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Halcyon Quartet

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About Halcyon Quartet

Dubbed 'future stars of British Chamber Music' (Eaton Square), the Halcyon Quartet is a prizewinning quartet based in London.
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Described as “future stars of British Chamber Music” (Eaton Square Concerts), the Halcyon Quartet formed in 2012 at the Royal Academy of Music and studied with Jon Thorne, Martin Outram, and the Doric Quartet. Previous accolades include the 2017 St. Peter’s Prize, Sir Arthur Bliss and Harold Craxton Prizes, and the two accelerated quartet schemes offered by the RAM (Davey Posnanski and Frost A.S.S.E.T). They are currently the 2019-20 Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel Ensemble-in-Residence (Holy Sepulchre London) where they have a lunchtime recital series. Recent performances include the Royal Opera House with Bruce Levinston, re-opening the Linbury Theatre, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts, and at St.Peter’s Eaton Square during its ‘Best of British’ season. The Halcyons also enjoy sharing their passion with younger ensembles, and have been Teaching-Quartet-in-Residence at Dartington, and Quartet-in-Residence with the Broadstone Music Series.

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We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Early music, Christmas, Traditional church music, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Bartok: String Quartet No.3
String Quartet in F Major Op. 18 No.1
String Quartet in C minor Op.18 No.4
String Quartet in Bb Major Op. 18 No. 6
String Quartet in F Major Op. 135,
Bliss: String Quartet No.2
Britten: 3 Divertimenti
Borodin: String Quartet in D Major No.2
Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Op. 96 “American”
Haydn: String Quartets-
Op.20 No.2, Op.20 No.4, Op.33 No.2, Op.33 No.6,
Op.50 No.1, Op.54 No.1
Op. 74 No. 1, Op. 76 No.1, Op. 77 No.2
String Quartet No.1 in E Flat Major Op.12
String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op.13
E.J. Moeran: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor
String Quartet in Bb Major No. 17 K458,
String Quartet No. 19 in C Major K.465 “Dissonance”
Prokofiev: String Quartet in F Major Op. 92 No.2
Purcell: Fantasias No. 6, 7, 8, 10
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Quartettsatz in C Minor, D.703
String Quartet No.14 D810 “Death and the Maiden”
Shostakovich: String Quartet No.3 in F Major
Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in D Major Op. 11 No.1
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Hugh Wood: String Quartet No.1
ABBA Medley
All of Me
A Thousand Years
Awake my Soul
Can’t Stop the Feeling
Don’t Stop Believing
Every Breath You Take
Fields of Gold
Glasgow Love Theme
I’m Yours
Just the Way You Are
Let it Go
Make you feel my Love
Rather Be
Smooth Criminal
The Bare Necessities
Thinking Out Loud
Uptown Funk
Wonderful Tonight
You raise Me Up
All you need is Love
Stand by Me
All I Ask of You (Phantom)
America (West Side Story)
Ashokan Farewell (The Civil War)
As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)
Bachianas Brazileiras No. 5 (Villa-Lobos)
Begine the Beguine (Porter)
Blue Tango (Anderson)
Birthday Variations (Naughtin)
Chicago (Fisher)
Come in from the Rain (Manchester)
Danzas Argentinas No.2 (Ginastera)
Do it Again (Gershwin)
El Choclo Tango (Villodldo)
Embraceable You (Gershwin)
Evergreen (Streisand)
Feelings (Albert)
Forgotten Dreams (Anderson)
For Just a Moment (St. Elmo’s Fire)
Galway Rambler Medley (Trad. Irish Tunes)
The Godfather Love Theme
Goodbye to Love (Carpenter)
I Feel Pretty (West Side Story)
I Got Rhythm Variations (Gershwin)
I Love Paris (Porter)
If you Could Read my Mind (Lightfoot)
In the Mood (Garland)
Jalousie Tango (Gade)
La Bamba (Trad.)
Lamento Quichua (Gianneo)
Laura (Raksin)
Loony Tunes Fugue (Naughtin)
Manha de Carnaval (Black Orpheus)
Maria (West Side Story)
Misty (Garner)
Memory (Cats)
The Music of the Night (Phantom)
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers)
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
New York, New York (Kander)
Noites Cariocas (Bandolim)
One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story)
The Orange Blossom Special (Rouse)
Over the Rainbow (Arlen)
Por Una Cabeza Tango (Scent of a Woman)
Purple Haze (Hendrix)
Romeo and Juliet Love Theme
Send in the Clowns (Sondheim)
Seven by the Beatles: Day Tripper
A Hard Day’s Night
Eleanor Rigby
Yellow Submarine
When I’m Sixty-Four
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin)
Somewhere (West Side Story)
Stormy Weather (Arlen)
The Summer Knows (The Summer of ’42 Theme)
Tango in D
Tanguedia III
Tonight West Side Story)
Adagio for Strings
Adagio Cantabile from Pathetique
Claire de Lune
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Golliwogg’s Cake-Walk (Debussy)
Humoresque Op.101, No.7 (Dvorak)
Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Pavane pour une infant defunte (Ravel)
No.1 Berceuse (Faure)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: 18th Var
Romance (Shostakovich)
The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)
Vocalise (Rachmaninov)
3 Divertimenti: D major
Bb major
F major
KV 157 C major
Air on a G String
Eine Kleine (all movements)
Flower Duet
Happy Birthday (Mozart)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
La Rejouissance
Panis Angelicus
Rondeau (Mouret)
Queen of Sheba
Sheep may Safely Graze
Trumpet Tune
Vivaldi Winter 2nd movement
Water Music
Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate
Wachet auf
Ode to Joy
Andante, Piano Concerto no.21 (Mozart)
Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky)
Salut d’Amour
Chanson de Matin
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is primarily a quartet, with all four Halcyons performing. On the occasions that we are asked to perform specifically as a trio, we will (although we always recommend the quartet).

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

We always try our best to be flexible and ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible; if timings change before the event then just let us know. Sometimes we are unable to cater the changes, so the more notice we have the better.

How much time do you need to set up?

We need only four chairs and space for us to play our instruments, so our set-up time is very minimal, with no technology required. We usually arrive up to 30 minutes before the start time and are set-up to play within 10 minutes.

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

We have a large range of repertoire of both Classical and Popular music that we bring to events. If you and your guests have particular songs or genres in mind then let us know as much in advance as possible, as we can then cater better to your requirements.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

As above, we ask for four chairs to be laid out where you'd like us but other than space and chairs we bring everything else!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Again, if a song isn't included in our repertoire we may be able to find it and perform it at your event, but letting us know in advance gives us the time to purchase and rehearse it. There would be an £11 fee to help towards the cost of the music, and also the extra rehearsal time.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We ourselves love performing; reviews of our concerts, and feedback from clients, is that our performances weren't just a joy to listen to, but also to watch.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

September 2018-present Holy Sepulchre Church London (as its Ensemble-in-Residence) March 2019 Royal Overseas-League (Final) January 2019 Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre July 2018 West Cork, Bantry February 2018 Bermuda October 2017 Eaton Square October 2017 St. Botolph without Aldgate September 2017 St. Peter's Stourton Caundle April 2017 Eaton Square

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Various string quartets including: The Doric String Quartet The Berg Quartet The Endellion Quartet The Heath Quartet The Chilingirian Quartet

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

The Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, 2019 The Royal Overseas-League Finals, 2019 BBC Radio 3, 2015 Wigmore Hall, 2015


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Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£720
Up to 3 hours£800


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From customers:

Broadstone S, 3 years ago

Many thanks Halcyon for your wonderful recital in Broadstone & your great masterclass session with the 4 young quartets! Hope we’ll see you again soon!

Gabriella J, 5 years ago

The Halcyon Quartet performed for my 21st birthday party; they were classy, played a great selection of music and extremely well. Thank you so much girls!