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440 Strings

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About 440 Strings

440 String Quartet/Trio - Award Winning Quartet. Professional, Enjoyable, Affordable! We've played over 1000+ weddings and events.
String quartet
Birmingham
Public liability insurance of £10 million

The 440 String Quartet are the UK's leading string quartet specialising in weddings, events and functions. The 440 Quartet regularly perform across the Midlands, Oxfordshire and The Cotswolds, but are available across the UK and abroad. The musicians met in 2008 and have performed together at over 1000 weddings, recitals and events since. Past clients include Fred Olsen Cruise line, House of Commons, RSC and the BBC. As wedding specialists, The 440 Quartet have recently been awarded 'recommended string supplier' at the prestigious Ashes Venue and Pendrell Hall - Regional Winner 2015 and Best National Wedding Venue 2014 - Wedding Industry Awards. The 440 musicians are professional, friendly and passionate and solely dedicated to making a special impression at your event. Outside of 440 Quartet, the musicians regularly undertake work with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Swan and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The 440 musicians also enjoy working as part of the touring orchestra for many prestigious artists, including Dionne Warwick, Steve Hackett, Madness and Led Zeppelin Masters, performing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The Quartet have performed on BBC2’s Flog It and enjoyed entertaining guests with a variety of themed concerts on board Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Prizes include the Tracy Colvin Award, Andrew Downes Performance Prize, The Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Award, Herbert Lumby Prize and Leamington Prize.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Traditional church music, Christmas, Military, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Covers, Acoustic, Rock, Pop rock, Indie, Bollywood, Tango
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Concert, Cruise, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Burns night
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Song list

Popular
ACDC Back In Black
Adele – Rolling in the deep
Adele – Someone Like You
Adele – Make you Feel My Love
American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
Armstrong – Glasgow Love Theme
Avicci – Wake Me Up
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Bastille – Pompeii
Beach Boys – God Only Knows
Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Beatles – Medley
Beatles – Yesterday
Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
Beatles – Hey Jude
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
Beatles – All you Need is Love
Beatles – Here, There and Everywhere
Beatles – Day Tripper
Beatles – Yellow Submarine
Beatles – With A Little Help From My Friends
Ben King – Stand By Me
Bennett – The Way You Look Tonight
Berlin – Lets Face The Music And Dance
Beyonce – Love On Top
Beyonce – Halo
Billy Joel – And So It Goes
Billy Joel – She’s Always a Woman
Blur – The Universal
Bob Marley – One Love
Brian Wilson – God Only Knows
Bruno Mars – Amazing
Bryan Adams – Heaven
Bon Ivor/Birdy – Skinny Love
Buble – Everything
Buble – Sway
Celine Dion/Bocelli – The Prayer
Clean Bandit – No Place I’d Rather Be
Cohen/Buckley – Hallelujah
Coldplay – Paradise
Coldplay – Yellow
Coldplay – Viva la Vida
Coldplay – Sky Full of Stars
Costello – She
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
Cinematic Orchestra – Arrival Of The Birds
Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Dean Martin – Sway
Dean Martin – That’s Amore
Desree – Kissing You
Donaldson – Makin’ Whoopee
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Elbow – One Day Like This
Ella Eyre – Came Here For Love
Elton John – Your Song
ELO – Mr Blue Sky
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Etta James – At Last
Elvis- Can’t Help Falling In Love
Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
Flying Pickets – Only You
Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
Frank Sinatra – Love and Marriage
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Gonzalez – Heartbeats
Greenday – Good Riddance
Guns and Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Imagine Dragons – On Top of The World
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Jason Mraz I’m Yours
James Arthur – Say You Wont Let Go
Jenkins – Palladio
Jerry Ross – Hernando’s Hideaway/Light my Fire
Joplin – Country Club
John Legend – All Of Me
John Legend – Ordinary People
John Lennon – Imagine
Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
The Killers – Human
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Lady Gaga- Alejandro
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
Lennon/McCartney – Lady Madonna
Lennon – Imagine
Lennon/McCartney – With a Little Help from My Friends
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Lord of the Rings – Concerning Hobbits
Love Affair – Everlasting Love
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Lloyd Webber – All I Ask of You
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Madness – It Must be Love
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
Metallica- Nothing Else Matters
MGMT – Kids
Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
Nat King Cole – Let’s Face The Music and Dance
Oasis – Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Oasis – Whatever
Oasis – Wonderwall
Over the Rainbow
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
Porter – Let’s Do It
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
R.E.M – Nightswimming
Rembrandts – Ill Be There For You
Ross – Hoppipolla
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Roy Orbisson – Pretty Woman
Roy Orbisson – My Girl
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
Seal – Kiss From a Rose
Shania Twain – From This Moment on
Sia – Chandelier
Sinatra – Love And Marriage
Supersonic – Secret Smile
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sting – Fields of Gold
Take That – The Greatest Day
The Calling – Wherever You Will Go
The Smiths – This Charming Man
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In A Jar
True Romance – You’re So Cool
Van Morrison – Moondance
Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately
Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Williams- Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Yiruma – River Flows In You
Zedd – Clarity
Classical
Bach – Air in G
Bach – Badinerie
Bach – Brandenburg no. 3
Bach – Jesu Joy of Our Desiring
Beethoven – Fur Elise
Bizet – Carmen
Borodin – Quartet no. 2 (Notturno)
Borodin – Polotsvian Dances
Brahms – Hungarian dance no.5
Bruch – Adagio – Violin Concerto No. 1
Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary
Debussy – Clair De Lune
Delibes – Flower Duet from Lakme
Denza – Funiculi Funicula
Dvorak – Humoresque
Elgar – Chanson du matin
Elgar – Salut D’Amour
Erik Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1
Faure – Pavane
Franck – Panis Angelicus
Foster/Testa/Sager/Renis – The Prayer
Gardel – Por una Cabeza
Grieg – Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Water Music
Handel – Hornpipe
Offenbach – Barcarolle
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Paul and Mary – Puff The Magic Dragon
Piazzolla – Libertango
Puccini – O mio babbino caro
Puccini – Nessun Dorma
Purcell – Two Rondeaux (from Abdelazar & The Fairy Queen)
Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Rimsky- Korsakov – The Young Prince and The Young Princess
Mendelssohn – Wedding March
Mouret – Rondeaux
Mozart – Divertimento in D
Mozart – Divertimento in F
Mozart – Eine Kleine
Mozart – Ave Verum
Rachmaninov – Vocalise
Schubert – Ave Maria
Schumann – Traumerei
Strauss – Pizzicato Polka
Strauss – Thunder and Lightening Polka
Strauss – Blue Danube
Sullivan – ‘Three Little Maids’ from The Mikado
Tchaikovsky – Dance of the Cygnets
Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers
Tchaikovsky – Danse des Mirlitons
Vivaldi – Four Seasons
Wagner – Wedding March
Borodin Quartet no. 2, Dvorak ‘American’ Quartet, Smetana ‘From My Life’, Mozart ‘Dissonance’, Schubert ‘Rosamunde’ and ‘Death and the Maiden, Mendelssohn Quartet no.6 in F Minor, Walton String Quartet
Jazz/Blues
Cole Porter – Let’s Do It
Cole Porter – Anything Goes
Collins and Leigh – Cock Linnet
Gershwin – I’ve got Rhythm
Gerswhin – Someone to Watch Over Me
Gershwin – Love Walked In
Karl Suessdorf – Moonlight in Vermont
Mancini – Moonriver
Manning Sherwin – A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Noel Gay – Leaning on a Lamppost
Pordon – Midnight Tango
Scott Joplin – Country Club
Scott Joplin- Heliotrope Bouquet
Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin – Ragtime Dance
Theilemans – Bluesette
Van Heuse – Love And Marriage
Waltzing Matilda
Bollywood
Chura Liya
Sawan Aaya Hai
Kabhie Kabhie
Suraj Hua Madham
Tere Liye
Pehli Nazar Mein
Tum Hi Ho
Love
Bliss
Foot Print
Mirage
Reflections
Indian Summer
Horizon
Inner Voice
Film/Shows/TV
Disney – Frozen
Disney – Beauty and The Beast – Tale As Old As Time
Disney – Bare Necessities
Disney – When You Wish Upon a Star
Disney – Up
Can you feel the Love Tonight
Pride and Prejudice – 1995 Theme Music
We Have All The Time in the World
From Russia with love
For Your Eyes Only
Nobody Does It Better
Star Wars Theme
Star Wars Medley
Phantom of the Opera – All I Ask of You
Titanic – An Irish Party in Third Class
West Side Story – Maria
Jeeves and Wooster
Game of Thrones – Main Theme
Game of Thrones – Rains of Castamere
Mamma Mia
Oliver
Les Miserables
The Sound of Music Medley
Jurassic Park
We Go Together – Grease
Christmas!
We Three Kings
Silent Night
Good King Wenceslas
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Jingle Bells
Away in a Manger
Twelve Days of Christmas
Deck the Halls
and more…
Winter Wonderland – Composed by Felix Bernard;Lyrics by Dick Smith
The Little Drummer Boy – Composed by Katherine K. Davis,Henry Onorati,Harry Simeone
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Composed by Donald Gardner
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Composed by Walter Kent;Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! – Composed by Jule Styne;Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
The Christmas Waltz – Composed by Jule Styne;Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We are personable and easy to deal with, and we really care about providing the very best music for your special day! One half of our quartet are husband and wife - they got married abroad last summer with a string quartet providing live music. So we really are passionate about helping you create the most special memories and atmosphere for your event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Blenheim Palace, Blackwell Grange, Foxhill Manor, Merriscourt, Birtsmorton Court, Warwick Castle, Natural History Museum, Coombe Abbey, Draycote Hotel, Hotel Du Vin Birmingham, Spencer House London, ICC Birmingham, Nailcote Hall, Lemore Manor, Symphony Hall, Moxhull Hall, Dodford Manor, Birmingham Council House, Iscoyd Park, Mythe Barn, Packington Moor

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

...too many!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

We have performed as a string quartet in Birmingham Symphony Hall. We have performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Royal Shakespeare Festival. Our musicians have performed with Madness, Dionne Warwick and Steve Hackett, and also performed as musicians for live theatre shows at Stratford Upon Avon, for Royal Shakespeare Company.

Do you have different line-up options?

We perform as a String Quartet or Trio. 440 Quartet vs 440 Trio: Exactly the same variety of music can be performed by the Trio and Quartet and there is actually not much of a difference in overall volume. However, the quartet produces a richer and fuller sound texture because of the fourth part.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

This is absolutely fine and we please ask you to let us know as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

We are there ready to sit up at least 30 minutes before we start to play. It doesn't take us long to set up and we are very discreet!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Of course! Please feel free to pick a playlist for any point in your day. For weddings, we recommend 8-10 pieces/songs for your guests arrival to your ceremony, 1 for your entrance, 2-3 for signing and 1 for exit. Then 15-20 pieces/songs for a standard drinks reception.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. We work with an arranger and we can find specific pieces to perform for your special day. Our most recent request was Secret Smile - Supersonic.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£550
Up to 2 hours£625
Up to 3 hours£700
Packages
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15

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Gemma C, 2 years ago

Outstanding quartet, we really couldn’t have asked anything more from these guys! They even found music for a song that was difficult to get hold of…above and beyond. All our guests loved the music and the way you guys played made our day extra special…..thoroughly recommend!! Mrs and Mrs Camden-Robins

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Kim H, 2 years ago

Absolutely outstanding is how we would describe this group. We ordered them to play during our wedding ceremony and they did not disappoint. The music was flawless and they played every song that we requested at the right time. Keep up the good work ladies and gents! Mr & Mrs Haylor

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