String Quartet for Party in Eastbourne

It’s always nice to play some music to add atmosphere to a party – usually we are booked at the beginning of an evening event to prevent any “dead air” as the first guests arrive and create a transition to the later part of the evening with some of our lighter music and pop arrangements for strings. This particular evening was no exception – we were booked as a full string quartet to begin the evening’s entertainment for a 60th birthday party at the  Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

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As we arrived the band were finishing their sound check – allowing us to set up in plenty of time to begin as the first guests arrived. We had been asked to play the full range of our repertoire so began with some well known classical pieces. These included Pachelbel Canon in D, Mozart’s fantastic Divertimenti, and some of our new arrangements of Vivaldi Concertos. Moving through our repertoire we played Tangos, Show Tunes, Gershwin numbers and more, leading to some of our new contemporary songs arranged for string quartet. John Legend, Coldplay, Clean Bandit, Katy Perry, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams all featured in our set. As the band got ready to play we played a special classical arrangement of Happy Birthday. The party was in full swing as we left – only wishing we could stay and enjoy the fun!

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String Duo in Syon Park

We were recently engaged to provide strings for a wedding at Syon House in West London. It is a venue we have played at many times and the Great Hall is fantastic to play in due to the wonderful acoustic (with guests in!).

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We accompanied the guests’ assembly with some well known music for strings. The Bride had asked for some special Processional music including an arrangement of Carrying You from Laputa – The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, a Ghibli animation with music composed by Joe Hisaishi:

Being a huge fan of Ghibli movies I was only too happy to oblige making an arrangement for strings of this wonderful piece!!

The end of the ceremony in Syon House is always extra special as family and witnesses go into a private room at the back of the hall for the signing of the register, allowing for the bride and groom to make a bigger exit.

Following the ceremony the guests were invited into the gardens for a champagne reception accompanied by the Wedding Strings. We played a mixture of classical music along with our latest contemporary music arranged for strings. The last piece was a special request from the bride for the Groom – the Theme from Game of Thrones! One of our new arrangements of music for strings.

Premiere String Quartet hope to return to Syon House very soon!

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String Trio at Mountains, Hildenborough

Premiere String Quartet recently performed for a fantastic wedding ceremony and drinks reception at Mountains Country House in Hildenborough, Kent. It was a relatively local wedding for us as we are based in Tunbridge Wells. Hidden away behind Hildenborough station this is a really stunning venue with a permanent marquee to hold the wedding breakfast. We arrived very early to rehearse some special requests for the ceremony, including The Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet by Craig Armstrong which the bride really wanted to walk in to. We have been asked to arrange pieces especially on many occasions and the couple were great film music fans – more about this later!

Following the ceremony we moved through to the bar area as guests milled about both inside and outside but with a lovely acoustic the music carried very well. At this point we moved on to some of our more popular songs for string trio. We have recently updated out repertoire list to include a lot more contemporary string arrangements and could include something for everyone! As the drinks reception due to a close we relocated to the marquee to play some music for the wedding breakfast. We played the guests in and then accompanied the bride and groom’s entrance with All You Need is Love. It was now time to focus on the couple’s requests for Movie Music arranged for Strings including Star Wars, Jurassic Park and some Disney arrangements. It was a really lovely wedding and a chance for us to try out lots of our new pop songs for string quartet mountains@2x2. mountains_country_house_marquee_country_wedding_venue_kent_3

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May 25th, 2016|Ensembles, Events, Pop Music for Strings, Venues, Weddings|

String Quartet in London – Venues

Having recently taken a new booking at Syon House in West London we have been looking back at some of our favourite venues we have played in London. Our smaller ensembles can suit different venues better, for example we played a smaller wedding for only 20 people at the Dorchester Hotel where only a string duo would have been able to fit in the space. Of course if you are having a very large number of guests you may prefer the sound of the string trio or full string quartet for a wedding or corporate event.

Here are some of the venues we have performed at in London:

The Ritz, Piccadilly

The Dorchester, Park Lane

Syon Park, Chiswick

Stationer’s Hall, London

Plaisterer’s Hall, London

Vintner’s Hall, London

Tower Bridge, London

Vinopolis, London Bridge

 

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March 28th, 2016|About us, Ensembles, Venues|

String Duo in Kent

On Sunday Premiere String Quartet were booked to provide a String Duo for a special birthday lunch at one of our favourite venues, the Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. A total of 35 people attended this lovely occasion which was held in the Yorke Suite. The string duo provided ample sound for the numbers in attendance and a larger ensemble may have been too much sound for the occasion. We had been asked by the client to provide a mixture of music from across our entire repertoire as there were people of all ages attending so we began with some of our classical arrangements for Viola and Cello including Massenet’s Meditation. As the party moved over for lunch changed to some of our new pop music for strings, concluding with some modern pop arrangements for strings including music by John Legend and Clean Bandit.

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March 14th, 2016|Birthday Parties, Ensembles, Events|

Pop Songs for String Duo

We have added some more arrangements of pop music for string duo ensemble. Included are the following string arrangements of pop songs –

Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”
Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
Coldplay “Clocks”
“Viva la Vida”
Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”
Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” (from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey)
John Legend “All of Me”
Jason Mraz “I’m Yours”
Muse “Starlight”
Katy Perry “Unconditionally”
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”
Sting “Fields of Gold”
FILM SCORE John Williams Jurassic Park Main Titles
FILM SCORE Star Wars Main Titles

 

Check out our videos of the String Duo

Please do have a look at our main site, Premiere String Quartet to think about hiring a string quartet for your wedding, party or corporate event. We have one of the largest collections of repertoire available so can  tailor our setlist to suit your event.

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New Pop Music for Strings

We have recently added a lot of new arrangements of pop music for string trio, pop music for string quartet and pop music for string duo. We are also including some music from films and shows. Here are some of our new titles:

ABBA “Take a Chance on Me”
Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
Adele
“Set Fire to the Rain”
“Skyfall”
Alphaville “Forever Young”
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez “Let It Go” (from the movie Frozen)

John Barry “Diamonds Are Forever” (from the movie Diamonds Are Forever) in the style of Shirley Bassey
The Beach Boys “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
Irving Berlin “Cheek to Cheek” (in the style of Ella Fitzgerald)
Beyoncé “Halo”
“Love on Top”
The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”
Andrea Bocelli “Bésame Mucho” originally by Consuelo Velázquez, in the style of Andrea Bocelli
David Bowie “Heroes”
“Let’s Dance”
“Life on Mars?”
Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”
Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” (in the style of Rufus Wainwright)
Coldplay “Clocks”
“Fix You”
“Paradise”
“Reign of Love”
“The Scientist”
“A Sky Full of Stars”
Nat King Cole “Unforgettable”
Crowded House “Fall at Your Feet”
The Cure “Just Like Heaven”
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
The Darkness “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
Lana Del Rey “Young and Beautiful” (from the movie The Great Gatsby)
Jason Derulo “Marry Me”
Dexys Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen”
TV THEMES Ramin Djawadi Theme from Game of Thrones
Foo Fighters “Everlong”
“Learn to Fly”
Fleetwood Mac “Dreams”
Florence + the Machine “Dog Days Are Over”
“Shake It Out”
FILM SCORE Michael Giacchino “Carl Goes Up” (from the movie Up)
Gnarls Barkley “Blind Mary”
Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”
Ellie Goulding “How Long Will I Love You?” (originally by The Waterboys)
“Love Me Like You Do” (from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey)
David Gray “Babylon”
David Guetta ft. Sia “Titanium”
David Guetta ft. Usher “Without You”
Guns N’ Roses
“Sweet Child o’ Mine”
FILM SCORE Nigel Hess Theme from Ladies in Lavender
Michael Jackson “Human Nature”
“Smooth Criminal”
Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There”
Jay Z “Public Service Announcement”
Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind”
Jack Johnson “Better Together”
Katrina and the Waves “Walking on Sunshine”

Ray LaMontagne “You Are the Best Thing”
Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time”
Led Zeppelin “Going to California”
John Legend “All of Me”
John Lennon “Imagine”
MUSICALS Andrew Lloyd Webber “The Phantom of the Opera” (from The Phantom of the Opera)
Lorde “Royals”
The Lumineers “Ho Hey”
Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger”
Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”
“Marry You”
Metallica “Master of Puppets”
“Nothing Else Matters”
MGMT “Kids”
Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”
“I’m Yours”
Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait”
Muse “Starlight”
Nirvana “Come As You Are”
FILM SCORE Monty Norman/John Barry Theme from Dr. No (James Bond Theme)
Oasis
“Wonderwall”
Katy Perry “Firework”
“Unconditionally”
Pink Floyd “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”
Queen “You’re My Best Friend”
Lou Reed “Perfect Day”
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”
Frank Sinatra “Summer Wind”
Sam Smith “Stay with Me”
Sting “Fields of Gold”
Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
U2 “All I Want Is You”
“Beautiful Day”
“With or Without You”

FILM SCORE John Williams Harry Potter Medley (music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
FILM SCORE “Imperial March” (from the movie The Empire Strikes Back)
FILM SCORE  Jurassic Park Main Titles
FILM SCORE “Raiders March” (from the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark)
FILM SCORE Star Wars Main Titles
Pharrell Williams “Happy”

 

If you are looking to have some pop music arranged for strings at your wedding, party or event please contact us.

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March 5th, 2016|Corporate Events, Ensembles, Weddings|

Strings for recording sessions

Premiere Strings have provided string parts for many projects at studios in and around London, most recently at Angel Studios and Abbey Road. Here is an example of our work, composed by the very talented Kevin Penkin and recorded with a string quartet using overdubbing to create a more orchestral effect.

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We have performed as a string duo, building up parts to give an entire string section effect, however we can also engage top London strings to provide a full string section for recordings to give a more ‘live’ feel.

We are skilled arrangers so even if you don’t have the parts written down yet we can help you to realise your music.

If you require a String Quartet in London or further afield please get in touch to discuss the options available.

Check out our website www.premiere-string-quartet for more information.

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March 4th, 2016|Ensembles, Performances, Recording|

String Quartet For Wedding in Ascot

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On Saturday 11th March we were asked to perform for a large wedding at Ascot Racecourse, in the Grandstand. It’s amazing to get such a great view of an iconic venue from the 6th floor – as well as being able to perform some great music in String arrangements. We began the day performing for the reception as the guests arrived, a mixture of classical and pop arrangements before moving on to the ceremony area. Pieces ranged from Disney Songs to Moon River and the guests seemed to be having a lovely time. We finished our part of the day by moving downstairs and performing another mixture of music for strings which seemed to be popular with the mix of guests.

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April 24th, 2015|Ensembles, Weddings|

Premiere String Quartet on BBC 3 Fazer Urban Takeover

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPJazkRAwr4

Premiere String Quartet
was selected to be part of the documentary on BBC 3, Fazer from N Dubz wanted to get kids from more urban disadvantaged backgrounds to become interested in Classical Music. He invited the String Quartet to join him at a well known grime club night Junp off at Scala in Kings Cross. It was designed to be part of Fazer’s journey in the lead up the Urban Prom at the Albert Hall.

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September 29th, 2013|Ensembles, Performances, Recording|