The Top 10 Best String Quartets for Hire in London (With Prices)

1 August 2020
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 4 minutes

London is home to some of the finest string quartets in Europe...soloists that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings.

In this blog post, we'll list out the 10 most popular string quartets for hire in London on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2020 and 2021.

You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of the string quartets offer something a bit different to make your wedding truly memorable.

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String quartets on FixTheMusic have public liability insurance and PAT tested equipment.

FixTheMusic's string quartets perform in a variety of styles, from pop covers and jazz to classical music and film music.

They are usually able to perform as a trio or duo, if your budget is more restricted or if your event is at a smaller venue.

So here's the list of the 10 best string quartets for hire in London for 2020...

1. Aquarius Strings
2. Gemini Violin Duo
3. The London String Quartet
4. Forest String Quartet
5. Mythos Strings
6. London String Ensemble
7. The Paragon String Quartet
8. Odyssey String Quartet
9. Amethyst Strings
10. Vivid Violin Duo

So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand string quartets in London this year...

1. Aquarius Strings
Average booking price: £1,485 (as of August 2020)
Location: London & Manchester

Aquarius Strings offer a bespoke service by providing flexibility in the size of the group ranging from 1-20 players.

Aquarius Strings features vibrant female electric and acoustic musicians. They are in demand to entertain at private & corporate functions in the UK and internationally.

The group can also combine with other musicians, including a DJ, sax player, bongos...

View more videos and read verified reviews of Aquarius Strings ➡️


2. Gemini Violin Duo
Average booking price: £651 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

Natalie and Stephanie are a professional string duo based in London available for weddings, corporate functions and other events in the UK and internationally.

They studied violin and viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London on full scholarships.

View more videos and read verified reviews of Gemini Violin Duo ➡️


3. The London String Quartet
Average booking price: £675 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

With each member hailing from experienced and diverse musical backgrounds, The London String Quartet make sure every performance guarantees an exciting, new edge to both traditional and modern music alike.

They are regularly involved in recording session work and outreach projects with young people and individually pursue varied freelance performing and teaching careers.

View more videos and read verified reviews of The London String Quartet ➡️


4. Forest String Quartet
Average booking price: £544 (as of August 2020)
Location: Berkshire & London

Forest String Quartet is formed of a highly experienced group of players – they have over 100 years of professional music making between them.

The musicians in Forest String Quartet play together in orchestral concerts, theatre, operas and other chamber music ensembles as well as performing as the Forest String Quartet.

View more videos and read verified reviews of Forest String Quartet ➡️


5. Mythos Strings
Average booking price: £854 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

Mythos Strings are a young and stylish string group who frequently wow audiences at weddings, concerts, corporate events and parties.

Based in the UK, they are in demand to perform throughout the UK but also in Europe, the Middle East and further afield!

View more videos and read verified reviews of Mythos Strings ➡️


6. London String Ensemble
Average booking price: £584 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

London String Ensemble is a stylish string group who add a touch of class to your wedding, drinks reception or corporate event.

London String Ensemble are a stunning group of musicians who provide entertainment at all events.

They are a string ensemble with a difference...the repertoire list features all your classical favourites, but they are always keen to try something new!

So if you're looking to hire the finest string quartet London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with them.

View more videos and read verified reviews of London String Ensemble ➡️


7. The Paragon String Quartet
Average booking price: £615 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

The Paragon String Quartet is a versatile ensemble of string players from the Royal College of Music.

They celebrate the uniqueness of each event and are committed to bringing a touch of elegance to yours. It is their priority to deliver the highest quality of musical entertainment to you and your guests.

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Paragon String Quartet ➡️


8. Odyssey String Quartet
Average booking price: £712 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

The world-renowned Odyssey electric string quartet is the industry leader in delivering high end, superbly entertaining and outstanding performances.

The four glamorous girls, all award-winning music conservatoire graduates, have combined their classical talents, creative ideas and love of performance to develop a uniquely entertaining stage show a class above the rest!

View more videos and read verified reviews of Odyssey String Quartet ➡️


9. Amethyst Strings
Average booking price: £622 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

Amethyst Strings are a stylish female string duo, trio, quartet or quintet comprising violins and double bass.

Amethyst Strings are in great demand to perform at weddings, corporate events and private functions throughout the UK and internationally.

View more videos and read verified reviews of Amethyst Strings ➡️


10. Vivid Violin Duo
Average booking price: £483 (as of August 2020)
Location: London, UK

Vivid Violin Duo is an exciting new electric violin duo who perform jaw-dropping renditions of some of your favourite hits.

Emerging from the much-lauded Electric Orchestra, this stylish duo creates seamless improvised sets alongside a DJ, and perform a rehearsed show to backing tracks.

No strangers to the limelight, they have performed on X-Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, and have shared the stage with Lady Gaga and Bastille.

View more videos and read verified reviews of Vivid Violin Duo ➡️


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We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best string quartets London has to offer in 2020.

At FixTheMusic, we list top-quality string quartets that have been selected by invitation only.

When you submit an enquiry, you'll receive quotes directly from available acts so you can compare them by watching their videos, reading their reviews and by asking them any questions you might have via our secure messaging system.

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Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hiring a string quartet for your wedding or event...

We've put together some frequently asked questions for booking a string quartet. Have a read of our list below, which we hope will be helpful to you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What instruments make up a string quartet?

2 violins, a viola and a cello.

What do string quartets require?

String quartets will require chairs — armless dining chairs are perfect. String quartets do not provide their own lighting, so they will need good overhead lighting (please note that candles are not sufficiently bright). They will also require a secure dressing room to change and leave belongings. Some string quartets will request some simple food and drink on the day, especially at longer bookings. Your string quartet will usually make you aware of this in advance of the event.

Can string quartets play outdoors?

Yes, most string quartets will be able to play outside during the summer months (May to September) but please bear the following in mind. String quartets require a completely flat surface, so if they are playing on grass, please check that it is a level surface. There should be cover from the elements. If it becomes too cold for playing outdoors (anything below about 16°C), the string quartet may request to move indoors as the cold can damage their instruments.

Do string quartets use a PA system?

Generally, string quartets don’t use any amplification, but if your event has a large number of guests and your venue has a PA system, they may be able to liaise with venue staff so the instruments are ‘miked up’.

Do some string quartets offer a trio or duo option?

Some string quartets offer the option to reduce in size to a trio or a duo. The primary advantage of this to the booker is the lower cost of these options. A trio usually consists of a violin, viola and cello, but can also consist of 2 violins and a cello. A duo will often be made up of a violin and cello. These options are also suitable for venues with limited performance space. Please note though, that trios and duos usually have more limited repertoire than full quartets. With regard to sound, there isn't much noticeable difference between a string trio and full string quartet.

Can string quartets arrange a particular song request I would like to be played?

Most string quartets offer this as an option if the request is not on their repertoire list. There will probably be a charge for the arrangement and rehearsal of your requested song(s).

Do string quartets always use the same players?

Very few quartets will always use the same four players, as most string quartet players are freelancers will other commitments. Most string quartets have a small pool of trusted musicians who can deputise if some regular members are unavailable.

How much space do string quartets require?

2m x 3m is ideal for the performance area.

Where can the string quartets perform?

FixTheMusic has selected Europe's best string quartets and made it easy for you to book them for your wedding or event. Our string groups are available from London and the south east (Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex) to the Midlands and further north (including in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds). Tell us about your event and amazing string ensembles will get in touch with you with a bespoke offer for your event.

Can the string quartet play in more than one location on the day?

This is certainly possible but needs to be discussed in advance of the event. Each location will need chairs and allow several minutes for the string quartet to set up after they move.

Do some string quartets play on electric instruments?

A variation on the traditional string quartet is the electric string quartet with players performing on electric instruments. Many string quartets can offer this as an option. Electric string quartets offer a more visually engaging and contemporary feel. They are also suitable if your event has a large number of guests as they can amplify their sound to accommodate the extra background noise.

How long do string quartets take to set up?

String quartets will usually arrive at least 45 mins before they are due to play, to allow enough time to set up.

Can we come and hear the string quartet play somewhere before we book?

This is not possible as most string quartets only play at private functions. You should only book a string quartet with excellent audio and video samples.

Do string quartets take breaks?

Yes, string quartets usually take a 10-15 minute break every 45 minutes to an hour. They may require longer breaks for longer bookings. It is best to leave the exact timing of breaks to the string quartet, as they will be able to judge this appropriately.

Can string quartets be booked for 1 hour or less?

Yes, but the price will usually be the same as a 2-hour booking. For best value, you should book a string quartet for at least 2 hours.

What do string quartet players wear?

String quartet players usually wear formal attire, but they can often accommodate your own dress requirements if notified well in advance of the event.

How can I hire a string quartet for my event?

Make an enquiry on FixTheMusic (we're a free platform for hiring oustranding professional musicians) and available string quartets will send you their offers within a matter of hours.

Do string quartets have public liability insurance?

Yes – all FixTheMusic string quartets have public liability insurance, usually of up to 10 million GBP/EUR.

FixTheMusic is a one-stop shop for booking outstanding professional musicians – and it's completely free for you to use.

Fill in the enquiry form to receive offers directly from hand-picked musicians. Once you've confirmed details with your preferred act, book and pay securely through our secure online checkout.

— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.