About us 

We are a vibrant and professional string quartet based in Dorset specialising in performing at weddings, private parties and corporate events. Our players are highly experienced musicians and together offer a bespoke, personal service to suit your individual requirements. We play a wide range of music from classical to modern pop. If there is a particular piece that means a lot to you, we will do our utmost to find so our live music gives that personal touch to your day.

 

Our music

We have a wide range of music to suit all tastes, from traditional classical, favourite show tunes to up-to-the-minute modern pop. If there is a particular piece that you want which we don’t have, we will do everything we can to find it to ensure your day is made that extra bit special. We also offer a bespoke service arranging music if we cannot find it elsewhere.

Light/modern pieces

  • A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)
  • A Moment Like This (Leona Lewis)
  • A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
  • A Whole New World (Alan Menken)
  • All Of Me (John Legend)
  • All You Need Is Love (Beatles)
  • Amazing Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
  • And I Love Her (Beatles)
  • Angels (Robbie Williams)
  • Annie's Song (John Denver)
  • Anniversary Waltz (Franklin)
  • Anything Goes (Porter)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Beneath Your Beautiful (Emeli Sande)
  • Best Day Of My Life (American Authors)
  • Beyond The Sea (Lawrence/Trenet)
  • Bill Bailey (Cannon)
  • Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  • Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon)
  • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Calico Skies (McCartney)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • Candle In The Wind (Elton John)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis)
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Frankie Valli)
  • Chandalier (Sia)
  • Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
  • Chi Mai (Morricone)
  • Clocks (Coldplay)
  • Close To You (Bacharach)
  • Country Club (Joplin)
  • Country Gardens (Grainger)
  • Crazy In Love (Beyonce)
  • Dixie (Emmett)
  • Don’t Cry for me Argentina (Lloyd Webber)
  • Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
  • Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
  • Embraceable You (Gershwin)
  • Empty Chairs At Empty Tables (Les Miserables)
  • Everything (Michael Buble)
  • (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Michael Kamen)
  • Fields Of Gold (Sting)
  • First Time I Ever Saw Your Face (Roberto Flack)
  • Fix You (Coldplay)
  • Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
  • From Now On (The Greatest Showman)
  • Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
  • Girl With The Flaxen Hair (Debussy)
  • God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
  • Golden Earth Girl (McCartney)
  • Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) 
  • Greatest Day (Take That)
  • Halleluiah (Leonard Cohen)
  • Halo (Beyonce)
  • Happy Birthday (Hill)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles)
  • Here, There, Everywhere (The Beatles)
  • Hideaway/Light My Fire (Johnson Brothers/The Doors Hernandos)
  • Highway To Hell (ACDC)
  • Holiday (Green Day)
  • Honour Him (Gladiator)
  • How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees)
  • How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding)
  • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (James Taylor)
  • I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (Glover-Kind)
  • I Don't Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
  • I Dreamed A Dream (Schonberg)
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You (Porter)
  • I Got Rhythm (Gershwin )
  • I Know Him So Well (Andersson)
  • I Love The Way You Love Me (Boyzone)
  • I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
  • Iris (Goo Goo Girls)
  • Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • I See The Light (Disney Tangled)
  • It Had To Be You (Frank Sinatra)
  • It's A Beautiful Day (Buble)
  • It's All About You (McFly)
  • Jeeves and Wooster theme tune
  • Jurassic Park theme tune
  • Just One Of Those Things (Porter)
  • Just The Way You Are (Joel)
  • Killarney; Cockles and Mussels; The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls; The Girl I Left Behind Me; Londonderry Air; The Irish Washerwoman; The Wild Rover; The Minstrel Boy; Irish Sherry arr Bill Thorpe (Irish music)
  • Killer Queen (Queen)
  • Kiss Me (Ed Sheran)
  • Kissing You (Des’ree)
  • La Bamba (trad Mexican)
  • La Paloma (traditional)
  • Leaning On A Lamppost (Gay)
  • Let It Go from Frozen (Disney)
  • Let’s Do It (Porter)
  • Living On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)
  • Love and Marriage
  • Love Is All Around (Wet Wet Wet)
  • Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin)
  • Love Me Do (Beatles)
  • Love Me Tender (Elvis)
  • Love On Top (Beyoncé)
  • Love Story (Taylor Swift)
  • Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
  • Makin’ Whoopee (Donaldson)
  • Mamma Mia (Abba)
  • Marry Me (Bruno Mars)
  • Mexican Hat Dance (traditional)
  • Moon River (Henry Mancini)
  • Moonlight and Roses (Lemare)
  • Muppet show theme (Henson)
  • Music To Watch Girls By (Andy Williams)
  • My Funny Valentine (Rodgers)
  • My Girl (Robinson)
  • My Love (McCartney)
  • Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
  • Never Enough (The Greatest Showman)
  • Next To Me (Emelie Sande)
  • Night and Day (Porter)
  • No Place I’d Rather Be (Clean Bandit)
  • O Sole Mio (di Capua)
  • On The Street Where You Live (Frederick Loewe)
  • One Day Like This (Elbow)
  • Only Human (Rag and Bone Man)
  • Paperback Writer (Beatles)
  • Paradise (Coldplay)
  • Paragon Rag (Joplin)

Light/modern pieces (con.)

  • Perfect Day (Reed)
  • Portuguese Love Theme from Love Actually (Craig Armstrong)
  • Raindrops Keep Falling (Bacharach)
  • Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
  • Royals (Lorde)
  • Rule The World (Take That)
  • She (Charles Aznavour)
  • She's Always A Woman (Billy Joel)
  • Shine (Take That)
  • Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
  • Skaters (Waldteufel)
  • Skyfall (Adele)
  • Sky Full Of Stars (Coldplay)
  • Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (The Platters)
  • Solitaire (Sedaka)
  • Someone Like You (Adele)
  • Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Arlen)
  • Somewhere, Tonight (West Side Story)
  • Stand By Me (Ben E King)
  • Star Wars Throne Room theme (John Williams)
  • Sugar We're Goin' Down (Fall Out Boy)
  • Summertime (Gershwin)
  • Sway (Cherry Pink)
  • Sweet Child O’Mine (Guns N Roses)
  • S'Wonderful (Gershwin)
  • Take Me To The Church
  • Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn)
  • Tale as Old As Time (Disney Beauty and the Beast)
  • That's Amore (Harry Warren)
  • The Entertainer (Joplin)
  • The Girl From Impanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  • The Man I love (Gershwin)
  • The Middle (Jimmy Eat World)
  • The Music Of The Night from Phantom
  • The Rose (Bette Midler)
  • Theme from Schindler’s List (Williams)
  • This Is Me (The Greatest Showman)
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (Natalie Cole)
  • Three Little Maids from School (Sullivan)
  • Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)
  • UEFA Champions League Theme
  • Unchained Melody (North/Zaret)
  • Unconditionally (Katy Perry)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon)
  • Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
  • We Found Love (Rihanna)
  • We Have All The Time In The World
  • What Is This Thing Called Love? (Porter)
  • Whatever (Oasis)
  • When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole)
  • When I’m 64 (Beatles)
  • When You Say Nothing At All (Ronan Keating)
  • White Wedding (Billy Idol)
  • Williams Cavatina from the Deer Hunter
  • Wonderwall (Oasis)
  • Yesterday (Beatles)
  • You And Me (Lifehouse)
  • You And You Alone (Delta Goodrem)
  • You Are So Beautiful (Cocker)
  • You Raise Me Up (Graham and Lovland)
  • Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher (Jackie Wilson)
  • Your Song (Elton John)
  • You're Beautiful (James Blunt)
  • Yradier Cielito Lindo

Classical music

  • Bach Air on a G String
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 First and Third Mvt
  • Bach Gigue from Suite no 3 
  • Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Bach Prelude from English Suite no 3
  • Bach Suite no 3
  • Barber Adagio
  • Beethoven Adagio Sostenuto from moonlight Sonata
  • Beethoven European Anthem (from 9th Symphony)
  • Beethoven Fur Elise
  • Bizet Toreador’s song from Carmen
  • Boccherini Minuet
  • Chopin Prelude in E Minor
  • Corelli Concerto Grosso no 8 (Christmas)
  • Delibes Flower Duet from Lakme
  • Dvorak Humoresque
  • Elgar Chanson de Matin
  • Elgar Chanson de niut
  • Elgar Salut d’amour
  • Faure Berceuse from Dolly Suite
  • Faure Pavane
  • Gounod Ave Maria
  • Grieg Morning from Peer Gynt
  • Grieg Wedding day at Troldhaugen
  • Handel All We Like Sheep from the Messiah
  • Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Handel Five pieces from Music for the Royal Fireworks
  • Handel Hornpipe from Water Music, Bourree
  • Handel Largo  
  • Handel Sarabande with variations 
  • Handel Water Music Suite in D – Overture
  • Haydn Serenade
  • J C Bach Andante
  • Jenkins Palladio
  • Massenet Meditation from Thais
  • McEwen Danse Basse
  • Mendelssohn Wedding March
  • Mozart Wedding Procession from marriage of Figaro
  • Pachelbel Canon
  • Puccini Nessun Dorma
  • Puccini O Mio Babino Caro
  • Purcell 2 Rondeaux from Abdelazar and the Fairy Queen
  • Purcell Trumpet Tune
  • Ravel Bolero
  • Rubenstein Melody in F
  • Satie Gymnopedie no 1
  • Strauss Artist's Life
  • Strauss Emperor Waltz
  • Strauss Tales from Vienna Woods
  • Strauss The Blue Danube
  • Strauss Wiener Blut
  • Strauss Wine, Women and Song
  • trad Greensleeves
  • Vivaldi Spring
  • Vivaldi Winter 2
  • Wagner Bridal Chorus

Listen to us

We are proud to be the official string quartet and a partner of the fabulous wedding venue Parley Manor at Hurn, Bournemouth. Click on the link below to see us playing at one of their open days.

 

Meet the players

 

Alice Metcalfe  grew up in Bournemouth where she was a member of the Bournemouth and Dorset Youth Orchestras. She studied violin at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and completed a Masters in baroque violin at York University. Now based in Wimborne, she is a violin and piano teacher and plays regularly with various string ensembles. Alice founded and runs The Minster String Quartet

 

Aidan Fisher  was born near Bath. He studied composition, viola and conducting at the Royal College of Music.  He was then appointed Composer - in - Residence at Charterhouse School.  In 1985 he was working in London as a freelance viola player, teacher and also as a composer.  He moved to Dorset in 1991, where he now teaches. He plays viola professionally with many local ensembles most notably with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as an extra player.

Piotr Kopec studied at Trinity College of Music in London, gaining an honours degree in violin performance. Piotr is a member of several string quartets and works with orchestras, choral societies, chamber groups, opera and in musical theatre. He has performed at hundreds of functions and weddings and recorded for various pop acts. With the Orion Trio he has performed on cruise ships around the world. He gives recitals and in recent years has performed all of the major violin concertos.

Kathy Jackson grew up locally and won a music scholarship at school and went on to study music at Exeter University. She has worked for a music publishers, as an orchestral librarian, and as manager of the BBC Radio 3 Music Library. Since having her three children she has retrained in IT and now works in education as well as teaching and playing the cello in various quartets and local ensembles. Kathy has has been playing in string quartets for weddings for over 20 years. She also enjoys arranging new songs for The Minster String Quartet.

What our couples say

'Thank you very much for playing at our wedding. A string quartet was something that we had not even considered until we heard you playing at Parley Manor open day. We immediately thought it would make a great addition to our big day. So many of our guests commented how good you all were.'

Nicola and Robert Wray

'Peter and I just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and we are so pleased we booked you. All our guests commented on how lovely you were and it really made our wedding extra special. I could not have imagined our day to be any more perfect than it was because it was all I have ever dreamed of and much more. Thank you for being part of our very special wedding day. The music you played sounded perfect and you all played so well. I honestly cannot thank you enough.'

Mr and Mrs Gray

'I just wanted to send a quick email now that I am back from honeymoon. The music at our ceremony and for the drinks on the lawn was just perfect! Everyone commented on how lovely it was. It really made our ceremony something special. Thank you so much for helping make our day amazing!'

Hollie & Rob Blofield

'You were all amazing and helped to make our day so special.'

Melanie and Toby Jones

'Just wanted to say a big thank you for playing at the wedding. You were fantastic and all the guests enjoyed the music. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you in the future. Thank you again!'

Kerry and George Cupit

'I just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding last month. The music was so lovely to hear when I was walking down the aisle and we have had so many comments on how good you guys were. I would highly recommend you to anyone getting married in the area!'

Jodie and Nick Bloomfield

'A massive thank you for coming and playing. You were brilliant. It really set the atmosphere for guests arriving and the music was so beautiful and I know much appreciated.'

Phil and Vicky Lenthall

'I would just like to say thank you for playing at our wedding. You sounded fab and it was everything I had imagined it would be! Your music really made our day and we actually wish we had booked you for longer!! Before the wedding you really helped us think of what sort of music we would want played and that made it very personal for us. The Rose sounded perfect at Parley Manor and I'm so thankful you learnt that one for us. Thank you again - you really were the perfect choice.'

Stephanie Littlewood-Miller 

Fees

Our 2020/21 fee for weddings and other events is £500 for a standard 2-hour booking. Other fees are £600 for 3 hours, £450 for 1.5 hours and £400 for 1 hour. This includes our travel time and costs within 20 miles of Bournemouth. We are happy to travel but may add extra expenses. Please provide us with a postcode and we can give you a quote. For any booking over 1 hour we are entitled to a short break of approximately 5 to 10 minutes per hour of playing. Occasionally it may be necessary to substitute one or more of our regular players with a player of equal performance standard. If you have any questions, or want to go ahead and book us, please get in touch.


Contact us

Hi, I’m Alice and I run The Minster String Quartet. I would love to hear from you to find out how our live music can make your event extra special.

07779 101654

alice.metcalfe@hotmail.co.uk

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