Post # 1
Musically-Inclined Bees: I’m planning to have a string quartet play for my wedding, and they will accompany a singer on some songs. After searching online, it is difficult to find singers accompanied by strings, so I’m not sure if what I am hearing in my head matches with reality. Has anyone heard this before, and does it sound okay? Would it be better to have the singer also play guitar?
Post # 2
I can’t imagine why a singer + strings wouldn’t sound good. What types of songs will be sung?
I would not add in guitar — I think the accompaniment should be either guitar or strings, but not both.
Post # 3
We did this 🙂 We are Jewish, and our ceremony was performed by our Cantor (basically a Rabbi who also leads with song).
Our string trio played alone for the processional.
On my enterance they played Erev Shel Shoshanim which my Cantor sang to as i walked down the aisle.
It was perfect! Your singer may have sheet music to provide to the quartet for the key and tempo they will be using. It is helpful for them to rehearse together even briefly for about 20 minutes before the ceremony starts.
Hearing them rehearse is also really beautiful and soothing as you get ready 🙂
Post # 4
yaara : This is all very helpful!! Thanks so much! That sounds beautiful, and it helps to know that you liked the end result!
Post # 5
Hi bee, I am a professional classical singer. It is very uncommon for music to be scored for string quartet and solo voice. Solo voice is usually accompanied by piano, organ or in other genres guitar, and string quartets are just the 4 string players on their own. If you wanted them together, they would have to arrange the music you wanted for that particular ensemble, which will cost you more. It’s not out of the question but that is why you aren’t finding the two naturally paired.
Post # 6
Jazzylove : Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks so much!! Very, very helpful.