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The Element String Quartet, Trio & Duo

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String quartet
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We have all trained at the UK's leading conservatoires and enjoy performing concerts together as well as music for weddings and functions.

The Element String Trio was formed by Luke Howard, Caroline Waters and Martin McNicholas and is named after the late Peter Element, concert pianist and professor at the Royal College of Music. Peter Element was Luke's piano professor during his four years at the RCM and his style of teaching and approach to the performance of music made profound and enduring impression on his students there. Having worked with Emily Groom on several occasions we were delighted that she agreed to join us so that we can perform from the vast treasure-trove that is the string quartet repertoire and completing The Element String Quartet.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Fanfare, Renaissance, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Latin jazz, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Blues, Light music, Easy listening, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Funk rock, Covers, Top 40, Disco, Indie, Pop rock, Britpop, Classic rock
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String quartet, String trio, String duo, String ensemble
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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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

This is a good selection of our repertoire but not a complete list. You will find the following headings below:
Quartet - Pop, Classical, Jazz
Trio - Pop, Classical, Jazz
Duo - Classical, Pop and Rock, Jazz, Folk and Show
· Abba Mama Mia
· Beatles When I'm Sixty-Four
· Meredith She
· White You're the first my last my everything
· Sting Fields of Gold
· Blunt You're Beautiful
· Coldplay Viva la Vida
· Gaydon Everlasting Love
· Jagger Bitter Sweet Symphony
· Elton John Can you feel the Love Tonight
· Ben King Stand by me
· Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman
· Wynette Stand by your Man
· Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
· Beach Boys God Only Knows
· The Kinks You Really Got Me
· The Charlatans Loving You is Easy
· The Eagles Hotel California
· Coldplay Yellow
· Dylan Make You Feel My Love
· Beatles All You Need is Love
· Ritchie Hello
· Beyonce Halo
· Menken Beauty and the Beast
· Queen Somebody to Love
· Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
· The Lass There She Goes
· Joel Just the Way you Are
· Bush The Man with the Child in his Eyes
· Madness It Must be Love
· Wonder Signed Sealed Delivered
· Time of your Life Riddance
· Mars Marry You
· Elbow One Day like This
· Weiss Can't Help Falling in Love
· Legend All of Me
· Coldplay Paradise
· Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
· Avicii Wake me up
· Clapton Wonderful Tonight
· Journey Don't Stop Believing
· Perri A Thousand Years
· Spandau Ballet True
· Armegeddon I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
· Sheeran Lego House
· Sheeran Perfect
· Arthur Say you won't Let Go
· Bon Jovi Always
· Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
· The Fray How to Save a Life
· U2 Beautiful Day
· Ros Hoppipolla
· Jepsen Call me Maybe
· Bastille Pompeii
· Clean Bandit Rather Be
· Guns and Roses Sweet Child of Mine
· The Googoo Dolls Iris
· Smith and Bernard Winter Wonderland
· Khan and Styne Let it Snow
· Nelson and Rollins Frosty the Snowman
· Gillespie and Coots Santa Claus is Coming to Town
· Beal and Boothe Jingle Bell Rock
· Albeniz Tango Op 165 No 2
· Arlen Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz
· Bach Air
· Bach Air on a G String from Orchestral Suite No 3
· Bach Jeus Joy of Man's Desiring
· Bach Sheep May Safely Graze
· Bach/Gounod Ave Maria
· Beethoven Ode to Joy
· Bellini Casta Diva from Norma
· Bizet Au Fond du Temple from Pearl Fishers
· Bizet Entracte from Carmen
· Bizet Habanera from Carmen
· Bizet Prelude from Suite from Carmen
· Boccherini Menuett
· Borodin First Polovtsian Dance from Prince Igor
· Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
· CavalloVesti La Giubba from Pagliacci
· Charpentier Te Deum Prelude
· Chopin Mazurka in A minor Op 7 No 2
· Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
· Cottrau Santa Lucia (Barcarola)
· de Sousa The Liberty Bell March
· Debussy Claire de Lune
· Debussy Golliwogg's Cakewalk from Children's Corner
· Delibes Flower Duet from Lacme
· Delibes Pizzicato Polka from Sylvia
· Denza Funiculi Fenicula
· di Capua O Sole Mio
· Donizetti Una Furtiva Lagrima from L'elisir D'amore
· Dvorak Humoresque
· Elgar Salut d'Amour
· Grieg Norweigan Dance No 2
· Grieg Norweigan Dance No 3
· Grieg Studenterens Serenade Op 73 No 6
· Handel Air from the Water Music
