The Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet at Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter, Glocs

Photo: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet at Lords of the Manor, Glocs.

Repertoire List

The Cotswold Ensemble has over 750 string quartet pieces in repertoire, refined over our 30+ years of performing music together.

Clients choose some or all of the music to be played, or leave us to select pieces based on our experience of what works well.

We can make a playlist to complement the theme of an event: we've done classical music in films & TV, nationalities (Scottish, Irish, Italian, Norwegian), water, Oxford & the Thames, tango, ballet & dance, specific decades.

If your favourite music is wanted for your ceremony or wedding breakfast entrance but is not commercially available for string quartet or string duo, make a special request for us to arrange it for you. 

Below are listed just a few of the pieces we have been asked to play over the years. Do ask to see our complete String Quartet, Tango Quartet, String Duo, Solo Violin and Solo Cello repertoire lists. Our list of wedding ceremony pieces we've played shows what is trending and what is evergreen.

Popular Classic Choices

Albeniz - Tango

Bach - Air on the G String,  Arioso,

Bach - Brandenburg concertos, Wachet auf

Bizet - Habanera from Carmen

Boccherini - Minuet

Borodin - First Polovtsian Dance

Borodin - Nocturne from Quartet in D

Delibes - Flower Duet from Lakme,  Pizzicato Polka

Debussy - Clair de Lune

Dvorak - Humoreske, Slavonic Dances

Elgar - Chanson de Matin, Salut d’Amour

Faure - Pavane, Cantique de Jean Racine

Gilbert & Sullivan - Three Little Maids  

Grieg - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Handel - The Royal Fireworks Music and The Water Music 

Haydn - Finale from Quartet op 54 no 1   

Haydn - Quartet op 77 no. 1

Irish medley - Erin’s Wreath

Jenkins - Palladio

Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Massenet - Meditation from Thais

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

Mozart - Marriage of Figaro overture

Mozart - Divertimenti in D & F

Offenbach - Barcarolle

Pachelbel - Canon

Purcell - Rondo from Abdelezzar

Puccini - Nessun Dorma, O Mio Babbino Caro

Schubert - Marche Militaire, Serenade, Ave Maria

Schumann - Traumeri

Strauss Polkas - Pizzicato, Thunder & Lightening

Strauss Marches - Radetzsky

Strauss Waltzes - The Blue Danube, The Emperor, Die Fledermaus,

Tchaikovsky - Chant sans Paroles,

Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers   

Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Reed Flutes (Mirlitons)

Tchaikovsky Waltzes - Eugene Onegin, Nutcracker,  Sleeping Beauty

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves

Verdi - Drinking Song (Brindisi) 

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons 


A selection of tangos.

Scott Joplin and others:

A selection of Ragtime pieces.

Folk music from the British Isles:

English, Scottish and Irish dance tunes and airs.

Music from further afield:

8 "Enchanting Bollywood" pieces,

4 Jewish Wedding pieces.


 By Strauss, I got Plenty of Nuttin’, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Love Walked In,

 Moonlight and Roses, Summertime, They Can’t Take That Away From Me. 


All you need is Love, Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby, Here There and Everywhere, Michelle, When I’m 64, Yesterday.

Classic Pops

As Time Goes By  - Funiculi Funicula

Cock Linnet (My Old Man)  - Anything Goes

White Cliffs of Dover   - O Sole Mio

Let’s Do it - The Folks Who Live on the Hill

Heart and Soul - My Funny Valentine

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square  - My Girl

A Foggy Day  - Bring me Sunshine

Leaning on a Lampost  - Turkey in the Straw

Harry Lime Theme - The Sound of Music suite 

Singin’ in the Rain  - How Deep is your Love

Forgotten Dreams - Beside the Seaside

Blue Tango - Ben

Beer Barrel Polka (My old man) - At Last

All I Ask of You  - Pasadena

Pennies from Heaven - Misty

Makin’ Whoopee - The Girl in Satin

Dream a Little Dream of You  - Going to the Chapel

Viva La Vida  - Bittersweet Symphony

The Secret Wedding (Braveheart)  - Glasgow Love Theme

The Girl in Satin  - God only Knows

A Thousand Years - Bittersweet Symphony

One Day Like This - The Very Thought of You

Ask about the many arrangements we have of more recent pop music!

Novelty Items

Uno Bow Serenade - Haydn

 Eine Kleine Beatlemusik - Lennon & McCartney

Eine Kleine Nicht Bricht Moonlicht Nicht Music - Borr

 Fair Fat and Wide (a selection from the Wedding Marches) - Gaulton.

Popular Christmas Music

 Carol Medley, Prokofiev's Troika, Snowman Suite, Sleigh Ride.

Photo above: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet at Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire,

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