We recently returned to Preston Court in Canterbury (we have been here a lot as we are preferred suppliers at this amazing venue!). It was an amazing wedding, involving camper vans, vintage cars, and the incredible pipe organ at Preston Court. The venue is part of a farm but has a real vintage fairground feel with a carousel. The string trio began on the banks of the lake while the wedding party took their places on the small island. We began with a selection of our music for string trio, more classical in feel before moving on to the wedding ceremony music, which included McFly – It’s All About You (which seems to be really popular at the moment!) and How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees. Following the ceremony we moved across the lawn to play some of our pop music arranged for string trio. As we got ourselves settled in the barn we were surprised when the organ started up – it’s the first time I have heard it and it was a really fantastic way to greet the guests. Playing throughout the meal, Jo the bride wanted us to keep an upbeat feel and had requested we include sons such as Always Look On The Bright Side of Life and Everybody’s Free from Romeo and Juliet, which I had previously arranged for another bride. It was a great day and we can’t wait to return to Preston Court.
We were recently contacted by one of our previous brides, Rachelle. We had played as a string quartet for her wedding back in 2012. She was planning a birthday celebration for her mum in Tunbridge Wells and as she had enjoyed the music at Rachelle’s wedding so much Rachelle thought it would be a lovely idea to surprise her with some string quartet music for the party. As there weren’t going to be too many guests and the room wasn’t too large she thought a string duo would be perfect. A mixture of our repertoire for string duo from classical to pop music for strings was requested with one particular piece being special – the theme from Downton Abbey. Luckily we had made an arrangement of this for another client previously so it was no problem for us to dust it off and play it at an appropriate moment. It proved as popular as Rachelle had thought it would be so we were asked to play it again later on.
As always we hoped that the addition of live string music would lift an already special occasion and it seemed to do the trick! IN fact Rachelle’s mum emailed us a few days later-
I just wanted to write and thank you for playing for us and keeping our guests entertained throughout our drinks reception last Thursday.
Everyone commented on how good you were and how lovely the music was. We would highly recommend you for any event.
Merry Christmas to you all and every happiness for 2016!
Kind regards and thank you once again.
Hope you are well. I’m so sorry it has taken so long for us to email you – we have had a busy few months – wedding, honeymoon and moving house! But we really wanted to thank you all for playing so beautifully and making our wedding day so special!
You were so helpful and professional on the day and in the lead up to our wedding and were really a pleasure to work with. We received so many comments on the day and afterwards saying how having the string quartet there really added to the atmosphere of celebration and kept everyone entertained and was something that everyone loved. It was especially lovely to be able to walk down the aisle as you played and to be able to choose the songs that mean a lot to us to be played at special points throughout the day. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone else in the future.
Thank you again!
Emma & Francois Ackermann
Just a huge great big THANKS for Saturday. You were absolutely fantastic and the music blew me away. Everyone commented on how beautiful the music at the service and in the paddock were. I was so moved by your arrangement of A Thousand Years as I entered the church. Everyone loved the Beatles as we signed the register too! I will be recommending you to every bride to be that I know. You really made the day so special and I would be more than willing to write a testimony for your website.
Mrs Joanna Wayne (!!!)
Firstly apologies for the tardiness of this note. Claire and I wanted to write to thank you for the superb performances you gave for us at Old Wardour Castle and Bradley House at our wedding in September 2011. We loved it and so did our guests, (some of whom took some great photos which we’d be happy to send over if you would like). I know the weather caused some problems which you managed to overcome, true professionals.
Again please accept our thanks. If you would like to use us as a testimonial for your website that would be fine. If you’d like to, please just write the words you’d like to use and send it over for us to ok before publishing. With very best wishes for the future,
Andrew & Claire Brown
Kate and I wanted to thank you and your group very much once again for playing at our wedding. When the guests arrived at the Town Hall the atmosphere was fantastic with beautiful music to set the scene.
During the ceremony the timings and pieces played were perfect. Thank you very much for the special requests played during the register signing.
At the reception the whole garden was filled with gorgeous sound, We really enjoyed listening while we were having our photos taken and having our drinks.
A great number of our guests particularly commented on how delighted they were with your playing and one said he wished that part of the afternoon had never ended!
I am particularly fond of classical music and your performance was one of the most memorable parts of my wedding!
We will highly recommend Premiere String Quartet to anyone looking for musicians for their special occasions.
With thanks again,
Mark and Kate Sidney
I wanted to thank you all for the music you provided on our wedding day, the broad range of genres, both old and new was the perfect accompaniment to our day. Everybody seemed to love the music you were playing and on more than on occasion someone came up to me and said “Did I hear the Game of Thrones Soundtrack being played”?…Yes you did!
Your professionalism was also noted by a lot of people including myself and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to other people.
I have attached a picture which was taken whilst you were playing in the great hall as I thought you may like it.
I would like to thank you and your husband for such a wonderful concert. The music selection was just ideal for the occasion and we all appreciated your playing.
We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
We just wanted to drop you an email thanking you for the fabulous music you provided for our wedding! The guests and Daniel couldn’t stop saying how lovely it was!! I however after much running around finally got a great dance to Wonderwall at my request and got to thoroughly enjoy it all the way!
Thank you. We would definitely recommend you to a friend.
Han and I would like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for the lovely performance at our wedding on Saturday. You helped make our ceremony truly memorable. We hope to hear you guys again in the future.
All the best and thanks once again,
Richard and Hannah
I hope this email finds you well. We just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you again for playing at our wedding ceremony back in September. Having you perform our favourite songs throughout the ceremony just made the occasion even more memorable for us, and I don’t suppose I will ever forget how hearing Snow Patrols, Chasing Cars played by a string duo made me feel just before I walked down the aisle. Just utterly amazing. We would also like to thank you for your complete professionalism and how you quickly changed location for playing due to the weather. So many of our guests have commented on just on lovely it was to have live music playing, so thank you again for helping making our wedding day perfect.
Elaine and Jack
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding on Saturday! The music was beautiful, I am really sorry we did not get to thank you in person on the day!
If you would like to us to give great feedback anywhere, just let us know, we would be more than happy to!
The new Mr and Mrs Creed
Thank you Martin & Rachel for playing for us and keeping our guests entertained throughout our drinks reception. Everyone commented on how fantastic you both are. We were ever so fortunate to find such a fabulous, talented Duo and would highly recommend you for any event.
Emily & Russell Flowers
Thank you so much for your fabulous performance on Saturday. It really made the ceremony. We loved having you and your hubby there! I just wish I’d been able to listen to you play for longer, but I found out that the bride doesn’t really get to stay in one place for very long! Let us know if you have any concerts coming up – we’d be there in a shot!
Dear Rachel and team,
I just wanted to send you a (very belated!) note to say thank you so, so much for your absolutely beautiful playing at our wedding in June. You were completely brilliant; one of our highlights of the day was listening to your fab rendition of Music of the Night during the signing of the register in our ceremony, and so many of our guests mentioned how wonderful the music at the reception was.
Thanks so much again and best wishes,
Thank you so much for the wonderful music that everyone thoroughly enjoyed at our wedding. We will definitely be recommending you to everyone.
Hannah & Jay
I’m sorry that we didn’t really get the chance to speak to you, but thank you so much for playing at our wedding on Saturday. The music choice was spot on and everyone commented how beautiful it sounded.
With very best wishes.
I just wanted to say thank you again for your duet string performance at my son’s wedding recently. We had all the magical ingredients, a wonderful setting, weather and you! Your music set the right beautiful atmosphere to start off proceedings and it was just lovely to walk out into the gardens and to see you and your partner playing beautiful soft music while guests ate their canapés. Everybody remarked on the wonderful music. Thank you again Martin, also for your patience in dealing with all the exacting demands made by the venue.
I hope you’re well.
I wanted to email you to thank you for the fantastic music you provided at the wedding. Our music choices were very important to us and we felt so emotional hearing the string versions on the day. So many guests commented on how beautiful the playing was and we are genuinely so grateful.
I’ve had a look on your website but I can’t see where I can write a review. If you would like me to write one, please let me know where is best and I’d be more than happy to do so.
I really just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for the music you played at our wedding! It was perfect and we both loved it! Walking down the isle to Canon in D by Pachelbel was amazing and magical for me! My mum gasped as you started to play and said how much she loves that piece! My mum walking me down the isle to that was the most amazing feeling ever!
All our guests loved the music and commented how beautiful everything was.
Thanking you again!
Jess & Tony
Sorry I didn’t get a chance to speak to you on the day but I just wanted to say thank you for playing so beautifully at our reception. All the music was lovely and so many people commented to me about how nice it was. We had an amazing day!
Katie and Don
Martin and Rachel,
Thank you so much for your wonderful playing at Brenda’s 60th Tea party. It was a wonderful surprise for her and we all really enjoyed both your playing and the wonderful range of music you played. A special thank you also for the excellent arrangements of Bridge over Troubled Water and Knights in White Satin that you did for us. They are very special tunes for Brenda and she really appreciated them.
We all wish you every success for the future,
Thank you again and all the very best
Keith and Brenda
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to see you on Saturday. I want to thank you for playing so wonderfully and making our ceremony so special. We had a fantastic day and would recommend Premiere wholeheartedly in the future.
We had such an amazing time on Friday and couldn’t have asked for anything more; the trio was awesome and our guests all loved it. It was all simply perfect
All the best and thank you and your group for being part of our fantastic day,
Youichi and Laura
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our wedding day extra special. I had lots of lovely comments from our guests about how beautifully you all play and how professional you all were.
Lindsay & Ian Mulley xx
I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to say a huge thank you to you all for performing at our wedding. Everyone absolutely loved it and we have had so many lovely comments about what a lovely atmosphere you created.
I wish you continued success for the years to come and if i hear of any other events, i will certainly recommend you.
With Best Wishes
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for playing at our wedding on Monday 22nd December. You were fantastic and really made the atmosphere we had hoped for. Our guests were very complimentary about you as well. The song choices were great too! I do apologise that I didn’t get a chance to thank you in person on the day… It goes so quickly!!
I hope you had a lovely christmas and I wish you a very happy new year!
With our best wishes,
Lucy and Charlie Cox
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help with arranging for the quartet to play at our wedding reception.
It was a shame not to meet you personally to say thank you but the quartet sounded amazing.
We had so many comments saying how great they were and we absolutely loved the arrangement of Time by Hans Zimmer. My Dad rushed off the top table to tell his friends to listen to it as he absolutely loved it!
My husband James said the quartet was one of his favourite parts of the day. It was a shame that missed seeing them properly during the drinks reception as we were taken off for photos in the grounds but so glad to hear them during the wedding breakfast. It was a little dark and chilly in the hall but the quartet did well to play under such testing conditions and just shows how talented everyone was – true professionals!
We loved the mix of songs that the quartet played and I will never forget being announced to guests in Baron’s Hall as Mrs Watson and hearing the quartet playing ‘Feeling Good’ – was the perfect song to sum up that moment!
Thanks again for everything Rachel
Lynn & James Watson
to say what a fabulous wedding day we had back in February and it was all enhanced by the Premiere String Trio. You were absolutely fabulous in all that you played. From Maryanne’s entrance to the background music while we greeted everybody, it was all absolutely lovely. You are a truly great set of musicians.
My personal highlight was our entrance into the wedding breakfast, where you played Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” it was brilliant, we both felt like royalty as we ran into the room. It’s a memory that will be with me till my dying day.
All of our guests said what a great touch you made to the day and how versatile and varied your repertoire was. Please thank your colleagues immensely from us both. If ever I need a string trio/quartet, I certainly know where to come. In fact, I’m thinking of an occasion where I could utilise you again and listen more intently.
Many thanks again for making our amazing day even more amazing.
Best wishes and kind regards
Michael & Maryanne
Hi Martin, thank you to your amazing quartet for accompanying my performance yesterday. You played beautifully throughout the ceremony and during drinks and many people commented on your sound, repertoire and professionalism. Apologies I didn’t get to thank you personally yesterday. We were checking into our room at the time you left and I missed you!
I will pass on your details to anybody else looking for a quartet.
Our wedding at Groombridge Place was just magical & we loved every minute of our special day. Your music was absolutely lovely. It added an extra layer of beauty & elegance to the occasion. So many of our guests have said how much they enjoyed your playing & complimented us on our inspired choice of musicians……….. I have to say, I agree with them wholeheartedly & I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.
Thank you so much for all that you did to make our wedding such a happy & wonderful occasion.
With Best Wishes Jane & Mike xxxx
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get in touch with you and thank you for playing at our wedding. We got back to Australia from our honeymoon 2 weeks ago and it has all been a bit mad. Ian and I were really disappointed that we didn’t get the chance to hear you play (mainly because we were having a ridiculous amount of photos taken!!). Our guests all raved about how fantastic you were. My Auntie said she could have just sat and listened for hours. My nephew, Louis, was also chatting away about you playing Jeeves and Wooster. Thank you so much for being such a fantastic part of our wedding day. Thank you so much!
A belated thank you for playing at Alison’s significant celebration on Saturday (it’s been a long weekend!) – it was exactly how I wanted the evening to start; I was pleased so many of our guests made very complimentary comments about your playing and how enjoyable it was to hear live music in that style at the start of the evening. Your selection of pieces was spot on and it was a huge pleasure to have you play for us.
Thank you for travelling to Eastbourne – if there is an opportunity to book you again we will and I have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends.
Thank you again
Robert & Alison
Nasrin and I just wanted to thank you both for the fantastic music at our wedding. Everyone loved it and it really made the day more special.
All the best for the future.
Rob and Nasrin
Thank you both for your contribution to our special day on Saturday.
You made it very easy for us and the music sounded great at Scotney. It sounded even better when Lucy caught ‘Kissing You’ (a favourite!) as we were about to be showered with confetti at Hotel du Vin!
We hope you enjoyed the day and would happily recommend you and consider you for future functions.
You were both amazing and we will always be grateful.
Dean & Lucy
Apologies this is quite late but we have only got back from honeymoon recently. Just wanted to say thank you for playing so beautifully last month at our wedding. The music was great during the ceremony & drinks reception and I hope you enjoyed playing at Millbridge.
Hi Rachel –
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the wonderful music on Saturday. It was absolutely beautiful. I am so sorry I didn’t get to come and speak to you on the day – I’m afraid the day just went too fast and there are a lot of people I just didn’t get to.
I received so many compliments regarding the wonderful music – it made the day very special. Please pass on my thanks to all at Premiere Strings.
Matt and I are just back from honeymoon and I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the wonderful music on our wedding day. You guys were just perfect ! Thank you so much.
We have had lots of lovely messages about the ceremony and reception music – the guests really enjoyed it and said how beautifully you played.
Thank you so much again -especially as I know what I wanted for the bridal entrance was a little different !
Sian and Matt x
Id just like to say a great big thank you for arranging the music and performing it so well. Everyone appreciated it especially Olena and myself and it really helped make the day.
If you were to ever produce a CD with those arrangements on, I would pay good money for it.
I will be sure to recommend you to my friends and family and hope to hear you again in the not to distant future.
Captain Spencer Phillips
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We just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at James & Jessica’s Wedding on Saturday 17/9/16. You all helped to make the day truly magical with the wonderful arrangements both of the pieces that we had chosen & the other selections from your repertoire. Many of the guests commented & said how much they enjoyed the music & I have been asked for your details by friends of ours whose daughter is getting married next year, as they were very impressed with your performance too!
Sue & Neil Austin
I just wanted to thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our event last night. You definitely added the sparkle to the evening that was required and everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to you. Wish I had had a chance to sit down a soak it all up too:)
Many, many thanks and we hope to work with you again in the future.
Hi Rachel and Martin,
I wanted to say “thank you” for the beautiful music played at my wedding last Saturday. I was so nervous I only remember snippets of it but I do recall it sounded lovely. Many people said to me how perfect it sounded. I’m sorry I never got chance to say hello on the day, but you all did a lovely job, so
Thank you very much.
The new Mrs Green! x
Just a quick line to say a massive thank you for performing at our wedding at the Law Society. Many people commented on how good you were and I have to say you fully met all expectations.
Please pass on our thanks and compliments to the rest of the trio.
