When can you play during our Wedding day?


Ceremony Music

A selection of music to set the scene before and during the ceremony. Includes: 30 minutes of music before ceremony to entertain guests whilst they assembleEntrance of the Bride (1 piece of music)Signing of the registers (1-2 pieces of music)Exit of the bridal party (1 piece of music)

Drinks reception music

A selection of light musical entertainment during the drinks reception at your venue. Upto 2 hours in duration


Wedding breakfast music

Music for the duration of the wedding breakfast until coffee is served


We can easily tailor performances for pretty much any combination of the above as required.

Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements further.

Musical Suggestions

Here in the Akina Office we get lots of enquiries from couples planning their weddings asking for some tips about suitable music for wedding ceremonies. Of course the choice is yours, however we've put together a short guide which should hopefully be useful when thinking about music for your day if you need some inspiration!


Typically, music features in four parts of the wedding ceremony


1. whilst the guests are assembling before the ceremony begins


2. for the entrance of the Bride (Processional)


3. The signing of the registers


4. The exit of the Bridal Party (Recessional)



1. Whilst the guests are assembling beginning around 30 minutes before the ceremony itself is due to start we typically play a selection of classical pieces including Bach 'Air', A selection from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' and a Mozart selection. We play pieces at this point which are calm and not too exhuberant to set an appropriate mood for the ceremony


2. Entrance of the Bride (the couple need to select one piece for this point in the ceremony)


Suggestions:

Pachelbel 'Canon'

Bach/Gounod 'Ave Maria'

Charpentier 'Te Deum'

Clarke 'Trumpet Voluntary'

Wagner 'Bridal Chorus'




3. Signing of Registers choose one or two pieces

Bach 'Air on G'

Debussy 'Girl with the Flaxen Hair'

Delibes 'Flower Duet'

Franck 'Panis Angelicus'

Handel 'Ombra Ma Fu'

Pachelbel 'Canon'

Puccini 'Nessun Dorma'

Schubert 'Ave Maria'

Vivaldi 'Four Seasons' selection

Sherwin 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square'

Gershwin 'Summertime'

Desiree 'Kissing You' (Romeo & Juliet)

Ungar 'Ashokan Farewell' (The Civil War)

Sigur Ros 'Hoppipolla'



Exit of the Couple (one piece)

Mendelssohn 'Wedding March'

Clarke 'Trumpet Tune'

Handel 'La Rejouissance'

Handel 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba'

Beatles 'All You Need is Love'

Coldplay 'Viva La Vida'

Bach 'Brandenburg Concerto in G'

Clarke 'Trumpet Voluntary'


A booking of one and a half hours should cover the duration of a wedding ceremony. We also provide lively music for drinks receptions and background music for the following wedding breakfast.


Contact us for further consultation for music for your wedding day we'd love to hear from you!




Previous Venues and Events



Since 2011, Akina Strings have performed at a large number events throughout Berkshire including concerts, weddings and corporate events.


Below is just a selection of events we have performed at


Hungerford Town Hall - String Duo Performance for a Wedding


Children's Concert for Concertini at Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead


Duo performance at Highclere Castle


Handel Messiah performance Holy Trinity Church, Cookham

Performance of Handel's glorious 'Messiah' with Cantorum Choir.


Marriage celebration Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow-On-Thames

Private engagement to celebrate the recent wedding of George and Amal Clooney, hosted by the bride's parents guests that we performed to included family and friends and of course George and Amal themselves.


Frogmore House (Private Royal Residence), Home Park, Windsor Castle, Windsor

Music for the Duke of Endinburgh's Award Christmas Celebration. Guests included Prince Edward, HRH The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, other performers included Katie Melua.


The Leander Club Henley-on-Thames

Legendary Rowing Club. String Quartet for an intimate dinner party.


Sheepdrove Farm and Eco Conference Centre, Lambourn

Billiant venue! String Quartet Music for a civil ceremony and drinks reception.


Temple Island, Royal Henley Regatta

String Quartet enagagement over three days for various corporate events on a private island in the River Thames during the Royal Henley Regatta 2014


Reading Town Hall and Forbury Gardens Bandstand

Wedding Ceremony and drinks reception music


Castle Royle Golf Club Reading

String Duo performance for a 50th birthday party


The Great House at Sonning

String Duo performance for champagne reception.


Reading Hilton

Music for Wedding (drinks reception)


Reading Lake Hotel

String Quartet Music for Wedding Ceremony, Drinks reception and wedding breakfast, Bautiful location just off Junction 11 of the M4. Special arrangements included Annie's Song, My Heart will go on and the Superman Theme.


Basildon Park

We provided a string quartet for an intimate wedding at the National Trust property Basildon Park near Pangbourne. The Quartet Performed a selection of popular arrangements mixed with well loved classics for guests at this beautiful georgian venue.


Beaumont Estate Hotel and Conference Centre Old Windsor

Our string quartet performed a mix of classical and modern music for this champagne reception following the wedding ceremony. Performing in a sheltered outdoor spot music played included items from Bach to Coldplay.


Mill Hall Newbury

String Duo performance


Lillebrooke Manor Maidenhead

Performance for Civil ceremony and champagne reception.


Ashe Park Basingstoke

Akina video project


Hedsor House Taplow

Music for a champagne reception


Danesfield House Taplow

String Quartet performance for a wedding ceremony and drinks reception



Phyllis Court Club Henley on Thames

String Quartet performance for a civil wedding ceremony and a drinks reception


Charity Event Wokingham

String Quartet music for an open garden event in aid of Berkshire Air Ambulance, an annual event we provided music as a part of a garden tour! we performed outside but under a fantastic gazebo.


Bearwood College Wokingham

String Duo and Quartet performance for wedding showcase


University of Reading

Akina String Quartet recording project

Working in a studio environment our string quartet's website sound samples.


Bearwood College Chapel

Solo Vioinist Performing Wedding Ceremony Music for the signing of the registers. Pieces included including Bach, Ave Maria.


Rivers Club, Tilehurst

Solo Cellist providing music for duration of drinks reception and beginning of the wedding breakfast performing a selection of solo cello music including excerpts form the Bach Cello suites.


Electric string quartet schools workshops

Educational work undertaken as members of staff for Berkshire Maestros working as part of a funk band delivering educational workshops to schools thoughout Berkshire


Cantley House Hotel

Outdoor performance for garden party and following lunch


Beaumont Estate Windsor

String Quartet Background music for a Medical Conference


Sindlesham Court

String quartet entertainment for Christmas Party


Northcote House, (De Veres Venue) Sunningdale, Ascot

Champagne Reception following ceremony


Pangbourne Club

String Quartet Music for 100th

Birthday Party



Wedding showcase Hall place, Maidenhead

Appearance at a wedding showcase event with dream wedding fairs


Wedding showcase Blue Mountain Golf Club, Bracknell

Duo performance at wedding showcase event with Dream Wedding Fairs


Wedding Showcase event Trunkwell House

String Quartet In association with Dream Wedding Fairs


Civil Partnership Ufton Court West Berks

String Quartet Music for civil partner ship ceremony and drinks reception at Ufton Court in West Berkshire


Wasing Park Walled Garden

string quartet outdoor msuic performance for wedding ceremony in Wasing Park Secret Garden


Wokefield Park (De Veres Venue)

Wedding Ceremony and Drinks reception music at Wokefield Park, Mortimer


Audley’s Wood (Handpicked Hotels venue)

Various including Music for wedding ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast

Various corporate events


Riverdale Barn, Yateley, Hampshire

Music for drinks reception


Civil Partnership Ufton Court West Berks

String Quartet Music for civil partner ship ceremony and drinks reception at Ufton Court in West Berkshire


Wasing Park Walled Garden

string quartet outdoor msuic performance for wedding ceremony in Wasing Park Secret Garden


Wokefield Park (De Veres Venue)

Wedding Ceremony and Drinks reception music at Wokefield Park, Mortimer


Audley’s Wood (Handpicked Hotels venue)

Various including Music for wedding ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast

Various corporate events


Riverdale Barn, Yateley, Hampshire

Music for drinks reception


String Quartet Warbrook House and Grange, Eversley St John's Church, Hook

Roligious wedding ceremony and drinks reception


Slowly Rolling Camera Project

String session for Edition records at University of Southampton

String quartet as a part of larger ensemble for Jazz composer/pianist Dave Stapletons latest project Slowly Rolling Camera. Working using Click track to record string parts for various tracks as a string octet.


String ensemble for classical concert performance in Henley on Thames

Concert with Aliquando Choir, Patrick Hawes, Claire Jones and Elin Manahan Thomas,


Old Luxtor’s Barn

Music for Civil Ceremony and drinks reception


Titanic Themed birthday Party the Riverside Café Benson