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Arianne String Duo

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About Arianne String Duo

The #1 string duo in South Wales and the West of England. We've played hundreds of events, from weddings to private birthday parties.
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We are Alexander (violin) and Mike (cello) and are music college graduates that have performed with some of the best musicians, and at the best venues in the UK during our career. Music is our passion, and we want to share that with you when we perform. We love all styles and genres of music from jazz to classical, to klezmer to Celtic. We specialise in playing with style and panache with attention to musical phrasing and solid rhythmic energy. Let us entertain you!

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Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Fanfare, Early music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Bluegrass, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Noise music, Marching, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Vintage, Classic rock, Balkan, Bossa nova, World music, Calypso, French music, German music, Latin, Polka, Spanish music, Tango
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Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Recording session, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Christmas party, Birthday party
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Arianne String Duo's Song list

== Pop & Rock ==
Abba - Money, Money, Money
Aerosmith - I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Beach Boys -God Only Knows
Beatles - All You Need is Love - Eleanor Rigby - Here There and Everywhere
Bob Dylan - To Make you Feel my Love
Bruno Mars - Marry you
Carpenters - Close to You
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Don McLean - And I Love You So
Elbow - One Day Like This
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley (written by other people…) - Falling in Love With You
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Four Seasons - Working My Way Back to You
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
John Legend - All of Me
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Masser (Whitney Houston) - The Greatest Love of All
Oasis - Whatever
Plain White T’s - Hey There Delilah
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately - Moondance
Take That - Greatest Day - The Flood
Taylor Swift - Love Story
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
The Wannadies - You and Me Song
Tony Christie - Is This the Way to Amarillo
== Shows, Film & TV ==
Beaches - Wind Beneath My Wings
Breakfast at Tiffany’s - Moon River
Cinderella - A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Deer Hunter - Cavatina
Evita - Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
Fawlty Towers - Theme
Fiddler on the Roof - If I were a Rich Man
Jesus Christ Superstar - I Don’t Know How to Love Him
Jurassic Park - Title Theme
Les Misérables - Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Master and Commander - Theme
Moulin Rouge - Come What May
My Fair Lady - I Could Have Danced All Night
Notting Hill - She
Phantom of the Opera - All I Ask of You
Pirates of the Caribbean - Theme
Poirot - Theme
Pride and Prejudice - Theme by Carl Davis
Rocky - Theme
Romeo and Juliet - Love Theme (A Time for Us)
Sound of Music - Edelweiss
Star Wars - Title Theme
Superman - Title Theme
The Third Man - Harry Lime Theme
Wallace & Gromit - Theme
West Side Story - I Feel Pretty - Maria - One Hand One Heart - Somewhere - Tonight
Wizard of Oz - Somewhere over the Rainbow
Z Cars - Title Theme
== Disney ==
Beauty and the Beast - Be Our Guest
Beauty and the Beast - Tale as Old As Time
Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities
Lion King - Can You Feel the Love Tonight
== Jazz and Easy Listening ==
Ellington - It Don’t Mean a Thing
Gershwin - I Got Rhythm - Summertime
Glover-Kind - I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
Henderson - Black Bottom
Howard - Fly Me to the Moon
Iradier - La Paloma
Jones - It Had to be You
Joplin - Country Club - Maple Leaf Rag - Paragon Rag - Roseleaf Rag - The Entertainer
Kern - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Leigh and Collins - My Old Man (Cock Linnet)
Mancini - Moon River
Porter - Anything Goes - Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)
Strayhorn - Take the ‘A’ Train
Weiss and Thiele (Louis Armstrong) - What a Wonderful World
== Traditional ==
Calon Lân
Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
Irish Washerwoman (“Irish Jig”)
Irish Sherry Suite
Nearer my God to Thee
== Christmas ==
Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Away in a Manger
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
I Heard the Bells
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
O, Christmas Tree
Silent Night
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
== Classical ==
J.S. Bach - Air in D (Air on the G String) - Arioso - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Double Violin Concerto - Sheep May Safely Graze - Wachet Auf
Barber - Adagio for Strings
Bartok - Rumanian Folk Dances
Beethoven - Für Elise - Ode to Joy
Boccherini - Minuet and Trio from String Quintet in E - Theme from Master and Commander
Borodin - Notturno
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Charpentier - Prelude from Te Deum
Chopin - Grande Valse Brilliante, Op. 18 - Grande Valse Brillante Op. 34, No. 2 - Valse Op. 70 No. 3
Clarke - Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary)
Debussy - Cake-Walk - Clair de Lune
Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakme
Dvorak - Humoresque - Largo from New World Symphony
Elgar - Chanson de Matin - Chanson de Nuit - Salut d’Amour
Gounod - Ave Maria
Grieg - Morning from Peer Gynt Suite
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - La Rejouissance - Water Music Suites
Jenkins - Palladio
Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Monteverdi - Sinfonia and Final Duet from L’incoronazione di Poppea
Monti - Czardas
Mozart - Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate - Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21 - Divertimento in D K. 156 - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - String Quartet in C Major K. 157
Pachelbel - Canon in D - Gigue
Puccini - Nessun Dorma
Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumble Bee
Schubert - Ave Maria
Schumann - Träumerei
Stanley - Trumpet Voluntary
Strauss - Blue Danube Waltz - Radetzky March
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Waltz - Swan Lake Waltz - Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker)
Vivaldi - Largo from Winter (The Four Seasons)
Wagner - Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our regular line up is as a violin and cello duo. We also have a 3 piece, trio option that includes an extra violin, or we can provide a 4 piece string quartet that includes the viola for larger occasions.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know. We know that things never go quite to plan on the day and we can accommodate slight changes to running times just let us know on the day.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up the hour before we are required to play. Being only 2 it doesn't take much time!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests enjoy the performance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. Please let us know requests in advance of the day of the performance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we provide all instruments, music and music stands. All we need are comfortable chairs to play on and a suitable area that gives us the room we need to perform so that your guests can enjoy!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, we are happy to accommodate up to 3 requests.

