‘We first saw The Carlton Ensemble at Dimitri’s restaurant in Didsbury a few years ago, and I said if I ever got married then I’d love them to play! And they did! Fay was fantastic to deal with from the start and the ensemble sounded great in our venue, all of our guests commented on the lovely atmosphere it created. We would highly recommend this friendly and professional group, thank you so much!
Amy and Keith Jones x oton School-April 7th, 2018
‘We’ve just got back from Venice – just a quick email to say thank you so much for your beautiful music at our wedding on Saturday! It was absolutely perfect. Keith tells me you were pleased with the ceremony, I hope you had a nice time too!–
Amy & Keith Jones, Bolton School, April 7th, 2018
‘ Just a quick note to say thanx — you were amazing’– Stuart & Paula Monaghan-Eaves Hall, March 18th, 2018
‘We had such a lovely time. You provided everything we wanted for Gretel’s Christening -& the requests were a lovely touch. I think we’ll be booking you again next time–Ben O’Hanlon & Zoe, Ashfield House, February 17th, 2018
’18 years ago (20/11/99) you played ABBA I do , I do, I do and Robbie Williams Angels at our wedding. In the Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall. Glad to see you still going strong as are we! Xx Shelley Beaumont’
To Fay & all at the Carlton Ensemble I can’t thank you enough for your musical contribution toward our wedding day on December 22nd. From meeting you earlier in the year to coming to hear you play @ Olive & Vine several times, you have been the ultimate professionals: talented & passionate & always ready to entertain our ideas & suggestions. You added the magical touch to our wedding & we will always be appreciative. Many thanks– Mr & Mrs Higgins Lauren & Jack Higgins St John’s Worsthorne, December 22nd ,2017
A huge thank you to the Carlton Ensemble for making such a wonderful contribution to our wedding. I can’t emphasise enough how many compliments we have received about how brilliant the music was and how much it added to the atmosphere, both at the Church and the reception. We are also very grateful for the guidance that Fay gave us beforehand regarding the selection of music. It was extremely clear throughout the whole process that they take a tremendous amount of care and pride in their performances, and this really shone through on the day. To anyone who is on the fence about using a quartet at their wedding, I would highly recommend contacting them.
Liam & Ellie Williamson December 16th, 2017 All Saints Carrington & Manchester University Whitworth Hall
‘ It was amazing! You guys are fantastic xxxxxx ❤❤❤
Steph & Orla McHugh, October 14th, 2017 Doubletree Hilton Chester
‘You were the icing on the cake & we couldn’t have asked for a better string group. Our guests thought it was such a nice touch to the wedding–we’ll stay in touch & see you at Olive & Vine, Didsbury’. Love –Clare & Dee, September 15th, 2017, Lowry Centre
‘Craig & Kirstie asked me to pass on their sincere thanks to you & the rest of Carlton Ensemble for helping to make their special day such a memorable occasion. They had a fabulous time & thoroughly enjoyed every single minute. Everyone commented on how beautiful your group played……I can fully understand what you meant about the flute making a difference. We were so happy we went with the quintet rather than the four piece. Thanks again.I will certainly recommend you to anyone else who may be interested or looking for your help for similar events.’
Lots of love-Debra Winstanley Holland Hall, August 25th, 2017
‘Fay & the other members of the Carlton Ensemble were in fantastic form on Saturday evening. Their rendition of old favourites, classical, popular and jazz, was one the the many high points of our big day. They went down so well with our guests, that we asked them to play for an extra hour…which they were kind enough to do!! No wonder the guests were still talking about their performance throughout yesterday (Sunday). Many thanks, guys.’
Jean & Andrew Drummond-Marriott Worsley August 5th, 2017
‘We were so appreciative of your efforts yesterday – you basically provided the perfect soundtrack to the day that we will always remember. A superb job by all the quartet – many many thanks. ‘
All the very best, Richard Weddell, Bury July 15th, 2017
‘You are all truly talented–thank you for playing at our Wedding. You all really made our day — Chelsey & Andrew, Peckforton Hall July 2nd, 2017
`We would just like to thank you all again for playing on our Wedding Day. The music was perfect -exactly what we hoped it would be ! We had so many compliments from our guests & will continue to recommend you in future.’
