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How much do musicians cost? Ultimate Price Guide 2021

Wilderminds - band on Encore

One of the questions we’re asked most often is about the cost of hiring live musicians. Most people hiring live music have never done it before, so it can be daunting to wade through prices and quotes online when you have no idea what things should cost.

In this guide, we’ll be shining a light on the prices you should expect to pay for over 30 different types of live music. We’ll break the guide into six sections:

Contents

  1. Under £350
  2. £350 to £750
  3. £750 to £1,500
  4. £1,500 to £2,500
  5. £2,500 to £10,000
  6. £10,000 to £100,000

BONUS: How Much Your Favourite Bands Cost

Since starting Encore in 2014, our musicians have sent over 100,000 quotes to customers for all sorts of events, so we’ve got an excellent database of prices for different types of music.

For each type of live music, we’ll give you three prices:

Starting Price: this is the lowest price you can expect to pay for a professional performing at least one 45-minute performance. If you’re quoted a price below this, you may be dealing with amateur or student musicians, which can be risky.

Average Price: this is the average price for 2x 45-min sets. This data is based on over 100,000 quotes.

High-end Price: this is the highest quote you should expect to receive for a particular type of musician or band. If somebody gives you a quote above this price, be sure to ask for a breakdown of the fee.

Travel expenses

It’s also worth bearing in mind that these prices do not include travel expenses. The Musicians Union suggests that musicians should charge 45p per mile travelled, so if you’re hiring a soloist who is travelling a 100mi round trip, expect to pay roughly £45 in travel expenses.


Musicians under £350

With a budget of £350, you’re able to afford most types of solo instrumentalist or singer:


Emma Rushworth Violin
Emma Rushworth is one of Encore’s top-rated violinists

Solo Violinist

How much does it cost to hire a violinist?

Costs for a solo violinist range from £180 to £400, with an average price of £230.

  • Starting Price: £180
  • Average Price: £230
  • High-end Price: £400

Hiring a solo violinist is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies and receptions, dinners and drinks receptions, and corporate events.

To learn more about hiring a violinist, read our Violinist Booking Guide.

To browse over 400+ available solo violinists in the UK, head to our Hire a Violinist page.

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Cellist Lidia Alonso
Lidia Alonso is a professional cellist, available for hire on Encore

Solo Cellist

How much does it cost to hire a solo cellist?

Costs for a solo cellist range from £180 to £400, with an average price of £230.

  • Starting Price: £180
  • Average Price: £230
  • High-end Price: £400

Hiring a solo cellist is a particularly popular choice for wedding ceremonies, especially after Harry and Meghan hired Skeku Kanneh-Mason to perform at their royal wedding.

For advice and tips on hiring a cellist for your wedding, you may enjoy this this article: Wedding Cellist: Hiring Advice and Inspiration.

To browse over 180+ available cellists in the UK, head to our Hire a Cellist page.

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Bryan Edery - Pianist for Hire
Bryan Edery, a fantastic Encore pianist

Solo Pianist

How much does it cost to hire a solo pianist?

Costs for a solo pianist range from £180 to £450, with an average price of £260. The cost will be lower if your venue already has a piano, as this means the pianist doesn’t need to bring their own portable stage piano.

  • Starting Price: £180
  • Average Price: £260
  • High-end Price: £450

Hiring a pianist is a great choice for drinks receptions, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and laid-back events in bars and restaurants.

Thinking about hiring a pianist for your event, but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Check out our comprehensive Pianist Booking Guide.

To compare over 450 available pianists in the UK, take a look at our Hire a Pianist page.

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Matthew McRae Bagpiper
Sensational Encore bagpiper, Matthew McRae, available to book on Encore

Bagpiper

How much does it cost to hire a bagpiper?

Costs for a bagpiper range from £150 to £250, with the average price being around £200. Bear in mind that bagpipers are particularly popular on New Year’s Eve (Hogmanay), Burns Night, and St Andrews Day, so prices tend to be higher during these peak times.

  • Starting Price: £150
  • Average Price: £200
  • High-end Price: £250

Bagpipers are common at Scottish weddings, where the piper will often perform while the bride is arriving, or as the couple leave the church.

If you’d like some advice on hiring a bagpiper, we’ve written a helpful guide for you with lots of handy tips. Check it out here: Bagpiper Booking Guide

Encore is home to the largest selection of highly-rated bagpipers in the UK. To find an available piper for your event, head to our Hire a Bagpiper page.

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Georgia Thursting, Christmas Singing Guitarist
Georgia Thursting, an outstanding singing guitarist available to hire through Encore

Singing Guitarist

How much does it cost to hire a singing guitarist?

  • Starting Price: £180
  • Average Price: £280
  • High-end Price: £400

It’s worth noting that these prices are based on fairly standard performances at private events and weddings, usually of two 45-minute sets.

A singing guitarist performing in a pub on a Friday or Saturday night may charge slightly less, and a singing guitarist performing for your wedding ceremony, drinks reception and evening party will naturally charge more than £400 to be hired out for the entire day.

Singing Guitarists are extremely popular due to their versatile nature. They can provide a laid-back and low-key soundtrack to your drinks reception, or they can get all of your guests dancing on the tables and belting their lungs out to “Angels” by Robbie Williams towards the end of the night.

Singing Guitarists are popular all-year-round, and particularly popular on weekends during wedding season and throughout December when being booked for Christmas parties and New Years Eve events.

Take a look at our Singing Guitarist Booking Guide if you still have some unanswered questions!

Compare prices for over 150 singing guitarists in the UK here: Hire a Singing Guitarist

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Cat Delphi Singing pianist
Cat Delphi is a brilliant singing pianist available to book on Encore

Singing Pianist

How much does it cost to hire a singing pianist?

  • Starting Price: £200
  • Average Price: £300
  • High-end Price: £450

The prices for singing pianists are very similar to the prices of singing guitarists, with a slight increase to account for the pianist usually providing their own stage piano and amplification.

Some singing pianists can also offer a ‘grand piano shell’, where they can transform a regular keyboard into a small grand piano by attaching a classy perspex shell to the instrument. Most pianists will charge more for this, so if you’re interested in this option, expect to pay an additional £50 to £150 depending on the quality and size of the shell.

Compare costs of singing pianists all over the UK here: Hire a Singing Pianist

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Girl on Sax
Girl on Sax plays a mix of party anthems and pop classics in her energetic sets

Solo Saxophonist

How much does it cost to hire a solo saxophonist?

  • Starting Price: £200
  • Average Price: £350
  • High-end Price: £500

Booking a solo saxophonist is a great choice for those looking to get a big sound on a small budget (i.e., ideal if you were set on a band, but the budget won’t stretch). Most saxophonists will perform along with full-sounding backing tracks, and are able to help create a variety of musical moods, depending on the occasion. They can play just about any style, but are usually most comfortable playing soul, Motown, jazz, and pop tunes.

If you’re set on hiring a saxophonist, but are looking for a little more information, take a look at our in depth Saxophonist Booking Guide.

Browse prices, videos and reviews of over 200 UK-based saxophonists here: Hire a Saxophonist

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Aelfwyn Shipton electric violinist
Beyond the amazing sounds she produces, electric violinist Aelfwyn Shipton is a sight to behold in her light-up costumes!

Solo Electric Violinist

How much does it cost to hire an electric violinist?

  • Starting Price: £250
  • Average Price: £360
  • High-end Price: £500

Although less popular than your standard violinist, electric violinists can be an exciting alternative if you’re still looking for a violinist, but with a bit more energy. They’ll often have their own PA system (or be able to plug into the venue’s), and will normally play along with backing tracks.

They go down a hit at corporate events, birthday parties, and at special events like brand activations.

Find an electric violinist for your event on our Hire an Electric Violinist page.

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Tom Butterworth solo guitarist
Tom Butterworth is a solo guitarist, available for weddings, parties, and corporate events

Solo Guitarist

How much does it cost to hire a solo guitarist?

  • Starting Price: £170
  • Average Price: £240
  • High-end Price: £400

Solo guitarists usually cover a range of genres and styles. They’ll play anything from classical, to pop, to jazz—providing a really nice blend of tunes to add to the vibe of whatever event you might be planning.

If you’re still after some advice on booking a solo guitarist, we’ve written a handy guide for just this reason. Take a look at it here: Guitarist Booking Guide

Compare the prices and reviews of over 600 amazing guitarists in the UK here: Hire a Guitarist

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Samuel Bristow organist
Organist Samuel Bristow at the helm of a church organ

Organist

How much does it cost to hire an organist?

