I’ve booked a piper, how’s does that work?
We work alongside pipers for a large number of weddings. Typically the piper pipes the guests from their transport to the door of the venue, in most cases a church or hotel. If the piper can be heard from inside the ceremony venue, we will take over from him/her roughly 15-20 minutes prior to the bridal entrance. If the piper can not be heard inside then we will play simultaneously, so that your guests are not sitting in silence. You can then decide if you (the bride) would like us or the piper to play you into the venue. Typically we do this part, as it is more atmospheric inside. For your exit you can decide again between us and the piper.
String Trio vs String Quartet?
A trio is simply 3 players (2 violins and cello or 1 violin, 1 viola and 1 cello) instead of 4 players (2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello). As you might imagine this means the sound is slightly less loud and full-sounding. This is a very good way of keeping costs down and unless you are getting married in a large venue, it is a very effective choice. It’s also perfect for smaller venues where there is less space.
How will we discuss all the details after I book?
We are always on hand to discuss any details with you. This can include timings, song choices and any plan changes or ideas. We primarily do this by email – it’s always useful to have all the info/plans on paper.
What do you wear when you’re playing?
We wear all black, or black bottoms / white top. However if you would like us to dress like wedding guests with more colour then do let us know.
How much do you charge?
This depends on how long you would like us to play and how far we need to travel.
How do I book you?
Simply click on the ‘Enquiry/Quote’ section to have a customised quote sent to you by email. This will provide a link to the booking form. If you choose to go ahead simply use the link provided and complete the form. You will then receive details of how to pay a £100 deposit to secure your booking.
Do you issue a contract?
We try to encourage paperless transactions. When you go to complete our online booking form, our terms and conditions are available for you to read and the check box must be ticked which allows your booking to come through to us. This constitutes our contract with you.
Our event is in a remote location. Will you travel?
Due to high demand we don’t normally take Saturday bookings (especially in peak summer season) further than a 2-hour drive (one way) from Glasgow.
Are you willing to play outside?
Yes, BUT only if there is suitable cover to protect our instruments from sunlight or rain. Please see our terms and conditions for a fuller explanation before you book.
When will you arrive?
We will arrive at least 20 minutes before we start playing (normally 30 minutes). If your venue is further from Glasgow, we will aim to get there even earlier.
How long does it take for you to set up?
Normally it takes us less than 5 minutes!
Is there any type of music that doesn’t work with strings?
String arrangements work for the majority of genres of music – classical, jazz, folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, musicals, latin, americana, blues, ragtime, soundtracks etc. Some heavier genres such as metal, rap and punk are slightly trickier to arrange well for strings but we’ll always pull something good out of the bag, we promise!
Do you play all types of music?
Yes. As well as performing standard classical music we have a selection of jazz, traditional Scottish and pop songs to play. Please see our repertoire section for more details.
There’s a song I want you to play that’s not on your repertoire list. Can you still play it?
Yes. We are happy to arrange 1 piece of music for you that isn’t on our repertoire list. Depending on what you want arranged, there may be a small arranging fee, but normally this is free! Additional arrangements will incur a £20 arranging fee each.
Do you accompany singers?
Yes. We have considerable experience in working with singers. Just let us know your song choices beforehand and we will liaise with the singer directly to make sure arrangements are all sorted. This is a very effective collaboration.
I’ve booked an organist, how will that work?
No problem. You can decide to have your hymns (or religious music) accompanied by either him/her or us. It’s common for the quartet to play for the bridal entrance and signing of the register, and then have the organ playing for your exit. This can create a good variety of music and atmosphere in your ceremony. Organists are typically hired for religious ceremonies only.
Do you play hymns?
Yes. We have a collection of popular hymns but can play from any hymn or organ sheet. We are also very happy to play less well-known hymns. We typically provide a short introduction to each hymn. This is particularly useful if your guests will be singing, as it clearly shows them when to start.
If we are playing, there is no need for an organist.
Do I pay for booking length or performance time?
Our players are paid by the half hour (not performance time) – this is worth considering if you are using different venues for your ceremony and reception especially if they are far apart. However we always arrive around 30 minutes early to setup before we play (this time is not charged).