Below you will find all the information you will need when considering booking The Bossard String Quartet. If there’s anything not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
“What does a string quartet consist of?”
A string quartet consists of two violins, a viola and a cello.
How early do the musicians arrive?
The Bossard Quartet usually aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of our booking start-time. This gives us enough time to set-up and tune before playing
Do you require amplification?
Normally not. Most weddings and events do not require amplification, our sound carries well. But if your event is particularly big (e.g. 150 + people) we can amplify our instruments using our own equipment. If you think your event may benefit from amplification please speak to us about your requirements.
Can I see The Bossard Quartet live before my event?
The large majority of our events are private bookings so we don’t have a lot of events we can invite you along to. But from time to time we do play at events which are open to the public and we will add these to our NEWS page, or follow us on Twitter.
Can I meet you in person to discuss my booking?
We don’t usually meet up before the event as we find that most details can be organised by email or phone and do not require consultations. We’ve tried to make everything as clear as possible on the website, please let us know if there is anything you are still unsure about.
“Do you offer a string duo as well as a string quartet?”
Yes we can offer you a string duo (typically violin and cello, or viola and cello) for smaller events. Our repertoire tends to be baroque / classical as this is best suited to duo. Please feel free to make requests for specific pieces for duo and we will do our best to source something specific, but there may be an extra fee for this
“Can you play outdoors?”
Yes, we are more than happy to play outdoors (under shade) on fine days during the summer months. Should the weather be too cold, too windy or wet, we would have to move inside. We require that there is some shade for us to play under to protect our instruments from direct sunlight e.g. shade from trees, a veranda / gazebo nearby.
“What venues do you play at?”
We will play everywhere and anywhere. Here’s some examples of where we’ve played recently. As well as this list, we’ve also played in many churches, people’s gardens, living rooms, marquees, fields etc.
“What area does The Bossard Quartet cover?”
We are based in Hampshire (Across Winchester and Portsmouth areas). We are happy to play at events around Hampshire and West Sussex. If the event is further away we will add our travel expenses and time to the fee. Please see the Prices page.
“What requirements do you have regarding refreshment?”
We would be very grateful for soft drinks to be provided throughout the engagement. Meals are appreciated for 4+ hour bookings.
“What requirements do you have regarding space and equipment?”
We need an area covering about 2.5 x 2 metres. It is preferable that we are on a flat surface with adequate light. We need 4 armless chairs in a semicircle. It is also helpful if there is a place where we are able to leave our cases during our performance.
“What would happen if on the day one of the string quartet members was ill?”
If a member of the quartet were ill, we would make sure that we found a suitable replacement. We have a circle of deputies that play with us regularly. These players stand in when one of us is on holiday or otherwise engaged so they are well rehearsed with the music and acquainted with our high standards.
“How do we go about getting a quote?”
Take a look at our Prices page which details our charges and then contact us with the date of your event. Hopefully we’ll be free for it, and if so we will confirm our prices with you. Prices are from the time we start to the end of the booking.
“Will you need to take breaks?”
We will need to take some breaks during the booking time or else our arms might fall off! We try to time these breaks to coincide with your plans. We can let you know how many/how long the breaks would be depending on your booking time (we usually allow about 10mins per hour).
“How do we go about booking?”
Once you have decided you would like to book please get in touch with us through our contact page with all the details (date, venue, estimated timings etc) and your contact details. We ask for a deposit to secure your date. On receipt of the deposit your booking will be confirmed and we are yours!
“What would happen if I cancelled the booking?”
On the very rare occasion that a client cancels the booking, we would retain all monies paid.
“How do we choose the music we would like?”
Take a look at our repertoire list and let us know what sorts of things you like. If you are having a wedding ceremony /service you can let us know what you would like for the key parts of the ceremony (processional, signing of the registers, hymns and recessional). If you need help choosing the music please do not hesitate to ask. Don’t forget you can make use of TBQ Jukebox a novel way to get your guests to select what we play during drinks receptions or dinner.
“What if our event over runs?”
We know that sometimes event timings don’t go quite to plan! We are a flexible group and understand that you may need us to stay and play for a little bit longer. Please note though we charge £30 per 15 minutes extra and this will need to be agreed with us on the day itself as it is subject to availability (e.g. if we have taken another booking that follows yours we may not be able to stay for longer
“What if I want something played that is not on your repertoire list?”
We are very flexible and if you have a request for a special piece of music, please let us know!For non-classical requests we are very willing to arrange a piece of music especially for you. This is quite a popular option amongst our clients where you can choose your favourite song to be arranged for a string quartet. Recent examples of this include arrangements of Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars, McFly: It’s all about you, The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony, Theme from Last of the Mohicans. We enjoy a challenge so if you have a song that you really like, please let us know! There may be a small fee for the arrangement.For classical requests we will buy the sheet music for your occasion. Depending on the cost of this we may ask for a contribution.
“Do you just do weddings?”
Not at all ! We are equally comfortable playing for corporate events, private parties, dinner parties and special concerts.
“I’m thinking of booking you for our corporate event”
We are willing to customise our act to the theme of your party if required (e.g. James Bond Theme, Bollywood, Film Themes, 19th Century, Jazz etc) Please get in touch with us to let us know your requirements. Previous corporate clients have included Virgin Media, BAE Systems, Royal Navy, The British Army, Trethowans Solicitors and The Mary Rose Museum
“What if I need a band as well?”
The Bossard Quartet also play as part of The Freestyle Funk Collective plus Strings ensemble. The FFC are a function band available for bookings in the South. We recommend them for band bookings
FAQs for Weddings
Can you attend my wedding rehearsal at the church?
As we perform at weddings so often and weddings usually follow quite a clear format, we find that it is not usually necessary to attend wedding ceremony rehearsals. However, if your ceremony is quite different, or you would just like the reassurance of having us there at your rehearsal, the prices are the same as all bookings with TBQ – see prices page
Will you speak to the Registrar / Vicar / Reverand before the ceremony to work out cues?
Yes, we usually speak to the person carrying out the marriage before the ceremony to discuss our playing arrangements and how they are going to cue us to start playing.. If you have a Toastmaster we’ll usually have a chat with them too.
What happens when I arrive at the altar? Does the music just stop?
No, don’t worry! We won’t leave you stranded half-way up the aisle, nor keep playing for several minutes once you have arrived! We will ensure that the music will subtly fade our and cadence once you reach the altar.
Can the string quartet play as we are signing the registrar?
Absolutely! We recommend you choose 2 pieces from our list as it can take a while for everyone to write their names and addresses twice on the document!
What if we are having our reception in a different venue to our ceremony? (e.g. church and reception venue?)
That is no problem at all, we are happy to pack up and move to your reception venue after the ceremony. Please note the booking time will include the time taken to move location.
My wedding ceremony begins at 1pm. What time should I make my wedding booking?
Music is usually performed by us as your guests arrive and waiting. Therefore, we would need to be booked from at least 30 minutes before the start time of your ceremony so we are set-up and playing as your guests walk in. From experience, 1.5 hours is a really good amount of time to book if you only want us for the ceremony.