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Akina Strings

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About Akina Strings

Highly experienced professional string quartet. Available for weddings, corporate events, parties recordings and concerts.
String quartet
Wokingham
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The Akina String Quartet provides captivating musical entertainment for a variety of events and special occasions across Berkshire and South East England. ​ The Akina String quartet was established in 2010 by four versatile young musicians who brought with them many years of experience performing at high profile events with other professional groups in the UK and beyond. The ensemble quickly established a reputation for providing exquisite music and the ensemble has now expanded and is built on a core body of professional players all of whom have studied at top Conservatoires. The Akina String Quartet are highly adaptable and are equally comfortable performing for Royalty, entertaining guests at corporate events, providing the perfect background music for Weddings and other ceremonies as well as performing recitals and delivering engaging education projects to schools. Highlights of Akina String Quartet’s booking history include ; ​ Entertaining George and Amal Clooney at the UK celebration of their marriage at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa Performing at Frogmore House for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award alongside Katie Melua. Guests included HRH Prince Edward. A two year residency at the Royal Henley Regatta performing for invited guests on the exclusive Temple Island A concert performance with composer Patrick Hawes, former Royal Harpist Claire Jones, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and Aliquando Choir Concert performance in Blackmoor, Hampshire to celebrate the upcoming tercentenary of pioneering naturalist Gilbert White's birth. The performance was a world premiere of a Phil Andrews work entitled 'A purer air: A musical portrait of Gilbert White'

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This act has been working with Encore for over 4 years
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Rock, World music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Acoustic, Covers, Britpop, Classic rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant 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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Song list

Our repertoire includes the following but is constantly evolving please contact us if you have a specific repertoire requirement.
Pop & Film
The Eagles Hotel California
Beach Boys God Only Knows
Braveheart For the Love of A Princess
Romeo & Juliet Kissing You Theme
Ungar Ashokan Farewell
Glaidator Gladiator theme
Plant Earth Hoppipolla
Jenkins Palladio
Coldplay Viva La Vida
Coldplay Clocks
Adele Rolling in The Deep
Adele Someone Like You
Adele Skyfall
Jeff Buckley Halleluljiah
Beatles All You Need is Love
Beatles And I love her
Beatles A Hard Days Night
Beatles Tomorrow never knows
Beatles Paperback Writer
Beatles When I’m Sixty-Four
Mercury Killer Queen
Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody
Mercury I Want to Break Free
Snow patrol Chasing Cars
Jackson Billie Jean
Radiohead No Surprises
Cohen/Buckley Halleluiah
Denver Annie's Song
Celine Dion My Heart Will go on
Burt Bring me Sunshine
Elbow One Day Like This
Jason Mraz I'm Yours
Van Morrisson Brown eyed girl
Emeli Sande Beneath your Beautiful
Bailey Rae Put your records on
Aerosmith Don't wanna miss a thing
The Kinks You really got me
The Verve Bittersweet Symphony
Bond Selection
Nobody Does it Better (the spy who loved me)
For your eyes only (Sheena Eastman)
Diamonds are Forever
We have All the Time in the World (her Majesty's Secret Service)
Skyfall
Blur The Universal
Sting Fields of Gold Sting
The Mission Gabriel's Oboe
Billy Joel Always a woman Billy Joel
Elvis Presley Can't Help falling in love Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley Love me Tender
Elvis Presley The wonder of you
Barry White You're the first, the ast my Eveerything
Goulding, John Your Song Goulding
Elton John Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Lady Gaga Hit Mix
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Everlasting Love Affair
Nina Simone Feeling Good
Take that Rule the World
Dylan Make you feel my love
Mancini Moon River
Percy Sledge When a man loves a woman
Ronan Keating When you say nothing at all
Christina Perri A Thousand Years
Maine Pyar Kiya Kabootar Ja Ja Ja
Pirates of the Carribean Medley
Jazz, Tango, Music hall & Rags
Maclean:
Tango
Serenade
Rhumba
Czardas
Fandango
Tango Chromatique
Gardel Por Una Cabeza
La Cumparsita
La Paloma
That's Amore
Sway/Cherry Pink
La Bamba/La Cucaracha
Sweet Georgia Borwn
Clooney Mamabo Italiano
Sherwin A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
Gershwin Summertime
Gershwin Embraceable you
Gershwin Bess You is My Woman Now
Kern Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Cole Unforgettable
Porter Why Shouldn't I?
Cassidy Somewhere over the Rainbow
James At Last
Joplin Rags:
Searchlight Rag
The Strenuous Life
Country Club
Rag Tie Dance
The Entertainer
Original Rags
Weeping Willow
Eugenia
Heliotrope Bouquet
Gladiolus Rag
Peacherine Rag
Charlston Selection
Selection of West End & Broadway Music
CLASSICAL
Bach Badinerie
Bach AusMeines Herzens Grunde
Bach Air on G
Bach My Heart Ever Faithful
Bach Bist Du bei Mir
Bach Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring
Bach Sheep May Safely Graze
Bach Arioso
Bach/Gounod Ave Maria
Boccherini Minuet
Bizet Habanera from Carmen
Bizet Toreador's Song from Carmen
Byrd Pavan, the Earle of Salisbury
Byrd Come Kiss Me Now
Charpentier Te Deum
Charpentier Devicto
Chopin Polonaise
Chopin Grande Valse Brillante
Clarke Duke of Denmark's March
Clarke Trumpet Tune
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.8 Christmas Concerto
Debussy Girl With the Flaxen Hair
Delibes Flower Duet
Dowland Flow My Tears
Franck Panis Angelicus
Handel Hornpipe in F
Handel La Rejouissance
Handel Halleluiah Chorus
Handel Ombra Mai Fu
Handel Alla Hornpipe
Handel Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel Coro’
Handel La Paix from the Water Music
Handel Largo from Xerxes
Mendelssohn If with all your hearts
Mendelssohn Wedding March
Monti Czardas
Morely Now is the Month of Maying
Mouret Rondeau
Mozart Divertimento in D
Mozart Divertimento in F
Mozart Divertimento in B Flat
Mozart Der Vogelfanger from The Magic Flute
Mozart Bei Mannern from The MAgic Flute
Mozart Piano Sonata in C Minor
Mozart Symphony no 40- 1
Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Mozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
The Magic Flute
Mozart Bei Mannern from The Magic Flute
Mozart Piano Sonata in C Minor
Mozart Symphony no 40- 1
Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Mozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Mozart Voi Che Sapete
Offenbach Barcarolle
Pachelbel Canon
Parry Jerusalem
Puccini Nessun Dorma
Puccini Babbino Caro
Purcell Rondo from ‘Abelazar’
Purcell Chaconne in F from King Arthur
Purcell Fairy Queen Suite
Schubert Ave Maria
J. Strauss Trish Tratsch Polka
Tchaikovsky Waltz Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky Waltz- Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky March Nutcracker Suite
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Dance of the Flowers
Vivaldi Gloria
Vivaldi Gloria in Excelsis
Vivaldi Et In Terra Pax
Vivaldi Laudamas Te
Vivaldi Laudamas Te
Vivaldi Domine Fili Unigenite
Vivaldi Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Vivaldi Qui Sedes Ad Dexteram
Vivaldi Selection from 4 Seasons:
Vivaldi Autumn, Movement 1
Vivaldi You Tube video Spring, Movement 2
Vivaldi Spring, Danza Pastorale
Vivaldi You Tube video Autumn, Finale
Vivaldi Winter Largo
Wagner Bridal Chorus
Traditional
Arr. Martelli Greensleeves
The Ash Grove
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose
Jerusalem
Londonderry Air
All Through the Night
Shenandoah
Carrick Fergus
*Hymns - by Request only Must be agreed at time of booking*
Christmas
Pierpont Jingle Bells Pierpont
Gauntlett Once in Royal David's City
Gruber Silent Night
Blanc Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Cahn Let it Snow
Wham Last Christmas
Marks Rockin' around the Christmas Tree
Tchaik. March from 'The Nutcracker' Suite & various Ballet waltzes
Martelli Various Christmas 'Medleys'
Trad
Deck the Halls
The 12 Days of Christmas
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Away in A Manger
Good King Wencleslas
Carol of the Bells
O Come, O Come Emanuel
Two Burgandian Carol Tunes
The First Noel
Fantasie Joyeuse
Es Ist ein Ros' entsprungen
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Little Drummer Boy
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients love our fantastic performances, repertoire and friendly service. Our musicians are conservatoire (specialist music college) trained professional musicians who have spent many years honing their craft and this shows in the excellent standard of our performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed at Highclere castle(Newbury), Frogmore House Windsor, The Vineyard (Newbury), Reading Town Hall, The Hilton Hotel, Reading, Basildon Park Pangbourne, Cantley House Hotel, Bearwood Lakes, Riverdale Barn Yateley, Sindlesham Court (Winnersh), Warbrook House, Lillbrooke Manor, The Great House at Sonning, Hedsor House (Buckinghamshire),

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We love all kinds of music and our repertoire is influenced by our eclectic tastes including Pop, Jazz, Rock, Classical and soul music.

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

Akina Strings performed for the UK Celebration of George and Amal Clooney's marriage. We have performed for royalty on numerous occasions at private royal residences for various events. Our players have also performed at the the Brits and other broadcasted events on UK TV and Radio for numerous high profile events as freelance professional Musicians.

Do you have different line-up options?

We offer a duo which works well for smaller events and a quartet. Our Quartet consists of 2 x violins, viola and Cello Our Duo consists of Cello, or viola and violin

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

If your timings should change please contact us asap and we should be able to accommodate. On the day itself we always try to be flexible when necessary to help your day run as smoothly as possible

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up 45 mins before the performance time. begins to allow us to rehearse in the acoustic before guests arrive.

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

Our repertoire has been carefully selected and we are happy to work with you to craft a playlist specifically for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes all we need are 4 armless chairs and adequate lighting.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

We are happy to arrange pieces by request if agreed at time of booking. Our repertoire is always expanding so please contact us if you would like a particular song but cant see it on our repertoire list.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£755
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£845
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Rachael W
3 years ago, for a Wedding in The Town Hall
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5 out of 5

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding ceremony, it was absolutely magical and really appreciated the time/effort it took to get the Coldplay piece to sound that good with just the two of you. I couldn't have wished for better music on our day :)

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Claire, M
5 years ago

I just wanted to email and say thank you so much for playing at our wedding. It was beautiful and everything I wanted. Especially for walking down aisle - perfect. I have had so many lovely comments from my guests about how good you were so thank you. Please can you pass on a huge thanks to everyone who played.

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