· Handel Hornpipe from the Water Music
· Handel Queen of Sheba
· Holst Jig from St Paul's Suite
· Irish TradLondonderry Air
· Jenkins Palladio
· Lloyd-Webber All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera
· McDowell A Deserted Farm Op 51 No 8
· Mendelssohn On Wings of Song
· Mendelssohn Sehnsuchtig Op 7 No 6
· Mendelssohn Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream
· Mouret Rondo
· Mozart Divertimento in Bb
· Mozart Divertimento in D
· Mozart Divertimento in F
· Mozart Eine Kliene Nacht Musik
· Offenbach Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffmann
· Pachelbel Canon
· Pachelbel Gigue
· Ponchielli Cielo e Mar from La Gioconda
· Puccini Nessun Dorma from Turandot
· Puccini Me Chiamo Mimi from La Boheme
· Puccini O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi
· Puccini Quando Me'n Vo'soletta from La Boheme
· Purcell Trumpet Tune
· Purcell Two Rondeaux from Abdelazar and the Fairy Queen
· Rota Romeo and Juliet Love Theme
· Satie Gymnopdie
· Schonberg I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables
· Schubert Ave Maria
· Schubert March Militaire
· Schumann Traumelerei
· Sullivan Three Little Maids from School from Mikado
· Tchaikovsky Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
· Tchaikovsky Waltz from Swan Lake
· Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
· Ungar Ashokan Farewell
· Verdi Andantino for La Forza del Destino
· Verdi La Donna emobile from Rigoletto
· Verdi Libiamo from La Traviata
· Verdi Vedi! Le fosche from Il Trovotere
· Vivaldi Largo from The Four Seasons
· Wagner Wedding March
· Schandt and Andree Dream a Little Dream of me
· Barber Adagio
· Barber String Quartet
· Dvorak String Quartet - the American
· Strauss Waltzes
· Gershwin Preludes
· Beltran Sway / Cherry Pink
· Bernstein New York New York from On the Town
· Donaldson Making Whoopee
· Gershwin Summertime from Porgy and Bess
· Joplin Ragtime Dance
· Joplin The Entertainer
· Kern The Folk who live on the Hill
· Porter Let's Do It
· Rodgers My Funny Valentine
· Suessdorf Moonlinght in Vermont
· Gershwin Promenade - Walking the Dog from Shall We Dance
· Everlasting Love Love Affair
· Lucy in the sky with diamonds The Beatles
· Fields of Gold Sting
· Can you feel the love tonight Elton John
· You’re Beautiful James Blunt
· When a man loves a woman Percy Sledge
· We’ve only just begun The Carpenters
· Take a chance on me ABBA
· It must be love Madness
· Bridge over troubled water Simon and Garfunkel
· Nothing Else Matters Metallica
· Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
· I don’t want to miss a thing Aerosmith
· It’s all about you McFly
· Angels Robbie Williams
· Wonderwall Oasis
· Somebody to love Queen
· You're the first the last my everything Barry White
· There she goes The Laas
· God only knows The Beach Boys
· Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
· Stand by me Ben E. King
· Imagine Lennon
· Just the way you are Billy Joel
· Nobody Does it Better Carly Simon
· We have all the time in the world Louis Armstrong
· Diamonds are forever Shirley Bassey
· Viva la Vida Coldplay
· Make you feel my love Bob Dylan
· Bittersweet Symphony The Verve
· One day like this Elbow
· All you need is love The Beatles
· Beauty and the Beast Alan Mencken
· Annie’s Song John Denver
· Yellow Coldplay
· Halo Beyoncé
· Always Bon Jovi
· Signed, sealed, delivered Stevie Wonder
· Here comes the sun George Harrison
· A Thousand Years Christina Perri
· Marry You Bruno Mars
· Say you won’t let go James Arthur
· Perfect Ed Sheehan
· Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
· Trumpet Tune – Purcell
· Trumpet Voluntary- Jeremiah Clarke
· Wedding March – Wagner
· Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
· Rondeau - Mouret
· Largo from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
· Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
· Ave Maria – Schubert
· Air – Bach
· Traumeri – Schumann
· Canon – Pachelbel
· La Rejouissance (from Royal Fireworks) – Handel
· Air (from Water Music) – Handel
· Bouree (from Water Music) – Handel
· Hornpipe (from Water Music) – Handel
· Wedding March – Mendelssohn
· Allelujah (from Exultate Jubilate) –Mozart
· Wachet auf – Bach
· Sheep may Safely Graze – Bach
· Ode to Joy – Beethoven
· Arioso – Bach
· Panis angelicus – Franck
· Andante (from Piano concerto no 21) Mozart
· Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky
· Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana" - Mascagni
· Salut D'Amour - Elgar
· O mio babbino caro - Puccini
· Nessun Dorma - Puccini
· Meditation from "Thais"
· I Giorni - Einaudi
· Two Sunsets (Due Tramonti) - Einaudi
· "Nulla in Mundo" - Vivaldi
· Clair de Lune - Debussy
· Gabriel's Oboe - Morricone
· Benedictus from "The Armed Man" - Karl Jenkins
· Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart
· Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
· Duet from the Pearl Fishers - Bizet
· Nimrod from Enigma Variations - Elgar
· Barcarolle from the "Tales of Hoffman" - Offenbach
· Flower duet from "Lakme" - Delibes
· Humoreske - Dvorak
· Marche Militaire - Schubert
· Emperor Waltz - Strauss
· Pizzicato Polka - Strauss
· Mazurka op.7, no.2 - Chopin
· Santa Lucia - Teodoro Cottrau
· On Wings of Song - Mendelssohn
· Pizzicato Polka from "Sylvia" - Delibes
· Rondeau from "Abdelazar" - Purcell
· Rondeau from "The Fairy Queen" - Purcell
· Norwegian Dance no.3 - Grieg
· Funiculi Funicula - Luigi Denza
· Beltran Sway / Cherry Pink
· Bernstein New York New York from On the Town
· Donaldson Making Whoopee
· Gershwin Summertime from Porgy and Bess
· Joplin Ragtime Dance
· Joplin The Entertainer
· Kern The Folk who live on the Hill
· Porter Let's Do It
· Rodgers My Funny Valentine
· Suessdorf Moonlinght in Vermont
· Gershwin Promenade - Walking the Dog from Shall We Dance
· Puttin’ On The Ritz - Irving Berlin
· It Don’t Mean a Thing… - Duke Ellington
· Five Foot Two, Eyes are Blue – Young/Lewis/Henderson
· I can’t Give you Anything but Love – Fields/McHugh
· A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Sherwin
· At Last – Etta James – Gordon and Warren
· Let’s Do It – Cole Porter
· Anything Goes –
· Tango por una Cabeza – Gardel
· Tango – Albeniz
· Wonderful World – Weiss
· Always - Irving Berlin
· When I fall in love - Heyman and Young
· Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - Irving Berlin
· Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Jerome Kern
· Canon - Pachelbel
· Meditation – Massenet
· Humoresque –Dvorak
· Wedding March – Mendelssohn
· La Donna e Mobile Verdi
· The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
· Tango por una Cabeza – Gardel
· Danny Boy – Trad
· Libiamo – from Traviata – Verdi
· Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
· Mexican hat dance
· Air from partita VI – JS Bach
· Bist du bei mir – JS Bach
· Theme from Symphony no 5 – Schubert
· Bouree from Water music – Handel
· Hornpipe from Water Music – Handel
· La Rousissance – Royal Fireworks – Handel
· Air from water music – Handel
· Trumpet Tune – Purcell
· Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
· Nessun Dorma – Puccini
· Rondeau – Mouret
· Largo from Four seasons -Vivaldi
· Bach 2 part invention no 1
· Bach 2 part invention no 4
· Bach 2 part invention no 8
· Violin and cello duo in D major – Haydn
· Largo from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
· Wedding March – Wagner
· Minuet – Boccherini
· Ave Maria – Schubert
· Allegro from “Spring” Vivaldi
· Ode to Joy - Beethoven
· Minuet and Trio – Mozart
· Jesu Joy of Mans desiring – JS Bach
· Hungarian Dance – Brahms
· Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
· Serenade – Schubert
· Fur Elise – Beethoven
· The Swan – Saint Saens
· Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
· Watchet Auf (Sleepers Awake) JS Bach
· Summer Nights, from Grease – Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs
· Dancing Queen , Abba
· Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
· Sound of Silence – Paul Simon
· Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
· Annie’s Song – John Denver
· All you need is Love – Lennon and McCartney
· Beauty and the Beast – Alan Menken
· Beauty and the Beast (prologue) Alan Menken
· Bittersweet Symphony – Mick Jagger
· Beautiful Day ,U2 Bono McKenna
· Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
· Diamonds are Forever –John Barry
· God only Knows – The Beach Boys
· Halo – Beyonce
· I don’t wanna miss a thing – Aaerosmith
· Isn’t she lovely – Stevie Wonder
· One Day like this – Elbow
· A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
· Everlasting – Love Affair
· You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
· Yellow – Coldplay
· Viva La Vida – Coldplay
· Make you feel my love
· Rather Be – Clean Bandit
· Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
· Stand by me – Ben E King
· I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
· Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
· Wonderwall –Oasis
· Mama Mia – Abba – Benny Anderson.
· When I fall in Love- Heyman and Young
· Always – Irving berlin
· Puttin- on the Ritz – Berlin
· It don’t mean I thing – Duke Ellington
· Five foot two, eyes are blue,
· I can’t give you anything but love.
· Lets do it!
· Anything Goes
· Scarborough Fair – Trad
· Tango por Una Cabeza – Carlos Gardel
· Tango – Albeniz
· Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen
· At Last – Etta James
· What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
· I could have danced all night - Loewe
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We are a flexible ensemble working as a string quartet, trio or duo. We are also able to provide you with a violin and piano duo and even an organist if required! (our cellist is multi-skilled!)

