The String Quartet is an experienced and professional Dorset based chamber ensemble that specialises in performing at weddings, private parties and corporate functions.
With a repertoire spanning Bach to Bruno Mars; they tailor each performance to exactly match your requirements, bringing the unique atmosphere to your event that only top quality live music can create.
Comprising some of the top professionals in the South and South West of England, the members of The String Quartet are equally at home whether engaged by The BBC, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, X Factor, Friday Night is Music Night, Parkinson, Songs of Praise, Top of the Pops or The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to name but a few.
The String Quartet Repertoire
We have a wide range of music, and whether you prefer elegant classics or are seeking a much more contemporary vibe for your event, we can cater for all tastes.
If you would particularly like a piece that you can't see on our list, we will source it for you; and if necessary can have it arranged especially. Recent requests have included For The Dancing and the Dreaming from How to Train Your Dragon ll, 'The Rainbow Connection' from The Muppet Show; and 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman.
Below are just a few examples of The String Quartet's most popular pieces arranged by genre.
- Canon - Pachelbel
- Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
- The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
- Wedding March - Mendelssohn
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Vivaldi
- For The Beauty of The Earth - Rutter
- The Flower Duet - Delibes
- Nessun Dorma - Puccini
- Some Enchanted Evening - Rogers & Hammerstein
- Moon River - Henry Mancini
- Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
- When I fall in Love - Jeri Southern
- Time after Time - Cyndi Lauper
- That's Amore - Dean Martin
- She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
- You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Musicals & Films
- My Fair Lady Medley
- Tale as Old as Time - Beauty & the Beast
- She - Notting Hill
- Kissing You - Romeo & Juliet
- Let It Go - Frozen
- City of Stars - La La Land
- Pride and Prejudice Theme
- A Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
- Fix You - Coldplay
- Havana - Camila Cabello
- I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
- One Day like this - Elbow
- All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
- A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
- Make you feel my Love - Adele
- Marry You - Bruno Mars
The String Quartet are hugely experienced at providing a magical atmosphere for weddings. We are the recommended String Quartet for Syrencot and Milton Abbey weddings and perform at numerous Dorset and South West venues including Highcliffe Castle, Lulworth Castle, Axnoller House, The Larmer Tree, The Captains Club Hotel, Athelhampton House, The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, The Crown Hotel, Blandford, Mapperton House, Smedmore House, Longleat House, Parley Manor, Sopley Mill, Kingston Maurward, Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Upton Country Park and House, St Giles House (Wimborne), Burley Manor, Avington House, Gorwell Farm, Deans Court, The Domus at Beaulieu Abbey, Syrencot, 10 Castle Street, Kingston Country Courtyard and Pensylvania Castle. We are also happy to travel to your special occasion, and notable venues include The Ritz, Claridges Hotel, Kew Gardens, and Tower Bridge.
We understand completely the importance of your special day, and that every detail from presentation to programming, matters. We also know that choosing the music for your ceremony can be daunting. If you would like us to, we will be happy to assist you in selecting suitable pieces for key moments in the ceremony; and can also liaise with your venue in advance to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
All string quartet engagements are backed up by written contract and public liability insurance.
"I just wanted to say a massive massive thank you for Saturday evening! The music was absolutely gorgeous, and we had so many positive comments from friends and family about how much it added to the reception drinks. Madeleine, 1st year anniversary party;”
"We wanted to say thank you all so much for your stunning performance at our wedding on 6th November. Everyone commented on how wonderful you were. You really elevated the atmosphere and we are so glad that we had you there. We wish we could listen to you play all over again! Thank you again, Merry Christmas!"
Philippa & Tom The Limestone Hotel, Nov 2021
"Cannot thank you guys enough for not only playing so beautifully on our special day but just being so accommodating throughout. Planning a wedding can obviously be very stressful but you made your part really easy and I'm so grateful for that. The music choices were fab and our guests commented how amazing you were, I just wish we could enjoy it all over again, you are a MUST for a ceremony."
Michelle, Highcliffe Castle August 2021
"TSQ played at our wedding and it was beautiful, from the music of Pachelbel as I walked down the aisle to the music we requested for the reception. Communication was great and they also advised us what played well together for the ceremony. I can't recommend Jags, Kate and the rest of the musicians of The String Quartet highly enough. Thanks for adding your charm to our amazing wedding."
Michelle, Highcliffe Castle August 2021
"I just wanted to send you an email to thank all four of you for adding that special sound/touch to our special day. We thought you were fantastic and many of our friends and family have made compliments about you."
Haydn & Amelia, Holnest, Aug 2021
"What an Incredible group! We absolutely loved the music which included all our requests. Jags and the team were brilliant from first contact and onwards. They kept in touch regularly, were polite and accommodating. Nothing felt like too much of an ask, including a Star-Wars/Pachelbel mash-up which was perfect, just as I hoped for and really well received by all-it still fills me with glee thinking about it. We had lots of great feedback and highly recommend TSQ for their professionalism, friendliness and above all their music."
Stefano & Olivia, Gorwell farm, July 2021
"We wanted to thank you all for your amazing performance. We have had so many comments about it. Hannah was absolutely blown away and just a little sad she couldn't just sit and listen to you."
Lynne, Buckland Newton, July 2021
"We had the perfect day and were so pleased you were there. Everyone commented on how incredible you all were and were asking me if you could play longer. I have been trying to think of any excuse/celebration to invite you to play again! Again, thank you so much for playing some beautiful music on a day we will cherish forever."
Dan & Martha,Chewton Glen, July 2021
"Hi Kate and Jags, I just wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to you and all at The String Quartet. We had the best day ever on Saturday and you made my visions of walking down the aisle complete, you played so beautifully and we had so many compliments from guests about you! I appreciate you being so accommodating throughout all of the venue and date changes and for going the extra mile."
Jess & James, Tilbury, June 2021
"I cannot thank The String Quartet enough for playing so beautifully throughout our intimate wedding ceremony at Lulworth Castle. Kate and Jags were hugely supportive and helpful from the moment we booked-including sourcing and learning our first dance song. After our original wedding date in June 2020 was cancelled, we were so pleased they could join us for our scaled back event in July 2020. Their perfect mix of classic and contemporary music created a magically romantic atmosphere."
Amy, Lulworth Castle, July 2020
"TSQ played at our wedding at Sopley Mill. They were fantastic and kept our guests entertained both during the ceremony and drinks reception. As we have caught up with our guests after the wedding so many of them have commented on how wonderful TSQ were. A big heartfelt thanks from us and to anyone considering a string quartet-look no further, these ladies are brilliant."
Elisa & Ben: Sopley Mill, April 2019
"Wow! They were amazing. Super talented, lovely ladies who played everything we asked them and our guests have not stopped talking about how amazing they were. Thank you so much for making our day perfect."
Clare & Mark: Christchurch Harbour, July 2019
Charity & Public Functions
The String Quartet has a wealth of experience performing at a variety of functions, including corporate events, christenings and private parties; adding prestige and class to any occasion. We pride ourselves on our professional, friendly and unobtrusive service; and whether you require elegant background music to welcome your guests to your champagne drinks reception; or a more dazzling themed programme for your product launch, we can provide a bespoke soundtrack for your event.
Events this year included performing for the opening of The Halo Lounge at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton Football Club, continuing our collaboration with The Brewery Square, Dorchester & providing a public concert at The Furlong, Ringwood.
Our Musicians have played for the launch of the new Audi, provided graduation music for The Open University, helped raise funds for Julia's House, performed at fundraising concerts for military veterans and their families on behalf of the SSAFA; and supported local Arts Charities at the Mayor's Time Travellers Ball, Russell-Cotes.
Previous events included playing for the Dorset Wildlife Trust at Sculpture on the Lakes, performing at the award winning lottery heritage funded Swanage Pier opening and playing for the Dorset Tourism Awards. TSQ were also invited back to Brewery Square, Dorchester, as part of their birthday celebrations, and provided music for the Bournemouth Sparkle Ball, the launch of the Bourne View Care Home, and the Artisan Gin Festival at Maison Sax.
