Impromptu, by name & nature
Our ensemble is built on the principles of providing quality live music in an enjoyable way and at an affordable price.
We have been performing at prestigious venues in the East Kent area for over two decades, with a wide variety of talented musicians (see Players page).
We pride ourselves on our flexibility: the word Impromptu means 'in readiness' and we try to be ready for anything. Yes, we've experienced a violin string snapping in the middle of a piece... just refinger and keep playing. A cello string snapped while we were tuning up for an extravagant party performance... let's just say our record for changing a cello string is now under four minutes! A banker married a call centre girl and wanted something special... so we arranged a piece incorporating well-known musical references to money and telephones. A couple were spending their honeymoon in the Caribbean... and who'd have thought it, calypso and reggae do work well as string quartets.
Whether your budget only stretches to a solo instrumentalist, or if you're splashing out and really want a whole orchestra, we'll do our best to accommodate your requests. We are quite open to spontaneous suggestions - although that doesn't mean we're in any way unrehearsed. But if it turns out that what you really want is a band of improvising, extemporizing, ad-libbing jazz musicians... we can even help out on that score.
The Impromptu Ensemble playing with the Railway Swing Band: see also the YouTube clip below: