Buena Vista String Quartet

The Buena Vista String Quartet

Click here to listen to Spring (The Seasons).

Click here to listen to La Rejouissance.

Click here to listen to Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Click here to listen to Pachelbel Canon.

Click here to listen to La Bamba.

Click here to listen to Chicago.

Click here to listen to Scottish Reel Fiddlin'.

Click here to listen to Tango Por Una Cabeza.

Click here to listen to Air on a G string.

As specialists in music for weddings, our quartet have unrivalled experience in providing appropriate atmospheric music, from the most intimate family weddings and parties to large international audiences.

We are committed to working only with hand picked, highly trained and fully professional players, ensuring top quality performances.

You will no doubt have your own ideas as to your favourite melodies or special song, so they are always happy to assist and advise in all aspects of the music, working hand in hand to ensure the perfect choice for your big day at all times.

The Buena Vista string quartet can play music ranging from Baroque masterpieces by Bach, Vivaldi,Handel, through the Classical and Romantic delights of Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. The 20th century gave the quartet a great resource of jazz, ragtime, musicals, Hollywood scores and popular songs, perfect for either the celebratory or relaxed part of your day.

It's quite common for our quartet to play as your guests are arriving at the church/ceremony venue. Then, of course, the entrance of the bridal party is often heralded by music. This could be traditional, eg Pachelbel's Canon, romantic eg, the Secret Wedding from "Braveheart ", or it can be something completely different that has special meaning to you. (One of our brides walked down the aisle to a string quartet arrangement of "I'm Feelin' Good"!)

Our quartet can accompany hymns if it's a religious service (make sure you let us know in plenty of time which hymns you've chosen!).

They can also play during the signing of the register; another opportunity for fitting music, and again, they can play your own choice or they can help you choose something suitable to entertain your guests as you sign on the dotted line and pose for your first photos as husband and wife. This is usually followed by the recessional - the bridal party leaving. All the solemnity of the occasion is now over, this music is often triumphant and jubilant. Handel's "Queen of Sheba", his "Water Music" or Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" are popular choices here,but again, they can help you to find the perfect music for this.

Many couples have music played during the drinks reception following the service (before dinner). It's a good idea, as it helps to entertain the guests whilst you're getting your photos taken. At this time, they would tend to play a much lighter selection, music from the 40's, 50's 60's, some jazz numbers, show tunes, ragtime, and the odd gypsy air... They can also play throughout the wedding breakfast - a selection of all of the above at your discretion.

Repertoire

WEDDING MUSIC

"Amazing Grace" (Traditional)

"Ave Maria" (Bach/Gounod)

"Ave Maria" (Schubert)

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)

Chaconne, Meditation and Recessional (Naughtin)

"Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Solomon (Handel)

Hornpipe from the Water Music (Handel)

"La Réjouissance" from the Royal Fireworks Music (Handel)

The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)

Minuet from the Water Music (Handel)

"Ode to Joy" (Beethoven)

Overture from the Royal Fireworks Music (Handel)

The Pachelbel Canon

"Panis Angelicus" (Frank)

Rondeau from Symphonies des fanfares (Mouret)

"Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler on the Roof (Bock)

"Sheep May Safely Graze" from Cantata No. 208 (Bach)

Trumpet Tune (The King of Denmark) (Purcell)

Trumpet Voluntary in D (Clarke)

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)

BAROQUE/CLASSICAL

"Air" from Suite No. 3 (Bach)

Minuet in G (Anna Magdalena) (Bach)

Arioso from Cantata No. 156 (Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F (Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G (Bach)

Cantata No. 140 ("Wachet Auf") Sinfonia (Bach)

Chaconne in G (Handel)

Chorale Prelude: "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier" (Bach)

Chorale Prelude: "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (Bach)

Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11 (Vivaldi)

"The Four Seasons" (Vivaldi): "Spring","Summer","Autumn" & "Winter"

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Bach)

Largo from the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (Bach)

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D major (Handel)

Violin Concerto in E major: First Movement (Bach)

ROMANTIC / MODERN

Adagio Cantabile from the "Pathetique" Sonata (Beethoven)

Allegretto (after Boccherini) (Kreisler)

"Che Gelida Manina" from "La Bohéme" (Puccini)

Clair de lune (Debussy)

Czardas from "Die Fledermaus" (J. Strauss, Jr.)

