The members of the Alexandra Ensemble of London have been working professionally for over ten years as soloists, chamber, orchestral and session musicians. Collectively they have studied at the UK’s leading conservatoires including the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.
The group is a versatile friendly and at all times professional group of musicians who are able to offer String Quartet/Trio/Duo, Flute & Cello Duo, Harp & Cello Duo, Solo Flute, Solo Cello, Solo Harp, Solo Trumpet, Classical Guitar and for those larger events Full Ensemble.
The Musicians mainly work in and around London and the Hertfordshire/Essex/Bedfordshire areas. Its members have performed regularly at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia. They have worked with many eminent musicians such as Nigel Kennedy, Julian Lloyd Webber, Placido Domingo, Yehudi Menuhin. Working with some of the UKs leading Professional Orchestras, West End Shows and Opera Companies the players offer a quality experience for whatever occasion. Their extensive work for corporate events, weddings and parties include venues such as The Ivy, RAF Club, Hatfield House, Brocket Hall, The BT Tower, Spencer House as well as numerous wedding venues, churches and country house hotels throughout the UK. In addition to recitals and functions the Ensemble is delighted to offer both education and community work.
Their education work includes community recitals at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts, The Arts Forum at The Royal Marsden and offer programmes for primary schools, to compliment the National Curriculum as well as performances for Symphonic Tots – classical concerts and workshops for babies and children pre – school upwards.
Hi Marianne/The Alexandra Ensembles of London,
Sorry to only be emailing you now! I have meant to email to thank you for playing at our wedding but my feet have not touched the ground since! We really really enjoyed having you there, loved the music and lots of people commented on how lovely it was. I have passed your details on to a friend who has a wedding later next year.
Thanks once again, and I will definitely be recommending you!
Dear Alexandra String Quartet,
Sorry for the lateness of this message, but we wanted to say thank you so much for the beautiful music at our wedding reception. You played a fantastic mix that everyone enjoyed. Thank you for helping to make the day very special indeed for us.
Claire and Alex
Dear Alexandra String Quartet,
Thank you all so much for helping to make Sue and Rob’s day such a special one. We all enjoyed your accomplished playing and your creation of such a tranquil and yet welcoming atmosphere. Many thanks from us all, especially Susan and Rob.
Dear Alexandra String Quartet,
Just a short note to say Thank you so much for playing on our wedding day. We both really enjoyed having you there, and we have received letters from our guests saying how wonderful the music was.
Once again thank you.
Tina and David
To The Alexandra Ensembles of London
Just a quick note to thank you all for making our “Wedding Day” so special.
You were absolutely fantastic; so many of our guests complimented you on the ‘perfection’ of your playing and choice of pieces, which fitted in and enhanced our day. We would like to wish you all the best for the future – thank you once again.
With our best wishes
Nicola and Gerard
- The Alexandra Ensembles of London have an extensive library of music, catering for many different settings and instrument groups and are continually expanding their extensive portfolio of repertoire. For bookings requiring the popular classics and pops, the musicians can offer music ranging from classics such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, to the Romantic music of Elgar and from the rags of Scott Joplin to the jazz standards of Porter and Gershwin.
They also have an ever-growing collection of pop, folk and jazz arrangements from the ’60s onwards including the Beatles, Elton John and Paul Simon and chart music from the 80s, 90s to the present day. Please see the repertoire list below for examples from the Ensemble’s library.
Please do send a special request if your chosen piece is not currently displayed on the list. We can offer arrangements for most of the Ensembles from the list below and as well as the popular classics the ensembles can offer music from the standard chamber music repertoire, and solo works for each instrument.
Piece Composer Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 Bach Water Music – Hornpipe Handel Concerto for Two Violins in A minor Vivaldi Five Pieces from Music for the Royal Fireworks Handel Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 Bach Spring from the Four Seasons Vivaldi Summer from the Four Seasons Vivaldi Autumn from the Four Seasons Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons Vivaldi Jesu Joy Bach Air from Water music Handel Largo Handel Two Rondeaux from Abdelazar and The Fairy Queen Purcell Minuet Boccherini
Piece Composer Divertimento no. 1 in D Mozart Divertimento no. 2 in Bb Mozart Divertimento no. 3 in F Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart Quartet K156 Mozart Quartet op. 64 no. 5 "The Lark" Haydn Andante from The Surprise Symphony Haydn Quartet no. 2 in D Wesley Quartet no. 13 Mozart Quartet no. 1 K387 Mozart Quartet no. 4 K458 Mozart Quartet no. 7 K499 Mozart Galop from William Tell Rossini A Musical Joke Mozart
Piece Composer Chanson de Matin op. 15 no. 2 Elgar Chanson de Nuit op. 15 no.1 Elgar Idylle Elgar Adagio Barber Norwegian Dance no. 3 Grieg Pizzicato Polka Strauss Minute Waltz op. 64 no. 1 Chopin Valse op. 64 no. 2 Chopin Pavane op.50 Faure Vocalise Rachmaninov
Opera and Ballet
Piece Composer Barcarole Offenbach Flower Duet from "Lakme" Delibes Prelude to Carmen Bizet Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Greig Slavonic Dance no. 3 Dvorak Duet from "The Pearl Fishers" Bizet Dance of the Hours Ponchielli Danse des Mirlitons from "The Nutcracker Suite" Tchaikovsky O Mio Babbino Caro Puccini Voi Che Sapete from "The Marriage of Figaro" Mozart Magic Flute Overture Mozart Notte de Figaro Mozart Non Piu Andrai from "The Marriage of Figaro" Mozart Quartet from "Rigoletto" Verdi Brindisi from "La Traviata" Verdi
Piece Composer Highlights from Annie Strouse/Charnin West Side Story Bernstein/Sondheim Send in the Clowns from "A Little Night Music" Sondheim Highlights from "The King and I" Rogers and Hammerstein Sunrise-Sunset from "Fiddler on the Roof" Bock/Harnick Memory from Cats Lloyd Webber/Nunn All I ask of you from "Phantom of the Opera" Lloyd Webber The Music of the Night from "Phantom of the Opera" Lloyd Webber Tonight from "West Side Story" Bernstein A Whole New World from "Aladdin" Menken I Don't Know How to Love Him from "JC Superstar" Webber If I Were a Rich Man from "Fiddler on the Roof"If I Were a Rich Man Bock Schindler's List Williams Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission" Ennio Morricone Speak Softly Love from "The Godfather" Nino Rota
Piece Composer Bachianas Brazilieras no. 5 Villa-lobos Blue Tango Anderson Danzas Argentinas no. 2 Ginastera Habanera from Carmen Bizet Jalousie Tango Gade La Bamba Traditional Manha de Carnival from Black Orpheus Bonfa Noites Cariocas Bandolim Por Una Cabeza Tango Gardel Tango in D Albeniz Tanguedia III Piazzolla Tico – Tico Samba Abreu El Choclo Tango Villoldo Lamento Quichua Gianneo
Piece Composer Czardas from Die Fledermaus Strauss Entr'acte to Act IV of Carmen Bizet Golden Earrings Traditional Gypsy Life Herbert Hungarian Dances Nos 1 5 and 6 Brahms Romanza Andaluza Sarasate Rumanian Folk Dances Bartok Son of the Puszta Keler Allegretto after Boccherini Fritz Kreisler Caprice Viennois Fritz Kreisler The Old Refrain Fritz Kreisler Schon Rosmarin Fritz Kreisler Tambourin Chinois Fritz Kreisler Czardas Monti Spanish Dance Marquina La Paloma Spanish trad
Piece Composer La Vie En Rose Louiguy Can-Can Offenbach Cheek to Cheek Berlin Swanee Gershwin SummertimeSummertime Gershwin Embraceable You Gershwin Fawlty Towers Londonderry Air If you knew Suzie Moon River Mancini Funiculi Funicula Luigi Denza Moonlight in Vermont Karl Suersdorf Makin' Whoopee!Makin' Whoopee! Walter Donaldson But not for me Gershwin The Man I love Gershwin Slap that Bass Gershwin Embraceable you from "Girl Crazy" Gershwin A Foggy Day Gershwin How Long has this been going on? Gershwin Just another Rhumba Gershwin Anything Goes Cole Porter Let's Do It Cole Porter Every Time We Say Goodbye Cole Porter Trisch Trasch Polka Strauss Pennies from Heaven Arthur Johnson Cock Linnet Collins and Leigh Greensleeves Trad Scarborough Fair Trad O Sole MioO Sole Mio Eduardo di Capua Swing Low Sweet Chariot Spiritual Mexican Hat Dance Trad Congratulations Bill Martin and Phil Coulter Country Club Scott Joplin Paragon Rag Scott Joplin Pineapple Rag Scott Joplin Heloitrope Bouquet Scott Joplin The Entertainer Scott Joplin
Piece Composer What's New? Haggart The Summer Knows "Theme from Summer of '42" Legrand Send in the Clowns Sondheim Love theme from Romeo and Juliet Rota Stormy Weather Arlen Someone to watch over me Gershwin You light up my life Brooks Truly Richie I love Paris Porter For just a moment – Theme from "St. Elmo's Fire" Foster If you could read my mind Lightfoot Suddenly Ocean Yellow Submarine Lennon and McCartney You're the inspiration Foster What are you doing the rest of your life? Legrand Sunrise sunset from Fiddler on the roof Bock La Bamba Traditional Chicago Fisher New York New York Kander All I ask of you Lloyd Webber The Music of the Night Lloyd Webber Seven Songs by the Beatles Lennon/McCartney Thank you for the Music Abba Mamma Mia Abba Penny Lane Lennon and McCartney Candle in the Wind Elton John Bridge over troubled water Paul Simon
The Alexandra Ensembles of London are delighted to support your wedding day or civil ceremony by creating a bespoke service tailored to your individual requests during any part of the day. This may be for background music when guests arrive, Ceremony, Drinks Receptions, Meal or/and Party and we can design a booking specific to your requirements. An average booking is usually between 1 to 3 hours.
If there is a meaningful piece of music you would especially like for your ceremony we will do our best to find it if not already on our repertoire list, and will spend time working with you to create your perfect day. Alternatively we can take the lead and make some choices for you if you prefer.
Whether in a Church, Hotel or other Venue each Ensemble Group or Soloist can offer something different so please do contact us to discuss your initial thoughts so we can advise you on the next step.
Here are just a few popular choices but of course any music can be chosen for your ceremony. Arrangements are available for all Alexandra Ensembles.
Piece Composer Example Wedding March MendelssohnWedding March Bridal March Wagner Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel Air on a G String BachAir on a G String Canon PachelbelCanon Trumpet Fanfare Purcell
The Alexandra Ensembles of London are available for wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, receptions, functions, parties recitals and more.
In the case of weddings, the musicians may play for the Ceremony, Canapés and Drinks Reception and/or the Wedding Breakfast. As every wedding is unique we are happy to tailor our programme to suit your requirements.
The standard fee for the Alexandra String Quartet weddings, parties,events, receptions and functions package is between £450 and £650 for a 1 to 3 hour booking depending on the location and venue. Each additional half-hour above a 3 hour booking will be charged at £50. Please see the table below for other timings.
Duos/Trios and Soloists
The Ensemble Duos Trios and Soloists may be booked at a reduced rate upon request depending upon availability and instrumentation but generally the prices are between £350 – £550. Please see the table below for further details and other timings as well as for our Large Ensembles.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements and if you decide to book one of our ensembles/soloists we will send you a bespoke booking form to return with a deposit to reserve your chosen date. Please do check our prices for any changes upon confirming a booking but as a general guide our prices are:
Alexandra Ensembles 3 hour booking 1 to 2 hour booking Extra Time String Quartet £550 – £650 £450 – £550 Upon request Trio/Duo £400 – £550 £350 – £450 Upon request Soloist £350 – £550 £300 – £450 Upon request Large Ensemble Upon request Upon request Upon request