String Quartet, Trio, or Duo. What's the Difference?

String quartets have an enormously wide range of musical styles available from classical music to jazz, tv themes, show tunes, latin, pop, rock & more. Reduced in size by  2 players,  duos have a considerably narrower range of repertoire to choose from. We generally recommend our clients to book a string quartet or tio rather than a  duo for the widest range of music.

Quartet – 2 violins, viola & cello 
Trio – violin, viola & cello or 2 violins & cello 
Duo – any 2 from violin, viola or cello, (violin/cello preferred) 

How much space does a String Quartet Need?

Approximately 8ft x 6ft  for the ideal layout though in more cramped spaces the quartet can be flexible up to a point.


How often will the musicians take breaks?

Our musicians will take 10 minutes break for each hour after the 1st hour of a booking whilst remaining flexible enough to work within your itinerary. For example, the musicians could take one longer break rather than two shorter breaks depending on the length of your booking. 

Do I need to provide refreshments/food

Musicians appreciate refreshments throughout their performance (except where inappropriate, eg. a church). A light meal need only be provided for bookings of 3 or more hours and should be timed to coincide with a break.

Will a string quartet be too loud/quiet?

Our string quartets will always play "to the room", tailoring the volume to create the perfect ambience. An acoustic string quartet can play loud but it can also play very softly. For larger venues requiring extra volume we may be able to  provide string quartets augmented by a sound system or even electric string quartets. In the highly unlikely event that you find the music to loud then a quick word to the players will alert them to play quieter. You are always in complete control. 

Can you play my favorite song?

If string quartet arrangements are already available certainly. If not we can have it arranged specially for you at an additional cost, notice of at least a month is normally required. Depending on the complexity most arrangements take 2-3 hours of highly skilled work.  

Can you play hymns?

Yes, you can have the string quartet accompany your hymns. This may incur an additional cost if music arrangements need to be made but this is unnecessary for many hymns. 

Can a string quartet accompany a singer or other soloist?

Yes, if you/your soloist can provide us with the music/score you can have the string quartet accompany a soloist of your choice, though this may incur an additional cost if music arrangements need to be made. 

Help! I need Live Music for tomorrow!

Call us now with as much information as possible, we will act immediately. We have previously booked musicians for clients within 24 hours of their event.

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