The Dotted Crotchets String Quartet and Trio can provide beautiful and contemporary live music for your wedding, corporate event or private party. Our huge repertoire list includes a wide variety of classical, jazz, traditional and movie themes, however, our real passion is for performing chart hits, pop classics, rock, indie and heavy metal songs. From recent hits, such as ‘Happy’, ‘All of Me’, ‘All About That Bass’ and ‘Uptown Funk’, to something more classic, such as ‘All You Need is Love’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘One Day Like This’, The Dotted Crotchets have something for everyone, and if your favourite song is not already on the list we can arrange it for you.

Formed in 2011 by husband and wife team Ruth and Michael, The Dotted Crotchets have performed for hundreds of weddings and events across the UK. With groups in ManchesterLondon and Glasgow, we use a pool of highly talented and professional musicians, who have all graduated from music conservatoires across the UK. Many of our musicians have worked with the top UK orchestras, as well as live on stage for performers including One Direction, Leona Lewis, Goldfrapp and Il Divo.


The Dotted Crotchets’ extensive and varied selection of music for weddings, corporate events and private parties includes many popular chart hits, pop classics, jazz, film themes and classical music. Our repertoire list is updated regularly with new arrangements, but if we do not have your favourite song, we can arrange it for you. Click the link below to download our full song list.




Have you always dreamed of walking down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D? Or perhaps something more recent such as ‘1000 Years’ or ‘All of Me’? The Dotted Crotchets String Quartet and Trio are the perfect accompaniment to your wedding day, and we guarantee that you’ll love our classical renditions of your favourite songs.

The Wedding Ceremony
Before the ceremony the musicians will perform a selection of music as your guests are seated, and your chosen songs will then be performed for the entrance, the signing of the register, and your exit together. For church weddings, the string quartet and trio are also able to accompany the hymns if required.

Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast
The Dotted Crotchets string quartet or string trio can also perform during your drinks reception and/or wedding breakfast, where their wide range of repertoire will help to create the perfect atmosphere and entertainment for your wedding guests. You will be given the option of choosing the playlist prior to the wedding, or you are welcome to leave it in the capable hands of our musicians.

With groups in ManchesterLondon and Glasgow, The Dotted Crotchets are happy to travel across the UK to perform for your special day. To enquire about availability and current rates please contact Ruth, and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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The Dotted Crotchets can create the perfect atmosphere for your corporate event, family celebration or private party by providing ambient background music and a memorable performance for your guests. With groups in ManchesterLondon and Glasgow, The Dotted Crotchets are happy to travel across the UK to perform for your event.

Recent clients include Parker Pens, BHH Global, the Royal Manchester Children’s and Eye Hospitals, intu Trafford Centre, Shell Retail, Matalan, Honda, the NSPCC and the Southbank Arts Centre in London. We have also performed for the Lord Mayor of Manchester, the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, and on one special occassion, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Yes, you heard us right, we played for the Queen! 

The music for your event can be chosen from our extensive repertoire list, and any pieces not already in our selection can be arranged for you. To discuss your individual requirements, please contact Ruth and she will work with you to create the perfect entertainment package.


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Over the past couple of months we have been very lucky to have featured on some of the top UK wedding blogs, including Love My Dress and Rocky My Wedding.  Have a browse through the posts and see what our lovely couples had to say about booking The Dotted Crotchets to perform for their wedding.

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  • Which areas do the string quartet and trio cover? 
    The Dotted Crotchets are very luck to have three talented teams of musicians in Manchester, London and Glasgow. This means that we have most of the UK covered and are happy to travel across England, Wales, Scotland and beyond to perform for your wedding or event.
  • What is the difference between the string quartet and string trio? 
    A string quartet comprises of four musicians: two violins, one viola and one cello. The string trio has only three players by missing out one violin. The string trio plays exactly the same repertoire as the quartet, so is perfect for smaller venues and budgets!
  • Can I request a specific piece of music? 
    If your favourite song is not already on our repertoire list, then we are able to arrange it for you at a small cost. Please note that we require at least one month’s notice for this service. 
  • What facilities will the string quartet require on the day? 
    The string quartet will require four armless chairs (or three chairs for the string trio) set out where you wish them to play. They require a performance space of approximately 3m x 2m, and soft drinks are appreciated. 
  • What will the string quartet wear on the day? 
    We like to dress to suit the occasion. Although string quartets traditionally wear dinner jackets with bow ties or all in black, we also provide a very popular option of less formal attire, with the ladies in smart colourful dresses and the men in suits (like wedding guests) if that is more in keeping with the style of your wedding or event. 
  • Can the string quartet play outdoors? 
    The string quartet and trio are more than happy to play outdoors, usually during the drinks reception. However, they will not be able to play outdoors if there is any sign of rain, or it is too cold or windy, because of the damage it could cause to the valuable instruments. For the same reason, they require a shaded area if there is bright sunshine. 
  • How do we make a booking? 
    To enquire about availability and price, please contact Ruth, the engagements coordinator, who will get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • Which musicians will perform for my wedding or event? 
    Each of our Dotted Crotchets groups work with a pool of talented and professional musicians, who have all graduated from music conservatoires across the UK. This guarantees that you will receive a top class performance on your big day.


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