Arianne String Duo's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£390
Up to 2 hours£413
Up to 3 hours£499
Corporate Event/Meal2 musicians
Up to 3 hours playing before, during and after meal, or buffet with incidental music on cue as per the occasion warrants, i.e. in between award presentation, or during entry or exit of individuals or groups. Includes full liaison with venue.
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Arianne String Duo's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Bryony W
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Alexander and Mike were absolutely incredible. Our favourite part of our day was having them play. It's the one thing our guests still talk about. Both gentlemen are so talented and really feel the music they are creating. Unfortunately myself and my husband went to have photos taken so missed a lot of Alexander and Mike. However, as I was about to walk down the aisle to my husband to be with my dad by my side, I heard the piece of music I had personally requested start to play. Goosebumps!! It made the already special moment, even more special. They are incredible and I could listen to them all day. I now recommend them to anyone and everyone. They really elevated our day. Best decision about our wedding was having Alexander and Mike play. Outstanding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you made our wedding day so special. Thank you 😀

Reply from Arianne String Duo
3 months ago

Aww, thanks very much Bryony for such a lovely review! It was our very great pleasure to perform for you and your lovely guests.

Geraint J
4 months ago
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The Arianne String Duo played at our wedding and were excellent! They have a large and diverse repertoire of music that is entertaining and memorable! They were a delight to deal with and we would very much recommend.

Reply from Arianne String Duo
4 months ago

Big thanks for such a lovely review Geraint, it was our pleasure to perform for your special day!

From other customers:

Ioan W
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Newport
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5 out of 5

We booked the duo to entertain us for my 50th birthday party with around 25 people coming along. From the moment they sat down Alexander and Mike entertained us! They were able to play my favourite tune, "Calon Lan" as a special request and we all sang along. Very much appreciated. Very accomplished musicians that played a variety of genre. Very personable and friendly musicians that I would thoroughly recommend for any party of people that appreciate good music.

Anna H
2 years ago, for a Corporate event in West Cross
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5 out of 5

We booked the Arianne Duo for a small party to launch a new publication. We wanted something classy but with tunes that people were also likely to know. The music was perfect and created just the right atmosphere. Would not hesitate to recommend.