  • Starting Price: £160
  • Average Price: £200
  • High-end Price: £300

Keep in mind, Organists may ask for a double fee if the service is being recorded.

If you’re having a wedding in a church with an organ, it’s a logical next step to start looking for a great organist to play it. We have plenty of excellent organists on Encore, with verified reviews so you can be safe in the knowledge that you are in good hands. Plus, organists typically charge less than many other solo options—a great idea if you’re looking to get some bang for your buck.

If you’re looking to have an organist play at your wedding, or even for a special event you might be holding in a church, we have over 125 talented organists available to hire in the UK. You can see them all here: Hire an Organist

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glenda allaway harp
Glenda Allaway performing at a live event, get that magical wow factor with an Encore harpist…

Harpist

How much does it cost to hire a harpist?

  • Starting Price: £220
  • Average Price: £310
  • High-end Price: £450

Harpists generally have higher starting costs than other solo musicians. This is due to a variety of factors, such as the inflation of porterage and travel costs that are associated with transported such a large instrument!

When it comes to a classy sound though, the harp is hard to beat and works perfectly as background music accompanying any kind of up-scale event.

If you’re interested but would like a bit more detail about harpists, their repertoire, and how to book, you can find that here in our comprehensive harp booking guide: Harpist Booking Guide 

With over 135 harpists, Encore is home to the largest selection of harpists in the UK. Find the perfect harpist for your event here: Hire a Harpist

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Stephen Guy Daltry accordionist
Stephen Guy Daltry, an excellent accordionist available to hire on Encore

Accordionist

How much does it cost to hire an accordionist?

  • Starting Price: £200
  • Average Price: £300
  • High-end Price: £500

Accordionists, much like pianists (who have a similar price range), can play a wide range of music and styles. This is due to the fact they can play the melody and chords of a song at the same time; in essence, being a band in one instrument.

The big difference between the piano and accordion, aside from the sound, is the mobile nature of the accordion. It makes it perfect for outdoor events, alfresco dining, or interactive events.

Searching for a great accordion player to perform at your event? You can Hire an Accordion player here.

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Gail Windrass solo singer
Choir leader and solo singer, Gail Windrass

Solo Singer

How much does it cost to hire a solo singer?

  • Starting Price: £250
  • Average Price: £350
  • High-end Price: £700

Prices for singers vary quite widely, with more in-demand singers commanding higher starting prices. This doesn’t mean however that you won’t find fantastic professional singers for reasonable prices! Just keep an eye out for Encore verified reviews, a polished showreel, and some representative live videos to make sure you are getting the right singer for your event.

If you’re looking for a singer to perform for your event, why not have a look at our guide to booking a singer before making the leap? It’ll give you all the info you’ll need to find someone great: Singer Booking Guide

Encore is home to over 1500 incredible singers based all across the UK. To find the perfect singer for your event, browse our Hire a Singer page.

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Musicians costing £350 to £750

With a budget of £350 to £750, you can afford a small band or a small classical ensemble, as well as a range of good DJs. Read on to find out how much to hire musicians of this category and why…


DJ Vik Toreus
Vik Toreus, an events DJ available on Encore

DJ

How much does it cost to hire a DJ?

  • Starting Price: £250
  • Average Price: £400
  • High-end Price: £800

DJs are among some of the most versatile when it comes to suiting an event—however, due to the need for high quality equipment, longer performance times, and travel costs, their prices do tend to be slightly higher than most solo performers.

Though DJs will play just about any event, whether a corporate event, a formal, or a dance party, we’ve written an extensive guide on the ins-and-outs of finding an amazing wedding DJ: Wedding DJ Booking Guide

Finding a great DJ is easy with Encore—view over 140 professional DJs right here: Hire a DJ.

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Giardino Strings duo
String quartets often do duo bookings too! This is the case with Giardino Strings, available from a soloist to a 10+ piece string ensembles

String Duo

How much does it cost to hire a string duo?

  • Starting Price: £300
  • Average Price: £400
  • High-end Price: £700

The most common type of string duo is violin and cello. Other line-ups include two violinists, or two cellists—it just depends on what kind of sound you’re looking for!

On Encore, we have lots of choices when it comes to finding a string duo local to you! Compare and look at the profiles of over 150 talented string duos here: Hire a String Duo.

Looking for a more unique classical duo? Compare the prices of over 140 Classical Duos here.

