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Who are we? Why hire us?

The Cotswold Ensemble is a group of experienced, classically-trained, professionally-qualified string playing musicians based around the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. We love playing string quartet and string duo music at special events.

We are do-ers! We arrange and adapt music for our clients. We enjoy getting out and about to play for weddings and other special occasions. We like meeting the challenges of providing live music in diverse, even difficult, situations.

We are "people people": we variously also work in orchestras, choirs and schools, we examine, adjudicate and accompany practical music exams and music competitions.

We will travel beyond the Cotswolds and Oxford to play.

Why hire the Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet?

A string quartet (two violins, one viola, one cello) has by far the best quality and biggest range of music suitable for weddings, receptions, parties, and other special events. The Cotswold Ensemble's huge repertoire of classical, pop, traditional & folk music arranged for String Quartet ranges from long before Bach to well beyond the Beatles: we are ready to go. 

The Cotswold Ensemble also has an acoustic tango string quartet, led by a Buenos Aires trained violinist, which offers high-energy tango sets in addition to the usual range of quartet music. Our tangos are loud, but not too loud: conversations between guests will still be possible!

For quieter, smaller-scale events or events where space is limited, our string duos (violin and cello) offer Baroque, Classical and Romantic favourites & our own arrangements of 20th & 21st century classic pops.



"From the first time we spoke on the telephone, your professionalism and calm approach was excellent… we thank you for all of your help and assistance in making this the perfect day for us… you understood and met our needs on the day brilliantly. Many of our guests complimented you on your wonderful playing and the song together with Albin worked wonderfully. 

Thank you once again for your excellent service and attention"