The Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet at Barnsley House, nr. Cirencester

            PHOTO: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet at Barnsley House, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 Thank You letters & written Testimonials to the Cotswold Ensemble's String Quartet, Duos and Solo Cellists:


 “Thanks Fiona and Co me and my husband were so proud. You were brilliant and stuck to our Disney theme. Thanks a million," 

Facebook post: String Quartet: Wedding & Reception at Notley Tythe Barn, March 2022

 “Just wanted to say thank you so so much for your attendance to our wedding last week. It was absolutely perfect. Please extend my thanks to all. Best Wishes," 

String Quartet: Wedding at Hyde House, Stow on the Wold, October 2021

 “Thank you for making our day so memorable!"  Facebook thanks: "Fiona and the other members of the Cotswold Ensemble for adding a graceful touch to the service - the final countdown before hand was definitely a crowd pleaser!"

String Quartet: Wedding at Northleach parish church, August 2021

 “...thank you very much to you all for playing at our wedding on Tuesday afternoon. We were delighted with your performance and we heard nothing but very positive and highly complimentary comments from guests about how much they enjoyed the music you played. It definitely helped to make a great atmosphere for the ceremony and the drinks reception. We were particularly grateful to you for being so accommodating and willing to play outside even though it was touch and go on the weather right up to the last minute, and indeed almost beyond the start of the ceremony! ...  Thank you again for the part you played in helping to make our big day so special for us..."  

String Quartet: M&S's wedding & reception, Manor House Hotel Manor, Moreton-in-Marsh, May 2019

 “...We both wanted to thank you and the rest of the quartet for the most amazing pieces of music that you played for us on the day. All of our friends and family have commented on how wonderful the music was and how it made the day and complimented the setting of Buckland manor....the time passed by so quickly and before we knew it came in to take the applause you so rightly deserved... Please pass our sincere and heartfelt thank you’s to everyone involved. If we can be of any assistance with feedback or references then please let us know. Many Thanks.."  

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet: M&C's wedding & reception, Buckland Manor, Glocs, January 2019

 “...thank you! It was fantastic."  

Cotswold Ensemble Solo Cellist: pre-supper drinks, St Luke's Chapel, University of Oxford, November 2018

 “...I can't thank you enough for the hard work you put into my wedding to make sure it was truly beautiful. The music was stunning and you made sure you played all our favourite songs. Everything tied together perfectly and I can't thank you enough. .... I hope to work with you in the future. Many thanks, K&D xx"  

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet: wedding & reception, Eastington Park, Stonehouse, Glocs, August 2018

 “Hi Fiona, Just to say how much we enjoyed your music on Saturday.  Many guests remarked on how well it rounded off the celebration despite the weather.  If you are playing at a public event in the area please let me know. It would be lovely to listen to the ensemble again. "  

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet: SJ's 50th Wedding Anniversary Lunch, Fairford, Gloucestershire, Summer 2018

 “I just wanted to quickly send you a massive thank you for Friday. Lots of people have been coming up to me to say how wonderful it was to have a quartet play throughout the meal, and we’ve even discovered that someone plays the Cello! She actually said you are the best Quartet that she has seen! "  

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet: ER: Company Christmas dinner, King's Head Hotel, Cirencester, Glocs, 

5-star review in Guides for Brides, posted November 2017    

The Cotswold Ensemble played our wedding during the summer and did an excellent job. Communication in the lead up to the event was clear and prompt, and our guests were highly complimentary of their performance on the day. 

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, wedding & reception, Lower Slaughter Manor, Glocs, Autumn 2017


 Hello Fiona,   What lovely music you played at out "Rendezvous Party". Everyone commented on the nautical theme of your repertoire and we appreciate the effort you put into it... Your music was delightful and your team so professional and cheerful, despite the weather. I am so sorry we did not get to say goodbye to you all...perhaps next time! Many thanks again C. & B. xxxx...  

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, playing water-themed music near Stroud, Gloucestershire, Summer 2017


 Dear Fiona   Thank you for your wonderful performance last night, it was greatly appreciated by all...  

Cotswold Ensemble Solo cellist: CL for Saïd Business School at Wadham College, University of Oxford, Summer 2017


....     I would like to take this opportunity to say that the ensemble was amazing and we received many compliments.  Thanks again for everything!.

NMcF, Cotswold Ensemble string quartet, Upper Slaughter Church & Lords of the Manor, Glocs, Summer 2017

5-star review in Guides for Brides, posted May 2017    

....     Fiona was so helpful in the whole process of booking the Cotswold Ensemble. She sent us play lists and helped pick out the right music for parts of our day. They have a beautiful rich sound which made our day and had every guest telling us how wonderful the quartet was. They are a touch of class, well presented and wonderfully played with a huge repertoire of classical and modern music. Thank you for helping us have our perfect day.

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Bay Tree Hotel, Burford, Oxfordshire, 2017


.... Hi Fiona...Thank you so much for playing at our wedding...We had so many compliments from guests on the music that you played - your presence really made an impact! ... Thank you so much to all of you 😊

S&BP: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Lains Barn, Wantage, Oxfordshire, 2017


.... Dear Fiona, Just a little thank you card to say how amazing you were on our wedding day. The music was fantastic and it really made the whole ceremony. I will remember it always. Lots of love, 

G,D&B: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 2016


.... Hi Fiona, I just wanted to thank you again for playing at our reception. Our delegates were absolutely delighted with it.  

JZ: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford, 2016


.... to say how much we enjoyed your performance - guests have written to say so and aked me to thank you. It was lovely to have music played so well on a 100 year old boat at such a beautiful spot and on such an occasion - thank you for all the work you put into it and please also thank Elizabeth and Stewart. You made our day truly memorable.!

R & D: Cotswold Ensemble Baroque & Classical Trio, Salter's Steamer, the Thames near Dorchester, Oxon, 2016


.... The Cotswold Ensemble played at our ceremony and cocktail reception at our Great Tew wedding last June. It was an absolute pleasure to plan the music with Fiona and Nikki as it was to listen to the beautiful music on the day of the wedding. I would recommend them without any hesitation. Thank you so much for making our day so perfect. The Natales xox

Five start review, Guides for Brides : G & D: Cotswold Ensemble String Duo, Gt Tew church, Oxfordshire, 2016


.... we'd like to say thank you very much for preforming at our wedding. It really made our afternoon drinks special and everyone commented how lovely it was to have you all there. If you ever need a reference please feel free to use us...

R & L: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Danesfield House, Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, 2016


....Hello Fiona, A belated thanks to you and Jo for playing at our party last week. We have received such lovely feedback of how much our friends enjoyed your music. You really set the tone for the evening...Many thanks again.

E & N: Cotswold Ensemble String Duo, 60th Birthday party, Broadway Golf Club, Worcestershire, 2016

....I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for the amazing job that you and the rest of the Ensemble did playing at our wedding recently. So many of our guests have commented on how wonderful you were and I'm sorry that I didn't get chance to come and say hello- the whole day was just a whirlwind!

...J&L, Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Notley Tythe Barn, Buckinghamshire, 2016.        

Dear Fiona, We both just wanted to say such a huge thank you for making our day so special. Lee and all of our guests absolutely loved the tunes before the wedding, and I must admit that I was stood outside for a few moments taking it all in as well. You were fabulous!  We were so happy that you played Canon to the end: we both said afterwards that it gave us time to just take a breath and settle down ready for the ceremony rather than rushing straight in. And the McFly at the end was just perfect. Thank you so much for doing that for us - it really finished the ceremony off so well.  Can you please also pass our thanks on to all of the players on the day? We had hoped to speak to you all at the end of the ceremony but it was madness with photos and getting ushered off to the reception!  Thank you again.

G&L: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Wantage church, Oxfordshire, Leap Day 2016


....The Cotswold Ensemble played at our wedding service in Lower Slaughter on 12 December 2015. They played a selection of classical and Christmas pieces in the church as guests were arriving and played all the music during the service, including accompanying hymns and carols. They also performed an incredibly beautiful arrangement of O Holy Night, which was sung by soprano Anna Shackleton. The atmosphere that the quartet created was fantastic and many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed listening to the music. We can’t thank Fiona Hedges enough for her enthusiastic contribution, suggestions and responsiveness. We are so grateful to you for making our wedding ceremony so perfect....

                5-Star review in Guides for Brides: Sarah and Michal Klaczynski 2015-12-18


....Thank you all so much for playing so beautifully at our wedding. You really made our day. With love from...

                M & F: Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, reception Waddesdon Dairy, Bucks           


....Thanks so much to you and to Tom - he was excellent and having him play really added to our ceremony...Thanks again - and we will definitely be recommending you to anyone who asks!

...H&A A: Cotswold Ensemble's solo cellist at Oxford Town Hall.         

...thank you so much for the beautiful music you  played at our wedding and for being so accommodating throughout. You were a pleasure to correspond with and embraced all of our bizarre requests! And thank you for taking the time to rehearse with Jilly [the bride's friend who sang with us in the ceremony] before the day...You were brilliant and made the ceremony in particular very special for us... ....The quartet were amazing.

J&M D, Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Elmore Court, Glocs            

Fiona thank you so much for Saturday you were all amazing and everyone loved the music ! I shall be recommending you to all my currently engaged friends!!!

L&S, Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Westonbirt, Glocs            

5-star review in Guides for Brides, posted Summer 2014     

The Cotswold Ensemble played for our wedding party at the Ashmolean museum. The lively and uplifting sound of tangoes drifting up the staircase as our guests arrived created the most wonderful atmosphere. Many of our guests said how much they enjoyed your playing; we are very grateful for making our party so special ...

Robert & Susan, Cotswold Ensemble's Tango String Quartet, Ashmolean Cafe, Oxford  

...our guests really enjoyed your playing and the atmosphere you created. Once again many thanks to you and your colleagues.

LD&J, Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet,  Bay Tree Hotel, Burford, Oxfordshire            

Thank you for playing on the 15th of March, both Church and Reception were excellent and really enjoyed by all.

Cotswold Ensemble String Duo & String Quartet, Woodchester Church & Mansion, Stroud, Glocs            

We recently got married at the Bay Tree Hotel, Burford and arranged for the Cotswold Ensemble to play during the service, the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. What a fantastic decision!!! They were brilliant, playing a huge variety of different music. We had a number of special requests, and Fiona was a pleasure to deal with in arranging these. I can highly recommend having the theme from Star Wars at the end of the service - the arrangement was spot-on and got a big cheer from our guests! Fiona & her enthusiasm and The Cotswold Ensemble come highly recommended as a real special wedding day touch.

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Bay Tree Hotel, Burford, Oxon: 5-star review on Guides for Brides         

....thank you so much for the music on our wedding day. So many of our guests expressed how much they enjoyed the music and how special it made our day.

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Westbury Hotel, near Oxford           

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding ….. It all sounded wonderful. The choices were perfect we were really happy with everything. It made our ceremony all the more special and would have no hestitation in recommending you to friends. Thanks again.

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Waddesdon Dairy (National Trust)       

Thank you to you and the rest of the Cotswold Ensemble for playing at our wedding.... We had lots of comments from our guests saying how much they enjoyed the music both in the church and afterwards. Thank you for managing all of our requests and playing everything that we wanted you to - it was especially lovely to hear Salut d'Amour whilst we were signing the marriage certificate especially.

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Rendcomb, Cirencester, Glocs

Everyone commented on how lovely the music was and how professionally you were all turned out and my mum was overwhelmed at her entrance music! thank you again for helping to make our day so special!

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire           

Many, many guests commented on what a huge difference it made to the ambiance. This was perhaps best summed up by my daughter who turned to me whispered "Daddy, this is just perfect!"

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire            

The ensemble were absolutely beautiful, and made the atmosphere on the day. Thanks again!!

Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet, Bay Tree Hotel, Burford, Oxfordshire

Thank you for playing for us on Saturday.  Having the music ‘live’ made a tremendous difference to the occasion and was enjoyed by everybody.  Unfortunately I have only one daughter so another wedding is unlikely. But should we need music on another occasion we shall certainly get in touch with you!