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Saffron Strings

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About Saffron Strings

String quartet
Wokingham
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Long-established professional string quartet.

Every event for which we play is unique and we have a wealth of experience to help create the perfect background music especially for you. We also work with you to create a fully bespoke playlist for civil and church wedding ceremonies, and for civil partnership ceremonies. Members of the quartet studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and have played for orchestras as diverse as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. We believe that live music adds a little extra sparkle to the occasion whether your special event is held in a castle, a country house hotel, or a marquee. We have a vast repertoire for string quartet ranging from classical favourites, through TV/film themes and jazz standards to a sparkling collection of contemporary classics and recent chart material. If your favourite piece of music is not on our repertoire list we can often have an arrangement made specially since almost any music can be arranged for quartet. We're delighted that our expertise in music for weddings has been recognised with awards from Guides for Brides, Bridebook, and The Wedding Industry Awards.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Top 40, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

CLASSICAL
Albeniz Tango
Albinoni Adagio
Bach Air on the G string
Anna’s Minuet
Arioso
Bandinerie
Brandenburg Concertos
Cantata “Wachet Auf”
Concerto for Two Violins
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Sheep May Safely Graze
Beethoven Adagio Cantabile from Pathetique Sonata
Fur Elise
Minuet in G
Bizet Excerpts from “Carmen”
Boccherini Minuet
Borodin Polovtsian Dance from “Prince Igor”
Bridge Spring Song
Bruch Adagio (from the violin concerto)
Corelli Christmas Concerto
Debussy Clair de Lune
Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Golliwog’s Cakewalk
De Falla Ritual Fire Dance
Delibes Flower Duet from “Lakme”
Dvorak Humoresque
Elgar Beau Brummel
Chanson de Matin
Chanson de Nuit
Salut d’Amour
Faure Berceuse
Cantique de Jean Racine
Pavane
Franck Panis Angelicus
Granados Spanish Dance
Grieg Suite from “Peer Gynt”
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Handel Alleluja Chorus
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Largo from “Xerxes”
Music for the Royal Fireworks
Pastoral Symphony
Water Music
Zadok the Priest
Jenkins Palladio
Khachaturian Adagio from “Spartacus”
Kreisler Allegretto after Boccherini
Schön Rosmarin
Tambourin Chinois
Liadow Mazurka
Mascagni Intermezzo
Massenet Meditation from “Thais”
Mendelssohn Wedding March
Mozart Divertimenti
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Elvira Madigan
The Impressario Overture
Marriage of Figaro Wedding March
Rondo alla Turca
Offenbach Barcarolle
Pachelbel Canon
Paradis Sicilienne
Ponchielli Dance of the Hours
Puccini Che Gelida Manina (from La Bohème)
Minuets
Nessun Dorma
Rachmaninov 18th Variation (Paganini Variations)
Rossini Barber of Seville Overture
Sarasate Romanza Andalucia
Satie Three Gymnopedies
Shostakovitch Romance from “The Gadfly”
Strauss Blue Danube & other waltzes
Pizzicato Polka
Thunder and Lightening Polka
Sullivan Three Little Maids
Tchaikovsky Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Nutcracker March
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Waltz of the Flowers
Verdi Andante from “The Force of Destiny”
Vivaldi Four Seasons
Gloria
Violin concerto in a minor
Wagner Wedding March
Trad. Greensleeves
STANDARDS
As Time Goes By Singin’ in the Rain
Autumn Leaves Spread a Little Happiness
Begin the Beguine Summertime
Belle of the Ball Waltz Take Five
Blue Tango Tango Por Una Cabeza
Cheek to Cheek Tea for Two
Chicago Tico Tico
Come Fly With Me Viva Tonight
Con te Partiro Strangers in the Night
Embraceable You What’ll I Do?
English Country Gardens When You Wish Upon a Star
The Entertainer That’s Amore
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye Moonlight Serenade
Fly Me to the Moon She
Forgotten Dreams
Funiculi Funicular
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Got Rhythm
I Love Paris
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
In the Mood
It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing)
It’s Only a Paper Moon
La Bamba
The Lady is a Tramp
Lady Be Good
La Paloma
Laura
Let’s Do It
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Love and Marriage
Love is Here to Stay
Makin’ Whoopee
The Man I Love
Misty
Moonlight in Vermont
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Will Go On
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
O Sole Mio
Over the Rainbow
Pennies from Heaven
MOVIE/TV/SHOWS
All I Ask of You - Phantom of the Opera
Bali Hai - South Pacific
Favourite Things - Sound of Music
He’s a Pirate – theme from Pirates of the Caribbean
I Feel Pretty – West Side Story
Maria – West Side Story
Memory - Cats
Music of the Night –Phantom of the Opera
Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof
Tonight - West Side Story
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Harry Potter Theme
James Bond – various themes
The Lord of the Rings
Midnight Cowboy
Mission Impossible
Molly (from Wonderland – Michael Nyman)
Now We Are Free (from Gladiator)
Portuguese Love Theme (Theme from Love Actually)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Schindler’s List
Star Wars
The Third Man
Theme to “Downton Abbey”
Theme to “Game of Thrones”
Theme to “Poirot”
Theme to “Poldark”
Theme to “Pride & Prejudice”
Theme to “Brideshead Revisited”
CONTEMPORARY
All The Small Things Blink-182
All You Need is Love The Beatles
Amazed Lonestar
Angels Robbie Williams
Annie’s Song John Denver
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
At Last Etta James
Bad Romance Lady Gaga
Better Together Jack Johnson
Billy Jean Michael Jackson
Bittersweet Symphony The Verve
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You Elvis Presley
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Clocks Coldplay
Crazy for You Madonna
Day Tripper The Beatles
Don’t Look Back in Anger Oasis
Don’t Stop Me Now Queen
(Land) Down Under Men at Work
Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
Every Breath You Take Police
Fields of Gold Sting
Firework Katy PerrY
Game of Thrones Ramin Djawadi
God Only Knows (What I’d be Without You) The Beach Boys
Good Riddance (Time of your Life) Green Day
Greatest Day Take That
Halo Beyoncé
Handbags and Gladrags Rod Stewart
Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison
How Long Will I Love You Ellie Goulding
Happy Pharrell Williams
Heaven Bryan Adams
Imagine John Lennon
Just Can’t Get Enough Depeche Mode
Just the Way You Are Billy Joel
Kiss from a Rose Seal
Kissing You Des’ree
Lovely Day Bill Withers
Love Story Taylor Swift
Make You Feel My Love Adele Adkins
Marry You Bruno Mars
Moondance Van Morrison
Mr Blue Sky ELO
Music to Watch Girls By Andy Williams
Nothing Else Matters Metallica
One Day Like This Elbow
Rather Be Clean Bandit
Skyfall Adele Adkins
Sky Full of Stars Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know Lily Allen/Keane
Songbird Eva Cassidy
Sway Pussycat Dolls
Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Dreams Annie Lennox
Teardrop Massive Attack
Thank you for the Music Abba
The Rose Westlife
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Toxic Britney Spears
Use Somebody Kings of Leon
Vida la Vida Coldplay
When I’m Sixty-Four The Beatles
When I Need You Leo Sayer
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
Writing’s on the Wall Sam Smith
You’re Beautiful James Blunt
Your Song Elton John
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Saffron Strings is a string quartet consisting of two violins, viola and cello. We are also available as a trio or duo.

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 45 minutes before we're due to play so that we can set up and liaise with the venue staff.

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

Yes, we're happy to draw up a playlist just for you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring our own instruments to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our repertoire 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 may be a fee of up to £20 for this service to take into account commissioning a string arrangement and rehearsal times etc

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Virtually all the major country houses in the south-east!

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£755
Up to 2 hours£775
Up to 3 hours£800

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Sam N, 2 months ago

Saffron Strings were fantastic. I would highly recommend them to anybody looking to make their special day perfect. Thank you all much.

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Katie C, 2 months ago

David and I wanted to say a massive thank you to you for playing beautifully at our wedding on Saturday. It sounded great and we had a number of our guests comment on what an amazing string quartet we had. The entrance song made me cry - even when walking down the aisle - as it was just beautiful! Thanks for being part of our special day. Katie & David

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Richard B, 5 months ago

Very professional, charming, and high quality musicians! Saffron Strings were a pleasure to deal with throughout and on the day, wowed us and our guests with their performance. Numerous compliments followed and they helped make our ceremony and afternoon an amazing occasion. Thank you Saffron Strings!

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