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About London Strings

Are you looking for top-class musicians to provide entertainment and elegance for your special event? You've come to the right place!
String duo
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London Strings is based in London, available to hire for events both in the UK and internationally. Hailing from New Zealand and Turkey, Lucy Gijsbers (cello) and Arda Karakaya (violin) formed their string duo in 2017. Both top graduates from the Royal College of Music in London, they regularly perform together and are available to play for weddings and special events. As versatile performers, they play both classical and popular music so please let them know if you have any particular musical requests for your event. They have performed extensively as soloists, chamber artists and orchestral musicians with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, and in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, and Cadogan Hall. PLEASE NOTE we also perform as a string trio and quartet, and regularly collaborate with pianists. Please let us know if you wish to hire us as an alternative ensemble, and we will take care of it all for you! London Strings is available to book for all types of events - weddings, corporate functions, cocktail and birthday parties, proposals, Christmas parties, concerts, recordings and even funerals.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We can perform with backing tracks
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Military, Baroque, Early music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Musical theatre, Fanfare, Classical crossover, Medieval music, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Easy listening, Avant garde, World music, Tango, Spanish music, Russian music, Klezmer, Polka, Salsa, Jewish music, Italian music, Scottish music, Flamenco, French music, German music, Australian music, Asian music, Armenian, Pop, Covers, Light music, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Classic rock
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Song list

