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The Bristol String Quartet
  • Multi-talented, experienced string quartet
  • based in the Bristol/Bath area
  • Discounted rates for weddings during low season
  • Late-availability discounts also available
  • Wide-ranging repertoire, including modern popular hits
  • Able to compose bespoke arrangements

Some people think of string quartets as a rather stuffy and overly rigid addition to a formal occasion. The Bristol String Quartet effortlessly shatter this illusion with their talented, young, fresh-faced and flexible attitude towards playing at social events such as weddings. Having performed at hundreds of venues in the Bath and Bristol areas, the vast majority of these on behalf of brides and grooms on their special day, this gifted bunch have a great deal to offer those looking for a classical ensemble.

With a wide repertoire of miscellaneous musical items under their belts – not just restricted to classical music – many happy previous clients of the ensemble have commented on The Bristol String Quartet's accommodating, personal and flexible manner of working. Traditionally comprised of two violins, a viola and a 'cello, this quartet promotes a wonderfully classy, sophisticated atmosphere when required.

The full-time group of performers have worked as session musicians for the likes of Peter Gabriel, Jim Moray, Kula Shaker and Rob Bray.

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Meet the Quartet

This classical ensemble is a multi-talented and experienced group with a number of accolades and impressive associations. Meet Andrew Barrington, whose elegant bow-work upon the violin has seen him working with many clients such as the BBC and Channel 4. He studied at Trinity College of Music in London and then the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff - and currently teaches violin whilst not playing for the Bristol String Quartet.

Sue Lord's delicate and dignified technique on the viola has put her in high demand as a session musician, working with a variety of contemporary artists such as Rose Kemp, Jim Moray, Jane Taylor and Rob Bray.

On the 'cello is Kate Robey, who studied at Bath Spa University with Ruth Zagni, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Richard May. Kate regularly plays with the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra and has toured China with the Amadeus Orchestra.

Tamsin Winchester is the ensemble's second violinist, and she also studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music whilst playing in the Bute String Quartet and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Repertoire

The Bristol String Quartet's repertoire spans a surprising number of musical styles, genres and generations.

The ensemble's classical favourites include Handel's 'The Water Music', Mozart's 'Divertimenti' and of course, Mendelssohn's 'Wedding March' - all enhanced by the Bristol String Quartet's highly precise and extensive classical training.

Modern Music

String quartets don't always have to stick to exactly 'what it says on the tin'. The Bristol String Quartet has often received positive comments on their ability and enthusiasm to play modern material, from 20th-century popular classics such as The Beatles' Hey Jude, Sinatra's My Way and Eric Clapton's Layla, to even more modern hits such as Lady Gaga's Paparrazi, Coldplay's Yellow and Elbow's One Day like This.

Step into the more humorous renditions of modern music - nothing can quite match The Bristol String Quartet's rendition of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters or even Bob Marley's I Shot the Sherriff.

Special Arrangements

If you'd like a specific song or piece of music to be played at your wedding (whether modern or older), it's likely already to be a part of their repertoire - if it's not, then don't hesitate to request it, as this quartet are open to arranging pieces especially for you!

Listen

Classical ensembles such as The Bristol String Quartet are ideally suited to playing during a number of stages of a typical wedding ceremony and reception. Granted the additional benefit of presenting an eminently respectable musical type, they are often welcomed into churches and other religious buildingswith little trouble.

The Bristol String Quartet have often been asked to play suitable music while guests are assembling in readiness for the wedding ceremony to begin, the fanfare for the processional, the signing of the register, the recessional, for the drinks reception, while formal photographs are taken and again throughout the wedding breakfast.

Open your ears and listen to a selection of their example tracks below:-

All You Need

Bridal Chorus

Air on G

Viva La Vida

Por Una Cabeza

Palladio

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Reviews

  • Bath Wedding

    Thank you so much for helping make our wedding such a wonderful day. The Quartet were amazing and the music played was everything we had hoped for. It really gave our day a wow factor and so many of our guests commented on how lovely the music was. We are very grateful for your hard work.

  • Hertfordshire Wedding

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the music on Saturday – it was absolutely perfect, exactly how we imagined it! We’ve had so many comments about how lovely it was and I think it made a few people quite emotional on the day.

  • Gloucester Wedding

    Thank you for playing at our wedding reception. We have received great reviews from all our guests and would highly recommend you.

  • Bristol Wedding

    Thank you and the quartet for making a wonderful contribution to our wedding last weekend. We’ve had so many complements about your performance. The music as we walked in for the ceremony was beautiful and calming. We’re waiting for the wedding video to hear more of it.

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