"The music they played was absolutely incredible and they took our theme into account and played music that reflected it. Having TSQ at our day made it even more special. I could not recommend them highly enough."
Cheryl: Upton House, May 2018
To discuss hiring us for your event, please contact us.
Concerts, Care Homes & Community Projects
TSQ is available to hire for private concerts. In 2019 they joined forces with local community choir 'Cantabile', for their broadway themed evening. TSQ is also delighted to continue its collaboration with The Alexandra Hotel, with a third concert in the pipeline. Why not treat your guests to a recital before dinner?
TSQ are also available as a string trio and a violin & cello duo for smaller venues. This year it has embarked on a wonderful and thoroughly worthwhile venture with the fantastic Colten Care. As well as providing a Quartet and Trio for larger events, TSQ now regularly sends out a duo, providing relaxed & tailored concerts to care homes and those living with dementia across the south & south west.
"Thank you all for coming to play last week. It was stunning and everyone was delighted. The homes have lots of events and I will certainly book you again."
Fiona: Music and Arts partner, Colten Care, April 2019
Please contact us directly for testimonials, or to enquire about quotes or booking.
Thank you very much to a talented group of ladies for playing so beautifully on our wedding day.Emily & Scott - July 2018
The String Quartet consulted me as to my choice of music, arrived in plenty of time and their musicality was superb.Maureen - Dorset
As well as playing out-of-this-World, we were so delighted with how easy going, adaptable and professional you all are.Warren - Q The Music, December 2016
In the lead up to our wedding Kate really went above and beyond to help with our song choices. On the day the ladies were extremely professional and the music was lovely. The feedback from our guests was great.Caroline - Highcliffe Castle June 2018
You really added to my birthday celebration and generated a very special atmosphere. Thank you for everything.Jane and Peter - Devon
Beautiful music, beautifully played, it really made a lovely day very special indeed. Would highly recommend them to anyone.Mr & Mrs Grant - Dorset
You really did help make the day special for us. We did not really know what to expect but Wow...perfect. The entrance music was spot on and the themed music was perfect.Mike - Upton House May 2018
The musicians played at our graduation ceremony, they were very well received with many favourable comments on the day.Julie-Ann Doyle - Bournemouth, November 2015
Super talented, super professional, just what you need for your special day or occasion, simply marvellous.Caroline - Amazing Face Bridal Makeup, January 2017
"You were all amazing! So fantastic, gave me goosebumps hearing you all play. Highly recommend!Dan Roads - Dan Roads Photography, September 2017
"You bought the whole venue to life and gave our ceremony beauty. Thank you so much. Just beautiful.Annaliese, August 2019
To enquire about availability and fees please call us directly or complete the contact form.
Prices are dependent upon the nature, timings and location of your event, and we will provide you with a personalised quote. As a guide only our 2022 wedding fees for The String Quartet are as follows: 1 hour £565, 1.5 hours £595, 2 hours £635, 2.5 hours £670, 3 hours £710. For reception only please apply a 10% discount.
On occasions when limitations of space or budget demand, we are able to offer both Trio or Duo options. Please note that the repertoire is not as extensive as that of the quartet. Fees for the Trio and Duo begin at £445 and £350 respectively.
Corporate, Charity, Community engagements and private function fees are variable; so please contact us directly for an individual quotation.
For private parties, events and functions please contact us directly for a quote.
We do not believe in hidden costs or minimum call out times for weekend or peak season weddings. TSQ quoted fees are totally inclusive of all travel, VAT and administration, and time required to source and print out new repertoire choices is incorporated. As well as beautiful music on the day; you can also rely on unlimited emails or phone calls for support in the run up to your event.
Please see below The String Quartet performing excerpts from popular wedding music choices. All examples are recorded in live performance and unedited. Click on the play buttons below or visit our YouTube profile for additional videos.
Please listen to some of our example tracks. All examples are recorded in live performance and unedited. Click on the play buttons below or visit our SoundCloud page for additional tracks.
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