Electric String Quartet
Sahara is a unique string quartet based in London and Manchester. They are available to hire for exclusive events, private parties and corporate launches, traveling across the UK and Europe. With are fully customisable music service, why not choose between a traditional performance on acoustic instruments or their high impact show on electric violins.
Sahara is the first group of its kind within the classical crossover genre to combine saxophone with violins to create a unique female violin group with saxophone, rivaling the likes of Vanessa-Mae, Bond and Escala. The combination of electric string instruments and saxophone allows them to switch seamlessly between the classical repertoire of the traditional string quartet with the saxophonist doubling on flute, to the modern string quartet music of today.
As music has developed and the corporate event scene changes Sahara have also developed, with their own DJ Live show perfect for after parties! You couldn’t get more versatile than this talented bunch of female musicians.
Hire Our Electric String Quartet Show
Sahara is famous for its superb crossover take on famous classical music, tangos and pop music. It is the only female violin group of its kind performing a choreographed show with saxophone. Sahara have removed the electric cello from their show to allow more movement and tango style choreography that is not possible on the cello. The electric string show consists of two electric violins and saxophone. Light up LED electric violins are available on request.
The show will take you on a journey from the famous classical music of the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Palladio (most recently made famous by the electric string quartet Escala as seen on Britain’s Got Talent) to finishing the show with their very own single Sahara Tango released on iTunes and their own pop string arrangement of Pharrell Williams’ Happy. The show can be tailored to you, including anything from a short opening show of 5 minutes, a cabaret show of 20 minutes or 45 minute headlining show.
A tailored experience – Soloists, String Trios, Trios & Saxophonists, Traditional Quartets
When hiring our quartet for events it is a popular choice to book their acoustic violin set before their electric string show as a more traditional performance of the string quartet. This allows for an element of surprise when switching to the high impact electric violins.
For a more traditional performance Sahara can be hired as a string trio or string trio with flute / saxophone. They perform a mix of their favourite classical music through to contemporary string quartet music. Sahara arrange all of their own music allowing the quartet to curate music especially for you. Whether it is for an exclusive concert, party or product launch. You can also commission Sahara to arrange music for a loved one or launch and record it for you. Some of the music they have already written and produced can be heard on iTunes.
Sahara’s acoustic option can be hired as a stand alone performance or alongside their electric violin performance or DJ Live show. It should be noted when hiring Sahara’s acoustic set before the electric show that Sahara’s show is a trio and the string quartet will involve the addition of the cello. For smaller events or events abroad we do recommend classical chill out backing tracks for the background music set which allows Sahara’s solo violinist to perform background music and the rest of Sahara join them later for a full quartet show.
Hire The Best String Quartet
Since releasing their first single in 2007, Sahara Tango, this female string group with saxophone has gone from strength to strength. They went on to release their EP on iTunes and continue to write and arrange new music pushing the boundaries of classical and contemporary string music. Here more of their music on Spotify
Sahara perform many concerts and shows in London and worldwide. Their concert series takes the audience from their favourite classical music as they were growing up, finishing with their choreographed show. They rehearse their acoustic string repertoire regularly with the versatility of performing as a string trio with flute. For their choreographed shows Sahara work with their in house production team and choreographers insuring a slick high impact electric show at all times.
The girls success has seen them open the Rugby League Season at DW Stadium in front of 18,000, Perform for the opening of Harvey Nichols in Kuwait, been the face of Walk the Walk for Breast Cancer, open the Harrods Sale and toured worldwide headlining on cruise ships across the world.
When not performing with Sahara the girls can be seen alongside Robbie Williams, Tine Tempah, Rhianna, Plan B, Pink, Michael Buble and Cheryl Cole.
Sahara have so many quartet hire options that it can be overwhelming, that is where we come in! With our unique tailoring service we will put together a fully customised performance for you. Sahara can take you through an entire night of entertainment from live string background music to their full electric violin show, with the after party DJ Live set.
All of our string hire options – Sahara
Solo Violin with classical backing tracks – 30 minute performance on electric violin
Electric String Show – 20 minute show – Two electric violins and saxophone
DJ Live Set – 30 minute performance with DJ – saxophonist improvising alongside DJ
Sahara String Trio (with or without flute / saxophone)
Pre mixed rehearsed DJ set with feature songs or improvising with DJ.
Electric Violin Soloist
Saxophone Electric Violin and Saxophone Duo
For tailored requirements and an accurate representation of how much it will cost to hire our string quartet, please get in touch.
Clients have included
Harvey Nichols Kuwait
Walk the Walk Breast Cancer
Victoria and Albert Museum
”Playing first, glamour is the added extra.” – Classical Music Magazine
”Gorgeous sound, fantastic show, proof positive that you CAN put classical music on in nightclubs.” – Jake Evans, Last Days of Decadence
”Hugely talented and great fun. These talented young musicians deserve encouragement and support.” – Sir Colin Davis, Conductor
”I have attended two concerts by Electric Strings and have found them a joy to listen to and to watch. Sarah also played, with the quartet a number of her own compositions, which added to the pleasure.” – Peter Bowles, Actor
”We were very impressed indeed with their innovative approach to music making and presentation. This is a unique ensemble full of ideas and a healthy appetite for experiment. They fully deserve to find a natural outlet for their talent and we wish them every success for their careers in music.” – Martyn Jones , Martin Musical Scholarship Fund
”Thank you so much for providing such fantastic musicians last night. The girls were incredible and the feedback that we had from our clients on their music was brilliant. The music was absolutely perfect for the venue and the event and we were thrilled with them. I had lots of great comments about the music at last week’s event everyone was really delighted!” – National Gallery Event Organiser, London
”The sound at Wigan Rugby League game was fantastic” – M Sherburn
”A brilliant performance by Sahara before Wigan v Huddersfield.” – Simon Driscoll Enquiry