The Cotswold Ensemble is a group of 16 professional, experienced, classically-trained, friendly string-playing musicians, established in 1988. We play for special events in the Cotswolds and around Oxford, and as we enjoy playing, we are happy to travel further afield. We have been bringing live music to people's special occasions over many years, so we know from experience that having a live quartet makes all the difference to the ambience of a wedding and reception - we have been told this so many times!
We play most often as a string quartet, (two violins, one viola, one cello) because this ensemble has by far the best quality and widet range of repertoire - from well before Bach to well beyond the Beatles. Our quartets are pleased to play the hymns at church weddings where there isn't an organist. If you are wanting a lively reception or post-meal dancing, our acoustic Tango Quartet to play tangos as well as regular string quartet repertoire.
Our string duos (1 violin and 1 cello) are ideal for events with fewer guests or events where space is limited.
For music from the Baroque and Classical eras only, ask about our flute/violin/cello trios.
For the smallest scale events, ask about our solo violinist (electric &/ or acoustic ) or our solo acoustic cellist.
We are versatile: if your desired ceremony piece is not available commmercially for quartet or duo, we can arrange it for you.
Every wedding is unique so there can be no standard prices! Contact us, including postcode of venue/s for further information, availability on your date, and prices.