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South Downs Strings

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A contemporary acoustic string ensemble with a passion for supplying high quality music for unique special events.
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From sophisticated acoustic string ensembles to electric string groups for live events. In recent times we've been selected to play for events where the clients either work within the music industry themselves or require high quality craftsmanship to best reflect their brand. We are currently recommended suppliers to Cowdray House, The Ravenswood, Highley Manor and Bignor Park. As individuals we have performed at Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, The O2 and Wembley. We've supported Andrea Bocelli, Aled Jones and taken part in UK & European tour of The War of The Worlds. We have also performed with London Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. As an ensemble we have played at The Naval & Military Club, One Great George Street, The Wallace Collection, Philip Mould Gallery, Pangdean Barn, The Grand Hotel Brighton, Ashdown Park Hotel and Bodelwyddan Castle. Our ensemble is passionate about delivering high quality music specifically tailored to meet clients individual requirements. We have an ever-expanding repertoire covering classical to jazz to popular. We are sure to have something to delight clients of all ages. Using our in-house arranging service we are able to produce unique arrangement of songs you wish to have played at your event.

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South Downs Strings' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Jennifer S
4 days ago
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5 out of 5

This was the best investment I made for my wedding. I cannot put into words how good they were. All our guests commented as well. The music was so beautiful and so perfect, I cannot thank and recommend these ladies enough

Reply from South Downs Strings
4 days ago

Thank you Jenn. The pleasure was all ours! We wish you both every happiness in the world. x

Lizzie B
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

The quartet was a great addition to my medieval banquet and really added to the overall atmosphere. I had lots of lovely positive comments from my guests. Thank you.

Reply from South Downs Strings
8 months ago

Thank you Lizzie! What a fantastic evening - we thoroughly enjoyed playing for your medieval banquet.

Celal G
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

All was very nice, Thank you.

Reply from South Downs Strings
9 months ago

Thank you Celal. We are pleased to know you were happy with our performance. We're so happy we were there to play for your first dance too.

Ruth G
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Accordi Strings entertained our birthday gathering with a medley of light classical and traditional folk tunes, including our requested favourites. A real treat to meet these accomplished artists and to hear live music outdoors, on one of the hottest days of the year, from talented professionals. You really made our day! Thank you so much.

Reply from South Downs Strings
1 year ago

Hello Ruth, The pleasure was all ours! We were delighted to play for you, Jack and your wonderful family. Thank you for taking the time to provide a review, it's most certainly appreciated.

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Jess B
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Merriscourt
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5 out of 5

Thank you for adding such a beautiful special element to our day. Highly recommend this talented, accommodating and caring group who took all of our needs into consideration and made our ceremony so special for us and our guests. Thank you again ladies and we only hope we'll have the opportunity to see you again soon. Thanks Jess and Brett Xxxx

Mark D
6 years ago, for a Wedding in Sandy Ln
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5 out of 5

Accordi String Quartet played at our wedding at Hartsfield Manor recently and without doubt they were one of the best features of the day. They are the nicest people you can meet. Leading up to the wedding we had a few conversations with Sheraine about playlists and she put us at ease and took all of the stress out of music planning providing some superb recommendations. Our ceremony was beautiful and the gorgeous music had me in tears before we even walked into the room. They timed it perfectly with our walk down the aisle. Afterwards the gang played outside under an old oak tree - it looked amazing and really provided a central feature to gather around. They played all of our favourites and composed some ones that they knew we’d like - songs from LaLa Land and The Greatest Showman - nearly died when they came on - LOVED IT!!!! If you have any doubts about what music to have at your wedding then I promise that you’ll be so happy if you chose Accordi String Quartet. Thanks again for a wonderful day xx

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South Downs Strings' Song list

• Always With Me (Spirited Away)
• A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)
• A Whole New World (Aladdin)
• All Time High (Octopussy)
• Always With You (Spirited Away)
• Blackadder
• Beauty and The Beast Theme
• Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)
• Bridgerton Theme
• Cantina Band (Star Wars)
• Chi Mai - Ennio Morricone
• Colours of the Wind (Pocahontas)
• Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
• Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
• Dexter's Tune (Awakenings)
• Downton Abbey
• Engagement Party (La La Land)
• Eastenders
• Feather Theme (Forest Gump)
• Edelweiss (Sound of Music)
• Ectasy of Gold (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly)
• Gabriel's Oboe - The Mission
• Game of Thrones
• Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter)
• Hoppipola
• Hushabye Mountain (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
• I See The Light (Tangled)
• James Bond Theme
• Jurassic Park Theme
• La La Land Medley
• La Vie En Rose
• Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (Marching on Together)
• Maria (West Side Story)
• Married Life (Up)
• Match of the Day
• Mission Impossible
• Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
• Never Ending Story (Never Ending Story & Stranger Things)
• Never Enough (The Greatest Showman)
• Nobody does it better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
• Now We Are Free (Gladiator)
• Pirates of The Caribbean
• Pure Imagination (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)
• Raiders March (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
• Re-write The Stars (The Greatest Showman)
• River Flows in You (Twilight)
• Theme from Schindler's List
• Shallow (A Star is Born)
• Ski Sunday (Pop Looks Bach)
• Speak Softly (The Godfather)
• Somewhere Over The Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
• Strange (Bridgerton)
• The Gremlin Rag (Gremlins)
• The Magnificent Seven
• The Prayer (Quest for Camelot)
• The Throne Room (And End Title) from Star Wars
• Theme from E.T
• Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
• Walking in the Air (The Snowman)
• We Go Together (Grease)
• You Matter To Me (Waitress - the musical)
• You Only Live Twice
• You'll Never Walk Alone
• Africa - Toto
• A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
• All of Me - John Legend
• All of the Lights - Kanye West
• All the Small Things - Blink 182
• Angels - Robbie Williams
• Annie's Song - John Denver
• Anywhere - Rita Ora
• At Last - Etta James
• Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
• Bad Guy - Billie Eilish
• Beautiful Day - U2
• Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darrin
• Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
• Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
• Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
• Bridge over troubled water - Simon & Garfunkel
• Candle in the wind - Elton John
• Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
• Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
• Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Frank Valli and the Four Seasons
• Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran
• Circles - Post Malone
• Champagne Supernova - Oasis
• Chandelier - Sia
• Clocks – Coldplay
• Counting Stars – One Republic
• Come As You Are - Nirvana
• Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
• Dance Monkey - The Tones and I
• Dog Days are Over - Florence + The Machine
• Don't Stop Believing - Journey
• Don't Look Back Into The Sun - The Libertines
• Everlasting Love - Love Affair
• (Everything I do) I do it for you - Bryan Adams
• Fields of Gold– Sting
• Firework – Katy Perry
• Fix You – Coldplay
• Get Lucky – Daft Punk
• Girls Like You - Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
• Greatest Day - Take That
• God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
• Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
• Halo – Beyonce
• Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
• Here Comes Your Man - The Pixies
• Happy – Pharrell
• Heaven– Bryan Adams
• Ho Hey - The Lumineers
• Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
• How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
• I Don't Want to Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
• I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
• I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
• In My Feelings - Drake
• I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
• Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
• It Must Be Love - Madness
• Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
• Is This Love - Bob Marley
• I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
• Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
• Kids - MGMT
• Killer Queen - Queen
• Killing me softly with his song - Roberta Flack/The Fugees
• Kiss From A Rose - Seal
• Kissing You - Des'ree
• Levels - Avicci
• Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
• Lovefool - The Cardigans
• Love Story - Taylor Swift
• L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
• Mamma Mia - ABBA
• Make You Feel My Love - Adele
• Marry You - Bruno Mars
• My Girl - The Temptations
• Mr Brightside - The Killers
• Mystery of Love - Sufjan Stevens
• Need You Now - Lady A
• Nightswimming - REM
• No More Tears Left to Cry - Arianna Grande
• One Call Away - Charlie Puth
• One Kiss - Dua Lipa
• Only You - Yazoo
• Perfect - Ed Sheeran
• Physical - Dua Lipa
• Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
• Rather Be - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
• Runaway - The Corrs
• Rolling in the Deep - Adele
• September - Earth, Wind & Fire
• Shallow - Lady Gaga
• Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
• Shotgun - George Ezra
• Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
• Sitting on the Top of the Bay - Otis Redding
• Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwa'ole version)
• Some Might Say - Oasis
• Songbird - Eva Cassidy/Fleetwood Mac
• She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
• Skyfall - Adele
• Stand By Me - Ben E King
• Strange - Celeste
• The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel
• The Power of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
• The Scientist - Coldplay
• There's a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
• The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
• Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
• This Charming Man - The Smiths
• This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
• Thriller - Michael Jackson
• Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
• The One & Only - Chesney Hawkes
• Tiny Dancer - Elton John
• Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
• Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
• Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
• Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
• Video Games - Lana Del Rey
• Viva La Vida - Coldplay
• What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
• What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
• Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift/Duomo
• Wonderwall - Oasis
• Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
• Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith
• Your Song - Elton John
• Your The First The Last My Everything - Barry White
• You've Got The Love - Florence + The Machine​
• 2 Become 1 - Spice Girls
• Eight Days A Week - The Beatles
• Get Back - The Beatles
• Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
• Got to get you into my life - The Beatles
• Hello goodbye - The Beatles
• Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
• Hey Jude - The Beatles
• I Feel Fine - The Beatles
• If I Fell - The Beatles
• Lady Madonna- The Beatles
• Michelle - The Beatles
• Norwegian Wood- The Beatles
• Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
• The Fool on the Hill - The Beatles
• World Without Love- The Beatles
• Yesterday - The Beatles
A Spaceman Came Travelling
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Carol of the Bells
Ding Dong! Merrily On High
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Last Christmas
Let It Go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep
O Christmas Tree
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolf The Rednose Reindeer
See Amid the Winter's Snow
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
The Christmas Waltz
The Fairytale Of New York
The Holly and The Ivy
The Little Drummer Boy
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Walking in the Air
We Three Kings of Orient Are
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
• Adagio-Presto from Summer, The Four Seasons
• Air On The G String - Johann Sebastian Bach
• Allegro from Autumn, The Four Seasons
• Allegro from Spring, The Four Seasons
• Alleluja From Exultate Jubilate - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
• Andante From Piano Concerto no. 21 - Mozart
• Andantino 'La forza del destino' - Verdi
• Aria (From Xerxes) - George Frideric Handel
• Arioso - Johann Sebastian Bach
• Ave Maria - Bach/ Gounod
• Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
• Barcarolle - Offenbach
• Bist du bei mir - Johann Sebastian Bach
• Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner
• Canon in D - Pachelbel
• Chanson de Matin – Elgar
• Chanson de Nuit - Elgar
• Danse des Mirlitons - Tchaikovsky
• Entrance of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
• Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
• Divertimenti - Mozart
• Flower Duet -Delibes
• Funiculi-Funicula - Denza
• Golliwogg's Cake-Walk - Debussy
• Humoresque - Dvorak
• If with All Your Hearts (From Elijah) - Mendelssohn
• I Giorni - Einaudi
• "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - Johann Sebastian Bach
• Largo from Winter, The Four Seasons
• Liebestraum - Franz Liszt
• Mediation From Thais - Jules Massenet
• Melody in F - Rubinstein
• My Heart Ever Faithful - Johann Sebastian Bach
• None But The Lonely Heart - Tchaikovsky
• Norwegian Dance no. 3 - Grieg
• Norwegian Dance no.2 - Grieg
• O Sole Mio - Di Capua
• Ode to Joy - Ludwig Van Beethoven
• Pavane - Faure
• Panis Angelicus - Cesar Auguste Franck
• Pizzicato Polka - Strauss
• Plaisir D'Amour - Johann Martini
• Polovtsian Dances 'Prince Igor' - Borodin
• Prelude to Carmen - Bizet
• Rondeau - Jean-Joseph Mouret
• Rondo alla Turca – Mozart
• Salut d’amour - Elgar
• Sehnsuchtig - Mendelssohn
• Serenade - Schubert
• Sheep May Safely Graze - Johann Sebastian Bach
• Simple Aveu - Francis Thome
• Slavonic Dance no.8 - Dvorak
• Sleeping Beauty Waltz Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
• Studenternes Serendade - Grieg
• Suite From the Fairy Queen. Hornpipe, Air, rondeau, Chorus- Henry Purcell
• Tango - Albeniz
• Te Deum Prelude and Tu Devicto - Charpentier
• Three Little Maids from School - Sullivan
• Traumeri - Schumann
• Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell
• Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
• Two Rondeaux - Purcell
• Vocalise - Rachmaninoff
• Wachet Auf - Johann Sebastian Bach
• Waltz - Grieg
• Waltz from Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky
• Wedding day at Trolhaugen - Grieg
• Wedding March - Mendelssohn
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Sherwin
Anything Goes - Porter
Embraceable You - Gershwin
Everytime we say goodbye - Porter
I Get a Kick Out of You - Porter
I Got Rhythm - Gershwin
Just One of Those Things - Porter
Leaning on a Lamppost - Gay
Let's Do It - Porter
Makin' Whoppee - Donaldson
Moonlight in Vermont - Suessdorf
My Funny Valentine - Rodgers
New York, New York - Bernstein
Night and Day - Porter
Pennies from Heaven - Johnson
Ragtime Dance - Joplin
Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin
Swanee - Gershwin
The Folks Who Live On The Hill - Kern
The Man I Love - Gershwin
What is This Thing Called Love - Porter
You're the Top - Porter

South Downs Strings' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1312.50
Up to 2 hours£1562.50
Up to 3 hours£1750
Wedding ceremony4 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, processional music, music during the signing of the register, recessional music and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The phrase that keeps cropping us in our reviews is "Beautiful music".

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

One Great George Street, The Navel & Millitary Club, The Wallace Collection, Altitude 360, Bury Court Barn, Hartsfield Manor, Brookfield Barn, All Saints' Chapel, Ashdown Park Hotel, The Ravenswood, Stockbrook Manor, The O2, Manchester Arena.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Vitamin Quartet: they were the pioneers of pop covers and their arrangements are really creative.

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

All of us have taken part in Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds - we played to over 400,000 people over 3 weeks.

Do you have different line-up options?

Primarily we offer either a string quartet (4 players) or string trio (3 players) but we can also offer a string duo and much larger ensembles depending upon clients requirements.

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

It ought not to be a problem. Let us know as soon as possible and we'll do what we can to accommodate the change.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually allow 45 minutes but if it's a wedding at a registry office we can be ready in under 10 minutes.

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

Yes, of course! Each playlist is bespoke for each event we play at.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

We'll need either 4 or 3 chairs without arms but we'll bring everything else. If you know that lighting might be a problem, please let us know and we'll bring some battery powered stand lights.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! We're very keen to add new pieces to our song list. We charge between £15 - £35 for this depending on where we are able to source the sheet music.
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Ragtime, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Top 40, Britpop, Classic rock, Rock, Spanish music, Tango
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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