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Grazia Strings as a trio
Grazia Strings are a customisable string ensemble, pictured here as a trio

String Trio (Violin, Viola and Cello)

How much does it cost to hire a string trio?

  • Starting Price: £480
  • Average Price: £600
  • High-end Price: £900

String trio’s normally come in the shape of a violin, viola and cello to give that full rich sound. Although string trio’s are more expensive than a duo, they have that full romantic sound without the full price of a bigger classical group.

At Encore we have loads of talented groups who can play in all sorts of styles, venues, and events. See the prices of over 120 wonderful UK-based string trios here: Hire a String Trio.

If you still want a larger string group to play at your event, check out our helpful String Quartet Booking Guide.

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Maria and James performing as a jazz duo
Maria & James are a versatile jazz duo, playing flute and guitar, as well as singing

Jazz Duo

How much does it cost to hire a jazz duo?

  • Starting Price: £360
  • Average Price: £440
  • High-end Price: £800

After some classy jazz but you’re on a budget? We’ve been there many times, and a jazz duo is a great answer to your needs. Depending on the length of time you need music for, jazz duos are affordable but still have the sauce character of a full jazz band. If you need more help with this, our Jazz Band Booking Guide has all the information you need.

They also come in many different combinations, including guitar and vocals, piano and sax, piano and bass, it just depends what style you might want. Explore the options here: Hire a Jazz Duo Today

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Decatur Jazz Trio performing
Decatur Street Jazz—a professional jazz trio available for hire on Encore

Jazz Trio

How much does it cost to hire a jazz trio?

  • Starting Price: £540
  • Average Price: £660
  • High-end Price: £1200

These groups give you a lot of bang for your buck! Classy tunes, cool solos, and amazing singers who can hold an event together brilliantly. They will also often be able to take requests, so get thinking about all your favourite Sinatra tunes, they’ll come in handy!

It’s super easy to hire a jazz trio through Encore, just find the one you love and book!

And if you need more information, our Jazz Band Booking Guide should have everything you need.

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Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band performing
Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band—a small ceilidh band available to book

Small Ceilidh Band

How much does it cost to hire a small ceilidh band?

3 people:

  • Starting Price: £450
  • Average Price: £600
  • High-end Price: £1200

4 people:

  • Starting Price: £600
  • Average Price: £800
  • High-end Price: £1600

Everyone loves a ceilidh, and if you don’t know what they are, imagine all your favourite people dancing together with an upbeat folk band driving everyone along. A small ceilidh band is an affordable way to have a party on a budget, but just be aware the fewer players you have the less oomph there is…

This Guide to Hiring Ceilidh Bands will give you a good picture of how all this partying works!

Ceilidh bands sometimes also offer to ‘call’ and direct everyone’s dancing, so you don’t have to worry about remembering all those complicated routines!

Browse over 100 ceilidh bands on our dedicated page: Hire a Ceilidh Band

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Bethany Jane and Bro performing outdoors
Bethany Jane & Bro performing outdoors as a pop duo

Pop Duo

How much does it cost to hire a pop duo?

  • Starting Price: £340
  • Average Price: £460
  • High-end Price: £800

Pop duos have a bit more energy than just a solo performer, but still fill that acoustic-vibe tickbox. They come in all sorts of combinations so browse Pop Duos in the UK here (Hire a Pop Duo) to find the perfect duo for your event.

They may bring their own PA system, but do check this with your chosen group. Any more tips and tricks will be found in this dedicated Function Band Booking Guide.

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Giulia and the Lizards pop trio
Giulia and the Lizards are a seasoned pop trio—available for hire on Encore

Pop Trio

How much does it cost to hire a pop trio?

  • Starting Price: £510
  • Average Price: £700
  • High-end Price: £1300

Pop trios begin to enter the main entertainment category, rather than just background music. But they have the flexibility to do both! Do be wary that the price may vary depending on how long you want your performers to play and in what setting.

Lots more information about these kinds of bands can be found in our Guide for Hiring Function Bands.

Browse Pop Trios in the UK here: Hire a Pop Trio

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Sunny Steel Band performing outdoors
Sunny Steel Band are a professional steel drum band, always bringing the sunny vibes!

Steel Drummers

How much does it cost to hire steel drummers?

  • Starting Price: £200 per person
  • Average Price: £260 per person
  • High-end Price: £350 per person

Steel bands are a super interesting entertainment option. They can play your favourite pop covers but in a fresh exciting style. Bands vary in size, but as a general rule, the more players the more fun and pumped up the music gets! Around 3-5 players is normally considered a minimum.

