Price Band: £500 to £795
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Formed in January 1982, we're the North West original string quartet & flute group There are 5 members -- Martin on flute, Elaine & Sarah on violins, Fay on viola & Danny on cello. Elaine has been with us since 1982!!
We play almost any style of classical or light music except country & western and are open to requests either beforehand or on the night. We can arrange clients' favourite tunes too.
string quartet plus flute
We can work as a string quartet or flute & string trio
We only require PA's for functions of over 100 guests. PAs are additional to the basic fee.
South East based and will travel to these areas: Midlands, North East, North West.
Oldham Medical Society
Royal Bank of Scotland
The Highways Commission
New Brighton Pavilion Theatre
'You made our wedding day. When you played my late father's favourite song 'Sunny Side of the Street' I was moved to tears but so happy-my brothers & sisters all knew who it was for & it was a beautiful way to feel him near. Our guests were singing along to you whilst our photographs were being taken outside which made smile & want to run in to enjoy the atmosphere. Thanks to you all. The memories you helped create will last forever'.'
..Paula & Joe..Bodidris Aug 21st, 2009.
'You were our surprise for Debbie & the 'icing on the cake''.' She was thrilled we'd asked you to play. It was marvellous walking her down the aisle as she realised where the music was coming from.'' Your playing made it a magical occasion. Thank you.'
.. Peter & Pam W... December 21st, 2009.
'Your music was incredible-you all worked so very hard for us on the day it was magical ! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts'
..Ginny & Steve Aug 2009.
'You & your team of wonderful musicians played absolutely beautifully. Thanks also for your patience & support accompanying our nieces-who really pulled at the heart strings & performed 'You Raise Me Up' perfectly !'
.. Rachel & Neil. Manchester City Art Gallery...March 2009
'Thank you for your sensitive & entertaining playing & for standing in at such short notice & rescuing an already stressed out Mum!
Pat Hulme ... May 2009
Your presence & your beautiful music made our wedding day so special. Your service was professional & very friendly --just like your welcome to us in your home when we came to choose our music. '
..love Mark & Kate W. June 2009
'To Fay & the fantastic Classical Ensemble-thanks for providing just what we wanted at our wedding- you were absolutely brilliant!
..love...Sarah & Mark W. 2009
'The driver pulled into a lay-by to put the roof of the wedding car down & we could hear the Classical Ensemble playing in the hotel gardens miles away- Our guests thought the music was outstanding. You made us feel very welcome at your house too---we�ll recommend Classical Ensemble to anyone we possibly can ...'
Alison Smith August 2008
'Your music was fabulous-we'll recommend you to everyone. Sorry you had to move round the venue so much--but it'll have kept you fit-lo !
Diane & James B...August 2009
'We've been delighted with the standard of performance Classical Ensemble has provided for our events. Each time we've used them they've varied their playlist, style & costume to suit the function. They attend pre-event meetings which are vital to the synergy of the event on the night. I read a national Brides Magazine article where a bride who'd booked them for her wedding said it was the best investment they made! .I would highly recommend them for any corporate or personal event'
...Holly Moore..Event Manager ClubAZ AstraZeneca July 2009
' 'Saturday's Awards Ceremony was a wonderful success & your contribution was amazing & well received. We will definitely be using your services again.'
Shada Iqbal.Teletech .February 2009
'You were absolutely brilliant at our cocktail party and really made the evening just perfect.You can rest assured that I will certainly recommend you to my colleagues.
Chris W. at Royal Bank of Scotland December 2007
'On behalf of the Senior Management of Royal Bank of Scotland & NatWest Private Banking thank you for the entertainment at our Achievers Event in Manchester which I, together with all our staff, thoroughly enjoyed'
Mark F.-Head of Private Banking: February 2008
'A really big thank you for your and your group's efforts at our joint silver wedding and family 21st party. I've had loads of compliments on my good taste + foresight in booking you !'
Richard C--July 2009
'Thanks you for making William's 21st such a special occasion & wonderful surprise for him. He was absolutely delighted with your arrangement of his composition. We'll remember it for a long time. It was great you also stayed on to chat-Martin even managed to fix Will's flute--he's thrilled ! ....
Dilys T. April 2009
'Once again, you didn't fail to amaze! My Mum had a wonderful birthday party--which brought back memories of our wedding day. Feedback was excellent--thank you.'
April 2009 --Sonja Prescott
'The Classical Ensemble has performed at the Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander ~ Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition at the Town Hall, Manchester for the past 10 years, continuing to provide an entertaining format of eclectic tunes. The quintet continues to be an intrinsic element to the success of our event.'
As always we received great feedback about the music: Marie Powers & Sonia Johnson at Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander
'Thank you for the excellent quality music for our successful Summer Serenade evening at Eaton Park last Wednesday. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves & very complimentary remarks were made about the Classical Ensemble
more than a quartet ,we work as a five piece with a flute and so light music really is light !!
We consult with each client before each engagement
We colour co-ordinate for each gig's theme.
The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.
Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.
(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)
Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.
Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.
(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)