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The Best Instrumental Bands and Soloists for Hire

Last updated on May 31st, 2019

Sublime Musicians for any Event

We adore the sound of a thrilling vocalist here at Entertainment Nation. Song lyrics can condense our strongest emotions into a mere handful of words. There’s still no denying the effect that a pure instrumental arrangement can have – sometimes, it’s even better to let the instrument do the talking.

If you’re looking for the best instrumental bands or soloists to hire, perhaps as relaxed wedding entertainment or as sophisticated corporate entertainment, then you’re in the right place. We’re excited to present the most skilled instrumental bands and soloists in the UK. From solo guitarists to jazz ensembles, to string quartets, these talented musicians will take you from cosy Parisian jazz clubs to the beaches of the Caribbean with their eclectic styles, adding a majestic musical accompaniment to your special occasion.

Read on to discover the best instrumental bands and soloists you can book today:


Uffizi Quartet

Few things rival the sight and sound of a sumptuous traditional wedding string quartet in full flight, and when the Uffizi quartet spread their wings, they provide a true treat to the senses. With their traditional line up of two violins, a viola and a cello, it’s not just a mix of expertly performed contemporary and classical acoustic performances that make the Uffizi quartet an outstanding ensemble – it’s an inimitable elegance derived from their ten years of experience in prestigious venues and shows all over the world!

What makes Uffizi Quartet such a safe bet for anyone looking to hire a string quartet? It’s the fact they never turn down a request! If your song isn’t in their huge repertoire, they’ll learn it for you if you provide the sheet music.

Click here to head on over to Uffizi Quartet’s profile and hire them for your event!


The Jazz Trane

Sometimes you just want to sit inside on a rainy day, drinking coffee with a touch of smooth uplifting jazz to keep you company. The Jazz Trane take you there, with a stylish collection of laid-back classic jazz hits from the 20s to the 60s. The band can also make haste with their upbeat sets of swing and Latin music, all while keeping the mood high with their background music between sets.

The Jazz Trane are in high demand and not to be missed for any lovers of some soulful, silky-smooth jazz – reserve them now for your event.


Oak Piano

There’s not much we can say about Oak Piano that can’t be expressed better by watching this incredible pianist take to the keys.

If the mere sight and sound of this talented pianist wasn’t enough to convince you, his history will! When you hear Oak Piano’s perfectly segued renditions of Einaudi, Sam Smith, Adele, U2 and more, each carries with it his vast experience of having toured with artists like Jessie J, Tiny Tempah, Leona Lewis, and Idris Elba in venues from the O2 Arena to Glastonbury festival and on set with The Graham Norton Show.

Intimate reception or large-scale party, Oak Piano can suit them all. Able to play by ear, he’ll learn requests, and you can book him alongside live strings for a truly incomparable performance.

It would be easy to wax eloquent about Oak Piano till the end of time, but the only way is to discover him for yourself by booking him for your event!


Brass Pack

Brass bands are the lifeblood of any event, and the Brass Pack are a powerful remedy for empty-dance-floor blues! Exuberant beats, infectious rhythms, and a roaming carnival style show that pulls you in like a magnet, the Brass Pack deliver an intoxicating performance every time!

Brass lovers will easily see and appreciate the influence of the Young Blood and Rebirth brass bands in Brass Pack’s performance, delivered through their five-piece line up of two trumpets, a trombone, sousaphone, and percussion. Get your glad rags on for some 20s-style New Orleans jazz, or rock out with their contemporary covers – they deliver gigs everyone will love!

Give everyone a treat at your event and hire Brass Pack for the glamorous sights and sounds of a roaming brass band!


Elite Bagpipes

For those who appreciate the imperious resonance of this proud and historic instrument, Elite Bagpipes is a magnificent centrepiece to your celebrations.

Nothing conjures up the mood of Scotland quite like the traditional sound of Great Highland bagpipes, and with 20 years of experience as both a solo piper and member of competition winning bands, Elite Bagpipes has impressed both in person and on the airwaves. Whether booked for a traditional Scottish wedding or as a cultural experience, Elite Bagpipes always provides a standout atmosphere.

Traditional, memorable and meaningful, Elite Bagpipes offers something truly unique – head over to his profile to find out more.


Jondo Dias

Warning: you may have trouble holding onto your jaw when Jondo Dias works his magic on the guitar!

This is what happens when ‘Rogrigo y Gabriela meets James Brown’ according to Jondo Dias’s critics – and who can doubt them when he blasts out this seamless blend of funk and flamenco? Teasing both percussion and string from a single acoustic guitar, it’s no wonder he’s challenged audiences all over the world on what they think the guitar is capable of! If you want a self-contained act who’ll startle your guests with his electrifying touch, look no further than Jondo Dias.

Demand is high for this thrilling hybrid of guitar and percussion. Book Jondo Dias early so you don’t miss out!


EP Orchestra

If you’re looking for instrumental music to accompany your function, why limit yourself? The EP Orchestra bring bespoke interpretations with the unrivalled power of a full orchestra to both classic songs and contemporary pop hits. some of the UK’s finest classical artists, trained at London’s top conservatoires, make up this unique orchestra; with a range of line-ups and a combination of classical instruments and contemporary percussion, keys and guitar, you’ve never heard anything like this before.

You’ll be in good company if you book EP orchestra – they’ve played at Cannes, for Damiani, De Grisogono, Oracle, Chanel, Audi, Peugeot, Canon, and the Academy of Arts, putting them in what can only be described as a league of their own.

An orchestra with a difference, you won’t get better than this. Book EP Orchestra through the Entertainment Nation team today, and blow everyone’s socks off.


Mark Ellis-Jones

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to walk through every kind of function and event Mark Ellis-Jones has performed for! But what could you expect from a virtuoso musician with 30 years of professional experience at venues all over the country?

Mark plays jazz standards from the 1920s to rock and pop tunes from the 60s to the present day with a cool, sophisticated and laid-back style that’ll put your guests at ease and give you a seamless and memorable soundtrack to your day. Simply put, Mark is one of the finest solo guitarists available for hire today.

Not only famed for his skills, Mark is beloved for his friendly and accommodating service. Secure him now for that perfect function.


The Coolcats

You may have seen this impressively slick and sophisticated jazz band already – they’ve appeared on TV’s ‘This Morning’ with Fern Britten and Philip Schofield, performed as the band for X Factor runner-up Ray Quinn, and have played for Rupert Murdoch, appearing alongside famous names to be featured in national newspapers!

Their wealth of professional experience brings the heady flavour of jazz standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to your function, with instrumental takes on hits sung by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. They’re a customisable ensemble, with a huge range of options to add instruments and vocalists to your heart’s desire.

Treat your guests to sumptuous jazz with The Coolcats! Book this silky-smooth jazz band early to avoid any disappointment.


Pearl Manouche

Any fans of Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli’s pioneering jazz performances in Europe will adore the inspired, driven and expressive swing of Pearl Manouche! With their Klezmer and gypsy jazz repertoire, the 30s jazz club comes to life with this improvisational trio, who bring 30 years of performative experience inspired by the old masters of jazz and honed across the country from the Royal Albert Hall to the nostalgic Le QuecumBar.

Pearl Manouche are renowned for their skills as one of the finest jazz bands around – book them early so you don’t miss out!


The Darcy Gents

A suave and sophisticated trio of tenor sax, guitar (or piano) and double bass performing jazz, Bossa Nova, blues and Latin – well, what more could you ask for?

16 years of experience accompanies this debonair trio who perform their sought-after sets across the UK. Each band member is a master musician in his own right, all of them having graduated from top conservatoires and played for prestigious clients. With a love of what they do and an authentic vibrancy that gives every guest a great time, The Darcy Gents cover the jazz masters, from the smooth and the rambunctiousness of Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington to the inspirational style of Dave Brubeck and Thelonious Monk.

For some virtuoso jazz, don’t miss out on the Darcy Gents! Visit their profile to book today!


The White Rose Quartet

The White Rose Quartet redefines what it means to be a string ensemble, mixing up timeless traditional favourites with pop and rock pieces! What better way to please everyone than to book a band that can truly cater to all tastes?

With a classic arrangement and a crossover repertoire that stretches from Mozart, Bach and Wagner to Lady Gaga, Coldplay and The Beatles, The White Rose Quartet create an enchanting atmosphere that fits any kind of event and any time of day, from a wedding ceremony to an evening reception!

Book an awe-inspiring performance from The White Rose Quartet!


Georgian Sunrise

Kick back and enjoy the warmth and comfort of a Georgian Sunrise! This duo have performed at hundreds of events and are the perfect way to add the elegance of some classic jazz numbers with a cosy, smaller line-up and a fresh, youthful approach that can challenge the bigger instrumental jazz bands.

