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London Strings

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About London Strings

We are professional musicians based in London, able to travel internationally. We perform classical and pop, traditional and electric!
String duo
London
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London Strings is based in London, available to hire for events both in the UK and internationally. Our team of musicians play both acoustic and electric instruments, and can provide backing tracks for some of our pop songs, of about 2.5 hours in length. London Strings can be booked as a quartet, trio or duo. Hailing from New Zealand and Turkey, Lucy Gijsbers (cello) and Arda Karakaya (violin) founded London Strings in 2017. Since starting out as a duo, we have expanded to include some of our select, professional colleagues. We have a few duos and quartets available! Top graduates from the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London who are now working in professional orchestras, our team of talented musicians are available to play for weddings and special events. As versatile performers, we play both classical and popular music so please let us know if you have any particular musical requests for your event. Each member of London Strings performs to the highest level, so you can book us with confidence, knowing that you will receive only the best performance for your event. Our musicians 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 what type of ensemble you wish to hire, 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 and recordings.

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Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Early music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Fanfare, Classical crossover, Medieval music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Easy listening, Avant garde, World music, Tango, Spanish music, Russian music, Klezmer, Jewish music, Italian music, Scottish music, French music, German music, Asian music, Armenian, Pop, Covers, Light music, Acoustic, Folk
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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