Have a very Happy New Year
Rob and Lisa Munden
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!
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.
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,
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.
Emily and Mike
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!
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.
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
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.
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
The String Quartet were recently hired to play for a wedding at the fantastic venue of Hever Castle near Edenbridge in Kent.
As there were not a huge number of guests the bride and groom had decided that a string trio would be perfect for the ceremony and drinks reception. We were located by the side of the ceremony room as it was a very open plan part of the castle and this worked really well as we could play as the guests assembled as well as being able to have a good view of the bride as she entered, made her way to the front and got settled. She had chosen a piece that we knew well but in an arrangement that we had not heard before – Scala and Kolacny’s version of U2’s With or Without You:
We were more than happy to add this to our pop arrangements for strings as we knew it would work beautifully for her entrance, creating a really emotional atmosphere.
The other pieces chosen for the ceremony were fairly new music to our repertoire but ones that work nicely, Coldplay Sky Full Of Stars and a favourite uplifting piece for the exit, One Day Like This by Elbow.
For the remainder of the booking we continued with our modern music for string quartet as the guests enjoyed drinks and canapes.
After the date we got a lovely message from the bride, always nice to hear we have added something to a very special day!!
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 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
Premiere String Quartet were recently engaged to provide music for a wedding ceremony and reception in the beautiful surroundings of Groombridge Place, on the border of Kent and East Sussex. We are always pleased to perform at a venue local to us and as some of our members are based in Tunbridge Wells as well as London this venue is ideal for us to perform as a String Quartet, String Trio, String Duo or even a solo violin or cello!
Groombridge Place was voted South East England’s ‘Favourite House’ by Country Life Magazine and is world famous as the setting for the BAFTA award winning movie based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, featuring Keira Knightly.
The ceremony itself was held in the amazing Baronial Hall where we performed a selection of classical music for string quartet as the guests assembled. The bride and groom’s choice of music worked really well for the ceremony, including Pachelbel Canon in D and the Flower Duet from Delibe’s “Lakme” (made famous by the British Airways advert). Often people want something upbeat for the exit but they asked for a more serene piece which worked beautifully – Haydn Serenade Op 3 No 5.
As the guests moved outside for drinks and canapes on the lawn we relocated to underneath the portico to entertain them with a mix of classical and lighter music, overlooking a couple of amazing vintage cars belonging to the relatives of the bride. After the guests returned to the Baronial Hall to continue the day we packed away and prepared for the 10 minute drive home – an unusual but welcome finish to the booking!
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”
“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”
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.
Premiere String Trio played for Claire and Chris’s wedding at Hever Castle in Kent. The wedding ceremony was performed in a local church within the village and then the drinks reception was held in the grounds of Hever in the Italian Loggia which is situated by the lake. It was a beautiful setting for a wedding. The Wedding String Trio set up early in the church Claire had chosen some fantastic pieces for the string trio to play as all the guests arrived at the church. Pieces included Flower Duet, Delibes and Air on a G String, J.S Bach. For Claire’s entrance into the church the string trio performed Canon in D, Pachelbel. After the service the couple signed the register and piece they requested the string trio to perform was O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini. This was significant to the couple as they were engaged in Venice, Italy. After the ceremony was concluded the couple walked back down the aisle to Spring from Four Seasons, Vivaldi. This piece was long enough for Claire and Chris and all their guests to exit the church. The wedding string trio packed away and moved to the Italian Loggia in the grounds of Hever Casle just 1 mile away. Due to pictures being taken outside the church the String Trio were able to move venues and set up ready to play as the first guests to arrive at the Loggia in the ground of Hever Castle. The repertoire changed to lighter classical and Latin music including La Bamba and Tango por una Cabeza and also pop arrangements including Coldplay, Beatles and Sinatra. The String Trio played up until all the guests were called into dinner.
Premiere String Duo were delighted to record a selection of pieces for String Duo in King Charles the Martyre in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Meditation – Thais
Moon River – Henry Mancini
Beethoven String Duo in Gmajor arranged for Viola and Cello
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Fly me to the Moon – Bart Howard
One Day Like This – Elbow
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri.