Frequently asked questions

How much do you charge?

Unfortunately, it is really difficult to give an indication of our charges without knowing a bit more about your event. Various things can affect the cost of hiring a quartet including the date of the event, the location of the venue and the length of time you want us to play.

Our priority is to give your guests the best possible experience and to work within your budget wherever possible. So please, contact us now and we will be happy to give you a quotation with no obligation and no hard sell.


How much deposit do I pay to secure a booking?

We require 25% of the full fee at the time of booking. The balance can then be paid by direct transfer of cheque 2 weeks before your event or in cash on the night.


What areas do you cover?

We are happy to play almost anywhere in the world! The Quartet is based in London and the South East so our most competitive rates will be for bookings in this region. Please contact us for an instant quotation.


Where can I see you play?

We are so busy with private engagements that we rarely have the opportunity to play at public events. Many hosts are uncomfortable with us inviting potential clients to their wedding or corporate function, therefore we prefer not to ask them.


How long do you normally play for?

The quartet will perform a total of 2-3 hours of live music, either as 2 sets with a break or 3 shorter sets with 2 breaks.


What music will you play?

Whether the occasion is intimate with a small gathering or a large function in a big venue with many people the String of Pearls can accommodate to suit all.

For a small dinner with perhaps 20 - 40 guests we can play soothing, gentle music in a discreet way, unobtrusive, just adding a relaxing atmosphere and if required as the meal progresses the music can become livelier. We are happy to adapt, enhancing whatever the occasion happens to be.