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 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)
“Set Fire to the Rain”
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)
“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”
“Life on Mars?”
Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”
Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne “Rather Be”
Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” (in the style of Rufus Wainwright)
“Reign of Love”
“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”
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)
The Lumineers “Ho Hey”
Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger”
Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”
Metallica “Master of Puppets”
“Nothing Else Matters”
Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”
Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait”
Nirvana “Come As You Are”
FILM SCORE Monty Norman/John Barry Theme from Dr. No (James Bond Theme)
Katy Perry “Firework”
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”
“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.
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 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
Premiere String Trio performed at Kelly and Hindley’s wedding on Saturday in Cambridge. The wedding was held in Newnham College, Cambridge. The wedding ceremony was performed inside one of the buildings and the drinks reception within the fantastic grounds of the college. Cambridge University has some wonderful colleges perfect for a wedding, the grounds are always beautifully kept. Before the ceremony the string trio performed a variety of classical repertoire including Pachelbel Canon in D, Vivaldi Spring and an arrangement of Nimrod from Enigma Variation. We have adapted a lot of string repertoire to work well for String Trio so you can get an ensemble that projects well but for a more reasonable cost. In the drinks reception we continued with Classical pieces on request from the bride and guests in the wedding. The String Trio performed pieces by Vivaldi,Telemann, J.S Bach and Elgar. We have recently arranged Brandenburg Concerto’s for string trio and Vivaldi Violin Concerto for string trio.
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.
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!!
The Orangery at Chilston Park, Lenham, Kent
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.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D] is the most famous piece of music by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel. It was originally scored for three violins and bass and paired with a gigue in the same key. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919, the piece became extremely popular, and today it is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations, along with other famous Baroque pieces such as Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach.
You can listen to our versions for string quartet, string trio and string duo here: