Afton Strings

Trio, Quartet or String Orchestra, we can provide the perfect accompaniment to your event 

Welcome to Afton Strings' home page!

Afton Strings are a professional String Trio and Quartet available for hire in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Perthshire, Loch Lomond, Argyll and Bute, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Renfrewshire and and the rest of Scotland.

Afton Strings all Scotland- based professional players freelancing with orchestras such as Scottish Ballet and RSNO and have more than 40 years experience of playing at weddings and functions between them! Their extensive repertoire includes anything from Bach through to Abba, Cole Porter and Coldplay.

Here you can hear selection of our repertoire for drinks receptions played by Mark, Nina and Russell: hope you enjoy it! More videos can be found in the sidebar or have a look at our videos page!

 

Afton Strings can be booked as a trio, string quartet or string orchestra depending on your requirements. All members of Afton Strings are also happy to appear as soloists with the organist during the ceremony if required, please use our enquiry form for further details.

 

We have a huge repertoire, some of which is listed under the trio repertoire or quartet repertoire in the sidebar on the right, however if there's something that you would like that isn't on the list please feel free to ask as it is very likely that we might have it in our pads. If not, we're happy to arrange the tune that you would like especially for your event for a fee. We regularly arrange songs both for our ensembles (trio or quartet) as well as on commission for other ensembles around Scotland so we guarantee a professional result.

 

Afton Strings can also be hired  to accompany choral concerts. We supply as many string players as you require, anything from single strings up to full string orchestra. The members have many years' experience of playing for choral concerts all around the UK and know most of the mainstream repertoire.

Our latest arrangements:

Aug-Sep 2017

At Last (Etta James):

November Rain (Guns and Roses): String Quartet

Love on top (Beyonce): String Quartet

Halo (Beyonce): String Quartet 

I'll make a man out of you (Mulan): String Quartet

Crazy little thing called love (The Queen): String Quartet


May-July 2017

All of Me (John Stevens and Toby Gad) String Trio

I will wait (Mumford and Sons) String Trio

Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar) String Trio

Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen) String Trio

Your Song (Elton John) String Trio

Theme from Ladies in Lavender (Nigel Hess) String Trio

Baby I love you (The Ramones) String trio


January-April 2017:

True Colours (Cindi Lauper): String Trio, String Quartet


September-October 2016

Fernando (ABBA) String Trio, String Quartet 

Money, money, money (ABBA) String Trio (already had for quartet)


April-August 2016

Crisantemi (Puccini) String Quartet

With or Without you (U2) string trio (already had for quartet)

Real Love (John Lennon) String Quartet

Daydream believer (The Monkees) String Quartet

Bring me Sunshine (A Kent) String Quartet

I'm yours (Jason Mraz) String Trio (already had for quartet)

Love is all around me (wet wet wet) String Trio

Everlong (Foo Fighters) String Trio


March 2016:

Slide away (Oasis): String Trio

Paradise (Coldplay) String Quartet (already had for trio)


February 2016:

Disney's Up: Married Life: String Quartet

Beethoven's 5 Secrets (The Piano Guys): String Quartet


January 2016:

Winter (Vivaldi: Four Seasons): String Trio (already had for quartet)

La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf): String Trio (Already had for quartet)

Nessun Dorma (Puccini): String Trio (already had for quartet)


August 2015:

La Musica Notturna Delle Strade de Madrid: Passa Calle (Boccherini) String Quartet, String Trio

Nella Fantasia: String Trio

Caledonia (Dougie Maclane) String Quartet


July 2015:

Wherever you will go (The Calling) String Quartet

You make my dreams come true (Hall and Oates) String Trio

We found love (Rihanna) String Quartet

500 Miles (The Proclaimers) String Quartet, String Trio

I will (The Beatles) String Trio (Already had for quartet)


June 2015:

La Valse d'Amour (Cinderella) String Trio

You've got a friend in me (Toy story) String Trio

Stand by Me (Ben E. King) String Quartet

Whatever (Oasis) String quartet, String Trio

With or without you (U2) String Quartet

Lavender (Marillion) String Quartet

Fly me to the Moon (B. Howard) String trio

The Legend (Practical Magic) String Trio


May 2015:

Balcony Scene (Romeo+Juliet) String Quartet,

The Chain (Fleetwood Mac) String Quartet

Crazy little thing called Love (The Queen) String Trio

Hallelujah (L Cohen) String Trio (Already had for quartet)

Don't stop believing (Glee) String Trio

The River flows in You (Yiruma) String Trio

The Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera) String Trio


April 2015:

