Skylark Strings - String Quartet & Trio

This string quartet consists of performers of the highest caliber and has many years of experience playing for weddings and special occasions. All the members of the quartet including extra players are full time professional musicians. 

The members of the quartet have played individually with many of the major British symphony orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  We have also performed as part of the orchestra with many international soloists including Jose Carreras, Vanessa May and Lesley Garrett.

As well as a classical music background, members of the quartet have toured with Led Zeppelin and played for the west end show ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

This versatile group of musicians has played for weddings and given recitals at many of the Scottish castles including Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull and Eilean Donan Castle , featured in the film 'Highlander'.  Other engagements undertaken by members of the quartet include entertainment for 1st class as guests of Cunard aboard the QE2, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, and providing music for an opening event attended by HRH Princess Anne.

They are available as:

  • String Quartet
  • String Trio
  • Bollywood String Quartet
  • Clarsach (one of the quartet also plays the harp so a package can be tailored to include this) 


The quartet have played at many prestigious venues including:

  • Gleneagles Hotel 
  • Inverlochy Castle Hotel 
  • Barcaldine Castle 
  • Eilean Donan Castle 
  • MV Isle of Mull 
  • Dundas Castle 
  • Torosay Castle 
  • Duart Castle 
  • Balbirnie House Hotel 
  • Ardanaiseig Hotel 
  • Cameron House Hotel 
  • Guthrie Castle 
  • Pollock House 
  • Wedderburn Castle 
  • New Lanark Mill Hotel 
  • Glasgow Fruit Market 
  • Fingask Castle 
  • Raddison Hotel, Glasgow 
  • Tulloch Castle 
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow 
  • Abode Hotel, Glasgow 
  • Bunchrew House, Inverness 
  • Stirling Castle 
  • Mill Forge, Gretna 
  • St. Conan's Kirk, Loch Awe 
  • Kirknewton House Stables, Edinburgh 
  • Comlongon Castle, Dumfries 
  • Piersland House Hotel, Troon 
  • Saint Hill Manor, Sussex 
  • Seamill Hydro Hotel & Resort, Ayrshire 
  • Roman camp Country House,  Callander 
  • Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Oban 
  • Bothwell Bridge Hotel, Glasgow 
  • Altamount Country House Hotel, Blairgowrie 
  • Mar Hall, Glasgow 
  • Brig O’Doon Country House Hotel, Ayr 
  • Achnagairn House, Inverness-shire 
  • The Cruin, Loch Lomond 
  • Lochside House Hotel, New Cumnock 
  • Macdonald Pittodrie House, Inverurie 
  • Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh 
  • The Lodge on Loch Lomond, Luss 
  • Garvock House Hotel, Dunfermline 
  • Glenskirlie House & Castle, Banknock 
  • Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh

 

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Skylark Strings - String Quartet & Trio Repertoire

Baroque & Classical

  • Pachelbel – Canon 
  • Bizet – Duet from ‘The Pearl Fishers’ 
  • Faure – Pavane 
  • Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusic 
  • Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture 
  • Shostakovich – Romance from ‘The Gadfly’ 
  • Haydn – Quartet 17 op. 3 no.5 
  • Purcell – Trumpet Tune 
  • Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary 
  • Wagner – Wedding March 
  • Handel – Entrance of The Queen of Sheeba 
  • Handel - Let the Bright Seraphim 
  • Boyce - from Symphony No. 4 
  • Allegro - Vivace 
  • Mouret – Rondeau 
  • Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring 
  • Schubert – Ave Maria 
  • Bach – Air on the G String 
  • Handel – Aria from Xerxes 
  • Vivaldi – Largo from the Four Seasons 
  • Liszt – Liebestraum 
  • Mendelssohn – Wedding March 
  • Mozart – Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate 
  • Schumann – Traumeri 
  • Bach – Wachet auf 
  • Bach – Sheep may Safely Graze 
  • Beethoven– Ode to Joy 
  • Bach – Arioso 
  • Frank – Panis angelicus Mozart – Andante from Piano Concerto 21 
  • Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz 
  • Charpentier - Te Deum – Prelude and Tu Devicto 
  • Bach – Bist Du bei Mir 
  • Mendelssohn – If With All Your Hearts from Elijah 
  • Bach – My Heart Ever Faithful 
  • Massenet – Meditation from Thais 
  • Bach-Gounod - Ave Maria 
  • Purcell – Suite from the Fairy Queen:
  • Hornpipe 
  • Air 
  • Rondeau 
  • Chorus 
  • Beethoven – Ode to Joy 
  • Handel – Chamber Suite in D - Adagio, Allegro 
  • J.S. Bach –Badinerie 
  • J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in E minor 
  • J.S. Bach – Sarabande 
  • Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Violins- 
  • Allegro 
  • Corelli – Concerto Grosso no. 10- 
  • Preludio 
  • Allemanda 
  • Corrente 
  • Vivaldi – Concerto in D minor- 
  • Largo 
  • Allegro 
  • Albinoni – Adagio in G minor 
  • Vivaldi – Spring theme from The Four Seasons 
  • Handel – ‘Air’ from ‘The Water Music’ 
  • Greig – Morning from ‘Peer Gynt’ suite No. 1 
  • Corelli – Giga from Sonata in D minor 
  • Beethoven – 1st & 2nd movements from Quartet no. 1 in F major 
  • Schubert – 4th movement from Quartet no. 2 
  • Scriabin – Prelude no. 2 
  • Chopin – Marche Funebre 
  • Beethoven – Bagatelle in A 
  • Handel – The Complete Water Music Suites 
  • Monti – Czardas 
  • Mozart – 3rd Movement from String Quartet no. 3) 
  • Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 
  • Boyce – Symphony no 4 in F 
  • Bach – Concerto for Oboe & Violin (arranged for string quartet) 
  • Bach – Concerto for 2 violins 
  • Strauss – Pizzicato Polka 
  • Purcell – Two Rondeaux 
  • Mozart – Divertimento in D KV 136 
  • Mozart – Divertimento in Bflat major K 137 
  • Mozart – Divertimento in F K 138 
  • Elgar - Salut D'Amour 
  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin 
  • Tchaikovsky - 'Walz' from Serenade for Strings 
  • Handel - Fantasia in A minor 
  • Dvorak - Humoresque 
  • Tarroga – 'Recuerdos De La Alhambra 
  • Debussy – 'Le Petit Noir' 
  • Debussy – 'Mazurka' 
  • Debussy – 'Reverie' 
  • Debussy – 'Passpied' 
  • Debussy – Pizzicato from 'Sylvia' 
  • Delibes – Pizzicato from 'Sylvia' 

Jazz & Light Music

  • Cole Porter– Lets Do It 
  • Walter Donaldson – Makin’ Whoopee 
  • Karl Suessdorf – Moonlight In Vermont 
  • Cole Porter – Anything Goes 
  • Cole Porter – Every Time We Say Goodbye 
  • Arthur Johnstone – Pennies from Heaven 
  • Richard Rogers – My Funny Valentine 
  • Hammerstein, Kern – The Folks Who Live on the Hill 
  • Joplin – The Ragtime Dance 
  • Joplin – Country Club 
  • Joplin – Paragon Rag 
  • Joplin – Easy Winners 
  • Joplin – Entertainer 
  • Joplin, arr. Julian Marshall – Elite Syncopations 
  • Gershwin – The Man I Love 
  • Weill – Lost in the Stars 
  • Wallerstein – Jenny Lind Polka 
  • Joplin – Solace 
  • Carlos Gardel – 'Por Una Cabeza' Tango 
  • Gershwin – Embraceable You 
  • Gershwin – I Got Rhythm 
  • Gershwin – Someone to Watch Over Me 
  • Gershwin – Swanee 
  • Gershwin – Summertime 
  • Worlock – Pieds-en-L'Air 
  • Worlock – Country Garden 
  • Worlock – Rendezvous 
  • Worlock – La Spagnola 
  • Isaac Albeniz – Tango in D 
  • Jack Strachey – In Party Mood 
  • Carlos Jobim – One Note Samba 
  • Ray Noble – The very Thought of You 


Show, Film & TV Themes

  • The Secret Wedding (Braveheart) 
  • Theme from E.T. 
  • Speak Softly Love (Theme from The Godfather) 
  • I Don't know How To Love Him from Jesus Christ Super Star 
  • Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's 
  • Schindler’s List 
  • A Whole New World 
  • Cabaret 
  • My Heart Will Go On (Theme from Titanic) 
  • Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission) 
  • Get Me To The Church on Time from My Fair Lady 
  • Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera 
  • Theme from Les Miserables 
  • Fawlty Towers theme 
  • Theme from Brideshead Revisited 
  • Consider Yourself from Oliver 
  • I'll Do Anything from Oliver 
  • Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz 
  • She from Notting Hill 

Hymns

  • Morning Has Broken 
  • Make Me A Channel for Your Peace 
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful 
  • Jerusalem 
  • Now Thank We All Our God 
  • One More Step Along The Way 
  • Love Divine 
  • Give me Joy In My Heart 
  • For the Beauty of the Earth 
  • Love Divine All Love Exelling 
  • O Perfect Love 
  • The Lords My Shepherd 
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind 
  • I Danced in the Morning - Lord of the Dance 
  • Ave Maria - As I kneel before you... 
  • Above is just a selection of hymns we can accompany. We can accompany any hymn of your choice on request. 

Opera

  • Luigi Denza – Funiculi Funicula 
  • Puccini – O Mio Babbino Caro 
  • Delibes – 'Flower Duet' from Lakme 
  • Offenbach – Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman 
  • Mozart – 'Der Vogelfanger from' The Magic Flute 
  • Mozart – 'Bei Mannern' from The Magic Flute 
  • Bizet – 'Habanera' from Carmen 
  • Bizet – 'Toreador's Song' from Carmen 
  • Verdi – 'Triumphmarch' from Aida 
  • Bizet – 'Entract' from Carmen 
  • Verdi – 'Ballata' from Rigoletto 
  • Gounod – 'Chansan Du Roi' from Faust 
  • Mascagni – 'Intermezzo Sinfonico' from Cavalleri Rusticana 
  • Mozart – 'Deh Vieni, Non Tardar' from The Marriage of Figaro 
  • Verdi – 'libiamo' from La Traviata 
  • Puccini – 'Quando M'en Vo Soletta per la Via' from La Boheme 
  • Gounod – 'Vin O Biere' from Faust 
  • Puccini – 'Nessun Dorma' 

Popular Music

  • Lennon/McCartney:
  • Good Day Sunshine, Hey Jude 
  • Yesterday, Get Back , All You Need is Love 
  • Eleanor Rigby, The Long and Winding Road 
  • Maxwell's Silver Hammer, When I'm Sixty Four 
  • Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson 
  • Fields of Gold - Sting 
  • In Dreams - Roy Orbison 
  • 76 Trombones - Meredith Wilson 
  • America - Paul Simon 
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon 
  • In My Place - Coldplay 
  • Everything I Do I Do It For You - Bryan Adams 
  • I Have a Dream - Abba (Anderson & Ulvaeus) 
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamons - Lennon & McCartney 
  • What can I Do - The Corrs 
  • Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve 
  • How Deep Is Your Love 
  • You Raise Me Up 
  • Happy Birthday 

Folk

  • Irish Sherry Suite (Irish folk arrangement) 
  • My Love is Like a Red Red Rose 
  • Coming Thro’ the Rye 
  • Mairie’s Wedding 
  • Three Scottish Dances 
  • Londonderry Air 
  • The Tryst - James McMillan (arr. Julian Marshall) 
  • Ye Banks and Braes 
  • She Moved Through the Fair 
  • Ag Criost An Siol (Scottish folk melody) 
  • Will Ye No Come Back Again 
  • Devil on the Mountain 
  • Irish Jig 
  • Highland Cathedral 
  • The Flowers O’ the Forest 
  • An Eriskay Love Lilt 
  • Dance To Your Shadow 
  • Flow Gently Sweet Afton 
  • Morgan Magan 
  • Mick McGuire 
  • Lily of the West 
  • Ae Fond Kiss 
  • Ashokan Farewell 
  • The Unquiet Grave 
  • Have Ye Seen Aught O' Ma Bonnie Lad? 
  • Loch Lomond 
  • Arkansas Traveler 
  • Petronella 
  • Muss I den 
  • Shenandoah 
  • Skip to My Lou 
  • Sourwood Mountain 
  • My Home's in Montana 

Bollywood

  • Kal Ho Na Ho
  • Aaye ho Meri Zindagi me 
  • Tujhe Dekha To 
  • Tera Meri Pyar Mein 
  • Kabhi Kabhi 
  • Dheere Dheere 
  • Balle Balle 
  • Mein Huu na 
  • Monsoon Wedding Theme 
  • Ghar aaja Sonja 
  • Tum Dil Dhakan 
  • Fanaa 
  • Bheegey Hont - Murder (2004) 
  • Tumhi Dekho Naa - Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006) 
  • Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 
  • Zammana 
  • Pehla Nasha 

Waltzes & Polkas

  • Emile Waldteufel - Estudiantina Waltz 
  • Johann Strauss - Wiener Blut 
  • Johann Strauss - Voices of Spring 

Christmas

  • Joy To The World 
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel 
  • The First Noel 
  • Silent Night 
  • Deck The Halls 
  • Lo, How A Rose 
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 
  • What Child Is This 
  • Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella 
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas 
  • Il Est Ne 
  • Pat a Pan 
  • Twas in the Moon of Wintertime 
  • Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep 
  • The Friendly Beasts 
  • The March of the Three Kings

Skylark Strings - String Quartet & Trio Feedback

"Just wanted to email to thank you for all your hard work at my wedding on the 3rd May. You were all absolutely fantastic and made the whole day extra special. So many people commented on how lovely it was to have the quartet and how professional you all were. David and I had such a beautiful and happy day..so thank you for helping make it so special." Nina Lish, Wedding Client

"Russell and I should like to extend our thanks to you and the other members of the quartet for making the ceremony on Tuesday so memorable. The day went exactly as planned, enhanced enormously by your input. A sincere thank you." Evelyn Scott, Wedding Client

"Just wanted to say a really big thank you for making our big day so complete. The music was wonderful and made the whole ceremony and drinks after feel like a drea! Thank you for playing my favourite piece 'Claire de Lune' and I think it worked really well time" Wedding Client