Alexandra Ensembles of London


  • 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.

    Testimonials

    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!

    Marilyn

    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.

    Kindest regards,

    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.
    Ann

    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.
    Best wishes,
    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.

    Baroque Music

    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

    Classical

    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

    Romantic

    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

    Broadway

    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

    Latin Music

    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

    Gipsy Airs

    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

    Light Music

    Piece Composer
    La Vie En Rose Louiguy
    Can-Can Offenbach
    Cheek to Cheek Berlin
    Swanee Gershwin
    Summertime
    Summertime     
    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 Mio
    O 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

    Pop Music

    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

  • Ceremony Music

    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 Mendelssohn
    Wedding March     
    Bridal March Wagner
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel
    Air on a G String Bach
    Air on a G String     
    Canon Pachelbel
    Canon     
    Trumpet Fanfare Purcell

  • Our Fees

    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.

    Quartet

    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

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