All I can say about this wedding is Wow! Our violinist and cellist started to perform as the guests were arriving, giving them a few minutes to chat before creating a refined yet contemporary mood. We performed interesting pop songs like Here Comes the Sun, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen as well as Can’t Help falling in Love, among others.
For the processional, the ceremony took a classical turn, as Pachelbel Canon was performed. During the signing, Bach’s Jesu Joy was performed, which is one of our favourite pieces for this portion of the ceremony. As signings can last 5-8 minutes (and this one was shorter than 8 minutes) Jesu Joy works perfectly. It does not stand our like some louder and more forceful pieces, rather it bubbles away like a pure mountain stream, and keeps the guests entertained. Just after the couple was introduced as husband and wife, amid clapping and cheering, we launched into the ever-popular Mendelssohn Wedding March.
Listing our Wedding Violinist and Ensembles: Wedding String Duo Toronto
The solo violinThe smallest bowed string instrument in the violin family is the violin. It is also the quietest instrument, but that does not mean that it cannot produce a sound. Don’t forget that violin soloists regularly perform with a 50-100 piece orchestra, in a large hall seating 2000 or more people, and the solo violin can be heard over the entire orchestra, and at the very back of the concert hall. How? This comes down to the skill of the violinist, and positioning. This is why at wedding ceremonies for example we often are quite picky about the exact spot where our violinists and ensembles perform, no matter if the string ensemble is outdoors or indoors a single violinist is a great choice. Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist is a great option for those who want live music but have a smaller budget. The solo violinist performs classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinners.
The solo celloLike the solo violin, a solo cellist is a great option for slightly smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions around Georgian Bay. Larger than the violin, it is very resonant, and can play an equally wide range of music. Clients that hire the solo cello and solo violin for weddings and events often have a guest list of under 50, but not necessarily so.
The violin and cello duoThe violin and cello duo, or string duet, is made up of one violin player and one cello player. This is our most requested string ensemble for hire around Georgian Bay. Having both the violin, which is able to play soaring melodies, and the cello which is able to anchor and often accompany, while having an even larger sound it is no wonder that this is our most popular string ensemble. I like to imagine that the violin is like the right hand of the piano and the cello is the left had of the piano, together they can play almost anything, and that is another reason that it is our most popular ensembles. Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo is a popular choice for weddings. The duo consists of a violinist and a cellist who play together, creating a beautiful, harmonious sound. The duo’s repertoire includes classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and dinner parties.
The String TrioThe string trio is made up of the violin and cello, with the addition of a third instrument. Often this is a violin or viola. We recommend this ensemble for 150-200 guests.
The String QuartetOur string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire in Lake Louise. The string quartet has a long and rich history. This dates back to the classical period of music in the 18th century. Composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven wrote some of the most famous and enduring string quartet works. In the 19th century, the string quartet continued to be an important genre, with composers such as Schubert and Brahms producing some of their most notable works in this format. During this time, the string quartet also began to be used for more private, intimate occasions such as weddings.
Versatile ensembleWe often recommend the string quartet for large gatherings, receptions, weddings and events with 200 or more guests. The string quartet is one of our more versatile ensembles, as we can perform everything from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in the classical spectrum, to pop, jazz, folk, Top40 and beyond.
Choosing wedding ceremony and reception musicDuo d’Amore has one of Canada’s largest collections of wedding pop and classical music for our string ensembles. In general here is what we recommend for a wedding ceremony. Of course, every ceremony is different and we like to customize things to suit your plans and ideas. We also have lots more wedding music planning ideas and resources on our blog, here. Prelude (as guests arrive) 3-5 songs Processional: 1 or 2 songs (1 song for both the wedding party and bride or 1 song for wedding party, another song for bride) Signing: 1 classical song, or 2 pop songs Recessional: 1 song If you or someone you know is planning wedding or event in the Toronto GTA area and are looking for the finest, most experienced and professional wedding violinist and string ensembles to perform, please recommend and contact Duo d’Amore today. Listen to samples here.