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String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh and Party Bands - all with the same musicians

String Quartet Ceilidh Newcastle

North East Soiree offer fully professional musical entertainment for weddings and corporate entertainment events all over the North East of England. This versatile group regularly performs in Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Darlington in fact all over Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham, Teeside and North Yorkshire.

Wedding Fayres

We will be attending a Wedding Fayre at Langley Castle, Northumberland with our String Trio playing some Background Music on Sunday 8th March 2015. Doors open 11.00am - 4.00pm. We are always happy to discuss the elements of our Wedding Band for your requirements.

We will be attending a Wedding Fayre at Radisson Blu Hotel Durham with our String Trio playing some Background Music on Sunday 19th April 2015. Doors open 12 till 3pm. We are always happy to discuss the elements of our Wedding Band for your requirements.


The performers all play several different instruments and styles within our Bands. The musicians can all play classical, jazz and popular music and have many years of professional experience. North East Soiree can provide an extremely varied programme of music of the highest standard with the same players throughout the day, hence providing superb value for money. Call Gordon on 01388 327 202 / 07768 323 832 for further information. A Demo CD including all of the below styles is available on request or follow the link, Click Here for our Youtube Channel or hear some MP3 Samples which were recorded live.

String Quartet - North East Soiree's own string Quartet

String Quartets are extremely popular at Weddings or Civil Partnership ceremonies and for corporate entertainment during receptions and meals. North East Soiree have an extensive String Quartet Repertoire of light classical and popular music from Bach to the Black Eyed Peas, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars. We are happy to specially arrange and perform music of your choice at no extra charge. Wind and Sax quartets are also available on request and the players can then change instruments for a completely different style. This option is louder than a String Quartet and so can be heard easier in large venues.

The North East Bollywood String Quartet for Hindi cinema Bollywood tunes

The North East Bollywood String Quartet has a repertoire of well known tunes from the Hindi cinema Bollywood films as well as Hollywood tunes such as "Jai Ho", all arranged in-house and has proved to be a very popular new addition to the String Quartet range of services. This is very popular to welcome the guests prior to the wedding as well as during Sikh, Hindu and Muslim wedding ceremonies to play for the Entrance of the Bride. North East Bollywood String Quartet can also mix in popular western music from our extensive repertoire. Bollywood String Quartet Repertoire

Background Music

Three members of the string quartet can change instruments to form a gentle Jazz Trio with Violin (or Sax), Piano and Double Bass playing gentle background music for receptions, meals and corporate entertainment. If required, the same players can provide String Trio for a Wedding or Civil Partnership ceremony and then swap instruments for jazz with no extra charge. This is also ideal for corporate entertainment where the guests can be welcomed into the event by the Strings and then Jazz Trio during a meal - with the same players and no extra charge. There are several other options available for example Violin and Piano duo for Classical, Popular, Folk or Jazz background music. The musicians with this option can also provide Violin and Cello (or Double Bass) during the ceremony and then swap instruments to Violin and Piano or Piano and Bass duos for variety of style and sound. North East Soiree recommend changing style preferably after around 2 hours, this keeps everyhing fresh and interesting for the guests. A Sax and Piano duo is also available to play well known popular music during either a meal or drinks reception. Please discuss requirements by email or phone as there are so many combinations available to suit different taste, requirements and budgets.

"Ceilidh Knights" - North East Ceilidh Barn Dance Band
(Complete with full instructions and demos)

A Ceilidh is a very popular way to start an evening party and the moves are so simple that anyone can Ceilidh dance, even with no prior experience. This versatile Band is formed by adding drums to the Sax, Piano and Bass background jazz Trio and normally start the night by playing gentle jazz music gradually becoming more and more lively leading up the the 1st dance (normally played on CD) then straight into the Ceilidh. This is actually the original band which existed purely as a Ceilidh Band long before North East Soiree gathered all the different styles together by popular demand. The band is led by a real ceilidh-dancin' Scotsman who has been leading Ceilidhs for over 20 years, has hand written all the music arrangements and is a very keen and experienced ceilidh dancer and caller. Every dance is started with a quick demonstration using members of the band and then everyone is encouraged onto the floor and learn the steps together with further instructions given during the dance until everyone knows what to do. There is always a very relaxed atmosphere and it doesn't matter if every step isn't completely correct as long as everyone feels comfortable joining in and has a fun night. North East Soiree "Ceilidh Knights" band often also provide music for Dinner dances with Sequence or Ballroom style - all with the same players by changing instruments back to Sax, Piano, Bass and Drums.

Jazz Trio, Jazz Band or full Swing Band with Singer

The Jazz band is available in many forms from a gentle Trio up to a superb Swing line-up with male or female singer, 2 Saxes, Piano, Double Bass and Drums. All the variations of the band perform well-known Jazz and Blues standards with a variety of Latin numbers. The style of the band is ideal for 40's theme parties, weddings and corporate entertainment functions. The swing band can then be followed with either with the Party covers band or disco - something for everyone.

