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FAQ

Why choose a string quartet instead of a duo or trio?

Simply because a string quartet is the most “complete” and versatile of small ensembles possible, in terms of the range of repertoire available for us to play and the depth and richness of the sound.

How do the musicians dress?

We realise that excellent visual presentation is extremely important, and the quartet does its utmost to have a classy dress code.

You can have the men dressed either in formal black tails or dinner jackets with black, white or coloured bow ties, or black trousers with either black or coloured shirts. The ladies can be attired in all black or else in beautiful coloured evening gowns.

What do you require at the venue?

We will need :

  • four chairs with padded seats and no arms
  • a performance space of a minimum of 2.5 m x 2.5 m
  • adequate lighting (to comfortably read music we need the same level of lighting as one would to read a book or newspaper). If lighting is low at the venue we would appreciate knowing in advance. In this case we would need access to a power point within a few metres so that we can use additional lamps.
  • somewhere to store our instrument cases and bags whilst we are performing.
  • basic refreshments such as water and juice. If we are playing for a longer period any light snacks would of course be much appreciated.

Will you play outdoors?

The quartet is happy to perform outdoors as long as there is adequate cover to protect us and our instruments from the sun (and rain!) In a garden setting this could be under the full shade of a larger tree or in a gazebo tent. It could also be on a wide verandah or covered terrace depending on the angle of the sun. Please make sure you inform us of any intention to have us play outdoors when you make your booking.

How far in advance should we book the quartet?

We have clients who book around a year in advance for weddings, through to some who book only several weeks in advance for other events, however the earlier you can make a booking the better, especially if you are planning a summer wedding as this is a popular and busy time.

How do we reserve a date or confirm a booking?

When you contact us and enquire about a certain date for your event, we will of course first need to check our availability. If we are available, and you accept the quote that we give you and would like to book us, then we will make a pencil booking for your date in our diary. This is called the initial booking and this means that the date is provisionally reserved for you . To further guarantee availability for your date  and to secure the booking you will need make a deposit.  See terms of contract.

Do we need to pay a deposit?

Yes, you will need to pay a deposit if you want to guarantee your booking date. The amount of the deposit is  $100 for bookings up to $800,  and $180 for bookings over $800. You can pay the deposit by cheque or by direct credit. The balance of payment is due either by direct credit by the day of the event or by cheque on the day of the event or can be sent to us as a post-dated cheque in advance.

Can you perform a particular piece of music that is not on your list?

If you have a favourite piece that you would like us to play, and have not found it on our Repertoire Lists, ask us, and we may well have it anyway. If we don’t, we are certainly willing to try and accommodate special requests, however any purchase of music or arrangement of music to fulfil your wish will incur an extra fee as it means considerable extra time for us. We treat each request on an individual basis.

Can you perform with guest instrumentalists or singers?

The quartet is happy to collaborate with other instrumentalists or vocalists for the wedding ceremony music , and we can communicate with them directly to work out the details. A fee will apply to any extra rehearsal time, and the amount of time needed depends on the music chosen.

When should we choose our ceremony music?

Generally, from the time that you book us, we will keep in touch and assist you if you need help with your music choices. A final decision about your ceremony music needs to be made at least 10 days before the event.

What do you do if one of your members is ill on the day?

In the rare case that one of our members is ill or facing a personal emergency on the day, we have a pool of replacement players of high standard who can step in.

Can we hear you play?

Yes! You can listen to  mp3 audio clips on our website. Please go to the “Listen” page.  You will understand that it is not possible to come and see us play at private events, but if you are keen to hear us live, then we could arrange for you to attend part of one of our rehearsals.