Outstanding String Quartet for Weddings and Parties

High quality live music from our large selection will get everyone talking: pop, film music, jazz, and well-known classical tunes – we have it all. Personalise your day by choosing your own music. We’re often booked for the ceremony and drinks reception but can play for any or all parts of the day.


If your wedding plans are affected by coronavirus and you have a booking with us please get in touch. We'll work closely with you to navigate any re-arranging so that we can still provide music for your special day.

For couples marrying later this year or in 2021 and beyond, we are still accepting new bookings as normal. Your deposit would be transferable to a new date if your wedding had to be postponed because of virus restrictions.

In the meantime we're offering a new service to record a special song so you can treat your loved one to the gift of music even while social distancing.

Wedding Ceremony

Music as your guests arrive creates a special atmosphere. It provides a talking point and background entertainment while they wait for the big entrance.

We then play your special song choices for the entrance, while you sign the register, and for your exit. If it’s the traditional wedding march you want, we can play it. If it’s Star Wars or A Thousand Years, we can play those too. Or anything in between – it’s totally up to you. If your special piece of music isn’t already on our playlist we can normally arrange it for you at no extra cost.

For church ceremonies we are also happy to play for hymns but we do understand that couples often like the organ to play for these.

Give your day that wow factor

Drinks reception

Our background music is the perfect accompaniment to canapés, photos and fizz. Couples often choose a mixture of pop, easy listening, and film/TV covers to create a relaxed feel, but we’ll play whatever is right for you and your guests.

Moving from the ceremony to the drinks reception is straightforward. We don’t have any complicated equipment or power leads so we can move easily. If the weather’s nice we’re happy to play outside too, so you can enjoy the sunshine as well as the music.

Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish and you were all complete professionals. Communication before the wedding was speedy and nothing was ever a problem to sort. All of our guests keep telling us about how brilliant you all were. Cara and Ben, married at the Baltic

Wedding breakfast

Continue the party atmosphere through the meal or go for a more formal approach with classical music in the background. We can move directly into the dining room or provide accompaniment during your line up.

You can book us for any or all parts of the day. We are booked based on the amount of time you need us for.


Whether you’re having a birthday bash, throwing a party to celebrate a wedding held abroad, saying farewell to a retiring colleague, or hosting a charity ball, our music will give everyone something to remember for a long time to come.

Our set-up makes it easy for us to play in any setting. We have played in large venues and customers’ homes and the sound works very well in both. For larger venues we give the option of amplifying our acoustic sound to make sure everyone can hear us.

Look no further. Your music. Your choice.

Your special music

Arco String Quartet gives a new twist to your favourite music, from pop to jazz, folk to easy listening, film music to classical. Together we tailor our music to you and your guests and make sure there’s something everyone can enjoy, whatever their age and tastes. If your special piece of music isn’t already on our playlist we can normally arrange it for you at no extra cost.

Award winning quartet

Over the years we are proud to have achieved many accolades including

– Winners of the North of England Wedding Awards for Outstanding Customer Service

– Bridebook Gold Wedding Award

– Finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards

All three awards are only open for voting by people who have actually used our wedding service.

We pride ourselves on being friendly, professional and reliable. Arco String Quartet has never missed an event because of snow, flooding, or any other reason. While sounding good is what we do best, we understand that presentation is important, so our image will be as professional as our playing.

Wedding fairs

We play at 3 or 4 wedding fairs a year, generally in the spring and autumn.


We’re very happy to travel to venues in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Teesside and will also venture further afield. Some of the venues we enjoy playing at listed here but don’t worry if your venue isn’t on this list – we’re happy to go to new places too!

  • Alnwick Castle
  • Alnwick Garden
  • Assembly Rooms Newcastle
  • As You Like It
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • The Baltic
  • Beamish Hall
  • Beamish Park
  • Biddick Hall
  • The Biscuit Factory
  • Bowburn Hall
  • Brinkburn Priory
  • Charlton Hall
  • Crathorne Hall
  • Derwent Manor Hotel
  • Doxford Barns
  • Doxford Hall
  • Durham Castle
  • Ellingham Hall
  • Eshott Hall
  • Gisborough Hall
  • Grand Hotel Tynemouth
  • Guyzance Hall
  • Hall Garth
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Healey Barn
  • Hilton Gateshead
  • HMS Trincomalee,Hartlepool
  • Horton Grange
  • Jesmond Dene House
  • Judges Hall
  • Kirkley Hall
  • Langley Castle
  • Lartington Hall
  • Le Petit Chateau
  • Linden Hall
  • Longhirst Hall
  • Lumley Castle
  • Mansion House
  • Marriott Hotel Gosforth
  • Matfen Hall
  • Matfen Brewery
  • Middleton Hall
  • Middleton Lodge
  • The Morritt
  • Newton Hall
  • Otterburn Castle
  • Ramside Hall
  • Redworth Hall
  • Rockliffe Hall
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Seaham Hall
  • Shortflatt Tower
  • Shotton Grange
  • Slaley Hall
  • South Causey Inn
  • Vallum Farm
  • Vermont Hotel
  • Whitworth Hall
  • Woodhill Hall
  • Wynyard Hall

We have played in many churches over the years.

Don’t worry if your venue’s not on this list – we’re always happy to go to new places too.

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