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Who are we? Why hire us?

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

We are "do-ers"! We enjoy going out to play for weddings and other celebrations. We 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 variously also play in orchestras, sing in choirs and teach in schools. We examine, adjudicate and accompany in practical music exams and music competitions.

We will travel beyond the Cotswolds and Oxford to play.

Why hire the Cotswold Ensemble String Quartet?

The Cotswold Ensemble's huge repertoire of classical, pop, & traditional folk music arranged for String Quartet ranges from well before Bach to far beyond the Beatles. 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 acoustic tango string quartet also offers high-energy tango sets, led by our Argentine tango-trained violinist. Our tangos are lively, but not so loud that  conversations between guests are hindered.

For quieter, 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"