Live Music Ideas for a Sit Down Dinner

If you are planning an event that involves a sit down dinner, it might be a nice idea to provide some live background music to add to the ambience of your event and help as an ice-breaker, especially if you have a large number of guests that don’t know each other. There are many different options available to you when it comes to live music ideas and we’ve put together our top suggestions and showcase some of the more popular types of musicians booked for dinners and formal events

String Quartet

Hiring a string quartet can be a very elegant way to add background music to your event. A string quarter consists of two violinists, a cellist and a viola player. Playing either classical music or instrumental versions of modern hit, a string quartet sounds beautiful playing together. A string quartet will need quite a bit of space for their setup, so it’s always a good idea to check with your venue beforehand to ensure that there will be enough room for their performance.


Another elegant form of entertainment is the harpist – which is said to be one of the most beautiful instrumentalists across the World. Hiring a harpist will also add a visual element to your entertainment as they, again, play classical music or instrumental modern hits and look extremely elegant while doing so. Space also needs to be considered when you book a harpist.

Meredith McCracken Harpist

Meredith McCracken Harpist

Jazz Bands

For something a little livelier, why not hire a jazz band to perform at your sit down dinner. An instrumental jazz band will add an upbeat feel to your event and get your guests toes tapping. Hiring a jazz band will need additional space for their setup and will usually consist of guitars, bass, drums, piano and saxophones.





If you only have enough performance space for one instrument, a cellist might be just what you are looking for. A cello provides warm and comforting music and can be used to perform classical music or whimsical versions of modern tracks. A cellist is a classy and visual form of entertainment that adds just the right amount of background music to a sit down dinner.

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Lizzy May – Cellist from


If your venue has a piano, a pianist would be the perfect choice for entertainment at your sit down sinner. Pianists and keyboardists can also provide their own instruments, so don’t rule them out if your venue doesn’t come complete with their own piano. Piano music can add a lovely atmosphere to your event and there are many genres of music that can be played to achieve a different mood, such as jazz, classical, or modern chart hits.

Flamenco Dancers

Hiring a flamenco dancer will not only add a live music element to your event, but also include one or more dancers. Flamenco dancers will perform to classical guitar music and add a fun, energetic feel to your event.

If none of our live music ideas tick all of the boxes for your sit down dinner, why not try booking a flutist, for magical background music or for a richer tone, a saxophonist will provide the perfect performance.

Whichever choice of live music that you make for your upcoming event, you can be sure that your guests will appreciate the thought that has been put into the entertainment. find the perfect live music for your sit down dinner using our website, where you can read biographies and previous testimonials of the live music acts that are listed with us. Some of our acts also provide audio or video samples too!





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