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About Sophistication Strings

With over 20 years experience providing fine musicians, Sophistication Strings can provide the perfect atmosphere for your event.
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Sophistication Strings comprises a pool of highly trained and experienced professional string players who perform in top UK orchestras such as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and London Concert Orchestra. Crossover and commercial experience includes work with artists such as Robbie Williams, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Blake. We have also provided backing strings for the X factor and been invited to take part in ITV1's 'May The Best House Win'. All Sophistication Strings' musicians have extensive experience of the wedding and events industry and have performed at high-end Corporate events all over the UK and abroad. In addition to this, we all give solo and chamber music recitals regularly and have worked extensively in the session and recording industries. Sophistication String Quartet and String Trio/Duo performs at weddings, functions and corporate events all over the UK. The Quartet has an extensive repertoire, including classical and light classical works, jazz standards, show tunes and pop arrangements. We will also consider any requests you may have. Sophistication String Quartet/Trio performs many pop songs and jazz standards that are specially arranged. We are completely mobile and require no power supply, which makes us an ideal choice for a civil ceremony or a summer wedding or event, where guests may move outside for drinks and back inside for dinner. The quartet, trio or duo have the flexibility not only to play classical music but also lighter, jazzier music during drinks and dinner. We can easily accompany an instrumental or vocal soloist Our space requirements are minimal and we are ideal for smaller events, parties and weddings. Our repertoire is extensive. Please visit the sound clips below≥

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage
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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
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Song list

Classical Selection
Bach - Air in D ("on the G string")
Bach-Gounod - Ave Maria
Bach - Badinerie
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Bach - Double Violin Concerto
Bach - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach - Sheep may safely graze
Bach - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake)
Barber - Adagio for strings
Bartok - Rumanian Folk Dances
Beethoven - Ode to Joy
Bizet - Carmen: Entr'acte
Bizet - Carmen: Overture
Boccherini - Minuet
Borodin - Polovtsian Dance No.1
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No 5
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
Delibes - Flower Duet
Di Capua - O Sole Mio
Dvorak - Humoresque
Dvorak - Slavonic Dance no 8
Elgar - Chanson de Matin
Elgar - Chanson de Nuit
Elgar - Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Elgar - Salut d'Amour
Franck - Panis Angelicus
Grieg - Morning
Handel - Air from Water MusicHandel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel - Lascia Ch'io Pianga (Rinaldo)
Handel - La Réjouissance
Handel - Royal Fireworks Music: Overture
Handel - Water Music
Massenet - Méditation from Thais
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Mozart - Alleluja (from Exsultate, Jubilate)
Mozart - Ave Verum
Mozart - Divertimento in D K.136
Mozart - Divertimento in B flat K.137
Mozart - Divertimento in F K.138
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Offenbach - Barcarolle
Pachelbel - Canon
Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro
Puccini - Nessun Dorma
Purcell - Rondeau from Abdelazar
Purcell - Trumpet Tune
Saint-Saëns - The Swan
Schubert - Ave Maria
Schubert - Marche Militaire
Strauss - Emperor Waltz
Strauss - Tales from the Vienna Woods
Tchaikovsky - Suite from The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky - Waltz and Scene from Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker)
Verdi - La Donna e Mobile
Verdi - Overture to Forza del Destino (Stella Artois ad)
Vivaldi - Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Wagner - Bridal March
Albeniz - Tango
Anderson - The Waltzing Cat
Anderson - Blue TangoArlen - Over the Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
Aznavour -She
Beatles - All You Need is Love
Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
Beatles - Hey Jude
Beatles - Let It Be
Beatles - When I'm Sixty-Four
Beatles - Yesterday
Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer
Coldplay - Clocks
Coldplay - Fix You
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Coldplay - Yellow
Desree - Kissing You
Donaldson - Makin' Whoopee
Elbow - One Day Like This
Elton John - Can you Feel the Love Tonight
Elton John - Your Song
Gershwin - I Got Rhythm
Gershwin - Summertime
Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin
Gardel - Por Una Cabeza (Tango)
Harry Warren - That's Amore
Horner - Theme from Titanic
Karl Jenkins - Palladio
Johnny Burke/Artur Johnstone - Pennies from Heaven
Joplin - Bethena
Joplin - Country Club Rag
Joplin - The Entertainer
Joplin - Heliotrope Bouquet
Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin - Ragtime Dance
Lloyd Webber - Any Dream Will Do (Joseph)
Lloyd Webber - Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Evita)
Lloyd Webber - Memory (Cats)
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Mancini - Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Monti -Czardas
Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission)
Porter - Anything Goes
Porter - Let's Do It
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Rolf Lovland / Brendan Graham - You Raise Me Up
Rodgers - My Favourite Things & Sound of Music medley
Schönberg - I Dreamed a Dream (Les Misérables)
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Sting - Fields of Gold
Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes of You.
The Folks Who Live on the Hill - Jerome Kern
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony


From customers:

Margaret C, 8 years ago

...all of our guests commented on how the music added the perfect ambience to our special day. Thank you, Sophistication Strings, for your beautiful playing

Kevin K, 7 years ago

we have had so many compliments about your playing and we loved your choice of music throughout the day, Thank you again for helping to make our wedding so memorable.

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