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The Cairn String Quartet



  • String quartet taking classical music into the 21st century.
  • From Bach to Beyonce, Mozart to Metallica, Sinatra to Snow Patrol
  • Specialise in tailor made weddings, events and stage performances
  • Packages include free arrangement and mp3 recording of any song of your choice.
  • Discounted rates for less than 1 hour travel from Glasgow


Based in Glasgow but play regularly throughout Scotland and across the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • Charge on an hourly rate, dependant on your needs

About this Act

The Cairn String Quartet are taking classical music into the 21st Century! Formed in 2007, Cairn String Quartet has become one of the most respected and sought after ensembles in the Scottish music industry, performing across the UK and Europe in all settings, from intimate gatherings to extravagant products. They are equally at home playing for weddings and corporate events as they are on the concert stage.

The twelve musicians that form the Cairn String Quartet are all talented, classically trained graduates from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now RCS) who have played together for many years, appearing in large scale productions in venues across the UK; in small private gatherings, alongside other musicians including singers and pipers, or performing on stage together as a twelve piece ensemble in festivals around the country.

Specialising in the arrangement and performance of all genres, but particularly rock and pop, the quartet has performed with some of the biggest stars of the music industry as well as emerging talents currently storming the Scottish music scene. Previous performances include the 2011 MOBO Awards with Professor Green and Emeli Sande, a UK tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, and for the 10th Anniversary of Holyrood, attended by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Corporate clients have included Forth Radio, Glasgow Lord Provost, Scottish Government, Chevron and

Cairn String Quartet’s unrivalled and vast playlist is sure to cover your every need. Glide down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon, swing along to Sinatra, or rock out to Guns ‘n’ Roses at your reception.

Not on the playlist? Cairn String Quartet work alongside RSAMD composer Richard Bett to create personal arrangements of any song you would like to be performed by the string quartet.

Having a large event? Cairn String Quartet can provide full amplification, as well as specialised lighting to give your electric quartet that extra oomph.

Cairn String Quartet have always taken pride in their efficient and personal customer service, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding any event. They regularly hold showcases and other public events, where you can see us live, make requests and ask us any questions you may have.

