Price Band: ££ - £££
Typical Price: £585
Price Range: £485 - £685
Solos, Duos, Quartets - different numbers of musicians, different lengths of bookings, different amount of travel for the musicians to get to the venue(s): so there are no typical prices! Longer bookings (up to 3.5 hours) are proportionately cheaper because travel time is a smaller proportion of the event.
Features & Services
Violin and Cello Duo
Your favourite music arranged for your wedding
What kind of music do you specialise in?
We specialise in Classical music and classic 20th century pops (especially lightly jazzy Broadway classics). We also play more modern pops.
How far do you travel?
We consider all bookings outside the M25 and within a couple of hours drive from Oxford and the Cotswolds.
What do your prices start from?
Prices depend on how many players are involved: string quartet, string duo, solo cello or solo violin.
Can we request specific songs for the playlist or set list?
Yes - we have a huge repertoire list to choose from. New music needed for the ceremony will be included in the fee. We recommend reception music is chosen with all guests in mind.
Do you take requests during the event?
If we have the requested sheet music with us, we will play it!
What if my wedding venue has sound restrictions?
We are acoustic, not amplified.
How long will it take you to set up?
It will take approximately 15 minutes provided the venue has set up appropriate chairs and if the lighting is adequate.
Do you use strobe lighting?
How long are your sets?
50 minutes out of each hour is the usual.
Can we see you play or watch a video before we book you?
You can hear us on our website and also hear us on YouTube backing two videos by Penny Squire.
About The Cotswold Ensemble
Experienced, classically-trained musicians for weddings and special events in the Cotswolds, Oxford and surrounding counties. Perfect string quartet music for your civil or church ceremony and wedding reception. We play at venues big and small.
Welcome to the Cotswold Ensemble's String Quartets!
We are a group of 16 professional, experienced, classically-trained, friendly musicians, established in 1988. We play for special events in the Cotswolds and around Oxford, and as we enjoy playing, we are happy to travel further afield. We have been bringing live music to people's special occasions over many years, so we know from experience that having a live quartet makes all the difference to the ambience of a wedding and reception - we have been told this so many times!
We play most often as a string quartet, (two violins, one viola, one cello) because this ensemble has by far the best quality and widest range of repertoire - from well before Bach to well beyond the Beatles. Our quartets are pleased to play the hymns at church weddings where there isn't an organist. If you are wanting a lively reception, book our acoustic Tango Quartet to play tangos as well as regular string quartet repertoire.
Our string duos (1 violin, 1 cello) are ideal for smaller-scale events or events where space is limited.
We also offer a solo violinist (electric or acoustic) or solo acoustic cellist for extremely intimate events.
Music for weddings and receptions can vary widely, as can distances to travel, length of bookings and available players, so there can be no standard prices! Contact us for further information, availability on your date, and prices.
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