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Thackeray String Quartet/Trio

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About Thackeray String Quartet/Trio

The most experienced string quartet/trio in the North West, providing quality music in a wide selection of styles to suit your event.
String quartet
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The musicians in Thackeray String Quartet (Trio) are highly experienced professionals providing quality music. They are based in the North West. They also work as a string trio - which is an increasingly popular option and great for smaller rooms and budgets. In addition to quartet work, they have worked as freelance players with the region's top orchestras such as Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Opera North and Northern Chamber Orchestra. They have played in West End shows, touring throughout the UK and around the world, in addition to playing as backing musicians in bands for artistes such as Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Hayley Westenra, Texas and for the Strictly Come Dancing Tour. They have also worked in Abbey Road studios for film sessions and recorded backing for a variety of bands such as Texas and Marc Almond. Their playing is versatile and they perform a huge variety of Repertoire, ranging from Classical favourites such as Pachelbel’s Canon to Swing, Tangos, Beatles and a big selection of Popular songs including: One Day Like This (Elbow), You're Beautiful (James Blunt), Game of Thrones Theme, Songbird (Eva Cassidy), A Million Love Songs (Take That) and many more. The selection is always increasing and the quartet is happy to perform music of your choice. They are happy to arrange a song for your special occasion! Venues include: Mottram Hall, Arley Hall, Bolton School, Eaves Hall, Stockport Town Hall, Bramall Hall, Manchester Town Hall, Midland Hotel, Hoghton Tower and many more. The string quartet can be hired to perform inside a venue or – weather permitting – outside in the gardens. They also work as a string trio - which is an increasingly popular option and great for smaller rooms and budgets. Demo video music: Game of Thrones, Rewrite the Stars (The Showman), Rather Be (Clean Bandit), All about You (McFly), Yellow (Coldplay), Glasgow Love song (Love Actually)

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Covers, Pop, Acoustic, Britpop, Tango, Swing, Dixieland
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

This is a sample of the type of music we can play. Please let us know if you have any special requests - we can arrange/buy the song for you.
• There is a light that never goes out The Smiths
• One Day like this Elbow
• Bittersweet The Verve
• The Universal Blur
• Whatever Oasis
• Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
• Design for Life Manic Street Preachers
• Yellow Coldplay
• Clocks Coldplay
• To make you feel my Love Bob Dylan/Adele
• Just the way you are (Amazing) Bruno Mars
• Your Song Elton John
• Angels Robbie Williams
• You Raise me Up Westlife
• Everything I do Bryan Adams
• Us Regina Spek
• 1234 Feist
• It’s Not Unusual Tom Jones
• Beautiful Day U2
• It’s all about You McFly
• Rather Be Clean Bandit
• When I’m 64 Beatles
• Something Beatles
• All You need is Love Beatles
• The Long and Winding Road Beatles
• Eleanor Rigby Beatles
• Yesterday Beatles
• Let it Be Beatles
• One day like this Elbow
• Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
• Here come the Girls
• Heroes David Bowie
• Whatever Oasis
• The Universal Blur
• Stand By Me
• Perfect Day – Lou Reed
• Knocked up Kings of Leon
• Greatest Day Take That
• Just the way you are (amazing) Bruno Mars
• A Thousand Years Christina Perri
• Going Home Mark Knopfe
• Fields of Gold Sting
• Don’t stop Believin’ Journey
• Time of your life (Good Riddance) Greenday
• I’ll stand by you The Pretenders
• Nothing Else Matters Metallica
• How long will I love you Ellie Goulding
• Songbird Eva Cassidy/Fleetwood Mac
• The One Kodaline
• A Million Love Songs Take That
• Love of My Life Queen
• Nightswimming R.E.M
• When a Man loves a Woman Percy Sledge
• You’re Beautiful James Blunt
• Digital Love Daft Punk
Music Theatre/Film
• Game of Thrones Theme Tune
• Glasgow Love Song: Love Actually
• Rewrite the Stars: The Showman
• ‘Back to the Future’ Theme
• Star Wars: Main Theme; Imperial March; Cantina; May the force be with you
• Nobody Does it Better (The Spy who Loved Me)
• Maestro (The Holiday)
• Kissing you - Romeo and Juliet Desire
• Summer Nights Grease
• Pirates of the Caribbean Theme
• ABBA medley (Mama Mia)
• Hello Dolly
• Hedwig’s Theme Harry Potter
• One Hand, One Heart Westside Story
• Bare Necessities Jungle Book/Disney
• Somewhere over the Rainbow Wizard of Oz
• All I Ask of You Lloyd Weber
• Killing me Softly Roberta Fleck
• The Time of my Life Dirty Dancing
• A whole New World Aladdin/Disney
• Tale as Old as Time Beauty and the Beast/Disney
• I don’t want to Miss A thing (Armageddon)
• My Fair Lady: Get me to the Church, I could have danced all night, The Rain in Spain, Wouldn’t it be Loverly?, With a little bit of luck
• Gabriel’s Oboe from the ‘Mission’
• As time goes by Casablanca
• Singin’ in the rain
• Summer Holiday
• Somewhere over the rainbow (Judy Garland)
• Kissing You - Romeo and Juliet
• Unchained Melody
• Wonderful Life Louis Armstrong
• Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps Doris Day
Selection of Popular Songs
• Wonderful Day Louis Armstrong
• Close to You Bacharach
• Charade Mancini
• Everlasting Love
• Come Fly with Me
• Viva Espana
• Embracable You Gershwin
• Lady Be Good Gershwin
• Moonriver
• Blue Moon
• The Entertainer Joplin
• Maple Leaf Rag
• Fly me to the Moon
• I got rhythm Gershwin
• That’s Amore
• A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square Manning Sherwin
• Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Jerome Kern
• Music to watch Girls By Andy Williams
• Stand By Me Ben King
• Isn’t she Lovely Stevie Wonder
• La Bamba Mexican Trad.
• That’s Amore Harry Warren
• Songbird Eva Cassidy
• At Last Etta James
• Let’s Face the Music Tonight Nat King Cole
• Unforgettable Nat King Cole
• How deep is your love/Yesterday Carpenters/Bee Gees
• She
• Chi Mai Emmio Morricone
• Por Una Cabeza Tango
• Sway Cherry Pink Tango
• La Cumparsita Tango
• El Choclo Tango
• Tomo y Obigo Tango
• Hernandos’ Hidaway Tango
• La Paloma Tango
• Alexander’s Ragtime Band Berlin
• No Strings Berlin
• What’ll I Do? Berlin
• Anything Goes Cole Porter
• Let’s do it Cole Porter
• Dixie Emmett
• Smoke Gets in your eyes Fats Waller
• All I do the whole night through is dream of you
• A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Manning Sherwin
• Our love is here to stay Gershwin
• Somebody loves me Gershwin
• Rialto Ripples Gershwin
• Prelude Gershwin
• Hill Street Blues
• I do like to be beside the seaside J. A. Glover-Kind
• I’m into something good Goffin and King
• The Entertainer Joplin
• Elite Syncopations Joplin
• Solace Joplin
• Bethena Joplin
• Easy Winners Joplin
• Maple Leaf Rag Joplin
• Makin’ Whoopee Walter Donaldson
• Moonlight and Roses Lemore
• My Funny Valentine (Vallentin) Rodgers
• The Way you look tonight
• Moonriver Mancini
• Charade Mancini
• Love and Marriage
• Cock Linnet
• Mexican Hat Dance
• Scarborough Fair
• Irish Sherry
• Cielito Lindo Yradier
• Up a Lazy River (Blues) Carmichael
Classical Selection
• Bach Wachet auf
• Sheep may Safely Graze
• Arioso
• Air on the G string
• Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
• Bist Du Bei Mir
• My Heart ever Faithful
• Ave-Maria (Bach-Gounod)
• Beethoven Ode to Joy
• Cannon Bill Bailey, Won’t you please come home?
• Charpentier Te Deum
• Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
• Delibes Flower Duet
• Delius La Calinda
• Brigg Fair
• Di Capua O sole mio
• Elgar Chanson de matin
• Nimrod
• The Angel’s Farewell (Dream of Gerontius)
• Fauré Pie Jesu (Requiem)
• Foster Beautiful Dreamer
• Franck Panis Angelicus
• Grieg Morgenstemning
• Handel Water Music (suite in F major and suite in D major)
• The Royal Fireworks Music
• Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
• Aria from Xerxes
• Liszt Liebestraum
• Massenet Meditation
• Mendelssohn Wedding March
If with All Your Hearts from ‘Elijah’
• Mouret Rondeau
• Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
3 Divertimenti
Alleluja from ‘Exultate Jubilate’
Andante form Piano Concerto no.21
• Pachelbel Canon
• Purcell Trumpet Tune
Hornpipe: Air: Rondeau: Chorus (from Fairy Queen)
• Puccini O mio babbino caro
• Schubert Ave Maria
• Schumann Traumerei
• Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Waltz of the Flowers
• Waldteufel The Skaters Waltz
• Wagner Wedding March from Tannhauser
• Warlock Folk Song Prelude no 2
• Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons
Hymns: available on request
Christmas music: available on request
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can work as a quartet or a trio. The trio (3 players) is ideal for smaller venues or for tighter budgets.

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

We will communicate regularly and there is flexibility to change timings slightly.

How much time do you need to set up?

We don't have any PA - so we are ready to play in 15 mins.

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

We will email an up to date repertoire list and you can choose what you would like to hear.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - we will only need chairs!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If your favourite song isn't on our list - please do ask!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They like our the varied pieces we play, which can suit a formal ceremony - but then change to lighter music for a drinks reception.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many venues all over the North West including: Mottram Hall, Arley Hall, Hoghton Tower, Old Trafford, Midland Hotel and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We play everything from Classical to Rock - we enjoy it all!

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

We have all played for orchestras and a variety of artists including Katherine Jenkins, Strictly Come Dancing Tour, Miss Saigon and Texas - to name a few!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£680
Up to 2 hours£680
Up to 3 hours£760
Available services
extra time - 30 mins


From customers:

Thomas D, 3 years ago

'Thank you so much for your hard work and for arranging our special song for us. Our guests really enjoyed listening to you!'

Victoria F, 2 years ago

We booked this fabulous string quartet for our wedding on August 11th. They are absolutely brilliant and very professional. Claire was always contactable and my request for “Waltz of the Flowers” to walk down the aisle to, was absolutely no problem for them to do. I highly recommend

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