Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a String Quartet ?
A. In a string Quartet you have 2 violins, viola and cello. It's like a small orchestra. In broad terms it could be compared to a choir with each instrument taking the soprano (1st violin), alto (2nd violin), tenor (viola) and bass (cello) parts for the full harmony effect.
Q. Do you play as a String Trio (violin, violin/viola, cello) ?
A. Yes we do. While we usually play as a Quartet, we also play as a String Trio for venues where space is limited or if your budget doesn't stretch to a full Quartet.
Q. What is the difference between the Quartet and the Trio ?
A. The Trio does not always sound quite as full and complete as the
Quartet (It misses the full harmony).
Q. What happens if a Quartet member is ill or on tour ?
A. We have have a number of top professional players who can stand in.
Q. What happens if it rains ?
A. If it rains we cannot play outside, it would damage the instruments, we need to be
Q. What happens if it's a really hot day ?
A. We cannot play in direct sunshine, it would damage the instruments.
We can usually find suitable shade. Please ask the venue for all possible sitings.
Q. Do you have public liability insurance ?
A. Yes, through the Musicians Union.
Q. What do you need ?
A. 4 armless chairs. Please ask the venue.
Q. Do you have a written contract ?
A. Yes we do, which we, the Client and the Quartet will agree.
Q. Are your travel costs included ?
A. We charge minimal travel costs based on expenses for one vehicle.
Q. How far will you travel ?
A. We are happy to travel anywhere in the world for your event. However we may have to charge travel expenses. We have played all over the UK and in Norway, Germany, France and Belgium.
Q. Can we book the Quartet for a classical recital ?
A. Yes, as experienced Chamber Musicians we are equally at home with more formal recitals.
Q. What kind of events do you play for ?
A. Weddings, Parties, Corporate functions, Product launches etc.
Q. Are you available for session recording work.
A. Yes all of our musicians are experienced with studio recording and have worked on many TV and film productions. We can also arrange a string section for pop and rock music.
Q. Are you available to accompany Choirs.
A. Yes we have done for Concerts and Church services.
Q. Can we change the start and finish timings ?
A. Once we've agreed a written contract it could be difficult to change as some players may have other commitments. We will of course always do our best to accomodate you.
Q. How do we make a booking ?
A. The client and the Quartet agree on the duration, start and finish times, fee etc and then sign a contract. On signing the contract the client will pay a 25% non-refundable deposit and the remainder in cash on the day.
Q. Cancellation Terms.
A. If you find that you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:-
1. 2 calendar months* and longer. Loss of deposit only.
2. Less than 2 calendar months*. Half of the full fee (less the deposit) will be payable.
3. Less than 1 calendar month*. The full fee (less the deposit) shall be payable.
* One calendar month is from e.g. the 10th of February to the 10th of March.
These cancellation terms are required because we have to turn down any other engagements for your date.