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The Avoca Ensemble are one of the country's leading string quartets that was formed by graduates from Londons world famous conservatoires; all of whom have gone on to have successful careers as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians. The quartet has performed for numerous prestigious clients, including AOL, John Lewis and Mark and Spencer, and has an enviable reputation for it's work at weddings and other smaller scale functions.
The ensemble have played in venues such as Kensington Roof Gardens, Browns Hotel Mayfair, Stock Brook Manor and Crondon Park, and Leez Priory.

The Avoca ensemble have an extensive and varied repertoire that can be tailor made to any event.By providing music of the highest professional standard they can guarantee a special and memorable event.

" We have had so many fantastic comments on how amazing all three acts were on the day. The Avoca ensemble set a lovely atmosphere for the champagne reception in the garden and then during the meal in the marquee. Superb. Then Paul followed on with exactly the right background music leading into the first dance. And the party started. Paul kept the dance floor full with all the favourites and knew precisely what tunes to play to keep everyone going. If the whole party was in Paul's hands it still would have been brilliant. Bright Sparks - fantastic. Can't think of what else to say! All the guests said they were the best band they'd ever heard at a party, and some are serious party goers. Finally, thank you so much for putting the musical entertainment together for us - it was so easy, stress free and it all went exactly to plan. We will definitely be using Gigz again. "
Caroline Bateman | Lincolnshire | 9 June 2012
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Set List/Repertoire

Should you proceed with your booking you will be able to select your favourite songs from the set list/repertoir to be played on the day of your event. This demo will show you how it works.

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Baroque

  • Bach // Jesu Joy
  • Purcell // Two Rondeaux
  • Bach // Prelude in E Major
  • Bach // Fugue in D Major
  • Bach // Fugue in G Minor
  • Handel // Allegro I
  • Handel // Alla Siciliana
  • Handel // Allegro II
  • Handel // Sarabande and Two Variations
  • Pergolesi // Arietta ‘Se tu m’ami, se sospiri’
  • Purcell // Dido’s LamentPurcel: Music for a While
  • Scarlatti // Sonata K87
  • Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Bach // Air on a G String
  • Jeremiah Clarke // Trumpet Voluntary
  • Gluck // Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Pachelbel // Canon in D
  • Bach // Concerto for Violin and Oboe
  • Handel // Water Music Suite in F: I Overture
  • II Adagio
  • III Allegro Moderato
  • IV Air
  • V Allegro
  • VI Allegro
  • VII Bourree
  • VII Hornpipe
  • IX Finale
  • Handel // Water Music Suite in D: I Overture
  • II Hornpipe
  • III Andante con Moto
  • IV Aria
  • V Lentement, VI Bourree
  • VII Minuet
  • VIII Gigue
  • IX Coro
  • Handel // Music for the Royal Fireworks
  • II Bourree
  • III La Paix
  • IV La rejouissance
  • V Minuet
  • Handel // Arrival of the queen of Sheba
  • Handel // Departure of the Queen of Sheba
  • Bach // Concerto for two violins
  • Purcell // Trumpet Tune
  • Vivaldi // Spring
  • Vivaldi // Summer
  • Vivaldi // Autumn
  • Vivaldi // Winter
  • Vivaldi // Concerto in E Minor for Strings
  • Telemann // Concerto for Viola

Romantic

  • Borodin // Prince Igor from the Polotsvian Dances
  • Dvorak // Humoresque
  • Verdi // Andantino from ‘La forza del destino’
  • Mendelssohn // Sehnsuchtig
  • Grieg // Studenternes Serenade
  • Debussy // Golliwog’s Cake Walk
  • Albenez // Tango
  • MacDowell // A Deserted Farm
  • Sullivan // Three Little Maids from School
  • Wagner // Bridal March
  • Mendelssohn // Wedding March
  • Grieg // Norwegian Dance No.2
  • Grieg // Norwegian Dance No.3
  • Offenbach // Barcarolle (version II)
  • Bizet // Prelude to Carmen
  • Grieg // Waltz
  • Dvorak // Slavonic Dance No.VIII
  • Schumann // Traumerei
  • Delibes // Flower Duet from Lamke (easy version)
  • Delibes // Flower Duet from Lamke (more difficult!)
  • Strauss // Pizzicato Polka
  • Grieg // Wedding day at Troldhaugen
  • Rachmaninoff // Vocalise
  • Tchaikovsky // Danse Des Mirlitons (From the Nutcracker)
  • Elgar // Chanson de Matin
  • Elgar // Chanson de Nuit
  • Tchaikovsky // Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Offenbach // Barcarolle (version II)
  • Tchaikovsky // Andante Cantabile
  • Mascagni // Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
  • Delibes // Valse Ballet from Coppelia
  • Elgar // Idylle
  • Tchaikovsky // Chant sans Paroles
  • Shostakovich // Romance from the Gadfly
  • Barber // Adagio for Strings
  • Faure // Pavane
  • Delibes // Pizzicati from Sylvia
  • Elgar // Nimrod
  • Elgar // Salut d’Amour
  • Massenet // Meditation
  • Bizet // Habanera from Carmen
  • Bartok // Rumanian Folk Dances
  • Faure // ‘Kitty Valse’ from the Dolly Suite
  • Debussy // Danse
  • Tchaikovsky // Theme from Romeo and Juliet Overture
  • Brahms // Hungarian Dance No.5
  • Brahms // Hungarian Dance No.6
  • Holst // St. Paul’s Suite

Light Music

  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Every Time we Say Goodbye
  • A Foggy Day
  • Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
  • Summertime
  • The Typewriter
  • Sandpaper Ballet
  • Someone to Watch over Me
  • The Waltzing Cat
  • Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  • I’ve Got Rhythm
  • Blue Tango
  • Forgotten Dreams
  • The Syncopated Clock
  • Anything Goes
  • Makin’ Whoopee
  • The Man I Love
  • Just One of Those Things
  • I get a Kick out of You
  • A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
  • Belle of the Ball
  • Love is Here to Stay
  • Somebody Loves Me
  • Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  • When Hearts are Young
  • Nice Work if You Can Get It
  • Swanee
  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • New York, New York
  • Moon River
  • Leaning on a Lamppost
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
  • Maria
  • Funiculi Funicula
  • Moonlight in Vermont
  • Let’s Do It
  • My Funny Valentine
  • O Sole Mio
  • You’re The Top
  • Plink, Plank, Plunk
  • Night and Day
  • Anything Goes
  • Lover Come Back to Me
  • What is This Thing Called Love
  • One Alone
  • The Lady is a Tramp
  • Que Sera Sera
  • Mister Sandman
  • Tenderly
  • The Londonderry Air
  • Jeeves and Worcester
  • Chi Mai
  • I Know Him So Well
  • I Dreamed a Dream
  • Theme from ‘The Piano’
  • Wanting You
  • Drinking Song
  • When I’m Sixty Four
  • Die Schönbrunner
  • Cock Linnet
  • (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • Heaven
  • When You Say Nothing at All
  • I Say a Little Prayer
  • Just Another Rhumba
  • All You Need is Love
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Various Christmas Carols

Pop, Rock, T.V. and Film..

  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele
  • Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
  • Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • Vida La Vida - Coldplay
  • One Day Like This - Elbow
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • Under Pressure - Queen
  • We Are The Champions - Queen
  • Changes - David Bowie
  • Gold - Spandau Ballet
  • Dancing Queen - Abba
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • It's All About You - McFly
  • Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
  • I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  • I'm Kissing You - Des'ree
  • She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
  • All You Need is Love - The Beatles
  • Everything I Do I Do it For You
  • Your Song - Elton John
  • Whatever - Oasis
  • When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
  • I Say A Little Prayer
  • Con Te Partiro - Bocelli
  • What a Wonderful World
  • James Bond Theme
  • Goldfinger
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Love is All Around
  • With You I'm Born Again
  • From This Moment On
  • Seasons of Love
  • Sunrise - Norah Jones
  • Heaven - Bryan Adams
  • Flying Without Wings - Westlife
  • The 'A' Team
  • Rocking All Over The World - Status Quo
  • When You Say Nothing at All
  • The Universal - Blur
  • You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  • Rule the World - Take That
  • Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
  • When You Were Young - Killers
  • Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
  • Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
  • She's Like the Wind - From Dirty Dancing
  • Hungry Eyes - From Dirty Dancing

Pop, Rock, T.V. and Film..

  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele
  • Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
  • Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • Vida La Vida - Coldplay
  • One Day Like This - Elbow
  • Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  • Under Pressure - Queen
  • We Are The Champions - Queen
  • Changes - David Bowie
  • Gold - Spandau Ballet
  • Dancing Queen - Abba
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • It's All About You - McFly
  • Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
  • I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  • I'm Kissing You - Des'ree
  • She's Always a Woman - Billy Joel
  • All You Need is Love - The Beatles
  • Everything I Do I Do it For You
  • Your Song - Elton John
  • Whatever - Oasis
  • When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
  • I Say A Little Prayer
  • Con Te Partiro - Bocelli
  • What a Wonderful World
  • James Bond Theme
  • Goldfinger
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Love is All Around
  • With You I'm Born Again
  • From This Moment On
  • Seasons of Love
  • Sunrise - Norah Jones
  • Heaven - Bryan Adams
  • Flying Without Wings - Westlife
  • The 'A' Team
  • Rocking All Over The World - Status Quo
  • When You Say Nothing at All
  • The Universal - Blur
  • You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  • Rule the World - Take That
  • Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
  • When You Were Young - Killers
  • Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
  • Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
  • She's Like the Wind - From Dirty Dancing
  • Hungry Eyes - From Dirty Dancing

Bollywood

  • Kal No Ha No
  • Rafi Song
  • Ghar Aaya
  • Main Tujhe
  • Main Hoon Na
  • Chand Mera Dil
  • Pardesi Pardesi
  • Baraat
  • Mein Hu Na
  • Kitna Hajeen Chera
  • Nain Milakar Chain Churana
  • Tujhe Dekha To
  • Pehla Nasha
  • Kabhi Khushie Kabhie Gham – Suraj Hau Maddham
  • Agar Tum Mil Jao
  • Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
  • Humko Humise
  • Tu Mile, Dil Khile
  • Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai
  • Fanaa
  • Woh ladki bahut yaad aati hai
  • Aaj Mera Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
  • Tumhi Dekho Naa
  • Chura Liya Hai Tumne
  • Kuchch Kuchch Hota Hai
  • Guzarish
" We have had so many fantastic comments on how amazing all three acts were on the day. The Avoca ensemble set a lovely atmosphere for the champagne reception in the garden and then during the meal in the marquee. Superb. Then Paul followed on with exactly the right background music leading into the first dance. And the party started. Paul kept the dance floor full with all the favourites and knew precisely what tunes to play to keep everyone going. If the whole party was in Paul's hands it still would have been brilliant. Bright Sparks - fantastic. Can't think of what else to say! All the guests said they were the best band they'd ever heard at a party, and some are serious party goers. Finally, thank you so much for putting the musical entertainment together for us - it was so easy, stress free and it all went exactly to plan. We will definitely be using Gigz again. "
Caroline Bateman | Lincolnshire | 9 June 2012
  • Performance
  • Reliabilty/Timekeeping
  • Courtesy
  • Appearance/Set up
  • Gigz customer service
" Dear Helen, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding. You made the day so special. "
Helen Williams | Fulham Registry Office | 28 January 2012
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" I wanted to thank you and the string quartet for making our wedding at Braxted Park Estate such a huge success, we have such fantastic memories of the day. We had many people comment on the music especially the wedding march when I walked down the aisle which they played beautifully.Thank you again for everything – the day was definitely a magical one for the both of us. "
Mark and Kate Stevens | Hampshire | 23 September 2011
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" We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for the service provided for us in relation to the above event.The beautiful classical music played throughout the evening, created the perfect ambience for our event, set to the backdrop of an amazing venue. You helped us to create the 'wow' factor we were looking for. Thank you once again.Yours Sincerely "
John Lewis Events Organiser | London | 10 September 2011
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" Thank you very much for playing at my birthday party in Chelmsford in August. The quartet was the highlight of the evening. I was impressed that the music requested by me was not only found by you but so well played at such short notice. So many thanks one more and I hope that you will be available for other functions that I will be arranging in the future. Best wishes "
Claire Gilbert | Watford | 12 August 2011
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" Hi Helen Just a quick email to thank you and your lovely ladies for playing at my wedding. You were all absolutely fantastic and we had so many comments on how great you were. You were certainly a highlight of the day!!! Take care! Kerry and Richard xxxx "
Kerry and Richard Coote | Orsett Hall | 10 August 2011
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What's included

  • Standard Line Up:

    Helen // Viola, Sheila // Violin, Katie // Violin, Katie // Cello
  • Performance Times:

    Up to 3 hours (take £90 off quote for 2 hours)
  • Standard Arrival Time:

    30 mins before recital
  • Set Up Time:

    30 minutes
  • Ideal Performance Area:

    4m x 2m area. 4 chairs without arms
  • Public Liability Insurance:

    yes
  • Equipment PAT Tested:

    yes
  • Food/Drinks Required:

    sandwiches and soft drinks x 4
  • Play outside?:

    Yes but need cover/protection from sun and wind
  • Music restrictions:

    Note: In a civil ceremony you will be unable to have any religious music!

Extra booking options

  • Trio:

    Take £100 your quote

How we manage your booking

Booking an act with Gigz is just the begining. To make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible on the day;

  • We will send you a secure online booking form. This page can be saved on your computer and accessed and updated as often as you like.
  • Your event manager will be in touch via email and phone regularly througout the build up to your event.
  • We can arrange for your act to call you should want to discuss tings with them directly.
  • We will liasie with your event coordinator or venue manager to ensure that they are happy with all the logistics.
  • You will be given a contact mobile number for your Gigz event manager should you need to contact them on the day of your event.
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