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About Howell String Quartet

Friendly and innovative string quartet, musically trained at university. Available for weddings and functions.
String quartet
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The Howell String Quartet is a professional string quartet that formed at the University of York, whilst members were studying for BAs and Masters in Music. The quartet has performed at venues such as the Merchant Taylor's Hall, the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York Racecourse and Westminster Abbey. They are constantly striving towards a blended tone and unique sound, and have enjoyed masterclasses led by Quator Diotima, Consone Quartet and Bingham String Quartet.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We can perform with backing tracks
We can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Classical, Baroque, Early music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Tribute
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Event types:
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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Albeniz – Tango in D
Bach / Gounod – Ave Maria
Bach – Airs
Bach – Jesu Joy of Our Desiring
Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze Beethoven – Ode to Joy
Bizet – Carmen
Bizet – Habanera
Brahms – Theme from Symphony no.1 Chopin - Nocturne in Eb Major
Debussy – The Girl With the Flaxen Hair Delibes – Flower Duet
Dvorak – Humeresque
Dvorak – Sonatina in F Finale
Gardel – Por Una Cabeza Grieg–IntheHalloftheMountainKing Grieg – Morning
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
Handel – Largo
Massanet – Meditation from Thais McCartney – Blackbird
Mendelssohn – Adagio
Miguel – Somos Novios
Mozart – Allelujah
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart – Turkish March
Offenbach – Can Can
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Ravel – Bolero
Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Traditional – Greensleeves
L’inverno – Vivaldi
Vivaldi – Winter
Wagner – Wedding March
We also play a large selection of light classical quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and other composers. Simply inquire if there are any specific quartets or movements you would like us to play.
ACDC – Back In Black ACDC – Highway to Hell ACDC - Thunderstruck Adele – Skyfall
Arlen – Over the Rainbow Beatles – Hey Jude
Beatles – All You Need Is Love Beatles – Michelle
Beatles – Get Back
Beatles – Good Day Sunshine
Beatles – Roxanne
Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
Beatles – World Without Love
Beatles – A Hard Days Night
Beatles – Yesterday
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
Buble – Everything
Brittany Spears – Toxic
Bruno Mars – Talking to the moon Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Djawadi – Game of Thrones
Daft Punk- Get lucky
Gaga – Bad Romance
Gilkyson – The Bare Necessities
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine Haddaway – What is love?
Jackson – Thriller
Jackson – Billie Jean
Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Jobim – Girl From Ipanema
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Kelly – Singing in the Rain
Kern – The way you look tonight
Kern – Smoke gets in your eyes
Mancini – Moon River
McCain- I’ll Be
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters Mumford and sons – Little Lion Man Mraz – I’m Yours
Norman – James Bond Theme
Police – Englishman in New York
Perri – A Thousand Years
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the Bridge Super Mario Bros. theme
Tiersen- Comptine d’un autre ete Traditional – House of the Rising Sun Train – Hey Soul Sister
Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can also be booked as a string trio or duo on request.

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, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time.

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

Our setlist​ has been collected over time to meet popular demand. With enough notice, we will definitely take requests and would love to chat about what pieces or sets you have in mind.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

With enough notice, we are certainly open to learning specific repertoire.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We have previously been complimented on our blended tone, our ability to set the appropriate atmosphere, and our friendly, approachable nature

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Westminster Abbey, York Racecourse, Crathorne Hall, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, Merchant Taylor's Hall

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We perform genres ranging from classical to pop. We are a fan of early and classical music in particular, but enjoy providing new interpretations of modern and contemporary works.

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

Playing for the installation of the Receiver-General in Westminster Abbey.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click β€œCheck availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hourΒ£240
Up to 2 hoursΒ£480
Up to 3 hoursΒ£620
Wedding ceremony4 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner4 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Laura M, 1 year ago

We had Howell String Quartet play for our wedding. They did an unbelievable job. They were great to work with in regards to selecting music on and off their song list. Highly reccomend booking them.

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Ben V, 2 years ago

"We hired the Howell String Quartet for our wedding back in May. They were fantastic - very professional and sounded great! Good repertoire including classical and pop covers, and they were really helpful in suggesting pieces for the ceremony. They even managed to put together a cover of the Cantina band song from Star Wars (our wedding was May the 4th...!) Would highly recommend them 😊

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Peter B, 2 years ago

We booked the Howell String Quartet for our wedding ceremony and reception in July, and they were absolutely brilliant. From our first enquiry to the wedding day itself, they were very helpful, accommodated our musical requests and presented a selection of additional music from a variety of genres from which we could choose. They responded to messages quickly, which made planning the day that bit easier. I had written a piece for them to play for the arrival of the bride, which they performed flawlessly having only been given it on the day. Thanks for your brilliant performances!