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Who are we? Why hire us?

Cotswold Ensemble musicians are professionally-qualified, classically-trained and experienced string players from around the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. We specialise in providing live string quartet and string duo music at special events.

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

We are "people people": we are variously also professional orchestral payers, choristers and givers of music lessons in schools. Some of us examine, adjudicate and accompany for music exams and music competitions.

We will travel beyond the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire to play.

Why hire the Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet?

String quartets (two violins, one viola, one cello) have the best range of music for church and civic weddings, receptions, parties, and other special events. The Cotswold Ensemble's huge repertoire of high-quality classical, classic pop & traditional folk music arranged for string quartet ranges from before Bach to well beyond the Beatles. 

Our acoustic tango string quartet, led by our Argentine tango-trained violinist, offers high-energy tango sets in addition. 

For smaller scale events, or 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"