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City String Ensemble

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String quartet
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City String Ensemble is a group of talented, classically trained musicians available in the form of a string quartet, trio or duo.

City String Ensemble is a stylish string ensemble who add a touch of class to your wedding, drinks reception or corporate event. City String Ensemble are a stunning group of musicians who provide entertainment at all events. We are a string ensemble with a difference - the repertoire list features all your classical favourites, but we are not afraid to try something new! You can expect to hear original, quirky arrangements of songs from musicals and films, swing classics, and modern pop songs. Check out our extensive repertoire - and if you have any other songs you'd like the group to perform for you, get in touch and we'll see what we can do! We perform completely acoustically and are able to entertain your guests indoors or outdoors, provided there is suitable cover. We usually ensemble perform as a quartet but we are also available as a trio or duo, depending on space and budget. For Weddings: We can entertain your guests for 30 minutes before the ceremony, and then perform music for the procession and recession of the bride and the signing of the register. You can also have us stay for longer to entertain your guests for your indoors or outdoors cocktail hour and beyond! Which Ensemble? The string quartet is the most popular and classic ensemble, possessing a diverse repertoire. A perfectly balanced range of instruments; the quartet can entertain the whole party or subtly blend into the surroundings, adding an extra sparkle to the atmosphere. A string trio is perfect for where space might be limited. A smaller group of just three players, our string trio can provide ample entertainment with much of our quartet repertoire also working perfectly well for trio. If you would prefer something more unique, a string duo may be what you are looking for. A combination of either two violins or a violin and cello presents a more intimate feel and again, frees up more room for your guests to enjoy your event. Our repertoire for string duo covers a wide range of genres, from Classical to Klezmer, Salsa and other styles from around the world.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Military, Traditional church music, Wedding music, Classical, Baroque, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Musical theatre, Opera, Cabaret, Jazz, Ragtime, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Top 40, Vintage, Motown, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Rock, Classic rock, Bollywood, French music, German music, Indian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Italian music, Tango, Spanish music, Russian music, Asian music
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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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

