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The Fermata Ensemble

Our music ranges from the usual popular classics such as Air on the G string and Pachelbel canon, through to arrangements of more modern pieces!

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We are a professional string quartet experienced in providing music for weddings, parties and functions of all kinds. Our music ranges from the usual popular classics such as Air on the G string and Pachelbel canon, through to arrangements of more modern pieces. Elbow – One Fine Day is often requested! Trio for church ceremony also available and also cello (with backing track) or cello and piano (we bring our own quality portable piano).

We are set up for performances of all types

This includes:
Our own pop up gazebo for outdoor bookings
Maui amplification system for noisier drinks reception/party bookings
Public Liability Insurance

All are included at no extra cost.

The string quartet can play in a wide variety of styles..although formal when required, we also have a wealth of upbeat numbers to entertain all of your guests for lighter functions.

Set List


Bach Air on the G string *signing
Pachelbel Canon and Gigue *entrance, signing
Purcell – Trumpet Voluntary*entrance/exit
(Bach/Gounod – Ave Maria) * signing
(Schubert – Ave Maria) * signing
Schumann – Traumerei
Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite (Overture, March, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Trepak, Dance of the Mirlitons)
Tchaikovsky – Waltz from Swan Lake
Herold – Clog Dance from La Fil Mal Gardee
Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
Handel – Largo * signing
Bach – Badinerie
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba * entrance/exit
Handel – La Rejouissance from the Firework Music
Mozart – Divertimenti (in F and D) *(particularly slow movements used for signing)
Bach – Gavottes, Bouree and Gigue from Suite in D
Bach – Brandenburg 3 (first movt)
Grieg – Gavotte from the Holberg Suite
Puccini – Nessun Dorma
Elgar – Chanson de Matin
Trad. Londonderry Air
Purcell – Rondeau from Abdelezar * entrance/exit
Grieg – Morning from Peer Gynt
Bach – Double violin concerto (first and second movts)
(Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus) * signing
Handel – Water Music (Air (signing) and Hornpipe (exit) often played at civil ceremonies)
Offenbach – Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman
Puccini – O mio babbino caro
Albinoni – Adagio
Gluck – Dance of the Blessed Spirits *signing
Dvorak – Largo from the New World Symphony (Hovis ad!)
Grieg – Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Rachmaninov – Vocalise
Bizet – Prelude to Carmen and Aragonaise
Grieg – Norwegian Dances no. 2 and 3
O Sole Mio
Borodin – First Polovtsian Dance * signing
Denza – Funiculi Funicula
Delibes – Flower Duet from Lakme *signing
Wagner – Bridal March *entrance
Mendelssohn – Wedding March *entrance/exit
Strauss – Radetzky March
Ballet Waltz Medley
Strauss – Pizzicato Polka
Tchaikovsky- Theme from Romeo and Juliette
Faure – Pie Jesu from Requiem
Verdi – Prelude to Act 1, La Traviata
Jenkins – Palladio (diamond ad)
Massenet – Meditation from Thais
Mouret Rondeau
Rimsky Korsakov Scheherezade


Lighter Styles

Irish Sherry (irish medley)
Welsh folk medley
Molly on the Shore
Isn’t she lovely
Sway/Cherry Pink
El Choclo Tango
La Cumparsita

Can’t Take My Eyes off you
Come Fly With Me
It don’t Mean a Thing If It Aint Got That Thing
Bohemian Rhapsody
My Fair Lady
Hello Dolly
Dambusters March

The Greatest Love of All – (Whitney Houston)
The Wind Beneath My Wings
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Because You Loved Me (
Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O’Connor)
And I Love You So

Moonlight in Vermont
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
My Funny Valentine
The Folks Who Live on the Hill
Ragtime Dance (Joplin)
Pennies from Heaven
I Don’t Know How to Love Him
Everything I Do, I Do It For You (Brian Adams)
It Must Be Love – (Madness)
Angels – (Robbie Williams)
Money, Money, Money
Handbags and Glad Rags – (theme from ‘The Office’)
Pharrell Williams – Happy

Range of film and show tunes

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