The Aeolian String Quartet - String Quartet

This act all live in East Anglia, but their work as professional musicians means they travel fairly extensively throughout London and the Home Counties. They were all trained in the elite London Music Colleges and since then have embarked on busy careers, playing with such orchestras as the BBC Radio Orchestra, D’Oyley Carte Opera Company, Sadlers Wells and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Work also includes playing in West End Shows such as Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, West Side Story and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and they have performed at the opening of Shadingfield Hall and at Stephen Fry's birthday party. They are also actively involved in teaching and training young musicians in Suffolk and Hertfordshire. They have an extensive and versatile repertoire to entertain you with. Music ranges from Renaissance dances, through Baroque, Classical, Romantic and on to modern music, incorporating tunes from shows or popular music.

Their repertoire is constantly expanding and if they do not have your particular favourite, they will find it for you!

Styles vary from Renaissance tunes, Baroque favourites such as Vivaldi and Handel or the classical quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Set the mood with romantic Kreisler or sit back and relax with popular songs ranging from Gershwin to the Beatles. 


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The Aeolian String Quartet - String Quartet Repertoire


  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no.3, Air from Suite no.3, Concerto for 2 Violins, Violin Concerto in E, Sheep May Safely Graze, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Arioso
  • Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary
  • Handel: Water music, Largo, Minuet from Concerto Grosso op.6, March from the Ode to St.Cecelia’s Day, Come Unto Him from the Messiah, Chaconne, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Presto from Acis and Galatea, Aria from Xerxes, Firework Music
  • Mouret: Rondeau
  • Pachelbel: Canon in D
  • Purcell: Trumpet Tune. Two Rondeaux (from Abdelazar &The Fairy Queen)
  • Rameau: Tambourin
  • Vivaldi:  Selections from the 4 Seasons, Selected Concertos (RV 128, RV 141, RV 156, RV 157), Largo from Concerto for Guitar/Lute in D, Gloria in Excelsis & Domine Deus.


  • Boccherini:  Minuet 
  • Beethoven: Ode To Joy, (from The Choral Symphony)
  • Haydn: Andante Cantabile
  • Mozart: Divertimento 1, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Alleluja from “Exultate Jubilate”
  • Schubert: Ave Maria, Die Forelle


  • Bizet: Duet from The Pearl Fishers
  • Borodin:  Polovtsian Dances “Prince Igor”
  • Rinaldo di Capua:  O Sole Mio
  • Debussy: Clair De Lune
  • Delibes: Flower Duet from Lakme
  • Dvorak:  Humoresque
  • Elgar: Chanson de Matin, Nimrod, Salut D’Amour
  • Faure: Pavane. Berceuse, (from The Dolly Suite)
  • Franck: Panis Angelicus
  • Grieg: Waltz from op.12, Wedding day at Troldhaugen. Morning &Anitra’s dance from Peer Gynt
  • Liszt: Liebestraum
  • Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
  • Massenet: Meditation
  • Mendelssohn: Wedding March, Scherzo (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Monti: Czardas
  • Puccini: O Mio Babbino Caro, from Gianni Schicchi, Nessun Dorma from Turandot, The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly
  • Ravel: Bolero
  • Joseph Suk: Barcarolle
  • Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, Waltz from the Sleeping Beauty, Waltz from Swan Lake
  • Verdi: Drinking Song from La Traviata
  • Wagner: Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin

Light Classical/ Modern

  • Leroy Anderson: Blue Tango, Horse and Buggy, Sleigh Ride
  • Ronald Binge: Elizabethan Serenade, The Water Mill, Sailing By (Shipping Forecast music)
  • Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli: Con Te Partiro
  • Carl Davis: Pride & Prejudice theme (BBC TV series)
  • Walford Davies: R.A.F. March Past
  • Einaudi: Nuvole Bianche
  • Carlos Gardel: Tango por una Cabeza
  • Karl Jenkins: Palladio
  • Scott Joplin: The Entertainer, Solace, Bethena, Easy Winners
  • Lemare: Moonlight and Roses
  • Offenbach: Barcarolle
  • Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel
  • John Rutter: For The Beauty Of The Earth.
  • Satie:  Gymnopedie no.1
  • Matyas Seiber: Tango Habanera, Tango Argentinian
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Romance (from The Gadfly)
  • J. Strauss:  Radetzky March
  • J. Strauss 2nd: Blue Danube
  • Sullivan: Three Little Maids (from The Mikado)
  • Traditional :  Greensleeves
  • Jay Ungar: Ashokan Farewell
  • Waldteufel: Skater’s Waltz


  • Lionel Bart: I’d Do Anything, Food Glorious Food (from Oliver)
  • Irving Berlin: Let’s face the Music
  • Nacio Herb Brown: Singin’ in the Rain 
  • Walter Donaldson: Makin’ Whoopee 
  • Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean a Thing, (if it ain’t got that swing)
  • Vivian Ellis: Spread a Little Happiness
  • Gershwin: Summertime, I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, Somebody Loves Me, I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Oh, Lady Be Good, The Man I Love, Walking the Dog Promenade
  • Bart Howard:  Fly Me To The Moon
  • Johnson: Pennies from Heaven
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Music Of The Night, All I Ask Of You, Masquerade, Love Never Dies,(from Phantom Of The Opera), Love Changes Everything (from Aspects Of Love), Pie Jesu
  • Me and My Girl: Leaning on a Lamppost, (Noel Gay)
  • Les Miserables: I Dreamed a Dream (Claude-Michel Schonberg)
  • My Fair Lady: On The Street Where You Live (Alan J Lerner)
  • Cole Porter: Anything Goes, Every Time we say Goodbye, I’ve got You Under my Skin, Ridin’ High, Begin the Beguine, You Do Something To Me 
  • The Pajama Game: Hernando’s Hideaway (Jerry Ross)
  • Rodgers: My Funny Valentine, Bewitched
  • Sherwin: A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square 
  • The Sound Of Music: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Edelweiss


  • Armageddon: I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
  • Aladdin: Prince Ali (Alan Menken)
  • Beauty and the Beast: Something There (Alan Menken)
  • James Bond Themes: James Bond theme, (Monty Norman), Goldfinger theme, We Have All The Time In The World, (from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, both by John Barry), Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me, by Hamlisch), Diamonds Are Forever (John Barry)
  • Enchanted: True Love’s Kiss (Alan Menken)
  • The Jungle Book: The Bare Necessities
  • Ladies in Lavender: Theme (Nigel Hess)
  • The Little Mermaid: Under The Sea (Alan Menken)
  • The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight, The Circle of Life (Elton John)
  • Love Actually: Glasgow Love Theme, P.M.’s Love Theme, (Craig Armstrong)
  • The Mission: Nella Fantasia, (Ennio Morricone)
  • The Notebook:  Main title and excerpt from Overture, (Aaron Zigman)
  • Notting Hill: She,(Elvis Costello)
  • Twilight: River Flows In You (Yiruma), Bella’s Lullaby (Carter Burwell), A Thousand Years, (Christina Perri), Butterfly Waltz (Brian Crain)
  • A Walk To Remember: Only Hope (Mandy Moore)
  • John Williams:  Theme Tunes from Harry Potter, Star Wars. The Throne Room Scene, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark


  • Abba: Mamma Mia, Money Money Money , I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do
  • ACDC: Thunderstruck
  • Adele: Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)
  • Beyonce: Halo
  • Blur: The Universal
  • Bryan Adams:  Everything I Do
  • Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World
  • The Bangles: Eternal Flame
  • The Beach Boys: God Only Knows
  • The Beatles:  All You Need Is Love, Something, Here There and Everywhere, My Love
  • The Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
  • Michael Buble: Lost, Home
  • Eva Cassidy: Fields Of Gold, (Sting), Songbird, (Christine McVie)
  • The Carpenters:  Yesterday Once More, Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top Of The World
  • Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
  • Coldplay: Viva La Vida, Paradise
  • Doris Day: Perhaps
  • Desree: Kissing You
  • The Doors: Light My Fire
  • Elbow: One Day Like This
  • Enya: Only Time
  • Etta James: At Last
  • Elton John: Your Song
  • Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’ (from Glee)
  • Ben E King: Stand By Me
  • Louiguy: Cherry Pink
  • Madness: It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre)
  • Barry Mannilow: Copacabana
  • Bruno Mars: Just the Way You Are, Marry You
  • Dean Martin: Sway (Pablo Beltran), That’s Amore (Harry Warren)
  • Jason Mraz: I’m Yours
  • Bette Midler: The Rose
  • Muse: Starlight
  • Oasis: Wonderwall
  • Tony Orlando: Tie A Yellow Ribbon
  • Elvis Presley: The Wonder Of You, Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Procol Harem: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
  • Queen: We Are the Champions,  You’re My Best Friend,  Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Lou Reed: Perfect Day
  • The Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody
  • S Club 7: Reach For The Stars
  • Seal: Kiss From A Rose
  • The Seekers: I’ll Never Find Another You
  • Sigur Ros: Hoppipolla 
  • Frank Sinatra: Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis), Strangers in the Night (Bert Kaempfort), Come Fly With Me, Love and Marriage  (both by Jimmy Van Heusen)
  • Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars
  • Sufjan Stevens: Chicago, (mixed with Clocks by Coldplay), That Dress Looks Nice
  • Taylor Swift: Love Story
  • Shania Twain: From This Moment
  • The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony
  • Westlife: You Raise Me Up
  • Andy Williams: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Music To Watch Girls By
  • Toni Wine & Carole Bayer Sager:  A Groovy Kind of Love 
  • Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, Sir Duke

The Aeolian String Quartet - String Quartet Feedback

Excellent and more than I expected.

Liz Bower, The Pheasant Hotel, Kelling, Wedding (October 2023)

We just wanted to say the biggest thank you to you for what we can only describe as the most wonderful & personal performance. Everyone commented how wonderful you were & the selection of songs & the quality of your performance was out- standing. When you played Bewitched during dinner, Dad & I actually had tears in our eyes & felt choked (music is a great part of our lives). We wish you all the best for your future success & happiness.

Ali & Mark Dowsett,

Ben and myself wanted to say a big thank you to you for playing at our wedding at Spains Hall. It really made everything feel even more special hearing the music we’d chosen played so beautifully. Many of our guests commented on how lovely it was to have live music. Many thanks again for making our day special. Good luck to you all for the future.

Ben and Rachel Hatchard,

Many thanks to you all for providing such beautiful music at our daughter’s wedding on Saturday. The music during the ceremony brought yet another lump to my throat and completed a perfect setting after the ceremony. My apologies for being too distracted to thank you on the day but be assured we all thought you were wonderful.

Marilyn Smith,

...helped make my 50th birthday party one of the most memorable and happy evenings of my life. I recommend them warmly to anyone who wants to add a touch of class and character to their event

Stephen Fry,

The performers arrived on time, were charming, extremely easy to host and played beautifully. Jo sent in their programme and biographies in good time for the publicity. It was a lovely afternoon and we appreciated their programme which was entirely appropriate and their playing was excellent.

Lin Le Versha, Southwold Festival, July 2017, (July 2017)

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