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The Minerva String Quartet

"Thank you for playing at our wedding. It really added something special & all the guests loved the inclusion of the James Bond theme and Disney tunes during the signing of the register" (Paul and Chloe Banks)


Hear The Minerva String Quartet Playing Live

Handel La Rejouissance
Mozart Divertimento
Delibes Flower Duet
Elgar Chanson de Matin
Porter Let's Do It
Donaldson and Kahn Makin' Whoopee
Gershwin Summertime
Barry James Bond Theme
Van Heusen Love and Marriage
Traditional (arr. Thorpe) Irish Sherry
Loewe Get Me To The Church On Time
Howard Fly Me To The Moon
Dudley Jeeves & Wooster
Poledouris King Of The Swingers
Pachelbel Canon
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik

View our repertoire here.



Live music has an immediacy and clarity that pre-recorded music cannot offer. The visual and aural impact of a quality string quartet can add an extra touch of class to your special day.

We appreciate the importance of flexibility and can play for the ceremony, pre-reception drinks and/or the wedding breakfast. We are happy to discuss your music requirements for your wedding and if you scroll to the bottom of the page and fill in the form with your details, we shall respond as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may find that our FAQs page answers most of your initial questions.

The Ceremony

We can provide live music as your guests arrive - fifteen minutes before the ceremony begins is usually sufficient, but you may wish to have us playing for longer if your guests are arriving early from some distance. We arrive at the venue at least thirty minutes before we are scheduled to play and do not charge for this setting-up time.

Suggestions of pieces from our repertoire for the ceremony are as follows:

HandelArrival of the Queen of Sheba
Air (from Water Music Suite in F)
PurcellTrumpet Tune
WagnerWedding March

Signing of the Register
BachAir on the G String
Delibes Flower Duet (from Lakme)
Elgar Salut d'Amour
Chanson de Matin
Shostakovich Romance
Vivaldi Winter (from The Four Seasons)

BachBrandenburg Concerto No. 3

La Rejouissance (from Music for the Royal Fireworks)
Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite in D)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Mendelssohn Wedding March
Vivaldi Spring (from The Four Seasons)

These are the more traditional choices, but please don't feel restricted by them. We often play more unusual pieces (particularly for the Recessional), including 'Let's Do It', 'Wonderful World' and even the 'James Bond' theme! Our full repertoire list is available in the form of a PDF document.

Photographs / Pre-Reception Drinks

The quartet is able to move from one room to another easily, so we can relocate quickly after the ceremony to wherever the drinks/photographs are taking place. Weather permitting we are happy to play outside provided we have shade for the protection of our instruments.

Wedding Breakfast

The quartet can provide a live music backdrop for you and your guests during the line-up and your wedding breakfast. We can also play a special piece for your entrance into the dining room.

After the Wedding Breakfast

We can provide music for you after the wedding breakfast. A string quartet can be an ideal alternative for the evening if you are not planning to have a band or disco. Our varied repertoire should ensure we play something to everyone's taste.
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