Arta String Quartet


How much do you charge?

This depends on the size of group, how long you would like us to play and how far we need to travel. Please complete the online form in the ‘contact’ section and click ‘send enquiry’ to have a customised quote sent to you.

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 a wedding ceremony and reception especially if they are far apart. However we always arrive 20 – 30 minutes early to setup before we play and this time is not charged. Our minimum booking length is 1 hour and our maximum length is 3 hours. You can choose 1.5 hours, 2 hours or 2.5 hours if you prefer.

How do I book you?

After receiving a quote just let us know by email if you wish to go ahead and we will provide a link to the booking form. Simply complete the form, tick the terms and conditions box and click ‘submit’. You will then receive details of how to pay a £100 deposit by bank transfer to secure your booking.

Do you issue a contract?

We try to encourage paperless transactions. As part of our online booking form, our terms and conditions are available for you to read. The check box accepting the terms and conditions must be ticked to allow your booking to come through to us. This constitutes our contract with you.

How will we discuss all the details after I book?

We are available to discuss any details with you but we prefer to do this by email so that we have a record of what is required. This can include timings, song choices and plan changes.

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.

Our event is in a remote location. Will you travel?

Due to high demand (especially in peak summer season) we don’t normally take bookings further than a 2-hour drive (one way) from Glasgow city centre.

When will you arrive?

We will arrive at least 20 minutes before we start playing (normally 30 minutes). If your venue is outwith Glasgow city, 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!

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 with more colour then do let us know.

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). This means the sound is slightly quieter and less full-sounding. This is a very good choice for keeping costs down. It’s also perfect for smaller venues where there is less space.

Is there any type of music that doesn’t work with strings?

Very little. String arrangements work for the majority of genres of music – classical, jazz, folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, musicals, latin, americana, blues, ragtime, soundtracks. Some heavier genres such as metal, rap and punk are slightly trickier to arrange well for strings but we will discuss this with you if needed!

Do you play all types of music?

Yes. As well as performing standard classical music we have a selection of pop, jazz, theme tunes, Scottish and many others 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 one piece of music for you that isn’t on our repertoire list. There may be a small arranging fee, but normally this is free! Additional arrangements (maximum of two) will incur a fee of £40 each. All arrangements are subject to requests being made in plenty of time to enable us to deal with them.

Do you accompany singers?

Yes. We have considerable experience in working with singers. Just let us know your song choices in plenty of time and we will liaise with the singer directly to make sure arrangements are all sorted. This is a very effective collaboration. Note that we do not provide the singer.

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.

I’ve booked an organist to play in the ceremony, will this work with strings?

You decide whether to use the organist or us to accompany your hymns. It’s common for the quartet to play for the bridal entrance and signing of the register, and then have the organist playing for your exit. This can create a good variety of music and atmosphere in your ceremony. Organists are normally hired for religious ceremonies only.

I’ve booked a piper, how will 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 pipes can be heard from inside the ceremony venue, we will take over from the piper roughly 15-20 minutes prior to the bridal entrance. If the piper cannot be heard inside then we will play simultaneously, so that your guests are not sitting in silence. You decide if you would like us or the piper to play for your entrance (bridal) into the venue. We normally do this part, as it is more atmospheric inside. For your exit, you can decide again between us and the piper.