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On since 2021

Last update: November 2023

Manor House String Quartet is a string quartet and string duo based near Leighton Buzzard on the borders of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in the South East of England. Since being formed in 2006, the group has performed for over 800 weddings, parties, anniversaries and many other special occasions throughout the home counties, the South East of England, London, and the Midlands. These talented musicians delight in playing both classical and contemporary music at ceremonies, drink receptions and wedding breakfasts. Led by violinist Vaughan Jones, they create bespoke setlists based on each couple’s musical preferences. Whether you desire instrumental music from film soundtracks, ambient jazz, classical favourites, or modern hits, they will tailor their performances to reflect your wishes.

Service Offered

Soon-to-be-newlyweds can choose to have a string duo or a full-string quartet at different stages of their special day. Manor House String Quartet will collaborate with you to determine what your ideal duo combination is, including violin and viola or violin and cello. These professional musicians are happy to perform at formal church weddings, outdoor ceremonies, garden parties, and more. With over 50 hours' worth of music in their repertoire, Manor House Music can help make your special day truly unique!

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Ceremony music
Cocktail/banquet music

What is included in the wedding package?

We'll work with you to create a bespoke selection of music, unique to your special day. We will arrive early and always be approachable and friendly, even bringing a gazebo with us if needs be!

How far in advance should I contact you?

Depending on availability, any time from 2 years in advance to one month!

What style of music do you offer?

String quartet

Type of musical group:


Size of group:

Small (2 - 3 musicians)
Medium (4 - 6 musicians)


Everything from Vivaldi, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to John Williams, TV themes and detailed, high energy arrangements of rock and pop music, from the 1960s to up-to-date hits

Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?

Yes, if there is a song not currently on our playlist, which is particularly personal to you both, I can arrange this on request. Please be advised that this will involve an additional fee

What's your experience?

We've played for over 800 weddings in all types of venues, from stately homes to modern golf clubhouses

Do you have your own equipment?


Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?

Yes, can't play in direct sunlight as this can have a detrimental effect on our instruments

Can you travel?

Yes, home counties, London, the East of England, the Midlands and counties such as Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, 20p a mile as a round-trip (ie. to the venue and back)

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?


Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?

With a team

What is the length of time of the act?

Any time between 2 hours of playing and 4 hours. This can however be spread over a greater period of time, such as 2 hours of playing spread across 3 hours of time

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

Very little, as our players are all highly experienced performers who are well acquainted with our music playlist. Occasionally an additional rehearsal may be needed such as when playing with a singer

Do you do open-air acts?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

This would need to be planned in advance but there is a degree of flexibility. Generally though, this isn't required as the parts of the day we are normally involved with usually run on time

What are the forms of payment?

Direct bank transfer. A deposit is required but this is deductable from the final balance

Served in

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire

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Reviews for Manor House String Quartet

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Rosanna A. Sent on 26/07/2023
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Where do I even start? We were sadly let down a month before our wedding and we were in desperate need of live music for our ceremony! I came across Manor House string quartet and Vaughan from day one was amazing- he did he absolute best to help us out! We had a beautiful ceremony and the music really did make it extra special! We really can’t thank you enough- you have been amazing and we would 1000000% recommend you! Thank you so much!! We are so grateful!
Cassandra K. Sent on 21/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful music for our ceremony and reception

Cannot thank Vaughan enough for making our day so special. Vaughan was a pleasure to work with in the run up to our wedding, and his experience made us confident that we could trust him to handle anything on the day. We had initially asked about a string quartet for our wedding ceremony and the drinks reception, but Vaughan recommended the string duo for the venue we had booked, which worked brilliantly. Such a huge repertoire of pieces to pick from with many different genres, and they were all played perfectly. Thank you so much Vaughan!
Richard Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

One of the best parts of my day

Vaughan and his partner played at our wedding and it was one of the best parts of my day. I just wished I could have been sitting in the ceremony room at the beginning with all our lucky guests who got to hear them play our classical playlist! Very professional, great communication prior to the day and on the day I had no doubts that they would do an amazing job, and they did. Thank you so much!
Lisa Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

You made it so incredibly special!

