Pricing Table

Hours Duo Trio Quartet Deposit
1 480 630 780 180
1&1/4 525 690 855 195
1&1/2 570 750 930 210
1&3/4 615 810 1005 225
2 660 870 1080 240
2&1/2 750 990 1230 270
3 840 1110 1380 300
3&1/2 930 1230 1530 330
4 1020 1350 1680 360
4&1/2 1110 1470 1830 390
5 1200 1590 1980 420

Ensemble Types

Musical Roles of each instrument in a String Quartet with their pop counterparts.

Most music is composed using three or four note chords so one instrument per harmonic note is ideal.

Violin 1 - main melody (vocals)
Violin 2 - secondary melody and harmony (lead guitar)
Viola - occasional melody and harmony (rhythm guitar)
Cello - melodic bassline (bass guitar)

String Quartet - Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello

A quartet is the preferred choice musically. Most music is written with a quartet in mind so renditions sound rich and balanced. A quartet can play louder than a trio. Also a quartet is arranged in a half circle fashion so is appealing visually.

String Trio - Violin 1, Violin 2, Cello

We are pictured as a trio on our website. A trio is a quartet without the viola. A viola is like a big violin and mainly adds harmonic richness and depth to the sound, the important melodic parts are carried on the violins. Hence for many pieces a viola can be absent without too much appreciable difference in sound quality (don't tell that to viola players though!). A trio uses less space than a quartet but cannot play as loud.

String Duo - Violin 1, Cello

A duo is a melody over a bassline. Because most music is composed using three or four note chords, duo misses the third harmonic tone which is important for colour. Duos are a subtler approach suited to smaller functions.

Booking Process

Jane, Emily and Leo will handle all correspondence in regards to your event, however we may substitute colleagues of equal experience and merit if we become unable to play on the day.


After initial correspondence, a deposit confirms your booking with us. This is included in the prices above and is not an additional cost. Upon deposit receipt we will email you a booking confirmation form. In lieu of a deposit and then a later performance payment, you may also pay the whole fee upfront. We do not accept cheques due to lack of traceability on our bank statements. We accept payment in the following ways;

Private clients - the deposit must be paid via EFT. The remaining performance fee may be paid via EFT prior to the performance or cash on the day.

Corporate clients - the deposit must be paid via EFT. The remaining performance fee may be paid via EFT prior to the performance. An invoice with an ABN will be supplied. We do not charge GST.


Please err on the side of caution and book us for longer initially if you are unsure about booking times or think that your event may run late. For overtime there is no guarantee that the musicians will be able to stay longer than the agreed booking time. Although practically, usually this is possible for at least some if not all of the musicians.
There is no penalty rate for overtime, we charge our normal prices in fifteen minute increments as outlined on our bookings page. Also, we will not disturb you on the day but email you post-event to request transfer of funds.

Time in-lieu
May occur between a wedding ceremony and reception. A fee for this will be quoted at the time of booking.

The deposit is fully refunded up to two weeks prior to a performance, after which you forgo a refund.

We take bookings within the Sydney Metropolitan Area, the Hunter Valley, and Southern Highlands. Travel fees may apply if far from the Sydney CBD. We will advise you on this upon enquiry.

Performance Information

Arrival Time
We will arrive twenty minutes prior to each booking in time to arrange seating and to prepare for performance.

Dress Code
Either smart black attire (men & women) or dinner suit (men) and evening dresses (women). Alternative dress is available on request.

A ten minute break per hour on the hour is standard for bookings in excess of 1 hour. (this is flexible so may be coordinated with speeches etc)

Your Input on the Day

  • One armless chair per musician (three for trio, four for quartet)
  • Adequate lighting at venues so that we can read the music
  • We appreciate being fed for bookings in excess of 3 hours over the lunch or dinner period, however this remains at your discretion.
  • Amplification - usually not required for most events. However if the pax is very large or venue noisy, you may need to provide a PA and technician.
  • An appropriate wet weather plan in place - both direct sunlight and moisture destroy the varnish on our precious instruments.
  • For sun, usually we can position ourselves in the shade somewhere close by or improvise some other suitable seating arrangement. If the venue has no shade at all then you must advise us at the time of booking. We will use our experience to advise you in this regard. We may or may not be able to play in direct sunlight depending on the time of day and location. If, without prior consultation as specified hereto, we are exposed to direct sunlight in such a way that in our opinion it is detrimental to our instruments, then we may at our discretion not play. There is no refund available for our non-playing if this eventuates.
  • For rain, having a wet weather plan at a covered location is highly advisable. Usually a location decision is made either the night before or on the morning of the event and we are then immediately informed via mobile telephone. However, if you choose to go ahead outdoors with no suitable cover and it begins to even lightly "spit" then we cannot play. Being under a tree or having guests hold umbrellas over us is not sufficient as flecks of water always float in sideways! There is no refund available for our non-playing if this eventuates. Another option is to hire a light pop up marquee, that way we and the couple can be covered if it spits, whilst the guests hold umbrellas.Your wet weather plan must be at the same booking time as the fine weather plan, otherwise a longer booking time or even two separate bookings may be required to cover each eventuality. We cannot hold two different booking times and then void one on the day.


Accent Strings strive for a perfect outcome for your event. On the rare likelihood that you are unsatisfied with our musical services then a partial or whole refund may be negotiated fairly post event. In any case our maximum financial liability for any legal claim is limited entirely to the cost of the booking, you release us from any further liability.
Sending us a deposit means that you have both read and accepted the above disclaimer and wish to proceed with a booking.

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Repertoire List

J.S. Bach
Air from Orchestral suite in D Major
Brandenburg Concerti 2, 3, and 5
Concerto for 2 violins in D minor
Gavotte and Rondeau from Orchestral suite no 5
Ave Maria (Gounod version)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Sleepers Awake chorale
Sheep may safely graze

L. Beethoven
Cavatina from String Quartet op 130
Ode to Joy from Symphony no 9
Pathetique adagio

A. Borodin
Polovtsian Dance from Prince Igor

G. Bizet
Habanera from Carmen

J. Brahms
Hungarian Dance no 5
Theme from 1st symphony

L. Boccherini

A. Campra

M. Charpentier
Trumpet Prelude

J. Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary

A. Corelli
Christmas Concerto

C. Debussy
Clair de Lune

L. Delibes
Flower Duet from Lakme

Funiculi Funicula

E. Elgar
Salut d’Amour
Chanson de Matin
Chanson de Nuit

C. Franck
Panis Angelicus

C. Gluck

G. Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Xadok the Priest
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Largo from Xerxes
Royal Fireworks Music
Water Music

J. Haydn
String Quartets in D, G major

G. Holst
Jupiter from The Planets

P. Mascagni
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

J. Massenet
Meditation from Thais

F. Mendelssohn
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream(for Bridal exit)

E. Morricone
Gabriel’s Oboe

J. Mouret

W. Mozart
Ave Verum Corpus
Divertimenti 1, 2 & 3
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Exultate Jubilate
String Quartets in C, D, G major
Various Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute

J. Offenbach
Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman

J. Pachelbel

G. Puccini
O Mio Babbino from Gianni Schicci
Musetta's waltz from La Boheme

H. Purcell
Trumpet Tune

C. Saint-Saens
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
The Elephant from Carnival of the Animals

F. Schubert
Ave Maria

R. Schumann
Traumerei from Kinderscenen

J. Strauss
Tales From the Vienna Woods

R. Strauss
Also Sprach Zarathrusta from 2001 A Space Odyssey

P. Tchaikovsky
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Waltz of the flowers from the Nutcracker

R. Wagner
Bridal March from Lohengrin (for Bridal entry)

A. Vivaldi
The Four Seasons: Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer
Concerto grosso in D minor
H. Arlen
Somewhere over the rainbow

L. Armstrong
Wonderful world

J. Bock
Sunrise, sunset

N. Cole

W. Donaldson
Makin’ whoopee

D. Ellington
Don’t get around much anymore
Satin Doll

E. Garner

G. Gershwin
Someone to watch over me
The man I love
Embraceable you
I got rhythm

B. Howard
Fly me to the moon

H. Hupfeld
As time goes by

E. James
At last

S. Joplin
The Entertainer
Elite syncopations
Easy winners

J. Kosma
Autumn Leaves

A. Lloyd Webber
All I ask of you
Music of the night

H. Mancini
Moon river
Peter gunn

E. Piaf
La vie on rose

C. Porter
Night and day
Let’s do it

Rodgers & Hart
My Funny Valentine
Blue moon

G. Shearing
Lullaby of birdland

C. Schonberg
I dreamed a dream

S. Sondheim
Send in the clowns

B. Strayhorn
Take the A train

K. Suessdorf
Moonlight in vermont

The turtle dove
El choclo
The nightingale
La comparsita
Spanish dance
Albeniz tango

H. Warren
That’s amore

R. Wess
I dreamed of jeanie
M. Albert

H. Arlen
Somewhere over the rainbow

C. Aznavour

J. Barry
Dances with wolves

A hard days night
All you need is love
Back in the USSR
Day tripper
Eleanor rigby
Yellow submarine
When I'm sixty four
Norwegian wood

J. Bock
Sunrise, sunset


R. Carpenter
Goodbye to love

E. Capua
O sole mio

Viva la vida

L. Cohen

Erin shore

Dion & Bocelli
The prayer
Con te partiro

D. Foster
love theme from St Elmo’s Fire

C. Gardel
Por una cabeza from Scent of a Woman

M. Hamlisch
The way we were
Ice castles

I. Heap
Hide and seek

J. Hendrix
Purple haze

J. Horner
My heart will go on

E. John
Can you feel the love tonight
Your Song

B. Luhrmann
Balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet

A. McBroom
The rose

A. Menken
Beauty and the beast

E. Morricone
Gabriel’s Oboe

S. Myers

R. Orbinson
Pretty woman

C. Perri
A thousand years

N. Rota
Romeo & Juliet love theme
The Godfather theme

P. Simon
Bridge over troubled water
Mrs Robinson

The turtle dove
El choclo
The nightingale
La comparsita
Spanish dance
Albeniz tango

All I want is you
With or without you

F. Valli
Can’t take my eyes off you

Bittersweet symphony