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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!

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!

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!

Starting December with beautiful Winter Wedding Music

Yesterday was our first December wedding and Niche – The London String Quartet travelled out across the frosty fields of Essex to provide wedding music for a beautiful countryside wedding.

The venue was the lovely Maidens Barn and Niche had arranged and rehearsed plenty of new wedding music requests for the happy couple to enjoy. The String Quartet was hired for 3hrs to entertain guests with our modern music selections during the reception in the marque and then to move to the hall where dinner would be served and provide a different set of classical and Christmas songs. The important request was that the five songs that we had written specially for the brides were to be played when they were around to enjoy them with their guests and children – this was made possible by our large and varied experience of wedding entertainment and of course the careful timing of our flexible setlists.

All of Niche were excited for this to be the first outing of some of our latest Christmas songs, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Let it Snow’ and also to play old traditional favourites such as ‘Deck the Halls’. Our arrangement and performance of Kirsty’s favourite song Iris finished to applaud by the guests and people were tapping their toes and children dancing as we played the special romantic wedding song requests One Day Like This, If Your Not the One, Only Girl in the World, All My Life, and You Give Me Something. It was a beautiful wedding with a high level of fun and Niche were happy to add something extra special to the joyous atmosphere! Kirsty and Naomi were even kind enough to quickly come out to say that our performance was everything they’d dreamed of as we finished our set, which to Niche means it was a complete success.

Congratulations Kirsty and Naomi!

String Quartet Rock Gig to Quartet Wedding Reception Music in 24 hours!

Niche – The London String Quartet had an extremely busy time in this weekend rushing around London performing in all different settings! The 2 bookings that stand out the most were played within 24hrs of each other!

On Friday Niche Quartet travelled to famous London venue The Underworld in Camden to accompany The Eljiah as session musicians in their specially arranged full album gig. This gig had been months in the planning and fans from all over Europe would be travelling to experience this one of style concert. Also some of the Niche Quartet fans that had experienced our playing in entirely different wedding based events were coming along to hear the performance!

It turned out to be an amazing gig with nearly 500 fans filling the venue and creating an energised and buzzing atmosphere right from the start. The Elijah’s debut album ‘I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created’ is awash with lush and emotive string sounds, and therefore since July Kimberley from Niche Quartet had been working with the composer and band member Sean Harrison to get the scoring and music perfect for this highly anticipated gig. It went exactly as planned and the both the band, Niche Quartet and the fans were completely absorbed into the music throughout the whole set – a complete success!

Feedback from the fans and the band has been excellent and Niche London Quartet were so glad we could be involved – A DVD is soon to be released of the performance: See The Trailer Here

Within 24hrs Niche – The London String Quartet were heading to the heart of the city to provide wedding reception music at Haberdashers’ Hall. The couple had already been married in a luxury wedding in Barbados and had returned to their hometown London to have their wedding reception. They used Niche Quartet’s complimentary arrangement service to have the wedding music they walked down the aisle played at the beginning and end of the reception.

After much work and rehearsing we arranged Debussy’s enchanting Clair de Lune (famously used in the last scene of Ocean’s 11) and it is now a firm favourite in our classical repertoire! For the remainder of the reception we entertained guests by creating a jovial atmosphere with classical favourites mixed in freely with our modern wedding songs. See what Paul had to say about Niche Quartet and our performance here!

A highly exciting and varied way to spend a weekend for Niche – The London String Quartet!

Niche the Wedding String Quartet in London!

For September Niche were back in London and providing events entertainment at some very exciting venues for weddings, launches and parties!

A September London wedding that stood out from the crowd was a late night affair at The Landmark London Hotel. Niche were hired as a String Trio to provide wedding music from 11.30pm onwards for the couple’s first dance, family dancing and the cutting of the cake. Viyan and Mikkel had travelled all the way from Denmark to have their wedding in one of London’s most luxurious venues and they had asked Niche to write and arrange two special songs for their big moment.

The first was a beautiful traditional Danish Bridal Waltz ‘Brudevalsen’ for the couple’s first dance – as tradition dictates as Niche played the lilting and gentle music the couple waltzed round the dance floor surrounded by their guests. As the bridal waltz continued the circle of guests began to clap to the beat and drew closer and closer to the couple and then finally picked them up! This was a new experience for Niche, but it was great to witness and provide the music for a totally different wedding tradition!

The second song that Niche Trio arranged for the wedding was ‘What a Wonderful World’ for the Father, Daughter dance. The soaring melody and flowing cello notes were the perfect accompaniment for this touching and special moment. For the rest of the set and as all the guests joined in dancing we played modern wedding music from our selection of favourite pop songs such as Marry You and Moondance. The final song of the night was to coincide with the cake cutting, and Viyan and Mikkel chose the wedding song favourite At Last to make the first cut into their gorgeous cream, tiered cake.

The London String Quartet – Weddings out in the Countryside!

Throughout the summer Niche – The London String Quartet have been busy travelling here, there and everywhere to play for gorgeous weddings out in the British countryside! The past two August weddings were perfect examples of why it is worth considering travelling out to the sticks to hold your wedding.

Herts Wedding String QuartetOn the hottest day of the year Niche were playing wedding music in a beautiful church and wedding venue in Hertfordshire. This wedding was the perfect example of a musical mix with the bride and groom choosing wedding quartet music from our repertoire that was classical, from musicals, jazz based and popular. After they had taken their vows and their first kiss as man and wife they moved to go sign the register – for this we played our unique Beatles Medley which aptly starts with those famous ‘Love, love, love’ chords everyone in the world must recognise! Their aim was to create an atmosphere of joy and triumph through the music – perfectly epitomised by their exit to Handel’s famous Water Music to smiles and cheers.

Click here to find out what the happy couple had to say about Niche Quartet playing at their wedding.

 

 

 

Newick Park wedding quartetThe weekend just gone we travelled out into the green fields for the Sussex wedding of Chris and Marty based at the regal Newick Park. For the fashionable and stylish wedding this London string quartet played classical music punctuated by the famous Queen of Sheba as Marty arrived by horse-carriage. Niche quartet then relocated indoors to play the grooms’ special request Sweet Disposition – arranged by ourselves for their big entrance. The ceremony was beautiful with personal poems written by friends and small highly personal speeches passed between the happy couple. With their vows complete we played Marry You as they signed the register to make their vows official and then Paradise as they left the room to cheers.

We then moved to play popular music as the drinks reception commenced and the guests enjoyed the delightful fairground on the lawn. It was good to the see the guests enjoying our renditions of Adele and Coldplay as they sang and danced along! It was a perfect wedding and the such a delight to see the happy couple enjoying themselves so much on their unforgettable wedding day.

 

 

So despite our name of ‘The London String Quartet‘ we do travel to provide event entertainment and wedding music throughout the South East and further afield! This year we have covered Weddings in Hertfordshire, Weddings in Buckinghamshire, Weddings in Surrey, Weddings in Oxfordshire, Weddings in Berkshire, Weddings in Sussex, Wedding in Hampshire, and of course Weddings in London!

A Very Modern Wedding

It’s the beginning of June and the weather has been shocking so far, but today we got to enjoy the sun and this wedding string quartet were sheltered from the wind in the delightful Great Conservatory at Syon Park!

Today Niche – The London String Quartet played wedding music picked only from our latest Popular repertoire and the Bride and Groom also took advantage of our professional arranging skills by requesting us to create 5 wedding songs specially just for them.  For the ceremony the popular song A Thousand Years from the Twilight Saga was picked for the Bride and her gorgeous bridesmaids, all in white, to make their entrance. For the signing of the registers Niche picked the romantic and dreamy Portugese Theme from the film Love Actually to set the perfect wedding atmosphere.  As the Bride and Groom left to cheers Niche Quartet played At Last by the late Etta James – A perfect end to a romantic and stylish ceremony.

Then it was straight onto the cactus house to entertain for the wedding reception. We kicked the party off with Marry You, another of the couple’s special requests, and after visiting Adele, Coldplay and other favourites in-between, we finished with the upbeat Don’t Stop Believin’.

Everyone always loves to hear songs played everyday on the radio and TV in an entirely different and new way through our instruments and busy fingers – we can tell by all the beaming smiles we receive! A successful day for Mr & Mrs, guests and Niche String Quartet!

Weddings 2012!

We are well and truly into the wedding season and Niche – The London String Quartet have bundles of exciting news for you! First unique and new wedding discounts for clients of the string quartet, and a beautiful wedding in leafy Berkshire!

Today we received the fabulous news that anyone who books with Niche String Quartet will automatically receive a massive discount of 25% off wedding planning packages provided by a wonderful wedding planner and a winner in the Wedding Industry Awards 2012! These run up to the wedding packages are perfect for those who have chosen to organise most of the wedding themselves but would like support in the week before the wedding or simply on the day itself. Just another way of Niche Quartet thanking you for picking us to be part of your special day!

newbury manor hotel niche wedding music for reception

This weekend we provided wedding music for a ceremony in a Newbury church. The music chosen by the Bride and Groom was the perfect example of a tasteful traditional wedding entertainment, capturing the celebration and joy of the moment:

Entrance of the Bride: Bridal Chorus (listen on the player to the left)

Signing of the Register: Boccherini’s Minuet, Handel’s Fireworks Music & Pachelbel’s Canon

Recessional and exit of the guests: Wedding March

After a small interlude to travel to the wedding reception venue, Newbury Manor Hotel (pictured) Niche – The London String Quartet continued to provide entertainment for the wedding guests during the drinks reception as the newly married couple had their photos taken outdoors.

We split this hour into two half hour sets. First a half hour classical set, starting with relaxed music and gradually building the excitement to continue to our popular music set, finishing with some perfect romantic wedding songs from Love Actually and our Beatles Medley ready for the announcement and dinner to begin.Many of the guests specially came over to thank us for our work and in particular our wedding songs arranged from films went down a treat! A beautiful day out in the home counties and a very happy Newly-Wed couple – a perfect start to a Bank Holiday weekend for Niche String Quartet!


 

Releasing our latest wedding music quartet option

Today I am excited to announce our latest wedding music entertainment option! The Niche Quartet Jukebox! Niche – The London String Quartet are used to providing the best entertainment and wedding music for your event and now we are introducing our interactive option to please you and your guests.

When everyone plans their wedding they are looking to create a day unique to them and that also stands out from the crowd.  Is it enough to just have a beautiful wedding? You want music for your ceremony that is special to you and sets the perfect atmosphere instantly as your big moment unfolds – we already have the option in place for a special song that isn’t in our repertoire to be arranged for you at no extra cost; but we wanted to go one step further.

Introducing The Niche Quartet Jukebox, the ultimate personalised choice for wedding reception music, while the bubbly starts to flow and photos are taken. We provide the list, bring along all our repertoire music and you and your guests get to chose what you want to hear there and then! Once again this option is provided at no extra charge – just ask when you book your string quartet hire and you can have London’s most fashionable string quartet and wedding musicians play the completely bespoke soundtrack to your special day.

Remember you can find out more about our wedding service here.