String Quartet
Weddings/Classical:
Air on the G String - Bach
Alleluja from Exultant Jubilate - Mozart
Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21
Aria from Xerxes - Handel
Arioso - Bach
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
Bridal Chorus (Wedding March) - Wagner 
Bist du bei mir - Bach
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba - Handel 
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
Largo from Winter, The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Liebestraum - Liszt
Meditation from Thaïs - Massanet
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Rondeau - Mouret
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Sleeping Beauty Waltz - Tchaikovsky
Träumeri - Schumann
Trumpet Tune - Purcell 
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Wachet Auf - Bach
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Classical:
Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No.2 - Bach
Blue Danube Waltz - J.Strauss
Bolero - Ravel
Cakewalk - Debussy
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Chanson de Matin - Elgar
Divertimento in F - Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
First Polovtsian Dance - Borodin
Für Elise - Beethoven
Gavotte from Holberg Suite - Grieg Gopak - Mussorgsky
Gymnopedie 1-3 - Satie
Hornpipe from Water Music - Handel
Humoresque - Dvorak
Hungarian Dance No.5 - Brahms
I Vow to Thee, My Country - Holst
Le Petit Nègre - Debussy
March from Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky
Marriage of Figaro Overture - Mozart
Nessun Dorma - Puccini
Nimrod - Elgar
Norwegian Dance No.2 Grieg
Pizzicato Polka - J.Strauss
Polonaise ‘Militaire’ - Chopin
Prelude in E Minor - Chopin
Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart
Salut d’Amour - Elgar
Spring - Vivaldi
Symphony No.1, Finale - Brahms
Symphony No.4, 2nd movement - Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.6, 1st movement - Beethoven
Symphony No.7, Allegretto - Beethoven
Symphony No. 40, 1st movement - Mozart
The Cuckoo - Daquin
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka - J.Strauss
Two Rondeaux - Purcell
Vocalise - Rachmaninoff
Popular:
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All of Me - John Legend
All The Lovers - Kylie Minogue
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
At Last - Etta James
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Cheap Thrills - Sia
China Roses - Enya
Dancing Queen - Abba
Despacito - Luis Fonsi
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Everything I Do I Do It For You - Michael Kamen
Fields of Gold - Sting / Eva Cassidy
Final Countdown - Europe
Fljoavik - Sigur Ros
Georgy Girl - The Seekers
Get Back - The Beatles
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - Abba
Go The Distance - Hercules
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Going to the Chapel - The Dixie Cups
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
Greatest Day - Take That
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Halo - Beyonce
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Happy Birthday - Mildred and Patty Hill
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
Havana - Camila Cabello
Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hoppípolla - Sigur Rós
How Deep Is Your love - Bee Gees
Human - Rag’n’Bone Man
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
It Must Be Love - Madness
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Charles Fox
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Kissing You - Des'ree
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love on Top - Beyonce
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Make You Feel My Love - Adele/Bob Dylan
Mamma Mia - Abba
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Mr Brightside - The Killers
My Girl - The Temptations
One Day Like This - Elbow
Paradise - Coldplay
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
Please Please Please - The Smiths
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Roxanne - Sting
Rudeboy - Rihanna
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Skyfall - Adele
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns ’N’ Roses
Sweet Dreams - Euryhthmics
Take Me To Church - Hozier
Take Over the World - The Courteneers
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Time of Your Life - Greenday
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Toxic - Britney Spears
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
With or Without You - U2
Without You - Badfinger
Wonderwall - Oasis
World Without Love - The Beatles
Wouldn’t It Be Nice? - The Beach Boys
Yesterday - The Beatles
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
You're My Best Friend - Queen
You’ve Got the Love - Florence and the Machine
Your Song - Elton John
Ballet:
Czardas from Coppelia - Delibes
Czardas from Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker
- Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky
Divertissement Pizzicati from Syilva - Delibes
March from the Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky 
Mazurka from Coppelia - Delibes
Pas de deux from Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals - Saint Saens
Valse Lent from Coppelia - Delibes
Waltz of the Flowers - Tchaikovsky
Opera:
Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman - Offenbach
Bei Männern from the Magic Flute - Mozart
Der Vögelfänger from the Magic Flute - Mozart
Flower Duet from Lakmé - Delibes
Habanera from Carmen - Bizet
Meditation from Thaïs - Massanet
Nessun Dorma from Turandot - Puccini
O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi - Puccini
The Toreador’s Song from Carmen - Bizet
Jazz/Cabaret:
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin
Chelsea Bridge - Billy Strayhorn
Fly Me to the Moon - Bart Howard
Funiculì, Funiculà - Luigi Denza
La Vie en Rose - Edith Piath
Leaning on a Lampost - George Gay
Let’s Do It - Cole Porter
Makin’ Whoopee - Walter Donaldson
Moonlight in Vermont - Karl Süssdorf
My Funny Valentine - Richard Rodgers 
New York, New York - Leonard Bernstein
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Gershwin
O Sole Mio - Eduardo di Capua
Ragtime Dance - Scott Joplin
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington/Billy StrayhornSummertime - Gershwin
Take the ‘A’ Train - Billy Strayhorn
The Folks Who Live on the Hill - Jerome Kern
The Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
TV, Film and Themes:
Black Adder - Howard Goodall
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Downtown Abbey - John Lunn
Fawlty Towers - Dennis Wilson Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi
Godfather Theme - Nino Rota
Harry Potter Medley - John Williams
Let It Go - Frozen
Pink Panther Theme - Henry Mancini
Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Badelt
Psycho - Bernard Herrman
Sound of Music - Rogers and Hammerstein
Star Wars Theme - John Williams
Tetris Theme - Russian Traditional
Vicar of Dibley - Howard Goodall
Latin:
Csardas - Michael McLean
Fandango - Michael McLean
Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel
Rhumba - Michael McLean
Serenata - Michael McLean
Tango Chromatique - Michael McLean
Tango - Michael McLean
Asian/Bollywood:
Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein - Raja Hindustani
Awara Hoon - Mukesh
Aye Mere Humsafar - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Baharon Phool Barsao - Suraj
Balle Balle - Bride and Prejudice
Chaiyya chaiyya - Dil Se
Chura Liya Hai Tune Jo Dil Ko - Yaadon Ki Baaraat
Dheere Jalna - Paheli
Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain - Pardes
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To - 1942: A Love Story
Ghar Aaja Soniya - Shazia Mansoor
Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire
Kabhie Kabhie
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Latika’s Theme - Slumdog Millionaire
Main Hoon Na
Sachi Sachi Teri Nazre - Dabangg
Teri Chunariya - Hello Brother 
Tere Mere Pyar Mein - Shola Aur Shabnam
Teri Ore - Singh Is King
Wedding Theme - Monsoon
Christmas:
Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Deck The Halls
Frosty The Snowman
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jingle Bell Rock
Joy To The World
Let It Snow
Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Silent Night
The First Noel
What Child Is This
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Trio
Weddings/Classical:
Air from Suite in D - Bach
Air from Partita No.6 - Bach
Air in D - Handel
Air in F - Handel
Arioso - Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Bourree in F - Handel
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - Bach
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins - Bach
Coro - Handel
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
Flower Duet - Delibes
Fugue No.21 from The Well-Tempered Clavier - Bach
Hornpipe in D - Handel
Hornpipe in F - Handel 
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
La Paix - Handel
La Rejouissance - Handel
Largo from Winter - Vivaldi
Largo from Xerxes - Handel
Meditation from Thaïs - Massenet
Menuet in D - Handel
Menuet in d minor - Handel
Menuet in g minor - Handel
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Prelude No.19 from The Well-Tempered Clavier - Bach
Prelude No.24 from The Well-Tempered Clavier - Bach
Prelude and Fugue No.9 from The Well Tempered Clavier - Bach
Rondeau - Mouret
Sarabande from Partita No.3 - Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Spring - Vivaldi
Theme from Brahms' First Symphony -  Brahms
Trumpet Tune - Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Wachet Auf - Bach 
Opera:
Ah, Fuggi il Traditor! from Don Giovanni - Mozart
Deh Vieni, Non Tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart
Entr'acte from Carmen - Bizet
Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
Libiamo from La Traviata - Verdi
Quando M'en Vo Soletta per la Via form La Bohème - Puccini
Vin O Biere from Faust - Gounod
Ragtime:
Pineapple Rag - Joplin
Country Club Rag - Joplin
Pleasant Moments - Joplin
Paragon Rag - Joplin
Solace - Joplin
The Chrysanthemum - Joplin
Peacherine Rag - Joplin
Popular:
(same as string quartet) and the following:
Bitterweet Symphony
By Your Side - Sade
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
I See The Light - Taio Cruz
Duo
2 Violins
Weddings/Classical:
Adagio Élégiaque - Ries
Air on the G string - Bach
Air from Water Music - Bach
Allegro de Concert - Gebauer
Allegro from the First Canonic Sonata - Telemann
Allegro from Sonata in A - Corelli
Andante from the Duo Sonata in G - Tartini
Arioso - Bach
Aubade - De Beriot
Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Bourree from Water Music - Handel
Bridal Chorus (Wedding March) - Wagner
Canon - Pachelbel
Canzonetta - Böhm
Concerto Grosso in D Minor - Vivaldi
Concertstück - Kalliwoda
Divertimento in D - Sitt
Dudziarz ( The Country Fiddler) - Wieniawski
Duettino in F - Dancla
Duo Brilliante - Rode
Duo Célèbre - Pleyel
Duo Concertante - Viotti
Duo de Salon - Alard
Duo Dramatique - Jansa
Duo Perpetuo - Fiorillo
Duo Populaire - Mazas
Duo Symphonique - Campagnoli
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Fantasie Brilliante (Duo de Concours) - Leonard
Finale from the Sixth Canonic Sonata - Telemann 
Folies d'Espagne (Theme and Variations) - Corelli
 
Hornpipe in D from Water Music - Handel
Hornpipe in F from Water Music - Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach 
La Chasse - Hoffmeister
La Mélancolie - Prume
La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks - Handel
Largo from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Meditation from the Military Concerto - Bazzini
Meditation from Thaïs - Massanet
Menuet from the Concert-Sonate - Veracini-David
Minute from the Suite Romantique - Vieuxtemps
Morceau Lyrique - Dancla
Musette from the Second Classical Suite - Leclair-David
Notturno-Pastorale - Molique
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Pièce de Concert - Dancla
Prelude from Te Deum - Charpentier
Rondeau - Mouret
Rondo-Allegro - from the Grand Duo in E-flat - Spohr
Rondo Elégante - Kreutzer
Salon-Duett - Hohmann
Scherzo-Caprice - Gebauer
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Souvenir Poetique - Dancla
Theme and Variation on the Air "Barucaba" - Paganini
Trumpet Tune - Clarke 
Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell
Variations on the Air "Montegnard" - De Beriot
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Wachet Auf - Bach
Klezmer/Latin/World Music
A selection of traditional and pieces in these styles.
Violin + Cello
Weddings/Classical:
Air on the G string - Bach
Air from Water Music - Bach
Arioso - Bach
Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Bourree from Water Music - Handel
Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss 
Bridal Chorus (Wedding March) - Wagner
Canon - Pachelbel
Emperor Waltz - Johann Strauss
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Hornpipe in D from Water Music - Handel
Hornpipe in F from Water Music - Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks - Handel
Largo from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Meditation from Thaïs - Massanet
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Prelude from Te Deum - Charpentier
Rondeau - Mouret
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Trumpet Tune - Clarke 
Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Wachet Auf - Bach
Pop:
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Spectrum - Florence & The Machine
Time To Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
Jazz:
Cheek To Cheek - Irving Berlin
Reflection Rag - Scott Joplin
Search-Light Rag - Scott Joplin
Swipesy Cakewalk - Scott Joplin/Marshall
The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
Latin/Other:
El Choclo - Villodo
Palladio - Karl Jenkins
Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel
Spanish Dance No.2 - Granados
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

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

We can accommodate change of timings when given notice prior to the event. In most cases we can be very flexible to help your event run as smoothly as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

We reserve a 30 minute set up time before we are due to start playing.

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

You can choose our exact set list from the songs listed in our repertoire list or you can let us know a few of your favourite songs and genres and we can choose the set list for you according to your preferences.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

We provide everything except for the correct number of armless chairs we require to perform on.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

We are happy to take any song requests ahead of the event. If no sheet music is available we provide a special music arrangement service at an extra cost.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£700
Up to 3 hours£800
Packages
Wedding ceremony4 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£600
Drinks reception4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£700
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner4 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - up to 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - up to 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£1000

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Luke K, 27 days ago

We booked City String Ensemble for our Wedding, Sophie was very helpful both before booking, helping to advise us on whether to book a Trio vs a Duo or a Quartet, and after booking, helping to recommend music choices for both during the ceremony and afterwards during the drinks reception. City String were excellent on the day. Would definitely recommend

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Rachelle O, 1 month ago

I was extremely satisfied with City String Ensemble playing at my wedding, so were my guests. It was the extra touch we needed to make the day special. Thanks again! :-)

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Matt R, 2 months ago

City string ensemble played at my wedding 10th August and they were fantastic with great feedback from all the guests! Super professional and talented musicians with a versatille playlist. The only downside was we couldnt enjoy the full set as being pulled away from reception by photographer!! Thank you all, Matt. :)

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Alberto S, 2 months ago

A very professional group which was praised by my guests. Their performance level is at top standard. Thank you!

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Frances G, 3 months ago

Pacifico Strings were an absolute highlight for our wedding, playing during the ceremony and reception drinks. They really gave something unique to the day with their ability to play classical pieces and modern music, as well as incorporating some requests we had. They were easy to communicate with during the planning and lead up, we could not recommend them more highly, thank you!

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Natalie M, 4 months ago

City String Ensemble played at our Wedding on 1st June 2019. The service provided by Sophie is exceptional. Emails were promptly replied to and Sophie was very accommodating to our requests. On the day of the Wedding the performance from the string quartet gave our guests goose bumps. I know this because the guests are still raving 4 weeks after the event! I highly recommend City String Ensemble if you want a first class service and high quality performance at your event.

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