Hiring a String Quartet – Tips, Advice and How to Book

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Whether you are planning a sit down dinner, wedding or corporate event, have you considered hiring a string quartet to entertain your guests? String quartets consist of two violinists, a cellist and a viola player that play together as a group and produce beautiful music. The sounds from a string quartet offer a stunning background atmosphere for any occasion. We’ve put together this guide to give you tips and advice before booking a string quartet…

What Events Are String Quartets Suitable For?

String Quartets are very versatile as background ambiance and can be booked for events that are both indoors and outdoors. Some examples where a string quartet would make an ideal addition include:

What Does a String Quartet Actually Do?

Performing as a group, a string quartet will play live music using their instruments. Many string quartets offer both classical music and instrumental versions of modern songs so it is worth checking with your performer to see what their repertoire is.

When Does a String Quartet Perform?

A string quartet will perform throughout your event with short breaks in-between. For a wedding, it is possible to hire a string quartet to play the musical parts of your wedding ceremony before offering gentle background music for your wedding drinks reception and/or wedding breakfast.

How Long With A String Quartet Perform For?

Each individual string quartet will have their own performance sets, however many will happily perform for a few hours. Always ask your chosen performers to see if they can cater for any longer events.

What Should I Ask a String Quartet?

Before you book a string quartet, it is worth speaking with them to see if they will be suitable for your own occasion. Some questions you might wish to ask them include:

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
  • How long will you perform for at my event and how many breaks will you need?
  • How much do you charge?
  • What happens if one of you is ill on the day of my event?
  • What music can you play?
  • How much space will you need for setting up?

Typically, a string quartet will need a decent amount of performance space to fit in all musicians. Always check with your venue to make sure that you have enough space before you book.

How Do I Choose a String Quartet?

Choosing a string quartet is a decision that comes down to your own personal tastes. Using our website makes it really easy to find the right entertainment for your event. All you need to do is search through all of the string quartet profiles to read their biographies and experience. You can also view photos and some sample audio/movie clips of their performance – a good string quartet will be happy to show off their talent.

When you’ve found a string quartet that you wish to book, simply click on the “Contact Direct / Request Quote” button where you’ll be taken to a contact form which puts you in direct contact with your chosen entertainment act.

Once you have heard back from your chosen string quartet, we recommend that you meet with them either in person, or speak via Skype/Facetime to make sure that they are the right act for your event. Once you meet them you can discuss your musical requirements.

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