The Xenia String Quartet - String Quartet, Trio & Duo

This Bristol string quartet is a well-established quartet with years of experience playing at weddings and corporate functions in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Somerset and across the South West. 

Having played at in excess of 700 events you can be sure of the highest standard of performance - they can provide the perfect accompaniment to your special day, whether it be a wedding, corporate event or private party.

With an ever increasing repertoire of over 800 pieces we can help create the perfect atmosphere for any event; from a small intimate wedding to a large corporate function.

The Violinist studied at Trinity College of Music, London, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff. He is currently working as a freelance violinist based in Somerset, and has been booked by many clients including the BBC and Channel 4. He also teaches the violin at various schools throughout North Somerset.

The Cellist studied at Bath Spa University with Ruth Zagni, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Richard May. She now works as a freelance cellist, performing in local orchestras and ensembles including Bath Philharmonia. She has also toured China with the London-based Amadeus Orchestra. As a session musician, she has worked with bands including Kula Shaker and performs regularly with Bristol-based singer/songwriter Phil King. She is also a pianist, and has recorded for an ITV production of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’. An experienced accompanist, she works at all levels from grade exams to recitals.

The Viola player studied at Bath Spa University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  In Cardiff she studied with Yu Yasuraoka and at Bath Spa University she studied with Lorna Osbon and Adrian Eales. She freelances for several local orchestras, and as a session musician she has recorded with artists such as Rose Kemp, Benjamin Brunel, Jim Moray, Jane Taylor and Rob Bray to name but a few. She has performed for the opening of the Bath International Music Festival for the past two years and performs regularly in Bath and Bristol. She is also busy teaching viola and violin to enthusiastic adults and children in Bath.

2nd Violinist studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Peter Hanson and Iwona Boesche, and in Australia with Elizabeth Holliwell. Whilst studying, she led the Bute String Quartet, and played with the BBC National Orcestra of Wales on a placement scheme for two years. She is now teaching privately from her home in Somerset and leading workshops for adults with learning difficulties and autism.

They also have several standby members who play with the quartet in the event of one or more of their regular members being unavailable. These musicians have all played with the Bristol String Quartet on numerous occasions, so the high standard of performance will not be affected.

 

 

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The Xenia String Quartet - String Quartet, Trio & Duo Repertoire

Classical

  • Bach - Air on the G String
  • Bach - Brandenberg Concerti
  • Bach - Double Violin Concerto
  • Bach - Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Beethoven - Ode to Joy
  • Bizet - Selections from Carmen 
  • Boccherini - Menuett
  • Borodin - Polotsvian Dances 
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances
  • Capua - O Sole Mio
  • Charpentier - Prelude from Te Deum
  • Chopin - Nocturne in Eb Major 
  • Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
  • Copland - Hoe Down (Rodeo)
  • Corelli - Christmas Concerto
  • Debussy - Clair de Lune
  • Debussy - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair 
  • Delibes - Flower Duet (Lakme)
  • Delibes - Mazurka (Coppelia)
  • Dvorak - Humoresque
  • Dvorak - Largo from the New World Symphony
  • Dvorak - Slavonic Dances
  • Einaudi - Le Onde 
  • Elgar - Chanson de Nuit
  • Elgar - Salut D’Amour
  • Faure - Pavane
  • Franck - Panis Angelicus
  • Gounod - Ave Maria
  • Greig - Selections from Peer Gynt
  • Greig - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen 
  • Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Handel - La Rejouissance 
  • Handel - The Water Music
  • Jenkins - Palladio
  • Mascagni - Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana)
  • Massenet - Meditation
  • Mendelssohn - Wedding March 
  • Mozart - Allelulia from Exultate Jubilate
  • Mozart - Divertimenti 
  • Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
  • Mozart - Non Piu Andrai 
  • Mozart - Overture from the Marriage of Figaro
  • Mozart - Wedding March from the Marriage of Figaro 
  • Offenbach - Barcarolle
  • Offenbach - Melodies
  • Pachelbel - Canon
  • Parry - Jerusalem
  • Puccini - Nessun Dorma
  • Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro
  • Purcell - Air and Rondo
  • Purcell - Trumpet Tune
  • Ravel - Bolero
  • Rossini - Selections from William Tell 
  • Saint Saens - The Swan
  • Sartori - Con te Partiro
  • Satie - Gymnopedies
  • Schubert - Ave Maria 
  • Strauss - Fledermaus Waltzes
  • Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Sleeping Beauty 
  • Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
  • Vivaldi - Gloria 
  • Vivaldi - The Four Seasons 
  • Wagner - Bridal Chorus

