Magenta Strings

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Have Magenta Strings play at your wedding or event as the perfect complement to your day.
We can play for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions, meals, parties and corporate functions.

We have an extensive repertoire list, but if your favourite piece of music isn't on there, not to worry - we can write it for string quartet for you and perform it on your big day. All included in the price!

Magenta Strings was formed in 2001 when Helen Coleman (violin) and Lucy Deakin (cello) met at Leeds College of Music. Magenta has developed into a vibrant young ensemble who play for weddings and functions throughout Derbyshire and the northwest. In addition to the quartet of four players, Helen & Lucy also perform regularly as a string duo (violin & cello).

20 Reviews

Sophia Manfredi

April 22, 2016

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the music you provided for our ceremony yesterday it was absolutely perfect. I loved the Aerosmith and Blink 182 pieces and hearing how good the Pachelbel piece sounded before I walked down the aisle gave me an overwhelming feeling of excitement and confidence as it was just how I had hoped it would be. Thank you so so much and I will never forget the wonderful music you provided for our very special day.


Michelle Whyley

Sept. 5, 2015

Got married at woodborough hall in Nottingham and we wanted a vintage style wedding so we booked magenta strings for our big day! The music was beautiful and so enchanting to walk down the aisle too! What an amazing quartet, very professional. It made our wedding day that little bit extra special. If you want to wow your guests then I recommend you book magenta strings after all you only get one day to feel like a princess!



Oct. 6, 2018

We would just like to thank you, the string duo were wonderful at our wedding and brought a special elegance to our day. The arrangements we requested were played beautifully, we had many comments on the day of how lovely the duo sounded. Nice people to deal with, professional and flexible. Highly recommend.


Mr & Mrs Harrison

March 6, 2015

Magenta Strings played at our wedding ceremony and drinks reception earlier this year, and set the atmosphere on our perfect day


Liz G

April 12, 2015

Magenta strings played at my mum's 70th birthday party, they really set the atmosphere with lively music. They are very talented and professional and I certainly recommend them! :-)


Kelly Strutt

Sept. 14, 2018

The Magenta Strings duo played at our wedding last month and they were great! Through from our ceremony to our meal, the music was just what we wanted. I would highly recommend them to anyone considering music at their wedding. Thanks guys

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?
    Weddings, parties, corporate events, military dinners.
  • How long do you play for?
    Anything from 1 hour up to a 4 hour booking. We are available for bookings longer than 4 hours where substantial breaks are included.
  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?
  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
    Yes we have public liability insurance with the MU (Musicians Union). We don't have electrical equipment.
  • How much space do you require?
    The full string quartet needs around 3m square if possible. The string duo around half that and can squash in small spaces if need be for ceremonies. The duo is ideal for small churches and small rooms at venues.
  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
    We will arrange the music of your favourite tunes for your ceremony, all included in the fee :)
  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
    We generally have a 10 min break in every hour, but we work around the event and take breaks where is convenient.
  • What equipment do you need?
    Dining chairs without arms.

Set List/Services


Adagio (Albinoni)

Air from suite no.1 - Water Music (Handel, G.F.)
Air (Bach, J.S.)
Alleluia Exsulate Jubilate (Mozart)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel, G.F.)
Arioso (Bach, J.S.)
Ave Maria (Gounod, C.)
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)

Barcarolle (Offenbach)

Bolero (Ravel)

Brandenburg concerto no.3 - 1st movement (Bach)
Canon (Pachelbel)
Cantabile (Tartini)

Chanson de Matin (Elgar, E.)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
Flower Duet (Delibes)
Grande Valse Brilliante Theme (Chopin)
Hornpipe (Handel, G.F.)
Hungarian Dance No.5 (Brahms)
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring (Bach, J.S.)
La Rejouissance - Royal Fireworks (Handel, G.F.)
Largo from Xerxes (Handel, G.F.)

Meditation from Thais (Massenet)

Norwegian Dance No.2 (Grieg)

O Sole Mio (di Capuo)
Paris Angelicas (Franck, C.)
Por Una Cabeza (Gardel)

Romance (Mozart)

Salut d’Amour (Elgar, E.)

Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky)
Spring (Vivaldi, A.)

Tango (Albania)

Theme from Grande Valse Brilliante (Chopin)

Toreador’s Song from Carmen (Bizet)

Traumerei (Schumann, R.)
Wachet Auf (Bach, J.S.)
Wedding March “Here comes the bride” (Wagner, R.)

Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

Winter (Vivaldi, A.)
Suites of classical background music by Mozart, Bach & Handel 

Adventure of a Lifetime (Coldplay)
A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)
A Thousand Years (Hodges & Perri)
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Ashford & Simpson)
All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd Webber)
All of Me (John Legend)
All the Small Things (Blink 182)

All You Need Is Love (Lennon & McCartney)

At Last (Etta James)

Best Day of My Life (American Authors)
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli)
Champagne Supernova (Oasis)

Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)

Colours of the Wind (Menken)
Come What May from Moulin Rouge (David Baerwold)
Concerning Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)
Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
Drive By (Train)

Everybody’s On The Run (Noel Gallager)
Glasgow Love Theme (Love Actually)
Greatest Day (Take That)

Fields of Gold (Sting)

Hallelujah (Cohen)
Halo (Beyonce)
Halocene (Bon Iver)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)

Hedwigs Theme (Harry Potter)
Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)
How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness)
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis)
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)

I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen
I’m Kissing You (Des’ree & Tim Atack)

I’m Yours (Jason M’Raz)

It Must Be Love (Madness)
I Will Wait (Mumford & Sons)

Jerusalem of Gold (Shemer)
Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)

