Reviews for The Impromptu Ensemble

Much of our work over the last two decades has come by word of mouth, and we have not gone out of our way to obtain written references or testimonials, but here are a few comments we have received:

DB (married in Canterbury Cathedral in July 2017) wrote: "Huge thanks for your beautiful performance at our wedding. [My husband] tells me the music before the ceremony was a real highlight for him and lots of our guests sought us out to say so too. Each piece was a delight to listen to and many of our guests commented on the quality of your performance. 'Jurassic Park' at the end was a huge hit, both with me and with all our guests, so a special thank you for doing it justice. Your flexibility and reliability was greatly appreciated during the lead-up to and on the big day and we’re very glad you were available to play for us."

LC (married July 2010) wrote to us: 'I absolutely loved the Pachelbel piece you played for my entrance and walk down the aisle! It was just how I had imagined it! I thought you all played beautifully and I would have no hesitation in recommending you for future friends/family weddings. Thank you so much!'

Bride and groom flanked by four musicians

Playing string quartets for a wedding at the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate.

"Thank you so much for playing so wonderfully for our wedding — it really made the service even more special for us, and we did not choose the easiest pieces but you made them sound wonderful. Thank you also for your work with the videos and putting them on YouTube for us — it was all very much appreciated by us and our guests" (SS, married July 2014)

String quartet wearing pink

Playing at the North Foreland golf course for a 'pink' cancer charity ball, which raised £3600.

PN (who organized a fundraising event in July 2017) wrote: "To say that the night went off well is in my opinion an understatement. It was everything I hoped it would be. I cannot thank you enough for your help, advice and professional approach to the evening. I have today been inundated with emails, texts and calls saying how much the members enjoyed it. I would love to do it again. Ten days ago I was in line to face a loss but yesterday ended up making a substantial donation to the RNLI."

Four players in a string quartet

Providing background music for the Dickens Festival gala dinner at The Yarrow.

EF (married September 2009) wrote: 'We would both like to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding. I thought it was absolutely lovely! The music in the church was great and made the ceremony just perfect! Unfortunately neither of us had much time to listen to the music outside, as everything was very busy. But the guests seemed to enjoy it, and I've had many great comments about the music!'

At a wedding in Eastwell Manor

Playing as a string quartet for a wedding at Eastwell Manor.

Black and white image of vicar, bride and groom with string quartet visible in foreground

Playing hymns at a wedding service in a church with no organ. Photo by Daniel Hamer wedding photography.

View from behind string quartet looking to bride and groom in garden

Playing as a string quartet for a wedding at the Blazing Donkey Country House Hotel near Sandwich. The above is a screengrab from an unmanned video… see the difference a professional photographer makes in the shot below (from the same wedding), by Lily Lane Photography.

String quartet at Kent wedding

"The day was absolutely perfect! Everyone loved the music — you guys were absolutely amazing, [my husband] and I couldn't thank you all enough for making our day even more special! Extremely talented musicians." (GEW, married July 2018)

The notes to tracks 4 and 11 of the Railway Swing Band's 2010 CD 'Our Sounds, Vol. 3' say Impromptu 'gave their sound a new dimension'. We also appear on some of their other CDs, and RSB director Dave White commented about our recent recording session 'A great way to spend a Saturday morning with 4 superb musicians adding that extra sound and feeling'.