Book us Early
We are taking bookings for 2016/17 now. Popular dates go quickly particularly those over the summer so once you have decided on the type of music group you would like book as soon as possible. To book the Akina String quartet you need to return the booking form we will send you along with a non refundable deposit of £75.00, once we have this we will reserve your date in our diaries. in the run up to your event once details and timings have been finalised we will issue contracts with all details of the booking on so you know what to expect from us.
Can we hear you?
Yes, we have professionally recorded sound samples on our website, so you can listen to these. We do occasionally appear at wedding showcases which we publicise via our facebook and twitter pages. Unfortunately as the majority of our bookings are private events it isn't normally possible to pop in and listen to us.
We also have a youtube channel
How much do you cost?
We don't publish our fees online as each event is different. As a guide our fees for performing at a wedding start from £375.00 for a duo and £540.00 for our quartet. Please contact us directly for an accurate quote for your event. We do occasionally offer discounted dates so can sometimes accommodate short notice engagements so please get in touch if you have a last minute booking.
We have a large selection of string quartet repertoire ranging from classical through to pop arrangements. Think carefully about the type of music you would like to hear at your event - we are more than happy to advise on this! We love to hear about any specific requests and can also offer an arrangement service for appropriate music for a small fee.
Create an ambience
Tying in with selection of music think carefully about the type of mood you would like to create - upbeat and lively? Calming? Stately?! it's upto you.
Registrar or minister approval
For weddings you will always have to get your music approved by the registrar or minister, and remember no religious music is allowed in civil marriage ceremonies, so always check the background of the piece.
On the day itself:
- position of the group
to perform we need for armless chairs (or two for a duo) these should occupy a space of at least three by two metres and should not be joined together. Remember if we need to move location this will take time and help is always gratefully received as we have quit a lot of stuff!
- playing outside
When playing outside we need to be protected from the elements. Our instruments are old and valuable and are easily damaged by strong sunlight so shade (gazebos are fantastic) is a must. Windy conditions are a problem as our sheet music tends to blow around so a sheltered spot is always preferable. Obviously we are unable to perform in damp conditions
for every hour of playing we require a 10 minute break if you can provide us with a schedule then we try wherever possible to take these breaks at a convenient time so that the mood of the event isn't disturbed.
- our preferred method of payment is before the day via bacs. We do accept payment by cash on the day, in which case we advise entrusting the payment with your best man.
Akina Strings Youtube Channel