Exclusive String Trio vs String Quintet vs Duo: What’s the Difference?

This question regarding differences between our Exclusive String Trio, Exclusive String Quintet and a Traditional String Quartet is possibly the most asked question we receive, and understandably so! There are many String Quartets who offer their services for weddings – including us!

However, our Exclusive String Trio and Exclusive String Quintet are unique products so it is no wonder that people are less familiar with them.

A Traditional String Quartet has 2 violins, a viola and a cello. This line up creates a tried & tested harmonious sound – perfect for playing classical music. When we say ‘classical’ with regard to weddings, we are generally referring to music by historic composers such as Bach, Mozart, Handel and Elgar.

I recommend our Traditional String Quartet to clients who would mainly like to hear older traditional and classical music at their event.

Picture shows 2 violinists standing either side of a double bass player with the view of the River Thames, Westminster and Big Ben in the background. All 3 ladies are wearing black evening dress and smiling at the camera.
The Exclusive String Trio at the IET Savoy Place, London
Exclusive String Quintet of 4 violins and double bass playing ‘in action’ on the balcony at Banking Hall in the City of London. The photograph has been taken from behind the double bass player showing the Banking Hall in the shot behind. The musicians are wearing matching bright blue evening dresses.
The Exclusive String Quintet at Banking Hall in the City of London.
Picture shows our Traditional String Quartet of 2 violins, viola and cello playing during a drinks reception at The Guildhall in London.
Traditional String Quartet at The Guildhall in London.
Exclusive String Quintet of 4 violins and double bass seated on the landing of the large staircase at the Natural History Museum playing in the bride and groom to their wedding breakfast to the song of ‘Feeling Good’.
The Exclusive String Quartet playing for a wedding at the National History Museum

Our audio string quartet examples are in the pipeline, so here I’m going to refer you to my excellent and wonderful friends at the Carducci String Quartet to demonstrate (link at end of article).

That is not to say that a string quartet cannot play more modern music – of course they can, and we do! However we discovered that by including a double bass in our group we were able to add an extra ‘zing’ to the jazz and pop numbers, predominantly employing the ‘slap-bass’ technique. So for clients looking to include a significant modern/jazz/pop musical element to their day we recommend our Exclusive groups.

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