What Our Couples Love
- String Trio or String Quartet - ceremony and drinks
- Violin and Piano Duo - background music or ceremony+drinks
- Jazz Trio (Sax, Piano and Bass) - ideal for wedding breakfast
- Ceilidh Band with caller (Scottish style)
- Jazz band with or without singer
- Party covers band
- Special requests arranged for ceremony at no extra charge
- One point of contact for all the styles of music
- 30+ years of experience of playing at weddings
- Managed by the actual musicians that will play on the day
Frequently asked questions
What kind of music do you specialise in?
String Quartet (String Trio also available) - any style from Classical, Jazz, Folk, Films and Popular music. Violin and Piano - same range of music as String Quartet. Ceilidh Band with caller - Scottish style band and caller. Party Covers band - 60's up to date party hits.
How far do you travel?
Whitby to Bamburgh and Brough to Haltwhistle and Otterburn.
What do your prices start from?
£250 Violin and Piano Duo for ceremony and drinks reception (or 2 hours). £350 Trio (either String or Jazz) for ceremony and drinks reception (or 2 hours). £450 String Quartet or Jazz Quartet for ceremony and drinks reception (or 2 hours). £400 for Ceilidh band with caller up till 11:30pm. £450 for Ceilidh band with caller up till 11:30pm and DJ till midnight. £750 for Party Covers Band 2 sets or up to 1 hour and DJ till midnight. £800 for Ceilidh band with caller and Party Covers band till 11:30 and DJ till midnight.
Do you take requests on the day?
Yes, the String Quartet has a repertoire of over 500 tunes. The party band may be able to play requests if we know the songs. DJ is very happy to take requests on the night.
Will you learn a specific song for our wedding?
Yes for the Violin and Piano Duo, String Trio and String Quartet. No - The party band perform everything from memory and we are just too busy to rehearse anything but we will play anything song at all on CD or mp3.
Can you play in a wedding venue with sound restrictions?
Yes we are very experienced with sound limiters.
How long will it take you to set up?
We allow 1 hour but can often set-up in less especially if we have played in that venue before.
How long are your sets?
3 hours is the absolute maximum time we can hold up a violin or viola - any longer than that and the players will end up with neck and shoulder strain. We would need a half hour recovery break in the middle to play longer than 3 hours but we need to charge significantly higher fees for anything above 2 hours. Ceilidh sets are up to 2 hours as longest single set but we are happy to play 2 sets if everyone is able to dance that long. The singers voices get tired and so we need to limit the party band sets to 45 minutes with a short break or 1hour with a long break (both based on 2 sets). We can do up to 85 minutes as a single set if time is tight and we try to be as flexible as possible if the wedding is running late to make best use of the time available.
Do you offer a DJ service inbetween sets?
Yes - please send us your playlist or we can select something suitable.
Can we see you play before we book you?
Virtually all of our engagements are private functions but we sometimes have a Ceilidh that is open to the public. Please discuss with Gordon
About North East Soiree
North East Soiree is one small team of musicians who provide live music for weddings in the North East of England. Including Duos, Trios, String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh band with caller, add guitar and vocals for a Party covers band and finish with DJ
North East Soiree was formed in 2002 and has performed at over 1200 weddings and events in all the popular venues across the North East of England.
The String Quartet has a vast selection of over 500 tunes available and arrange special requests at no extra charge . The quartet arrive half an hour before the ceremony and then play whatever music you like followed by 90 minutes during the drinks reception / photos.
If space of budget is tight, then all the music for quartet is also available on Violin and Piano (we have our own electric Piano and mini PA). This combination works really well for Classical, Film and Popular music and there is no extra charge for special requests.
Start the evening with our Ceilidh Band straight after the 1st dance. Full instructions and demonstrations are given and it's so easy that anyone can do it without any previous experience. All just a great fun start to the night to get the party started and it doesn't matter if the moves are all right or not. A Ceilidh is such a fun way to mix both sides of the families, work colleagues, friends and distant relatives - everyone just mixes straight away and the party has well and truly started.
Often the Ceilidh band play till the interval then we can add singers and guitar to turn the band into a dynamic and spontaneous Party Covers Band, followed by our own DJ with your own playlist.
Pricing info shown in the listing summary:
Based in the North East of England - perform from Whitby to Lindisfarne, Brough to Haltwhistle and Otterburn. No hidden extras. No charge for arranging special requests for ceremony - all arrangements done in house to maintain quality.