Classical Music
Albinoi
Adagio
Bach
Air
Arioso
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Musette
Minuets
Sheep May Safely Graze
Wachet Auf
Beethoven
Ode to Joy
Fur Elise
Bellini
Casta Diva - Cavatina from the opera ‘Norma’
Boccherini
Minuet
Brahms
Lullaby
Hungarian Dances 1 and 5
Charpentier
Te Deum
Clarke
Trumpet Tune
Trumpet Voluntary
Debussy
Claire De Lune
The Girl With the Flaxen Hair
Delibes
Flower Duet
Dvorak
Humoresque
Slavonic Dance
Elgar
Salut d’Amour
Nimrod Variations
Faure
Apres un Reve
Pavane
Franck
Panis Angelicus
Gounod
Ave Maria
Granados
Spanish Dance No. 5
Grieg
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Handel
Air in D
Air in F
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Bourree in F
Hornpipe from Water Music
Hornpipe in D
Hornpipe in F
La Paix
La Rejouissance
Minuet in D
Minuet in D Minor
Minuet in G Minor
Rejouissance
Water Music
Iosif Ivanovici
Waves of Danube
Joplin
Rags
Mascagni
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Massenet
Meditation from Thais
Mendelssohn
Wedding March
Monti
Czadas
Mouret
Rondeau
Mozart
Ave Verum Corpus
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Rondo Alla Turca
Divertimenti for String Quartet
Offenbach
Barcarolle
Pachelbel
Canon
Piazzolla
Ausencias
Libertango
Oblivion
Puccini
O Mio Babbino Caro
Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Saint Saens
The Swan
Schubert
Ave Maria
Standchen
Schumann
Traumerei
Wild Rider
Shostakovich
Waltz
Strauss
Tik-Tak (from Fledermaus)
Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Nutcracker for String Quartet
Trad
Greensleeves
Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Wagner
Wedding March
Selection of Tangos
Selection of Traditional Turkish Music
Selection of Klezmer Songs
Film Music
Game of Thrones
Bridgerton - Strange, Love is a Choice, Bridgerton Theme
Fiddler on the Roof – If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset
Scent of a Woman – Por uno Cabeza
James Bond – Theme Song
Titanic – My Heart Will Go On
Frozen – Let It Go, Into the Unknown
Survivor – Eye of The Tiger
Les Miserables - Castle on a Cloud, I Dreamed a Dream
Romeo and Juliet - Love Theme
Harry Potter - Hedwig’s Theme
The Godfather - Love Theme
The Mission - Gabriel’s Oboe (Nella Fantasia)
Selection from Disney Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean - Theme
Mission Impossible - Theme
Schindler’s List - Theme
Gladiator - Now We Are Free
The Hobbit - Misty Mountains
Up - Theme, Married Life
Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme
West Side Story - America, Maria
The Greatest Showman - A Million Dreams
Amelie Poulain - La Valse d’Amelie
Pretty Woman - Theme
Austin Powers - Soul Bossa Nova
Beauty and the Beast - A Tale as Old as Time
Earned It - Fifty Shades of Grey
Men In Black
Looney Tunes
Jurassic Park - Main Theme
Tangled - I See the Light
Pop Songs
ABBA
Lay All Your Love on Me
Money, Money, Money
Mamma Mia
The Winner Takes it All
ACDC
Thunderstruck
Adele
Skyfall
Set Fire to the Rain
Someone Like You
Rolling in the Deep
Hello
Make You Feel My Love
Aerosmith
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing
Alan Menken
Beauty and the Beast
Avicii
Hey Brother
Addicted to You
Waiting For Love
Wake Me Up
Bastille
Pompeii
The Beatles
Yesterday
Yellow Submarine
In My Life
Here Comes the Sun
Let It Be
Hey Jude
Get Back
Good Day Sunshine
World Without Love
Michelle
A Hard Day’s Night
Eleanor Rigby
I want to Hold Your Hand
All You Need Is Love
Ben King
Stand By Me
Beyonce
Halo
Billie Eilish
Bad Guy
Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
Bobby McFerrin
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Bob Sinclar
Love Generation
Boney M
Rasputin
Bon Jovi
Living on a Prayer
It’s My Life
Wanted Dead or Alive
You Give Love a Bad Name
Blaze of Glory
Britney Spears
Toxic
Bruno Mars
Just the Way You Are
Uptown Funk
Marry You
Bryan Adams
Summer of 69
Buena Vista Social Club
Chan Chan
Camila Cabello
Havana
Carlos Gardel
El Dia que me Quieras
Cyndi Lauper
Time After Time
Christina Perri
A thousand years
Clean Bandit
Rockabye
Solo
Rather Be
Coldplay
Viva la Vida
Paradise
The Scientist
A Sky Full of Stars
Clocks
Yellow
Cole Porter
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Connie Francis
Siboney
Consuelo Velázquez
Besame Mucho
Curtis Mayfield
Move on Up
Daft Punk
Get Lucky
Dan Emmett
Dixie
David Bowie
Life on Mars?
David Guetta
Dangerous
Titanium
Without You
Dean Martin
Sway
Des’ree
Kissing You
Dua Lipa
One Kiss
Don’t Start Now
Levitating
Duke Ellington
Concerto for Cootie
Satin Doll
The Eagles
Hotel California
Ed Sheeran
Shape of You
Thinking Out Loud
Perfect
Nancy Mulligan
All Of The Stars
Photograph
Sing
Permission to Dance
The A Team
Eduardo di Capua
O Sole Mio
Elbow
One Day Like This
Elton John
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Elvis Costello
She
Elvis Presley
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
Love Me Tender
Maybe I Didn’t Love You
Eric Clapton
Falling Leaves
Wonderful Tonight
Etta James
At Last
Europe
Final Countdown
Fleetwood Mac
Fly Me to the Moon
Francis Lai
Man and a Woman
Frank Sinatra
My Way
Come Fly With Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Singing in the Rain
Strangers in the Night
The Way You Look Tonight
Love and Marriage
Frankie Vallie
Can’t Take My Eyes off You
Fun
Some Nights
Future
Mask Off
George Gershwin
Summertime
I Got Rhythm
Bidin’ My Time
George Michael
Careless Whisper
Faith
Glenn Miller
In the Mood
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy
Gotye
Somebody that I used to know
Grover Washington
Just the Two of Us
Haddaway
What is Love
Hall and Oates
You Make My Dreams
Henry Mancini
Moon River
Pink Panther
Imagine Dragons
Radioactive
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Jamiroquai
Love Foolosophy
John Legend
All of Me
John Lennon
Imagine
John Kander
And All That Jazz
Johnny Cash
You Are My Sunshine
Journey
Don’t Stop Believing
Jason Derulo
Want to Want Me
Jason Mraz
Iʼm yours
John Kander
Cabaret
Josh Groban
You Raise Me Up
Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop the Feeling
Kanye West
Gold Digger
Karl Jenkins
Palladio
Keane
Somewhere Only We Know
Kings of Leon
Use Somebody
Lady Gaga
Born This Way
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
All of my Love
Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah
Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World
Luis Fonsi
Despacito
Mabel Wayne
In a Little Spanish Town
Maroon 5
Girls Like You
This Love
Marvin Gaye
Let’s Get it On
Metallica
Nothing Else Matters
Fade to Black
Michael Buble
Feeling Good
Michael Jackson
Thriller
Smooth Criminal
Billie Jean
Human Nature
Mumford and Sons
I Will Wait
Muse
Starlight
Natalie Cole
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline
Oasis
Wonderwall
OMI
Cheerleader
One Republic
Secrets
Passenger
Let Her Go
Pharrell Williams
Happy
Phil Collins
A Groovy Kind of Love
Pink
Just Give Me a Reason
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Plain White T's
Hey There Delilah
Queen
Another One Bites the Dust
Bohemian Rhapsody
We Will Rock You
Killer Queen
Somebody to Love
You’re my Best Friend
Blackbird
Don’t Stop Me Now
Radiohead
Creep
Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines
Rolf Lovland
Song from a Secret Garden
Rolling Stones
Paint It Black
Angie
Sade
Smooth Operator
Santana
Smooth
Shawn Mendes
In My Blood
Senorita
Sia
Chandelier
Sigala
Came Here for Love
Simple Minds
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Sisqo
Thong Song
Stevie Wonder
I Just Called to Say I Love You
You are the Sunshine of my Life
Sting
Fields of Gold
When We Dance
Fragile
Taio Cruz
Telling the World
Taylor Swift
Love Story
WIldest Dreams
Shake it Off
The Beach Boys
God Only Knows
The Courteeners
Take Over the World
The Dixie Cups
Going to the Chapel
The Rembrandts
I’ll Be There for You
The Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody
The Turtles
So Happy Together
The Verve
Bittersweet Symphony
Tones and I
Dance Monkey
Train
Hey Soul Sister
U2
With or Without You
And All I Want Is You
Village People
Y. M. C. A.
Walk the Moon
Shut Up and Dance
Whitney Houston
I Believe in You and Me
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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.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We have our favourite violinists and cellists of course, some of the pop/rock icons whose music we love to play include Ed Sheeran and Bon Jovi.

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

As members of professional orchestras including the RPO and LSO, definitely one of these concerts.

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 you may! Please note - our repertoire is crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

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! if you have any requests please let us know. We need 14 days notice of any requests not on our songlist prior to your event. Please contact us as our list is more extensive than what is shown on this site.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£580
Up to 3 hours£680
Packages
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£500
Drinks reception2 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£625
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.
£1000
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Hayley K
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5 out of 5

They were both amazing. Made the day very special.

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Matthias M
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5 out of 5

Can fully recommend, the music made our day extra special!

From other customers:

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Charlotte B
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5 out of 5

Fantastic music for our wedding - Lucy and Arda were amazing and so accommodating! Highly recommend

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Hannah M
4 months ago, for a Wedding anniversary in United Kingdom
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I booked London Strings to play for my parent's wedding anniversary, their string quartet was phenomenal.

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