Our Story

Martini Strings began in the early 1990s as a string trio and has continued providing fine classical music for events in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. We have predominantly played for weddings, although over the years we have also been seen at birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, Christmas parties and product launches.

Since 2012, original compositions by Alison Harbottle for student String Orchestras have become available and are now available in our online store. Alison's interest in composition began at an early age, with several notable works written in her teen years. Through many years of arranging and transcribing string and other music, on top of her university studies, she gained an expert understanding of how music works and what sounds good. Partner that with over 20 years teaching experience and you get works which are fun for students to play, enjoyable for audiences to listen to, and pedagogically valuable. All published works are available for purchase in our online Store



Martini Strings - History
Originally comprised of three players who had grown up together, the trio's name was chosen with a double-meaning: Martini the drink (of course), and Martini the little-known composer, whose "Gavotte" we were all forced to play to within an inch of our lives! All students of the same teachers, we spent many teenage Saturday afternoons playing Mozart, Pachelbel, Bach, refreshments, and copious quantities of other chamber music. As we moved on to University study, chamber music became a love rather than a class, and the decision was made to formalise a group to be available to play at functions. All players are tertiary-trained on their instrument, with significant performance experience. Samples of our playing can be heard below, or head over to the Contact page and drop us a line if you'd like to see if we're available to play at your event.


Rates for hiring String Trios & Quartets

Your event is unique and we are able to provide whatever string music you need. These rates are to be considered a guide only. please contact us for a final quote. Some factors may vary the figures shown below.

Rates
  1hr 1.5hrs 2hrs 2.5hrs 3hrs 3.5hrs 4hrs 4.5hrs 5hrs
Solo $350 $400 $450 $500 $550 $600 $650 $700 $750
Duo $300 $400 $480 $560 $640 $700 $780 $840 $900
Trio $340 $460 $550 $640 $730 $790 $880 $940 $1000
Quartet $420 $580 $700 $820 $940 $1020 $1140 $1220 $1300


 
Travel fees
  Solo Duo Trio Quartet
Gold Coast $50 $100 $150 $200
Ipswich $40 $80 $120 $160
Sunshine Coast
or Toowoomba
$80 $160 $240 $320
 
  • A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking
  • Final payment is due 14 days before your event
  • Minimum booking time is 1 hour
  • For bookings over 2 hours, a 10-minute break will be taken after the first 2 hours and again each hour after that
  • Seats without arms are required, in adequate shade. Playing in direct sunlight will damage our instruments.
  • Custom music arrangements attract a $50 writing fee per song



Repertoire List for String Trios & Quartets

  • This list is not exhaustive and can be updated regularly as we add new music to our repertoire.
  • Custom arrangements can be made, and attract a fee of $50 each.
  • Click here for a downloadable list

 

Popular Wedding Ceremony Choices:
Canon (Pachelbel)
Spring (Vivaldi)
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Romanze from Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (Mozart)
Air on a G String (Bach)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Andante from Divertimento in D Major (Mozart)
Allegro from Fireworks Suite (Handel)
Spring (Vivaldi)
Alla Hornpipe (Handel)
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (Mozart)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
 

Other Music
 
Classical:
Morning (Grieg)
Fireworks Suite (Handel)
Water Music Suites, both Dmaj & Fmaj (Handel)
Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)
Serenade (Haydn)
Menuett (Boccherini)
Largo (Handel)
Brandenburg Concertos no. 3 & 5 (Bach)
3 Divertimenti, K136, 137 & 138 (Mozart)
Adagio from Concerto in G maj. (Mozart)
Rondo in G (Mozart)
Andante (Pleyel)
Air in F (Handel)
Minuet from Quartet in Eb (Mozart)
Cavatine (Beethoven)
Arie (Bach)
Canzonetta (Mendelssohn)
Scherzo (Cherubini)
Menuett from Septet (Beethoven)
Canzona (Hasse)
Traumerei from Scenes from Childhood (Schumann)
Minuet & Trio (Schubert)
Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata 208 (Bach)
Hallelujah from Exsultate, Jubilate (Mozart)
‘Where’er You Walk’ from Semele (Handel)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Adagio (Mozart)
Panis Angelicus (Franck)
Prayer (Wolf)
Thou Ring On My Finger (Schumann)
Waltz (Brahms)
Bourree (Handel)
Largo from Oboe Concerto (Albinoni)
Moment Musical (Schubert)
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Grieg)
March from The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Meditation from Thaïs (Massenet)
Divertimenti K136, K137 & K138 (Mozart)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Let the Bright Seraphim from “Samson” (Handel)
Largo from Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor (Bach)
Minuet in G (Beethoven)
Andante Cantabile from Sonata K330 (Mozart)
Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)
Rondeau (Mouret)
To A Wild Rose (MacDowell)
Gaelic Blessing (Rutter)
Cantabile (Paganini)
Salut d’Amour (Elgar)
 
 
Traditional:
Amazing Grace (Newton)
Greensleeves (Traditional)
Londonderry Air (Trad. Irish)
Irish Cradle Song (Trad. Irish)
The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond (Trad. Scottish)
Nearer My God to Thee (Public Domain)
 
 
Contemporary:
Embraceable You (Gershwin)
I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
The Man I Love (Gershwin)
Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin)
Swanee (Gershwin)
Selection from Fiddler on the Roof (Bock & Harnick)
Baby Elephant Walk (Mancini)
The Rose (McBroom)
Never Ending Story (Moroder & Forsey)
Lost In Love (Russel Kramer)
Truly (Richie)
How Do You Keep The Music Playing? (Bergman & Legrand)
The Way We Were (Bergman & Hamlisch)
Tonight fom West Side Story (Bernstein & Sondheim)
Candle In the Wind (John & Taupin)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon)
Everything I Do I Do It For You (Kamen)
Killing Me Softly With His Song (Gimbel & Fox)
Without You (Ham & Evans)
Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
Groovy Kind of Love (Collins)
When You Say Nothing At All (Krauss)
What A Wonderful World (Armstrong)
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from ‘Les Miserables’ (Schonberg, Kretzmer & Boublil)
Michelle (Lennon & McCartney)
Yesterday (Lennon & McCartney)
Somewhere from West Side Story (Bernstein & Sondheim)
I Don’t Know How To Love Him (Lloyd-Webber & Rice)
All I Ask of You (Lloyd-Webber)
Misty (Burke & Garner)
Theme from Fawlty Towers
I Can’t Help Failling In Love With You (Presley)
Gabrielle’s Oboe from The Mission (Morricone)
Feather Theme from Forrest Gump (Silverstri)
My Love (McCartney)
Calico Skies (McCartney)
Golden Earth Girl (McCartney)
Warm & Beautiful (McCartney)
Somedays (McCartney)
She’s My Baby (McCartney)
Book of Love (Gabriel)
Christmas Blessing (Mann & Podlich)
Dare You To Move (Switchfoot)
Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)
Empress from The Neverending Story (Doldinger)
Long and Winding Road (McCartney)
Moon Dance from The Corpse Bride (Elfman)
My Heart Will Go On from Titanic (Horner)
Rule the World (Take That)
Song from a Secret Garden (Lovland)
Underground from The Labyrinth (Bowie)
When You & I Were Young, Maggie (Whitman)
Yoda’s Theme from Star Wars (Williams)
Your Guardian Angel (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
River Flows In You (Yiruma)
Theme from Jurassic Park
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John)

 

This list is not exhaustive and can be updated regularly as we add new music to our repertoire.
Click here for a downloadable list.