Vao String Quartet

A String Quartet for those looking to book  an ensemble that stands out in its own class in musicianship, appearance and presentation. They  fit in perfectly with any high profile event locally or Internationally.

They were terrific of tone, balance and virtuosity an unusually fine ensemble -musically. Thomas  Greenwood

This versatile ensemble has enjoyed collaborations with renowned rock, pop and jazz artists and even a contemporary dance company. Their experiences range from playing on Stradivarius instruments worth millions to camping in the deserts of Oman.

Gershwin’s nephew (head of the Gershwin estate) said the Vao’s ‘arrangements and playing of my uncle’s songs are fantastic!’ It has been played on Classic FM, Radio 3 and Radio 2, including on Michael Parkinson’s show and the quartet were also featured on BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night. In addition to a 4-star review in BBC Music Magazine, the Pavao’s have been featured in Gramophone Magazine, Classic FM Magazine, and even Company Magazine! They completed a UK tour in November as the support act for Elaine Paige.

 

Gershwin’s nephew (head of the Gershwin estate) said the Vao’s ‘arrangements and playing of my uncle’s songs are fantastic!’ It has been played on Classic FM, Radio 3 and Radio 2, including on Michael Parkinson’s show and the quartet were also featured on BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night. In addition to a 4-star review in BBC Music Magazine, the Pavao’s have been featured in Gramophone Magazine, Classic FM Magazine, and even Company Magazine! They completed a UK tour in November as the support act for Elaine Paige.

Formed in 1998 at the Royal Academy of Music, the quartet was awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize (twice) and the John B. McEwen Prize before graduating with First Class Honours. In 2002, the Academy awarded them the Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship, which they held for two years. In 2003, they made their Purcell Room debut which received a favourable review in ‘The Strad’ magazine. Already popular with music societies and festivals nationwide, the Quartet won a series of concerts in London at the Blackheath Halls and two recital tours of Scotland sponsored by the Tunnell Trust.

Vao has performed with the Alberni Quartet on many occasions, including performances of Mendelssohn’s ‘Octet’ on a set of Stradivarius instruments loaned by the Royal Academy. With over 50 quartets in their repertoire, they also have a wealth of experience in the jazz, rock, pop and film genres. They made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2003, in an exhilarating collaboration with the Dominic Alldis jazz quartet, which was then taken on an extensive UK tour sponsored by the Arts Council. The Pavãos are experienced in the recording studio; they have been involved in such diverse projects as recording the music for a Rick Stein cookery programme, featuring on a CD of ‘James Bond’ film music and playing on the sound track for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of the ‘Sound of Music’. All four have enjoyed sharing a stage with some of the pop world’s greatest names.

They played in the ‘Party at the Palace’ for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and between them they have worked with Sir Elton John, KanYe West, and Robbie Williams and, on the classical side, Katherine Jenkins and Pavorotti. The Quartet performed with Charlotte Church on ‘Parkinson’, ‘This Morning’ and ‘Top of the Pops’ , and also played with Il Divo on the ‘X-Factor’. The Quartet has performed for royalty on many occasions; HRH Princess Anne, HRH the Duke of Kent and Princess Caroline of Monaco have all attended performances. They also recently played for Mohammed Al Fayed in Harrods.


Vao have been invited to perform as part of Unilever management seminars on several occasions, both in the UK and Brussels. They even performed at a conference in Spain for all the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. Sponsors have included HSBC, British Airways, the British Council and Jaguar. The Quartet are also grateful for financial help in the past from the Tillett Trust, the Hattori Foundation, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Sir Richard Branson.

Haydn

It Don’t Mean A Thing

Sunrise Quartet

They Can’t Take That Away

Wonderful World

Sample Repertoire
PopularTunes
Its Getting Better
Waterloo Sunset
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Top Hat
Livin La Vida Loca
Sophisticated Lady
Baby Love
Forgotton Dreams
Grease Medley
Embraceable You
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
Memory
Send in the Clowns
All You Need is Love
Ain’t Misbehavin
Blue Tango
Swampy River
Someone to Watch Over Me
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
I’ve Got Rhythm
Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man
I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair
Run for your Life
The Way You Look Tonight
Slap That Bass
My Way
Downtown
Do You Wanna Dance
I Could Have Dance all night
Wouldn’t it be Luverly
That’s Entertainment
Take Five
Singin in the Rain
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Pasadena Typewriter
La Bamba
Cheek to Cheek
There’s no business like Showbusiness
By the Sleepy Lagoon
What a Wonderful World
It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing
As Time Goes By
It Must be Love
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
When You Wish Upon a Star

Classical
Bridal March
Wedding March
Sound the Trumpet
Water Music
Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
Rondeau and Air
Canon in D
Double Violin Concerto
Air from Water Music
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Salut d’Amour
Chanson de Matin
and more…

Testimonials
“They gave an electrifying performance …Absolutely flawless technique, combined with a wonderful sense of ensemble as well as real passion for the music, left us all nearly breathless with admiration”
FD

When I heard  the music resonating in the air,  I knew we had booked the perfect ensemble, the girls looked gorgeous and the choice of repertoire was perfect  ,  they made our summer party memorable  for our guests and us – Patricia

They were terrific of tone, virtuosity and balance an unusually fine group-musically. Tom Greenwood



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Vao String Quartet
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GBP 750.00
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1 Comment

  1. Hello, my name is Tamiris
    my wedding is 10 of september….
    My wedding is at 155 acton lane, london,
    and i would like to know a little bit more about your
    service.
    could you send me some links so i can hear you?

    And i would like to know how much it would cost to play at my wedding how many hours you usually play and how many songs?

    Thanks!!!

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