Glimmer Strings - String Quartet & Trio

This Newcastle string quartet are an experienced, professional string quartet consisting of four highly trained and dedicated musicians. Having performed together for over 10 years, the quartet has a wealth of experience when it comes to providing live music for all types of events, including weddings, corporate dinners, private events, festival performances, exhibition previews, classical concerts and recording sessions.
 
Their repertoire list is extensive and due to their eclectic musical taste is extremely varied in style, ranging from classical to pop, jazz to folk, tangos to film themes, soul, disco and even electronica. Being experienced arrangers of music, the quartet also like to provide their clients with the opportunity to hear their favourite song being performed, so if there’s a song that’s special to you and not already on their repertoire list, they can write and perform it for you. You can hear samples of their arrangements here.
 
The quartet are professional, reliable, friendly and flexible and will tailor their service to meet your individual needs. They are available to perform in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Teesside, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Engagements outside these areas will also be considered.
 
The quartet was formed in 1997 at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Consisting of four extremely dedicated professional string players, the quartet is now one of the most established in the North. With over 13 years of experience in providing high quality live music at so many events, the quartet has built a reputation for being professional, reliable and flexible.

They play at all types of events including weddings, corporate events, arts previews, VIP receptions, private parties, graduation ceremonies, Masonic functions and banquets. They are also experienced in recording and session work.

"Lots of people commented on how good you all sounded. The photographer, who has attended lots of weddings, said that you were the best string quartet he had heard, which says a lot about your playing and talents. Once again thanks for making our day special."
Wedding Client
 

 

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Glimmer Strings - String Quartet & Trio Repertoire

Classical

  • Suite no. 3 in D Bach
  • Air on the G String Bach
  • Arioso Bach
  • Wachet Auf Bach
  • Sheep May Safely Graze Bach
  • Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Bach
  • String Quartet no. 6 in Bb Major Beethoven
  • Ode To Joy Beethoven
  • Habanera from Carmen Bizet
  • The Toreador’s Song from Carmen Bizet
  • Minuet Boccherini
  • String Quartet no.2 Borodin
  • Hungarian Dance no. 5 Brahms
  • Trumpet Voluntary Clarke
  • Christmas Concerto Corelli
  • Clair de Lune Debussy
  • The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Debussy
  • The Flower Song from Lakme Delibes
  • O Sole Mio di Capua
  • Chanson de Matin Elgar
  • Nimrod Elgar
  • Salut d’amour Elgar
  • Serenade for Strings Elgar
  • Pavane Faure
  • Panis Angelicus Franck
  • Suite from Peer Gynt Grieg
  • Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Grieg
  • The Holberg Suite Grieg
  • Aria from Xerxes Handel
  • Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Handel
  • The Water Music Suites Handel
  • Concerto Grosso no.5 Handel
  • Music from the Royal Fireworks  Handel
  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni*
  • Various string quartets Haydn
  • Various string quartets Beethoven
  • Palladio Jenkins*
  • Liebestraum Liszt
  • Meditation from Thais Massenet
  • Wedding March Mendelssohn
  • Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate Mozart
  • Andante from Piano Concerto n. 21 Mozart
  • Der Vogelfanger from The Magic Flute Mozart
  • Divertimenti no. 1,2 & 3 Mozart
  • Bei Mannern from The Magic Flute Mozart
  • Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman Offenbach
  • Infernal Galop (Can Can) Offenbach
  • Canon in D Pachelbel
  • Troika (xmas) Prokofiev
  • Nessun Dorma Puccini
  • O mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicci Puccini
  • Trumpet Tune Purcell
  • Bolero Ravel
  • Danse Macabre Saint-Saens
  • Gymnopedies no. 2 & 3 Satie*
  • Romance Shostakovich*
  • Ave Maria Schubert
  • Traumeri Schumann
  • The Blue Danube Waltz Strauss
  • Sleeping Beauty Waltz Tchaikovsky
  • Nutcracker Suite (xmas) Tchaikovsky
  • Concerto Grosso Vivaldi
  • Largo from Winter Vivaldi
  • Spring (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi
  • Summer (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi
  • Autumn (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi
  • Winter (from ‘The Four Seasons’) Vivaldi
  • Wedding March Wagner
  • The Skater’s Waltz Waldteufel
  • Capriol Suite Warlock

 

Pop Songs

  • Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • Heaven Bryan Adams
  • Make You Feel My Love Adele*
  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith*
  • Rasputin Boney M*
  • Wuthering Heights Kate Bush*
  • Let’s Dance David Bowie*
  • Life on Mars David Bowie*
  • Tainted Love Cobb (Soft Cell)*
  • Yellow Coldplay
  • You Spin Me Round Dead or Alive*
  • Young and Beautiful Lana Del Rey*
  • Annie’s Song John Denver*
  • Come On Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners*
  • I Just Can’t Get Enough Depeche Mode
  • Personal Jesus Depeche Mode*
  • One Day Like This Elbow*
  • Sweet Talkin’ Woman ELO*
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love With You Elvis
  • Love Me Tender Elvis
  • Sweet Dreams The Eurythmics*
  • Dream Catch Me Newton Faulkner*
  • Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac*
  • I’ll Be There Gordy (The Jackson 5)
  • Lovely Head Goldfrapp*
  • Pilots Goldfrapp*
  • Let’s Stay Together Al Green*
  • Sweet Child of Mine Guns n’ Roses*
  • Flightless Bird, American Mouth Iron and Wine*
  • Billy Jean Michael Jackson*
  • I Just Can’t Stop Loving You Michael Jackson*
  • Thriller Michael Jackson*
  • Your Song Elton John
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey*
  • Sex on Fire Kings of Leon
  • Local Hero Mark Knopfler*
  • The Robots Kraftwerk*
  • Applause Lady Gaga*
  • Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin*
  • All of Me John Legend*
  • All You Need is Love Lennon & McCartney*
  • Hey Jude Lennon & McCartney*
  • Eleanor Rigby Lennon & McCartney
  • Penny Lane Lennon & McCartney
  • Funky Town Lipps Inc.*
  • Papa Don’t Preach Madonna*
  • Could It Be Magic Barry Manilow*
  • Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack*
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face MacColl (Roberta Flack)*
  • Just The Way You Are McFly*
  • Marry You Bruno Mars*
  • My Love Paul McCartney*
  • It’s All About You McFly*
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
  • Cars Gary Numan*
  • Songbird McVie (Eva Cassidy)*
  • I Feel Love Moroder (Donna Summer)*
  • Blue Monday New Order*
  • Listen Up Oasis*
  • Wonderwall Oasis*
  • Beethoven’s 5 Secrets One Republic*
  • Perpetuum Mobile Penguin Café Orchestra*
  • A Thousand Years Christina Perry
  • Raspberry Beret Prince*
  • Purple Rain Prince*
  • Nothing Compares To You Prince feat. Sinead O’Connor*
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum*
  • Baby I Love You The Ramones
  • Perfect Day Lou Reed*
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply Savage Garden*
  • Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
  • Samskeyti (Heima) Sigor Rós*
  • Von Sigor Rós *
  • Fields of Gold Sting*
  • A Song for You Leon Russell (Ray Charles)*
  • Home Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros*
  • Something So Right Paul Simon*
  • Breathe Sia*
  • Chandelier Sia*
  • Cheap Thrills Sia*
  • Chasing Cars Snow Patrol*
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now Starship
  • You’ve Got the Love Candi Staton/Florence and the Machine*
  • Love Story Taylor Swift*
  • The Greatest Day Take That*
  • Rule the World Take That*
  • Close To Me The Cure*
  • Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
  • My Girl The Temptations
  • Bittersweet Symphony (intro) The Verve*
  • Holding Out for a Hero Steinman (Bonnie Tyler)*
  • From This Moment On Shania Twain*
  • You Raise Me Up Westlife*
  • You’re the First, the Last, My Everything Barry White*
  • My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder*
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered Stevie Wonder*
  • Sunny Stevie Wonder*

TV & Film Themes / Trad

  • Kissing You Armstrong (Des’ree)*
  • Goldfinger John Barry*
  • Diamonds are Forever John Barry*
  • From Russia with Love John Barry*
  • James Bond Theme John Barry*
  • Arrival of the Birds The Cinematic Orchestra*
  • Allo Allo Theme David Croft*
  • Theme from Sex and the City Cuomo*
  • Game of Thrones Ramin Djawadi
  • Jeeves and Wooster Theme Anne Dudley
  • Grease is the Word Barry Gibb*
  • How Deep Is Your Love Barry Gibb
  • How Long Will I Love You Ellie Goulding*
  • Nobody Does It Better Hamlisch (Carly Simon)*
  • A Man and A Woman Lai
  • The Gael (Last of the Mohicans) Dougie MacLean*
  • Same Love Macklemore & Lewis*
  • Grandstand Theme Keith Mansfield*
  • Beauty and the Beast Prologue Alan Menken
  • Tale As Old As Time Alan Menken*
  • The Ecstacy of Gold Ennio Morricone*
  • Family Guy Theme Walter Murphy*
  • The Imperial March (Star Wars) John Williams
  • The Throne Room (Star Wars) John Williams
  • Faulty Towers Theme Dennis Wilson
  • Irish Sherry Trad.
  • Fiddle Dance Trad.
  • Molly on the Shore Trad.
  • You’re So Cool (True Romance) Hans Zimmer

Jazz / Tangos / Musicals / Songbook

  • Blue Tango Anderson
  • Over the Rainbow Arlen
  • La Vie en Rose Gugliemi (Edith Piaf/Louis Armstrong)
  • Close to You Bacharach
  • Say a Little Prayer Bacharach
  • Misty Burke
  • Fueye…! (tango) Charlo
  • Makin’ Whoopee Donaldson
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me Donaldson (Nina Simone)*
  • Caravan Ellington
  • La vi Ilegar (tango) Francini
  • Por Una Cabeza (tango) Gardel
  • Embraceable You Gershwin
  • Fascinating Rhythm Gershwin
  • I Got Rhythm Gershwin
  • Love is Here to Stay Gershwin
  • Someone to Watch Over Me Gershwin
  • Pennies from Heaven Johnston
  • The Girl from Ipanema Jobim
  • Paragon Rag Joplin
  • The Easy Winners (rag) Joplin
  • The Folks who Live on the Hill Kern
  • When I Fall In Love King Cole*
  • Bohemia Rag Lamb
  • Moon River Mancini
  • Cafetin de Buenos Aires (tango) Mores
  • Cristal (tango) Mores
  • La Calesita (tango) Mores
  • Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye Porter
  • True Love Porter
  • Anything Goes Porter
  • Let’s Do It Porter
  • I Get a Kick Out of You Porter
  • My Funny Valentine Rodgers
  • Some Enchanted Evening Rodgers
  • Suite from Oklahoma & The Sound of Music Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables) Schonberg
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square Sherwin
  • Moonlight in Vermont Suessdorf
  • EL 58 (tango) Varela/Nery
  • El Choclo (tango) Villoldo
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ Waller & Brooks
  • Mr. Wonderful Weiss
  • Slippery Elm Rag Woods
  • Tea for Two Youmans
  • When I Fall In Love Young

* denotes original arrangements

Glimmer Strings - String Quartet & Trio Feedback

This Act's Average Star Rating

Thank you so much for performing at our wedding, you helped make our day extra special. A lot of our guests commented on your repertoire, how well you played and you helped make a wonderful atmosphere. Glimmer Strings were professional throughout the day and I have been informed by my husband you were flexible to adapt to my late arrival, keeping all the guests entertained! Fantastic and would highly recommend.

Linsey Hardy,

Many thanks to you and the quartet for the excellent programme you put together for the dinner. I had many comments about how good the music was. It really made the evening.

The British Council,

We wanted to thank you for the arrangement you had done for us. We absolutely loved it and it sounded amazing. You guys had done such a good job. Thank you for everything.

Kathryn and Ben, Wynyard Hall

We wanted to say thank you. You delivered beyond our expectations. The music was perfect. We couldn?t have asked for more. You kept in touch and made sure everything went beautifully to plan.

Angie Darling, St. Aidan?s Church then marquee, Bamburgh,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding. It was all fantastic and everybody who we have spoken to after the event really enjoyed your music. In fact, we had two musicians within the congregation who were very complimentary and have asked for your details which we have passed on. Please let us know if you would like us to write an online testimonial, we'd be more than happy to do this.

Richard & Sarah, Hipping Hall

We just wanted to drop you a line and thank you so much for all your hard work yesterday at our wedding - you all played so beautifully, and it really made such a difference to our special day.

Marissa and Kay, Preston Park Museum

The music was fantastic. The feedback from guests was unanimous. Could have sat and listened all day, just loved it. Please convey our thanks to the quartet. It was a wonderful start to our amazing day.

Estelle and Lynne, Baltic

Thank you very much for making our day that little bit more special. People really enjoyed the quality of your playing and commented how it made the service and the drinks reception more unique.

Rob and Karen, Grand Hotel

Thank you so much for your amazing music yesterday. We are so sorry we didn't get chance to say a proper goodbye or hello - there seemed to be so much happening. We had lots of guests comment on how great you sounded. The music around the ceremony was just perfect! We will be recommending you to others! Please pass on our thanks to the other members of the quartet. Thank you again.

Martin and Lucy, Matfen Hall

Thank you so much for yesterday, you were all fantastic and really really talented! I'm slightly disappointed we missed bits as we were pulled away for photos but what I did hear and what the guests said was amazing. Lots of love.

The Goodmans, Roker Hotel

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You were perfect xx

Laura, Bowburn Hall Hotel

Just an email to say thank you so much for playing at my wedding, the music was so beautiful, everyone has been saying it started them all off crying at the start. I'm so sad I had to take photos instead of enjoying listening to you play in the sunshine!

Hayley, Healey Barn

Just a quick note to say thanks to you and the other members of the quartet for your music on Thursday evening. I have received numerous very positive comments about your performance which hopefully will lead to more requests for your attendance at similar events.

Colin, Barnard Castle Rotary Event

Just a little note to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding on Monday, we had lots of compliments about how good the playing was. Warm wishes.

Laura, Ellingham Hall

It was a superb night, helped by the beautiful music of the string quartet. You all helped make the night a real success.

Jennings Group,

I write to thank you, on behalf of the University, for performing at the congregation reception. The music made such a difference and was greatly appreciated by all who attended.

Newcastle University,

I just wanted to say that the team were outstanding. We had so many wonderful comments about the quartet on the day and also the choice in songs. Thanks again for helping to make our wedding even more magical.

Gareth and David, Doxford Hall

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding at middleton lodge on 27th Jan. myself and rebecca and the guests have all paid compliment to yourselves. It was a lovely touch to a perfect day. Thanks again

Andy, Middleton Lodge

I just want to say a big thank you to you all. The music was fab, especially our entrance songs. Everyone commented on how amazing you sounded. Can you pass my thanks on to those who played. I'll make sure I recommend you to friends for future events.

Roisin, Le Petit Chateau

I am writing to thank you and your team for the tremendous support on Friday evening. The event to raise funds for Children In Need was a great success.

Eldon Garden Shopping Centre,

Hi all, just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding yesterday, had loads of guests saying how much they enjoyed your music and just thanks again for contributing to a truly amazing day.

John and Beverley, Judges Hotel

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for playing during our wedding on 2nd Sept 2017. So many guests came and told us how much they enjoyed listening to the music and it really helped to create a relaxed, happy atmosphere during the drinks reception. You were really friendly and professional and played a great variety of music including several of our favourites. We would definitely recommend you!

Zoe and Dave, The Hawkhills

We were really pleased with the String Trio on the day - the music we selected was played very well and really complimented our wedding style. Very happy with the act.

Victoria Nelson,

We wanted to say a big thank you to you for performing at our wedding on 2 Sept 2017. So many guests came and told us how much they enjoyed listening to the music and it really helped to create a relaxed, happy atmosphere during the drinks reception. You were really friendly and professional and played a great variety of music from classical to popular songs. We would definately recommend you!

Zoe and Dave,

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