You don’t have to settle for less though; turn this sunrise into a summer solstice with their dazzling 3-, 4- or 5-piece line-ups. Combine piano and double bass with drums or sax for a sublime trio or into a full quartet, or throw in some vocals if the mood demands! They provide everything you need and will even perform up to 5 special requests (as well as a first dance request) making their show a truly bespoke arrangement.

Book a delightful Georgian Sunrise performance and enjoy the sublime sounds of an exceptional jazz duo at your event.


Debonair Accordion

Exquisite accordionist Debonair Accordion looks more at home by the banks of the Seine (or back performing for the Prince of Monaco), than here in Blighty, but when he brings his many years of experience and captivating interpretations of French Musette, Italian folk, Tango, jazz, and both classical and contemporary music to your venue, it won’t just be the Francophiles who appreciate this fun and carefree instrument!

Mesmerising as a solo performance, Debonair Accordion can also be booked alongside a rhythmic acoustic guitarist for some added flavour at your event.

Ready to surprise your guests with some continental flair? Book Debonair Accordion for some sophisticated instrumental sounds!


Jodie

Jodie is an exquisite solo violinist who performs an energetic show with or without high-quality backing tracks. This spectacular solo musician picked up a violin when she was just 4 years old- yes, 4 – and has performed professionally for over a decade. Loaded with qualifications, Jodie uses both classical training and an incomparable ability to improvise to create inspirational and awe-inspiring performances. She delivers the standards of classical music to the recognisable favourites of film and television, to jazz, folk, pop, rock, and house music (check out her energetic live DJ show too!).

Whether she’s performing as a soloist, in an ensemble or accompanying DJs and top artists, Jodie never fails to captivate the crowd – and one look at her custom violin, embellished in exquisite silver-leaf, will give the first hint of her enchanting stage presence.

Get in touch today to book the versatile – and very talented – Jodie for your special occasion!


The Cosgroves

The Cosgroves are a classy jazz duo who create an unforgettable show whenever they take to the stage . What makes every performance magnificent? An unmatched love of music and solid dedication to jazz! Their enthusiasm and inspiration bubbles through from their time growing up while listening to legendary musicians Charlie Parker, Ornette Colemen and John Coltrane. The result is a sensational duo with an effervescent mix of improvisational melodies, ten years of experience, and training at top conservatoires.

The Cosgroves are award-winning artists with a huge repertoire and a mix of line ups – combine sax, guitar, or piano for your performance, and enjoy classic, contemporary, funk, groove, swing and bebop sets that are never the same thanks to superb improvisation. Oh, and don’t forget to request drums, double bass and vocals if you want this talented duo made up into a full band!

Head over to their profile and book the sensational Cosgroves for a show unlike any other!


Benjamin Christian

Benjamin Christian is one of the finest lounge pianists in the country, allowing you to choose from one of his existing set lists crafted from an extensive repertoire, or curate your own!

There’s nothing finer than having a pianist for an elegant reception or dinner, and Benjamin has a jazz cocktail set list combining self-composed arrangements and contemporary tracks to craft a unique expression for every event at which he plays. With 10 years of experience, Benjamin can play anything to match your desired mood, whether you’re a fan of rock, pop, classical, jazz, soul, blues, Latin, cocktail, easy listening, musical theatre, film or TV themes.

Head to Benjamin Christian’s profile to secure this magnificent pianist for your event!


Duncan Strings

It seems almost criminal that one man should be gifted with so much talent! You’ll scarce believe that Duncan Strings achieves his incredible sound with just one instrument. His awe-inspiring handiwork in delivering the intricacy of modern finger-style and percussive rhythm from a single acoustic guitar has graced parties, functions, and weddings across the UK, getting feet tapping and hips shaking with covers of The Beatles, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Toto, and many more. The best part? He comes with fairy lights!

Duncan Strings is a one-man band who never fails to turn heads. Head over to his profile to book him while you can!


How to Book an Instrumental Band

Have you enjoyed hearing the sublime sounds of our instrumental music bands and soloists? Remember, all these artists and many more are available for hire at your event through our expert team. Get in touch and we’ll find out what you love and match you with a band or performer who’ll create the perfect soundtrack for whatever you’re hosting.

We’re here every day from 10am to 10pm to help! Chat with our friendly advisers by phone on 0800 53 000 35, get in touch via email (info@entertainment-nation.co.uk) or message us through the site!


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