VIVID STRINGS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do the musicians bring and what do I need to provide?

The musicians will arrive 15 minutes before your event commences to set up their own music stand, instrument and music.

What you will need to provide is an area of at least 4 square metres for the musicians to perform in. It is also essential they have another safe space close to where they’re performing so they can store their instrument cases and personal belongings.

Each musician on the day needs an armless, flat chair as well as sufficient lighting to read the music.

My event is outdoors?

Our instruments are fragile and sensitive to harsh conditions. It is essential that we play under protection from direct sunlight, rain or wind. If no protection such as a large reinforced umbrella, marquee or a veranda is available for us, it is at the musicians’ discretion on the day whether they continue playing or move to a more appropriate area.

Do the musicians take a break?

We try to keep our song changes to a minimum so the flow of the music isn’t disrupted. However, musicians must take 10 mins every hour of playing. For event bookings of three hours or more, a meal break of 30 minutes is required.

Am I required to provide food for the musicians?

Water is always appreciated and for longer bookings of 3 hours or more, a meal should be provided for each musician.

My event is outside of Wellington CBD?

Venues outside of Wellington will incur a travel fee. This is calculated at $60 per hour per musician.

For example, if your wedding ceremony is in Martinborough, return travel time is estimated at three hours therefore each musician will receive $180.

What happens if my event runs overtime and I’d like the musicians to keep playing?

This will be at the ensembles’ discretion. If it is decided that they continue, an overtime fee in 15 minute increments at $30 per player will be invoiced to you after the event. This invoice will need to be paid within 7 days as per our T&Cs.

What do the musicians wear?

Women typically wear elegant black.
Men can either wear black pants, a white shirt with black jacket or a black shirt with no jacket. If you have any requests or preferences for the attire of your event entertainment, such as colourful attire for a summer garden party, please let us know and we will do our very best to accommodate!

My event will be in a large space with lots of guests. Can the musicians be mic’d?

Yes, we are more than happy to be mic’d. You will need to arrange this with the sound engineer at the venue as we do not provide our own amplification.

Booking a string quartet will in most cases be loud enough to fill a big room without being amplified. We can discuss this further during the booking process if you have any queries or concerns.

Can I request specific songs or pieces?

Yes, of course! If your special song or piece isn’t in our repertoire list, we are more than happy to arrange it for you. A nominal fee will be discussed for this and we will require at least 21 days notice before the event.

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