The Fermata Ensemble - String Quartet

This Bedfordshire string quartet is made up of an experienced group of professional musicians who specialize in providing music for weddings, services, parties and other functions. 

They are usually booked as a quartet but offer a trio option for church wedding ceremonies - the trio doesn't currently have enough repertoire to offer receptions or longer bookings.

They also off a duo option of can be violin & piano, cello & piano or flute and piano using their own digital piano if required.

Having a summer wedding?  This act can provide their our own gazebo for outside bookings.


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The Fermata Ensemble - String Quartet Repertoire



  • Bach Air on the G string *signing
  • Pachelbel Canon and Gigue *entrance, signing
  • Purcell - Trumpet Voluntary*entrance/exit
  • (Bach/Gounod - Ave Maria) * signing
  • (Schubert - Ave Maria) * signing
  • Schumann - Traumerei
  • Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite (Overture, March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Trepak, Dance of the Mirlitons)
  • Tchaikovsky - Waltz from Swan Lake
  • Herold - Clog Dance from La Fil Mal Gardee
  • Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
  • Handel - Largo * signing
  • Bach - Badinerie
  • Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba * entrance/exit
  • Handel - La Rejouissance from the Firework Music
  • Mozart - Divertimenti (in F and D) *(particularly slow movements used for signing)
  • Bach - Gavottes, Bouree and Gigue from Suite in D
  • Bach - Brandenburg 3 (first movt)
  • Grieg - Gavotte from the Holberg Suite
  • Puccini - Nessun Dorma
  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin
  • Trad. Londonderry Air
  • Purcell - Rondeau from Abdelezar * entrance/exit
  • Grieg - Morning from Peer Gynt
  • Bach - Double violin concerto (first and second movts)
  • (Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus) * signing
  • Handel - Water Music (Air (signing) and Hornpipe (exit) often played at civil ceremonies)
  • Offenbach - Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman
  • Puccini - O mio babbino caro
  • Albinoni - Adagio
  • Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits *signing
  • Dvorak - Largo from the New World Symphony (Hovis ad!)
  • Grieg - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
  • Rachmaninov - Vocalise
  • Bizet - Prelude to Carmen and Aragonaise
  • Grieg - Norwegian Dances no. 2 and 3
  • O Sole Mio
  • Borodin - First Polovtsian Dance * signing
  • Denza - Funiculi Funicula
  • Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakme *signing
  • Wagner - Bridal March *entrance
  • Mendelssohn - Wedding March *entrance/exit
  • Strauss - Radetzky March
  • Ballet Waltz Medley
  • Strauss - Pizzicato Polka
  • Tchaikovsky- Theme from Romeo and Juliette
  • Faure - Pie Jesu from Requiem
  • Verdi - Prelude to Act 1, La Traviata
  • Jenkins - Palladio (diamond ad)
  • Massenet - Meditation from Thais
  • Mouret Rondeau

Popular / Light

  • Irish Sherry (irish medley)
  • Isn't she lovely
  • Sway/Cherry Pink
  • El Choclo Tango
  • La Cumparsita
  • Greensleeves
  • Can't Take My Eyes off you
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Jealousy
  • My Fair Lady medley
  • Hello Dolly
  • Dambusters March
  • The Greatest Love of All - (Whitney Houston)
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
  • Because You Loved Me (
  • Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor)
  • And I Love You So
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • My Funny Valentine
  • The Folks Who Live on the Hill
  • Ragtime Dance (Joplin)
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • I Don't Know How to Love Him
  • Everything I Do, I Do It For You (Brian Adams)
  • It Must Be Love - (Madness)
  • Angels - (Robbie Williams)
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Handbags and Glad Rags - (theme from 'The Office')
  • Misty


  • Lots!!  Both traditional and contemporary


  • Trumpet Tune-  Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
  • Wedding March - Mendelssohn
  • Wedding March ('Here Comes The Bride') - Wagner
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Rondeau - Mouret
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
  • Ave Maria - Schubert
  • Air on the G string - Bach
  • Canon - Pachelbel
  • Largo from Winter from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  • La Rejouissance from Fireworks - Handel
  • Air from Water Music in F  - Handel
  • Bourree from Water Music in F - Handel
  • Hornpipe from Water Music in F - Handel
  • Hornpipe from Water Music in D - Handel
  • Cantabile - Tartini
  • Largo - Handel
  • Badinerie - Bach
  • Suite in D (includes Gavottes 1 and 2. Bouree and Gigue) - Bach
  • Rondeau from Abdelezar - Purcell
  • Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
  • Alleluja (from Exultate Jubilate) - Mozart


  • Violin/Cello Repertoire:
  • (can also be performed by flute/cello duo)


  • Trumpet Tune - Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
  • Handel - Hornpipe and Bouree from Water Music
  • Wedding March from Lohengrin - Wagner
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Nights Dream - Mendelssohn
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
  • Te Deum - Charpentier
  • Ave Maria - Schubert
  • La Rejouissance (from Handel Fireworks Music)
  • Meditation from Thäis  - Massenet
  • Faure - Pavane
  • Alleluja form "Exultate Jubilate" - Mozart
  •  Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring - Bach
  • Air on the G String (from Suite no. 3 in D)- Bach
  • Gavottes 1 and 2, Bourée and Gigue (from Suite no. 3 in D) - Bach

Light Classical

  • Largo from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  • Mouret - Rondo
  • Bach - Badinerie
  • Handel - Largo from Xerxes
  • Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
  • Dvorak - Humoreske
  • Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana
  • Bizet - Habanera and Entr'acte from Carmen
  • Pleyel - Minuet and Trio in C
  • Schubert - Rosamunde
  • Paradis - Sicilienne
  • Haydn - Serenade
  • Gossec - Tambourin (flute and cello only)
  • Tango: Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel (flute and cello only)
  • Handel - F major sonata
  • Beethoven - Sonata in F (from piano)
  • Bach - March in D (from Anna Magdelena book)
  • La Donna è Mobile - Verdi
  • Adagio from Mozart Clarinet Concerto
  • Andante from Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
  • Handel - Water Music movements
  • Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakmé
  • Saint Saëns - The Swan
  • Elgar - Salut D'Amour
  • Can't buy me love - Beatles
  • I've got a ticket to ride - Beatles
  • Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
  • With a Little Help From My Friends - Beatles
  • The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
  • English Country Gardens - Grainger
  • Tango: Por Una Cabeza
  • O Sole Mio
  • La Paloma
  • Bizet - Habanera from Carmen
  • La Cumparsita
  • Tico Tico
  • Auld Lang Syne - Trad

and many more......

(duo repertoire is classical in nature since this suits the number and combination of instruments best. If you wish to benefit from a greater range of material we strongly recommend you consider booking the string quartet instead.)

The Fermata Ensemble - String Quartet Feedback

Thank you for the music you provided on our wedding day, it was absolutely perfect.All our guests commented on your performance, it really helped to set the tone of the day without being overpowering. You moved seamlessly between the venues we asked for and the music choice was perfect.


An excellent and professional service - lovely music for our wedding, and everything went off as planned. Highly recommended!


I was amazed with how perfect the string quartet sounded as I walked down the aisle yesterday. All our our guests were very complimentary all saying how brilliant they were. They were a lovely addition to our wedding day. I would highly recommend them. They were superb!


We are writing to say a massive thank you to you and the other members of the string quartet. From what I heard the pieces sounded absolutely perfect. My entrance music ‘The Mission’ was played beautifully, it was just as I imagined it to be (breath-taking). The signing pieces were also magnificent. All our guests gave immense praise to you all and thought it was such a lovely idea to have the quartet for the church.


A reliable and friendly duo that created a great atmosphere and made a lasting memory for my wedding day.


The quartet arrived on time and played fantastically for the agreed period. They were beautifully turned out and look very professional. Other guests also commented on how good they were.


The string quartet were brilliant, they were punctual, smart and very helpful, they bought a tear to our eyes with their beautiful music. I couldn't have asked for more.The booking was extremely straightforward and you dealt with any questions I had in a very professional and efficient manner.Thank you so much for making our daughters wedding day perfect. We shall certainly be using again. Kind Regards.

Sally Evans, , none (September, 2014)

Thank you so much to you all for coming to Marston Moreteyne Manor on Saturday - all was top class 10 out of 10. We had so many comments on your playing, how lovely it was and for the extra touches of some hymn tunes as requested. Our daughter as she walked into the garden just turned and looked and said 'Oh Mum and Dad how lovely'. We were really thankful for such beautiful weather considering the day before! Thank you all so much. We just wished I had spoken to you all more - many many thanks

Tim and Mary Dawson, Marston Moreteyne Manor, (July, 2015)

Fermeta Ensemble were very professional and very flexible, even purchasing musical scores for our choice of song for the signing of the register. The members of the quartet were friendly and we would definitely recommend them.

Kirsty Nye, , Wedding (September 2017)

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