Arioso can provide you with a string quartet, string trio, or string duo for your special function or weddinng. They have a pool of highly trained professional musicians with many years of experience...
Arioso is managed by Clare Lee, a professional violinist based in Leicestershire. She has organised the music for a diverse range of functions, venues and clients for a decade.
We can provide you with a string quartet, string trio, or string duo for your special function. We have a pool of highly trained professional musicians with many years of experience who come together to provide quality music for many different types of occasion.
All players have trained at The Royal Academy of Music in London or one of the other prestigious music colleges.
The String Quartet, always a popular choice, consists of 2 violins, viola and cello.
The String Trio is violin, viola and cello. This is a slightly quieter sound than the quartet as there is one player fewer. People sometimes choose this option if they are tight on space.
The String Duo is violin and cello, again useful if space is an issue and popular for smaller gatherings.
All players have a wide experience of many different areas in the music profession. These include professional orchestral playing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The English String Orchestra, The English Symphony Orchestra, Scarborough Spa Orchestra and Orchestra Sinfonica D’ell Emilia Romagna as well as enjoying the smaller medium of chamber music.
The music we play is light classical or arrangements of more popular styles. Please see our repertoire pages for more details. We are not normally able to do requested arrangements, mainly due to copyright restrictions, but please ask us about this. We also feel we have a fairly extensive list that, it is to be hoped, already caters for most tastes.
We cover events such as civil weddings, church weddings, receptions, wedding breakfasts, civil partnerships, and parties, all sorts of corporate events, launch parties, christenings, wedding anniversaries, car showrooms, house showrooms, and birthday celebrations.
Arioso can supply music for anyone requiring music!
We play across the East Midlands in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.
We normally wear the usual musicians’ wardrobe of black, so not clashing with any colours people are wearing - especially at weddings. Any men playing will either wear a DJ or a black shirt depending on how formal the occasion. Sometimes we may wear black coupled with another colour.
So that the players are comfortable, we ideally need straight backed chairs without arms and enough space to accommodate us, our stands and the ability to bow properly. Enough light to see the music is useful too!
If we are required to play outside we may need shelter from the elements including full sun as this damages our instruments. Very windy weather can be a problem as can very cold temperatures.
We obviously bring our own instruments, stands and music!
Arioso can play for the ceremony, the drinks reception, and the wedding breakfast. For the pre-ceremony music it is usually best to leave the choice to the quartet, so that they can judge the timings, but you may choose some pieces if you wish. You will notice that some pieces are suitable for both the entrance and the exit. We suggest the entrance music is bright, cheerful and lively whilst the piece during the signing of the register can be of a quieter nature if desired, but this is of course a matter of personal preference. Exit music can be lively and longer in length. This is often a good idea so that the piece can be played while all the guests leave the room.
Venues performed at:-
Barnsdale Hall Hotel
Barnsdale Lodge Hotel
Belmont House Hotel
Billesley Manor Hotel
Blotts Country Club
Bosworth Hall Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott
Dovecliff Hall Hotel
Dukes Head Hotel
Falcon Hotel Castle Ashby
Garden House Hotel Stamford
Greetham Valley Golf Course
Grey Lady Newtown Linford
Halstead House Tilton
Hambleton Hall Hotel
Hilton Hotel Northants
Holme Pierrepont Hall
Hunting Lodge Hotel
Kilworth House Hotel
Lady Anne hotel Stamford
Leicester City Football club
Leicester Marriott Hotel
Lyveden New Bield
Newton Park Hotel Burton
New Walk Museum Leicester
Nottingham Town Hall
Marriott Hotel Huntingdon
Marquess of Exeter Lyddington
Normanton Park Hotel
Orton Hall Hotel
Quality Hotel Weston Favell
Quorn Country Hotel
Quorn Grange Hotel
Ramgarhia Community Centre
Rothley Court Hotel
Royal Hotel Nottingham
Rufford Park Golf & Country Club
Sketchley Grange Hotel
Speeds Volvo Nottingham
Stoke Rochford Hall
Staunton Harold Hall
St Mary’s Barrister’s Chambers Nottingham
Stowe Landscape Gardens
Syston British Legion
TA Centre Leicester
The Broughton Hotel
The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford
The Guildhall Leicester
The Manners Arms Knipton
The New Bath Hotel Matlock
The Nuthurst Grange Solihull
The Oaklands Laceby
The Petwold Hotel Woodhall Spa
The Priest House, Castle Donington
The Village Hotel Chilwell
Thoresby Hall Hotel
Welby Arms Allington
“I am writing to thank you for your participation in the 2007 Belvoir by candlelight evenings. The performances were so completely amazing this year. The standard just gets better and better with each year that passes…without fail the performances were considered to be of the highest quality and carried out with superb professionalism by all concerned…Once again many thanks.” Duchess of Rutland
"Thank you very much for the excellent and beautifully performed music you gave us last Sunday. From the comments we received, it went down extremely well with our guests . . . We will certainly recommend you, if the opportunity arises." Dr N.K. Barnsdale Lodge Hotel
"I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you very much for coming to Belvoir Castle and giving such a marvellous performance. I stood at the door of the Castle as people were leaving, and there can be no doubt that everyone leaving had thoroughly enjoyed themselves." AN-“Belvoir by Candlelight”
"We would like to express our sincere thanks to you for helping to make our Day such a memorable and special occasion. You played beautifully, and my only regret was not getting to speak to any of you in person." R&S P
"Thank you for being there on our wedding day and playing such wonderful music. It really did add that special touch to our day." D&A Rothley Court Hotel
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