Bach, Air
Bach, Arioso
Bach, Jesu Man’s Desiring
Beethoven, Ode to Joy
Bocherini, Minuet
Brahms, Lullaby
Brahms, Hungarian Dances 1 and 5
Charpentier, Te Deum
Clarke, Trumpet Tune
Clarke, Trumpet Voluntary
Dvorak, Humoresque
Elgar, Chanson de Matin
Elgar, Salut d’Amour
Faure, Apres un Reve
Handel, Air in D
Handel, Air in F
Handel, Bourree in F
Handel, Hornpipe from Water Music
Handel, Hornpipe in D
Handel, Hornpipe in F
Handel, La Paix
Handel, La Rejouissance
Handel, Minuet in D
Handel, Minuet in D Minor
Handel, Minuet in G Minor
Handel, Queen of Sheba
Handel, Rejoussance
Handel, Water Music
Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mendelssohn, Wedding March
Mouret, Rondeau
Mozart, Romance
Mozart, Rondo Alla Turca
Pachelbel, Canon
Puccini, O Mio
Saint Saens, The Swan
Schubert, Ave Maria
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Love Theme
Thais, Meditation
Vivaldi, Largo from Winter
Wagner, Wedding March
Someone like you
Rolling in the Deep
Set Fire to the Rain
Ed Sheeran:
Shape of You
Castle on the Hill
Bohemian Rhapsody
We Will Rock You
Killer Queen
Love of My Life
Somebody to Love
You're my Best Friend
Black bird
The Beatles:
Here Comes the Sun
Let It Be
Hey Jude
I want to Hold Your Hand
Bon Jovi:
Living on a Prayer
It's My Life
Michael Jackson:
Smooth Criminal
Beat It
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Boy with Luv
Despacito-Luis Fonsi
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love with You
Sting - Fields of Gold
Michael Buble - Everything
Cohen - Hallelujah
La Vie En Rose
Over the Rainbow
Iosif ivanovici:-Waves of Danube
Edith Piaf: Padam Padam
Consuelo Velázquez-Besame Mucho
Eduardo di Capua- O Sole Mio
C. Fernandez -Cielito Lindo
Astor Piazzolla -Libertango
Carlos Eleta Almaran-Historia de un Amor
Loreena McKennitt -Tango to Evora
Rolf Lovland- Song from a Secret Garden
Carlos Eleta Almaran - Historia de un Amor
Dean Martin - Sway
Ben King- Stand by Me
Beyonce - Ave Maria
A thousand years - Christina Perri
Addicted to you - Avicii
Adore you - Miley Cyrus
All about that bass - Meghan Trainor
All my life - Kc and Jojo
All my love - Led Zeppelin
All of me - John Legend
Animals - Mattew Garrix
Applause - Lady Gaga
At last -Beyonce/Etta James
Atlas - Coldplay
Best day of my life - American Authors
Birthday - Katy Perry
Blurred lines - Robin Thicke
Burn - Ellie Goulding
Bury a Friend-Billie Eilish
Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John
Chandelier - Sia
Counting stars - One Republic
Dangerous - David Guetta
Dance Monkey- Tones and I
Dark horse - Katy Perry
Demons - Imagine Dragons
Do you realize? - The Flaming Lips
Dust clears - Clean Bandit
Future- Mask Off
God put a smile upon your face - Coldplay
Going under - Evanescence
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Hero - Mariah Carey
Hey Brother - Avicii
Home - Philip Philips
I believe I can fly - R. Kelly
I believe in you and me - Whitney Houston
I was made for lovinʼ you - Kiss
Iʼm yours - Jason Mraz
Karma police - Radiohead
Kissing you - Desʼree
Let her go - Passenger
Let me go - Avril Lavigne
Letʼs get it on - Marvin Gaye
Locked out of heaven - Bruno Mars
Love runs out - One Republic
Lovers in Japan - Coldplay
My Way-Frank Sinatra
Once upon a dream - Lana Del Rey
Other side - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pompeii - Bastille
Problem - Ariana Grande
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Rasputin-Boney M
Ribbon in the shy - Stevie Wonder
River flows in you - Yiruma
Royals - Lorde
Rude - Magic!
Safe and sound - Capital Cities
Sail - Awolnation
Say something - A great bid world
Shade of cool - Lana Del Rey
Shake it off - Taylor Swift
Sheʼs a rainbow - Rolling Stones
Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
Smile - Uncle Kracker
Somebody that I used to know - Gotye
Song for Sienna - Brian Crain
Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
Stay - Rihanna
Stay with me - Sam Smith
Summer - Calvin Harris
Summertime sadness - Lana Del Rey
Sweeter than fiction - Taylor Swift
Titanium-David Guetta
Thank you - Led Zeppelin
The Fox - Ylvis
The Walking Dead main title
The way - Ariana Grande
The wedding song - Danny Elfman
Toxic - Britney Spears
Unconditionally - Katy Perry
Venus - Lady Gaga
Wake me up - Avicii
We can't stop - Miley Cyrus
What now - Rihanna
White dress - Ben Rector
Wrecking ball - Miley Cirus
-----Movie soundtracks-----
Game of Thrones
Fiddler on the Roof, If I Were a Rich Man
Fiddler on the Roof, Sunrise Sunset
Scent of a Woman, Por uno Cabeza
James Bond
Titanic (My Heart Will Go On)
Frozen (Let It Go)
Frozen (Into the Unknown)
Survivor: Eye of The Tiger
-----Christmas Music-----
Away in a Manger
Deck The Halls
I’ll be home for Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
O’ Come All Ye Faithful
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride
The Christmas Waltz
The First Noel
The Little Drummer Boy
The Snowman
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Three Kings
Winter Wonderland
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients appreciate our professionalism, reliability, flexibility, and most importantly the high standard of our performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed in high-profile venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre, but all of our performance bookings through Encore and as London Strings have been for weddings and corporate events in various churches, halls, hotels and other such venues in the UK.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. We primarily perform as a string duo but we also regularly perform with a pianist and as a string quartet or trio.

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.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of our performance.

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

Yes of course!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! However, we will need to have chairs provided and covering or shade if we perform outdoors.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes of course, if you have any requests please let us know. We need 7 days notice of any requests not on our songlist prior to your event.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£600
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception2 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner2 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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Hannah P, 2 months ago

Thank you Lucy and Arda for playing in our wedding ceremony. The music was absolutely beautiful. Thank you also for filling in last minute!! Wonderful communication and punctuality, you saved the day!

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Alaister B, 2 months ago

Lucy and Arda played for my company's back-to-the-office work party. We wanted to start the evening with some classiness and their choice of music and presentation was perfect. They are versatile performers and were happy to play outdoors. I highly recommend this duo.

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