USO String Ensemble – Live String Band | London| UK
The USO String Ensemble set is a unique blend of live strings with a professionally produced soundtrack, creating a lusciously rich soundscape of chillout music for a myriad of events. The USO chill-out set creates a relaxed vibe for informal drinks receptions, or as unobtrusive background music for business networking events. Equally, our chill-out set can gently build in tempo throughout the set if required, gradually encouraging conference delegates or wedding guests from their seats and onto the dance floor. The USO String Ensemble can be booked as an all-female group, dressed in white, if preferred.
The USO String Ensemble is a young, contemporary and diverse string-based ensemble with a groovy twist, DJ and vocals. By adding percussion and bass to the classic string ensemble, they’ve created their own unique blend of strings, beats and bass lines. Soulful arrangements of lush strings and funky rhythms combine to create a fresh, modern and classy sound.
Available in different sizes, USO String Ensemble is ideal for receptions, parties and special events – where live music is required to enhance the occasion. They have an exclusively arranged repertoire of chilled out lounge grooves, contemporary pop and soul, cool jazz and blues, and beautiful classical music. They also undertake special commissions by request.
The USO String Ensemble have recorded and performed alongside many of the music industry’s most high profile and successful artists, including Groove Armada, Jay-Z, Keane, Nitin Sawney, Cliff Richard, Gabrielle, Nightmares On Wax, Robert Miles, Maxi Priest, Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Shola Ama, Kenny Thomas, Steve Brookstein, Paul Potts, Heather Small, Carleen Anderson, Octave One, China Black, Misty Oldland & Denise Pearson from 5 Star. They have also featured in TV and video promotional campaigns for Kylie Minogue, Emma Bunton, Sonique and Annie Lennox.
Exclusive repertoire and versatile sound with classic and beautiful service, followed by an uplifting and fun reception.
Standard Length of Performance:
Maximum 3 x 45 minutes sets.
“I absolutely loved the music last night as did our guests. The orchestra were fantastic, the perfect background to the wonderful setting”.
– Private Client
“USO were great to work with, true professionals and fantastic musicians – my clients were delighted!”.
– Freese Event Management Ltd
“The party we held in Vincy in honour of Lord Weidenfeld’s birthday was a great success, and our guests were amazed by the wonderful music and atmosphere. We really enjoyed hearing you, and we would surely recommend you.”
– Private Client
“I just want to say a huge thank you – USO’s performance was amazing!”
– Tailor-Made Events
“A huge ‘Thank You’ to you and the rest of USO – you were all absolutely fantastic, and we’ve had so many great reports from our guests who all thought you were super! You went over and above all expectations.”
– The Lawn Tennis Association Wimbledon Ball
“I just wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you to you and the USO on the fashion shoot on Wednesday. Thank you for all your help in pulling in a very good-looking group of men. They provided a stunning centrepiece to the shoot. The crew wanted to cry when they started playing in the field at Osterley Park, it was amazing. The director was so pleased, and it was just what she had imagined in her head. I think all the girls want to have them at their weddings to play!”
– Red Magazine
“The band were very well received. They were very nice to work with, were presented very well and 100% met the brief. One delegate said that they played the room very well – started off mellow and then worked them into the mood to go out…(you get me!). I even heard one of the delegates chatting about booking them for her wedding!! I thought they were brilliant.”
– A Little Bird (via Contraband)
“USO were great, they were extremely professional and literally just got on with the rehearsals and the gig itself without needing much input from me at all so I was very grateful for that!”
– Travel Counsellors Ltd (via Contraband)
“The event went really well thank you! USO were brilliant you were so right I was really impressed with them. So impressed that I wanted to talk to you about using them for another event. Thank you so much for suggesting them they were absolutely perfect for what we wanted. You are a star!”
– Euromoney Trading Ltd (via Contraband)
“I was more than happy with all of it…..The band were amazing, and Banbury was great too…..Thanks again for everything- I couldn’t have done it without you!!”
– Incentivise Ltd (via Contraband)
Previous Clients Include:
Gian-Luca Vialli (Chelsea FC) wedding
Alan White (Oasis) wedding
Juliana Ratner (CNN Newsreader) wedding
Peter Andre & Jordan wedding
Cannes Film Festival
‘Nine’ Film Launch
Basel Art Fair
Lord Norman Foster
Gartner Winner’s Circle Gala
USO String Ensemble Set Repertoire:
Les Nuits – Nightmares on Wax
Edge Hill – Groove Armada
Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
Le Mepris: Camille – Georges Delarue
Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene) – Craig Armstrong
Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
Now We Are Free (From ‘Gladiator’) – Hans Zimmer
Clubbed to Death (From ‘The Matrix’) – Robert D
Isolate – Urban Soul Orchestra
Healix – Urban Soul Orchestra
Koyal – Nitin Sawnhey
Leaving Rome – Jo Jo Bennett
Untold Story – Urban Soul Orchestra
Zion – Soul II Soul
Wonderwall – Oasis
Soul of the World – Urban Soul Orchestra
Celebration of Life – Antonio
Revenge of the Jaguar – DJ Rolando
Esperanze – John Kumahara
Moves – Alex Alvarez
Crescendo – Glenn Underground & Urban Ensemble
Outro – The Bucket Heads
Fools Theme – Sir Piers and the Urban Soul Orchestra
A 5th of Beethoven: Saturday Night Fever – Walter Murphy