Serenade Strings - String Quartet

This quartet are a versatile professional musical ensemble specializing in popular classical and baroque music, directed from the violin by the recent co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and past leader of the Royal Ballet Orchestra.

Other musicians include:
  • Head of string teaching at Canford School
  • Professional Team Leader at Coda Music Trust
  • Former principal cellist of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Pianist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and piano teacher at Brockenhurst College
  • Former Director of Music at Canford School
For fans of Classic FM, this act take that repertoire onto the concert platform, and into hotels, corporate entertainment functions, social events and weddings.
 
Peace of mind is important to brides - their musicians are members of professional guilds which use standard legal contracts and monitor high standards of performance and reliability.
The weddings industry regard this quartet as the district’s specialists in social function entertainment, (“From Bach to Bacharach” is their motto). They appear at Rhinefield House, Chewton Glen, Langtry Manor, Highcliff Castle, Kingston Maurward House and many other established venues.
 
 
What they offer:
They can entertain guests as they arrive for the ceremony either civil or in the church. Music you would hear on Classic FM, Vivaldi “Four Seasons”, Bach concerto for 2 violins, Mozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, or for the serious listener Haydn and Bethoven string quartets.
They can play at the ceremony - pieces like “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel or Mendlessohn’s Wedding march for the brides arrival, Elgar “Salut d’Amour” or Pachelbels Canon (this year's world cup theme), for the signing and Joplins Ragtimes, for example, at the departure.
 
They can entertain guests for the drinks reception and dinner, (a string quartet only needs 4 square meters of space).
 
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Serenade Strings - String Quartet Repertoire

Wedding ceremonies:

  • Vivaldi - Four Seasons
  • Bach - Air on a G string, from suite no.2, Brandenburg Concerto no.3, Jesu, Joy of Man,s Desiring, Concerto for 2 violins
  • Pachelbel - Canon
  • Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Largo, Water Music
  • Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
  • Elgar - Salut D'Amour
  • Delibes - Flower Song
  • Bach - Prelude in G from the cello suites
Reception Music
 
Popular
  • Joplin Ragtimes
  • Music by the Beatles
Jazz standards
  • Cock Linnet
  • Monti Czardas
  • Krein Gypsy Carnival
Classical
  • Bach, J S – Ave Maria; Air from Suite in D Major; Brandenburg 3; Concerto for 2 violins, Sleepers Awake
  • Beethoven string quartets
  • Mozart Divertimenti
  • Borodin – Quartet no.2 from the film Kismet
  • Boccherini - Minuet
  • Chopin – Waltz (Op. 70 no. 3)
  • Coates, Eric – Knightsbridge March
  • Dvorak – Humoresque; Quartets including the ‘American’ (op. 96)
  • Elgar, Edward – Nimrod; Salut D’Amour; Chanson de Matin; Chanson de Nuit
  • El Relicario Jose Padilla
  • Greensleeves Trad.
  • Handel – Queen of Sheba; The Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks
  • Handel - Where’er You Walk
  • Haydn, Joseph – Serenade; The Lark; The Sunrise and  Various String Quartets.
  • Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana
  • Massenet – Meditation from Thais
  • Mendelssohn – Adagio (from organ Sonata)

Other

  • Anderson, Leroy – The Typewriter; Forgotten Dreams; Book of Favourites
  • Arlen, Harold – Over the Rainbow
  • Beatles -Yesterday; Hey Jude; World Without Love; Strawberry Fields; In My Life
  • Berlin, Irving – Let’s Face the Music and Dance
  • Bernstein, Leonard – I Feel Pretty
  • Bilk, Acker – Stranger on the Shore
  • Cock Linnet – arr. Martelli
  • Coward, Noel – Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  • Davis, Carl – Pride and Predjudice
  • Ellington, Duke – In a Sentimental Mood; It Don’t Mean a Thing; etc.
  • Faulty Towers – arr. Leprince
  • Gershwin – Somebody Loves Me; I Got Rhythm; The Man I Love; Swanee; Embraceable You; Love Walked In; Someone To Watch Over Me; S’wonderful A Foggy Day
  • Funiculi Funicula Luigi Denza arr. Thorp
  • Gimbel, Norman – Bluesette
  • Highland Whiskey – Reels and Strathspeys, arr. McConnell
  • Italian Love Songs for String Quartet
  • Italian Favourites – O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicula
  • Jenkins, Karl – Adiemus; Palladio
  • Joplin, Scott – Bethena; The Entertainer; Country Club; Paragon Rag, etc.
  • La Cumparsita G Rodriguez
  • Londonderry Air – Irish trad.
  • Kamen, Michael – Everything I Do I Do It For You;
  • King, Denis – Lovejoy
  • Mancini, Henry – Moon River
  • Morricaone, Ennio – The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (Chi Mai)
  • O’Carolan – Irish Sherry Suite
  • O Sole Mio Capua arr. Thorp
  • Presley, Reg – Love is all Around
  • Reel Fiddlin’ – Folk Reels, arr. McConnell
  • Rodriguez, G – La Cumparsita
  • Sea Songs and Shanties – arr. McConnell
  • Simon, Paul – Bridge Over Troubled Water

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