North East Soiree - Live Music
North East Soiree - Live Music

North East Soiree - live music for weddings
String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh, Party Band in North East England

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All of these photos have been taken at various weddings by Alan Mason Photography. Always a pleasure to work with Alan and his work has consistently been of the highest quality for decades. Each album tells a story you will never forget.

North East Soiree String Quartet at MatfenHall

North East Soiree String Quartet at Matfen Hall - Photo by Alan Mason Photography

Video Samples of North East Soiree String Quartet and Live Bands

North East Soiree offer fully professional entertainment for weddings, birthday parties and corporate entertainment for all over the North East of England. We regularly perform as String Quartet, Jazz Band, Swing Band, Ceilidh Band, Medieval Music and the superb Party Band in Durham, Newcastle upon tyne, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Darlington in fact all over Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham, Teeside and North Yorkshire.

Call Gordon Callander on 01388 327 202 / 07768 323 832 or email:

This is Canon in D by Pachelbel performed at Matfen Hall in Northumberland.

Wedding in Matfen Hall in Northumberland. The bride asked us to play Piano with our strings and then have String Quartet for the rest of the ceremony and drinks. The bride arranged the music for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, so Jonathan (our 2nd Violin that day) played piano. Jonathan was joint 1st study Violin and Piano at university and plays and teaches both instruments.
Piano and Strings
I See the Light from Disney film Tangled

String Quartet
1. Elbow - One Day Like This
2. Massenet - Meditation from Thais
3. Clean Bandit - Rather Be
4. Boccherini - Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid
5. Yazoo - Only you
6. John Legend - All of Me

If space or budget is a little tight or you'd just like something other than String Quartet, then Violin and Piano duo is a very versatile combination, playing anything from classical to popular, jazzy, films... whatever you like.
This is one of our longest videos however there's just short sections of each tune and there is a list of each tune on Youtube with the starting times for each tune. Violin and PIano is popular in winter weddings where the weather outside may not be warm enough to be out for very long, so by the time we've moved the electric piano for the the drinks, then everyone is starting to move back inside after a couple of group shots out in the cold. We would need some form of cover to play outside in the summer months as the risk of sudden rain is just too severe as it could short all the electrics which could cause fire and or damage the equipment. The same Duo players could add our drummer to form our Ceilidh Band for the evening.

This is an extract from a wedding at Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn, Northumberland.
1. A Thousand Years 2. A Groovy Kind of Love 3. Make You Feel My Love 4. Sweet Child O' Mine 5. Nothing Else Matters 6. Starlight 7. Here Comes the Sun

Here we are playing as String Quartet during a drinks reception at a wedding in Ellingham Hall in Northumberland followed by our Ceilidh Band and then party covers Band.

STRING QUARTET: 1.Can't Take My Eyes off You 2.Stand By Me 3.I've Got You Under My Skin 4.It Must Be Love
CEILIDH BAND: 1.Gay Gordons 2.Canadian Barn Dance 3.Swedish Masquerade 4.Cumberland Square 8
COVERS BAND: 1.Crocodile Rock 2.Brown Eyed Girl 3.Mr. Brightside
Please have a look at some options for combined styles on our Special offers page.

The Ceilidh Knights band playing The Dashing White Sergeant at a wedding at Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn, Northumberland. This is a good example of dancing as many of the guests are from Bonnie Scotland and have been Ceilidh dancing since their early school days. Gordon calling and playing keyboards, Jonathan on fiddle and Les on Drums.

This is an except from Andrew and Sarah's wedding in the Treehouse in Alnwick Gardens with short sections of Strip the Willow, Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, st Bernards Waltz, Virginia Reel and Canadian Barn dance.
Gordon calling and playing keyboards, Jonathan on fiddle, Amanda on bass and Steve on Drums.

This short collection was taken from a wedding in Durham Castle with our Party covers band Knight Muse. Here we have some good old party hits... Walking On Sunshine, I Will Survive, Mamma Mia, Summer of '69, Twist and Shout, La Bamba, Do You Love Me, Let's Twist Again, Johnny B. Goode, I Saw Her Standing There, Rockin' All Over The World and Wipeout

Knight Muse party covers band performing at a New Years eve party at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

Jazz Trio of Sax, Piano and Bass performing gentle jazz standards during a wedding breakfast in Durham Castle
Mark on Alto Sax, Jeremy on Piano and Gordon on Bass

"Sway" as performed live at a wedding in Langley Castle in Northumberland by our Swing Band starting the night off with some background jazz before the 1st dance.

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Wedding Songs and Ideas for Wedding or Civil Partnership Ceremony Music

Here are some popular tunes which are often requested for Ceremonies. We have a much larger selection of music available in our String Quartet Repertoire list however these may give a few ideas.

Prelude Music - prior to the Ceremony as guests enter into ceremony room

J.S.Bach- Sheep May Safely Graze ~ J.S.Bach- Air on G string ~ Bocherini- Minuet ~ Charpentier- Te Deum ~ Clarke- Trumpet Voluntary ~ Elgar- Nimrod ~ Faure- Pavane ~ Handel- Hornpipe from the Water Music ~ Purcell- Two Rondeaux ~ Vivaldi- Spring

Processional Music for Entrance


Wagner- Here Comes the Bride ~ Pachelbel- Canon in D ~ Purcell- Trumpet Voluntary ~ Charpentier- Te Deum ~ Jeremiah Clarke- Trumpet Voluntary ~ Puccini- O Mio Babbino Caro ~ Elgar- Nimrod ~ Handel- Air from the Water Music


Adele(Bob Dylan)- Make You Feel My Love ~ Charles Azvanour(Elvis Costello)- She ~ Bruno Mars- Marry You ~ Bruno Mars- Just the Way You Are ~ Des'ree- Kissing You ~ John Legend- All of Me ~ Muse- Starlight ~ Christina Perri- A Thousand Years ~ Katy Perry- Firework ~ Sigur Ros- Hoppipolla

Music during the Signing the Register (2 or 3 tunes)


Pachelbel- Canon in D ~ J.S.Bach- Air on G string ~ Leo Delibes- Flower Duet from Lakme ~ Elgar- Chanson de Matin ~ Elgar- Salut d'amour ~ Handel- Ombra Mai Fu ~ Massenet- Meditation from Thais ~ Puccini- O Mio Babbino Caro ~ Tchaikovsky- Waltz of the Flowers ~ Vivaldi- Spring from 4Seasons


Bryan Adams- Heaven ~ Bryan Adams- Everything I do ~ Aerosmith- Don't Wanna Miss a Thing ~ Beatles- Here there and everywhere ~ Beatles- Here Comes The Sun ~ James Blunt- You're Beautiful ~ Michael Bubble- Everything ~ Elbow- One Day Like This ~ Fleetwood Mac- Songbird ~ Foo Fighters- Everlong ~ Goo Goo Dolls- Iris ~ Etta James- At Last ~ Elton John- Your Song ~ Jason Mraz- I'm Yours ~ Lonestar- Amazed ~ Ronan Keating- When You Say Nothing ~ Savage Garden- Truly Madly Deeply ~ Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars ~ Train- Drops of Jupiter ~ Wannadies- You and Me Song ~ Waltzing Matilda


Louis Armstrong- We Have All The Time ~ Louis Armstrong- What a Wonderful World ~ Can You Feel the Love from the Lion King ~ Come What May from Moulin Rouge ~ For the love of a Princess from Braveheart ~ Father of the Bride Theme ~ Gabriels Oboe Theme ~ Game of Thrones ~ Harry Potter ~ Nobody does it better ~ Twilight- A Thousand Years ~ Whole New World from Aladdin

Recessional Music - for Walking Out


Jeremiah Clarke- Prince of Denmark's March ~ Handel- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba ~ Handel - Hornpipe from Water Music ~ Mendelsohnn - wedding March


Beatles- All You Need is Love ~ Beatles- Eleanor Rigby ~ Ben E King- Stand By Me ~ Coldplay- Viva la Vida ~ Phil Collins- Groovy Kind of Love ~ Madness- It Must Be Love ~ Bruno Mars- Marry Me ~ Metallica- Nothing Else Matters ~ Take That- Greatest Day ~ Take That- Rule the world ~ Verve- Bittersweet Symphony ~ Andy Williams- Can't Take My Eyes off You

General Sillyness

Star Wars Theme or Cantina Band ~ Beatles- When I'm 64 ~ Black Lace- Agadoo ~ Kaizer Chiefs- I Predict a Riot ~ Rod Stewart- Do You Think I'm Sexy

Background Music for the Drinks Reception


J.S.Bach- Double Violin Concerto in D ~ Karl Jenkins- Palladio ~ Mozart- Eine Kleine Nacht Music ~ Trad- Greensleeves


Maroon5- Moves Like Jagger ~ Aerosmith- Don't Wanna Miss a Thing ~ Bangles- Eternal Flame ~ Black Eyed Peas- I got a Feelin' ~ Coldplay- Viva la Vida ~ Ben E King- Stand By Me ~ Elbow- One Day Like This ~ Fly Me to the Moon ~ Foo Fighters- Everlong ~ Guns n Roses- Sweet Child O Mine ~ Etta James- At Last ~ Journey- Don't Stop Believin' ~ Kaizer Chiefs- I Predict a Riot ~ Killers- Mr Brightside ~ My Chemical Romance- Welcome To The Black Parade ~ Sting- Every Breath ~ Sting- Fields of Gold ~ Jackie Wilson- Higher and Higher.


El Tango de Roxanne from Moulin Rouge ~ Godfather Theme ~ StarWars - Cantina Band music.

Please Click here to see our String Quartet Repertoire List. We find the String Quartet is an incredibly versatile group and we can play all styles of music from Bollywood and Hollywood film music to folk tunes or Classic Rock to the latest pop Hits. We arrange all the music ourselves so you can have whatever music you want at your wedding.

Wedding Song ~ First Dance Music

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All I ask of you - Phantom of the Opera
All of Me - John Legend
Amazed - Lonestar
Are You Going to be My Girl - Jet
At Last - Etta James
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darrin
Can You Feel The Love - Elton John
Can't Take My Eyes off You - Andy Williams
Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Halo - Beyonce
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
Hold On - Michael Buble
How Deep is Your Love - Take That
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
I'll Stand By You - Pretenders
Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Is This Love - Whitesnake
Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Just the Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra or Maroon5
Lady - Kenny Rogers
Lost - Buble
Moon River - Breakfast at Tiffanys
Neutron Star Collision - Muse
No One Like You - Al Green
One Day Like This - Elbow
Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy or Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Sail Away - David Gray
Something Good - Bic Runga
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac or Eva Cassidy
Stay as Sweet as You Are - Nat King Cole
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontangne
Your Song - Elton John

Last Dances

Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
Loch Lomond - Runrig
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Time of my Life - Dirty Dancing

Example DJ Playlist

This page is intended to help starting off your very own disco playlist.
Here are some really good songs to get everyone dancing after the Ceilidh.
Click for DISCO Playlist page

Venues in the North East

Here are some of the North East Venues where North East Soiree have performed over the years. North East Soiree have played sometimes just with one style of music and others with all sorts of combinations of String Quartet, Jazz Trio, Ceilidh, Party Band and Disco.


Albemarle Barracks, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, Blanchland Village Hall, Blyth Golf Club, Brinkburn priory, Broomley Grange, Bywell Hall, Chillingham Castle, Close House, Craik Park Morpeth, Cuddystone Hall, Dilston, Dissington, Doxford, Ellingham, Embleton, Eshott Hall, Felton village Hall, Featherstone Castle, Guyzance, Kirkley, Langley Castle, Linden, Longhirst, Matfen, Middleton, Newton Hall, Newton Village Hall (nr Corbridge), Ridley, Slaley Hall, St Cuthberts Church Beltingham, The George Chollerford, Treehouse at Alnwick Gardens, Winter Gardens Hexham, Wood Hill Hall.

Newcastle upon Tyne

As You Like It, Assembly Rooms, Centre for Life, Copthorne Hotel, Gosforth Cricket Club, Gosforth Hotel, Gosforth Marriott, Great North Museum: Hancock, Hilton Doubletree, Jesmond Dene Hotel, Mansionhouse, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle Golf club, Newcastle Uni, Northern Counties Club, Scalini's Gosforth, Shieldfield Social Club, st Georges Jesmond, St Marys Wallsend, Swallow Inn, Thistle Hotel, Vermont Hotel

Tyne and Wear

Backworth Community Centre, Caledonian Hotel, East Boldon Cricket Club, Grand Hotel Tynemouth, Holiday Inn, Horton Grange, Little Haven Hotel, Menzies Hotel, North Shields Rugby Club, Park Hotel Tynemouth, Quality Hotel Boldon, Saville Exchange, Sea Hotel South Shields, Seaton Delaval Hall, South Shields Town Hall, Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth Sailing Club, Whitburn Parish Church.


