Meet the quartet

The Sapphire String Quartet is a professional ensemble available for hire, providing live music for weddings, adding some sparkle to a champagne drinks reception, corporate events, social functions and party celebrations in and around Gloucestershire. The Sapphires are experienced players performing a varied repertoire of music from classical to TV themes, and from Bach to The Beatles, the Sapphires have music to add a touch of class to your special occasion.

Charlie

Violin

Charlie is our intrepid leader and a specialist string teacher around Gloucestershire schools. In her youth she attended Exeter University where she studied Music and French. Charlie likes to leave her wellies outside on the farm where she lives and dress-up in a posh frock for performing with the Sapphires. She lives with her ukulele and guitar-playing husband and two very large fat cats in the middle of nowhere.

Caroline

Cello

Caroline has been a Primary School class teacher for quite a few years in London and Gloucestershire and hopefully inspired children to have a love of all sorts of music. Her proudest moments were working with John Taverner and playing the cello on BBC Radio for a children’s music programme. Now she is a domestic goddess and her time is spent playing her cello, long walks with her black Labrador Stanley and running around after her three daughters!

Laura

Violin

Laura is also a specialist string teacher in Gloucestershire who just loves playing with the Sapphires. She trained at Chetham’s School of music and the Royal College of Music on viola but as there are so many rude jokes about viola players she decided to change to violin! When she has spare time you’ll find her looking for a new house that has sun in the back garden in the evening and concocting wonderful meals with no wheat, no dairy and no sugar!

Pip

Viola

Pip was bought up in South Wales and was a member of the National Welsh Youth Orchestra on viola, when she was at university she studied at the Guildhall School of Music but nowadays Pip teaches violin and viola in Gloucestershire. She has a household full of teenagers, 3 dogs and walks up Snowdon with her husband for fun! Thank goodness Pip doesn’t get the viola jokes we frequently tell to each other!

Weddings

Perfect music for your wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life - you want it to be perfect, and so do we!

A string quartet is the perfect accompaniment to a wedding, having the most sumptuous sound. Our repertoire can create a variety of moods; from an elegant and formal selection of Baroque classics to a more upbeat and laid-back selection of Cole Porter, Van Morrison and jazz. We also have a choice of pop songs if The Beatles and Coldplay are your thing.

Before the Ceremony

When you book us for a Wedding Ceremony, we will be there ready to play from 30 minutes prior to your wedding ceremony. As your guests arrive the Sapphire Quartet playing your choice of background music will create the right sense of occasion.

We have picked out some favourite pieces of music below, for your consideration.

Eine Kleine Nacht Music (Mozart)

Divertimentos in F, Bb and D (Mozart)

Air on a G String (Bach)

Eliza Aria (Kats-Chernin)

Entrance of the Bride

We will then play your chosen music for the entrance of the Bride and Bridal party. We can time the music perfectly to your arrival at the front of the room, so that you can enjoy every second of your walk down the aisle. We can help you find the perfect music and below are some traditional choices, but you are free to choose anything you would like from our repertoire.

Wedding March (Wagner)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

Prince of Denmark's March (Purcell)

Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky)

Signing of the Registers

At this point in the service, you want something not too intrusive. You will be taken aside to sign the registers, whether it is a civil or church service. We always try to find the right balance between entertaining your guests and playing music that remains in the background so that everybody feels happy to talk amongst themselves.

We can perform any music you choose from our repertoire for the signing of the registers, although in a civil ceremony the music must have no religious connotations. We can help you to choose the perfect music, just before you are presented to your friends and family as the new Mr. and Mrs! Below are just a few suggestions.

Air on a G String (Bach)

Chanson de Matin or Salut D'Amour (Elgar)

Canon (Pachabel)

To a Wild Rose (MacDowell)

Largo from ‘Winter’ (Vivaldi)

Exit Music

As you exit, we will play your chosen music just as soon as you begin your walk down the aisle. The music will continue until all of your assembled guests have left the room and the ceremony has drawn completely to a close.

It's important you pick something that will immediately be recognised or grab everyone’s attention. Something grand and loud is usual here. You can pick something traditional, or something more fun - it depends on what mood you want to carry on into the drinks reception. Below are just a few suggested favourites you could select from.

Rondeaux (Purcell)

Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

All you Need is Love (The Beatles)

Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

Nobody does it better from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (Hamlish)

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis (Weiss, Peretti, Creatore)

You Raise Me Up (Graham, Lovland)

Your Drinks Reception

The Sapphire String Quartet will perform the perfect musical accompaniment to your drinks reception. Your choice of music will set the right mood here, and the Sapphires have a selection of different musical styles on our repertoire list from which to choose.

Your Wedding Breakfast

Music is often an overlooked part of the wedding meal. However, live entertainment can really bring a meal to life and we will always ensure that the volume of our playing does not become obtrusive. Here, we could begin with a programme of light classical music for the receiving line and the start of the meal, bringing a feeling of luxury and formality. We would normally then change to jazz, pop or film music as the meal reaches its latter stages lightening the mood ready for the speeches. We would normally draw our performance to a close shortly before the speeches begin.

Packages

Sapphire

Wedding Ceremony Music

30 minutes prior to the Ceremony.

The ceremony - Entrance of the bride, signing of the registers.

Exit music whilst your guests leave the room.

Diamond

Drinks Reception

Music for up to 2 hours immediately following the ceremony to greet your guests and set the scene as they arrive at the venue for drinks, canapés, photos etc.

The quartet can easily and quickly relocate as required.

Ruby

Wedding Breakfast Music

Music for the receiving line or as guests enter the room.

Music during the meal until the speeches.

Emerald

Special Occasions

The Sapphire String Quartet can play for corporate events, formal dinners and any other type of event where you might like to impress and entertain your guests. Below are some of the type of events where a string quartet can add that extra special something: Business dinners, Garden parties, Drinks receptions, Fundraising events, Banquets, Gallery openings, Book launches, Retirement parties, Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Graduations, Regimental dinners and Christmas events.

Booking

1. Enquiry

Please choose one or more packages from the options available and contact us with the details of your special occasion. The Sapphire Quartet will contact you with availability and will be happy to guide you with a free music consultation.

2. Quotation

You will receive a no-obligation quotation together with a booking form and contract with all of the Sapphire Quartet terms and conditions.

3. Booking form and 50% deposit

If our quotation is agreed you must return a completed and signed contract with a 50% deposit to secure the booking.

4. Booking confirmation

On receipt of the 50% deposit we will send you confirmation of your booking including details of the package(s) and music you have chosen.

We request that you pay the remaining 50% before the day of your wedding.

Repertoire

Baroque & Classical

Air on a G String (Bach)

Alleluja from 'Exultate Jubilate' (Mozart)

Andante from Piano Concerto No21 (Mozart)

Aria (Bach)

Aria from 'Xerxes' (Handel)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Ariso (J.S.Bach)

Ave Maria (Schubert)

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (Bach)

Bridal Chorus - 'Here comes the bride' (Wagner)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Carmen (Bizet)

Chanson de Matin (Elgar)

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)

Eliza Aria (Kats-Chenin)

Flower Duet (Delibes)

Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

Liebestraum (Liszt)

Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Palladio (Carl Jenkins)

Panis Angelicus (Franck)

Rondeaux (Mouret)

Salut d'Amour (Elgar)

Serenade (Haydn)

Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky)

The Prince of Denmark's March (Clarke)

To a Wild Rose (McDowell)

Traumerei (Schumann)

Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)

Wachet Auf (J.S.Bach)

Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

Jazz & Light Music

Amazing Grace

Anything Goes (Cole Porter)

Belle of the Ball (Leroy Anderson)

Blue Tango (Leroy Anderson)

Cock Linnet (Collins, Leigh)

Forgotten Dreams (Leroy Anderson)

Have I Told You Lately? (Van Morrison)

Heliotroupe Bouquet (Joplin)

Horse and Buggy (Leroy Anderson)

I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)

I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter)

Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter)

Let's Do It (Cole Porter)

La Paloma (Salaverri)

Libertango (Piazzolla)

Makin’ Whoopee (Donaldson)

Moon Dance (Van Morrison)

Moon River (Henry Mancini)

Pink Panther (Mancini)

Por Una Cabeza (Gardel)

Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson)

Summertime (Gershwin)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

The Entertainer

What is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)

You’re the Top (Cole Porter)

Show, Film & TV Themes

A Thousand Years – Twilight

A Whole New World – Aladdin's Theme

All I Ask of You – The Phantom of the Opera

America - Westside Story

Any Dream Will Do - Joseph

Bare Necessities - Jungle Book

Chariots of Fire

Downton Abbey

Edelweiss - The Sound of Music

ET

Fawlty Towers

Forest Gump

Game of Thrones

Harry Lime Theme – The Third Man

Hedwig’s Theme – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

If I Were a Rich Man - Fiddler on the Roof

James Bond Theme

Jurassic Park

Les Miserables

My Heart Will Go On – Titanic

Nobody Does It Better – The Spy Who Loved Me

Music of the Night – The Phantom of the Opera

Pirates of the Caribbean

Poirot Theme

Pride and Prejudice Theme

Raiders March – Raiders of the Lost Ark

Schindler's List

Shooting the Moon – Twilight

Snowman Suite

Somewhere Out There – An American Tale

Speak Softly Love – The Godfather

The Gremlin Rag – Gremlins

The Long Good Friday - Theme

The Magnificent Seven

The Throne Room - Star Wars

Pop Music

All of Me (John Legend)

All You Need is Love (Lennon & McCartney)

Angels (Robbie Williams)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)

Eleanor Rigby (Lennon & McCartney)

Golden Earth Girl (McCartney)

Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Here Comes the Sun (George Harrison)

Heroes (Bowie)

Hey Jude (Lennon, McCartney)

How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding)

I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton)

Killer Queen (Freddie Mercury)

Love Me Tender (Elvis)

Love Story (Taylor Swift)

Make You Feel My Love (Adele)

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

My Love (McCartney)

Oh, Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)

Rehab (Amy Winehouse)

She's Always a Woman (Billy Joel)

Space Oddity (Bowie)

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

When I'm Sixty-Four (Lennon & McCartney)

Wonderwall (Noel Gallagher)

You Raise Me Up – Elvis (Graham, Lovland)

Our Playlist

The Long Good Friday

Angels (Robbie Williams)

The Magnificent Seven

Edelweiss - The Sound of Music

Frequently asked questions

Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas which includes: Cheltenham, Cirencester, Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester and Oxford.
The Sapphires will play further afield by special request, although additional expenses will be required.

Our diary changes frequently because we are always adding new bookings, so please get in touch with us either by email or phone so that we can check availability for your date.
We take bookings up to a year in advance. We do get booked up early, so once you have decided you would like us to play at your event, the sooner the better!

The minimum hire period is 2 hours. Most clients opt for either 2 or 3 hours, which is ample for most events, although the quartet can play for longer if required. The Sapphire String Quartet's fees are very reasonable and compare very favourably with other quartets. You can book the Sapphires for as little as £425. The average fee for a wedding is approximately £650 this is dependent on the venue location and your choice of music. Please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Once you have made the initial enquiry the Sapphire String Quartet will send you a quotation. If this is agreeable and you have decided you would like to book us, we will send you a booking form and contract by email. You will need to complete this and return it along with a 50% deposit in order to secure the booking.

When we send you your booking form and contract this will ask for details such as timings, location, music choices or preferences, what parts of the day you would like us to play at, whether there will be a change of location, and where at the venue you would like us to play.

We will need four armless chairs. If we are playing outside we will need shade in order to protect our instruments.

Yes, weather permitting! We are happy to play outside as long as it is not damp, wet or cold, as this can seriously damage our instruments. We would require shade in order to protect our instruments from the sun, the quartet owns a gazebo, and this can be provided given advance notice.

Always let us know if you have a particular piece in mind. It is possible that we do have it in our repertoire but have not yet added it to the list, and if we don’t have it, the chances are that for a small additional fee we will be able to get it arranged for you. Couples frequently request a song or piece of music that is special to them to be performed during the wedding ceremony. Please note that this will need to be agreed in advance at the point of booking.

We ask you to let us know on the Booking Form that we will send out at the point of booking. However, we recognise that you may be undecided at this point and might like to take your time over the decision. If this is the case, we are happy for you to leave this section blank and let us know up to one month before the event.
If you are having a special arrangement this will need to be agreed at the point of booking.

Yes. We are happy to do this as long as the travel time is accounted for in the time that we are booked for.

Contact

Please feel free to contact us to ask anything else or check availability. Alternatively fill in the enquiry form below and we will be in touch.

info@sapphirequartet.co.uk

Special occasion details: