About us

Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Cairn String Quartet ensembles perform across the world in all settings, from intimate settings to extravagant productions. Scotland’s finest musicians are equally at home soundtracking your perfect wedding day, launching your new product and adding some sparkle to your Corporate Events or adding a visual and audio Wow Factor to a band or artist, in the Studio or on the Arena Stage.

Formed in 2007 whilst busking on the streets of Glasgow, the Cairn String Quartet are graduates of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Specialising in the arrangement and performance of all musical genres, but particularly rock, pop, film and game, the quartet provides a tailored made experience designed to make your event memorable and unique. The String Quartet are the most in demand group in Scotland to soundtrack Weddings and Events, performing all genres of music on classical instruments. Composing their very own string arrangements, as well as collaborating with other Scottish composers and arrangers, has led their playlist to rival no other, over 1500 songs to choose form yourself. Expect Bach to Bowie to Beyonce, Ravel to Radiohead, Mozart to Metallica to Muse, Elgar to Ed Sheeran, Sinatra to Star Wars, Film ,TV and Video Games Themes from Still Game to Zelda!.

Pop and rock princesses at heart, the four ladies are passionate about music, write and arrange their own material performing throughout the UK, Europe and North and South America and North Africa, as well as providing backing strings for over 300 solo artists and bands including Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Frightened Rabbit, Twin Atlantic and Echo and the Bunnymen. The Cairn String Quartet have been orchestrating and touring with Biffy Clyro since their BAFTA award winning performance A Celebration of Endings Live from the Barrowlands in 2020. See our instagram for touring photos and fun.

Equally at home in their wellies as well as their Vivienne Westwoods, Festival appearances for the Cairn String Quartet include Glastonbury, T in the Park and Benicassim whilst Radio and TV Appearances are in abundance.

Cairn String Quartet allow you to choose your own Soundtrack to your event, from start to finish from a huge playlist of approx 1600 songs, mostly covers of your favourite bands.

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.


Kind words

“Just wanted to say thank you sooooo much for the amazing music you provided yesterday at my wedding. Everyone commented on the music so thank you soo much for making the ceremony so special!!”

Alex Cisotto, Ross Priory

“You were absolutely breathtaking and even better than we’d imagined. Everything was perfect, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We have had so many compliments on the music we just had to let you know how happy we were with it and also to let you know that it was an absolute pleasure to work with you. Your customer service and whole approach was fantastic – so friendly and helpful – nothing was too much trouble and your calming and laid back manner was much appreciated”

Mairi and Paul Gordon, Prestonfield

“Thank you all so much for playing yesterday, you sounded beautiful and it really added to the service. It was perfect, thank you so much.”

Julie Dodd, Glasgow City Halls

“You guys were OUTSTANDING, we received so many questions/enquiries and praise for you it was unbelievable, you made such a difference, particularly playing with my friend Jim during the ceremony – even my tough family were weeping! So thanks again – if I can ever think of an event where I need you again I will be on the phone IMMEDIATELY! Truly a fantastic day for us, of which you were a huge part – thanks again.”

Simon and Frances Glen, Gleddoch House

…everyone commented on how beautiful the music was. It was great to hear our favourite pieces of music being played…Thank you so much for making our day perfect.

Cathy, Inchyra Grange Hotel

“I just wanted to say a huge huge thank you for playing at our wedding at Dundas on Sunday 6th November, it was just beautiful. Everyone said how amazing you all played and I have to agree.

Once again, thank you to all of you.”

Sara Seldon, Dundas Castle