Change up your usual event style and book a steel pan band now: Hire a Steel Band

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The Hummingbirds performing in costume
The Hummingbirds are a close vocal harmony trio, specialising in swing music (and the fashion of the day!)

Small vocal ensemble

How much does it cost to hire a vocal ensemble?

  • Starting Price: £150 per person
  • Average Price: £210 per person
  • High-end Price: £350 per person

Vocal ensembles can vary a lot in style and vibe, so whether you’re after some light pop a capella, vintage swing, or classical ballads, there will be a group out there for you.

In general, the larger the ensemble the more full and proper the music will sounds. Around 3-4 would normally be the average size of ensemble.

This entertainment style is a pretty unique way to liven up your event, so don’t miss out! Compare outstanding vocal ensembles here: Hire a Vocal Ensemble

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Musicians costing £750 to £1,500

With a budget of £750 to £1500, the range of options available extends to Pop Bands, larger Jazz Bands and even Barbershop Quartets!


Girls That Mix DJ live ensemble
Girls That Mix are a unique DJ live trio (saxophone, DJ, and bongos)—available to book on Encore

DJ Live

How much does it cost to hire DJ Live?

DJ + 1 musician

  • Starting Price: £600
  • Average Price: £800
  • High-end Price: £1200

DJ + 2 musicians

  • Starting Price: £900
  • Average Price: £1200
  • High-end Price: £1800

DJ + 3 musicians

  • Starting Price: £1200
  • Average Price: £1600
  • High-end Price: £2400

As we get into this price range we really start to party! The general rule about the more musicians the more fun definitely applies here. The DJ sets the tone of the event, and the extra musicians interact with the crowd and add extra pizzaz to the whole vibe! You’ll have everyone on the dance floor in no time…

If you have any more worries about how this will suit your specific event our DJ Booking Guide will help!

And if you know this is the one for you then book your entertainment here: Hire a Live DJ

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Nouveau Lounge performing as a sextet
Nouveau Lounge are one of Encore’s most popular jazz bands—they have a customisable line-up, pictured here as a sextet

Jazz Quartet, Quintet or Sextet

Jazz bands come in many shapes and sizes: read more below to learn how much it costs to hire a jazz band.

How much does it cost to hire a Jazz Quartet? (4 people)

  • Starting Price: £720
  • Average Price: £1100
  • High-end Price: £2000

How much does it cost to hire a Jazz Quintet? (5 people)

  • Starting Price: £900
  • Average Price: £1400
  • High-end Price: £2500

How much does it cost to hire a Jazz Sextet? (6 people)

  • Starting Price: £1050
  • Average Price: £1700
  • High-end Price: £3000

Larger jazz bands may cost more, but in general they can perform as much more of a main event, not just background music. This perfect for larger gatherings where you want to showcase your band.

Everyone loves some jazziness, so get your guests dancing and jiving with our selection of top UK jazz bands: Hire a Jazz Band

Information about hiring jazz bands is can be found in our Jazz Band Booking Guide

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The Covered mid-performance
The Covered—a large 6–9 piece pop band available to book with Encore

Pop Band (4-6 musicians)

How much does it cost to hire a pop band? Read below to find out typical costs for pop bands with between 4 and 6 musicians.

4-piece line-up:

  • Starting Price: £800
  • Average Price: £1400
  • High-end Price: £3000

5-piece line-up:

  • Starting Price: £1000
  • Average Price: £1650
  • High-end Price: £3750

6-piece line-up:

  • Starting Price: £1200
  • Average Price: £2000
  • High-end Price: £4500

Pop bands will vary in cost due to the style of music being played, how many musicians they have, whether they bring their own PA equipment, and how long you want them to play for.

In general the more professional bands with a larger roster of music they can perform will cost more, so do check out the range of Encore profiles on offer to find the best band for your budget.

Book a medium-sized pop band for your event now: Hire a Pop Band

We understand that booking music can feel a bit daunting, so to help you out we’ve put together a Booking Guide for this genre will all the information you’ll need.

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Wedding couple dances to ceilidh band
A wedding couple dances along to ceilidh music

Medium Ceilidh Band

How much does it cost to hire a medium-sized ceilidh band?

5 musicians:

  • Starting Price: £750
  • Average Price: £1000
  • High-end Price: £2000

6 musicians:

  • Starting Price: £900
  • Average Price: £1200
  • High-end Price: £2400

7 musicians:

  • Starting Price: £1050
  • Average Price: £1400
  • High-end Price: £2800

Ceilidh bands will get all your guests dancing energetically, even your grumpy Uncle! Bands with more musicians will worth better for larger events because they will have a lot more energy to get all your guests dancing…

Do bear in mind you’ll need someone to ‘call’ the dances and tell everyone what to do. Bands may include this in their services, as well as bringing their own PA systems. But do check out our full Booking Guide for Ceilidh Bands for all the ins and outs of hiring these bands.

Encore is home to loads of incredible ceilidh bands based all across the UK. So browse our Hire a Ceilidh Bands page to find the perfect band for you.

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grazia string quartet
String quartets are a classic option for any event. Add some elegant entertainment to your next party…

String Quartet

How much does it cost to hire a string quartet?

  • Starting Price: £640
  • Average Price: £820
  • High-end Price: £1600

A string quartet is a classic, elegant option for any event. They work in all sorts of settings, outdoors or indoors, formal or informal, and can play a range of styles and requests. As with all entertainment, the quality will vary with the cost, so do explore Encore profile’s to check whether the musicians you pick are what you expect.

You can find more information about this in our ultimate Guide to Booking String Quartets.

So now you’re all clued up, explore all our string quartets here: Hire a String Quartet

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electric string quartet
Encore string quartet Halo Strings have the option to play electric instruments to play in all kinds of settings!

Electric String Quartet

How much does it cost to hire an electric string quartet?

  • Starting Price: £1000
  • Average Price: £1600
  • High-end Price: £3000

If you’re looking for the wow factor then this entertainment option is up there with the best! This option will require a PA system and works best for a large setting. Often these bands can take requests and play all different styles!

If you have more questions about electric string quartets, like whether it will work for your event, our String Quartet Guide has it all!

Compare the prices and reviews of all our string quartets here: Hire an Electric String Quartet

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barbershop
If you want humour and entertainment in your music, then a group like The Emerald Guard has it all…

Barbershop Quartet

How much does it cost to hire a barbershop quartet?

  • Starting Price: £640
  • Average Price: £800
  • High-end Price: £1400

As with all entertainment, if you pay more you will get a better group. The best groups here are worth paying for, they may do requests, are simple and easy to manage (often don’t need a PA system), and are great at interacting with your guests.

These groups always go down a treat, so if we’ve managed to convince you, have a browse: Hire a Barbershop Quartet

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Musicians costing £1,500 to £2,500

With a budget beyond £1500, a number of high-end acts and larger-sized ensembles make fantastic candidates for any event type. Using the detailed information about musician prices, you should be able to understand how and why to hire musicians of this calibre. Then it’s over to your imagination…


Halfway to New York are one of Encore top function bands, they even supported Bruce Springsteen! Now that’s quality!

High-end Function Band

Function bands are a firm favourite for many Encore customers. But how much does it cost to hire a high-end function band?

4 people

  • Starting Price: £1200
  • Average Price: £1600
  • High-end Price: £2600

5 people

  • Starting Price: £1500
  • Average Price: £2000
  • High-end Price: £3200

6 people

  • Starting Price: £1800
  • Average Price: £2400
  • High-end Price: £4000

7 people

  • Starting Price: £2100
  • Average Price: £2800
  • High-end Price: £4500

Top of the range bands are irreplaceable. No matter how loud you push your speakers or how excited your 3 piece band gets, nothing gets close to the energy of one of Encore’s high-end bands. By looking through our Function Band page, you’ll quickly be able to tell which bands give you the most professionalism, crowd engagement, and musical wow-factor.

This calibre of party band is of course expensive, but you will get a lot for your money. You essentially get a full-on private gig for your event. They will often bring their own PA gear, can customise their setup to suit your needs and often will play requests.

If you still aren’t convinced have a look at our Booking Guide for Function Bands, it’s full of helpful information to ease you through your decision making!

So what are you waiting for, book musicians here: Hire a High-End Function Band

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MK & The Misters
Top wedding bands like MK & The Misters can play all sorts of requests!

