TV and Film, musicals and more!...
5 stars - Adelaide Trio are Highly Recommended72 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
A young, professional string trio who have all studied at The Royal College of Music in London. They provide music for weddings, celebrations & corporate events, drawing on an extensive repertoire which can be tailored to suit any occasion....
5 stars - The Lancashire String Quartet are Highly Recommended48 Reviews Number of members: 4Lancashire
Offering a professional service, tailored to suit your needs with a wide variety of repertoire including Classical, Bollywood, Jazz, Pop & Traditional. The Lancashire String Quartet specialise in the provision of high quality live music for all events....
5 stars - Egeria Strings are Highly Recommended14 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
Egeria Strings is a female string ensemble featuring prize winning graduates from prestigious London conservatoires including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music & the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. With a carefully selected repertoire spanning traditional classical, popular classical, jazz & lounge & pop & rock, Egeria Strings provide beautiful music for any occasion....
5 stars - Calithea String Quartet are Highly Recommended44 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Calithea String Quartet will transform any event into a spectacular occasion with a varied repertoire of Classical, Pop, Jazz & more! Members of the quartet have been educated in the highest institutions & have performed with many celebrity names....
5 stars - Status Cymbal are Highly Recommended22 Reviews Number of members: 4London
A refreshing string quartet performing a blend of musical styles from classical through to popular favourites from the Beatles to Oasis & more! True professionals, members have worked with a host of names including McCartney, Vanessa Mae & Take That!...
5 stars - Worcester String Quartet are Highly Recommended9 Reviews Number of members: 4Worcestershire
An exceptional string quartet based in Worcestershire whose members have performed on the soundtrack for David Attenborough's 'Life of Birds' series, BBC Proms & much more! From Bach & Mozart, to Bruno Mars & Fleetwood Mac, and everything in between; Worcester String Quartet will not fail to add a touch of class to your event!...
5 stars - Solar Strings are Highly Recommended23 Reviews Number of members: 4Newcastle upon Tyne
The string quartet with experience, professionalism & an extensive repertoire of classical, jazz, tangos, film themes & slick pop tunes. Solar Strings are the perfect choice for any wedding, dinner, corporate function or private party in the North!...
5 stars - Adelaide Quartet are Highly Recommended27 Reviews Number of members: 4Surrey
A young, professional string quartet who have all studied at The Royal College of Music in London. They provide music for weddings, celebrations & corporate events, drawing on an extensive repertoire which can be tailored to suit any occasion....
5 stars - Prosecco Quartet are Highly Recommended16 Reviews Number of members: 4Worcestershire
Performing a diverse repertoire of Classical, Jazz, Pop, Musicals & more, Prosecco Quartet are a talented & experienced string quartet who have performed at many prestigious events across the globe. Finalists of the 2020 Wedding Business Awards, Prosecco Quartet come highly commended & guarantee to create the perfect atmosphere at your event....
5 stars - The Scottish String Quartet are Highly Recommended12 Reviews Number of members: 4Edinburgh
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....
5 stars - Radiance Strings are Highly Recommended9 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Known for their unforgettable performances, Radiance Strings are a versatile acoustic or electric female string ensemble who'll take your event to a new level of luxury! Performing from a repertoire of classical arrangements, pop songs, Bollywood and Jewish music, this talented group offer the ultimate in impressive entertainment....
5 stars - Viva Quartet are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 4Cornwall
From well known classical pieces to covers of Pop, Rock, Jazz, Film & more, each and every performance from Viva Quartet offers something for everyone & is delivered with passion, expertise & experience....
5 stars - Moore Strings are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 4East Yorkshire
A modern string quartet with a repertoire designed to create beautiful atmospheres at weddings & special events. From ceremonies to receptions, charity nights, garden parties, corporate occasions & more, Moore Strings perform modern rock & pop, from Oasis to Beyonce, to classical pieces from Mozart to Vivaldi, offering something for all!...
5 stars - The Midlands String Quartet are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 4Nottinghamshire
The Midlands String Quartet are a popular & elegant all female professional string quartet, performing an eclectic repertoire from Bach to the Beatles, ideal for both wedding & corporate functions. Electric instruments available!...
5 stars - Larkspur Strings are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 4Greater Manchester
Larkspur Strings are a professional String Quartet, Trio or Duo for Weddings, Corporate and Private Functions. They provide quality music for all occasions with their customer-chosen repertoire and instrumentation....
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5 stars - Larkspur Strings are Highly Recommended
“Larkspur were very flexible following the guests as they moved around the venue. Their performance was excellent. Thank you.”
Susan S booked Larkspur Strings for their Wedding in Derbyshire on 17th September 2022
City String Trio
5 stars - City String Trio are Highly Recommended
“The trio were exactly what we wanted. Thank you so much.”
Simon G booked City String Trio for their event in London on 14th September 2022
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Everything you need to know to hire String Quartets for your event
What is a string quartet?
One of the most popular ensembles in classical music, a string quartet is a group of four string players – traditionally two violinists, a viola player and a cellist. Live string quartets specialise in performing a variety of classical and popular music for all occasions, from formal to informal.
Traditionally, a string quartet gives recitals of works by the classical masters. However, most quartets also incorporate a modern repertoire that includes jazz, swing, pop, folk, Bollywood, show tunes and film themes that most audiences will know. You could expect music by composers and artists such as:
The profile page for each string quartet features a set list, where you can browse their repertoire.
Popular types of string quartet
1. Classical Music
Traditional chamber music offers an elegant and refined ambience, and is the mainstay of the classically-trained string quartet. You can expect symphonies from the giants of the classical world, including Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi.
2. Popular Music
Playing modern music in a string quartet style can add a real buzz to events – it’s not only exciting but enchanting too. Covering artists like Queen, Sinatra, The Beatles, Adele, and Abba, string quartets can lend a relaxed and upbeat twist on popular tunes that many of your guests will know – the perfect backdrop to your stylish event.
Where in the UK do Alive string quartets perform?
String quartets usually perform at weddings, corporate events, parties, gala balls, and in venues across the UK and internationally. Our string quartets most often play in locations such as:
Usually the headline daytime entertainment, string quartets perform live classical chamber music and popular tunes, depending on your event requirements. Many also provide a variety of other musical styles, from jazz, swing, or folk to big show tunes and film themes. Whatever music you choose, a string quartet will set a range of moods, from relaxed and elegant to lively and uplifting – but always stylish! String quartets are an elegant choice for most occasions, including:
Our String quartets are popular with couples looking to create a special ambience at their wedding. Music can be played for guests as they gather before the ceremony to creating an exciting atmosphere in the build up to the ceremony. During the ceremony, the string quartet will play for the bride’s entrance, the signing of the register, and the exit of the married couple. Strings also work beautifully for a drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
Because they generally perform unamplified, string quartets can change locations relatively easily. This helps if you’re having a church ceremony followed by a champagne reception elsewhere.
For corporate events, string quartets can provide a very effective soundtrack to mingling, cocktails and fizz, as well as performing walk-on music for awards.
Some quartets can offer a trio option, which comprises of 2 violins and a cello. These options can alter the repertoire and sound, but often suit smaller functions and can be an effective alternative if budget is limited. The options available for each string quartet are shown on their profile page. Simply select your preferences when you make an online enquiry.
Where string quartets are not part of the wedding ceremony, usual standard performance times are 45 minutes to 1 hour, with short breaks in between – up to 3 hours’ time in total.
Volume considerations at your event
If you’ve ever heard a live string quartet, you’ll know they can play as quietly or as loudly as the performance requires, or the venue acoustics and occasion demands. Volumes are regularly in the region of 70dB – 85dB. This is a pleasant, medium volume over which most conversation can be heard.
Prices vary depending on the quality and experience of the quartet, and the distance artists need to travel to your event.
The average price of a string quartet is around £620.
Top-billed quartets who specialise in corporate events vary in price between £2,200 – £3,500 depending on their experience.
The best way to reduce costs is to find a string quartet who are based locally. The home town location of all Alive Network string quartets is shown on the roster pages and also on each artists’ profile page. You can also ask your coordinator to recommend the best string quartet local to your event.
Who are the top 10 best string quartets in the UK right now?
Below are the acts that we feel currently stand out as the principal string quartets in the UK, based on a combination of popularity, performance quality and innovation:
Depending on the event and your requirements, string quartets usually perform 45 minute to 1 hour sets followed by a short break. They are most often booked to perform between 3 – 4 sets
How much space will a string quartet need?
To perform to the best of their abilities, string quartets need plenty of room to play their instruments comfortably. They usually sit on armless chairs in a semi-circle, facing the room, with their music stands in front of them.
Minimum stage size requirements
3 × 2 metres
String players can accommodate most situations as long as it’s safe, flat, and their musical movement is unrestricted. A comfortable performance area is best, however, to ensure you and your guests get the best performance possible!
How long will it take for a string quartet to set up?
A string quartet will usually arrive 30 – 45 minutes prior to their performance to set and tune up, depending on how close to the performance area the quartet can park. Some city centre hotels insist musicians load in via a suppliers’ entrance, using an elevator shared with caterers and staff – this can extend set-up times.
Following their performance, it can take around 15 minutes for a string quartet to pack away and load out.
What equipment will a string quartet need?
To enable a great performance, most string quartets require:
4 armless chairs
a flat, suitably-sized, dry and safe performance area. If playing outside, they will require cover – either from the rain or from the scorching sun!
13 amp power sockets, if they’re an electric string quartet or have electric elements to their line up
parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
String quartets will provide all of their own instruments, music stands, and lights for their music stands, if required.
If a PA system is needed, this will normally be provided by the client. Please ask your Alive Network co-ordinator if you need help with this.
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Aside from finding some of the best String Quartets in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a String Quartet from Alive Network Entertainment Agency is security. We ensure your booking is covered 24/7 against any eventuality, so that no matter what, you can enjoy your event without worrying about whether your entertainment will turn up. If your String Quartet is ill or unable to perform, our team will be on hand to source a suitable replacement even out of office hours and at short notice. Imagine having to do that yourself!?
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As one of the leading string quartet agents you can be reassured that at Alive Network, you'll find the very best selection of classical musicians from across the UK. We also hire UK based string quartets to fly out for international events & weddings. Our five star booking service ensures it's easy to hire a string quartet, with every booking backed up by a secure contract and 24/7 customer support. By booking with a trusted agency you'll have the peace of mind to get on with enjoying your event!
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