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

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String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh, Party Band and DJ

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All of the above photos have been taken over many years by Alan Mason Photography. It's always a real pleasure to work with Alan and we love the photos. Many thanks Alan!

Not an agency, just one team of musicians.
String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh, Covers Bands with DJ.

String Quartet Ceilidh Newcastle

Photo of our String Quartet then our Ceilidh Knights Band at Matfen Hall, Northumberland
Photos : Alan Mason Photography

North East Soiree was formed in 2002 and have performed at over 1300 weddings and events in the Noth East of England.

North East Soiree can provide String Quartet or violin and Piano for a Wedding Ceremony and Drinks Reception. How about a gently swinging Jazz Trio during the wedding breakfast? There are two main styles of evening band including our very popular Ceilidh band with full demonstrations and instructions during the dancing - just a bit of fun that can include everyone to really get the party started after the 1st dance. After the Ceilidh, simply add Guitar and vocals and the group can turn into a dynamic and spontaneous wedding Party Covers Band and then DJ till midnight with your own playlist. The players love performing all these different styles and the variety keeps everything fresh. Please see all the lovely comments received over the years on our Testimonials page

Wedding Fairs

Sadly these are all on hold while we try to clear the Covid backlog of postponed bookings.


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 one team of players throughout the day, hence providing good value for money and one point of contact. Call Gordon (who plays in every group, arranges the music and co-ordinates the band) directly on 01388 327202 / 07768 323832 for further information.

Lartington Hall, Barnard Castle

North East Soiree String Quartet
North East Soiree 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 throughout the ages right up to date. We are happy to arrange and perform special requests at no extra cost - this is how the repertoire list has grown over the years.

The North East Bollywood String Quartet for Hindi cinema Bollywood tunes

Our Bollywood String Quartet has a repertoire of well known tunes from the Hindi cinema Bollywood films, all our sheet music has been arranged in-house by request. This is ideal to welcome the guests prior to the wedding as well as during Sikh, Hindu and Muslim wedding ceremonies and to play for the Entrance of the Bride. We can also mix in popular western music from our extensive repertoire.
Click here for our Bollywood Repertoire.
NEW option for Asian weddings is our Violin & Piano Duos. All Bollywood tunes have been arranged by ourselves and are available as either String Quartet or Violin and Piano Bollywood Duo.

Background Music

Various options are available to perform background music during a meal or drinks reception. One of the most versatile and best value combinations is Violin and Piano Duo. All of the String Quartet repertoire is possible with this combination as well as many, many other tunes that have been requested over the last 15 years or so. Violin and Piano works just as well for Classical, film and popular music and is a great option for smaller budget or space constraints - suitable for wedding ceremonies, drinks reception, meal or as background music for a Corporate event.

Jazz Trio, Jazz Band or full Swing Band with Singer

The Jazz band is available in many line-ups starting from a gentle Trio of Sax, Piano and Bass up to a full Swing band with male or female singer, 1 or 2 Saxes, Piano, Double Bass and Drums. All the variations of the band perform well-known Jazz, Latin and Blues standards. The style of the band is ideal for 40's theme parties, weddings and corporate entertainment functions and the volume is perfect to be heard clearly but never too loud or obtrusive. The Jazz band can then be followed with either the Ceilidh or Party covers band or DJ - to give a little something for everyone.

Our Ceilidh Knights band playing The Dashing White Sergeant at a wedding in Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn, Northumberland.

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

A Ceilidh is one of the very best ways to get the party started for example in a wedding after the 1st dance. A wedding Ceilidh mixes up both sides of the families, work colleagues, friends, and distant relatives perhaps from other countries. The moves are so simple that anyone can Ceilidh dance even with no prior experience. The whole night is led by Gordon, a real ceilidh-dancing Scotsman. Gordon is a very keen and experienced ceilidh dancer and caller who has been leading Ceilidhs for over 30 years. The music is played from Gordon's own hand-written arrangements (mostly written between 1989 and 1990) and many of the String Quartet violinists also play with the Ceilidh Band. Every dance is started with a quick demonstration and then as many guests as possible are encouraged onto the dancefloor to learn the steps together - with further instructions given during the dance until everyone knows (roughly) what to do. There is always a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and it doesn't matter if the steps aren't completely correct, as long as everyone joins in the fun. Who cares if the moves are perfect or a bit more... individual? What mattters is that everyone has fun joining in and mixing with all the other guests.

Knight Muse Party Band
"Knight Muse" covers Party Band

This completely live and spontaneous party covers band is formed by adding a couple of musicians to the Ceilidh Band line-up. This energetic and highly entertaining pop Party Band performs classic rock and pop hits from the 60s to present day and is absolutely 100% live! The band has both male and female lead/backing singers, lead guitar, sax, bass guitar and drums. 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

Disco or Karaoke

We will gladly play CDs or mp3s through the band PA system for any of the evening Wedding and Party Band set-ups at no extra charge - for example as guests arrive, for the 1st dance and during the interval. Just let us know the style you would like or supply your own disc or playlist. At most weddings, the band then also provide our own DJ at the end of the night after the band till midnight with professional CD twin decks or laptop with professional DJ software and good modern LED lighting rig. Karaoke is also available if required. Please see our example of some ideas on our PLAYLIST WEB PAGE to help get started with your very own party Playlist. You can have any playlist you like.

Varied entertainment and finish with DJ playing your very own playlist

In this video, North East Soiree start as a String Quartet followed by the Ceilidh Band and then Party Covers Band - all at one wedding in Ellingham Hall in Northumberland.

North East Soiree are available in Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire


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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.

Wedding Party covers 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.


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

North East Soiree's String quartet is an ideal start to any event and will arrange music as required. With a slight change of players and instruments can then turn into a Jazz, Ceilidh or Party Band for events and Weddings in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough or anywhere from Northumberland to North Yorkshire. The 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 your party. North East Soiree plays only completely 100% LIVE MUSIC in the North East of England for Weddings, Events, Parties and Corporate Entertainment.

Contact Us

Please contact Gordon using the form below and please include the event date and venue so we can check our availability.
Alternatively, call on 01388 327 202 or 07768 323 832 to discuss your requirements.






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String Quartet, Jazz, Ceilidh and Party Band within 50 miles of Newcastle upon Tyne
All with one team!.
Live musical entertainment from wedding ceremony to evening and finish with our own DJ till midnight

North East Soiree winner 2020 North East Soiree winner for Music