Angel View Inn, Baltic Art Gallery, Blackhall Mill Village Hall, Federation Brewery - Lancastrians Suite, Felling Methodist Church, Gateshead Hilton, Gibside Chapel, Immaculate Heart RC Church, The Sage, Saltwell Towers

County Durham

Auckland Castle, Beamish Hall, Beamish Museum, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Black Horse Inn, Blackhill Comrades Club, Bowburn Hall, Bowes Museum, Brancepeth Castle, Brockwell Studios, Christ Church Great Lumley, Cotherstone village hall, Coxhoe Village Hall, Coxhoe WM Club, Demi Consett, Derwent Manor, Dipton Community Centre, East Durham College, Eggleston Hall, Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, Glebe Centre Murton, Hallgarth Manor Hotel, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Hardwicke Manor Hotel, Hetton Centre, Lartington Hall, Lumley Castle, Maltshovel Inn, Manor House (West Auckland), Mickleton Village Hall, Middleton Lodge, Minsteracres, Morritt Arms, Rainton Meadows Arena, Ramside Hall, Redworth Hall, Riverside Durham County Cricket, Seaham Hall, Shadforth village hall, Sherburn Community Centre, Shildon Civic Hall, South Causey Inn, st Edmunds Church Sedgefield, St James Church Castle Eden, st Mary Church Blackhill, st Mary church Shincliffe, st Osmunds church Gainford, The George Piercebridge, Ushaw College, Walworth Castle, West Cornforth community centre, Whitworth Hall, Winterton Park Spa

Durham City

Alington House, Marriott County Hotel, Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham Castle, Durham Cricket Club, Durham Rowing Club, Durham Masonic Hall, Durham School, Durham Town Hall, Durham University (Colleges of Collingwood, Grey, Hatfield, st Aidens, st Bede, st Chads, st Hild, st John, Van Mildert), Oswald Institute, Radisson Blu Durham, Three Tuns Hotel


Ashbrook Cricket Club, Calvary Christian Fellowship, Crowtree Leisure Centre, National Glass Centre, Marriott Hotel Seaburn, Masonic Hall, Quayside Exchange, Roker Hotel, Salvation Army Hall, Stadium of Light, St Lukes Church Pallion, Sunderland church of latter day saints, Sunderland Health and Racquet Club, Sunderland Leisure Centre, Sunderland Sheik Temple, Tunstall Lodge


Bannatines Hotel, Blackwell Grange, Dinsdale Spa Golf Club, Hall Garth House, Headlam Hall, Rockliffe Hall, Rockliffe Hall Golf Club, St Peter Church Croft, The Kings Centre


Durham Uni - Stockton Campus, Eaglescliffe Golf Club, Gisborough Hall, Hartlepool Rugby Club, Judges Hotel Yarm, Marton Hotel, Mercedes Benz Stockton, MTLC Centre Middlesbrough, Oakwood Centre Eaglescliffe, Sporting Lodge Inn, St Marys Nunthorpe, St Pauls RC Church Hutton Henry, Teesside University, Worsall Village Hall, Wynyard Hall

North Yorkshire

Allerton Castle, Catterick Officers Mess, Chapel Hall Hutton Rudby, Chopgate Village Hall, Cleveland Tontine, Crathorne Hall, The Feathers Helmsley, Fountains Abbey, Grinkle Park, Harewood House, Middleton Lodge, Millstones and Mill Felliscliffe, Oulton Hall (West Yorkshire) Priory Cottages (nr Tadcaster), Raithwaite Hall, Ripon Motor Boat Club, Rudding Park, Rushpool Hall, Skeeby Lodge, Solberge Hall, Stokesley Town Hall, Swainby Village Hall, Whinstone View, White Horse Farm Inn Rosedale, Yorkshire Barn Wedding Venue (Gilling West)

For a truely memorable event, North East Soiree's String quartet is available to play in any venue and can start any event with a touch of class. The music choices especially for string quartet mean you can have virtually any music you want as the String Quartet is extremely adaptable to any style, can play both inside or out and are able to move quickly to wherever is required. North East Soiree can then turn into a Jazz Trio for background music, a Ceilidh, Jazz Swing or Party Band for all sorts of events, parties and Weddings in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Durham, Middlesbrough or anywhere from Northumberland through to North Yorkshire. The band can mix any of the forms of music with Jazz or popular music to entertain in whatever style is requested. North East Soiree always play completely 100% LIVE MUSIC throughout the North East of England.

String Quartet ~ Jazz Band ~ Ceilidh Band ~ Wedding Music ~ Party Band ~ Medieval Music based in County Durham

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