The Lancaster String Ensemble - String Quartet

This Lake District string quartet is an experienced professional string ensemble based in the beautiful English Lake District. Their speciality is stylish and enjoyable background music for weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, receptions, functions, parties and corporate events in and around Cumbria and North Lancashire. Their music is tailored to your requirements and will add a note of elegance to your special event.

They are all professionally trained and qualified musicians and their combined musical experience are very wide, ranging from orchestral work with professional orchestras such as the Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata, touring operatic companies and the local Lakeland Sinfonia, to freelance solo and chamber ensemble playing.

The quartet have a great deal of experience providing background music for events large and small. They have played for many weddings and receptions in and around the English Lake District - Cumbria, North Lancashire and the surrounding area - and are therefore very familiar with the area's major hotels, stately homes and other civil wedding venues (including the wedding venue of the year in 2006, Bank House at Sharrow Bay Hotel Ullswater; Armathwaite Hall Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick; Grange Hotel Grange-over-Sands; Greystoke Castle Penrith; Inn on the Lake Ullswater; Lakeside Hotel Windermere; Storrs Hall Windermere; Low Wood Hotel Windermere; Merewood Country House Hotel Ambleside; Muncaster Castle Ravenglass; Leighton Hall Carnforth; Ashton Memorial Lancaster; Town Hall Barrow; and the Swan Hotel Newby Bridge).

They have also played:

  • In the presence of HRH Princess Anne during the launching of a ship
  • The opening of Keswick's Theatre by the Lake
  • The opening of the Duddon Suite of the Abbey House Hotel in Barrow
  • The millennium dinner at the Miller Howe Hotel and Restaurant, Windermere
  • BBC Music Live
  • Cruises on Lake Windermere, Coniston and Ullswater
  • Plus many corporate events, restaurants, local colleges, and people's homes.


The quartet ensures that they are not just professional in our standard of playing but also in their approach. Their aim is to meet your needs as far as they possibly can - to this end they believe it is very important to provide a reliable and friendly service and to be honest and open with you at all times. They are available for discussion, and can give advice, concerning their role in your special event.
They make every effort to work with you to ensure that the music they provide is the perfect accompaniment to your day. They are able to appropriately tailor their music to suit individual requirements - for example, many people value some suggestions regarding appropriate music during a civil ceremony - namely for the bride's entrance and exit, and during the signing of the register.

The quartet's repertoire is extensive and varied and through regular rehearsals they are able to add to and update it. They play a large selection of popular classics from composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Haydn. We also love playing swing arrangements of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kern, Bernstein and others, as well as ragtime music, show tunes, ballads, modern well known tunes, and more.
They will always do their best to accommodate any particular requests which are not on the repertoire list - so if it is possible and practical to obtain or compose an arrangement of a particular piece of music which is special to you, they will do so.

 

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The Lancaster String Ensemble - String Quartet Repertoire

Classical/Romantic

  • Albeniz - Tango
  • Bach - Air on G string
  • Bach - Badinerie
  • Bach - Brandenburg 3 1st Movt
  • Bach - Brandenburg 5 1st Movt
  • Bach - Brandenburg 6 3rd Movt
  • Bach - Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
  • Bach - Two gavottes
  • Beethoven - Adagio (from Pathetique sonata)
  • Beethoven - Minuet (from sonata Op. 49 No. 2)
  • Bizet - Prelude to Carmen
  • Boccherini - Minuet
  • Borodin - First polovtsian dance
  • Capua - O sole mio
  • Clarke - Trumpet voluntary
  • Debussy - Fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Debussy -  Golliwogg’s cakewalk
  • Delibes - Coppelia suite
  • Delibes - Flower duet
  • Denza - Funiculi funicula
  • Dvorak - Humoresque
  • Dvorak - Slavonic dance VIII
  • Elgar - Chanson de matin
  • Elgar - Chanson de nuit
  • Elgar - Idylle
  • Elgar - Salut d’amour
  • Faure - Berceuse from dolly suite
  • Faure - Pavane
  • Grieg - Norwegian dance 2
  • Grieg - Wedding day at Troldhaugen
  • Handel - Andante (from Oboe concerto)
  • Handel - Fireworks Suite
  • Handel - Largo
  • Handel - Queen of Sheba
  • Handel - Selection from sonata Op. 1 No. 11
  • Handel - Selections from water music
  • Haydn - Minuet selection
  • Haydn - Quartet Op. 64 No. 5 (Lark)
  • Haydn - Serenade (quartet Op. 3 No. 5)
  • Mascagni - Intermezzo
  • Massenet - Meditation
  • Mendelssohn - Wedding march
  • Monti - Czardas
  • Mozart - Adagio in C
  • Mozart - Allegro from church sonata 12
  • Mozart - Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate
  • Mozart - Andante from piano concerto 21
  • Mozart - Arias from Marriage of Figaro
  • Mozart - Divertimento 1 in D
  • Mozart - Divertimento 2 in Bb
  • Mozart - Divertimento 3 in F
  • Mozart - Eine kleine nachtmusic
  • Mozart - Presto ('a musical joke')
  • Mozart - Rondo alla Turca
  • Myers - Cavatina (Deer Hunter)
  • Offenbach - Barcarolle
  • Pachelbel - Canon
  • Puccini - Musetta’s song (La Boheme)
  • Puccini - O, my beloved father
  • Purcell - Trumpet tune
  • Purcell - Two rondeaux
  • Rossini - Ballet music from William Tell
  • Rossini - William Tell overture
  • Schubert - Ave Maria
  • Schubert - Moment Musicale
  • Schubert - Standchen
  • Schumann - Scenes from childhood selection
  • Shostakovitch - Romance
  • Strauss - Pizzicato polka
  • Strauss - Radetsky march
  • Strauss - Roses from the South
  • Sullivan - Three little maids from school
  • Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker suite dance
  • Tchaikovsky - Sleeping beauty waltz
  • Ungar - Ashokan Farewell
  • Verdi - Drinking song (La Traviata)
  • Verdi - Quartet from Rigoletto
  • Vivaldi - Four seasons: "Spring"
  • Vivaldi - Four seasons: "Summer"
  • Wagner - Bridal chorus
  • Warlock - Items from Capriol suite

Popular

  • Ahlert - Walkin' my baby back home
  • Anderson, B. - I know him so well (Chess)
  • Anderson, L. - Selection of pieces
  • Beatles - All you need is love
  • Beatles - Eight days a week
  • Beatles - Get back
  • Beatles - Hard day's night
  • Beatles - Hey Jude
  • Beatles - I feel fine
  • Beatles - When I'm sixty four
  • Berlin, I. - Cheek to cheek
  • Berlin, I. - Medley
  • Bernstein - New York, New York
  • Bor - Eine kleine bricht moonlicht nicht musik
  • Brown - I feel good
  • Carmichael, H. - Stardust
  • Carpenters - Selection (incl. Close to You)
  • Carson-Parks - Something stupid
  • Cobb - Russion rag
  • Collins - Cock Linnet (fun!)
  • Collins, Phil - Groovy kind of love
  • Cory - I left my heart in San Fancisco
  • Crewe/Gaudio - Can't take my eyes off you
  • Donaldson - Makin’ Whoopee
  • Faris - Upstairs Downstairs theme
  • Fogerty - Rockin' all over the world
  • Foster - Beautiful dreamer
  • Gade - Jalousie
  • Gershwin - Bess you is my woman now
  • Gershwin - Embraceable you
  • Gershwin - Fascinatin' rhythm
  • Gershwin - I got rhythm
  • Gershwin - Love is here to stay
  • Gershwin - Love walked in
  • Gershwin - S’Wonderful
  • Gershwin - Someone to watch over me
  • Gershwin - Summertime
  • Gershwin - They can't take that away from me
  • Gordon - Unforgettable
  • Graham & Lovland - You raise me up
  • Harlane - When you wish upon a star
  • Horner - My heart will go on (Titanic)
  • Johnson - Pennies from heaven
  • Jones - It had to be you
  • Joplin - Selection of rags
  • Kern - All the things you are
  • Kern - Can't help lovin' dat man
  • Kern - Smoke gets in your eyes
  • Kern - The folks who live on the hill
  • Kern - The way you look tonight
  • Lloyd-Webber - All I Ask of You (Phantom)
  • Lloyd-Webber - Don’t cry for me Argentina
  • Louguy - La vie en rose
  • Madriguera - Adios
  • Mancini - Selection (incl.moon river)
  • Melua, Katie - The closest thing to crazy
  • Mercer & Raskin - Laura
  • North - Unchained melody
  • Parker - House of Ellieott theme music
  • Porter - Anything goes
  • Porter - Let’s do it
  • Porter - Wunderbar
  • Presly & Matson - Love me Tender - Aura Lee
  • Rodgers - My funny valentine
  • Rodgers - Oklahoma selection
  • Rodgers - Sound of Music selection
  • Rodgers - South Pacific selection
  • Rodgers - The King and I selection
  • Rodgers - You'll never walk alone
  • Rota - Love theme from Godfather
  • Schonberg - I dreamed a dream (Les Miserables)
  • Sherman - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Sherwin - A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
  • Sondheim - Send in the clowns
  • Suessdorf - Moonlight in Vermont
  • Trad - English Country Garden
  • Trad - Folk songs (incl.Strawberry fair)
  • Trad - Greensleeves
  • Trad - Irish folk songs
  • Trad - Scarborough fair
  • Trad - Scottish folk reels
  • Trad - Suite on Londonderry aire
  • Twain (Shania) - From this moment on
  • Weiss et al - Can't Help Falling in Love
  • Weiss et al - What a wonderful world
  • Wilson - Fawlty Towers theme
  • Young - When I fall in love
  • Yradier - Cielito lindo

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