Kissing You (from Romeo & Juliet)
Kiss Me (6p none the richer)
La Vie en Rose
Like I’m Gonna Lose You (Meghan Trainer)
Make You Feel My Love, famous cover by Adele (Bob Dylan)

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

My Favourite Things (Hamilton)

My Heart Will Go On - Titanic (Horner)
M79 (Vampire Weekend)

Nightswimming (REM)

Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
Now We Are Free (Gladiator)
One Day Like This (Elbow)

Paradise (Coldplay)
Perfect ( Ed Sheeran)
Perfect Day (Lou Reed)
Pompeii (Bastille)
Real Love (John Lennon)

Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites (Kate Bush)
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)

Songbird, famous cover by Eva Cassidy (Christine McVie) 

Stand By Me (Leiber, Stoller & King)
Star Wars medley
Summertime (Gershwin)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Sweet Child of Mine (Guns & Roses)

The Universal (Blur)

The Wonder of You (Elvis)
There is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Tradition - Fiddler on the Roof (Bock)
Unchained Melody (Alex North)
Vida la Vida (Coldplay)
We Go Together (from Grease)
Whatever (Oasis)
When I Fall in Love (Nat King Cole)

When You Taught Me How To Dance, from ‘Miss Potter’ (Westlake)
With or Without You (U2)

Wonderful World (Weiss & Thiele)

Wonderful Tonight (Clapton)
Wonderwall (Oasis)
You Only Live Twice (James Bond)

You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)
Your Song (Elton John)
You’ve Got the Love, famous cover by Florence and the Machine


Air (Bach)
Alla Danza - Water Music (Handel)
Alleluia (Mozart)
Aria from Xerxes (Handel)
Arioso (Bach)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Autumn from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
Barcarolle (Offenbach)
Beau Brummel (Elgar)
Boccherini’s Roundabout (Boccherini)
Bolero (Ravel)
Brandenburg No.3 (Bach)
Brindisi - Drinking Song
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Chanson de Matin (Elgar)
Chanson de Nuit (Elgar)
Copellia March (Delibes)
Country Gardens (Cecil Sharp)
Divertimento (Mozart)
Finlandia Theme (Sibelius)
Flower Duet (Delibes)
Grande Valse Brilliante (Chopin)
G&S Selection (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Jesu Joy of Man Desiring (Bach)
Liebestraum (Liszt)
Magic Flute (Mozart)
Meditation (Massenet)
Minuet (Boccherini)
Mozart String Quartets
Nessun Dorma (Puccini)
Nimrod (Elgar)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini)
O Sole Mio (Capurro)
Panis Angelicas (Franck)
Pavane (Faure)
Por Una Cabeza (Gardel)
Pulcinella Suite (Stravinsky)
Radetzky March (Strauss)
Rondeau (Mouret)
Salut d’Amour (Elgar)
Sarabande (Handel)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
Sleeping Beauty Waltz (Tchaikovsky)
Spring from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky)
Swan Lake Waltz (Tchaikovsky)
The Clock (Haydn)
Toreadors Song (Bizet)
Traumeri (Schubert)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Valse (Chopin)
Wachet Auf (Bach)
Waltz of the Flowers (Tchaikovsky)
Wedding March, Here Comes The Bride (Wagner)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Westminster Waltz (Farnon)
Winter from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

A Whole New World (Disney. Aladdin)
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Can Can (Offenbach)
Can’t Take My Eyes off You (Frankie Valli)
Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
Cherry Pink (Louiguy)
Cloud Busting (Kate Bush)
Dr Finleys Casebook (Trevor Duncan)
El Choclo (Villodo)
Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
Evergreen (Paul Williams. Barbra Streisand version)
Fields of Gold (Sting)
Game of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi)
Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)
Here There and Everywhere (Beatles)
Kissing You (Des’ree & Atack)
La Cumparsita (Rodriguez)
Listen Do you Want to Hear a Secret (Beatles)
Make you Feel My Love (Bob Dylan. Covered by Adele)
Moonlight & Roses (Jim Reeves)
Night in Rio
Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues)
Nightswimming (REM)
Now I See the Light (Disney. Tangled)
One Day Like This (Elbow)
Perfect Day (Lou Reed)
Runaway (Corrs)
Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites (Skrillex)
She (Aznavour & Kretzmer. Covered by Elvis Costello)
Somewhere Out There (James Horner. From An American Tail)
Sway (Demetrio & Ruiz)
Tango Tartufo e Tagliatelle
The Typewriter (Leroy Anderson)
The Universal (Blur)
What a Wonderful World (Thiele)
Whatever (Oasis)
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Yesterday (Beatles)
You're Beautiful (James Blunt)
You've Got A Friend (Toy Story)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
Your Song (Elton John)

A Fine Romance (Kern)
All the Things You Are (Kern)
Berties Blues (Paul Hart)
Bluesette (Thieleman)
Blue Tango (Leroy Anderson)
Caravan (Ellington & Tizol)
Country Club
Cry Me a River (Hamilton)
Day Dreamin’
Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)
Forgotten Dreams (Leroy Anderson)
I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington)
Jazz Pizzicato (Leroy Anderson)
Let’s Do it (Porter)
Long Ago and Far Away (Kern)
Love Walked In (Gershwin)
Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing)
Nice Work if you can get it (Gershwin)
No Dice
Pizzicato Polka (Strauss)
Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
Roseleaf Rag (Joplin)
September Song (Weill)
Singin’ in the Rain (Brown)
Solace (Joplin)
Somebody Loves Me (Gershwin)
Summertime (Gershwin)
S’Wonderful (Gershwin)
Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Bratton)
The Easy Winners (Joplin)
The Entertainer (Joplin)
The Man I Love (Gershwin)

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