Wedding Band

4 people

  • Starting Price: £1200
  • Average Price: £1600
  • High-end Price: £2600

5 people

  • Starting Price: £1500
  • Average Price: £2000
  • High-end Price: £3200

6 people

  • Starting Price: £1800
  • Average Price: £2400
  • High-end Price: £4000

7 people

  • Starting Price: £2100
  • Average Price: £2800
  • High-end Price: £4500

Wedding bands are super varied in quality and price, so check out all the profiles on Encore to make sure you choose the right one for your budget and expectations. A live wedding band can make all the difference for your big day. They bring loads of energy and crowd interaction, which can bring your wedding reception to life!

We have a full article all about wedding bands and what you might need to know! Ultimate Wedding Band Booking Guide

Compare costs of wedding bands all over the UK here: Hire a Wedding Band

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String Octet

How much does it cost to hire a string octet?

  • Starting Price: £1300
  • Average Price: £1850
  • High-end Price: £3200

Larger string ensembles like a string octet can add lots of romantic drama to your event, but also can work brilliantly as background music for a large event. The more people the more the cost, however these larger groups do have that extra wow-factor of lots of musicians all playing together.

Our string ensemble guide has lots of extra helpful information if you have any more questions about this option.

Encore is home to a large selection of highly-rated string ensembles. To find an available group for your event, head to our Hire a String Octet page.

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Jazz Band (7 to 11 musicians)

How much does it cost to hire a larger jazz band?

  • Starting Price: £1300
  • Average Price: £1850
  • High-end Price: £3200

Enjoy classy jazz music at your event, but make a show of it! Rather than just having a little jazz band in the corner, these larger jazz bands can make your event come alive. The more musicians, the more energy in the room!

Check out our Guide to Booking Jazz Bands to find out a bit more about why bands like this cost what they do…

Browse the top jazz bands in the UK here: Hire a Jazz Band

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London Contemporary Voices - available on Encore
London Contemporary Voices – available on Encore

Small Choir

How much does it cost to hire a small choir?

To hire a small professional choir, you should expect to spend between £150 and £300 per singer, depending on the skill level of the choir and the length of time they are performing for.

8 singers

  • Starting Price: £1200
  • Average Price: £1450
  • High-end Price: £2400

12 singers

  • Starting Price: £1800
  • Average Price: £2150
  • High-end Price: £3600

16 singers

  • Starting Price: £2400
  • Average Price: £2900
  • High-end Price: £4800

The prices for choirs vary a lot depending on the skill level of the choir, and the type of event they are performing at:

Skill Level

The starting prices above are for choirs of professional or semi-professional singers who have been singing together for several years and who have usually been trained at a conservatoire or music college. These choirs will be audition-only, meaning the standard is very high and the singing is of a high quality.

If you choose to hire an amateur or student choir, then you may well receive lower quotes. However, you are increasing the risk of a bad or unprepared performance due to the lack of experience and training that these choirs have. If your event is important, we highly recommend hiring a professional or semi-professional choir.

Event Type

The prices above are for a performance at a private event or a wedding. If you are hiring a choir to sing at a funeral, however, then the price is likely to be lower due to the shorter length of the performance and the time of day that the choir will be performing (evenings and weekends tend to cost more due to the higher demand).

To compare prices and customer reviews for the best choirs in the UK, head to our Hire a Choir page.

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Large Ceilidh Band

How much does it cost to hire a large ceilidh band?

8 people:

  • Starting Price: £1200
  • Average Price: £1600
  • High-end Price: £3200

9 people:

  • Starting Price: £1350
  • Average Price: £1800
  • High-end Price: £3600

10 people:

  • Starting Price: £1500
  • Average Price: £2000
  • High-end Price: £4000

The more the merrier! With the largest ceilidh bands, your whole venue will start bouncing with the energy in the room. Nothing beats a large band leading a whole room in dancing and having fun. These bands don’t just bring music, they bring a whole experience…

To compare prices and customer reviews for our top UK ceilidh bands, head to our dedicated page: Hire a Ceilidh Band.

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Musicians costing £2,500 to £10,000

Larger budgets above £2500 bring some spectacular groups and bands into consideration. Read more below about the range of acts available at this price.


Large Swing Band (20 members)

How much does it cost to hire a large swing band?

  • Starting Price: £5000
  • Average Price: £7000
  • High-end Price: £12000

A large swing band (also known as a big band) will transport your event back to the roaring 20s. Just imagine, the whole room jiving along to a 20 piece band (!!!) playing a full blast. You might think a small group with the volume turned up will do, but nothing beats the raw power of a large band all playing at once. This isn’t one to miss!