See you soon Becky, Tom & Olna June 10th, 2017 Clifton Arms, Lytham St Annes
‘Thank you so much for playing at my wedding yesterday, you helped to make my day perfect. Every single guest commented on how fabulous you all were and how the music made the ceremony and reception that little bit more special. Your attention to detail and the way the music was composed was superb. Once again thank you again from a very happy bride. Highly highly recommend Carlton Ensemble x ‘
Lisa & Richard Knowsley Hall May 6th, 2017
‘Thank you all for making the music at the wedding of our daughter truly memorable. We were touched by how enchanting & beautiful the music sounded especially the songs we requested as they are both extremely special & sentimental to our family. You promised that they were lovely but they were more than that – they were perfect. Let us know if you’re uploading “Africa” & “You Have A Friend In Me” to your website–we’d love to hear them again so that we can reminisce . Everyone commented on how your sound added to a beautiful day & we’re delighted you played for us. Hope it’s not too long before we get to hear you all again.
Many thanks and lots of love Julie & Jason Hill Crewe Hall March 11th 2017 xxx
‘We’ve at last got round to sending you these photographs and thanking you for making our Wedding Day so memorable and complete. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, small as it was , your music and presence filled the room with an unforgettable joyous atmosphere.
So much so, that now when l hear a string quartet playing on the TV or radio, I’m immediately taken back to our happy day!! I only wish we had taken a video of some of the day to savour for ever!
Catherine Boradbent-Clifton Arms Lytham, March 2017
“Thank you so much for making our day so special. Everyone had a fab time & thoroughly enjoyed your music – much more in keeping for a wedding than jazz or piano in my eyes! Please thank all your “team”. They were brill. You were right to play through the meal too ! Will recommend you to anyone looking for a string quartet. Thanks again Fay–
Love Sue, Vicky,Gareth oh & also Alan (poor dad father of three girls)–Shrigley Hall -January 27th, 2017
“You really made our day extra special by being here, all our guests were so impressed and I’m sure our wedding will be remembered, thanks again and if at any time we require your talents I will be in contact. Thanks again”
Ryan & Craig Trelawney , Crewe Hall January 22nd, 2017
“Oh Fay, the music was above & beyond what we expected. It made a wonderful celebration even more beautiful. So many guests commented on how well you all played & the atmosphere the music created. My mum &I can’t watch the video of Alex coming into the church without crying at the beautiful music. We can’t thank you enough. I spoke to Alexandra tonight. She is on honeymoon in Capri &she said that everything was perfect and she was the happiest bride ever. xx”
Fiona Cargius, mother of bride Alex, August 5th, 2016, Wrexham Cathedral
“Just the best wedding breakfast entertainment. Everyone singing Bohemian Rhapsody – absolutely hilarious. Our weddings wouldn’t be the same without Carlton Ensemble. Thanks again to you and your fellow artists.”
Paul Sparkes father of bride Charlotte, July 23rd, 2016, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire
“You were perfection–thank you. You were all simply amazing, making it feel so magical in the tent.”
Charlotte & Chris Adams , July 23rd, 2016, Sudeley Castle Gloucestershire.
“Absolutely fabulous Fay. You & Carlton Ensemble are very much a “member” of the Sparkes’s clan now ! You guys & ladies made it ‘extra special’. If you’re still around for my daughters’ wedding, we’ll be having you! Always remembered…..I told you that I’d get them singing Bohemian Rhapsody ! Well done for, as always, a brilliant performance!”
Angela & Gareth Mottram, July 23rd,2016 Sudeley Castle
“Thank you for helping us to achieve exactly the right atmosphere at our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. We were hoping for ambience & something to make the event memorable without being overly intrusive. You struck exactly the right chord.”
Dawn & Tim Sketchley, June 19th, 2016 Yorkshire Sculpture Park
“Thank you Fay & colleagues for the wonderful music at Daniel & Emma’s wedding.You really did help to make the day so memorable & felt like a member of our family. Nothing seemed too much trouble. If anyone wants music for any occasion , Carlton Ensemble’s certainly the group to contact.”
