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.
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.
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.
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
Last week we were asked to provide a String Duo for a wedding in Chilston Park in Lenham, Kent. Being one of the most popular wedding venues in Kent we always enjoy returning to perform here. Again the ceremony took place in the Orangery and as the couple had invited quite a few guests we were seated at the front of the ceremony room. Even though it was freezing outside the ceremony room was nice and warm, especially with 87 people in there! The ceremony music was a mixture of classical arrangements as well as modern covers for strings. The music for the drinks reception was again a selection of our string arrangements of modern songs for string duo. While the guests made the most of the dry weather to have a few photos taken we entertained everyone else before they made their way to the weddimg breakfast.
Last Friday night Premiere String Quartet were booked to provide a String Trio for a 30th Birthday party in the Institute of Directors, which is in Pall Mall in London. It’s one of several wonderful buildings that we have performed in along the same stretch which has also included the RAC Club.
We worked closely with the client in providing a playlist that she was happy with, balancing her love of classical music (especially Debussy) with a mixture of music which would be popular with her guests. So we performed several sets, starting with Classical music including Schubert’s String Trio, Debussy’s The Girl With The Flaxen Hair and Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Moving on we performed some lighter, jazzy numbers including songs by Gershwin and Sondheim. Tangos followed and we finished the evening playing a set of modern covers including many of our unique pop arrangements for strings.
The guests seemed to have a wonderful time in this fantastic venue and we were well looked after so it was a really enjoyable booking for us!
Premiere String Duo were recently booked to perform for a wedding at Leeds Castle which is near Maidstone in Kent. Being quite a small wedding, the room was again too big for a wedding string quartet so a string trio or string duo were the options we advised. The couple decided to opt for the Duo as their number of guests was relatively small. We began by playing the guests in to the ceremony room which was a wonderful old room full of antiques and amazing artwork. The Bride had chosen to walk in to Pachelbel Canon in D. As usual we provided some music for the signing of the register and the traditional Wedding March by Mendelssohn for the exit. After the ceremony we moved rooms (just next door!) the the Old Library to provide entertainment for the assembled guests during the drinks reception. We performed a selection of our pop covers which we have made string arrangements of. These included Paradise by Coldplay, Kiss from a Rose by Seal and more from our selection of Modern Songs for Strings.
As the guests left the room for the Wedding Breakfast (which smelt amazing!) we discreetly packed away and left after another enjoyable afternoon.
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..
Premiere String Trio performed last Friday for another Procter and Gamble event at Vinopolis in London. This time we were performing for the Greek team, their families and delegates. It was a fantastic atmosphere and we played a selection of Classical String Trios and Pop Arrangements, performing Boccherini String Trios along with classical favorites including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Pachelbel’s Canon, Air on a G String and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in some way with the Olympic Games.
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.