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.
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 String Quartet were fantastic through out the day. Really grateful.
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.
We give you a bespoke price based on the exact location of your event. The pricing below is based on a central location for your area so you have an idea of what your price will be. The exact price will be given in the booking process after you’ve provided the location details.
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.