String Trio - Violin 1, Violin 2, Cello
We are pictured as a string trio on our website. A trio is a quartet without the viola. A viola is like a big violin and frequently adds only harmonic richness and depth to the sound, the important melodic parts being 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.
Note - we recommend a trio as a minimum for a performance and do not book duos, solo violin or solo cello. Stringed instruments are melodic instruments and a minimum of three together is needed to convey correct harmony.
String Quartet - Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello
A string quartet is the preferred choice musically. Most music is written with a quartet in mind so renditions sound rich and balanced. A quartet can also play slightly louder than a trio. Finally a quartet is arranged in a half circle fashion so is appealing visually.
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.
Due to our busy schedules we are unable meet prospective clients in person prior to a booking. This includes prospective clients coming to see our performances which we do not allow out of respect for actual clients' privacy. We are more than happy to discuss your event via phone or email though!
After initial correspondence, a deposit confirms your booking with us. This is included in the prices above and is not an additional cost. Upon receipt we will email you a booking confirmation receipt. We only accept payment on the following terms
Private clients - the deposit must be paid via internet banking transfer. We do not accept cheque deposits due to lack of traceability on our bank statements. The remaining performance fee must be paid cash on day. This is in order to retain high quality musicians for your booking.
Corporate clients - the deposit must be paid via internet banking transfer or cheque. The remaining performance fee must be paid via cash on day, internet banking transfer or cheque (around the time of the performance). For ease of accounts processing, the whole fee may be paid at once instead of taking a deposit. 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.
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 for most suburbs within the Sydney Metropolitan Area , but not all. Please check the linked interactive map for details of our highlighted ‘catchment area’. Suburbs located at the extremes of the highlighted area may incur an additional small travel fee. We will advise you at the time of booking if this applies. We do not take any bookings for (regional) locations outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
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We will arrive fifteen minutes prior to each booking in time to arrange seating and to prepare for performance.
Either formal all black (men & women) or dinner suit (men) and evening dresses (women)
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
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.