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About String Quartets
The String Quartet pages list ensembles that are available to perform in your area. They are probably the most versatile music group for Weddings and Banquets having repertoires that span baroque, classical, romantic, music from the shows, and for many quartets, pop covers arranged as instrumentals. Ideal for the wedding ceremony itself, be it a church wedding or a civil ceremony or partnership, the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast. To find out more about them, read on:
A string quartet is probably the optimum ensemble, not only for classical music but for wedding music in general. They can perform all the popular wedding songs including the full original version of the ever popular Pachelbel’s Canon, which needs four instruments.
A Sting quartet comprises two violinists, a viola player and a cellist. (There are a few other ensembles such as Flute & String Quartet, where one of the violinists is replaced by a flautist.)
String quartet wedding music arrangements are readily available, so this line-up tends to have a wider repertoire of wedding ceremony music and modern wedding songs than other music groups. But it isn’t just music for weddings that you may want to hire a string quartet for, but dinners, corporate events and product launches.
They are also a more substantial ensemble that a trio or duo, and so produce more sound, (remember, classical music groups play unamplified), so this can be an advantage at wedding receptions, which tend to be quite noisy.
Most string quartets are entirely acoustic, but there are some electric string quartet available. They tend to play music biased towards pop covers songs, tending to emulate groups like the Bond String Quartet, but they can also be considered for situations with large numbers of guests or high noise levels where they may play classical music and use the amplification to enable them to be heard.
If you are considering string quartet hire, then you will want to be sure that it is going to be right for you, whether it is for a civil wedding ceremony, to play church wedding songs, for the wedding reception , or for a wedding anniversary or garden party.
Where they are particularly good is if you want to create a ‘civilised’ atmosphere, have a wide range of musical styles, and have enough volume to compete with a moderate level of background chatter or play in an outdoor situation.
You do need to be aware that they will play unamplified, so if you have a lot of guests shouting at each other, are in a large and noisy marquee (marquees absorb sound) or in a large garden where there are no hard building walls to reflect the sound, then you are likely not to hear them properly.
A String Quartet has an extensive repertoire
A String Quartet for a reception or banquet
A String Quartet in your area for a Wedding
Being such a versatile ensembles, a string quartet is a perfect option for your wedding ceremony in your area. Usually the string quartet play for a quarter to half an hour before the ceremony, as guests arrived. This sets a wonderful atmosphere. They play for the Bride’s entrance, during the signing of the register and as the couple make their exit. If they are playing for a church ceremony, they would sometimes play for the hymns, though usually the church organ would do this. You would discuss and agree the precise pieces of music with the leader of the string quartet. If it is a civil ceremony, then the music must not have any religious connections, but is something that the Registrar presiding in your area would discuss with you. So whether they are playing on of the classic wedding songs for the music to walk down the aisle to, or light music for the wedding reception, a string quartet will sound fantastic.
Positioning the String Quartet
Where you decide to position the string quartet is important. When playing for a meal or wedding breakfast, the quartet should be as central as practical to all the diners, so that they are as equidistant as possible from the ensemble. This means that everyone can hear the music at a comfortable level. Locating the ensemble in a corner close to some wedding guests, and a long way from others means that if the string quartet play at a volume that is comfortable for those nearest them, those a long way off won’t hear them properly. For a your area wedding ceremony, the quartet can be positioned at the back of the ceremony room or church, so that the music can be heard without distracting from the guests view of the bride and groom. Alternatively, the string quartet can be at the front of the room or church, so that they provide an attractive visual feature to the wedding ceremony, particularly as guests arrive early for the wedding.
How much space does a String Quartet need?
A string quartet doesn’t take up much floor space as it doesn’t need mixing desks and loud speakers that most bands need. This is important if the string quartet has to play in a confined area, such as a Wedding in a small church, small reception room, or even a private house.