Join us at Quaglino’s on Monday 25th October with live music from the City String Ensemble.
Music times: 20:00 – 20:45 / 21:00 – 21:45
City String Ensemble is a versatile string ensemble based in London. Originally formed at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, CSE has gone on to grow from a highly sought-after string quartet to a full-scale string orchestra and can be seen regularly performing multiple programs of “candlelight concerts” across London, as well as recording and releasing their very own classical twists on well-known songs.
Since 2016, they have been performing across London and the UK, establishing themselves as the ensemble of choice for many award ceremonies, celebrity parties, and special events. In 2019, a sister ensemble in Los Angeles, USA was formed, extending the CSE family to North America.
This versatile group of classically-trained string musicians has reimagined some of their favourite and most iconic songs, challenging the preconceptions of what classical musicians and classical instruments are capable of. They released their debut EP, “Twenty Twenty,” in 2020 before following up with their second EP, “Throwback…to the Millennium” in 2021.
City String Ensemble is passionate about breaking down the wall between classical musicians and “popular” genres of music and write arrangements that are completely true to the original songs. A unique feature of CSE’s music is their ability to acoustically create their own beat in their performances with the violin “chopping” technique. This beat propels their arrangements to a new level, channeling the groove of each song while maintaining the ensemble’s classical roots.