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On Hitched.co.uk since 2019

Last update: November 2023

Located in South East London, England, Alleya is a professional musician providing elegant stringed melodies for weddings and other special occasions. This professional can play as part of a group known as Solas Strings. They formally got together in 2020 but have been playing alongside each other at special events for many years. In the past, Alleya and her friends have had the honour of playing alongside many well-known artists including Duran Duran, So Solid Crew, and more.

Services Offered

Solas Strings can provide services such as a violin or cello soloist, or as a group of your choice. Most popular options include solo performances, string trios, electric violinists, and duos. Solas Strings can play throughout your big day, adding an extra sense of emotion and meaning to the proceedings. They can play the appropriate melodies as you walk down the aisle as well as more upbeat songs during the reception. Whether you’re a fan of hip-hop or classical, Alleya and her musicians specialise in a variety of genres with songs spanning many decades. For traditional instruments tailored to your liking, Solas Strings could be the ideal performers for your big day.

  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Ceremony music
Cocktail/banquet music
Dance music
Entertainment
DJ

What is included in the wedding package?

Wedding Ceremony: 30 mins performance prior to bridal party entrance, walking down the aisle, signing of the registrar, bridal party exit. Wedding Reception: 2 x 45 min sets

How far in advance should I contact you?

Ideally at least 3 weeks in advance. Last minute requests can be occasionally accommodated

What style of music do you offer?

Classical
String quartet
Latest hits
Pop

Type of musical group:

DJ
Duet
Trio
Quartet
Solo
Soloist

Size of group:

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

Repertoire:

Classical, Pop, Film Music, House, R&B, Hip-Hop, Persian, Rock

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

If enough time is given in advance, requests are absolutely taken!

What's your experience?

Has performed on The X Factor UK, on Manoto TV and Lidl Christmas Adverts. Performed for a year in a dinner theatre show in Holborn and various weddings throughout the US and UK/Europe

Do you have your own equipment?

Yes

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

Yes

Can you travel?

Yes

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes

Do you cover more than one wedding a day?

No

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

Alone

What is the length of time of the act?

A full wedding ceremony, drinks/banquet entertainment (2 x 45min sets), or late evening entertainment (DJ and Violin) 2 hours. Can be combined for varying fees

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

Ideally at least 3 weeks before

Do you do open-air acts?

Yes

Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

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

Yes

How do you charge extra time?

Depends on how much extra time is needed, can be discussed before event

What are the forms of payment?

We invoice clients and accept either cash or bank transfer
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100% Recommended by couples
Christo
Christo D. Sent on 04/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Great Experience!

We booked Solas Strings for our wedding on 31/08/2023. The booking process was seamless and Alleya playing before and after the ceremony made our day extra special. Thank you for being so helpful and patient with us throughout the journey!
Hannah
Hannah F. Sent on 27/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic from start to finish :)

Solas Strings were absolutely amazing, they added such a unique part of the day to our wedding ceremony and reception. Alleya was responsive, put up with all of my questions (!) and by having live music for part of the day, it took away the stress of having to think of music for the drinks and canapes. The guests loved it too, I had so many lovely comments from guests who enjoyed modern songs on violins, Bridgerton-esque!! I honestly wouldn't think twice about booking Solas if you are thinking about having some live music at your wedding :)
Ronald
Ronald G. Sent on 23/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Way beyond our expectations

We found Alleya on Hitched and it was like finding gold. Alleya was great getting back to us from email number 1. She organized a first meeting which went really well so we decided to go ahead with her. She was super flexible with all our song choices and kept in touch all the time up to when she was already at the venue all ready to start.
The music was amazing! Our guests and us were so pleased with the music and her performance.
We really highly recommend Solas Strings for your party. Go with them and you will have a flawless musical experience.
Everything we could ask for and more.
Thank you Alleya for making our day super special ❤️
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Narin S. Sent on 14/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

November wedding in Essex

My husband knew he wanted string music for our ceremony and reception. We knew Solas strings were perfect for us from the range they had in their repertoire. They were also very willing to accommodate requests, including my husbands dream to walk in to the ceremony room with his best man, to the Game of Thrones theme - this proved to be a smash hit highlight of our wedding and the perfect way to start off the day.

We really can’t thank or recommend you enough xxx
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Terry G. Sent on 01/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An Excellent Addition

Booked Solas Strings after seeing reviews on Hitched and was not disappointed. Every single guest commented on how good they were and they couldn’t have been more accommodating when it came to choosing music that wasn’t necessarily in their published repertoire. Even played with the organist in the church, arriving early for a practice run. Highly recommended.
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Nikoo Sent on 03/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect string quartet!

Solas Strings, and notably Alleya, were a pleasure to work with. Extremely professional, responsive and comprehensive in their communication, flexible towards our requests and needs, and laid my mind at ease when planning our wedding. My husband is German and I am Persian and played the violin growing up so having a string quartet at our wedding performing a range of classical European and Persian pieces was such a perfect touch and one we truly cherished planning with Solas Strings. The breadth of their music repertoire was impressive and catered perfectly to our wishes. Their performances were beautiful and truly elevated the ambience and feel of our wedding day into something truly unique and beautiful. I could not recommend them more highly!
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Imran M. Sent on 20/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Hugely impressed

Solas Strings were a pleasure to work with. Their performance was superb! We were so happy!
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Zainie H. Sent on 10/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Very good experience

Very good, professional and flexible service. Alleya worked with us from the beginning to meet our needs and we had a very special day
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Antonieta Sent on 10/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic musicians!

Alleya and her colleague were absolutely amazing. The are great musicians who endeavoured to fulfill all my requests. They added a touch of class to the reception and I recommend them highly!
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Danielle Sent on 03/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Smooth, easy and impressive

Alleya responded so quickly to my last minute enquiry, she was nothing but helpful and came up with suggestions and gave me plenty of options.

Guests all said how amazing she was
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