Entr'acte to Act III of "Carmen" (Bizet)

Entr'acte to Act IV of "Carmen" (Bizet)

"Flower Song" from "Carmen" (Bizet)

The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Debussy)

Golden Earrings (Traditional)

Golliwog's Cake-walk (Debussy)

3 Gymnopédies (Satie)

"Gypsy Life" (Herbert)

"Habańera" from "Carmen" (Bizet)

Hoe-down from "Rodeo" (Copland)

Hungarian Dances (Brahms): Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 & 21

Largo from the "New World" Symphony (Dvorák)

Meditation from "Thais" (Massenet)

Menuet from "Le Tombeau de Couperin" (Ravel)

"Morning Mood" from Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg)

The Old Refrain (Kreisler)

Pavane (Fauré)

Pavane pour une infante defunte (Ravel)

Prelude No. 2 (Gershwin)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini: 18th Variation (Rachmaninov)

Romance (Shostakovich)

Romanza Andaluza (Sarasate)

Rumanian Folk Dances (complete) (Bartók)

"Simple Gifts" Fugue (Naughtin)

Son of the Puzta, Op. 134, No. 2 (Keler)

Tambourin Chinois (Kreisler)

"Vilia" from "The Merry Widow" (Lehar)

Vocalise (Rachmaninov)

WALTZES

"Blue Danube" Waltzes (J. Strauss, Jr.)

Caprice Viennois (Kreisler)

Chopin Waltzes: Op. 18, Op. 64, #1 & Op. 64, #2

"Danube Waves" ("Anniversary Waltz") (Ivanovici)

"Die Fledermaus" Waltzes (J. Strauss, Jr.)

Liebesfreud (Kreisler)

"Merry Widow" Waltzes (Lehar)

"Midnight Bells" Waltz (Kreisler)

Musetta's Waltz from "La Boheme" (Puccini)

Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss)

Schön Rosmarin (Kreisler)

Tales from the Vienna Woods (J. Strauss, Jr.)

Two Hearts in Three-Quarter Time (Stolz)

Waltz from Symphony No. 8 in G (Dvorák)

"Wiener Blut" Waltzes (J. Strauss, Jr.)

BROADWAY, POPS & LATIN

"As Time Goes By" (Hupfeld)

Bachianas Brazileiras No. 5 (Villa-Lobos)

"Begin the Beguine" (Porter)

Birthday Variations (Naughtin)

"Chicago" (Fisher)

Danzas Argentinas No. 2 (Ginastera)

"Do It Again" (Gershwin)

"Embraceable You" (Gershwin)

"Galway Rambler" Medley (Eight traditional Irish dance tunes)

"I Got Rhythm" Variations (Gershwin/Naughtin)

"Jalousie" Tango (Gade)

"La Bamba" (Traditional)

"Lamento Quichua" (Gianneo)

Loony Tunes Fugue (Naughtin)

"Noites Cariocas" (Bandolim)

"Someone to Watch Over Me" (Gershwin)

Tango in D (Albeniz)

MODERN POP,CLASSIC POP & FILM

Viva la Vida (Coldplay)

Clocks (Coldplay)

Yellow (Coldplay)

Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)

All you Need is Love (The Beatles)

Mamma Mia (Abba)

Everything I Do (Bryan Adams)

Wonderwall(Oasis)

Strangers in the Night (Avo Uvezian)

Over the Rainbow (H. Arlen)

Moon River (Mancini)

Libertango (Piazzolla)

Palladio (Jenkins)

Ladies in Lavender (Hess)

Human (The Killers)

Delilah (Plain White T's)

How to Save a Life (The Fray)

Wake Me Up When September Ends(Greenday)

Rolling in the Deep (Adele)

Sweet Disposition (Temper Trap)

Titanium (David Guetta)

Testimonial:

We would like to express our gratitude to the Buena Vista String quartet for their outstanding service at our wedding. Everything worked together very well and all the guests were complimentary of the music at the ceremony and drinks reception, they liked all the pieces played and said it brought a touch of class to the occasion. Rowan was extremely pleased with his clean bandit piece. Superb! I am so grateful to you for ensuring the bookings and that everything went as planned. It was a pleasure doing business with you and found the process of booking, communication and payment trouble free and very responsive. Hope & Rowan. 8 April 2016

The fee relating to our string quartet (comprising of 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello) for up to two hours until the end of 2016, which includes public liability insurance, travel costs to Edinburgh, arrangement fee and relevant VAT, is Ł535.00.

Ł120 per additional hour is applicable.