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The Marten String Quartet

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Quoted price is for quartet playing 2 hours over 3 hour stay. Trio also available at reduced price.

About The Marten String Quartet

Using stunningly original arrangements and an eclectic mix of styles, The Marten Quartet bring high class presentation and a unique charisma to the string repertoire. With a smooth distinctive sound and elegant sophistication they have an innate ability for capturing the unique mood of the occasion. Consisting of four of the leading young players emerging from London’s Music Colleges, the multi-talented quartet have performed widely in and around London. Their repertoire extends from classical pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, etc through to lighter material including Gershwin, Cole Porter, West End hits, jazz and pop. It is rare that the quartet cannot match a style or request of clients and they are equally at home whether providing music for weddings, functions and corporate events, or performing at The Royal Festival Hall.

With a strong emphasis on presentation, The Marten Quartet have different co-ordinating outfits to suit all events and for functions portray an image of sophistication, elegance and glamour. This has made the quartet a favourite with pop stars, film stars, charity and fashion show organisers and has seen them working alongside and performing for such luminaries as Prince Phillip, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Parkinson, Michael Winner, Madonna, Robbie Williams and boy band Boyzone. They have had prestigious residencies at Claridges, Harrods and Selfridges, and have performed on Top Of The Pops and played for Estee Lauder fashion shows.

The Marten Quartet normally play for a total of two hours within a three hour period, with the exact playing times and programme to be discussed with the client. For example, a popular option for weddings is for the Quartet to play during the marriage service and whilst the guests are being “received”.

The Marten players also perform as a trio, performing essentially the same repertoire but arranged for cello and two violins. This is a useful alternative where space, budget or the type of function make the smaller ensemble preferable to the full quartet. Our quoted price is for the quartet unless otherwise stated. The quartet is unable to play outside.

Price from: £625

Travel and cost: 
The Marten are based in London. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc.

What People Say:

"They provided a charming background to the champagne reception."
Donal Blaney - 40th birthday party - London - February 2014

"The Marten String Quartet were fantastic and really added a touch of class to the reception. Thank you. The help and efficiency which I received from everyone I dealt with at Function Junction was perfect. Thank you"
Bryony Milne - wedding reception - London - August 2008

"Very helpful and charming"
Charlotte Rockall - wedding reception - West Sussex - June 2008

"Although I was very busy on the day The Marten String Quartet played beautifully and moved between locations and the guests were very appreciative."
Andrew Hudson - wedding reception - Hampshire - July 2007

"Fantastic performance. Exactly what we asked for. Made our day even more special. Thank you very much!!"
David Hughes - Wedding reception - Hertfordshire - October 2006

"The Marten String Quartet were superb. They played beautifully during the service and the reception. Their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We were impressed throughout by their professionalism and attentiveness and we thoroughly recommend them."
Tom and Louise Pullen - wedding reception - London - April 2005

"Thank you for arranging the quartet so quickly for us. Very professional. Guests enjoyed the music. Function Junction has already been recommended to friends and family."
Nichola Barrow - wedding reception - Berkshire - April 2006

"Thanks so much for playing at our wedding. You played a delightful choice of music and it created a really special atmosphere."
Anna and Nick Hunter - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - April 2006

"Please pass on our thanks to the Marten String Quartet for their wonderful conribution to our wedding. Their playing during the ceremony and at the recepion was everything we could have wished for, and we were especially grateful for their impromptu playing while awaiting the bride’s arrival (delayed in traffic jams!)"
Sarah Vicary - wedding - London - July 2004

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Songs List: 

Brandenburg Concerto No.2
Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Brandenburg Concerto No.4
Air On A G String
Double Violin Concerto In D Min
Jesu Joy

Quartet Op.18 No.6
Quartet Op.18 No.2

Habanera, Interlude And Pastoral From Carmen


Quartet No.2

Hungarian Dance No.1
Hungarian Dance No.5

Christmas Concerto

Clair De Lune
Golliwog's Cakewalk

Flower Duet From Lakme
Pizzicato Polka

American Quartet

Chanson De Matin
Chanson De Nuit
Salut d'Amour
Beau Brummel
Serenade For Strings


Panis Angelicus

Hornpipe From Water Music
Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
Water Music Suite In D
Water Music Suite In F
Air In F
"Where'er You Walk"

"The Lark" Op.64 No.5

Jupiter Theme From The Planets


Hungarian Rhapsody

Meditation From Thais

Wedding March
Quartet In Eb Op.12

Divertimento No.1
Divertimento No.2
Divertimento No.3
Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
Voi Che Sapete From Marriage Of Figaro
Non Piu Andrai From Marriage Of Figaro
Rondo Alla Turca
Overture From The Magic Flute
Overture From The Marriage Of Figaro
March From The Marriage Of Figaro
Adagio And Fugue
Theme From Piano Concerto No.21
Allelujah From Exultate Jubilate
Flute Quartet
Quartet In G K.387
Quartet In D K.421
Quartet In Bb K.458
Quartet In Eb K.428
Quartet In A K.464
Quartet In D K.499
Quartet In D K.575
Quartet In C K.465 "The Dissonance"



Dance Of The Hours

Quando M'en Vo, (La Boheme)
Mio Babbino Caro, (Gianni Schicchi)
Nessum Dorma, (Turandot)

Two Rondeaux
Trumpet Tune


Ballet Music From William Tell
Overture From Italian Girl In Algiers
Overture From William Tell
Overture From Barber Of Seville
Overture From The Thieving Magpie

The Swan

Ave Maria

J Strauss
Trisch-Trasch Polka
Roses From The South
Pizzicato Polka
Radetsky March
The Blue Danube

Valse Des Fleurs
Dance Of The Mirlitons
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
June, Op.37 No.6
Romance Op.5
Song Without Words
March From The Nutcracker
Waltz From Swan Lake
Waltz From Sleeping Beauty

Brindisi, (La Traviata)
Quartet, (Rigoletto)

The Four Seasons
Concerto Grosso In D Min
Double Violin Concerto In A Min

Skaters' Waltz

Wedding March

Invitation To The Dance


Other Repertoire

Hang On To Me
Love Walked In
Foggy Day
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Makin' Whoopee
Build Astaire Way
I Got Rhythm
Just Another Rumba
Love Is Here To Stay
Someone To Watch Over Me
Nice Work
Fascinatin' Rhythm
Somebody Loves Me
The Man I Love
An American In Paris
Slap That Bass
When Do We Dance
That Certain Feeling
They All Laughed

Cole Porter
Let's Do It
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Anything Goes

Standards And Other Popular Repertoire
My Funny Valentine
Folks Who Live On The Hill
Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Sq
Leaning On A Lampost
"A" Train
Fly Me To The Moon
Moon River
Pennies From Heaven
No Strings
Moonlight And Roses
Moonlight In Vermont
Satin Doll
I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
Singing In The Rain
Spread A Little Happiness
Autumn Leaves
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
La Vie En Rose
Let Me Try Again
When I Fall In Love
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
If You Knew Susie
New York, New York
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Blue Moon
Love Moves In Mysterious Ways
It Had To Be You
Cheek To Cheek

Songs From Musicals
Close Every Door (Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat)
I Don't Know How To Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar)
On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
America (Westside Story)
I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables)
Big Spender (Sweet Charity)
If I Were A Rich Man (Fiddler On The Roof)
Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof)
There's No Business Like Showbusiness (Annie Get Your Gun)
Hello Dolly
As Time Goes By (Everybody's Welcome/ Casablanca)

Scott Joplin
Roseleaf Rag
Ragtime Dance
Strenuous Life
String Along
The Entertainer
Bethena, A Concert Waltz

Leroy Anderson
Blue Tango
Forgotten Dreams
Penny Whistle

Por Una Cabeza
La Vi Llegar
Cafetin De Buenos Aires
La Calesita
La Bamba
The Girl From Ipanema
Noites Cariocas
El Relicario
Romanza Andalucia
Brazilian Fiddler
Spanish Dance

Anon/Folk Arrangements
Londonderry Air
Irish Sherry

Russian Traditional
Czardas Monti
Dark Eyes
Two Guitars

When I'm 64
Penny Lane
Eleanor Rigby
Hard Day's Night

TV & Film Themes
Jeeves And Wooster
Dad's Army
Fawlty Towers
Liberty Bell (Monty Python)
Lara's Theme (Dr. Zhivago)
The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George
Lawrence Of Arabia
Harry Lime Theme (The Third Man)
Dambuster's March
The Way We Were
A Whole New World (Aladdin)
Zorba The Greek

The Final Countdown
Candle In The Wind
Everything I Do
Purple Haze
Bridge Over Troubled Water
My Heart Will Go On
Lady In Red
Bohemian Rhapsody