Popular

  • Abba - I do, I do, I do
  • Abba - Mamma Mia
  • Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing 
  • Air - You Make it Easy
  • Aznavour - She
  • Bacharach - Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
  • Beach Boys - California Girls
  • Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
  • Beatles - All you need is Love
  • Beatles - Hey Jude
  • Beatles - Lady Madonna
  • Beatles - Michelle
  • Beatles - Paperback Writer
  • Beatles - When I’m 64
  • Beatles - Yesterday
  • Bee Gees - How Deep is your Love
  • Beyonce - Halo 
  • Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
  • Blunt - You’re Beautiful
  • Blur - The Universal
  • Brown - I Feel Good 
  • Bowie - Changes
  • Carpenters - Yesterday Once More
  • Charles - Hit the Road Jack 
  • Clapton - Layla
  • Coldplay - Paradise
  • Coldplay - Viva la Vida
  • Coldplay - Yellow
  • Collins - Cock Linnet
  • Cranberries - Zombie 
  • Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen 
  • Diamond - I'm a Believer 
  • Doors - Light My Fire
  • Elbow - One Day like This
  • Europe - The Final Countdown 
  • Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams are Made of This 
  • Greenday - Good Riddance 
  • Heusen - Come Fly with Me
  • Jackson - Billy Jean 
  • Jackson - Thriller
  • John - Your Song 
  • Kaiser Cheifs - I Predict a Riot 
  • King - Stand By Me 
  • Lady Gaga - Paparrazi
  • Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven
  • Lewis - A Moment Like This
  • Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
  • Maroon Five - She will be Loved
  • McFLy - All about You
  • Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
  • Mraz - I'm Yours 
  • Muse - Starlight 
  • Pink Floyd - Money 
  • Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah 
  • Presley - Love me Tender
  • Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody 
  • Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
  • Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over Trouble Water
  • Simone - Nobody Does it Better
  • Sinatra - My Way 
  • Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars 
  • Take That - Greatest Day 
  • Take That - Patience
  • Take That - Rule the World
  • Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  • Wannadies - The You and Me Song 
  • Warren - That’s Amore 
  • Weiss - What a Wonderful World

Jazz

  • Anderson - Blue Tango
  • Anderson- The Syncopated Clock
  • Desmond - Take Five
  • Ellington - It Don’t Mean a Thing
  • Gershwin - Fascinating Rhythm
  • Gershwin - Nice Work if you can Get It
  • Gershwin - Somebody Loves Me
  • Gershwin - Summertime
  • Gershwin - Swansea
  • Gershwin - The Man I Love
  • Gershwin - They Can’t take That Away from Me
  • Grever - What a Difference a Day Made
  • Howard - Fly me to the Moon
  • Johnson - Pennies from Heaven
  • Joplin - Country Club
  • Joplin - The Entertainer
  • King Cole - Let’s Face the Music

Film, Television & Theatre

  • Arlen - Over the Rainbow
  • Armstrong - Balcony Scene from Love Actually 
  • Baerwold - Come What May from Moulin Rouge
  • Barry - Goldfinger
  • Barry - Moonraker
  • Barry - You Only Live Twice 
  • Bernstein - Selections from West Side Story
  • Boch - Selections from Fiddler on the Roof 
  • Bricusse - Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka 
  • Davis - Theme from Pride and Prejudice
  • Elfman - Theme from Beetlejuice
  • Elfman - Theme from The Simpsons 
  • Fonteyn - Theme from Ski Sunday
  • Hess - Ladies in Lavender 
  • Hupfeld - As Time goes By
  • Immel - Theme from Dallas 
  • Jacobs - Selections from Grease
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believing 
  • Lai - Theme from Love Story
  • Lloyd Webber - All I ask of You
  • Lloyd Webber - Selections from Cats
  • Loewe - Selections from My Fair Lady 
  • Mancini - Theme from Curb Your Enthusiasm 
  • Mancini - Moon River
  • Norman - Theme from James Bond 
  • Porter - Anything Goes
  • Porter - Every time we say Goodbye
  • Porter - I get a Kick out of You
  • Porter - Let’s do It
  • Porter - You’re the Top
  • Previte - Selections from Dirty Dancing 
  • Rodgers - Blue Moon
  • Rodgers - My Funny Valentine
  • Ross - Hernando’s Hideaway
  • Rota - Theme from the Godfather
  • Schoenberg - Selections from Les Miserables 
  • Simone - Nobody Does it Better 
  • Sousa - Liberty Bell
  • Sulliavan - Selections from the Mikado
  • Williams - Selections from Harry Potter 
  • Williams - Theme from E.T.
  • Wiliams - Theme from Schindlers List
  • Williams - Theme from Star Wars
  • Wilson - Theme from Fawlty Towers
  • Young - When I Fall in Love

Traditional & Tango

  • Albeniz -  Tango
  • Beltran - Sway
  • Gade - Jealousy
  • Gardel - Por una Cabeza
  • Padilla - El Relicario
  • Piazzolla - Libertango
  • Piazzolla - Tango Fugata 
  • Rodriguez - La Cumparsita
  • Trad. English - Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  • Trad. Jewish - Hava Nagila
  • Trad. Mexican - La Bamba
  • Trad. Russian - Dark Eyes
  • Trad. Scottish - Loch Lomond
  • Villodo - El Choclo

Bollywood

  • Aaja Soniya 
  • Awara Hoon 
  • Aye Ho Meri Zindagi Mi 
  • Aye Mere Humsafar 
  • Baharon Phool Barsao 
  • Balle Balle 
  • Chaiyya Chaiyya 
  • Churaliya 
  • Dheere Sheere 
  • Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai 
  • Ghar Aaya Sonja 
  • Jai Ho 
  • Kabhie Kabhie 
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho 
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 
  • Latikas Theme 
  • Mein Huu Na 
  • Monsoon Wedding Theme 
  • Sachi Sachi 

Christmas

  • Anderson - Sleigh Ride
  • Cantiones - Good King Wenceslas
  • Gantlett - Once in Royal David's City
  • Goss - See Amid the Winter's Snow
  • Gruber - Silent Night
  • Handel - Joy to the World
  • Kilpatrick - Away in a Manger
  • Kocher - As with Gladness men of Old
  • Mendelssohn - Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Psalms - While Shepheards Watched
  • Sullivan - It came upon a midnight Clear
  • Trad. - Adestes Fideles
  • Trad. - God rest ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Trad. - I saw three Ships come Sailing in
  • Trad. - Unto us a Boy is Born
  • Trad. - The first Nowell
  • Trad. - O little Town of Bethlehem
  • Trad. - Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Wade - O Come all ye Faithfull
  • Woodward - Ding dong Merrily on High
  • Herold - Clog Dance

The Xenia String Quartet - String Quartet, Trio & Duo Feedback

“The Xenia String Quartet were fantastic. Their sound was beautiful and they had a really broad repertoire of songs to suit all of our guests. We were both extremely happy and our guests thought the were magical too! Thank you. Mr and Mrs Griffin. ”
Stacy Macleod (September 2017)

“The wedding was a great success and the sun shone all day! Thank you for your organisation of the string quartet, who were very professional. They first set up in the hall and played prior to the ceremony and were good enough to incorporate a request from me for the bride's entry. After the ceremony they set up outside and played while the guests enjoyed the sunshine and waited for the wedding meal. I was very pleased and would recommend them to anyone. First class all round”
Graham Cope Llantwit Major, Glamorgan (September 2014)

"The wedding was a great success and the sun shone all day! Thank you for your organisation of the String Quartet, who were very professional. They first set up in the hall and played prior to the ceremony and were good enough to incorporate a request from me for the bride's entry. After the ceremony they set up outside and played while the guests enjoyed the sunshine and waited for the wedding meal. I was very pleased and would recommend them to anyone. First class all round." Graham Cope, September 2014

"Thanks for your email.  Just wanted to say a great big thank you.  The string quartet were fantastic. Everybody commented on how great they were. They were punctual, played all the music we requested and looked very smart.  The booking process was so simple it was one less thing to worry about when organising the wedding.  Thanks again." Deborah Handley, July 2014

“Thank you very much for playing at our Commanding Officers function. As a Sergeants’ Mess we would like to thank you for your wonderful performance on the night. Not just classical music but a wide range, up beat which had us bobbing our heads. My Commanding Officer loved it and we didn’t even realise you played a song from her wedding day until her speech. She was really touched and even compared the night to that emotional day. Once again thank you very much and I will definitely use you again for future functions while I have the reins. I will also pass your details to the next committee.” Military Dinner, Wiltshire, 

“We were delighted with the music on Tuesday. It was well chosen and the acoustics seemed to work very well too. I was very impressed - I do hope we’ll be able to invite you to play for us again in the future.” Corporate Event, Bath, October 2012 ?

“Your performance was great – thank you.” Wedding, Bath, 

“We really enjoyed your music and thank you for helping to provide such a wonderful atmosphere. We received lots of positive comments on your music.” Wedding, Bristol, 

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to you and your colleagues for playing at our wedding reception on 15 September. Our guests were most impressed with the musical accompaniment you provided and in fact, one of our guests has requested that you play at his father’s 80th birthday in October. Thank you so very much for helping to make our wedding day a memorable celebration.” Wedding, Devon?