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.
Their performances are tailored specifically for the requirements of functions, with string quartets often being booked as wedding ceremony musicians or to provide background music during a wedding drinks reception, as well as private parties and corporate events.
What music will a string quartet play?
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:
- John Williams
- Hans Zimmer
- Cole Porter
- The Beatles
- Etta James
- Stevie Wonder
- Take That
- Van Morrison
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:
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Is a string quartet suitable for my event?
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: