String Duo

Our Violin and Cello String Duo is a favourite among clients who are having a smaller event or who wish to hear a similar classical sound to our String Quartet but at lower price tag.

The Violin and Cello Duo plays many classical and romantic pieces including music from a mix of eras including classical, jazz and pop.

“This is just a quick thank you from us! Your musicians played so beautifully and we are very grateful for their efforts so please do pass on our thanks. Our guests (including those on zoom!) were so moved by their talent and the music really made the ceremony. Thank you again to you and to the musicians”.

Sara & Tom

The Violin and Cello Duo is a perfect lower budget alternative to the String Quartet if you would like to hear mainly classical repertoire, whilst still offering some more upbeat and modern choices.

Our versions of the duo songs are cleverly arranged so that we get the best possible sound from each instrument meaning that the essence of your favourite piece is perfectly captured despite having only two musicians.

The Violin and Cello String Duo makes a lovely addition for your wedding ceremony or event and is especially recommended for smaller budgets or more intimate events. If you would like to hear mainly modern and pop songs played on strings why not consider our String Trio of violins and double bass?
Blue Topaz String Duo in the Mayfair Room at Old Marylebone Town Hall

Wedding Music Suggestions

Here is an example of how the Violin and Cello Duo can perform for a wedding ceremony

You can also have Blue Topaz String Duo to play at your drinks reception, wedding breakfast or even for your first dance! We recommend the lighter classics for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast, and a romantic slow song for your first dance.

Pre Ceremony

Including pre ceremony music creates a lovely calm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests, whilst they wait for the ceremony to begin.

We recommend a selection of classical music favourites such as:

Meditation
by Massenet
Tango
by Albeniz
Salut d’Amour
by Elgar​
Brandenburg Concerto No.3
by Bach

Entrance

The walking down the aisle song is an important and beautiful moment. If you have a favourite song, we can create a string version especially for your entrance.

Here are two examples:

Canon
by Pachelbel
O Mio Babbino Caro
by Puccini

Signing of the Register

The signing of the register is around 5-10 minutes. We recommend music here for you and your guests to enjoy whilst you take care of the legal paperwork. 

Here are two examples:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
by Arlen​
Wildest Dreams
by Taylor Swift/Bridgerton

Exit

This is your first song together as a married couple! An upbeat and lively piece of music is a great choice here for you to walk out to at the end of your ceremony.

Here are two examples:

Brown Eyed Girl
by Van Morrison
Hornpipe
by Handel (classical)
Blue Topaz String Duo at Hampton Court Palace - Blue Topaz Strings

Party Music Suggestions

Private Party

Blue Topaz String Duo can make a lovely choice for a birthday, anniversary or milestone event.

We can play uplifting songs, adding a warm and happy atmosphere to your celebration. Whether you’re having a drinks reception, dinner or garden party the String Duo brings an inviting atmosphere and is a more intimate and lower cost alternative to the traditional String Quartet.

Here are two of our favourites:

I Got You Under My Skin
by Cole Porter
I Feel Good
by James Brown

Corporate Party

If you’re hosting a smaller drinks reception, networking event, corporate dinner, or an evening to entertain your top clients, our String Duo can add the right musical atmosphere and dynamic helping to ensure that your event goes smoothly and professionally.

Music examples:

Bitter Sweet Symphony
by The Verve
La Réjouissance from Music from the Royal Fireworks
by Handel
Blue Topaz String Duo at The Gherkin - Blue Topaz Strings

What Will We Wear?

For the String Duo we wear long coloured evening dresses for our female performers and suits for our male performers. 
Please let us know if you would prefer us to be dressed all in black and we will arrange it.

Additional Services

Sound Enhancement Service: Amplification with professional sound engineer, recommended if you are expecting more than 50 guests for the duo.

Hand Held Microphones: If you have booked the Sound Enhancement Service, you can also book the hand held microphones to make any speeches required, during our booking times. Extra time on request.

Lighting: Book our up lighters, to add extra visual atmosphere to your event. Power supply required.

Photographers and Videographers: Blue Topaz Strings can recommend trusted professional photographers and videographers to capture your special event.

Bands and Evening Entertainment: We are delighted to recommend bands and evening entertainment for weddings and parties on request.

Close up of one of our Blue Topaz violinists performing with an instrument microphone, demonstrating our sound enhancement and amplification services

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Our String Duo is one violinist and one cellist. We find this combination is perfect for clients who are having more intimate events or if a lower budget option is required.

A string quartet has two violins, viola and cello. This increased combination of 4 instruments gives a rich, balanced sound which gives an optimum musical experience and is especially suited to playing classical repertoire such as Handel, Bach, Mozart and Schubert.

Absolutely not! Our String Duo appeals to all age ranges. We have played for Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, at hundreds of weddings & anniversary parties for couples of all ages, for corporate events spanning young professionals to CEOs, plus many a big birthday to the age of ninety!

We arrange many of our String Duo songs ourselves. We choose music that we love and that we know will work well for just one violin and cello. We work hard to create the best versions we can with just two instruments so you can hear the best music at your event. We also arrange and take music commissions on request, and no song is too big, too small, too outlandish or unusual!

Due to the bespoke nature of the service we provide, our fees are dependent on factors such as the length of time required, travel time, the time of year and additional services. We therefore prefer to quote for each individual booking, however as a guide our String Duo prices start from £450.

If your event is large we would normally recommend one of our bigger ensembles such as our String Quintet, however if the Duo is your group of choice and you are expecting larger numbers we would highly recommend hire of our Sound Enhancement Service for more than 50 guests, in order to boost the sound so that your guests could hear us in the background whilst they enjoy a drink and a chat.

This service includes all necessary safety checked equipment and our sound engineer to oversee the booking.

We can also bring along lighting to highlight the performance area and can include a vocal microphone for any speeches you may be having. All our equipment is PAT tested and fully insured.

String Duo Song List

A Million Dreams
Greatest Showman
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
All of Me
John Legend
All You Need is Love
The Beatles
Another Day in Paradise
Phil Collins
Bitter Sweet Symphony
The Verve
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Fields of Gold
Sting
Gold Finger
John Barry
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
Halo
Beyonce
Hello
Adele
Here Comes the Sun
George Harrison
Highway to the Danger Zone
James Sablan Sr.
I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown
If I Ain't Got You
Alicia Keys
In My Life
The Beatles
James Bond Theme
John Barry
Live and Let Die
McCartney
Make You Feel My Love
Adele
Marry You
Bruno Mars
Money Money Money
ABBA
Nobody Does It Better
Hamlisch
One Day Like This
Elbow
Perfect
Ed Sheeran
Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson
Summer of 69
Bryan Adams
The Writing's On The Wall
Sam Smith
Uptown Funk
Mars/Ronson
Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Wild Thing
The Troggs
Wildest Dreams
Bridgerton/Duomo
With a Little Help From My Friends
The Beatles
Your Song
Elton John
At Last
Etta James
Autumn Leaves
Kosma
Cry Me a River
Julie London
Foggy Day (In London Town)
Gershwin
I've Got You Under My Skin
Cole Porter
It Had To Be You
Isham Jones
Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin
Misty
Garner
Over The Rainbow
Arlen
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Kern
Tango
Albeniz
Tango Por Una Cabeza
Carlos Gardel
The Entertainer
Joplin
True Love
Cole Porter
Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Weissthiele
12 Duets
Mozart
12 Duets
Marzas
3 Duos
Lee
3 Sonatas
Kreutzer
Adagio
Albinoni
Air on a G String
Bach
Allegro
Vivaldi
Arioso
Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel
Ave Maria
Gounod
Ave Maria
Schubert
Barcarolle
Offenbach
Batti Batti o Bel Maesetto
Mozart
Blue Danube Waltz
Strauss
Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Bach
Canon
Pachelbel
Cantabile
Tartani
Chanson de Matin
Elgar
Clair De Lune
Debussy
Concerto in D Minor
Bach
Flower Duet
Delibes
Here Comes the Bride
Wagner
Hornpipe
Handel
Hungarian Rhapsody No.5
Brahms
La Rejouissance
Handel
Largo
Handel
Largo From Winter
Vivaldi
Meditation
Massenet
Norwegian Dance No.2
Grieg
O Mio Babbino Caro
Puccini
Pavane
Faure
Salut D'Amour
Elgar
Scheherezade
Rimsky-Korsakov
Traumerei
Schumann
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky
Wedding March
Mendelssohn
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frank Sinatra
Jingle Bell Rock
Beal/Boothe
Santa Baby
Springer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Bing Crosby
Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson
A Million Dreams
Greatest Showman
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
All of Me
John Legend
All You Need is Love
The Beatles
Another Day in Paradise
Phil Collins
Bitter Sweet Symphony
The Verve
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Fields of Gold
Sting
Gold Finger
John Barry
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
Halo
Beyonce
Hello
Adele
Here Comes the Sun
George Harrison
Highway to the Danger Zone
James Sablan Sr.
I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown
If I Ain't Got You
Alicia Keys
In My Life
The Beatles
James Bond Theme
John Barry
Live and Let Die
McCartney
Make You Feel My Love
Adele
Marry You
Bruno Mars
Money Money Money
ABBA
Nobody Does It Better
Hamlisch
One Day Like This
Elbow
Perfect
Ed Sheeran
Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson
Summer of 69
Bryan Adams
The Writing's On The Wall
Sam Smith
Uptown Funk
Mars/Ronson
Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Wild Thing
The Troggs
Wildest Dreams
Bridgerton/Duomo
With a Little Help From My Friends
The Beatles
Your Song
Elton John
At Last
Etta James
Autumn Leaves
Kosma
Cry Me a River
Julie London
Foggy Day (In London Town)
Gershwin
I've Got You Under My Skin
Cole Porter
It Had To Be You
Isham Jones
Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin
Misty
Garner
Over The Rainbow
Arlen
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Kern
Tango
Albeniz
Tango Por Una Cabeza
Carlos Gardel
The Entertainer
Joplin
True Love
Cole Porter
Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Weissthiele
12 Duets
Mozart
12 Duets
Marzas
3 Duos
Lee
3 Sonatas
Kreutzer
Adagio
Albinoni
Air on a G String
Bach
Allegro
Vivaldi
Arioso
Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel
Ave Maria
Gounod
Ave Maria
Schubert
Barcarolle
Offenbach
Batti Batti o Bel Maesetto
Mozart
Blue Danube Waltz
Strauss
Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Bach
Canon
Pachelbel
Cantabile
Tartani
Chanson de Matin
Elgar
Clair De Lune
Debussy
Concerto in D Minor
Bach
Flower Duet
Delibes
Here Comes the Bride
Wagner
Hornpipe
Handel
Hungarian Rhapsody No.5
Brahms
La Rejouissance
Handel
Largo
Handel
Largo From Winter
Vivaldi
Meditation
Massenet
Norwegian Dance No.2
Grieg
O Mio Babbino Caro
Puccini
Pavane
Faure
Salut D'Amour
Elgar
Scheherezade
Rimsky-Korsakov
Traumerei
Schumann
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky
Wedding March
Mendelssohn
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frank Sinatra
Jingle Bell Rock
Beal/Boothe
Santa Baby
Springer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Bing Crosby
Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson