Our minimum session time varies depending on where your event is and how long it will take us to travel there. Usually a session of 2 - 3 hours hire time will provide music through from seating your guests, to the wedding ceremony itself and then as a background accompaniment to your drinks and photos. If you would like us to play for the wedding breakfast or after dinner entertainment, you can of course have longer. Our maximum booking time is 5 hours. Our fees include travel costs within the immediate Cardiff area and a personal music planning service. Special requests (i.e pieces which are outside our current repertoire) can be arranged for a small charge.

Please remember that when choosing music for your civil ceremony, current laws dictate that no religious items are permitted.

~ Suggested Ceremony Music ~

Processional or Recessional:Wedding picture 1
‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ - Handel
’Winter’ from the Four Seasons, - Vivaldi
‘Hornpipe in D’ from the Water Music, - Handel
‘Palladio’ - Karl Jenkins
‘Canon in D’ - Johann Pachelbel
‘Wedding March from the Marriage of Figaro’ - Mozart
‘Prince of Denmark March’ - Jeremiah Clarke

Signing of the Register:
‘The Flower Duet’ - Delibes
‘Air’ from the Water Music, - Handel
‘Meditation’ from Thais, - Massenet
'Air on the G String' - J. S. Bach
‘Salut d’Amour’ - Elgar
‘Second movement from Eine Kleine Nacht Musik’ - Mozart

As part of the ceremony, clients may also choose to have a solo spot (instead of a reading), where the quartet will play a piece of music for you and your guests to listen to. This could be one of your favourite classical pieces or perhaps an arrangement made of a popular song that has special meaning for you. As making string quartet parts often involves us listening to and transcribing from a CD, we would ask you to allow us at least 8 weeks notice, if you would like us to make an arrangement for you.

~ Special Arrangements ~

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Previous special requests from our clients:
‘Magic Moments’ - Perry Como
‘Stand By Me’ - Ben E King
‘Clocks’ - Coldplay
‘Lovely Day’- Bill Withers

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast:
After discussions with you on what type of repertoire you like, the music for the remainder of the wedding is usually selected by the quartet from our extensive list. This would normally include a mixture of styles to suit guests of all ages or you can have solely classical repertoire if you prefer.Wedding picture 3


‘Tangos’ - Albeniz, Villoldo and Zerillo & Howard
‘Country Club Rag’ - Scott Joplin
‘Sophisticated Lady’ - Duke Ellington
‘Anything Goes’ - Cole Porter
‘I Could Have Danced all Night’ from My Fair Lady, - Frederick Loewe
‘Somewhere My Love – Lara’s Theme’ - Maurice Jarre
‘The Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ - J W Bratton
‘Lullaby- of Birdland’ - Shearing
‘Barcarolle’ - Offenbach
‘Romance from the Gadfly’ - Shostakovitch
‘String Quartet in C’ - Mozart

For a full repertoire list please click here.

If you require other musicians for your ceremony or evening entertainment please just ask us when you make your enquiry, as we can often recommend local musicians to you. For further details please visit our Agency page.

Photos by kind permission of Phil Edwards photographer.

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