The South Wales String Quartet

The South Wales String Quartet
Location Glamorgan
Starting from £552.00
3 reviews
Location Glamorgan
Starting from £552.00
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Established in 2002 by professional musicians, The South Wales String Quartet has gained wide experience in performing at corporate events, functions, concerts and weddings.

Each player involved has a wealth of musical experience including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Academy Opera Orchestra, English National Ballet, West Of England Philharmonic and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.

The South Wales String Quartet

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Established in 2002 by professional musicians, The South Wales String Quartet has gained wide experience in performing at corporate events, functions, concerts and weddings.

Violin I - Helina BMus (Hons) RAM; LRAM
Helina was born and brought up in Barry, South Wales before she moved to London to pursue a four-year degree at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 1996. She is now working as a freelance violinist and teaches violin and piano privately. Helina's past experiences include extra work with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, leading the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Welsh Proms Youth Orchestra and Cardiff Bay Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed as a guest artist in various local concerts with the Cardiff Bay Choir and Cardiff Polyphonic Choir. Today, Helina regularly performs and records with folk and pop bands as a session player.

Violin II - Tanwen BMus Dip. RCM
Born in Cardiff, Tanwen studied at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating in 1996. Her freelance career has enabled her to play in many orchestras and chamber groups, including Welsh Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra, New Queen's Hall Orchestra and the Arcata ensemble, performing at a variety of venues such as St James Palace and Wigmore Hall, London.

Viola - Louise B.Ed. (Hons); Ad.Dip (Mus) 
Louise was interested in music from an early age and studied violin and viola in school. She graduated from Trinity College Carmarthen, and whilst teaching music continued as a post-graduate student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As well as having valuable experience as a viola player with several orchestras, Louise also arranges music and teaches instrumental and classroom music across South Wales.

Cello - Claudine LWCMD; AWCMD; ARCM
Born in Derry, Claudine came to study Cello at the Royal Welsh College under Chris Hodges, Sharon Mc Kinley and Peter Esswood. She then gained a place at the Royal College of Music in London studying Baroque Cello with Richard Tunnicliffe. Claudine has performed in a variety of styles including Theatre and Dance. She is currently working as a freelance player with many orchestras and chamber groups as well as teaching in the South Wales area.

Other Players
Whilst these are the four core players, you can rest assured that should any become unavailable, the quartet is able to draw upon a pool of experienced musicians to take their place. These ‘dep’ players have performed with the quartet extensively and are very familiar with their repertoire.

Quartet – Violin (x2), Viola, Cello

Wedding Service
Marriage Of Figaro, Wedding March By Mozart
Wedding March By Wagner
Wedding March By Mendelssohn
Panis Angelicus By Frank
Winter' Four Seasons By Vivaldi
Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba By Handel
Canon And Gigue By Pachelbel
Ave Maria By Schubert
Ave Maria By Gounod
Salut D'amour By Elgar
Trumpet Tune By Purcell
La Rejouissance By Handel
Pavane By Faure
Air By Bach
Wedding March From The Sound Of Music By Rodgers

Classical Favourites
Ego Sum Panis Vivus By Palestrina
Divertimento In D By Mozart
Divertimento In Bb By Mozart
Divertimento In F By Mozart
Flower Duet By Delibes
Humoresque By Dvorak
Bouree' Water Music By Handel
Adagio' Water Music By Handel
O Mio Babbino Caro By Pucini
Andantino By Verdi
Andante Cantabile By Rachmaninoff
Ave Verum Corpus By Mozart
Palladio By Jenkins
Polovtsian Dances By Borodin
Spring' Four Seasons By Vivaldi
Meditation From Thais By Massenet
Largo By Handel
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring By Bach
Serenade By Haydn
Adagio In C By Mozart
Serenade For Strings By Elgar
Adagio Cantabile By Beethoven
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik By Mozart
Holberg Suite By Grieg
Romance By Shostakovitch
Chanson De Nuit By Elgar
Three Little Maids By Sullivan
Rondo Alla Turca By Mozart
Andante By Haydn
Presto' Musical Joke By Mozart
Dance Macabre By Saint-Saens
Adagio For Strings By Barber
Brandenberg Concerto No 3 By Bach
Concerto In F (2nd Movement) By Gershwin
Kinderszenen By Schumann
Standchen By Schubert
Moment Musicale By Schubert
Sehnsuchtig By Mendelssohn
Studenternes Serenade By Grieg
A Deserted Farm By Macdowell
Waltz By Grieg
Bethena Waltz By Joplin
Two Rondeaux By Purcell
Slavonic Dance No. VIII By Dvorak
Traumerei By Schumann
O Sole Mio By Capua
Hornpipe' Water Music By Handel

Light Favourites
Something By Harrison
You Raise Me Up By Lovland
She By Meredith
Per Una Cabeza (Tango) By Gardel
It's Not Unusual By Jones
The Entertainer By Joplin
Waterloo Sunset By The Kinks
Congratulations By Richards
Magic Moments By Bacharach
Moon River By Mancini
Mac The Knife By Weill
I'm In The Mood For Love By Fields
Love And Marriage By Van Heusen
Fly Me To The Moon By Howard
New York, New York By Kander
It Had To Be You By Jones
Anything Goes By Porter
Pennies From Heaven By Johnson
Folk Tune Air And Fiddler's Fury By Safford
Baby Elephant Walk By Mancini
Irish Sherry By Thorp
Whiter Shade Of Pale By Brooke
Mr Beveridge's Maggot By Playford
Theme From Pride And Predjudice By Davies
Theme From Fame By Margoshes
Summer Nights By Casey
Bitter Sweet Symphony By Verve
Just Another Rhumba By Gershwin
The Fields Of Athenri By Dubliners
Ashokan Farewell By Ungar
Fields Of Gold By Sting
Angels By Williams
Money, Money, Money By Abba
An Irish Party In Third Class By Traditional
Tutti Frutti By Penniman
At The Hop By White
Sound Of Silence By Simon
Star Wars By Williams
Indiana Jones By Williams
Harry Potter By Williams
Blue Suede Shoes By Perkins
I Got Rhythm By Gershwin
Myfanwy By Parry
Fawlty Towers By Wilson
Nos Sadwrn Y Gweithiwr By Traditional
Suo Gan By Traditional
Dau Rosyn Goch By Traditional
Hela'r Sgwarnog Medley By Traditional
Y Gelynnen By Traditional
Llancesi Trefaldwyn By Traditional
Eryri Wen By Traditional
Llanofer By Traditional
Let's Do It By Porter
Someone To Watch Over Me By Gershwin
Some Enchanted Evening By Rogers Men Of Harlech By Traditional
Ap Siencyn By Traditional
Diftrrwch Gwyr Llangallo By Traditional
Ar Hyd Y Nos By Traditional
Makin' Whoopee By Donaldson
Summertime By Gershwin
Somebody Loves Me By Gershwin
Livin' La Vida Loca By Rosa
Mambo No. 5 By Prado
The Lambada By Kaoma
Black Adder By Goodall
I Dreamed A Dream By Schonberg
Colours Of The Wind By Menken
Annies Song By Denver
Tango By Albeniz
All I Ask Of You By Webber
Highland Whisky By Traditional
You're Beautiful By Blunt
Theme From James Bond By Barry
All Time High By Barry
Those Magnificent Men By Goodwin
All That Jazz By Kander
In The Mood By Garland
Eastenders By May
Howards' Way By May
Lovejoy By King
For The Love Of A Princess By Horner
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square By Sherwin
Maria' West Side Story By Bernstein
My Funny Valentine By Rodgers
Eleanor Rigby By The Beatles

Christmas Repertoire
Have Yourself A Merry Merry Christmas
Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty The Snowman
Waking In A Winter Wonderland
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Jingle Bells
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Wonderful Christmas Time
Another Rock 'N Roll Christmas
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Away In A Manger
We Three Kings
While Shepherds Watched
Once In Royal David's City
Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem
Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
As With Gladness
Angels From The Realms Of Glory
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Joy To The World

, Wedding, Gloucestershire

The South Wales String Quartet delivered a high quality repertoire of music bespoke to requirements for my daughter's wedding. The 150 guests at Parkend Church, Forest of Dean and thereafter at Clearwell Castle well commented on the quality of the quartet's performance. Thank you to Helina and her quartet members for their contribution to such a memorable day. Highly recommended.

, Birthday Party, Cardiff

Everything was fantastic. Booking was so easy, helpful and friendly and a fantastic quartet was sourced with such short notice. Brilliant. Many thanks. Will recommend.

, Wedding, Monmouth

I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to write to you, time has just flown by since our wedding and work has been really busy! I wanted to say thank you so much for playing so beautifully at our wedding - we absolutely loved it and I will never forget being in one of the rooms at the Llansantffraed Court before I went downstairs to get married and hearing the music drifting up to the room. Anyway, a very belated thank you for making a huge contribution to the success of our day! I will certainly recommend you guys to anyone getting married.

Each player involved has a wealth of musical experience including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Academy Opera Orchestra, English National Ballet, West Of England Philharmonic, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh National Opera and the Jeff Hooper Big Band. The South Wales String Quartet has also had the pleasure to work with many artists including Bryn Terfel, Sian Cothi, Ryland Teifi, Charlotte Church, Carreg Lafar, Peter Karrie and Lesley Garret.

Can I have a piece of music that is not on your play list?

Yes, we are always adding new music to our repertoire so we may possibly have it. If not we can usually arrange it for you, please contact us for details.

We are hoping to have the drinks reception outside. Can you play outside?

Yes, we are happy to play outside but we need to be in the shade and out of any wind.



Weddings - 2011

The quartet will tailor their service to your needs. However, as a guide, typical arrangements and fees for a wedding day can be seen below.

Please note, these are starting prices, and actual costs will depend on your individual requirements and distance travelled.

Wedding service only: From £460

  • Whilst guests arrive and be seated.
  • The bride's entrance.
  • 2-3 pieces during the signing of the register.
  • The exit of bride and groom.

Drinks reception only: From £510

  • Background music for up to 2 hours prior to the wedding breakfast.

Wedding service and drinks reception: From £575
Details as above. 

Drinks reception and wedding breakfast: From £650

  • Background music for up to 2 hours prior to the wedding breakfast.
  • Background music whilst guests dine - typically 2-3 hours up until the speeches begin.

Wedding service, drinks and wedding breakfast: From £750
Details as above. 

Wedding breakfast only: From £525

  • Background music whilst guests dine - typically 2-3 hours up until the speeches begin.


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.


Brecon £570.00 Carmarthen £588.00 Glamorgan £570.00 Monmouth £570.00 Pembroke £594.00

West Midlands

Gloucestershire £588.00 Herefordshire £588.00 Worcestershire £594.00

South West

Somerset £600.00 Wiltshire £594.00
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