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Simple Strings

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About Simple Strings

Simple Strings are a Scottish professional string quartet available for your wedding or event!
String quartet
Glasgow
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Simple Strings formed in summer of 2017 as a professional quartet based in central Scotland with a specialism in world class special arrangements for weddings ceremonies, drinks receptions and corporate events. We have an enourmous range of music from classical hits to modern pop and film numbers specially arranged by our incredible team. We offer a totally personalised service so you're sure to get the music that is exactly right for your event. See our promo video for more and please get in touch!

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Genres:
Film / TV music, Classical, Pop, Covers, Rock, Jazz, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional church music, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Musical theatre, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Scottish music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Church service, Charity event, Birthday party, Burns night, Christmas party, Recording session, Concert
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Song list

FILM
Balcony Scene - from Romeo + Juliet
Concerning Hobbits - from Lord of the Rings
Diamonds are Forever – from Diamonds are Forever
Engagement Party - from La La Land
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Fairytale - from Shrek
Feather Theme – from Forrest Gump
For the Love of a Princess - from Braveheart
Gabriel’s Oboe - from The Mission
Game of Thrones - Main Theme
Game of Thrones - Rain of Castamere
Garden Conversation - from The Wedding Planner
Glasgow Love Theme - from Love Actually
Harry’s Wondrous World – from Harry Potter
He Sleeps (Love Theme) - from Pretty Woman
Hogwarts Hymn - from Harry Potter
I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing – from Armageddon
I’m Kissing You – from Romeo + Juliet
Love Theme - from Cinema Paradiso
Love Theme – from The Godfather
Love Theme - from Romeo and Juliet
Love Yourself (Reprise) - from Bridgerton
The Kiss (aka the Gael) – from Last of the Mohicans
Maestro - from The Holiday
May it Be - from Lord of the Rings
Mia and Sebastian’s Theme - from La La Land
Moon River - from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
My Heart Will Go On – from Titanic
Nearer My God to Thee – from Titanic
Nobody Does It Better – from The Spy Who Loved Me
Now We Are Free - from Gladiator
Por Una Cabeza - from Scent of a Woman
Portuguese Love Theme - from Love Actually
Pure Imagination – from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Showing Dickon the Garden - from The Secret Garden
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – from the TV Series
Star Wars - The Force Theme
Star Wars - The Throne Room
Tennessee - from Pearl Harbour
Touch Her Soft Lips and Part - from Henry V Turning Page – from Twilight
Valse d’Amelie - from Amelie
Waltz – from The Godfather
Welcome to Jurassic Park - from Jurassic Park When You Say Nothing At All – from Notting Hill
DISNEY
Beauty and the Beast - from Beauty and the Beast
Bella Notte - from Lady in the Tramp
Can You Feel the Love Tonight? - from Lion King How Far I’ll Go - from Moana
If I Never Knew You - from Pocahontas
I See the Light - from Tangled
Kiss the Girl – The Little Mermaid
Let it Go - from Frozen
Love is an Open Door - from Frozen Married Life - from Up
Something There – Beauty and the Beast Under the Sea - from The Little Mermaid
A Whole New World - from Aladdin
You’ve Got a Friend in Me - from Toy Story
THEATRE
All I ask of You – from The Phantom of the Opera
Edelweiss – from The Sound of Music
The Greatest Show - from The Greatest Showman
I Could Have Danced All Night – from My Fair Lady
Les Miserables (Selection) – from Les Miserables
Love Changes Everything – from Aspects of Love
One Hand, One Heart - from West Side Story
This is Me - from The Greatest Showman You'll Never Walk Alone – from Carousel
POPULAR
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye ft. Tammi Terrell
All of Me – John Legend
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
At Last – Etta James
Back in Black – ACDC
Beautiful Day – U2
Better Half of Me – Tom Walker
Blackbird – The Beatles
Blame it on the Boogie – The Jackson Five
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Franki Valli and the Four Seasons
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Close to You – The Carpenters
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Endless Love – Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross
Eternal Flame – The Bangles
Everything – Michael Buble
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
Girls Like You – Maroon 5
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn
Greatest Day – Take That
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Here, There and Everywhere – The Beatles
Horse With No Name - America
I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
In My Blood – Shawn Mendes
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) – Nat King Cole
Levitating – Dua Lipa
The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
Love is in the Air – John Paul Young
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan (Adele Version)
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Moondance – Van Morrison
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
One Day Like This - Elbow
The Only Exception – Paramore
Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy Version Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
The River – Bruce Springsteen
The Rose – Bette Midler
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Shut Up and Dance With Me – Walk the Moon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Somethin’ Stupid – Frank and Nancy Sinatra Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding
Still Into You - Paramore
Super Trouper - ABBA
Sway – Dean Martin
Sweet Child of Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
Take it Easy – The Eagles
There She Goes – The La’s
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
This Will Be – Natalie Cole
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocchelli
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Until You Come Back To Me – Aretha Franklin
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Whatever - Oasis
Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
The Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler Wonderwall - Oasis
You Make My Dreams – Hall and Oates
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Your Song – Elton John
You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
Yours – Ella Henderson
CLASSICAL
Adagio from Clarinet Concerto in A major – Mozart Air from Suite in D - J. S. Bach
Allegro I from Autumn - Vivaldi
Allegro III from Autumn – Vivaldi
Andante from Piano Concerto No.21 - Mozart Arioso - J. S. Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Ave Maria - Caccini
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave verum corpus – Mozart
Cavatina - Myres
Canon in D – Pachelbel
The Entertainer - Joplin
Flower Duet – Delibes
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Satie
Hornpipe in D - Handel
I giorni - Einaudi
Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavelleria Rusticana – Mascagni
Irish Blessing – Chilcott
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - J. S. Bach
Jupiter (Main Theme) – Holst
Kriegsmarsch der Priester - Mendelssohn
Largo from “New World” Symphony - Dvorak
Largo from Winter - Vivaldi
Largo from Xerxes - Handel
Meditation from Thais – Massenet
Pani Angelicus - Franck
Pavane – Faure
Pavane pour une infante defunte – Ravel
Pizzicato Polka - Strauss
Poco adagio cantabile - Haydn
Romance from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
Romance from Five Bagatelles - Finzi
Rondeau – Mouret
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Quanta Qualia - Hawes
Salut d’amour – Elgar
Sheep May Safely Grave - J. S. Bach
Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky
Spring 1 - Richter
Sull’ Aria – Mozart
The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)– Saint-Saens Traumeri - Schumann
Trout Quintet - Schubert
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Våren – Grieg
Wachet auf - J. S. Bach
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Wedding March - Wagner
Zadok the Priest - Handel
TRADITIONAL
Ae Fond Kiss
Amazing Grace
Ashokan Farewell
Flow Gently Sweet Afton Grace
Highland Cathedral
Home Away from Home
Loch Lomond
Londonderry Air
A Man's a Man
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Neil Gow's Lament
Rowan Tree
Skye Boat Song
Wood Works (Selection) by The Danish String Quartet Ye Banks and Braes
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We often get complimented on our range of song choices, particularly when clients recognise a beautiful theme from a film or a favourite song, expertly arranged for quartet.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We're privileged to have played in the best venues Scotland has to offer. Some of our recent venues are the likes of Mount Stuart (Bute), Mar Hall, Boclair House, Strathaven Hotel, Signet Library, Dalkeith Castle and Gretna Green.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

So hard to choose! Though all of our musicians are classically trained to the highest standards, most of us have a sweet spot for classic film music such as Disney or any of the big epic film scores from Hollywood. We also tend to love some disco, anything from be 70s in particular!

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

We’ve had the pleasure of playing many stunning weddings, one that comes to mind was an American party that all had flown over to Scotland to book exclusive use of a castle down by the west coast, purely to have been married in our beautiful country. For them a location wedding, for us just an hour away but it was stunning and a total pleasure to play!

Do you have different line-up options?

Our lineup is a standard string quartet of two violins, viola and cello. We can offer a trio for ceremony only packages at a reduced fee.

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. We generally allow a 15 minute grace if the call to dinner is later than expected to make sure your guests stay entertained!

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes us no more than 30 mins to setup and tune, but we arrive at least 1 hour 15 mins before your ceremony is due to start so that we're ready to play as your guests arrive up to half an hour before.

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

Yes, please do! We love everything we play, so anything on the setlist can be picked as ceremony choices or for during the drinks reception. When booking with us we also offer one free arrangement if there's something you'd like that we don't play yet.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we provide all instruments, music stands, folders and when required, amplification. We just require 4 non-armed chairs from the venue at both the ceremony and drinks reception location.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

We're more than happy learning new music for your event! We offer one new arrangement per booking free of charge, get in touch if you have more than one request not included on our list.

Prices

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Up to 1 hour£745
Up to 2 hours£845
Up to 3 hours£945
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4.9 out of 5
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Elspeth K
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent service. No issues. No fuss. Loads of complements from the wedding guests. A worthwhile use of their services. Many thanks to you all. Ewan.

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Kimberley M
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Couldn’t have asked for a better band for our wedding - thank you!

Reply from Simple Strings
3 months ago

Thank you Kimberley, it was our pleasure!

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Scott R
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Amazing from start to finish, song choices were fantastic and played everything we asked for, all our guest commented on how much they enjoyed listening to them, would definitely recommend.

Reply from Simple Strings
3 months ago

Thank you so much for the recommendation Scott, we loved playing for you and your guests!

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Kathryn M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

They were fantastic. Professional, punctual, good-natured, talented!! Thanks so much for being a part of our special day.

Reply from Simple Strings
3 months ago

Thank you Kathryn, what a special, memorable day this was, you had such an amazing wedding, thanks for having us play!

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Kenny C
4 years ago

Simple Strings recently performed in concert as part of a Parkinson's UK fundraising initiative. Their fantastic set of varied musical styles was a joy to listen to and a real highlight of the event.

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Diljeet B
5 years ago

I worked with Simple Strings for my friend's wedding where I was performing in the ceremony. I wrote the arrangements, which were beautifully brought to life by the quartet, and they made performing in the ceremony so special - they were a joy to work with in rehearsals and on the day, and I can't recommend them highly enough.