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Yes, we always aim to reach the venue 30 minutes before we are due to play. This allows for any traffic problems and gives us plenty of time to set up.
We require a deposit of £100 when making your booking, with the balance to be paid at least 1 month before the event. Payment can be made by bank transfer or cheque. For corporate bookings we can provide invoices for these payments.
The string quartet has two violins, a viola and a cello.
The core quartet and players are always booked in the first instance however if one has a prior engagement or is not well or available on the day we have a selected pool of professional deps who are familiar with the music, play with us often and who are booked in their place.
For the acoustic groups such as the string quartet or string duo we need very little equipment - just chairs without arms. We have our own portable lights so don't need any power supply. If you've booked the electric strings then we will also need a power source.
We play for your guests while they are arriving and taking their seats for the ceremony. Then we play for the bride's entrance, signing of the register and the exit music.We are happy to play for hymns in church ceremonies too.
Yes, we have tracks on the website you can listen to and we also play at Wedding Fairs and Open Days which we publicise on our facebook page and website.
Yes, we try to be as flexible as possible as we do understand that it can be tricky to get the timings sorted far in advance. Unfortunately if we have another booking that day then it may not be possible to move your timings much and we do need the timings confirmed 30 days before the event which is when the balance becomes due.
We are booked by the hour so you can book us for as long as you need. For weddings our usual booking time is 2 1/2 hours which covers the ceremony and the drinks reception. Often we play for Wedding Breakfasts too.
Our diary is open a couple of years in advance so there is really no limit as to how soon you can book us. We do sometimes get booked just a week or two before the event so if you are looking last minute it's always worth checking our availability.
Our base is Newcastle but for bookings we travel as far a field as Guisborough and Saltburn by the Sea, Bamburgh and Seahouses, Richmond and Barnard Castle. Anywhere throughout the North East. Take a look at our venues page to see where we play.
We fully consult with you about performing around timings of speeches and presentations and we can also provide amplification for larger gatherings. We guarantee a smart professional approach in keeping with corporate standards and offer a full administration sytstem including invoicing.
If we are booked for two hours or less we don't take any formal breaks. If we are booked for longer then we do need to take a break but we can often manage this around natural breaks in the day, perhaps during the speeches, that sort of thing.
Yes, we often play outside. Unfortunately it is weather dependent. We can't get the instruments or music wet so if it's raining we need to be sheltered. Strong winds and low temperatures make it tricky too.
The String Quartet and String Duo move very easily between venues and rooms. When moving from one room to another we can simply pick up the stands and take them to our next location. Between venues we can pack up quickly and often be at the next venue before all the guests. The Electric Groups take a little longer to move between rooms and venues but we move quickly and as discreetly as possible.
Yes, we currently offer to arrange a piece free of charge so all you have to do is let us know.
Yes. We like to use listings sites to help people find us, including Poptop