Strings for a wedding in London

Last weekend we were asked to play as a String Duo for a wedding in central London. The venue was The Ned, a venue we had never played at before, but hope to go back to again! Inside the unassuming entrance it opens out into an amazing interior which was incredibly busy despite it being a Sundsay afternoon in the City. A 5 piece jazz band were playing in the centre of the enormous room while people were enjoying their Sunday buffet of oysters, lobster, roast dinners and amazing desserts!! As we were working we could only look on and think about returning socially!

We made our way to the 6th floor which was where Helen and Davids’s wedding was taking place. There were some lovely staff who were incredibly helpful, showing the String Duo for wedding ceremony and Strings for drinks reception where to set up and even moving an inconveniently placed Chez Longue so we would have enough space to play comfortably. The only music that had been specifically requested was Helen’s entrance music, Pachelbel Canon in D. She had requested that we play suitable music for a wedding ceremony before and then something suitable for the Bride and Grooms exit, before moving on to some of our modern music on strings for the drinks reception. We chose lots of our favourite pieces, some of which you can hear originals of below as well as some of our arrangements….

If you need Strings for a wedding in London, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you create a beautiful atmosphere for you special day.

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April 20th, 2019|About us, Ensembles, Pop Music for Strings, Venues, Weddings|

String Duo for a wedding in Buxted Park, East Sussex

Premiere String Quartet recently returned to one of our favourite (and most local!) venues, Buxted Park in East Sussex to play as a String Duo for a Wedding Ceremony and Reception Drinks. Buxted Park is a fantastic venue in some amazing gorunds with a lovely chapel taht is sometimes used for weedding ceremonies. However often couples choose to hold their wedding ceremony inside the house as it is such a stunning venue.

As is the case with a lot of our bookings, Suzie and Tom wanted music for the arrival of their guests, music for a wedding ceremony and some music for their drinks reception before their guests moved into the wedding breakfast. Often couples leave it to us to decide the mix of music to play however the bride and groom gave us a lovely list of music to play, the reception playlist involving lots of our modern songs for strings.

Marry you by Bruno Mars
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At last – by Etta James

Can’t take my eyes off of you – Frankie Valli

Girl from Ipanema- Frank Sinatra

Fields of Gold – Sting

Music of the night – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Viva La Vida- Cold Play
Crazy little thing called love – Queen
Music of the Night – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Love on Top – Beyonce
We go together- Grease
Bitter sweet symphony – The Verve
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Blue Moon – Frank Sinatra
New York New York – Frank Sinatra
All I ask of you – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Dancing Queen – Abba
Dog days are over – Florence and the Machine
Chasing cars – Snow patrol
English man from New York – Sting
Sky full of Stars – Coldplay
Clocks – Coldplay
Toxic – Britney Spears
Simply the best – Tina Turner
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Time to say Goodbye – Bocelli
I dreamed a dream – Les Miserables
Billie Jean – Micheal Jackson
Think of me – Phantom of the opera
Can’t help falling in love with you – Elvis Presley
Some where only we know – Keane
Sky Fall – Adele
For once in my life – Stevie Wonder
Happy – pharrell
Nessun Dorma
Memory – Cats
Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
Nothing else really Matters – Metallica
Isn’t she lovely – Stevie Wonder
All you need is love – Beatles
Buxted Park is a great venue for us as we can be inside or outside depending on the weather and as the guests had moved around to near the fountain to have some pictures taken we were able to move on to the terrace beofr emoving back inside as the weather was not the warmest and most guests enjoyed being back in the bar!
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March 22nd, 2019|Ensembles, Events, Pop Music for Strings, Venues, Weddings|

Wedding Ceremony Music in Preston Court, Canterbury

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.

Everybody's Free - Romeo and Juliet

All ABout You - McFly

Preston Court Organ!

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February 4th, 2019|Ensembles, Pop Music for Strings, Venues, Weddings|

Wedding in Penshurst, Kent

Back from a fantastic day in Penshurst, Kent! A longer booking than usual – the usual choice for our Wedding String Quartet is for the ceremony and drinks reception but sometimes when the ceremony is at a different venue we are asked to move between venues. Today we began in the beautiful St John the Baptist Church, dating back to the 12th Century.

http://www.penshurstchurch.org/the-church/

We ran into the Rector, Tom as we got to the church so could discuss arrangements for the wedding ceremony. It’s always important for us to establish the format for the ceremony as there are many different ways this can happen. He was really helpful throughout, giving us really clear signals – not always the case!! On this occasion the Bride and Groom had chosen 2 separate pieces for the entrance of the Bridesmaids and the entrance of the Bride:

and our version of Pachelbel Canon in D

Among the couple’s other choices were their chosen exit music, God Only Knows by the Beach Boys, which you can listen to in our arrangement of pop music for strings on our website:

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Following the ceremony we made our way to the reception venue, Penshurst Place and began our music for the drinks reception in the fantastic setting of the Barrons Hall, a beautiful room with a circular open fire in the centre and suits of armour on tables around the outside. The couple had asked us to play a selection from our repertoire for String Quartet so we began with some classical pieces including Vivaldi Concertos, moving on later to music from films and shows and more contemporary pop music for string quartet. How about this?

 

After a break we moved to the marquee for the wedding breakfast, the guests were seated on long tables all joined together rather than seperate tables which was lovely and the flower arrangements were incredible! We continued with our pop arrangements, including some of our newest ones. How about a bit of Metallica for String Quartet?

Overall it was a tiring but ultimately rewarding day and we hope the addition of a wedding string quartet added to what was a really lovely wedding in an amazing setting.

Penshurst

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April 12th, 2018|Ensembles, Events, Pop Music for Strings, Venues, Weddings|

String Trio for a wedding in Groombridge Place

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!

 

 

 

 

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October 25th, 2016|Ensembles, Venues, Weddings|

String Trio at Mountains, Hildenborough

Premiere String Quartet recently performed for a fantastic wedding ceremony and drinks reception at Mountains Country House in Hildenborough, Kent. It was a relatively local wedding for us as we are based in Tunbridge Wells. Hidden away behind Hildenborough station this is a really stunning venue with a permanent marquee to hold the wedding breakfast. We arrived very early to rehearse some special requests for the ceremony, including The Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet by Craig Armstrong which the bride really wanted to walk in to. We have been asked to arrange pieces especially on many occasions and the couple were great film music fans – more about this later!

Following the ceremony we moved through to the bar area as guests milled about both inside and outside but with a lovely acoustic the music carried very well. At this point we moved on to some of our more popular songs for string trio. We have recently updated out repertoire list to include a lot more contemporary string arrangements and could include something for everyone! As the drinks reception due to a close we relocated to the marquee to play some music for the wedding breakfast. We played the guests in and then accompanied the bride and groom’s entrance with All You Need is Love. It was now time to focus on the couple’s requests for Movie Music arranged for Strings including Star Wars, Jurassic Park and some Disney arrangements. It was a really lovely wedding and a chance for us to try out lots of our new pop songs for string quartet mountains@2x2. mountains_country_house_marquee_country_wedding_venue_kent_3

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May 25th, 2016|Ensembles, Events, Pop Music for Strings, Venues, Weddings|

String Quartet For Wedding in Ascot

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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.

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April 24th, 2015|Ensembles, Weddings|

Wedding String Trio in Hever Castle, Kent

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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.

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September 29th, 2013|About us, Ensembles, Events, Weddings|

String Duo recorded Youtube clips in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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.

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September 16th, 2013|About us, Corporate Events, Performances, 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|