The Calder Valley String Quartet

The Calder Valley String Quartet
Location West Yorkshire
Starting from POA
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Location West Yorkshire
Starting from POA
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The Calder Valley String Quartet is an established Yorkshire based string quartet with a wealth of experience built up over the last 20 years.

The Calder Valley String Quartet can provide a varied programme of music to suit any occasion and plays throughout the north of England. Wedding music can be chosen to suit a church wedding, civil ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast.

The Calder Valley String Quartet

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All members of the Calder Valley String Quartet are professionally trained experienced musicians, with many years’ experience of playing with the finest British orchestras, including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, Northern Ballet, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Scottish Ballet and English National Ballet. In addition they are involved in teaching and educational workshops as well as a variety of freelance and studio work.

Over the years they have played at all types of events large and small, garden parties, charity events, campaign launches and conferences. Many bookings are for weddings and the quartet has a wealth of experience in working with clients to help them make decisions on music and helping them to make their day perfect. Weddings can be personalised by the choice of music and the quartet is always willing to help and advise on choosing music. If the chosen music is not in the quartet’s repertoire list it is usually able to obtain classical pieces, and for contemporary songs it may be possible to arrange these for string quartet, given sufficient notice and as long as the music lends itself to a quartet arrangement. An additional fee is often required for this service.

Although many of the clients who engage the quartet request light background music the members of the quartet are delighted when requested to play the more substantial classical works for string quartet and are happy to undertake more formal engagements and recitals.

  • Violin (x2), Viola, Cello

CLASSICAL

  • Air on a G String - Bach
  • Aria - Bach
  • Arioso - Bach
  • Brandenburg 3 - Bach
  • Brandenburg 4 - Bach
  • Brandenburg 6 - Bach
  • Concerto for Oboe and Violin - Bach
  • Double Concerto - Bach
  • Gigue - Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
  • Sheep may Safely Graze - Bach
  • Wachet Auf - Bach
  • Adagio - Barber
  • Cavatine - Beethoven
  • Fugue - Beethoven
  • Minuet from Septet - Beethoven
  • Ode to Joy - Beethoven
  • Duet from the Pearl Fishers - Bizet
  • Prelude to Carmen - Bizet
  • Ayre  - Blow
  • Minuet - Boccherini
  • Intermezzo - Böhm
  • First Polovtsian Dance  - Borodin
  • Waltzes - Brahms
  • Prelude from Te Deum  - Charpentier
  • Scherzo - Cherubini
  • Nocturne opus 15 no 3 - Chopin
  • Nocturne opus 15 no 1 - Chopin
  • Nocturne opus 9 no 2 - Chopin
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
  • Christmas Concerto - Corelli
  • Torno a Surrento - De Curtis
  • Czardas (from Coppelia) - Delibes
  • Flower Duet from Lakmé - Delibes
  • Divertissement Pizzicati (from Sylvia) - Delibes
  • Mazurka (from Coppelia) - Delibes
  • Valse Lente (from Coppelia) - Delibes
  • Slavonic Dances - Dvorak
  • Chanson de Matin - Elgar
  • Salut d’Amour - Elgar
  • Nimrod - Elgar
  • Pavane - Fauré
  • Nocturne (Song without Words) - Field
  • Nocturne no 8 - Field
  • Nocturne in Bb  - Field
  • Panis Angelicus  - Franck
  • Gavotte  - Grieg
  • Morning from Peer Gynt - Grieg
  • Norwegian Dance no 2 - Grieg
  • Waltz - Grieg
  • Wedding Day at Troldhaugen - Grieg
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Departure of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Gavotte - Handel
  • Largo - Handel
  • Lascia Chio Pianga - Handel
  • Passacaglia - Handel
  • Royal Fireworks Music - Handel
  • Water Music - Handel
  • Where e’er You Walk - Handel
  • Zadok the Priest - Handel
  • God Save Francis the Emperor - Haydn
  • Serenade - Haydn
  • String Quartets – various - Haydn
  • Lieberslied - Kreisler
  • Intermezzo - Mascagni
  • Canzonetta-  Mendelssohn
  • Nocturne from Midsummer Night’s Dream - Mendelssohn
  • Wedding March - Mendelssohn
  • Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate -  Mozart
  • Andante from Piano Concerto - Mozart
  • Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
  • Divertimenti - Mozart
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
  • Non Più Andrai (Marriage of Figaro) - Mozart
  • Rondo alla Turca - Mozart
  • String Quartets - various  - Mozart
  • Voi che sapete (Marriage of Figaro) Mozart
  • Barcarolle - Offenbach
  • Canon - Pachelbel
  • Pulcinella - Pergolesi
  • O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
  • Nessum Dorma - Puccini
  • Quando m’en vo (La Bohème) - Puccini
  • Chacony - Purcell
  • Trumpet Tune - Purcell
  • Two Rondeaux  - Purcell
  • Vocalise - Rachmaninov
  • Bolero - Ravel
  • Cantilena - Rose
  • Ballet Music (William Tell) - Rossini
  • Galop (William Tell) - Rossini
  • Melody in F - Rubenstein
  • The Swan - Saint-Saëns
  • Ave Maria - Schubert
  • Waltzes - Schubert
  • Dreaming from Scenes from Childhood - Schumann
  • Romance (Gadfly) - Shostakovich
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods - Strauss
  • Chinese Dance (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Czardas (Swan Lake) - Tchaikovsky
  • Dance of the Mirlitons (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Dance of the Flutes (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky
  • Dance of the Swans (Swan Lake) - Tchaikovsky
  • March (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Overture (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Pas de Deux (Swan Lake) - Tchaikovsky
  • Russian Dance (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Sleeping Beauty Waltz - Tchaikovsky
  • Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
  • Concerto in D minor - Telemann
  • Drinking Song (Traviata) - Verdi
  • La Forza del Destino - Verdi
  • Quartet (Rigoletto) - Verdi
  • Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  • Gloria - Vivaldi
  • Bridal March - Wagner
  • Pieds-en-l’Air - Warlock

POP MUSIC

  • All you need is Love
  • Amarillo
  • One Day Like This
  • Allegretto – Palladio
  • Have I Told You Lately
  • Perfect Day
  • Hallelujah
  • Can’t Buy me Love
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Chasing Cars
  • Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Everlasting Love
  • Fields of Gold
  • From This Moment
  • Get Back
  • Good Vibrations
  • Greatest Day
  • Hernando’s Hideaway
  • How Deep is Your Love
  • Isn’t she Lovely
  • It Had to be You
  • It Must be Love
  • It’s All about You
  • Lady Madonna
  • Light my Fire
  • Love me Tender
  • Make you feel my Love
  • Marry You
  • Nights in White Satin
  • One Day Like This
  • Penny Lane
  • She
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Vida la Vida
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • When I Fall in Love
  • When I’m 64
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  • Windmills
  • Without You
  • Yellow
  • Yesterday
  • You’re Beautiful

LIGHT MUSIC

  • A Day in the Life of a Fool
  • All I Ask of You
  • Annie’s Song
  • Anything Goes
  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Bethena
  • Big Spender
  • Blue Danube
  • Blue Moon
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Blues in the Night
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Cabaret Cavatina
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Cock Linnet
  • Congratulations
  • Country Club
  • Cry me a River
  • Don’t Cry for me Argentina
  • Embraceable You
  • English Country Gardens
  • Euphonic Sounds
  • Every Time we say Goodbye
  • Fawlty Towers
  • Fly me to the Moon
  • Freylachs
  • Funiculi Funicula
  • Get me to the Church on Time
  • God Bless the Child
  • Greensleeves
  • Heliotrope Bouquet
  • Hello Dolly
  • How High the Moon
  • Hungarian Dance
  • I Could have Danced all Night
  • I do like to be beside the Seaside
  • I Dreamed a Dream
  • If I were a Rich Man
  • I got Rhythm
  • I Could Have Danced All Night
  • I Know Him so well
  • It’s Only a Paper Moon
  • James Bond
  • Kabootar Ja Ja Ja
  • La Bamba
  • La Cumparsita
  • Lara’s Theme
  • Leaning on a Lamppost
  • Let’s Do It
  • Liberty Bell
  • Londonderry Air
  • Loudly let the Trumpet Bray
  • Love and Marriage
  • Love Story
  • Making Whoopee
  • Maria
  • Molly on the Shore
  • Moon River
  • Moonglow
  • Moonlight and Roses
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • Music of the Night
  • My Funny Valentine
  • My Heart Will Go On
  • New York, New York
  • Sole Mio
  • Oklahoma/Sound of Music
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Paragon Rag
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Pineapple Rag
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Pizzicato Polka
  • Por Una Cabeza – “Scent of a Woman”
  • Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Radetzky March
  • Ragtime Dance
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Round Midnight
  • Satin Doll
  • Scott Joplin’s New Rag
  • Slap that Bass
  • Someone to Watch over me
  • Suite – Irish Sherry
  • Suite from “Cats”
  • Summer Holiday
  • Summertime
  • Swanee
  • Sway/Cherry Pink
  • Take Five
  • Take the ‘A’ Train
  • Take my Breath Away
  • Tambourin
  • Tango
  • That’s Amore
  • The A Team
  • The Entertainer
  • The Folks who live on the Hill
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • The Man I Love
  • The Minstrel Boy
  • The Winner Takes it All
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • Three Little Maids
  • Time to say Goodbye
  • Titanic
  • To a Wild Rose
  • To Life
  • Toss the Feathers
  • Upstairs Downstairs
  • Walking in the Air
  • Waltz 2 (Jazz Suite 2) – “Eyes Wide Shut”
  • Walzer
  • Washington Post
  • Windmills
  • Wonderful World
, Wedding, West Yorkshire
5/5

The String Quartet were fantastic through out the day. Really grateful.


, Wedding, Lancashire
5/5

My husband Graham and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your tremendous performance last Friday at the wedding of our daughter Julia to Andy. I know my husband spoke to you at the time, but we had many of the guests comment on your performance and we were sorry that you slipped away before the speeches as I am sure that you would have got a standing ovation when my husband publicly thanked you. Your repertoire was perfect for the occasion with such a wide range from classics, to musicals to pop! Many thanks for making the day so memorable. We will not hesitate to recommend you.


The String Quartet, though based in the Calderdale area, regularly performs at venues throughout the north of England, anywhere in fact between Hull and Liverpool, North Yorkshire and Derby. As well as performing at weddings, the String Quartet has performed at all manner of functions, including private parties, conferences, corporate events and launches.

Previous Venues:

  • Allerton Castle, N Yorks
  • Arley Hall, Northwich
  • Bagden Hall, Huddersfield
  • Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster
  • Carlton Towers, Yorkshire
  • Castle Howard
  • Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford
  • Chester Racecourse
  • Chester Town Hall
  • Clay House, Halifax
  • East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley
  • Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Lancashire
  • Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire
  • Hazelwood Castle, Yorkshire
  • Healds Hall Hotel, Liversedge
  • Hey Green Hotel, Marsden
  • Holdsworth House, Halifax
  • Holiday Inn, Brighouse
  • Hollins Hall, Baildon
  • Kedleston Hall, Derby
  • Kelham Hall, Newark
  • Liver Building, Liverpool
  • Liverpool Town Hall
  • Majestic Hotel, Harrogate
  • Mersey Ferry, Liverpool
  • Newby Hall, Yorkshire
  • Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire
  • Oakwell Hall, Yorkshire
  • Oakwood Hall Hotel, Bingley
  • Old Golf House Hotel, Huddersfield
  • Old Hall, Todmorden
  • Oulton Hall, Leeds
  • Owston Hall, Doncaster
  • Queens Hotel, Leeds
  • Ringwood Hall Hotel, Chesterfield
  • Rock Inn, Halifax
  • Rudding Park, Harrogate
  • St Williams College, York
  • Scaitcliffe Hall, Todmorden
  • Sun Pavilion, Harrogate
  • The Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire
  • Tower House Hotel, Halifax
  • Town Hall, Todmorden
  • Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield
  • Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract 
  • Whirlow Hall, Sheffield
  • Wood Hall Hotel, Linton
  • Woolley Hall, Wakefield

What needs to be provided at the venue?
The quartet will require sufficient space to be able to play, (minimum of 4m x 3m), 4 ordinary chairs without arms, and adequate lighting. If the venue is likely not to be able to provide good lighting please notify us in advance and we can provide individual stand lighting.

How long can you play for?
Our average engagement is for 3 hours.  We can play for longer if requested, bearing in mind that suitable breaks will need to be taken. 

How far do you travel?
The Calder Valley String Quartet, though based in the Calderdale area, regularly plays for weddings at venues throughout the north of England, anywhere in fact between Hull and Liverpool, Durham and Derby.

Can you play outdoors?
We certainly aim to whenever possible, but unfortunately we are dependent on the weather!  We are not able to play outside during rain.  We are equally fussy if the sun is too hot (as varnish on the instruments is very vulnerable to heat) but as long as there is a shady corner or tree to sit under we are happy to do so.

What do you wear?
Our usual dress code is black unless otherwise requested.  

Can you arrange any piece of music?
Given sufficient notice and as long as the music lends itself to a quartet arrangement this is generally possible. An additional fee is often required for this service. 

Will the quartet require refreshments?
Yes please. Soft drinks are required during the event plus sandwiches (with vegetarian option) when appropriate (ie. for longer engagements or when the quartet has travelled some distance).

What happens if a player from the quartet is unable to play on the day?
Inevitably there will be occasions when a Calder Valley String Quartet player is unavailable to play on a particular day. However, in the event of this happening a deputy musician of equal calibre will be engaged. We use only players known to us and who are familiar with our repertoire.

  • Minimum Engagement - 1 hour (i.e. wedding ceremony)
  • Typical Engagement 3 hours

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

North East

Durham £672.00 North Yorkshire £636.00 South Yorkshire £636.00 West Yorkshire £624.00 Yorkshire £660.00 East Yorkshire £660.00 Leeds £624.00

North West

Cheshire £648.00 Manchester £624.00 Lancashire £636.00 Merseyside £660.00 Liverpool £660.00

East Midlands

Derbyshire £624.00 Lincolnshire £660.00 Nottinghamshire £648.00
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