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CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES

Classical Ensembles in Cape Town

Explore the best classical ensembles in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Here is our selection of the top classical ensembles, recommended by wedding professionals and real couples.

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The PLAY String Quartet is made up of wonderfully talented, young professional musicians in Cape Town! Our boutique ensemble have been performing together for the last seven years and boasts with the largest repertoire of contemporary pop songs in South Africa!

As individual players we perform on various classical and popular music platforms and ensembles – including with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town University, private celebrity concerts including, Michael Buble, Afrikaans is Groot, various other bands  and festivals around South African. As a quartet we mostly perform at weddings and corporate events.

Our string quartet performs all levels of classical music, wedding music, jazz standards and tangos and a huge selection of contemporary pop string arrangements including artists such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, American Authors, U2, The Beatles, Lana Del Ray, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars and many more.

The string quartet was beautiful and elegant, and the music was stunning! Thank you so much. – Melissa from Aleit Wedding Coordination

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Resound Music is a boutique music agency offering a one-stop hub for all things music related. Our platform allows for all-inclusive services from sound, staging, lighting, DJs and a wide variety of professional live musicians. We offer our clients the liberty to customise their requests according to individual preference and taste. This allows each Client to choose specific instruments in an ensemble or to request a special song for the musicians to play.

Highlights include our sponsorship at the 2017 Top Vendor Wedding Awards, Music Coordination at the Season of Sauvignon (De Grendel Wine Estate), Music Entertainment at the 2019 Pinotage Festival (Vondeling Wine Estate), all-inclusive services at the SANAS Accreditation Awards (Hudson’s @ Vredenheim) and Lilizela Tourism Awards (Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate) as well as a celebrated list of 2019 weddings at venues such as Molenvliet, Beloftebos, The Forum Embassy Hill, Diamant Estate, Belair Pavillion, Glen Carlou, Cavalli and Lanzerac to name a few.

Our musician portfolio is diverse ranging from solo electric violin, harp ensembles, string ensembles, orchestras, folk bands, blues guitarists, classical pianists, jazz bands, choirs to marimba bands and so much more. With our extensive database of musicians, we are able to provide according to each unique request.

Thank you so much for your kind email and even more for the wonderful music on the day. It was such an exceptionally joyous day and the music was perfect. Everyone absolutely delivered what we wanted and the whole atmosphere was magical. – Bride Libby Brodie

They say the cello is the most moving instrument in the world. Following in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Princess Meghan, cello has become a top choice for weddings. South Africa’s leading electric cellist Carol Thorns takes this instrument to new heights. Her world-wide performances include opening for Vanessa Mae, performing for J Lo and sharing a stage with John Legend.

Carol’s solo album Fireflies in The Rain was nominated for a South African Music Award for Best Instrumental Album and her show Red Cello Electrified was awarded a 4 out of 5 star rating at the biggest Arts Festival in the world, The Edinburgh Fringe.

Through her company Red Cello, Carol has created a series of extraordinary electric string concepts and collaborations that are now popular across the globe: The Bubble (Giant inflatable Sphere), The Galaxy Dress (LED Dress), CODA Africa (Afro-Fusion band) and Rosanthorn Trio (All-girl electric string trio). These magnificent Red Cello acts have featured at international celebrity weddings but are equally fitting for intimate lockdown events (for only 4 people).

A huge thank you for creating the perfect atmosphere at the beginning of what was a spectacular evening. It is always such a pleasure to work with you
Edith Venter

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Jana van der Walt is an accomplished musician and harpist based in Cape Town and began her musical tuition at the age of six. At age 11 she was introduced to the harp, and has since then pursued her love for the instrument with dedication and passion. She received a number of trophies for her harp playing and her orchestral experience has given her the opportunity to perform in some of the most recognisable concert halls in Europe, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Palace in Stockholm, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

In 2013 Jana founded harpNOTED – a successful vehicle through which she pursues solo and ensemble performances, with a variety music from classical to contemporary. HarpNOTED believes that every client should have exactly what they want, she is therefore comfortable to customize her ensemble options and music styles to every client’s specific needs in order to create a timeless and perfect event-suited atmosphere.

Her current involvement in the music community of the Mother City includes being an ad hoc member of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, forming part of various ensembles with a number of acclaimed musicians, and performing on a regular basis as a soloist at a range of different concerts, events and festivals. Apart from her involvement with the arts, Jana is also an accomplished architect practicing at an award-winning firm in Cape Town.

Having Jana playing the harp at our wedding added one of the most exquisitely intimate touches to the ceremony and pre-drinks. It truly enhanced the entire experience and added a wonderfully ethereal, classical layer of depth to the wedding as a whole. Besides being an exceptionally talented harpist, Jana was a dream to work with as a person: always friendly, professional, caring and a wonderful addition to our wedding team. I would recommend her unreservedly, a million times over. — Illustrator Maria Magdalena

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With more than 300 weddings and events under our belt since 2015, Zest Music has established itself as one of the top wedding music providers in the Western Cape. Our network of musicians are the most sought after classical and jazz performers who regularly perform with the country’s top orchestras and bands.

Live music ensembles (including harp, strings, flute, piano, guitar and more) make weddings, parties, proposals and corporate events elegant, entertaining and fun. Our musicians are selected based on their commitment to provide you with only the best in live music. We love requests and are happy to add new music to our repertoire. Our in-house arrangers will ensure that your requests are tailored perfectly for your chosen ensemble. We are happy to travel!

We have just returned from our honeymoon. One week after our wedding I’d like to say thank you so much to you – we including all of the guests enjoyed the wonderful music both by the trio and the duo. It’s been a dream come true!! – Natalie

Classic Music Events supplies professional musicians, bands and DJ’s for a wide variety of events, functions, weddings and film shoots across South Africa. We specialize in sourcing musicians to cater for the unique needs of our clients. With our diverse collective musicians, we supply top quality entertainment ranging from classical, jazz, African and contemporary music to the latest beats and sounds of our DJ’s and bands.

Classic Music Events supplies a range of instrument combinations to our clients, from solo musicians, duos, trios, quartets and quintets to bands and larger ensembles. Great options to choose from include classical string trios and quartets, solo jazz pianists and singers, jazz duos, trios and quartets, jazz swing bands, marimba ensembles, solo harp, solo jazz and classical guitarists and classical or contemporary pianists.

Classic Music Events are also able to source more specific instrument combinations upon request. As well as providing musicians on the day of the  event, we take care of the all the details involved in the performance such as lighting, sound, equipment, transport and set up.

You made our ceremony SO magical. Thank you for such a quick and easy booking of your services as well as being so kind on the day and, obviously, for the breathtakingly beautiful music. You guys are amazing.Malindi Burger

With over 19 years’ experience in the entertainment industries, Larah Eksteen is a household name when it comes to wedding entertainment and has performed nationwide at exquisite venues such as Le Jardin, Boschendal, Delaire, Vergelegen, Haute Cabrière, Mount Nelson, Lourensford, Memoire, Shepstone Gardens, Oakfield Farm, Inimitable and many more. She is South Africa’s first multi-skilled singer-violinist and continues to position the violin in Classical, Crossover and Contemporary genres. She has also appeared on M-Net’s much loved wedding show, The Wedding Bashers.

Apart from composing soundtracks for television she has performed on seven LIVE episodes of IdolsSA alongside winners Noma Khumalo, Karabo Mogane and SA favourites such as Somizi Mhlongo, Judith Sephuma, J’Something (MiCasa), Donald Moatshe and DJ Tira.

Larah is also an accomplished jazz violinist and switches effortlessly between her acoustic and electric violin, performing anything from traditional classical pieces to edgy modern numbers. Whatever song you require…Jazz, RnB, Pop, Rock, Latin and many more… she will interpret and deliver effortlessly. Adding some angelic vocals is also not a problem. Read more.

Thank you so much for the beautiful music. It was magic! – Tara Zanette, Bride

Our tips: Book your classical ensemble

Meet the top classical wedding ensembles and musicians in Cape Town. Click on the REQUEST A QUOTE button to send an enquiry email to all the ensembles/musicians or click on their image to send a single enquiry.

We are lucky to have an endless amount of incredibly talented classical musicians in and around Cape Town. Choose experienced classical artists that know the do’s and don’ts with decorum and dress code when it comes to weddings. If possible, go see them perform ahead of time to ensure your own peace of mind.

You may prefer to have a classical ensemble playing in the background before, during and after your ceremony and/or during pre-drinks before guests are seated for dinner. This is always a popular choice. Your classical musician or ensemble will also be able to play your ceremony walk-in and exit songs if you prefer. If you have any special requests, inform them ahead of time to give them time to practice (if the song is not already in their repertoire).

Some tips to keep in mind: You need to supply suitable seating for each musician and also (very importantly!) remember to supply ample shade and protection against the elements. Your musicians will also be grateful if you supply cold beverages for them nearby.

A professional ensemble can help make your wedding day unforgettable and just add that extra special touch. There are many great classical musicians around Cape Town – which is undeniably the artistic hub of South Africa. No matter how acquired your taste as a couple, there is something for you and you will find world class musicians right here in the Western Cape!

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