The Leeds String Quartet - String Quartet

This Yorkshire string quartet consists of experienced professional players living in the West Yorkshire region and provide music for all occasions from weddings and corporate functions to educational workshops and recitals.

Between them the players of this quartet have played with most of the major symphony orchestras in the United Kingdom, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Opera North and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

The quartet have performed for Prince Charles and the Duchess of York as well as playing for a range of stars including Pavarotti, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones. Television and radio appearances include broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, the Parkinson Show, Richard & Judy, 'Macawber', 'A Touch of Frost' and Emmerdale. The quartet have also finished filming for ITV’s new adaptation of ‘Mansfield Park’ staring Billie Piper.

The quartet is able to provide music for church weddings, civil ceremonies, civil partnerships, drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts, corporate functions and parties.

They can entertain the guests as they arrive for your wedding, play you down the aisle, perform for your guests while photographs are being taken or create a unique atmosphere during the wedding breakfast.

The quartet regularly perform at venues in Leeds, York, Harrogate, Halifax, Huddersfield and Lincoln as well as throughout North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

 

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The Leeds String Quartet - String Quartet Repertoire

  • Albeniz - Tango
  • Anderson - The Syncopated Clock, Blue Tango, The Typewriter, The Waltzing Cat, Jazz Pizzicato
  • Anderson/Parish - Sleigh Ride
  • Arbeau - Pavane
  • Bach - Wachet Auf, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Arie, Sheep May Safely Graze & Arioso, Brandenburg Concerto, Badinerie, Air On a G String, Gavotte, Bourree, Gigue, Loure (from the third cello suite) & String Suite No. 5
  • Barber - Dover Beach & Serenade (inc. Adagio – theme tune from Platoon)
  • Barry (arr. Kershaw) - Goldfinger
  • Beatles  - World Without Love, When I’m 64, Good Day Sunshine, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Get Back, A Hard Day’s Night
  • Beethoven - Ode To Joy, Cavatine, Menuett & Sechs Quartette, Quators 12 – 17, Adagio Cantabile (from the Pathetique Sonata)
  • Bernstein (arr. Thorp) - Maria (from West Side Story)
  • Bernstein - New York, New York (from On The Town)
  • Bizet - Prelude & Habenera (from Carmen)
  • Boccherini - Minuet & Trio
  • Bor  - McMozart’s Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Nicht Musik
  • Borodin - First Polovstian Dance & Quartet No. 2
  • Boyce - Symphony No. 4
  • Brahms - Two Minuets from the Serenade Opus 11
  • Bratton - The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
  • Bridge - Sally In Our Alley & Cherry Ripe, Roger de Coverley (A Christmas Dance), An Irish Melody (The Londonderry Air)
  • Britten - Simple Symphony (including Playful Pizzicato)
  • Bush - Consort Music
  • Cherubini - Scherzo
  • Chopin - Etude No. 3
  • Clarke - Suite of Ayres for the Theatre (inc. Trumpet Tune & Trumpet Voluntary),
  • Shore’s Music
  • Crooke - Turkey in the Straw
  • Curzon - The Boulevardier Selection
  • Debussy - Golliwog’s Cake-Walk (from Children’s Corner), Reverie, Clair De Lune
  • De Koven - Oh, Promise Me
  • Delibes  - Flower Duet (from Lakme)
  • Denza (arr. Thorp)  - Finiculi Finicula
  • Desmond - Take Five
  • Di Capua - O Sole Mio (Cornetto advert)
  • Donaldson (arr. Thorp) - Makin’ Whoopee
  • Dvorak - Slavonic Dance No. 8 & Humoresque Opus 101
  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin, Chanson de Nuit, Salut d’Armour, Idylle, Nimrod (Enigma Variations)
  • Faure - Pavane (World Cup Theme Music)
  • Franck - Panis Anjelicus
  • Gade - Jealousy
  • Gardel  - Tango por una Cabeza
  • Gay - Leaning on a Lamp-post
  • Gershwin - Summertime, Embraceable You, Someone To Watch Over Me,
  • S’Wonderful, The Man I Love, Swanee, Somebody Loves Me & I Got Rhythm, Love Is Here To Stay, I’ll Build Astaire Way To Paradise 
  • Gilbert & Sullivan - Three Little Maids From School (The Mikado)
  • Gluck  - Melody
  • Grieg  - In The Hall Of The Mountain King & Studenternes Serenade, Wedding Day At Troldhaugen, Waltz (from Opus 12), Norweigian Dance No. 2 & 3
