Testimonials from happy customers

Some lovely words about us. A small selection of recent testimonials from our happy clients. Do take a moment to scroll down and have a read! Some lovely photos too!

“Cannot recommend Ariella Strings highly enough. Warm, professional and helpful throughout the planning process and then on the day itself their ability to seamlessly move from the traditional/classical to modern/contemporary really added the polish to our amazing day. The “Juke box” style service they offer was highly original and generated a lot of interest and interaction from our guests during our drinks reception.”

Mr and Mrs A Tivers Bride and Groom Woburn Sculpture Gallery 11th June 2016


“We worked with Cheryl and John of Ariella Strings at our church wedding and reception at Luton Hoo. We chose them for their sterling reputation, known musical passion and skill, and because they are widely known to be of the utmost professionalism and diligence in nature, and exceptionally easy to work with.
We discussed our ideas with John and Cheryl, who created a tailored, interactive musical experience (wedding, reception, dinner) that really helped tell the tale of my wife’s and my journey together. They are incredibly talented, creative and an absolute pleasure to work with, and spend hours making sure the music is “just so”.
Our wedding included a very diverse mix of attendees, numerous vendors across a large landscape, multiple moving parties, and Cheryl and John easily navigated across vendors and locations with aplomb. They were exceptionally well-prepared, focused, partnered with our other vendors, and took particular care of personal and cultural sensitivities, blending into the wedding party seamlessly.
Should anyone be considering musicians of the highest order at Luton Hoo or other, then I cannot recommend them highly enough. We’ve had so many comments on them both and they truly made our wedding special.”

Mr and Mrs C Tye Bride and Groom Holy Family Church and  Luton Hoo Hotel 2nd July 2016

“Ariella Strings performed for us at our wedding at Stowe House in July 2016, and became a central part of our afternoon. While we were searching for bands, some groups we spoke to were very prescriptive with the set they were willing to play, whereas Ariella Strings were hugely accommodating in letting us choose a list of songs that we wanted from their extensive playlist – even stretching to their brilliant Jukebox Live idea, where guests can request tracks from the list we’d provided. This was a huge hit with our guests (to the point they didn’t want to come in for food!).  John and Cheryl were absolutely lovely to deal with while preparing for our big day, and excellent musicians too. We were having our photos taken for the majority of time Ariella Strings were playing, but it was clear all of our guests thoroughly enjoyed it – especially my three year old niece who requested “Let It Go” as often as she could!

Four months on from the wedding, our friends still mention Ariella Strings whenever we reminisce about the day. We’re hoping one of them takes our recommendation soon, so we can enjoy them fully without being bothered by a photographer!

Mr and Mrs A Craig Bride and Groom Stowe House 30th July 2016

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Ariella Strings are the ultimate professionals. They are always punctual, smart, and have a real focus on customer satisfaction. They deliver an ensemble of the highest quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for weddings/corporate or social occasions.

Samantha Bertho (Corporate Sales Manager at Woburn Enterprises Limited)

To all at Ariella Strings
Thank you so much for making our special day beautifully musical
love Viki and Matt

Viki and Matt, Bride and Groom – Kelmarsh Hall 19th March 2016

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Ariella Strings performed at Chacombe Park at the launch of the care home’s significant refurbishment program. Many of the residents and visitors have given a lot of feedback saying how much they enjoyed the delights of listening to Ariella Strings. Thank you Ariella Strings for being, not only amazing and professional, but choosing absolutely the right music and delivering to our clientele’s expectations.  Thanks again Cheryl for your fab service at such short service.

“high class and a fine quality of service”

Sally Matthews, Home Service Advisor,  Barchester Care Home 20th May 2016

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Cheryl and John, Jeff and I would like to say a huge thank you for your part in our wedding ceremony. From the moment we started planning our wedding, I knew exactly what music I wanted to walk down the aisle to; Pachelbel’s Canon. I had imagined my walk down the aisle over and over again and on the day you truly made my dreams come true. Hearing the introductory notes before I started walking gave me spine chills, your talent is breath-taking. Other memories include when we signed the register and I could hear ‘Its all about you’ by Mcfly’ being played. It really made me smile. We would also like to thank you both for learning a new song at such short notice so we could walk back down the aisle together to Jeff’s favourite song ‘ Don’t stop believing’. It was a lovely upbeat piece of music and is another great memory. I should also mention that many of our guests also commented on how talented you both were, and how much they enjoyed your music. One guest described you as ‘the best he has ever heard’. We really can’t thank you enough, best wishes,

Lucy and Jeff, Cathedral Church, Northampton – 9th April 2016.

Dear John, Cheryl and your fellow musicians,

Thank you for such a brilliant performance our wedding – our wedding guests loved it. The service was thoroughly professional and included a phone call from John to ask which tunes we would particularly like to have at our wedding. There were so many classical pieces and modern-day tunes to choose from. To have such wonderful musicians at our wedding really enhanced the occasion and atmosphere.

Thank you, Clay and Jean Johnson Luton Hoo Hotel 19th March 2016


We got the lovely weather, the music played by Ariella Strings really set off the day perfectly. Thank you so much for the way you played the music for Kathryn and my entrance – Walking along the aisle with my beautiful daughter was a very special moment made even more special by your music. A massive thank you to you all!

Steve Downes – Father of the Bride 30th April 2016 Dodmoor House

We were fortunate enough to have the wonderfully talented Ariella Strings play at our daughter’s wedding in March. They were fantastic and sounded wonderful playing as our daughter walked down the aisle. They also played throughout the drinks reception providing fabulous back ground music whilst our guests mingled and chatted.

Many of our guests told us they were a joy to listen to. From the first moment we first met Cheryl and John we knew they were the right people to play for us. They were always professional and listened to what our requirements were and ensured on the day we got exactly what we wanted. Thank you Ariella Strings for being an integral part of our daughters magical wedding day.

Charles and Carol Elliott Pendley Manor 27th March 2016

We booked Cheryl and John’s string duo for an important work event for 30 people.  From the word go they were extremely professional to deal with, always in touch and we didn’t have to worry about any logistics – they had it all under control!  Our guests were thrilled with the music and Cheryl and John added a beautiful atmosphere to our evening with their incredible music – we can’t thank you enough! Kind regards,

Dara O’Sullivan SMBC Aviation Capital 12th May 2016 Luton Hoo Hotel – Corporate Dinner

“I just wanted to get in touch and let you know how grateful we are for you and your teams’ excellent performance at our IMServ Christmas Party. We have received a lot of feedback on what a great night people had and how much they enjoyed the String Trio.

I personally was extremely thankful of your expertise and helpfulness both leading up to and during the event. It helped no end knowing that I need not worry about that part of the entertainment as I was confident you had everything under control. And as for your performance on the night, well, it was second to none. The only problem now is I feel all future events will not be the same if Ariella Strings are not there in some form or another. Rest assured that if in future I have any excuse to hire you and your team again then I will not hesitate to do so.

Gary Chapman IMServ 11th December 2015 – Plum Park Hotel – Christmas Party 


“We just wanted to drop you an email to say a massive thank you for everything you did on our wedding day! Thank you for being so patient with us and so supportive and making adjustments right up until a few days before the Wedding. It was so special having you play at both the church and the venue and we wouldn’t have had it any other way!


Hearing you play while my cousin sang was out of this world and our guests are still talking about it now! It will be cherished family memory forever. You had guests in tears with my entrance song and everyone smiling to our exit song- thank you for creating that piece for us! We cannot thank and recommend you enough!” Thank you again

Ashleigh and Michael 19th September 2015 Cooling Castle Barn  – wedding ceremony and drinks reception

“I saw Ariella Strings perform at a wedding a few years ago at a hotel I worked in, and it was love at first sight. I knew I had to have you involved in my wedding somehow, whenever that day would be! So when it came to us setting our date, you were among the very first bookings we made, along with our venue.
Cheryl and John, you have been an absolute dream to work with. Your personalities and love for what you do shines through in every song you play. You were such a special and personal part of our day and our guests continue to rave about you, as do we. We will look for any excuse to book you in the future.”

Lucy and Rob Galloway 21st August 2015 Luton Hoo Hotel – wedding ceremony and drinks reception

“It has been a pleasure working with you Cheryl and your fellow Ariella Strings members. As you can imagine when booking a corporate event, there is a feeling of juggling many things at the same time. The service from you, from beginning to end, has been faultless.  Prompt responses to all of my emails to confirm our booking and music choices were gratefully received.

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Our drinks event and the whole evening was helped immensely with the quartet playing so beautifully. Seated alongside us all standing in close proximity to you allowed us to listen but still allowing our guests to talk and mingle in a relaxed and calm atmosphere.  Which is just what we wanted to achieve. The only thing that I wish I could have done for you was to make the evening air warmer!  I will have no problem in recommending you to anyone wishing to book music accompaniment at any event, and do hope that we have the pleasure to work together in the future.”

Karen Dukes Marketing Co-Ordinator

Barnes Construction 19th September 2015 Trinity Hall, Cambridge – corporate event

” Dear Cheryl   Just a quick letter to thank you so much for the music at Katy and Liam’s wedding on Saturday, it was just perfect. The surroundings and occasion were ideal for a string trio and it added so much to the occasion. We had so many comments about the professionalism of the musicians and the quality of the playing, thank you again.

Jon and Annette Richer 5th September 2015 Dodmoor House – wedding ceremony & drinks reception

” Our experience with Ariella Strings was wonderful – from the moment we initially got in contact with them to after the wedding we couldn’t fault them. They played before & throughout our ceremony, through the drinks reception and provided the music for dinner and added just the right touch of beauty to our wonderful day.  They were very well organised and so helpful during our music meetings – which is just what you need during the hectic planning stages!  All of our guests have complimented us since, on our choice of music for the big day and I will be happily handing out their contact details for all future weddings and events! Thank you for making our wedding everything we imagined it would be and more!”

Mr and Mrs Kerr Wedding 16th May 2015 Woburn Sculpture Gallery – wedding ceremony, drinks reception & wedding breakfast

Dear John and Cheryl
Just to say a big thank you for the part you played in making our day so special. Every aspect of the day was perfect for us and we received many comments about the service and the music performed by Ariella Strings. You were a pleasure to deal with. You just turned up and got on with it which is what you need when we had so much to organise and think of on the day.

Best wishes
Rob and Fab,  Castle Ashby 15th August 2015 – Wedding Blessing

Dear John, Cheryl and your fellow musicians

We just wanted to send you a huge thank you for the wonderful music you provided at our wedding on 3rd July. You contributed a huge amount to making our day so incredibly special and memorable. Neil and I were only sorry we werent able to hear more of your repertoire – so many photos to be taken. Thank you for keeping our guests happy and entertained, Best wishes Emma and Neil Hakes

Emma and Neil Hakes 3rd July 2015 Swiss Gardens – wedding ceremony & drinks reception

Hi John and Cheryl

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for playing at our wedding. The music really added the wow factor to the ceremony and provided great entertainment to our guests during the drinks reception, we had some wonderful feedback. I have to say when I heard the first few bars of ‘She’ from behind the doors, I got a real lump in my throat. It was beautiful.  You helped to make our day even more special, thank you so much. best wishes


Gemma and Wendy Horwood House 28th March 2015 – wedding ceremony & drinks reception

Hi John and Cheryl,
Just wanted to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding on Friday 26th September 2014 at Dodmoor house, it was brilliant, i remember getting ready in the suite before the ceremony and hearing you play it really was very emotional, then during the ceremony and our drinks reception, it gave such a wonderful atmosphere, all our guests loved it!

It was just that bit extra special because you learned 2 new pieces especially for us, fantastic!
We also loved the little charms you gave us for our glasses they are lovely.
We will live off the memories of our day for years to come, we will certainly be recommending you to our family and friends, I gather a family member is already booking you for her wedding next year.
Thank you, thank you,
Kind regards
Gill and John Wilby 26th September 2014  Dodmoor House – wedding ceremony & drinks reception

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Fantastic, professional – well worth every penny to make our wedding celebration complete! Five stars! Thank you for being part of our special day, your music was the icing on cake! Loved having you play and would recommend you to all!

Natalie and Michael Rodgers – Wedding ceremony and drinks reception Duffield House 3rd May 2014


Dear Cheryl I’m just back from my honeymoon, and wanted to take a few minutes to email and say thank you for performing at our wedding.  I can’t even begin to describe how happy we were, the only downside was I only got to hear a few songs!  The Darkness song was amazing, I kept trying to slow Kris down so I could hear more of it!

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Everyone said how amazing it was to have the songs we had, and people are saying it made the service even more fantastic.  I got to head bang to Queen whilst signing the register, who can say that about their wedding day!? It set the tone for a fantastic day, and I’m so happy with how it went! My only regret is that I was so overwhelmed I didn’t get to meet you and thank you in person, so thank you all so much! Thank you!


Emma – Wedding at St Mary’s Church, Clifton Upon Dunsmore 14th March 2014


Barton Hall

Hello Cheryl I hope you are well!

We just wanted to say a big thank you to your trio for playing at our wedding day, it was just beautiful!

The arrangement worked perfectly & everyone loved the reception music too, we had lots of wows :-) We just wish we had more time to listen & enjoy!

Sayle & Martyn – wedding ceremony and drinks reception Barton Hall 1st March 2014

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Fanhams Hall 11th January 2014

“We were so pleased that we chose to book Ariella Strings for our recent wedding at Fanhams Hall. From start to finish it was a really professional arrangement and they helped us so much with the choice of music. As well as their professionalism, it was also a lot of fun to work with them. They certainly added an extra bit of class to our day and delivered exactly what we wanted. Thank you Ariella Strings!”


Sarah and James Warner  – wedding ceremony & drinks reception Fanhams Hall 11th January 2014

Thank you so much for the beautiful music throughout our ceremony and reception.

I have always dreamed of having a string quartet at my wedding, and you made my dreams come true and then some!  As I waited to come down the staircase with my father and heard the quartet begin to play “O Mio Babbino Caro”, it was hard not to burst into tears with happiness!

And the arrangement of “Everlong” was perfect and helped to make the ceremony very much “us”. Please pass along my special thanks to John for that! I’ve attached a few pictures for you — again thank you so much for making our day so special and musically wonderful!

Sarah – Wedding ceremony and drinks reception at Ashmolean Museum 28th December 2013

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Rushton Hall 6/4/13

Spring is now “our song” after you played it so beautifully (first at the MK Dons Wedding Show after we booked you & came to listen to you play and then at our wedding)

It fits perfectly with our April Wedding. You really did make our day – thank you!

Carys and Austin Taylor – Wedding at Rushton Hall 6th April 2013





These are just a small example of the lovely words we have received over the last year from our clients. If you would like to read more examples please open the pdf below:

Testimonials updated 11th August 16