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New English Rose String Quartet

The New English Rose String Quartet is one of the most well established and sought after quartets for light music in London. Offering the perfect combination of elegance and musical experience, the quartet has built up an extensive clientele. Originally formed in 1990, the quartet enjoys a successful career with regular bookings for Cunard, the Royal Academy of Arts and London's top hotels. Their experience has attracted performances for Royalty, corporate hospitality and especially weddings. Following a world cruise on the QE2, the quartet has entertained at Ascot, in the vaults of the crown jewels and on the film set of "Restoration".

Over the years the quartet has acquired a comprehensive and varied repertoire; embracing the famous classics, show songs and foot-tapping jazz melodies with flair and imagination. The members of the quartet are all highly regarded musicians in their own right and delight in bringing their individuality and charm to achieve the highest standards of performance. Invitations to perform abroad have encouraged the ensemble to record their most popular arrangements. The New English Rose String Quartet prides itself on providing a gracious atmosphere, high quality playing and unrivalled service to compliment any occasion.

English Rose prides itself on making weddings a speciality. With our unrivalled experience we take great care to listen and liaise with brides and offer advice or suggestions as required.

With the increase in popularity of civil ceremonies we have assembled some of the best loved works and recorded them on CD. This enables couples to make informed and straightforward decisions about the music that they require.

We recommend that music is played from about 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to start in order to fill the time before the bride makes her entrance. The signing of the register is another time to make the most of the Quartet by having your favourite piece of music performed to the highest standard. After the ceremony, the Quartet will herald the newly weds up the aisle and off to the reception. The advantage of a quartet is that we are easily moveable from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast!

We have eight hours of music in our repertoire and can cater for most tastes with a wide range of pieces from Baroque Classics through to The Beatles; and if you wish we can also arrange your favourite tune for a small fee.

Your wedding day should be a day that you will always remember and that will delight your guests. English Rose are professional musicians of the highest quality and provide charm and grace to create a sophisticated atmosphere.

String Quartet LondonJulia Stewart studied at the Guildhall School of Music, The Royal College, the Berlin Hochschule and the Banff Centre for Arts and has received scholarships from the Royal Society of Arts and the Countess of Munster Trust. The several chamber music prizes she has won at the RCM have developed into a chamber music career which is complemented by membership of the English National Opera Orchestra and solo recitals.

String Quartet Surrey Krista Caspersz studied violin at The Royal Academy of Music, where she passed with honours and obtained her LRAM. Since leaving the academy she has worked with most of the country's leading orchestras, including The Philharmonia, RPO and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Krista also has a highly successful TV and recording career working for various artists such as Boyzone, Divine Comedy, Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball and Jim Davison.

String Quartet West London
Emma Pritchard was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music after which she became a member of the Hallé Orchestra for three years. Since then Emma has worked with the major London orchestras; mainly the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony. Emma has made various recordings with pop artists, orchestras, string quartets and also as a soloist.
String Quartet Berkshire
Janice Flynn. Whilst studying with a scholarship from the Royal College of Music, Janice  was awarded two major prizes for chamber music. Her performances took her to Spain to take part in master classes and to play with the symphony orchestras in Tenerife and Galicia. She now freelances with several chamber orchestras, The London Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

English Rose prides itself on making weddings a speciality. With our unrivalled experience we take great care to listen and liaise with brides and offer advice or suggestions as required.

With the increase in popularity of civil ceremonies we have assembled some of the best loved works and recorded them on CD. This enables couples to make informed and straightforward decisions about the music that they require.

We recommend that music is played from about 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to start in order to fill the time before the bride makes her entrance. The signing of the register is another time to make the most of the Quartet by having your favourite piece of music performed to the highest standard. After the ceremony, the Quartet will herald the newly weds up the aisle and off to the reception. The advantage of a quartet is that we are easily moveable from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast!

We have eight hours of music in our repertoire and can cater for most tastes with a wide range of pieces from Baroque Classics through to The Beatles; and if you wish we can also arrange your favourite tune for a small fee.

Your wedding day should be a day that you will always remember and that will delight your guests. English Rose are professional musicians of the highest quality and provide charm and grace to create a sophisticated atmosphere.

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Here are a few suggestions for wedding ceremony music.
In most cases the entrance and exit music is interchangeable. Please feel free to ask our advice.

Entrance of The Bride

· Bridal Chorus ('Here comes the bride') - Wagner

· Canon - Pachelbel

· The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba - Handel

· 'Bourrée' from The Water Music - Handel

· 'Air' from The Water Music - Handel

· 'Prelude' from Te Deum - Charpentier

· Trumpet Voluntary* (The Prince of Denmark) - Clarke

· 'Rondo' from Abdelazar - Purcell

· Hallelujah Chorus - Handel

Signing of the Register

· Air on a G String - Bach

· 'Voi Che Sapete' from The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart

· Serenade - Haydn

· Chanson de Matin - Elgar

· Salut d'Amour - Elgar

· ! Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach

· ! Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach

· Greensleeves - attrib. Henry VIII

· 2nd movement from Double Violin Concerto - Bach

· 'Love Changes Everything' - Lloyd Webber

· Canon - Pachelbel

· 'Meditation' from Thaïs - Massenet

· 'Intermezzo' from Cavalleria Rusticana

· ! Ave Maria - Schubert

· ! Ave Maria - Gounod

· Flower Duet - Lakmé

Exit of the Bride and Groom

· The Departure of The Queen of Sheba - Handel

· Wedding March - Mendelssohn

· 'Spring' from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

· 'Hornpipe' from The Water Music - Handel

· 1st Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Bach

· 1st Movement from Double Violin Concerto - Bach

· Trumpet Tune* - Purcell

* optional solo trumpet ! not suitable for a civil wedding ceremony

English Rose is grateful to be asked to perform for many fascinating people, companies and beautiful venues. Our clients have provided us with many compliments, some of which we have shown below.

Stunning venues such as Ham House, The Parsonage, Farnhams Hall and Kenwood are just some of the places at which we regularly perform, and we would wholeheartedly recommend them to any client who is looking for somewhere special for their event.

- "You were absolutely superb and true professionals. You played such wonderful music and looked so beautiful and elegant."

- "They were punctual, delightful to look at and a pleasure to listen to. They were co-operative and used their vast experience to make the day such a success. They exceeded my expectations. Their impact on the day was enormous. Absolutely everyone said they were a touch of inspiration and played a major part in making the say such a wonderful day to remember."

- "The weather was wonderful, the bride was beautiful, the company was delightful and the setting was perfect. But we had more - we had the magical touch of the music. You helped to make the day so perfect."

- "...how lovely it was to have such wonderful music playing in the background. Your outfits which complemented our colour scheme was a perfect finishing touch."

- "Your leaving the ballroom to such applause demonstrates just how popular your playing was. I felt that our guests would have liked you to have played all night long."

- "...several have written speaking of the talented string quartet!"