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.
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
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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 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.
Premiere String Duo played at a wedding yesterday at Chiddingstone Castle for Elaine and Jack. The weather was grey and rainy but this did not effect the lovely atmosphere of the wedding. Chiddingston Castle has a beautiful Orangery where the ceremony was being held. The String Duo performed well-known classical pieces as everyone arrived, Air on a G String, Pachelbel Canon in D and Flower duet. These were all pieces the bride had selected before hand. The Orangery is in the ground of the castle which is a beautiful setting for a wedding, it has a glass roof which protected the guests and musicians from the rain. After the ceremony the guests moved into the castle for the drinks reception. The string duo played a mixture of classical and pop arrangements including Coldplay Scientist, What a wonderful world, Greatest Day take that, Make you feel your love and rolling the deep by Adele.The Wedding String Duo concluded their music when all the guests went into the wedding breakfast.
Premiere String Duo performed at Gravetye Manor in West Hoathly, West Sussex last weekend for Emily and Russell’s wedding. The weather was bright and sunny perfect for this spring wedding. The guests arrived early into the ceremony room where we performed a selection of classical pieces including Pachelbel Canon, Elgar Salut d’Amour and Handel’s water music. The bride walked down the aisle to Faure’s Pavane and we played 2nd movement of Double Violin Concerto by J.S Bach arranged for Viola and cello and Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachmusik for the signing of the register. After the ceremony the newly married couple exited the ceremony room to La Rejouissance from The Royal Fireworks by Handel. The weather was beautiful so we were able to move easily into the gardens for their drinks reception, we were able to find a shaded spot perfect to protect our instruments. We then played a selection of pop music including an arrangement of Your Song by Elton John, No woman No Cry by Bob Marley and our new arrangement of Rolling In the Deep by Adele. A few days later we received this wonderful testimonial from the couple
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