*Discounted rates for less than 1 hour travel from Glasgow*

Set List

Pop selection

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
I Do, I Do, I Do - Abba
Waterloo - Abba
Wild Horses - Alicia Keys
The Shy Retirer - Arab Strap
Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monleys
Teddy Picker - Arctic Monkeys
The Shining - Badly Drawn Boy
My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
Selection of The Beatles - see below
Stand by Me - Ben E. King
All the Single Ladies/Put a Ring on It - Beyonce
Many of Horror - Biffy Clyro
Mountains - Biffy Clyro
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley
I gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Toxic - Britney Spears
Atomic - Blondie
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Just the Way you Are - Bruno Mars
Everything - Micheal Buble
This Guy's in Love with You - Burt Bacharach
Black is the Colour - Cara Dillon
Feels like Home - Chantal Kreviazuk
Carwash - Christina Aguilera
Clocks - Coldplay
In my Place - Coldplay
Shiver - Coldplay
Yellow - Coldplay
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
What Can I Do - The Corrs
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
The Blower's Daughter - Damian Rice
Tell Her This - Del Amitri
Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
Catch the Wind - Donovan
Grace - The Dubliners
I Only Want to be with You - Dusty Springfield
One Day like This - Elbow
Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
Carla Etude - Elton John
Your Song - Elton John
She - Elvis Costello
Hound Dog - Elvis
The Wonder of You - Elvis
Love me Tender - Elvis
Orinoco Flow - Enya
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Time after Time - Eva Cassidy
Let It Be Me - The Everley Brothers
Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
You can Go your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Cosmic Love - Florence and the Machine
You Got the Love -Florence and the Machine
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Big Me - Foo Fighters
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
Whistle for the Choir - Frattellis
Love Machine - Girls Aloud
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Sweet Child of Mine - Guns n Roses
Caravan of Love - House Martins
Better Together - Jack Johnson
What the World Needs now, Is Love - Jackie de Shannon
(You're Love is Lifting Me) Higher and higher - Jackie Wilson
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Empire State of Mind - Jay Z
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
Honey and the Moon - Joseph Arthur
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzales
Don't Stop Believing - Journey/Glee
February Song - Josh Groban
Awake - Josh Groban
You are Loved (Don't Give Up) - Josh Groban
You Raise me Up - Josh Groban
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
My Love - Justin Timberlake
I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
All the Things that I have Done -The Killers
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
There she Goes - The La's
A Moment Like This - Leona Lewis
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Numb - Linkin Park
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
It Must be Love - Madness
A Week Off - Malcolm Middleton
Stop Me - Mark Ronson
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Everything - Micheal Buble
Billy Jean - Micheal Jackson
Earth Song - Micheal Jackson
Thriller - Micheal Jackson
You are not Alone - Micheal Jackson
Sigh no More - Mumford and Sons
The Cave - Mumford and Sons
Feeling Good - Muse
Hysteria - Muse
Here Comes the Sun - Nina Simone version
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
She is Love - Oasis
Whatever - Oasis
Wonderwall - Oasis
Throw the Coins - Patrick Doyle
From New York to LA - Patsy Gallant
Pencil Full of Lead - Paolo Nutini
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Paul Simon
Feelin Groovy - Paul Simon
English Rose - Paul Weller
You Do Something to Me - Paul Weller
Book of Love - Peter Gabriel
Glorybox - Portishead
Raspberry Beret - Prince
Life with You - The Proclaimers
Sunshine on Leith - The Proclaimers
Disco 2000 - Pulp
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Don't Stop me Now - Queen
You're my Best Friend -Queen
Bicycle Race - Queen
Crazy Little thing Called Love - Queen
Nice Dream - Radiohead
Baby I Love You - The Ramones
Can I Stay - Ray la Montagne
You are the Best Thing - Ray la Montagne
Hard to Concentrate - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Us - Regina Spector
Nightswimming - REM
Love the Way you Lie - Rihanna
Children - Robert Miles
Angels - Robbie Williams
I Wish I was a Punk Rocker - Sandi Thom
Kiss from a Rose - Seal
Hoppipola - Sigur Ros
Tonight Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Run - Snow Patrol
2 become 1 - Spice Girls
Fields of Gold - Sting
Godspeed you, Black Empire - Storm
Here Come the Girls - Sugababes
A Million Love Songs - Take That
Greatest Day - Take That
Rule the World - Take That
Baby Lee - Teenage Fanclub
Dreaming of You - The Coral
There's a Light that Never Goes Out - The Smiths
Under the Cover of Darkness - The Strokes
My Girl - The Temptations
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Buddy Holly - Weezer
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
I look to you - Whitney Houston
Love Reign Over Me - The Who
Simply the Best - Tina Turner
All I Want is You - U2
Beautiful Day - U2
City of Blinding Lights - U2
With or Without You - U2
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Colorful - Vervepipe
Can't Help Falling in Love - Weiss
You Raise me Up - Westlife
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Love Reign O'er Me -
All Time Love - Will Young
70s Medley - I Will Survive, Funky Town, Disco Inferno, Teenage Kicks, Say a Little Prayer
THE BEATLES - Eleanor Rigby - Lennon McCartney
When I'm 64 - Lennon McCartney
Here Comes the Sun - Lennon McCartney
All you Need is Love - Lennon McCartney
Medley - She loves You, I wanna Hold your Hand, Here Comes the Sun and All you Need is Love
Till there was You - Lennon McCartney
Imagine - Lennon McCartney
Lady Madonna - Lennon McCartney
Hello Goodbye - Lennon McCartney
Eight Days a Week - Lennon McCartney
I Feel Fine - Lennon/McCartney
Michelle - Lennon / McCartney
Norwegian Wood - Lennon/ McCartney
Strawberry Fields Forever - Lennon/ McCartney
A Hard Days Night - Lennon / McCartney
And I Love Her - Lennon/ McCartney
Paperback Writer - Lennon / McCartney
Hey Jude - Lennon McCartney
Yesterday - Lennon McCartney
Get Back - Lennon McCartney
Good Day Sunshine - Lennon McCartney
James Bond Theme
Nobody Does it Better
Live and let Die
Diamonds are Forever
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard (from the film ‘Once')
The Next Place - Meet Joe Black
Rule the World - Stardust
Themes from Amelie
Hello Dolly
Theme from Requiem for a Dream
Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone
Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone
Chi Mai - Ennio Morricone
The Kiss - Last of the Mohicans
In Dreams - From Lord of the Rings
PM's Love Theme - Love Actually
All You Need is Love - Love Actually
Glasgow Love Theme - Love Actually
Going the Distance - Bill Conti - Rocky
Eye of the Tiger - Rocky
The Ice Dance - Edward Scissor Hands - Danny Elfman
Cavantina - The Deer Hunter
Forest Gump Suite
Flashdance - Irene Cara
Kissing You - Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet - Desiree
Balcony Scene - Romeo and Juliet - Craig Armstrong
Your Song - Moulen Rouge version
A Whole New World - Disney's Aladdin
Tale as Old as Time - Disney's Beauty and the Beast
The Bare Necessities from Disney's The Jungle Book
Married Life from Disney's Up
Breaking Free - High School Musical
Unchained Melody - Alex North (Theme from Ghost)
Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating into Space - Spiritualised - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Chapel of Love - Four Weddings and a Funeral
Everything I Do, I Do It For You - Micheal Kamen from ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'
Say a Little Prayer - Dione Warwick from My Best Friend's Wedding
Theme from Jurassic Park - John Williams
My Heart Will Go On - James Horner from "Titanic"
Throw the coins - Patrick Doyle from Sense and Sensibility
Theme from Superman
Theme from Schindler's List - John Williams
Theme from Star Wars - John Williams
Kissing in the Rain from Great Expectations
Nothing is Gonna Stop us Now - from Mannequin
Theme from the West Wing
Theme from Battlestar Gallactica
Theme from Local Hero
Theme from Dr Who
Theme from Fawlty Towers
Theme from Black Adder
Selection of music from games Final Fantasy IV Prelude
Secret of Mana – Fear of the Heavens
Chrono Trigger – Peaceful Days
Legend of Zelda – Gerudo Valley
Suikoden II – a Peaceful Mountain Village
Actraiser – Symphonic Suite – Birth of the People / Offering
Earthbound – Pollyanna / Sound Stone Themes
Final Fantasy VI – Celes Theme
Legend of Zelda – Hyrule Symphony – Legend of Zelda Medley
Portal – Still Alive
Wedding Ceremony Favourites

Canon - Pachelbel
For the Love of a Princess/ The Secret Wedding - Braveheart
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Wedding March - Wagner (Here Comes the Bride)
Largo - Handel
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Traumerai - Schumann
Air on a G String - Bach
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Hornpipe from Water Music - Handel
Fanfare - Lemmens
Tuba Tune
Ave Maria - Schubert
Panis Angelicus
Hymns available on request
Something A little Different
Here Come the Girls turning into Canon
Mendelssohn Wedding March turning into Another One Bites the Dust
Mendelssohn Wedding March turning into All you Need is Love
Mendelssohn Wedding March turning into Star Wars
Mendelssohn Wedding March into Thunder Road
All you Need is Love
Glasgow Love Theme
One Day like This - Elbow
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Jazz, Rags and Tangos

Fly me to the Moon - Bart Howard
This Guy's in Love with you - Burt Bacharach
Can't take my Eyes off of You - Frankie Valli
Moondance - Van Morrison
Somewhere Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
Till There was You - Lennon McCartney
Feelin' Good - Nina Simone
Just the Way you Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Moon River - Mancini
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen
That's Amore - Dean Martin
Sway - Michael Buble
Copacobana - Barry Manilow
Dream a little Dream - Mamas and Papas
Country Club - Joplin
Paragon Rag - Joplin
New Rag - Joplin
The Entertainer - Joplin
Rag Time Dance - Joplin
Easy Winners - Joplin
Making Whopee - Donald Son
Lets do It - Cole Porter
Anything Goes - Cole Porter
Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin
I Got Rhythm - Gershwin
You Can't Take That Away from Me - Gershwin
God Bless the Child - Billie Halliday
Chicago - Theme from the Musical
Summertime - Gershwin
La Comparisita - Rodriguez
Tango pour una Cabeza - Gardel
Tango Albeniz - Albeniz
My Funny Valentine - Richard Rogers
The Folks who live on the Hill - Kerns
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington
Moonlight in Vermont - Suessdorf
Take the A Train - Billie Strayhorn
The Girl from Ipanema - Antonio Jobim
Chelsea Bridge - Billie Strayhorn

Spring - Vivaldi
Largo from Winter - Vivaldi
Pavane - Faure
Intermezzo - Mascagni
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
Divertimento I in D Major - Mozart
Divertimento II in Bb Major - Mozart
Divertimento II in F Major - Mozart
Selection of Mozart and Haydn quartets
Largo from the New World Symphony - Dvorak
Intermezzo from Aranjuez Guitar Concerto - Rodriguez
Brandenburg III - Bach
Chanson de Matin - Elgar
Chanson de Nuit - Elgar
Salut d'Amour - Elgar
Adagietto from 5th Symphony (theme from ‘Death in Venice') - Mahler
Theme from Jupiter ( I vow to thee my country) - Holst
Time to Say Goodbye
Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes
Gabriel's Oboe - from the film the Mission - Ennio Morricone
Two Rondeau from Abdelazar and the Fairy Queen - Purcell
Finiculi Finicula - Denza
O Sole Mio - Di Capua
Palladio - Karl Jenkins
A Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter
Romanze - Shostakovich
St Paul's Suite - Holst
2 Waltzes - Dvorak
Thunder and Lightning Polka - Strauss
Tales of Vienna Woods - Strauss
Roses of the South - Strauss
Blue Danube Waltz - Strauss
Radetzsky March - Strauss
The Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet Overture - Tchaikovsky
Czardas - Monti
Fantasia on Greensleeves - Vaughn Williams
Can Can - Offenbach
First Polovtsian Dance - Borodin
Andantino from the Forces of Destiny - Verdi
Golliwog's Cake Walk - Debussy
Humoresque - Dvorak
Norwegian Dance no.2 - Grieg
Traditional Scottish and Irish

Secret Wedding from ‘Braveheart'
Black is the Colour
The Dark Island
The Loansome Boatman
Loch Lomond
Cumbrae Cottage - Eric Rice
Peter's Reels - Eric Rice
The Maaker Speaks - Eric Rice
Martyn's Dwaam - Eric Rice
Run Do - Eric Rice
The Glen Clova Road Race - Eric Rice
An Air for Phil Cunningham - Eric Rice
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Flower of the Quern
Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
Marie's Wedding
Coming Thro the Rye
Skye Boat Song
Ae Fond Kiss
Wild Mountain Thyme/ Will you go Lassie, go
Ashokan Farewell
Highland Cathedral
Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Nicht Musik -McMozart
Irish Sherry Suite - Thorp
It's a Long Way from Clare to Here
Danny Boy
Brian Boru March
The Gael/ The Kiss - Last of the Mohicans
Selection of Irish Fiddle Tunes - A Lovely Lass, Nothing Can Sadden Us, The Quiet Sailing Waters, The Green Glen, The Foggy Dew, With Spirit
Opera, Ballet, Musical

Habanera from Carmen - Bizet
Prelude to Carmen - Bizet
Meditation from Thais - Massenet
Nessun Dorma from Turandot - Puccini
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann - Offenbach
Three Little Maids from School from the Mikado - Gilbert and Sullivan
Non Piu Andrai from the Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
The Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Cygnets -Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers - Tchaikovsky
Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music - Sondheim
Broadway Tonight - a Medley
I don't Know How to Love Him - Jesus Christ Superstar - Lloyd Webber
Somewhere from West Side Story - Bernstein
All I Ask of You and
Music of the Night from ‘Phantom of the Opera' - Lloyd Weber
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables - Les Miserables
Somewhere and Tonight - West Side Story - Bernstein
If I were a Rich Man - Fiddler on the Roof
Christmas Playlist

Fairytale in New York - The Pogues
Oh I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday – Wizard
Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
Do They Know it’s Christmas – Band Aid
All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
Angels – Robbie Williams
The Snowman – Howard Blake
White Christmas – Irving Berlin
Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
And a selection of hymns including
12 Days of Christmas – Traditional
Away in a Manger – Traditional
Deck the Hall – Traditional
Jingle Bells - Traditional
Once in Royal David’s City – Traditional
Adeste Fideles (Oh come all ye Faithful)
Silent Night – Traditional
We Three Kings - Traditional
We wish you a Merry Christmas - Traditional
In the Bleak Mid Winter – Traditional
Hark the Herald Angels Song – Traditional
The First Noel - Traditional
Trio Playlist

Divertimento no.1 - Mozart
Three Divertimenti - Haydn
Three Fantasies - Purcell
Waltz in Ab - Brahms
O Mio Bambino Caro - Puccini
Revirado - Piazzola
Canon - Pachelbel
Largo - Handel
Gabriel's Oboe Theme from the Mission - Ennio Morricone
Six Tangos - William Ryden
Fly me to the Moon - Bart Howard
Just the Way you Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Can't take my Eyes off You -
The Girl from Ipanema - Jobim
Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffanys - Mancini
You are so Beautiful - Joe Cocker
Nights in White Satin - Justin Hayward
Eleanor Rigby - Lennon/McCartney
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
We've only just Begun - The Carpenters
Close to You - The Carpenters
You Raise me Up - Westlife
All you need is Love - Lennon/McCartney
Angels - Robbie Williams
Can't Help Falling in Love - Weiss
Ae Fond Kss - Burns
My Love is like a red red rose - Burns
Will you go Lasiie Go - Trad
Ashokan Farewell - Trad
Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Nicht Music - Prof Teddy Bor
Highland Cathedral - Trad
Cumbrae Cottage - Eric Rice
Loch Lomond - arr Eric Rice
Siman tov u Mazel Tov - trad


  • This quartet consist of 2 violins, viola and cello.


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