To obtain a quote for your event or recording session please call or email Rachel.

Please include the date, address of venue & approximate timings you will need us.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Cellist & Manager:    Rachel Shakespeare
Email Address
Phone Number:    07732 558 397


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Do you play for weddings?

Yes we are extremeley experienced at playing for weddings and have performed at hundreds!

How far in advance do I need to book you?

The sooner the better. Our bookings work on a first come first served basis and we are currently taking bookings up to 2 years in advance.

Before I decide whether to book you, can I come and hear you play?

We list all our public performances on our homepage (here). If you don't spot a local performance, then in the mean time you can watch videos and hear audio clips on our website. Videos are here. Audio clips are here!

What if you are already booked by someone else for our date?

If the timings permit we can play at two events on one day although we prefer not to do this as events have a habit of running over. If the timings do clash, then we will do our very best to call our quartet colleagues and find you a group who are free.

I don’t know anything about classical music but would love a string quartet - can you advise me?

Of course! Rachel is here to guide you through the process. She can talk you through all the options and try and accommodate any special requests.

How much do you charge for over time?

We will always try and be as flexible and accomodating as possible and can offer you an extra 15 minutes of free music if events run late. If the delay is any longer than this, or you decide that you would like us to stay a little longer, we would need additional 'over-time' payment (you will receive more information about this in your invoice).


I have booked you through an agency but am worried that I won't get Leos on the day...

Please feel free to call or send us an email if you are at all unsure about a booking.

How far do you travel?

We have ensembles operating from Manchester, Birmingham and London so can perform almost everywhere in England! Get in touch to find out if your event is withing our working areas.

Are you happy to play outside?

Whenever possible, we prefer to perform inside. The acoustics are more favourable and our instruments are all antiques and sensitive to temperature change & exposure to sunlight. However, if you require us to perform outdoors then most venues will be used to fussy musicians (!) and will have a gazebo, large umbrella or shaded area for us to set up under. If it is raining or too cold then we also cannot perform outside.

Do you play as a Trio or Duo too?

Leos Strings are available to hire as a Quartet, Trio, Duo or even larger ensemble if that is what your event requires. The repertoire lists vary for each ensemble so we recommend you look at these and email us for quotes before deciding which group you would like to book.

Do we need to provide anything for you?

Armless chairs, good light and refreshments if playing for more than 1.5 hours.

How often do you need to take breaks?

We will need a short break of 5 or 10 minutes for every hour of playing. We can be flexible though and are willing to negotiate our breaks around your timetable.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you have to cancel the booking less than 2 months prior to the date of your event you will still be charged half of the agreed fee as we will have had to turn down other bookings. If you have to cancel less thatn 48 hours beforehand, the full amount (minus travel) will be due. Deposits are non-refundable.

What if you are delayed / cannot get to us on the day??

In the event of severe weather conditions it may sometimes not be safe for us to travel. We will always look at every possible option to get us to you and will give you as much notice as we can if we are at all concerned. Under these circumstances should we have to cancel the booking you would not have to pay any of the agreed fee. This has never happened before though!

Do you have liability insurance? Yes. We have public liability insurance with cover up to £10 million.