"Knight Muse" - Wedding, Corporate Entertainment and Party Band

This superb live Party Wedding Band is formed by adding 2 musicians to the Jazz and Ceilidh Band line-up. This energetic and highly entertaining six piece pop Party Band performs classic rock and pop hits from the 60s to present day and is absolutely 100% live! Nothing in this band is ever pre-recorded unlike too many so called "live bands" where half the band are missing because they are playing over the top of backing tracks. The band has both male and female lead/backing singers, lead guitar, sax, keyboards, bass guitar and drums. Other types of music can also be played for example quicksteps, waltzes or Ceilidh all with the same players and finish up with disco. Ideal for any type of Birthday parties, weddings or Corporate Entertainment events. Please see our Playlist "Top 60" songs - click here for our Party Band Top60

Medieval Music

For special Themed events at the many spectacular Castles in the region, North East Soiree can provide music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Tudor periods played on original reproduction instruments, performed in costume. Great for a banquet and gives lots of interest for the guests to see and hear these old instruments in their original castle setting! The instruments used include Crumhorns, Bass Rackett, Recorders, Viol da Gamba, Lute Guitar and Hand Drums

Disco and Karaoke

North East Soiree will gladly play CDs through the band PA system for any of the evening Wedding and Party Band set-ups at no extra charge - for example for the 1st dance, during the interval, or as guests arrive. Just let us know the style you would like or supply your own disc or ipod. We generally also provide a Disco section at the end of the night after the band till midnight and have our own DJ with professional CD twin decks, mp3 player and laptop with a good modern lighting rig. Karaoke is also available if required. Please see our very helpful PLAYLIST WEB PAGE to help get started with your very own party Playlist.

Here is a video of our very own Party Band - Knight Muse Party Band performing some cheesy wedding tunes at Ellingham Hall -
I Will Survive, I Wanna Be Like You, Twist and shout, La Bamba and Long Train Running.


Booking Form

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Information and Price List

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String Quartet Repertoire

Please click here for our String Quartet Repertoire list to see the North East Soiree Wedding or Civil Partnership and Corporate Entertainment String Quartet repertoire list.

Classical String Quartet Repertoire

Please click here for our Classical String Quartet Repertoire list to see the North East Soiree Classical String Quartet repertoire list for Corporate Events.

Bollywood String Quartet Repertoire

Please click here for our Bollywood Repertoire List to see repertoire examples of our Bollywood String Quartet music for Sikh, Hindu and Muslim weddings or right click-save as to download.

Wedding Party Band

Please click here for our Party Band playlist to see North East Soiree very own "Top 60" songs often performed at Weddings, Corporate Entertainment events and Parties.

Special Offers

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Special Requests

All arrangements are written in-house with no extra charge for this service as long as at least one full weeks notice is given for arrangements. We are extremely flexible so please just ask for your special song.


All our equipment is PAT tested and we have Public Liability Insurance and Health & Safety documents including Risk Assessment and policy documents required for some venues. Please discuss your requirements and email for a copy to be sent out.


2015 Price Guide

From as little as £250 for a Duo to between £450 and £1150 for a large combined event including String Quartet, Full Swing Jazz Band with Singer... and a Ceilidh... and the Wedding Party Band.

Please follow the above link to view our full pricelist and Special Offers. Discounts of at least 100 pounds are available for all combined events. This varies depending on exactly how many musicians we need for each style of music required and the discount is often more than that. North East Soiree have performed at over 700 weddings in over 150 venues locally and generally perform every week throughout the year, so book early. All styles of music are provided for and we are fully self contained with all the required equipment including disco & karaoke and various different PA systems and lighting rigs suitable for large and small venues and playing outside.

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Contact Us

If you require any further information, please contact us using the form below. Alternatively, call Gordon on 01388 327 202 / 07768 323 832.




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For a superb and versatile event, North East Soiree's String quartet is an ideal start to any event and will arrange music as required. North East Soiree can then turn into a Jazz, Ceilidh or Party Band for events and Weddings in Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough or anywhere from Northumberland to North Yorkshire. The Wedding Band can mix any of the forms of music with Jazz with either Sax or Violin, with Piano, Bass and Drums and a Swing Singer to entertain any party. North East Soiree plays only completely 100% LIVE MUSIC in the North East of England and the 6 piece Party Band is ideal for Weddings, Events, Parties and Corporate Entertainment.

North East Soiree include String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh and Party Band within 50 miles of Newcastle upon Tyne - all with one`band.
Live musical entertainment throughout the wedding day and finish with our own DJ for Disco till midnight