About The Ariana String Quartet
Formed in 1998, The Ariana String Quartet bring together four outstanding musicians who apart from performing with the quartet also pursue busy careers as freelance orchestral musicians, appearing with such well-known orchestras as the Halle, Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, English Sinfonia, Opera North, Northern Ballet, Welsh Chamber Orchestra and English Camerata.
In addition to recital performances, they have provided entertainment at many private events, from weddings to banquets and corporate functions across the north of England at top hotels, country houses and other prestigious venues
The Ariana String Quartet are noted for the breadth of their repertoire stretching from the classical right through to popular light music, enabling them to provide suitable music for civil and church ceremonies as well as for receptions and dinners, including wedding breakfasts.
Traditional wedding music choices include Wagner’s “Bridal March”, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” or Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”. Popular requests for music during the signing of the register include Pachelbel’s “Canon” and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. Special requests can usually be accommodated, given enough notice, although there may be an extra charge for this service.
Our quoted price covers the quartet playing for around two hours over a three hour period, but a longer stay can also be arranged by negotiation.
Price from: £500
What People Say:
Anna Rye - wedding - North Yorkshire - September 2005
Brief Repertoire List
Complete Mozart string quartets
Mozart – Divertimenti
Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Haydn - string quartets including the The Lark, The Emperor of Austria,
The Policeman, The Frog, etc
Also selected string quartets by Beethoven, Borodin, Brahms,Boccherini Mendelssohn and Dvorak
Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Bach - Air on a G String
Pachelbel – Canon
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary.
Wagner - wedding music (from Lohengrin)
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Arrangements of Gershwin songs, including Summertime
I Got Rhythm, Swanee etc.
Extracts from Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.
Arrangements of film music, including Titanic and Gladiator.
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite.
Arrangements of Chopin piano music.
Arrangements of famous Italian operatic arias.
Handel - Water Music.
Saint-Saens - The Swan.
Scott Joplin - Various Rags.
Various Jazz and Blues numbers.
Also many arrangements of lighter music e.g. My Funny Valentine,
New York New York, music from Cats, Big Spender,
Cole Porter, Beatles songs, TV theme tunes and so on.
The quartet can devise a programme to suit your taste from classical to light music, or a mixture of styles. The above list gives an idea of the breadth of their repertoire, but is far from exhaustive.