You will need a large space for these bands to play, but they can play outdoors and indoors, have a versatile range of music, and know how to handle a room full of people. So jazz up your event or wedding day!

If you need more information about these kinds of bands, head here: Jazz Band Booking Guide

The UK has some of the world’s leading experts in ‘big band’ jazz, so don’t miss out on the amazing talent on offer here: Hire a Large Swing Band

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Show Band

How much does it cost to hire a show band or show choir?

8 members

  • Starting Price: £2000
  • Average Price: £2800
  • High-end Price: £5000

10 members

  • Starting Price: £2500
  • Average Price: £3500
  • High-end Price: £6000

12 members

  • Starting Price: £3000
  • Average Price: £4200
  • High-end Price: £7000

Show choirs and bands really have the wow factor. These groups are made to perform. So spice up your event with these large spectacles. If you’ve got the budget for it, this is a great opportunity to impress your guests.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, party, concert or event, we have 15 of the most professional acts right here for you to choose from: Hire a Show Choir

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Large Choir

How much does it cost to hire a choir?

20 singers

  • Starting Price: £3000
  • Average Price: £3600
  • High-end Price: £6000

32 singers

  • Starting Price: £4800
  • Average Price: £5760
  • High-end Price: £9600

60 singers

  • Starting Price: £9000
  • Average Price: £10,800
  • High-end Price: £18,000

Choirs have the wow-factor by the bucket load. Here you get quality and quantity. It’s worth checking out all the Encore profiles to check what kind of vibe the group you choose has. There’s nothing worse than you expecting some loud, fresh pop covers and getting some reflective classical ballads…

We have a really wide range of choirs at Encore, so have a browse and find the right one for you: Hire a Choir

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String Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra

How much does it cost to hire an orchestra?

24-piece String Orchestra

  • Starting Price: £3600
  • Average Price: £4800
  • High-end Price: £10,000

40-piece Chamber Orchestra

  • Starting Price: £6000
  • Average Price: £8000
  • High-end Price: £16,000

What says professional more than an orchestra! These groups are not necessarily the full orchestra, but give the unique wash of sound from an orchestra at a discounted price. Get that classical wow-factor without having to take out a mortgage. If you need extra information about hiring an orchestra, check out dedicated article all about this: Guide to Booking an Orchestra

Here’s our range professional orchestral groups, take a look and pick your the one that will make your event come alive: Hire a Chamber Orchestra

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Musicians costing £10,000 to £100,000

London Musical Theatre Orchestra
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra can provide symphonic renditions of popular broadway numbers.

Full Symphony Orchestra

How much does it cost to hire a symphony orchestra?

100 players

  • Starting Price: £16,000
  • Average Price: £22,000
  • High-end Price: £40,000

Encore offers a bespoke orchestral booking service, where a member of our team will help you find and book the perfect orchestra to suit your musical, logistical and financial requirements.

To book your free consultation call, simply fill out the form below to send us a short email outlining your event and ideas. One of our team will then get back to you within 24 hours.

Bespoke Orchestral Booking Service – Consultation

To discuss booking an orchestra with Encore, please email [email protected] or have a look at our fantastic orchestras available to hire.

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BONUS: How Much Your Favourite Bands Cost

Just for a bit of fun, we’ve done some research to show you just how much it might cost to hire your favourite bands of all time. If you’ve got a couple of million lying around, then you’ve come to the right place…

£1,000,000 to £1,500,000+

For this kind of money, you can get some of the worlds biggest names.

For your next birthday you could hire the likes of:

  • Aerosmith
  • Billy Joel
  • Elton John
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Rod Stewart
  • Usher

£500,000 to £1,000,000

If you can’t quite justify spending all your inheritance on Elton John, then how about giving these artists a try:

  • Adele
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Mariah Carey
  • Michael Buble
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Fleetwood Mac

£250,000 to £500,000

For those with some hard-earned savings to blow on their favourite bands, these artists might the ones for you:

  • Avril Lavigne
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Maroon 5
  • Lana Del Ray
  • Queen Latifah
  • Tony Bennett

It’s good to dream big, right…?

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James McAulay

Encore Co-Founder & CEO. Cellist, pianist, singer and aspiring guitarist.

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