Happy Clients!

Just a few of the lovely comments we have received from our clients, many of which booked us as a string quartet for a wedding or string trio for an event or even a string duo for a party!

Dear Martin

I wanted to let you know how much Sally and I (and others!) enjoyed and appreciated your performance on Saturday. It was good to meet you and am sorry I did not have the opportunity to say farewell and thank you before we left for the conservatory.
It was a special day and your quartet was great, many thanks again for your support and well done to you and your fellow musicians for contributing to the success of a memorable day for our family and friends.

 

Kind regards
Nick Godwin

 

Dear Martin and the Premiere String Quartet,

Thank you all very much for being with us on Sunday, I am only sorry not to have thanked you all personally at the end.

We have had many emails and letters saying how lovely your choice of music was during the afternoon, it certainly made Ray’s party a great success.

With kindest regards,

Tanya Edmondson

 

Dear Rachel,

 

Hope you’re well.

 

We just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your beautiful performances at our wedding on 20th July. The music your played in the church was absolutely stunning, and your song choices for the drinks reception were perfect! We had so many of our guests coming up to us and saying how great you were, and endless fun was had playing ‘first one to guess the song’ in classical style!

 

Thank you so much for your professionalism and for showcasing your talents to their very best. We couldn’t have asked for more.

 

Best wishes

Emily and Mike

 

 

Hi,

 

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to our string duo who played at our Hampton Court House wedding yesterday. They were fantastic and made our day so special and memorable :)

 

Wishing you lots of luck for the future!

 

Kind regards,

 

Rosie Summers

 

Martin

Just a quick note to thank you for playing at our wedding. It was absolutely perfect and we really appreciated it. Apologies we didn’t get to speak with you on the day – all a bit hectic!

Please let us know if you’d like us to act as reference in the future.

Thanks again

Tracy

 

Hi Rachel and co,

 

Sorry it’s been a while, but just wanted to say thanks so much for the beautiful music you played at Hever Castle for us on 28th April. We had lots of lovely comments about how nice it was to sit and listen to you all, and I’m truly gutted I got dragged round the grounds in the cold and missed most of your set! I’ve attached a couple of nice pics below which were taken. Thanks again,

 

All the best

 

Louise

 

Dear Martin and Rachel ,

Now that things have calmed down, I am writing to say thank you so much for supporting the Missing People charity single ‘I Hope’. The song itself is incredibly powerful and still moves me to tears whenever I hear it. It also had a huge impact on the charity – generating over £1 million worth of advertising value via the amount of publicity it generated, significant financial support from the Royal Mail and it reached number 10 in the Amazon chart. We were blown away by the result and could not have done it without your support.

Jo

Jo Youle
Chief Executive

jo.youle@missingpeople.org.uk
www.missingpeople.org.uk

 

 

Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for playing at Jonathan and my wedding day last Friday. It was wonderful to have your talents and we are only sorry that we did not hear more of it due to our outside photographing! Please thank your colleague also.

 

Kind regards, Katharine

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February 23rd, 2017|About us, Testimonials, Weddings|

Recording String Section in Kingston, London

The String Quartet were recently asked to work with a producer we know well, Jim Hawkins at his studio near London. We have done several projects with him previously and this was a very special one as he asked to provide a string section on a track for the Missing People Charity, involving singers from across the decades including The Missing People choir, which is made up of families with missing loved ones, Rick Astley, Chesney Hawkes, Nik Kershaw, Carol Decker, Lesley Garrett, Hayley Tamaddon, Jodie Prenger, Debra Stephenson, Kerry Ellis, Balsamo Deighton and G4.

The original song, ‘I Hope’ was inspired by the words of Kevin Gosden whose son Andrew went missing at the age of 14 in 2007 and highlights the heartbreak facing families with missing loved ones, and the often agonising hope of seeing them again.

‘I Hope’ is available to buy now on Itunes, Google Play and Amazon following its release on Friday 20 May ahead of International Missing Children’s Day (25 May) with profits going to the charity Missing People’s ‘Find Every Child’ campaign. An average of 140,000 children go missing in the UK every year and the campaign is aiming to be able to reach every one of them.

As we have done before we used some layering of parts to create a bigger effect, enabling the charity single to get the full sound of a string section using less players. This is a technique which can be used to enable you to get a much richer fuller sound with fewer instumentalists, perhaps recording with a String Quartet.

We have recently finished working on another track for Jim, more details available soon.

If you need strings on your track or album don’t hesitate to contact us.

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October 24th, 2016|About us, Pop Music for Strings, Recording|

Your Kent Wedding – Wedding of the Year

We were delighted to find out recently that one of our couples from 2015, Lucie and Steve have beaten off hundreds of other entries, for their wedding to be judged as UK Wedding of the year 2015!

Their wedding was held at Lympne Castle in Kent in May last year. Although we were not performing at the ceremony we were ready to entertain the guests when they arrived at the venue for drinks. We then moved to the dining hall for the meal which had experiments, a skeleton and petri dishes galore!

A video available here featuring Premiere String Quartet:

 

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May 9th, 2016|About us, Events, 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|

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|

Wedding Strings Quartet, Sting Trio and String Duo in Kent

Premiere String Quartet, String Trio and String Duo are performing regularly in wedding venues around Kent and East Sussex. The Wedding Venue’s are often in easy travel distance so the string quartet has become very familiar with local venues. The String Quartet, String Trio and String Duo have recently performed in wedding venues including Leeds Castle, Kent, Hever Castle Kent, Chilston Park, Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells, Solomans, Tunbridge Wells, Gravetye Manor, East Sussex, The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, Old Kent Barn, Penshurst Place. Our wedding String Quartet, String Trio and String Duo all have very extensive repertoire ranging from pop arrangements, Coldplay, David Guetta and Avenged Sevenfold. WIth also an extensive classical collection of well known classics
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September 10th, 2013|About us, Ensembles, Weddings|

Wedding at Chilston Park

A couple of weeks ago Premiere String Duo performed for a lovely wedding at Chilston Park which is near Lenham in Kent. It is a wedding venue we have performed at many times as well as playing for many wedding fairs there. Although they have several rooms for the ceremony, the most popular is the Orangery, which overlooks the lovely grounds. This room can hold around 60-70 people and is a bit small for a string quartet so we have usually performed as a string trio or string duo, as on this occasion. As people can gather in the bar next to the ceremony room it means the strings can start playing before people enter, not realising that the music is live until they come into the room to be seated for the ceremony! Pachelbel Canon in D was chosen as the entrance music for the Bride. We performed The Flower Duet for the signing of the register and Clocks by Coldplay was a lively piece for the exit of the newly married couple! We moved next door into the bar area to accompany the drinks reception where the couple had asked us to play from our light and modern selection. Many of our original string arrangements of pop covers and modern songs were appreciated by the guests. However we probably couldn’t compete with the “stags” who had learnt the words to “It Must be Love” by Madness and performed it to the gathered guests after photos on the staircase! All in all a great day to be involved in!!
Orangery
The Orangery at Chilston Park, Lenham, Kent

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February 27th, 2013|Ensembles, Events, Performances, Weddings|

Wedding at Leez Priory

Premiere String Trio played  at a wedding in Leez Priory in Chelmsford, Essex on Monday. The ceremony was held in the beautiful gardens with the registrars, wedding party and musicians in inside the tower. Premiere String Trio performed a varied repertoire of well known classical pieces with pop arrangements.

Premiere String Quartet

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August 8th, 2012|Ensembles, Events, Performances, Weddings|

Testimonial from Nahid and Andrew

We have received a lovely card from Nahid and Andrew having played at their wedding in April:

Dear Premiere String Quartet,

Thank you so much for providing such an amazing duo for our wedding day. They were incredible and really added to the feel of the day. It was a pleasure working with you!

It’s always nice to hear that the music has added to the atmosphere of a couple’s wedding day..

String Quartet for Wedding

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August 5th, 2012|Ensembles, Events, Testimonials, Weddings|

Events for Olympics Proctor and Gamble

Premiere String Trio and Duo have started their Olympic debut in style this week with the first three events held by Proctor and Gamble’s Thank You Mum campaign. So far they have performed at the opening night along with lunches for Chinese and Japanese teams’ families and delegates. The lunches have been a tribute to parents of athletes. Vinopolis has been transformed to accommodate Athletes and their families supporting them during the Olympics. Premiere Strings have performed a varied Classical and light programme entertaining them while they enjoy lunch and a tour around the complex. Upcoming events include evening reception and dinner for the Greek. Turkish and Russian teams.

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July 31st, 2012|Corporate Events, Events, Performances|