Get Lucky (Daft Punk) String Trio, String Quartet

Feeling Good (Muse) String Trio, String Quartet

Wonderwall (Oasis) String Quartet

Cigarettes and Alcohol (Oasis) String Quartet

This year's Love (David Gray) String Quartet

Pencil full of Lead (Paolo Nutini) String Quartet

The Ludlows (Legends of the Fall) String Trio (already had for quartet)


March 2015:

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto Op 3 No.3 RV 356, A minor String Trio

The Chain (Fleetwood Mac) String Quartet

Eye of the Tiger (Rocky) String Trio


February 2015:

"Top Gun" Theme String Trio

Theme from "Jurassic Park" (John WIlliams) String Quartet

You've got the Love (Florence and the Machine): String Trio, String Quartet


January 2015:

Concierto Aranjuez (Rodrigo) II: Adagio String Quartet

How long will I love you (Mike Scott): Singer+Trio, String trio and quartet

Ashokan Farewell String trio (already had for quartet)


December 2014:

All I want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey): String Trio and Quartet


October 2014

Handel: "Saul": Sinfonia: String Quartet

J S Bach(Arr. Latham): Brandenburg Concerto No. 2: String Quartet

J S Bach: Violin Concerto E Major: String Quartet


September 2014

I'm Yours  String Quartet

J S Bach: Concerto for 3 violins String Quartet

Thunderstruck (AC/DC) String Trio


August 2014

A Whole New World String Trio and Quartet

At Last Singer+trio, string trio and Quartet

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered String Quartet

Drottningholmsmusiken (Roman): String Quartet


July 2014

Star Trek Voyager Theme String Trio and Quartet

Star Trek First Contact String Trio

Us against the World String Trio and Quartet


June 2014

Eden Roc (Einaudi) String Quartet

Marimba Love Theme (From Just Married) (C Beck) String Trio

Paradise (Coldplay) String Trio

Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter) String Trio


May 2014

That's Amore String Quartet

Happy (Pharrell Williams arr. McNutty) String Trio and Quartet

Holst: The Planets: Jupiter: slow theme (I vow to thee my country): String Quartet


April 2014:

Game of Thrones: Trio and Quartet

The Good, the bad and the Ugly: Trio and Quartet


March 2014

Somewhere over the Rainbow (Kamakawiwo-ole): String Trio

 

 

For full repertoire lists click here:

String Trio             String Quartet

Our repertoire

 

Review: recital

...a delightful evening.

The standard throughout was extraordinarily fine both musically and technically, not least in the fiendishly difficult Moeran String Trio which appeared effortless.

Robert Lind, about Afton Strings' recital at Moffat Music Sociey, March 4th, 2016
For more info about Afton Strings recital work, please visit the Recitals page
 

Testimonials
(weddings and events)

I just wanted to thank you very much for your wonderful music at our garden party. Everyone thought you were superb
R and L,Troon: a party to co-incide with the Open Golf Championship, July 2016
The quartet's participation and contribution to  J and O's wedding  on Saturday was superb. We have had many, many complimentary comments  about the beautiful sound made by the group and how it created a wonderful atmosphere before,during and after the ceremony. We had friends and family from Australia, Canada, United States, the Caribbean and many more European countries plus, of course, Kilmarnock! Now the quartet's fine playing will be getting talked about,literally, world wide!

Thank you for helping to make J and O's wedding day truly memorable.

G.P, ceremony and reception,
Rowallan Castle, June 2016
Well what can I say you guys were absolutely amazing on our wedding day!! The amount of guests that commented on your playing and who were almost crying to the Braveheart music or other pieces at some point was crazy!!

Thank you for being part of our big day and for helping it run as smoothly as it did it really couldn't have went any better....

You guys are clearly very very talented at what you do and I can't comment highly enough how good you are!!

Thanks for everything!
A&P, Ceremony and reception, Lochside House Hotel, March 2016
I know it's a month ago since our wedding but I just wanted to say thank you from us both for playing during our ceremony and for our guests afterwards. We had lots of feedback about how good you were from our guests! I'm slightly gutted we didn't get to hear more of your playing ourselves but the photo taking ended up taking over! We would most definitely recommend you on to anyone else who might need your services - and if we ever get married again we will give you a call!
J & M C, Ceremony and reception,
Seamill Hydro Hotel, November 2015
Thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding. Sorry we didn't get an opportunity to say thank you on the day. THe guests really enjoyed the strings and your playing brought a tear to many an eye!
J&T R. Ceremony and Reception,
Balmule House, Dunfermline, October 2015
For more wedding testimonials as well as info about how to book Afton Strings for your wedding, please visit the Wedding Packages page.
 

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