Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What kind of music do you play?
The solo violin works beautifully for classical, folk, popular songs & show-tunes. For example some popular choices are All of Me by John Legend, Beauty and The Beast, Hallelujah, A Million Dreams, Canon in D, When I Fall in Love, A Whole New World, Time of Your Life (Green Day) and Can't Help Falling In Love. Have a look at our song-lists and videos for more suggestions. If you have a particular song in mind that isn't listed, just let me know and I will give it a try
The violin/guitar duo works really well for a range of musical styles including pop, jazz, classical, film themes and folk. Some songs, especially pop/rock work better as the duo with guitar- for example Oasis 'Wonderwall' or 'Crazy Little Thing' by Queen.
The Violin Jazz Quartet play Hot Club style jazz of the 1920s/30s/40s - an upbeat, acoustic style of jazz that will create a great atmosphere without drowning out your guests' conversation!
Q. Can we choose what pieces you play?
A. Any pieces listed on the song-lists can be chosen for the wedding ceremony.
If you have a song/ tune in mind that isn't listed, I am very happy to offer advice on whether it will suit solo violin or the violin/guitar duo and wherever possible will play your special request.
Q. Do you need a power supply?
A. For solo violin or violin/ guitar duo no power supply is needed and we can set up just about anywhere. Where a power socket is available
I will usually use a small amplifier for a slight boost in volume.
Q. Do you play for receptions?
A. Yes - all options are also available for receptions as well as parties, proposals, anniversaries and functions.
Q. Can you play outside?
A. As long as the weather is dry and fine we can play outside for your drinks reception or for outdoor ceremonies. If it rains at all we would need to move indoors as rain damages the instruments. Too much wind can also be a challenge as it blows music away, so a sheltered spot is best!
Q. Where are you based and what area do you cover?
A. We are based in Durham and are available for weddings and events in County Durham, Teeside, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Leeds and Cumbria. On request we can also quote for weddings and events outside of this area.
Q. Do you play for other events besides weddings?
A. Yes we can play for family parties, wedding anniversaries, special birthdays, corporate functions, valentines or even proposals!
Q. What is the cost of hiring a solo violinist?
A. Prices for solo violin start from £165 and from £275 for violin/guitar duo.
Q. What does the price include?
A. The price includes advice on music choices prior to the wedding; provision of all equipment where amplification is required; set up time of 30-45 minutes prior to the performance time; the performance itself, all necessary equipment, public liability insurance.
Additional travel costs will be included in quotes for journeys of more than 20 miles.
Q. How is payment made?
A. A deposit of fifty pounds is required at the time of booking, and the balance is paid two weeks prior to the wedding/ event.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque.