About Belle Strings
Belle Strings members are all experienced string teachers and players in Brisbane. We play at weddings and functions throughout the greater Brisbane area, have many years of experience, and have an extensive repertoire comprising over five hours of music. Our repertoire is mostly light classical music, including many of the tunes that are well known and easily recognised. We also include in our selection some film, opera and show themes, sentimental favourites, and ballads/pop.
Belle Strings are pleased to assist you with music selections for the special moments in your wedding, special ceremony or function - music that is dignified, and appropriate in mood and timing.
Music for Weddings
A wedding booking usually includes:
* Playing for 15-20 minutes prior to the ceremony, while the guests are assembling;
* Playing for the bride's entry, for the signing of the register, and for the conclusion of the ceremony;
* Playing for any additional requirements during the ceremony (such as a ring-warming or candle ceremony, soft music during the vows, communion);
* Playing after the ceremony, during family photos/drinks (usually 45 mins-1 hour);
* Longer bookings may include playing at the reception for pre-dinner or main course (usually 1-1.5 hours), and may further include playing during dessert/coffee (usually 1 further hour).
Some string music suggestions for wedding ceremonies:
ENTRY OF THE BRIDE
Wedding March (Wagner)
Spring from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Air from Water Music Suite (Handel)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Te Deum (Charpentier)
SIGNING THE REGISTER
Romanze from Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (Mozart)
Air on a G String (Bach)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Andante from Divertimento in D major (Mozart)
Meditation from Thais (Massenet)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Gabriel's Oboe (Morricone)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
CONCLUSION OF THE CEREMONY
La Rejouissance from Fireworks Suite (Handel)
Alla Hornpipe from Water Music Suite (Handel)
Spring from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Chairs and lighting
Belle Strings requires four chairs without arms to be provided (or three chairs if we are performing as a trio). For evening functions, we require sufficient lighting to be able to read our music. Our sound is 'unplugged', therefore we do not need power for amplifiers/microphones.
Protection from the weather
Please note that for outdoor functions, protection from the weather is mandatory, because our valuable string instruments are damaged by exposure to full sunlight or to rain. We therefore ask that your planning for your outdoor event include shade and wet weather protection for the musicians.
Special music requests
Belle Strings will try to accommodate special requests for your ceremony music. However, if you are requesting pop/rock songs, please remember that as played by a string trio or string quartet, these songs will sound very different from the CD (there is no vocal track and therefore no lyrics, no bass/guitar/drum sound, and no keyboard/synthesizer sound - we would be trying to emulate all of those sounds with only three or four stringed instruments!). If the lyrics are of particular significance to you, they will be lost in an instrumental version. You may prefer to instead have your special song played on CD later, at the reception.
If we judge that your song is suitable for writing a special string arrangement and will work well played as a string instrumental piece, we reserve the right to charge $50 for writing the string arrangement, and may ask you to provide us with the CD and sheet music to work from, if we do not already know the song.
Fees and payment
Fees are as quoted for your event. We require a $50 deposit on confirmation of your booking, and the balance is payable 5 working days prior to your event. Refunds only apply in the case of Belle Strings failing to attend and perform at your event, at the date, time and venue negotiated.
For bookings or more information, please contact