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About The Meanwood Ensemble

A classical vocal quartet based in Leeds. We particularly aim to bring classical music to new audiences by performing in unusual venues.
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The Meanwood Ensemble were launched in May 2018 and aim to bring classical music to new audiences by performing in unusual locations such as cafes, bars, warehouses etc. Despite being the 'newbies' on the block they have had an excellent response across Leeds. Their repertoire ranges from Renaissance polyphony, right through to close-harmony. Alongside performing in unusual venues The Meanwood Ensemble regularly perform concerts in churches to enjoy the beautiful acoustics they offer!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Renaissance
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Types:
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

(And much more, please enquire!)
Weddings:
(Rutter) The Lord Bless you and keep you
(Rutter) God be in my head
(Batten) O sing joyfully
(Finzi) My spirit sang all day
(Whitacre) This Marraige
Exsultate justi
Funerals:
(Byrd) Ave Verum
(Daley) In Remembrance
They are at rest
(Gibbons) Almighty and everlasting God
(Harris) Holy is the true light
Abide with me
(Tavener) Funeral Ikos
(Tavener) Mother of God, here I stand
(Purcell) Thou knowest Lord
(Victoria) Jesu dulcis memoria
Christmas:
All traditional carols
(Stopford) Lully Lulla Lullay
(Todd) My Lord has come
And so it goes
(Rutter) Nativity Carol
(Rutter) All bells in paradise
A Merry Christmas
Recital/choral:
As torrents in summer
(Byrd) Mass for 4 voices
(Tavener) The Lamb
The long day closes
(Tallis) If ye love me
(Bruckner) Locus Iste
Close Harmony:
(Billy Joel) And so it goes
(Billy Joel) Lullaby
Stand by me
(The Beatles) Blackbird
Somewhere over the rainbow
Moonriver
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

How engaging we are being such a small group. How our sound is able to fill a church/room. Our professionalism and friendliness. Our connection as a group.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Rudding Park Wharfdale Grange St Edmundsbury Cathedral Many independent coffee shops/bars

Do you have different line-up options?

We primarily perform as 1 per part however if you specifically require music that is more than these forces we can organise additional singers or an equal standard.

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

Not a problem, just discuss this with us well in advance and we can then look into whether we need more or less music for the new timings.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

N/A

How much time do you need to set up?

We don't require any time to set up PA as we don't use any, however we like to rehearse in the venue for a minima of 45 minutes on the day of the event, to get an idea of the acoustic we are working with.

Can you roam around while you perform?

If required however this is not ideal in terms of maintaining a good vocal balance.

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

Yes of course. We are also happy to discuss specific requests via email/phone prior to the event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We don't require any of this equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes absolutely, provided that this requests are made when first enquiring so we can ensure that we have time to rehearse new repertoire thoroughly.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£500
Up to 3 hours£650
Packages
Wedding ceremony4 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£450
Drinks reception4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£500
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner4 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 30 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 30 min performances as dinner is being served.
£1000

Add-ons

Accompanist/Organist
+£80

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Jane C, 2 years ago

We are delighted every time we are able to see The Meanwood Ensemble perform; they make a refreshing change to the live music scene locally as they are so versatile and the content of the performances is so varied, mixing well-known classics with modern interpretations and moving pieces. Their beautiful voices, covering an amazing range, intertwine in haunting harmony. Love them!

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Tony W, 2 years ago

I was delighted when it was suggested that the Meanwood Ensemble might come and do an evening of reflection for Remembrance Sunday. Music and poetry can often express the inexpressible much more eloquently than words, and so it proved to be. Although the forces were small, just four voices, the sound filled the church beautifully. Sometimes a quartet of voices can sound a little cold and detached, but not this group. They sang with conviction and passion, matching beautifully the occasion, modulating their sound to match the words and the occasion. The music that they sang was varied, and the choice suited a mixed audience , with something for every one to engage with. They also stayed behind after the recital and engaged with the audience, and this was much appreciated.

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