Dear Vaughan, thank you very much for your performance, it was the most wonderful day of my life and you made it so incredibly special!
Again, thank you very much for sharing this day with me, a memory I will never forget.
All the best.
Louisa Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you!

Hello, just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding yesterday. It was a special part of our day and everyone said how wonderful you were.
Thank you again
Tasha Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

You really helped bring the day to life for us

Hi Vaughan, I'm sorry it's taken be so long but I really wanted to thank you both, not only on behalf of me and Paul but on behalf of everyone.
Everybody we spoke to commented on your music and how much they enjoyed it - particularly whilst getting seated at the church and waiting for my bridesmaids to get themselves dressed(!).
The rendition of wings still makes me shiver with emotion, you really helped being the day to life for us. Thank you so much again.
Jemma Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

We could not have been more pleased

My husband and I would like to sincerely thank you for attending our big day last week at Dodford Manor and providing us with the perfect atmospheric sounds during the breakfast.
We received so many great compliments about you all. We really could not have been more please.
Once again, thanks.
Vicki Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

We really enjoyed your music

Hi Vaughan, thank you very much for the photo and thank you very much for playing on our wedding day. We really enjoyed your music in both the ceremony and the reception.
Thanks again for being part of our big day and for helping to make it go so well!
Naomi Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

You both played beautifully and it really made the party

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for yesterday. You both played beautifully and it really made the party. We had so many wonderful comments and everyone including my Mum really enjoyed it. Mum especially enjoyed 'her' song! We could not have asked for more.
I cannot thank you enough and would not hesitate to recommend you to family and friends. If we ever need music again for an event I will be in touch!
Thank you so much.
Sam Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

It was everything I could've hoped for on my wedding day and more!!

Hi Vaughan, thank you so, so much for playing at our wedding in September this year, you both played absolutely amazingly, it was everything I could've hoped for on my wedding day and more!!
All my friends and family commented the whole day about the beautiful classical music you played during the ceremony and everyone loved the recent pop/rock music played during the meal.
I will be recommending you to anyone and everyone!
Thank you once again for making mine and my husband’s wedding day that bit more special!
Richard Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

You helped make the day perfect

Hi Vaughan, thanks so much for your email. It was a great day and we loved your playing. Lots of ppl commented on how good you guys are and we'll be recommending you to all our family & friends.
Thanks again Vaughan, you helped to make the day perfect!
Laura Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

We had lots of very happy guests singing your praises

Hi Vaughan, we just wanted to say thank you so much for Saturday. It was a pleasure to have you all play at our wedding. I have to say I'm a little disappointed I spent so much time with the photographer that I missed your set during the drinks reception, but anyway we had lots of very happy guests singing your praises.
Thanks again, and I hope to hear you play at another wedding in the future.
Best wishes.
Matthew Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible, helpful and professional throughout!

Thank you ever so much for playing at our wedding. You did an incredible job and everyone was very impressed with all your performances. On top of that you were very helpful and professional throughout, thank you, we will definitely recommend you to others!
Steve Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

The quartet was fantastic

Vaughan, I can’t remember whether I said thank you for this and also for playing on 2nd June. The quartet was fantastic and has received complements from a number of the guests on the day. . . Thank you again for Friday. It was brilliant and, as I said at the time, I really hope to get the chance to do something similar again!
Jessie Sent on 10/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Loved every minute and you played beautifully

Vaughan & team, it was amazing!!! Loved every minute and you played beautifully.
I've shared your Facebook post and would highly recommend you to anyone.
Thanks again and I just wish I had more time to stand right next to you on Saturday!
We're off to Canada for two weeks, very exciting.
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