It was our absolute pleasure to be at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Faversham, Kent yesterday, providing a string quartet for Emma and Adam's beautiful wedding reception.
Emma got in touch after she and Adam heard us play at a friend's wedding in Chatham last year. It was a scorching day, and a phenomenally beautiful setting for their celebrations. Mount Ephraim Gardens lie over 10 acres of Edwardian Gardens and a breathtaking Manor House. Emma and Adam had requested a mix of jazz and more modern pieces to entertain their guests during the wedding reception, including a special commission of Eva Cassidy's Songbird.
With thanks to both of them for asking us to help set the tone and enrich the atmosphere for their big day - and wishing them both a lifetime of happiness together!
I was absolutely delighted when Stacey contacted me about providing a String Quartet for their Kent Wedding at the beautiful High Rocks in Tonbridge. A truly spectacular venue by anyone's standards, Stacey and Lee had their beautiful wedding ceremony in The Presidents Suite. Stacey and Lee had requested that we play our own arrangement of Sam Smith's 'Lay Me Down' as Stacey and her bridal party walked down the aisle, Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' as they signed the register, and they had commissioned us to arrange 'What Makes You Beautiful' by One Direction as the song they walked out to.
We then followed Stacey and Lee across the road into the High Rocks themselves for their drinks reception, where we played a selection from our more modern repertoire list.
It was such a pleasure to return to High Rocks for such a stunning Kent Wedding, and it just remains for me to thank Stacey and Lee for asking us to be their Kent Wedding String Quartet.
Below are a few images taken by Stacey and Lee's professional photographer, Sabrina Stockwell - many thanks indeed to her for allowing us to use them.
We were contacted in September by Charlotte and David, her father, about playing for Charlotte and her husband-to-be's marriage service in St Francis de Sales Church, in Longfield, Kent. Charlotte decided on a trio rather than a quartet, and on seeing the church, I understood why!
The building itself is incredibly unusual - quite small, and almost circular in shape. With a part thatched roof, the setting was both intimate and befitting the very personal and heartfelt service delivered by the priest.
Charlotte looked stunning in a lace trimmed dress and was walked down the aisle by her father to the traditional Wedding March by Wagner. We went on to play Claire de Lune by Debussy while they signed the register and in a lighter touch that I think the guests really appreciated, we played Madness, Must be Love as husband and wife and the guests left the church.
I'd like to thank Charlotte and her father for trusting us with the responsibility of setting the soundtrack for their wedding ceremony - and wish them every happiness in their lives together!
Summer is not only the season of weddings - it is also the season of the staff summer party! We were delighted to be approached by a prestigious law firm based in the City of London who were looking for a London String Quartet to provide corporate event music for their staff party at the beautiful private hire venue, Eight Moorgate.
Set in the heart of the city with stunning views all around, Eight Moorgate was the ideal setting for the early evening soiree. The organisers particularly loved our extensive modern repertoire list, so we played our 3 sets of music picking purely from this selection.
If you are planning an event or a function in London and are looking for a String Quartet, please do get in touch to see if we are available - we would love to help!
It was an early start for this particular Kent String Quartet this morning - but what a pleasure it was to play for the beautiful Clare and James at their wedding in Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire today!
Aynhoe Park is an absolutely stunning Oxfordshire wedding venue - privately owned, but available for private hire, it is set amongst expansive countryside and the house itself is a treasure trove of art, sculpture, installations and curiosities.
Aynhoe Park recommended us to Clare and James when they started planning their wedding there in January of last year. Originally they asked us to play during their champagne reception, but subsequently decided that they'd like us to play for them and their guests during their ceremony as well. The wedding ceremony took place at St Michael's Church, where the vicar, Simon, led a beautiful, traditional service. James particularly loves Beethoven's '5 Secrets', a cover of which was done by OneRepublic and The Piano Guys. We happily undertook this as a bespoke arrangement, and Clare walked down the aisle with her father to a piece which was obviously very special to the bride and groom.
After their wedding ceremony, we relocated to the Orangery in the main house. The warm sunshine flooded the room and we played a mixture of classical, jazz and modern songs while Clare and James enjoyed their first few hours as husband and wife.
I'd like to thank Clare and James for asking us to be their Oxfordshire Wedding String Quartet today, and Piacere String Quartet wish them every pleasure and joy in their lives together!
If you are looking for a string quartet in Kent, London, Oxfordshire or further afield, please get in touch!
Image used with the kind permission of Marianne Taylor
Abigail and David contacted us about their wedding in the Hatton Rose Garden of Bradbourne House after hearing us at the Bradbourne House Wedding Fayre. They were happy to trust us entirely with the choice of music - and after sending David suggestions, along with youtube clips, we agreed on beautiful, traditional favourites for the three important moments of the ceremony.
We were very lucky with the weather for the first ever wedding to be held in the beautiful Hatton Rose Garden at Bradbourne House - although the wind did threaten to take down our gazebo on one or two occasions!
After the wonderful, heartfelt ceremony, we relocated to the back of the main house to play a little longer while the wedding party had photos taken and began their drinks reception.
It was an honour to be present at the start of Abigail and David's journey as husband and wife - and we thank them again for asking us to be their Bradbourne House Wedding String Quartet.
Images used with the kind permission of Nicky Tulip Photography
When Alix and Matt contacted me about playing for their wedding at Aynhoe Park I was so excited - not least because the venue itself is one of the most spectacular venues we have ever had the pleasure of playing at. They had a very clear idea of what they wanted. They wanted Elvis Presley's 'Can't Help Falling in Love' for the bride's entrance, and 'God Only Knows' for their recessional. As they wanted a violin duo, I immediately set about the challenge of arranging their special requests for the required ensemble.
On the day itself, the weather simply could not have been better - we had beautiful sunshine for the outdoor ceremony in the breathtaking grounds overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside on what I think was actually one of the hottest days of the summer.
Playing outside does present challenges - namely that our delicate (and very expensive!!) instruments need protecting from the sun and from the rain (afterall, we live in England and have to be prepared for the unexpected downpour!), but our instruments were protected by an elegant white parasol - which we almost lost when one of the guests arrived by helicopter!
It is always such an honour to be asked to be a part of such a pivotal day in someone's life, that I can honestly say that I enjoy every single second of my work. A huge thank you to Alix and Matt for asking us to provide their Aynhoe Park wedding ceremony music.