  • Gruber - Silent Night
  • Gould (arr. Moffat) - Keltic Lament
  • Handel - Arrival Of The Queen Sheba, Pastoral Symphony (The Messiah), Water
  • Music (Air, Bourree, Hornpipe, Minuet), Suite No. 3 in G Major, Largo (from Serse), Music from the Royal Fireworks (inc. La Rejouissance)
  • Hasse - Canzona
  • Hawkins/Johnson/Dash - Tuxedo Junction
  • Haydn - Divertimento in E flat Major, Serenade & Andante (from the oboe concerto), Gott Erhalte Franz Den Kaiser & String Quartet in E flat Major, String Quartet No. 35 In D Major
  • Holst - I Vow To Thee My Country (from the Planets) & St Paul’s Suite
  • Hopkins - We Three Kings Of Orient Are
  • Horner  - My Heart Will Go On & Hymn (from the Titanic)
  • Ireland  - The Holy Boy (A Carol of the Nativity)
  • Ivanovici  - Waves Of The Danube
  • Jenkins - String Quartet No. 2 (composer of Adiemus music) & Palladio
  • Johnson (arr. Thorp) - Pennies From Heaven
  • Joplin - Bethena (a concert waltz), The Entertainer, The Easy Winners, The
  • Chrysanthemum, The Cascades, Elite Syncopations, The Favourite, Country Club Rag, Paragon Rag, Pineapple Rag, Maple Leaf Rag, New Rag, Heliotrope Bouquet, Euphonic Sounds, Ragtime Dance (Two-Step), Cleopha
  • Kavas (arr. Martelli)  - Harry Lime Theme
  • Kern - The Folks Who Live On The Hill
  • Arr. Kershaw - When I Fall In Love, All I Ask Of You (Phantom Of The Opera), Hello Dolly,
  • If I Were A Rich Man, Spread A Little Happiness, Misty, Waterloo (Abba), Glenn Miller Medley
  • Kreisler (arr. Tordoff) - Liebeslied
  • Legrand (arr. Roycroft) - The Windmills Of Your Mind
  • Lemare - Moonlight & Roses
  • Lehar  - On My Lips Every Kiss Tastes Like Wine & Merry Widow Waltz
  • Loveday - Jazz Suite, Jazz Suit
  • Louiguy - La Vie En Rose
  • Macdowell - To A Wild Rose & A Deserted Farm
  • Mancini  - Moon River (from Breakfast At Tiffany’s)
  • Arr. Martelli - I Could Have Danced All Night
  • Martin/Coulter  - Congratulations
  • Massenet - Meditation (from Thais)
  • Mendelssohn - Canzonetta, Sehnsuchtig, Wedding March
  • Mozart  - Marcia No. 1, 13 early string quartets & Adagio In C, Andante (from Piano
  • Concerto No. 21), Menuetto (from Quartet in E Flat), Alleuja (from Exultante Jubilante), Presto (a Musical Joke), Overture & Wedding Music (from Marriage Of Figaro), Quartets 1 – 10, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik & 3 Divertimenti in F, D, & B Flat Major
  • Mozart (arr. Thorp)  - Rondo Alla Turca
  • Norman (arr. Kershaw) - James Bond Theme
  • Offenbach - Barcarolle & Can-Can
  • Pachelbel - Kanon & Gigue
  • Paganini (arr. Zinn) - Caprice No. 9
  • Porter (arr. Thorp) - Let’s Do It, Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • Porter (arr. Kershaw) - Anything Goes
  • Prokofiev - Peter & the Wolf
  • Puccini - Cristanterni
  • Puccini (arr. Kennaway) - Che Gelida Manina (Le Boherne)
  • Puccini (arr. Martelli) - Nessun Dorma
  • Puccini (arr. Tordoff) - Il Mio Babbino Caro
  • Purcell - Sound The Trumpet, Two Rondeaux (from Abdelazar & The Fairy Queen)
  • & Chacony
  • Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
  • Ravel - Bolero
  • Razek - Razek’s Komishe Streichquartette
  • Richter  - Drei Sinfonietten
  • Rodgers - My Funny Valentine
  • Rodrigo - Concerto d’Aranjuez (“Orange Juice” from Brassed Off)
  • Rota - Speak Softly Love (Theme from “The Godfather”)
  • Saint-Saens  - The Swan (from The Carnival Of The Animals)
  • Schubert  - Moment Musical, Standchen & Ave Maria & many Quartets
  • Schumann  - Traumeri & Kinderszenen (scenes from childhood) 
  • Scott  - The Fascinator (Ragtime)
  • Shearing - Lullaby Of Birdland
  • Sherwin (arr. Thorp) - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  • Shotakovitch  - Romance (from “Gadfly”) & Quartet No. 8
  • Sokolow - Les Vendredis Polka
  • Strauss - Pizzacato Polka & Trisch-Trasch Polka, Tales from the Vienna Woods,
  • Voices of Spring 
  • Suessdorf (arr. Thorp) - Moonlight in Vermont 
  • Swainston-Harrison - Dixie 2 (Fox Trot) 
  • Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Waltz of the Flowers, Russian Dance & March
  • (The Nutcracker), Danse des Mirlitons Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance (The Nutcracker), Andante Cantabile & Serenade Opus 48
  • Torne / Wells - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire)

Television Music

  • Black Adder
  • Eastenders
  • Fawlty Towers
  • Howard’s Way
  • Lovejoy
  • Miss Marple
  • Upstairs Downstairs
  • Traditional French - Il est ne, le Divin Enfant, Song of the Ass
  • Traditional Welsh - Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Tradtional Blues - Frankie and Johnny
  • Traditional German - Gaudette (Rejoice)
  • Traditional - Greensleeves, House of the Rising Sun, Number Twelve Train
  • Traditional  - Christmas Medley
  • Traditional Irish - She Moved Through the Fair
  • Traditional Irish - Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes (inc. Danny Boy)
  • Traditional English - Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes (inc. Country Gardens)
  • Traditional Scottish - Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes (inc. The Gay Gordons)
  • Traditional Texan - Darkness in the Delta
  • Traditional Western - Skip to my Lou
  • Traditional Cowboy - Home on the Range, Arkansas Traveller, Yellow Rose of Texas, Oh My Darlin’, She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain, Down in the Valley, Red River Valley
  • Turina - La Ocacion del Torero
  • Unknown Composers - Sunrise, Sunset & Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Spanish Dance, More,
  • Boyfriend & Strauss 1, Incidental Music (Leit Motif, Music of Love, Chant)
  • Van Heusen  - Love and Marriage
  • Vaughan Williams - The Charterhouse Suite
  • Verdi - Andantino from The Force of Destiny Overture
  • Vivaldi  - The Four Seasons
  • Walt Disney - A Whole New World (theme from Aladdin)
  • Wagner - Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
  • Warlock - Carpriol Suite
  • Welch - Summer Holiday
  • Williams - Theme from E.T. & Schindler’s List

Traditional Music & Hymnns

  • Believe Me
  • If All Those Endearing Young Charms
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • Once In Royal David’s City
  • Happy Birthday
  • Away In A Manger
  • Good King Wenceslas

The Leeds String Quartet - String Quartet Feedback

"Thank you so much for the lovely music you played for our wedding last Saturday. We had many comments saying how lovely it was."

"Many grateful thanks for arranging and playing the music we wanted for our ruby wedding anniversary. It made the day very special."

"The music you put together was in keeping with the mood of the event. Just what we wanted"