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The Modern String Quartet is one of the busiest and most popular string quartets working commercially in the UK. They frequently play for weddings and parties and have recorded for theatre, film and CD.

The Modern String Quartet work for leading event planners such as Niemierko, Planned 2 Perfection, Quintessentially Events, Serena Coad, Bijou Bride, Celeste Rose, The Pink Pumpkin and Danielle Nay and have a fantastic, eclectic repertoire from Mozart and Bach to Clean Bandit, Muse, Lana del Rey and Taylor Swift. 

They has been nominated for the Perfect Wedding Awards (Best Entertainment) and has won Jacqueline Gold’s (CEO Ann Summers) #MOM Men on Monday twitter award. In 2012 they were was chosen by renowned businessman and former Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis as a #SBS Small Business Sunday winner. 

In 2014 the Modern String Quartet recorded their first album which featured a collection of modern pop songs arranged for strings which is available on CD and digitally through iTunes, CD Baby, Google and Amazon. 

They recently played for the Professional Publishers’ Association Centenary Gala (performing Doctor Who as the ‘Cover of the Century’ award was presented to the Radio Times), the opening of Oscar de la Renta Bridal on Mount Street (for Niemierko) and with the trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth during the turning on of the Regent Street Christmas Lights for Classic FM/EMI.

They played during the ceremony for the wedding of the late Peaches Geldof and for Greg Churchouse from Scouting for Girls and have featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine, Hello! And on East London Radio and many wedding blogs. 

Their musicians have performed, toured and recorded with artists such as Adele, Lana Del Rey, Anna Calvi, Sam Smith, Professor Green, Pixie Lott, Chase & Status, One Direction, Kanye West, Westlife, Goldfrapp, McFly, Emili Sandé, Gnarls Barkley, Lemar, Michael Bublé, Dizzee Rascal, Heritage Orchestra, Take That and Gorillaz. The musicians have played at festivals including Glastonbury, Sónar and Latitude, Radio 1 Big Weekend and on TV shows such as X Factor, BGT, This Morning, Children in Need, Later, Daybreak and Strictly Come Dancing. 

The Modern String Quartet's musicians are members of groups including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Southbank Sinfonia and freelance with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and in West End shows including West Side Story, A Little Night Music, Love Story, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Matilda, Ghost, Top Hat and War of the Worlds. 

They regularly performs at the major venues in London and the South and recent engagements have taken place at:

  • Highclere
  • Cain Manor
  • Home House
  • The Ritz
  • One Mayfair
  • One Marylebone
  • Kensington Palace
  • Park Lane Hotel
  • Spencer House
  • Stapleford Park
  • Notley Abbey
  • Four Seasons
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Claridge's
  • The Dorchester
  • Royal Opera House
  • Coworth Park
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The Modern String Quartet - Modern String Quartet Repertoire


  • Slavonic Dance, Dvorak
  • Waltz, Grieg
  • O Sole Mio, Capua
  • Flower Duet from Lakme, Delibes
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mendelssohn
  • Wedding March (Bridal Chorus) from Lohengrin, Wagner
  • Canon in D, Pachelbel
  • Largo (Ombra Mai Fu) from Xerxes, Handel
  • Hornpipe from The Water Music, Handel
  • Pavane, Faure
  • Trumpet Voluntary in D, Jeremiah Clarke/Purcell
  • Rondo Alla Turca from Sonata K331, Mozart
  • Divertimento In D K136 (3 movements), Mozart
  • Divertimento in Bflat K137 (3 movements), Mozart
  • Divertimento in F K138 (3 movements), Mozart
  • String Quartet in F KV 168 (3 movements), Mozart
  • String Quartet in A KV 169 (3 movements), Mozart
  • String Quartet in C KV 170 (3 movements), Mozart
  • String Quartet in Eflat KV 171 (3 movements), Mozart
  • String Quartet in B KV 172 (3 movements), Mozart
  • String Quartet in D KV 173 (3 movements), Mozart
  • Air on a G String from Suite No.3, Bach
  • Palladio, Karl Jenkins
  • Greensleeves, Trad.
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, Handel
  • Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 2 IN Bflat, Handel
  • Jerusalem, Parry
  • Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach
  • Clair de Lune, Debussy
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Bach
  • Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (2 movements), Bach
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (3 movements), Bach
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (3 movements), Bach
  • Sleepers Wake, Bach
  • Minuet, from String Quintet Op.13 No.5, Boccherini
  • Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, Borodin
  • Humoresque, Op.101, No.7, Dvorak
  • Chanson De Matin, Elgar
  • Chanson De Nuit, Elgar
  • Salut D'Amour, Elgar
  • Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Elgar
  • Departure of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, Handel
  • Sarabande and Two Variations, Handel
  • Meditation from Thais, Massenet
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (4 movements), Mozart
  • Voi Che Sapete, From The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
  • Overture from The Magic Flute, Mozart
  • O Mio Babbino Caro, from Gianni Schicci, Puccini
  • Two Rondeaux from Abdelazar and The Fairy Queen, Purcell
  • Nessun Dorma from Turandot, Puccini
  • Overture from The Barber of Seville, Rossini
  • The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals, Saint-Saens
  • Standchen, Schubert
  • Traumeri, Schubert
  • Andantino from The Force Of Destiny, Verdi
  • Brindisi From La Traviata, Verdi
  • Spring from The Four Seasons, Vivaldi
  • Summer from The Four Seasons, Vivaldi
  • Autumn from The Four Seasons, Vivaldi
  • Winter from The Four Seasons, Vivaldi
  • Serenade, Haydn
  • Pizzicato Polka, Johann & Josef Strauss
  • Allegro 2 from Sonata Op. 1, No. 11, Handel
  • Vide Cor Meum, Patrick Cassidy
  • Concerto for Strings and Continuo in D minor, RV128 (3 movements) Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Strings and Continuo in F, RV 141 (3 movements) Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G minor, RV156 (4 movements) Vivaldi
  • Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G minor RV 157 (3 movements) Vivaldi
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D (3 movements) Bach
  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni
  • Con te Partiro, Sartori
  • Romance from The Gadfly, Shostakovich
  • Double Concerto for Two Violins (2 movements), J.S. Bach
  • Ave Maria, J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod
  • Bist du bei mir, Stolzel
  • Trumpet Tune, Purcell
  • Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti
  • Mi chiamo Mimi from La Boheme, Puccini
  • Casta diva from Norma, Bellini
  • Cielo e mar! from La Gioconda, Ponchielli
  • Libiamo from La Traviata, Verdi
  • Quando me'n vo' soletta from La Boheme, Puccini
  • La Donna e mobile from Rigoletto, Verdi
  • Vedi! Le fosche (the 'anvil' chorus) from Il Trovatore, Verdi
  • Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci, Leoncavallo
  • Gymnopedie No. 1, Satie
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV351 Handel


  • It Had To Be You, Jones
  • Makin' Whoopee, Donaldson
  • Let's Do It, Porter
  • Anything Goes, Porter
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye, Porter
  • Cock Linnet, Collins & Leigh
  • Danny Boy, Trad
  • Fascinatin' Rhythm, Gershwin
  • I Got Rhythm, Gershwin
  • Love Is Here To Stay, Gershwin
  • Someone To Watch Over Me, Gershwin
  • Swanee, Gershwin
  • The Man I Love, Gershwin
  • They Can't Take That Away From Me, Gershwin
  • Moonlight in Vermont, Suessdorf

1930's and 1940's

  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Kern
  • Pennies from Heaven, Johnston
  • At Last Gordon, Etta James
  • They All Laughed, Gershwin
  • Leaning on a Lampost, Gay


  • When I Fall In Love, Victor Young
  • Fly Me To The Moon, Howard
  • Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley
  • Can't Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley


  • Nights in White Satin, The Moody Blues
  • You Really Got Me, The Kinks
  • Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli
  • Moonlight and Roses, (Jim Reeves) Lemare
  • One Love, Bob Marley
  • Moon River, Mancini
  • Let Me Try Again, Frank Sinatra
  • I Feel Good, James Brown
  • Daydream Believer, The Monkees


  • Somebody To Love, Queen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
  • You're My Best Friend, Queen
  • Don't Stop Me Now, Queen
  • Sweet Talking Woman, ELO
  • Annie's Song, John Denver
  • Your song, Elton John
  • Love is in the Air, John Paul Young
  • You To Me Are Everything, The Real Thing
  • She's Always A Woman, Billy Joel
  • You Are So Beautiful, Billy Preston (Joe Cocker)


  • She Makes My Day, Robert Palmer
  • Like a Prayer, Madonna
  • You Got the Love, The Source and Candi Staton


  • Karma Police, Radiohead
  • Whatever, Oasis
  • Songbird, Oasis
  • Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve
  • When You Say Nothing at All, Ronan Keating
  • She's The One, Robbie Williams
  • I'm Kissing You, Des'ree and Atack
  • Fields of Gold, Sting
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Green Day
  • The Universal, Blur
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John


  • Scouting for Girls Medley: This Ain't a Love Song, She's So Lovely and Love How it Hurts, Scouting For Girls
  • Mr Brightside, The Killers
  • Viva La Vida, Coldplay
  • One Day Like This, Elbow
  • Starlings, Elbow
  • Hoppipolla, Sigur Ros
  • Greatest Day, Take That
  • You're Beautiful, James Blunt
  • Rule the World, Take That
  • Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol
  • You Give Me Something, James Morrison
  • You Got the Love, Florence The Machine
  • Halo, Beyonce
  • Make You Feel My Love, Adele
  • Heaven, DJ Sammy (Candlight Mix)
  • Heaven, Bryan Adams
  • I'm Yours, Jason Mraz
  • Love Story, Taylor Swift
  • Digital Love, Daft Punk
  • Everything, Michael Buble
  • Only Time, Enya


  • Our Day Will Come, Amy Winehouse
  • Firework, Katy Perry
  • Someone Like You, Adele
  • Set Fire to the Rain, Adele
  • Skyfall, Adele
  • Survival, Muse
  • Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
  • Get Lucky, Daft Punk
  • Paradise, Coldplay
  • A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
  • Only Girl (in the World), Rihanna


  • Penny Lane, Beatles
  • Till There Was You, Meredith Wilson/Beatles
  • Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles
  • Something, The Beatles
  • All You Need is Love, The Beatles
  • Here There and Everywhere, The Beatles
  • When I'm 64, The Beatles


  • Bethena, Scott Joplin
  • Ragtime Dance, Scott Joplin


  • Tango, Albeniz
  • Por una cabeza, Carlos Gardel
  • Calambre, Piazzolla
  • Oblivion, Piazzolla
  • Libertango, Piazzolla

Films and Shows

  • Married Life, (Up) Michael Giacchino
  • I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing, (Armageddon) Aerosmith
  • She, (Notting Hill) Charles Aznavour
  • You'll Never Walk Alone, (Carousel) Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • Don't Stop Believing, (Glee) Journey
  • Cinema Paradiso, Morricone
  • James Bond Ballad Medley (From Russia with Love, Diamonds are Forever, We Have All the Time in the World)
  • Nobody Does it Better, (The Spy Who Loved Me) Hamlisch
  • James Bond Estilo Anniversary Medley (You Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, Skyfall)
  • Thunderbirds
  • You're So Cool, (True Romance) Hans Zimmer
  • Moon River, (Breakfast at Tiffany's) Mancini
  • Theme from Schindler's List, Williams
  • (Somewhere) Over the Rainbow, (The Wizard of Oz) Arlen
  • Love Story, (Romeo and Juliet) Taylor Swift
  • Soul Bossa Nova, (Austin Powers) Quincy Jones
  • Vide Cor Meum, (Hannibal) Patrick Cassidy
  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, (The Godfather Part 3) Mascagni
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight, (Lion King) Elton John
  • A Thousand Years, (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1) Christina Perri

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The Modern String Quartet were amazing. Extremely punctual and smartly dressed. The booking process was straightforward and they were a delight to have for the evening.

Senior Event Coordinator, RAC Club, (July 2021)

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