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**Please see Event Timings section in our General Terms and Conditions of Hire
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General Terms and Conditions
Set out below are our terms and conditions of hire. These are largely dictated by experience and are designed to help make your important event go as smoothly as possible. Please click to confirm you have read and accepted each item.
Event Timings *
Start and end times are crucial, as the quartet sometimes plays other engagements during a day. Please ensure that your timings are as accurate as possible, as changes may not be possible later on. The length of the booking is from when we play our first note to when we play our last, even if we move venues in the middle. We do not charge for setting-up time.
Please let us know if parking is available, and if there are likely to be any problems with loading and unloading equipment
Musical Arrangements *
If you have specific requests which are not already in our repertoire, please make sure we are informed at least a month before the event.
If a piece of music is not commercially available, you can pay to have an arrangement written for you.
Getting the most from your performers
Setting Up *
The minimum set up time is ten minutes; quartet members will usually arrive between twenty and forty minutes before playing commences.
Performance Area *
In order to perform at their most effective, a quartet must sit in a semicircle, so that the first violin and the ‘cello can hear and face each other. As a guide, the playing area needs to be about eleven feet wide and eight feet in depth.
Please ensure that four flat, armless chairs are available (these need to be provided in each location, if you require the quartet to play in different places during the engagement).
Please note that we cannot play in very cold temperatures, very windy conditions, or hot sunshine where there is no shade. Because of the value of our instruments, we cannot play outside with even the slightest hint of rain.
Breaks and Refreshments *
Continuous instrument playing requires great concentration. Please would you arrange for a jug of iced water to be made available to the players. We will happily play engagements of up to one and a half hours without stopping but, for longer engagements, we will take a short break at an appropriate moment, during which we would be ask if you could provide light refreshments, such as a cup of tea and a biscuit. For engagements of three hours or more which span a conventional meal-time, please would you provide soft drinks and some vegetarian sandwiches or other refreshments.
Paying For Your Quartet *
All arrangements, including the date, time and fee for the engagement will be agreed, in writing. A non-refundable deposit (of 20%) is required, at the time of booking, in order to secure the quartet services on that date. The outstanding balance must be paid electronically before the event to The York String Quartet HSBC Sort Code:40-27-33 Account number: 81531271. Please reference the payment with the date of the event.
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The York String Quartet, 9 Barrowby Avenue, Austhorpe, Leeds LS15 8QD
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