Niche – The London String Quartet

Niche Quartet Wedding MusicWelcome to Niche – The London String Quartet’s website! Look, Listen and Love…

Niche provide affordable and stylish entertainment for wedding music, corporate entertainment and private functions, engagement proposals, gala balls, Bar Mitzvahs, cocktail parties or even that dinner party you want to make extra special!

With a passion and energy second to none, Niche – The London String Quartet is made up of four highly skilled, classically trained professional musicians with a wealth of performance experience both at home and abroad. Our members have played in a huge variety of different musical settings and in such prestigious venues as The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls.

 The Niche String Quartet hire and repertoire is particularly special as it spans across a variety of genres from Classical Favourites to the Latest Chart Hits. This string quartet are particularly commended for our enthralling and engaging arrangements and performances of  Modern chart hits! Niche Quartet has entertained thousands with their modern song arrangements and their repertoire list grows everyday. Our skills also allow us to write and arrange music on request ensuring your wedding or event is unique and will instantly stand out from the crowd. Of course being trained classically allows us to cater for classical enthusiasts as well as providing a healthy mix of fun show tunes and romantic film music for everyone to enjoy!

Each bespoke event is created and delivered with the client’s interests at heart. Niche love using their musical versatility to provide you with a musical feast that will leave guests thrilled and uplifted whilst making your event unique and memorable.

 

Niche’s members can also be hired individually, or in other package formats, should you require a solo violinist or duo/trio.  Just visit youreventmusic.co.uk or contact us here.

Niche String Quartet busy in London!

Niche London String Quartet has been so busy these past 3 months, not only playing for weddings, parties and the hugely exciting NHS Awards Ceremony (More on that below!) but also preparing for the Spring and Summer weddings by writing and rehearsing all the new music requests!

These past months we have added lots of new modern wedding songs like Bruno Mars ‘Just The Way You Are’, which was written as the special request for Niche String Trio’s performance at Warren House in March. Niche played for 2.5hrs at the intimate and lovely wedding reception on a beautiful sunny day in Surrey. The children and guests were thrilled with the bride’s choice of mainly modern wedding songs with some classical favourites mixed in. By the end of the wedding reception the guests and all the children were dancing away and making requests for their favourite songs to be played. A throughly enjoyable performance for us.

At the end of February Niche – The London String Quartet travelled to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre to provide the London musical entertainment for the NHS Awards and the NHS Leadership Academy. For this evening the string quartet were providing our usual amplified musical performance for corporate entertainment and were plugged in the room holding the champagne reception and the gorgeous star filled hall for dinner so the whole venue was filled with music and an atmosphere of anticipation from the very beginning.  As 500+ guests filled the venue they stopped to take photos with Niche Quartet and also to make requests. Just before the awards ceremony was due to start, as the string quartet’s big finish, we played “We are the Champions” which went down well with the excited guests as they clapped for us and set the scene perfectly for the award winners to be announced!

Bring on 2014!

2013 truly was a wonderful year for Niche London String Quartet in and outside of London! We played at so many wonderful wedding venues, providing music for ceremonies, receptions and wedding breakfasts. For some weddings we worked as the full quartet or we performed as our equally popular string trio option. We also enjoyed providing entertainment for many corporate events and launch parties in stunning london venues across town!

Some of the most memorable events and venues Niche performed at in 2013:

The Barbican

The Old Royal Naval College

The Ritz London

One Whitehall Place

Haberdashers’ Hall

The In and Out Club

City Hall

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel

St Brides Church Fleet Street

Skybar The Grange St Pauls

Islington Town Hall

Warren House Kingston

Ham Polo Club

Oakley Court Windsor

Stationers’ Hall

Hedsor House Buckinghamshire

Beechwood Park Hertfordshire

Tythe Barn Oxfordshire

So many wonderful performances, memories and venues! To see more of these venues and read about our performances click here!

In 2014 Niche Quartet are looking forward to travelling round London and the SE and visiting Warren House, The Dorchester, Middle Temple Hall, The Corinthia, Brocket Hall, Syon Park, and The Manderin Oriental to name a few!

Happy New Year to all our clients and supporters from Kimberley, Antonia, Kris and Gabs!

London String Quartet play Beautiful Wedding Music

This winter Niche – The London String Quartet have been playing for lovely winter wedding music in some of London’s finest wedding venues! Here are 2 more examples of London Love with Niche Quartet!

Niche London Quartet aptly were playing in the gorgeous Music Room at The Ritz for Dave and James’ wedding reception and wedding breakfast. As the newly weds entered the room to cheers we played the chorus of All You Need is Love, then followed by the couple’s special arrangement request, the super up-tempo Bad Romance! For the rest of the evening we thrilled guests with our repertoire of chart hits and favourite wedding music numbers.

Huge congratulations to Dave and James on their beautiful and joyous wedding!

Our latest wedding music performance was in the stunning One Whitehall Place – Niche London String Quartet serenaded Sue, Sanjay and their guests during their wedding ceremony and wedding reception with classical wedding favourites such as Pachelbel’s Canon mixed with modern greats such as ‘I’m Yours’, ‘All You Need is Love’ and ‘Viva La Vida’!  Perfect up-tempo and happy wedding music choices from our repertoire list to capture the fun of their big day!

Massive Congratulations to another happy Niche Quartet couple!

Top Quality Corporate String Quartet Entertainment in London

It has been a busy summer for Niche String Quartet and Trio with lots of different corporate clients hiring us to entertain at their exciting corporate events! We are currently looking forward to the Corporate Christmas Entertainment we are providing for those fun Christmas Events in December!

Some performances were at venues with fantastic views such as the Berkley Homes’ One Tower Bridge launch at the top of City Hall where Niche Quartet played 3 hours of classical repertoire to entertain guests as they perused the luxury flat plans and enjoyed the sunset across the river. We had quite a few guests come to us and make requests and it was such a joy to thrill them with their favourite pieces by Mozart and Handel!

After the event Rebecca wrote,

“Dear Kimberley & team,

 Thank you for helping to deliver a beautiful evening last night.  We would certainly book you again if strings were required.  Your music received many compliments and a few request I understand!  Well done to all of you!”

Another wonderful corporate event towards the end of summer was at one of Niche London Trio’s favourite venues, Haberdashers’ Hall. Niche String Trio took over the entertainment for the corporate dinner after Kimberley had provided entertainment as a solo pianist during the reception. Niche played a mix of our upbeat modern and classical favourites to entertain the diners and help them celebrate the amazing milestone of 100 billion transactions in between the speeches. At the end of our performance we received so many compliments and thanks from the guests we were blushing! So lovely to know everyone appreciated and enjoyed our work!

Niche London Quartet travel for idilic Countryside Weddings!

Towards the latter half of our very busy August Niche The London String Quartet travelled out of London for wedding music in lovely leafy Hertfordshire and Essex…

On the August Bank Holiday Saturday Niche London String Trio journeyed together to the beautiful wedding of Lucy in Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex. The plan was to perform our wedding music favourites in the grand Main Hall where the guests arrived from the ceremony for the wedding reception. We serenaded them with classics such as Pachelbel’s Canon, The Vivaldi Four Seasons (very apt with the unpredictable English summer weather!), waltz’s, Bach and more. The wedding guests mingled and drank champagne until they were seated for the speeches, after which we changed our repertoire to our fun modern string arrangements such as Paradise and Coldplay, our brand new Abba and Queen Medleys, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars and more!
Numerous guests came over to us whilst playing to ask for requests, which we were happy to provide as of course we have our extra special Niche Jukebox entertainment package perfect for keeping your guests entertained though-out your wedding!

As the String Trio left the guests and Newlyweds burst into applause, showing us that everyone had loved and enjoyed our work – an excellent gig for the London String Trio out in the countryside!

 

On the last Saturday of August Niche String Quartet travelled out of London to the wedding ceremony venue The Church of St. Peter and Paul in Little Gaddesdon, Hertfordshire. This beautiful church was absolutely stunning and historical – dating back to 1808, the perfect setting for us to play the romantic wedding music the bride and groom had chosen. We began playing Pre-Ceremony music – classical wedding favourites such as The Air on the G string by Bach, Faure’s Pavane  and Pachelbel’s Canon as the wedding guests entered.

Using our special arrangement service Claire asked that we prepare an arrangement of ‘Story Book of Love’ from the film ‘the Princess Bride’ for her entrance. The perfect romantic wedding song for her big moment that she’d dreamed of walking down the aisle to for years!

The signing of the register began with a local choir from St.Albans  – 30 members strong singing the lyrical masterpiece ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’.  The second half of the signing Niche Quartet played the Brandenburg 3 final movement to spice things up – perfect to portray the excitement of the big moment! We love the Brandenburg!

We then travelled across to the Hertfordshire wedding reception venue in Beechwood Park to play a mixture of our Classical Repertoire and Pop repertoire whilst guests enjoyed Drinks and Canapes in the beautiful grounds.

Niche Quartet had a beautiful day playing wedding music for the ceremony and reception in such lovely venues – thrilling such friendly and happy guests!

All the best to our happy August Newlyweds!

 

Fantastic Weddings in the Summer!

As Niche – The London String Quartet have headed into their Busiest Month Ever we’ve quickly stolen some time to tell you about the wonderful London weddings we performed for in August – they were just too gorgeous and unique to miss out!

Our first wedding of August was in one of the London String Quartet‘s favourite central locations, the stunning and unique wedding venue St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. On our third visit to the St Pancras this year we were to provide wedding music for Ann’s wedding reception and wedding breakfast as Niche String Trio. The wedding reception music was a stylish and classy affair with the newly-weds choosing the expansive and famous Barcarolle as their special wedding music request to accompany the guests’ first entrance into the grand Ladies Smoking Room.

For the Wedding Breakfast we moved on to our fun and exciting modern string quartet repertoire to entertain the seated guests in the Renaissance’s Gallery – it was a hugely successful event with our final song Bittersweet Symphony being requested by the Bride and Niche London String Trio leaving the room to huge rounds of applause!

Here is a what Ann wrote to Niche after the big day: Just a quick note to say thank you so much for doing an amazing job and making our day go absolutely perfectly!! Everyone was clapping for you, and I missed Bittersweet Symphony while outside of the Gallery for a minute so thank you so much for playing it again for me. We are still receiving compliments about how wonderful you were and it was such an elegant touch to the cocktail hour and dinner. We couldn’t have asked for it to go any better!” Read more testimonials from past Niche clients here.

Niche String Quartet’s next London Wedding was in the grand and historic Hall Place, to provide wedding ceremony music, and entertainment during the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. The ceremony was a gorgeous affair in the tastefully decorated ancient hall with Lorraine making her big entrance to Pachelbel’s Canon (a firm wedding favourite), and the couple being serenaded by romantic 1000 years and All My Life as music for signing the register. The newly weds left the hall to the triumphant traditional Wedding March – the perfect example of how modern and traditional music can be blended together to make unique wedding music when you choose a string quartet for your wedding!

Lorraine and Fred chose Niche London Quartet’s highly unique Niche Jukebox service for their wedding reception and dinner entertainment ensuring that the guests could be involved and thrilled throughout the day! Lorraine and Fred posted their thanks to Niche Quartet on our Facebook Page!

Huge Congratulations to both of the lovely couples – Niche were so happy to be able to make your wedding day perfect!

Corporate Entertainment with a spectacular London view!

The beginning of Summer was filled with providing entertainment for corporate events for Niche – The London String Quartet. Some of the best were in unforgettable venues with magnificent views of London!

At the beginning of June Niche London Quartet played for events specialists ITA’s Secret Garden Party and 3rd birthday hosted at the grand venue Stationers’ Hall hidden away in the heart of the St Paul’s area. As their recommended supplier of entertainment for all of their 40 fabulous venues across London it was an especially exciting reception hosted out in the private courtyard. The sound of Niche Quartet carried across the luscious expanse perfectly, with our popular music repertoire adding to the excitement and anticipation of the specially invited guests.  We are looking forward to working further at our other ITA venue bookings and with the team once again later this summer!

Later  in summer Niche, as a String Trio this time, travelled to the St Paul’s area again to entertain for a fantastic corporate party on the roof of The Grange Hotel’s Skybar. The view was unforgettable as we entertained guests for 5 hours as the sun set across panoramic views of London city and of course beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral.

For the reception and dinner Niche London String Trio played upbeat and lively classical music to keep the energy of the evening building. Then as the evening moved on after the Charity Auction we sat down to provide our highly unique and fun NICHE LIVE JUKEBOX show.

This is our fun service where we provide the music and guests can come up at any point and request their favourite songs to hear all through the night. The guests were completely engaged and thrilled by this idea, and as an added bonus to the charitable feature of the evening each song request required a donation. By the end of the evening, as St Paul’s struck 11, the guests were absolutely delighted they got to hear exactly what they wanted all night and the large charity bowl was completely full!

 

 

Sunshine and Wedding music in London!

After a busy May the Bank Holiday weekend was all about sunshine and Wedding Music for Niche – The London String Quartet!

Our first stop was to the prestigious Ham Polo Club in the leafy heart of London and Richmond! We were there to play for Lorna and Mathew’s wedding reception, and as the weather was so lovely we were set up on the terrace overlooking the beautiful polo fields and sights. Lorna and Matthew had lots of favourite modern wedding songs they wanted to hear from our repertoire list, but also making use of Niche London Quartet’s special arrangement service they requested we write 5 extra special songs for them to hear as they started their wedding celebrations with their guests.

But first was their big arrival from the wedding ceremony. They wanted that special moment to be just perfect as they walked onto the terrace for the first time as Man and Wife so Mathew and Lorna picked the wedding music favourite “All You Need is Love” to accompany their big entrance. The instantly recognisable song and the unforgettable fanfare start encouraged the cheering and smiling guests no end!

As the wedding reception proceeded we made sure to work through the couple’s favourite song lists, interspersed with their special and romantic arrangement requests “One Day Like This”, “You Got the Love”, and “It Must be Love” being firm favourites with the guests and Niche Quartet.

 

After the wedding Mathew wrote to us:

Lorna and I would just like to say a huge thank you to you and Niche for Saturday – even though we were pretty busy chatting to guests we both heard all our favourite and special songs being played – which added a really a special feel to the drinks reception.Everything about the day was perfect, so sorry we never had time to thank you in person.

Best wishes 

Mathew and Lorna

It is so lovely to hear that the couples we have entertained loved our work! To read more from past hirers of Niche – The London String Quartet Click Here!

Niche Quartet and very Modern Wedding Music!

Niche The London String Quartet events performing

In the middle of May Niche – The London String Quartet played at the beautiful wedding venue of Addington Palace (where earlier this year they appointed us as their ‘recommended wedding string quartet’ for their venue – fantastic news!) Addington Palace is one of the...

Spring wedding music for Niche London Quartet

Niche London String Quartet had a very busy April travelling all over London and the Home Counties providing wedding music for beautiful and unique Spring weddings! We’ve been so busy we have only just managed to update the blog now it’s into May!

Our first wedding in April was in the heart of London City – The fabulous Conservatory at The Barbican to provide wedding music for the ceremony and reception of Helen and Andrew’s wedding. Helen had requested that we specially write and arrange 3 songs for her ceremony. As she made her big entrance into the luscious tropic gardens we played the hauntingly beautiful ‘No Surprises’ by Radiohead, which carried across the huge conservatory perfectly.

After the happy couple had become man and wife and were signing the register we played the romantic ‘There is a Light that Never Goes Out’ by the Smiths and then as they left the room to cheers we played the up-beat ‘Here Comes Your Man’ by the Pixes. A unique venue in the heart of London and equally unique ceremony music that was tailored specially by the Bride and Niche Quartet to make her big day unforgettable!

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That evening we then travelled out of London to Tythe Barn in Oxfordshire to provide Becky and Rob with music for the wedding breakfast. The setting was beautiful in the middle of the countryside. The most important part of our performance that night was to play ‘Cry Me a River’ by Michael Buble as members from the party entered dressed in surprise chefs outfits to carve the meat themselves. What nobody expected is that when Niche Quartet were cued to play the sassy jazz song arranged by ourselves, they would enter dancing hilariously down the hall dressed in their surprise outfits! It certainly was a special and unforgettable moment for all of the guests and Niche London Quartet too!