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Scherzando Strings

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About Scherzando Strings

Shropshire's Premier String Quartet playing for weddings and events throughout the West Midlands.
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Scherzando Strings was formed in 2012 by professional violinists Sue Harris-Cohen and William Pickering. They perform as a Violin Duo, String Trio and String Quartet throughout the West Midlands. All members of the group have played with major orchestras throughout the UK and abroad. Scherzando Strings is based in Telford. They play for weddings and events throughout the West Midland and North Wales. We can arrange the latest pop songs and hits for String Quartet and Trio and are happy to take special requests. We play a wide variety of styles from classical to latest pop covers. With 30 years experience of playing professionally we guarantee to add a touch of class to your event.

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Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Easy listening, Light music, Covers, Vintage, Acoustic
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Scherzando Strings' Song list

Canon Pachelbel
Prince of Denmark’s March Jeremiah Clarke
Wedding March Mendelssohn
Wedding March from Lohengrin Wagner
Water Music, Firework Music G. F Handel
Abdelazar Purcell
Mr Beveridge’s Maggot * (Pride & Prejudice)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba G. F. Handel
Zadok the Priest G. F. Handel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart
Divertimento in D, Mozart
Turkish March Mozart
The Four Seasons Vivaldi
Gloria Vivaldi
Brandenburg No 3 (1st Movt) J.S. Bach
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring J. S. Bach
Air on G String J.S. Bach
Badinerie J.S. Bach
Ave Maria Schubert
Für Elise Beethoven
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Grieg
Anitra’s Dance Grieg
Praeludium, Sarabande, Gavotte, Rigaudon
Prelude in E minor Chopin
Polonaise Chopin
Le Petit Negre Debussy
La Fille aux Cheveau de lin Debussy
Clair de Lune Debussy
Violin Concerto Andante Mendelssohn
Salut d’Amour Elgar
Chanson du Matin Elgar
Meditation Massenet
Czardas Vittorio Monti
Schindler’s List John Williams
Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov
The Swan Saint-Saëns
The Elephant Saint-Saëns
Polovtsian Dance No. 1 Borodin
Crisantemi – Chrysanthemums Puccini
Ladies in Lavender Nigel Hess
Brindisi La Traviata Verdi
Galop, William Tell Overture Rossini
Canzonetta Don Giovanni Mozart
Pearl Fishers Duet Bizet
Flower Duet Lakme Delibes
Casta Diva Norma Bellini
O Mio Babbino Caro Gianni Schicchi Puccini
Nessun Dorma Turandot Puccini
March Nutcraker Suite Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers Nutcraker Suite Tchaikovsky
Symphony No 1 Mahler
Barcarolle Tales of Hoffman Offenbach
Blue Danube J. Strauss
Vienna Woods J. Strauss
Dance of the Hours La Gioconda Ponchielli
Clog Dance
Pizzicato Polka
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka J. Strauss
Radetzky March J. Strauss
Tango Albeniz
Let It Go Frozen
Colours of the Wind
Under the Sea
You've got a Friend in Me
From This Moment On * Shania Twain
All of Me* John Legend
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
Marry You* Bruno Mars
Perfect Ed Sheeran
Sweet Child of Mine Guns 'n Roses
Kissing You * Des’ree
Million Dreams The Greatest Showman
Moon River Henry Manzini
All I ask of You Phantom of the Opera Lloyd Weber
Oh That Cello Charlie Chaplin
I’d Do Anything Oliver! Lionel Bart
Consider Yourself Oliver! Lionel Bart
Where is Love? Oliver! Lionel Bart
Yesterday Lennon & McCartney
Is this the way to Amarillo? Sedaka & Greenfield
Hoppipolla * Sigur Ros
What a Wonderful World Weiss & Thiele
I Could Have Danced All Night My Fair Lady
All you need is love * Beatles
Eleanor Rigby Beatles
Hey Jude * “
Can’t Help Falling in Love * ElvisPresley
It Had to Be You Isham Jones
Lord of the Rings Suite * Howard Shore
My Heart will Go On - Titanic
James Bond Theme
Nobody Does It Better
Raiders of the Lost Ark John Williams
Star Wars “
Harry Potter
Pride & Prejudice Carl Jenkins
Harry Lime Theme
Poirot Theme
Game of Thrones
Poldark Theme
Irish, Scottish and English Folk Muisc
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We play as a String Duo (2 violins) String Trio (2 violins + cello) and String Quartet (2 violins, viola and cello)

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

We only play for one wedding a day so as long as we know that it is morning or afternoon and roughly the time we can accommodate changes

How much time do you need to set up?

No more than 20 minutes. We arrive half an hour before we are due to play. As long as we have suitable hardback chairs without arms. We bring everything else.

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

Yes. Also, if there is a particular song you would like for the ceremony that is not on the list we can usually find that for you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?


What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our professional live string sound, our flexible and varied repertoire, our adaptability.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Numerous churches and country houses and hotels throughout the West Midlands, Wales and beyond. Rowton Castle, Peckforton Castle, Weston Park, Madeley Court, Ludlow Castle, Plas Dinam, Lilleshall Hall, Ullesthorpe Court, Hodnet Hall, The Holford Estate, Hadley Park Hotel, Park Hotel (Shifnal), Delbury Hall, Tong Church, Shrewsbury Cathedral,

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Classical composers

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

All our weddings are high profile!

Scherzando Strings' Prices

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Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£750
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Scherzando Strings' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Kevin S
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Simply brilliant, played all songs we requested 100% use scherzando strings again

Reply from Scherzando Strings
1 month ago

Thank you Kevin, it was great to meet you and play for your guests. All the best for the future. Sue & William

Tom L
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you so very much for playing at our wedding.

Reply from Scherzando Strings
3 months ago

Thank you Tom, it was a pleasure. Wishing you and Melissa all the best for the future. Sue & William

Deborah W
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Wonderful trio played at my daughters wedding. Mixture of classical, modern and film music. Wedding march was perfectly timed. Everyone said it was such a lovely touch having musicians play. Thank you so much Sue and team :)

Reply from Scherzando Strings
3 months ago

Thanks Debbie. It was a pleasure! Such perfect weather too. Hope to see you again at one of our concerts. Sue & William

Joseph C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Scherzando Strings we’re absolutely perfect and so flexible for what we needed. I joined the trio on viola and enjoyed their brilliant packs of quartet arrangements which were an absolute hit with the wedding party. Thanks so much!

Reply from Scherzando Strings
1 year ago

It was a pleasure to meet you and play with you as well.

From other customers:

Grace N
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Stafford ST18 0RF
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5 out of 5

"Just wanted to say thank you for last weekend, you absolutely made it for us, the music was wonderful and created a great atmosphere. Thank you again, Grace"

Jessica B
5 years ago, for a Wedding in The N
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5 out of 5

Just a massive thank you for the beautiful music provided by the string-quartet last Saturday. I am sorry I didn’t get chance to thank you personally but you made a massive contribution to the event’s success. Everyone commented after how lovely the music was and I am sure the heat was unbearable on that stage at times. I wish you success with all your summer events and thank you again for making it such a very memorable occasion for us all. Jessica’s mum, Jane x

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