Outstanding String Quartet and String Duo for Weddings and Parties
High quality live music from our large selection will get everyone talking: pop, film music, jazz, Bollywood, TV themes, and well-known classical tunes – we have it all. Personalise your day by choosing your own music. For weddings we’re often booked for the ceremony and drinks reception but can play for any or all parts of the day. We can play outside at weddings and celebrations and are the perfect volume for background music without raising your voice. Our string duo is a great choice for small weddings, tight spaces, and lower budgets.
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 have social distancing policies in place and 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. Musicians and others working at your wedding do not count towards guest numbers.
We are a covid secure music option as we do not blow into our instruments or sing, and our music is naturally at a volume that you can easily talk over without raising your voice. We can offer a string duo to help with space if you cannot accommodate 4 musicians. Live streaming is also an option if you cannot have us in the room with you.
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.
Micro-weddings and mini-ceremonies
Thanks to Covid19, small weddings are the latest trend no one would have foreseen a year ago. Whether you’re having an intimate church service, a quick ceremony at the registry office, or a civil celebration for close family and friends, our music is perfect to make your day extra special.
Musicians and others working at your wedding don’t count towards your guest numbers, so there’s no need to choose between having live music and your nearest and dearest at the wedding.
Our string duo and string quartet will follow all social distancing rules and have put extra measures in place to ensure we provide the safest possible service. This includes clear covid screens, face masks when moving around the venue, and extra cleaning routines. Our music is the perfect background volume for people to talk without having to raise their voice.
The string duo is often the perfect choice for small venues and reduced budgets and we are happy to provide this option. If venue space is extremely tight we can even live stream our music direct to your event if you can’t fit us in the room.
Give your day that wow factor
Our background music is the perfect accompaniment to canapés, photos, fizz and wedding breakfasts. 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. The music is the perfect volume to keep everyone entertained without having to raise their voices to hold a conversation.
Moving from the ceremony to the 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. In less clement weather we may just need a gazebo or wind break to deal with a bit of wind or rain.
Music as your guests arrive creates a special atmosphere. It provides a talking point and background entertainment while they wait for the big entrance, whether it’s in a church, civil venue, marquee, or outside. Our volume is perfect for giving a unique feel without anyone needing to shout over the top of us to be heard.
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 (post-covid) but we do understand that couples often like the organ to play for these.
You’ll be pleased to know that musicians don’t count towards Covid19 restrictions on wedding guest numbers but if space is limited we can provide a string duo (two musicians) rather than the full quartet (four musicians). We can even live stream our music direct to your event if you can’t have us there with you.
Thank you for performing at our wedding – it really added to the atmosphere and we also received some lovely comments from our guests. We loved the way you performed the tracks we had chosen and I overheard lots of people chatting about the music. There is genuinely nothing I would change – we really enjoyed what you did.
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.
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 area 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. Create the perfect atmosphere while you and your guests can still converse normally.
For smaller spaces or tighter budgets, we can provide a string duo (two musicians) instead of the full quartet (four musicians). If you cannot have us their with you we can even live stream straight to your special day.
Whether you’re having a birthday bash, holding a garden party, throwing a celebration for 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 – indoors or outside (provided we have suitable cover if the weather turns bad!) We have played in large venues, customers’ homes, and outside and the sound works very well in all settings. Our acoustic sound is perfect for everyone to hear us without having to raise their voice to be heard. For larger events we give the option of gentle amplification to make sure the background level is perfect for you. For smaller venues we can provide a string duo or live stream direct to you if you do not have space, budget, or capacity for four musicians.
Look no further. Your music. Your choice.
Your special music
Arco String Quartet or String Duo 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 and duo
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
– Best Wedding & Event String Quartet – North East England in the Business Excellence Awards
People who have used our wedding service have voted for and reviewed us and it’s a privilege to be recognised for what we do.
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.
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. We can also live stream our music to events outside our travel area. 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! Playing outside isn’t a problem for us, as long as we have suitable cover in case of rain or high winds.
- 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, private venues, and marquees over the years.