What a glorious Spring we're having! And not just the weather! We've been busy again, starting the off with a recital at St Mary's Hospice, Birmingham and a short filming session shot at St Alban's Church in Digbeth. Here's a peek at one of our new videos...
We have been travelling a lot, playing at weddings and parties all over the UK, and here are some of the places we've enjoyed so far this year: Kilworth House, Boreham House, Weston Hall, Dunchurch Park, Notley Abbey, Moxhull Hall, Hampton Manor, Dumbleton Hall, Rowton Castle, Hagley Hall, Curradine Barns, New Hall Hotel, Holdsworth House, Hogarths Hotel, Oak Farm Hotel, Staunton Harold Hall, Ettington Park Hotel, Sheffield Park Hotel, Packington Moor Farm, Nailcote Hall, Alveston Manor Hotel, Stone Manor Hotel, Eastington Hall, Somerford Hall, Tower Ballroom, Wroxall Abbey, Nunsmere Hall, Warwick House, University Arms Hotel, Woodlands Bed and Breakfast, Northbrook Park, Chesford Grange, Caswell House and Hotel du Vin, Birmingham.
Wimbledon also came early for us this year. The Nero String Quartet were invited down to the Millenium Building to entertain the members of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club in their celebration of Wimbledon's 125th year.
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"I just wanted to say thank-you so much for Sunday. You both played beautifully and although we weren't around too much as we were kept busy, we absolutely loved what we heard! Our guests did too and we had loads of great feedback. It really set a great atmosphere and was a real highlight for us!"
Natalie and James, Ettington Park Hotel
"Hi Stella and co, just wanted to say a massive thank you again for Sunday - people told me they really enjoyed the session! Thanks once again and all the best."
Varun and Jas, Chesford Grange
"Just a short note to say thank you so much for organising the string quartet for us, and for their doing such a fabulous job at our wedding at Nunsmere Hall. They were everything we had hoped for, and everyone has commented to us about how lovely they thought the music was. We are very grateful to you and to the girls for all that you did to make things run smoothly. We had a wonderful day. Thanks again."
Andrea and Chris, Nunsmere Hall
"Just wanted to say thanks for playing at my wedding in April - you were absolutely fantastic, one of the real highlights for me. All of my guests were very impressed and are still talking about how good you were now! Thanks again."
Lauren, Kilworth House
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to formally say 'thank-you' for playing at our wedding at Ettington Park. Having returned from our honeymoon and had a chance to catch up with people, everyone made mention of the music. Quite simply, you were awesome! We're so pleased we went with just contemporary tunes, because it added a completely different dimension - and provided guests with the impromptu pop quiz we had hoped for. In fact it sounded so good that I reckon some of the older guests might not have realised they were listening to Nirvana or Snow Patrol as opposed to something from Classic FM! We only wish we could have recorded the entire set to listen to again, or even better do it all over again tomorrow! We would certainly recommend you to anyone, and please feel free to use us on the testimonials page on your website. Thank-you once again, and we'll hopefully see you again soon."
Darren and Jo, Ettington Park Hotel
"You played at my wedding in April and just wanted to send you my appreciation. Unfortunately, as I was here, there and everywhere I wasn't able to sit and listen to you. You did make me cry walking down the aisle with Pachabel's Canon though, but I have heard only positive feedback about you. Everyone enjoyed it. Keep up the good work and I will be recommending you to everyone I know. Thanks again for making our wedding day so special."
Jenny and Thomas, Dunchurch Park
"Both Vanessa and myself wanted to thank you all for playing at our wedding in Netherseal and Tamworth at the Castle Hotel. The music was amazing and very professional. Everyone commented it and loved the little "concert" prior to the wedding, it really added a touch of class to the day. You are all amazing musicians. Thanks again."
Ian and Vanessa, Tamworth Castle Hotel
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding. The music was lovely, and especially poignant when I walked down the aisle! Lots of our friends and family have commented on how nice it was to have a string quartet playing in the Cathedral and then for the arrival drinks - with one person especially commenting that anyone that can play Lady Gaga on a violin is especially talented! Thank you again for helping to make our day so special for us."
Mandy and Darren, Wroxall Abbey
"We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for the amazing performance you gave on our wedding day. The music was absolutely beautiful and really in keeping with the wedding - to have Pachabel's Canon performed live as I walked up the aisle was something I've always wanted and will always remember. The guests also commented on how good you were and also how smart you looked. Despite not really getting an opportunity to speak to you on the day, I noticed that you moved to wherever the guests were congregating which involved you having to sit outside at one point - thank you so much for doing this, we really did appreciate it. We will happily recommend you to others."
Emma and Mark, Ansty Hall
"We just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing on our big day! We have had so many guests comment on how fantastic the music was. Thank you again."
Clare and Craig, Dumbleton Hall