I have had a couple of quotes for string quartets and for around 5 hours (wedding ceremony, drinks and wedding breakfast) they are coming out at about £700 - £800. This seems a bit steep to me, but wondered what others had paid/ been quoted?
i got 3 quotes for a string quartet during my meal only and they ranged from £400 to £750 so your deal sounds pretty good! Does it include any additional music you might want them to learn? The best price i got was from Apollo String Quartet but i'm in Scotland so i dont know if thats any use xx
I know the wedding music industry and 200 per person is reasonable- of course there's 4 in a quartet so sounds reasonable to me. Will depend on how long you want them for and also how far they're travelling - 5 hours is a long time to fiddle for! We are having 2.5 hours
We paying £400 for 2 hours for ours to play during Ceremony and drinks reception. We are playing our own background music during the meal. So £700-800 i think is good for 5hours, but agree it is a long time to be playing for.
I'm going to just stick my head in here, to explain that educating a violinist took over 18 years for this not-rich family of five, over a quarter of a million in nearly two decades of conservatoire fees, private lessons, summer music camps, audition tutoring, competition entry charges, travel costs, not to mention an upgrade to the violin itself--professional (not student standard) another 22,000 pounds plus the bow of 11,000.
Then there was the 3 years at university and another two years at a major 'royal' conservatoire in London, at about 5000 total costs per year for undergrad, and 24,000 for the grad degree.
He now rents a single room in a London suburb for 800 pounds a month, gigs with major orchestras, solos at concerts, gives lessons and is trying to up his game with private coaching for future auditions.
Now PLEASE multiply our typical story times four.
The contributors/brides/planners might want to think about what it cost to produce wedding musicians of professional/classical quality before they refuse 125 pounds per musician to play for a ceremony. It takes most of the musicians' day, their laundry bill, their transport PLUS rehearsal time to produce that magic moment, not to mention the total of over one million pounds in training for all four from age 4-6 up to 25.