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Arundo Clarinet Quartet

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About Arundo Clarinet Quartet

Classical and light classical music of the highest standard for your concert, wedding, party, business dinner or event.
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Leatherhead

For over 20 years the Arundo Clarinet Quartet has been providing musical entertainment of the highest quality both on and away from the concert platform. The quartet still boasts its original personnel. They have given concerts at many music clubs and have appeared in festivals in Guildford, Chelmsford, Ormskirk and St Albans. As representatives of Great Britain, they have performed at the International Clarinet Congress in Belgium. Regular engagements in the quartet's schedule have included foyer concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre and the Barbican Centre along with open evenings at the Victoria & Albert Museum. For Arundo's tenth anniversary Gordon Lewin wrote his colourful suite "South to the Sun". This was featured in the quartet's series of celebratory recitals and subsequently recorded for the composer. Other works commissioned by the quartet include "Five Follies" by Anthony Leach, the "Wealden Suite" by the late Ruth Gipps MBE and South to the Sun by Gordon Lewin. The quartet aims to present well balanced, accessible concert programmes, including our own arrangements of classical favourites in order to produce a complete spectrum of musical styles. Our approach is friendly and the players introduce each concert item. As well as more formal evening recitals the quartet are very happy to give family concerts with lively introductions to their instruments and are equally at home playing for weddings, parties and fund-raising events.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

A FEW CUSTOMER FAVOURITES FROM OUR REPERTOIRE
Classical
Bach - Air on a G string
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Water Music
Schubert - Moment Musicale, The Trout
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Debussy - Cakewalk, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Faure Berceuse (Listen with Mother)
Funeral March of a Marionette and Helen’s Dance (Alfred Hitchcock Presents)
Clog Dance (116)
Carmen Suite (Bizet)
Popular
The Pink Panther (Henry Mancini)
Tea for Two
The Entertainer (Scott Joplin)
Moonlight Serenade (Glenn Miller)
Lloyd Webber melodies, including Memory from Cats
Blue Moon
Cavatina from the Deerhunter
Beatles favourites including Yesterday, When I'm 64
Themes from West Side Story, America, I feel Pretty, Cool
My Fair Lady
Gilbert & Sullivan selections
Rogers & Hammerstein selections
As Time Goes By
The Way We Were
Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)
Turkey in the Straw
Take Five (Dave Brubeck)
Love Changes Everything (Lloyd Weber)
A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
They Can’t Take that Away from Me
Lullaby of Broadway (42nd Street)
Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin)
Teddy Bears Picnic
Tea for Two
Blue Moon (Rodgers and Hart)
In Party Mood (Housewives’ Choice)
Chatanooga Choo-choo (Glenn Miller)
Tico, tico
Gentleman Jack theme
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Jerome Kern)
Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
Stranger On the Shore (Acker Bilk)
Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Misty (Errol Garner)
Cheek to Cheek (Top Hat, Irving Berlin)
If a tune isn't included in our play-list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account arrangement and rehearsal times etc
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can consider other line-ups and have used them before, but bear in mind that the strength of our repertoire choice becomes obvious with our original line-up.

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

We always try to be flexible. Just keep in touch with us with your requests.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No, we are a live group.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually arrive promptly at least half an hour before the event. It does not usually take more than 20 minutes to set up.

Can you roam around while you perform?

We do have lyres to roam around but prefer to stay with our music stands. We are happy to relocate during the session.

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

You are very welcome to pick from our extensive play-list and on many occasions we have arranged works at the particular request of the clients for a small fee.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

All equipment is included in our quote but see above for our chair requirements.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our play-list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account arrangement and rehearsal times etc

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£560
Up to 3 hours£620

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Neil A, 10 months ago

The Arundo Clarinet Quartet, for those of you who don’t know, are named after the Arundo plant, a member of the grass family, from which wind instrument reeds are fashioned, therefore highly appropriate. The group, all of whom are professional musicians, have been playing together for over 25 years which is apparent from their immaculate timing, and the practised ease of their performance that speaks of familiarity and many hours of rehearsal. The performance I attended was held on 16th November 2019 at the Eco Hub in Gamlingay, a concert in aid of repairs to the local church roof. The hall was near capacity and the audience was quite varied in age. The show was in two parts the first a set concert style selection of tunes from the classical “ The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel and the “Oboe Quartet”[ 1st Movement] by Mozart to a more modern Gershwin medley and even the theme from the BBC Radio programme “Listen with Mother”. I have to say that as a more pop/rock oriented music fan I had wondered if I would know any of the selection. As it turned out I had no need for concern as I recognised every tune with the exception of a couple of pieces written especially for the quartet, however as these were in the style of Latin American dance rhythms the format was familiar to me. The audience were very appreciative of this first half and a standing ovation was given. At the start of the evening, attendees were asked to pick a favourite tune from a quite extensive list of pieces. A selection of these requests would form the second half of the performance, which the quartet described as background music and indicated that the audience were at liberty to chat through this part of the evening should they so wish. However, I’m not sure a lot of chatting went on as the familiar tunes held the attention of all who were there. The selection included “Turkey in the Straw” [a bit of Americana that if you don’t know the title would still be very familiar I’m sure], “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, a Beatles medley “Yesterday/When I’m 64”, “ A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square”, and many other popular melodies. Once again an ovation ensued and I am sure that everyone there went home humming.

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Mavis B, 10 months ago

The Arundo Clarinet Quartet demonstrated consummate musicianship during their recital in the first half of the evening. They then applied their virtuosity to a wide range of music from popular jazz to musicals, which the audience were able to request from the quartet’s extensive playlist. They were professionally turned out in smart, coordinated outfits. Altogether a most enjoyable evening.