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

If your timings change after a booking we will do our very best to accommodate you. Payment for extra time can be easily be organised. 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?

As we are an acoustic ensemble we require minimum time for set up. However we like to arrive between 30 mins -1 hr before the event to ensure everyone is ready and and relaxed.

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

We have playlists for each of our line-ups and our clients may choose anything they would like. We have lists for Classical, Pop and Rock and Jazz. We are also happy for clients to request a piece/song that is not on our list as we are usually able to source music quite easily. If the music is unavailable, then we can arrange it especially for the client:)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - absolutely. We bring everything we need to play! We will require chairs without arms and if we are to play outside we would request some shady spot or cover - this is to protect our valuable instruments.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our playlist 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. If we need to arrange it especially for you because it is not available to buy there will be an extra fee of £40.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients have said they like our friendly, professional approach from the moment they contact us until the end of our booking. They also love the fact that we have such a varied repertoire. I recommend you read our reviews if you have a moment.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed at Keech Hospice Care for a celebratory event attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Other venues include - Hengrave Hall, Dodford Manor, Bassemead Barns, Brocket Hall, Waddesdon Manor, Woburn Picture Gallery, Castle Headington, The Barns - Bedford. The Swan hotel-Bedford, Whittlebury Hall. South Farm -Shingay-cum-Wendy...many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We have been influenced by so many over the years. Listening to a wide range of music has made us realise that as a string ensemble we can play anything including classical music but so much more than that. Listening and learning from our own professors in the music conservatoires where we have studied has probably been our greatest influence overall!

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

Our performance at Keech Hospice Care for a celebratory event attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


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Zoe A, 29 days ago

Excellent! Learns the song of our choice and it was everything I dreamed! Thank you!

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Alpash M, 1 month ago

We had the band booked for our wedding reception canapes. They delivered on our special day. The music was great. As was the song selection. Would recommend.

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Helen S, 2 months ago

Caroline and Luke played at our wedding on Feb 24th in Bury St Edmunds and I cannot recommend Element String enough. They were absolutely fantastic and I feel lucky to have had them playing at our wedding. So many guests commented on the quality and variety of the music they played and how it created a great atmosphere for the event. From the outset we received quick responses from Caroline and a friendly and flexible approach. She was happy to adjust length of time and number of musicians to fit our budget. We had the duo to play as guests were arriving and having welcome drinks , then through the ceremony itself and for most of the drinks reception that followed. We had thought we would be indoors on the day given it was Feb but due to uncharacteristically hot weather , the drinks were taken outside onto the terrace. Caroline and Luke being very flexible moved outside with us which was amazing. The group have a good repertoire to select from so you can have classical for the more formal moments in your day and something more jazzy afterwards to give a party feel. The duo created the perfect level of sound for the size of our ceremony room and number of guests (around 85). If we had a greater budget we would have taken the trio or even quartet without thinking as their previous reviews were so positive. I’m sad that I didn’t get to meet Caroline and Luke properly to say a big thank you. On the wedding day itself everything just seems to happen around you without you having any chance to veer off schedule. I bumped into Caroline by chance as I was being shown into the dining room and she was lovely , very warm and friendly. She and Luke arrived nice and early to set up and what is great is they are fully acoustic. Everything you hear is fully their talent and no electrics/amplifiers and wires required so it is easy to set up in almost any part of the room you require. They created such atmosphere for our ceremony - I could not have been more delighted with them. If you are looking for musicians for your wedding or other event that are extremely talented in their range of music, flexible , easy to deal with , fairly priced and transparent - then look no further than Element String.

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Matilda E, 2 months ago

These guys are beyond perfect. We do not know how to say thank you. They were amazing, in the heat these guys played consistently and patiently. They were a fantastic touch to our wedding and I strongly recommend that you ONLY book these guys! You will not be disappointed. We are trying to find another occasion to book them for!

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Samantha A, 6 months ago

We are so delighted to have found Caroline and friends. It was the icing on the cake for my husband and I’s joint 50th birthday celebration last Saturday night. They played a varied selection of music. Our guests thought they were brilliant. Caroline was lovely to deal with from start to finish. Definitely use again.

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Mary B, 6 months ago

Dear element Strings Jonathan and I wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding reception last weekend. We really enjoyed the songs you played and it was the perfect accompaniment to our reception drinks. We've had lots of compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed your music and the high quality of your performance- they felt it was perfect for the summer house location and added a sense of occasion to the event. We would highly recommend you to others planning their wedding and other events. Its been great to work with you leading up to this event and thank you so much for making our reception so special.

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