Shirley Wilkinson , May 7th, 2016, Wrightington Hotel & Country Club
“You played beautifully for a very beautiful bride,”
Vicky Watson @ Dan & Emma’s on May 7th , Wrightington Hotel & Country Club
” You were so fabulous.Thank you so much. Xxxx ”
Elise & Simon Stapleton, March 26th, 2016, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
” Our guests & us thought you were fantastic! ”
Lisa & Oliver , January 30th 2016, Malmaison Liverpool
“Thank you for playing at Megan’s wedding on Saturday . Numerous guests said how good you all were & helped make the wedding one of the best they had been to. Your professionalism meant everything went smoothly & the fact you are a string quartet with flute & willing to dress in the colour scheme of the wedding sets you apart from your competitors.
It’s been a pleasure & privilege to have you play for my daughter’s special day & I’m now looking for an excuse to hire you again! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Love & best wishes .”
Karen Coleshill August 22nd, Midland Hotel Manchester
” Thank you so much for last nite at Maria & Roger’s wedding! Loved it ! Brilliant– you made the night! Everyone commented how fab you were!”
Mother of the Bride August 3rd, 2015,The Racquet Club, Liverpool
“When I fulfil my dream to meet & marry Michelle Pfeiffer, I’ll definitely have the Carlton Ensemble back here!”
Father Kevin May 29th, 2015 , Our Lady’s RC Church, Aspull
“Fay, thank you for your kind words & for performing on our special day. Everybody commented on how much they enjoyed it. I’m so sorry I didn’t get chance to say goodbye the day was a whirlwind.”
Lianne & Chris Simms June 20th, 2015, Victoria Hotel Chadderton
” Now the dust has settled, we want to thank you & your ensemble for a wonderful performance. Your music was well appreciated even though the photographer stole your audience for a quite some time ! We hope to see you again some time soon.”
Peter & Margaret Traill May 1st 2015, Sheldrakes Restaurant , Heswall
“Thank you for providing & planning such beautiful music. It made the day extra special & for that , we are eternally grateful. Love & kisses
Alys & Stu, October 4th, 2014 , MOSI.
¬ Hearing you again at our friend’s funeral some months after Susan’s was difficult & yet somehow uplifting. For many, many weeks after it, friends & family members called expressing their pleasure at being part of something special. And special it was thanks to your & the choirmaster’s work. These are sad occasions -so they may as well be sad with a difference ,if you get my meaning. Take care Fay-
Paul Mould– October 2014 & April 2015 , St. Anthony’s Liverpool
” Thank you & your gang for playing at our wedding yesterday. It was a magical day made more special by having you there.
Victoria Fitzsimmons , August 9th, 2014, Radisson Blu, Manchester .
” Thank you for Carlton Ensemble”s beautiful music on Saturday and the fantastic job you did. .I found listening to you whilst waiting for Joanne to arrive very soothing for my nerves! Sorry I didn”t get to say “goodbye” but I was whisked away elsewhere. It was particularly nice of you to move rooms so the guests could enjoy the final minutes of music. All the best for the future.
Andrew Taylor, July 19th, 2014 Hoghton Tower,
” We really appreciated everything you & Stuart played & sang yesterday at Mum”s funeral. Thank you from all of us
Paul, Richard , Claire -not forgetting Sue-our mum … October 8th, 2014, St. Anthony”s RC Church, Liverpool
“Thank you for helping to make last Friday so special. All our guests commented on the music– most of which we missed having our photos taken outside. Thanks again,
Louise & Simon, August 29th, 2014, Hill Bark.
“Thank you for making Sophia and Stephen”s day so special. You are amazing.” .
Ellen Brown , May 10th, 2014, Irish Heritage Centre
You guys were great as always. I didn”t get a chance to say goodbye–I was being dragged in all directions ! See you at the next Serene Sunday at Dimitris x .
Love Scott & Bev Dean , April 4th, 2014, Cheadle House Hotel
“To everyone at Carlton Ensemble, literally everyone”s said how lovely it was listening to you during our ceremony & meal. You made a special day even more special..
Lisa & Rich, February 8th, 2014, Inglewood Manor
“You were friendly, meticulous & knowledgeable & from the outset got stuck into our complicated plans & created beautiful music to accompany our wedding service. I”m so glad we chose you. Thanks Fay for organising such beautiful music for our chapel. I cannot recommend you highly enough. The best thing I ever did was hiring you professonals–Worth every penny. ”
Matt & Grainne Swift – St Charles RC Church, Aigburth, December 30th, 2013
“Thank you so much for yesterday.. So many people commented on your fantastic sound. You really did put the icing on the cake for what was our fanstastic day.”
Mr & Mrs Robinson, March 29th, 2014, Marriott Worsley.
“A huge thank-you for helping make our son”s & daughter-in-law”s wedding day so special. Everyone commented on the beauty of the music and its contribution to the atmosphere. We would definitely recommend the Carlton Ensemble.
We really appreciating your colour co-ordination with the wedding theme too!”
The Armistead Family, Mitton Hall, August 15, 2013
“We”d like to express our gratitude for making our wedding day such a memorable occasion. Your wonderful music really added a touch of class & was thoroughly enjoyed by all of our guests, Thank you very,very much!
With love Maria & Matthew Armistead –Mitton Hall August 15, 2013
“A massive thank you. It truly wouldn”t been the same without you & your memorable music. I still listen to “Gabriel”s Oboe” which you played so beautifully, whenever I can. We”d never have come across were it not for you. Lots of love
Kenny & Christina , July 1st, 2013 Midland Hotel Manchester
“Thank you for helping make last Saturday the happiest day in our lives.” You all sounded beautiful–it was exactly what I wanted & even the registrars commented on your lovely music & how it added something special. Love to all who played for us.”
Gill & Darren, Oaklands Masonic Lodge, Hyde–September 1st, 2012
“We are over the moon The music was absolutely perfect.The pieces you put together for us sounded just beautiful. “Stolen Kiss”, as I walked up to the
bandstand has sentimental value to me. Thank you so much
Laura & Gary, Buxton Pavilion Gardens, June 15th, 2013
“We all thought your playing at Caroline”s & Scott”s wedding was fabulous. I hope I can call on you again in the future for our middle daughter”s wedding–she”s just to find a nice man !!
Thanks for making it such a special day. Love x
Sue Snelson, Deanwater, July 19th, 2013
“We want to re-iterate our enormous thanks for yesterday. The music was absolutely stunning & “The Lark Ascending”in particular was joyous & stunningly beautiful.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Anna & Paul Hutchinson,St Mary”s of the Angels, Bolton-le-Sands, June 1st, 2013
“Thanks for making my day extra special. You were a pleasure to work with from the moment we booked. You carefully planned a detailed list of songs with me for which
I”ve received all round rave reviews from our guests–whom you entertained when I was 45 minutes late !”
Lisa & Simon Ung, Tabley House–May 25th, 2013 .
“Thank you so much for making our wedding perfect. The music was beautiful. Everyone was so impressed & really enjoyed it. I”m so glad I booked you for our wedding !
Cathy & Mark, St David”s Haigh & Rivington Barn-April 13th, 2013
“Thank you for the most amazing performance at our wedding–making it even more perfect. Our day wouldn”t have been the same without you.
Philippa Martin, Bartle Hall–January 2nd, 2013
“I know we”re late-it”s Phil & Amy, the musicians who like to sing along saying a MASSIVE thank you for making our wedding the enjoyable experience we wanted & not a drab affair. Most of our friends are musicians too & were blown away by you.I”m still quite emotional remembering everyone crowded round you singing “Bohemian Rhapsody”–they”ve not stopped talking about you !
& we”re thinking of getting you round to our house to play for us again. You were such fun to work with Fay & we never knew what tune was coming next from Darth Vader to Whiter Shade of Pale, from Pink Panther Oasis! When you ran out exclaiming, “Phil, Phil you were all …….. amazing!” I knew you”d enjoyed yourselves too” which is important for musicians too. Take care xx
The Cains-May 18th, 2012, Statham Lodge
“Thank you for your personal touch & personality. Everyone raved about Carlton Ensemble”s fantastic performance & loved having their requests played. My Dad said you were one of the best parts of the day & kept your details for the future…
Angela & Gareth Mottram– September 2012 Kilhey Court
“Heartfelt thanks for your part in making our day PERFECT. Everyone loved your music & said so. It made our ceremony sophisticated & special–
especially your arrangement of “Fix You”.-And playing little Oli “Scarlet Ribbons” was another magic moment . Sophie had the day of her dreams & you played a part in the achieving of that. Thank you.
Barbara Still, Ferraris–May 2012
“Once again we”re indebted to you & the ensemble.You made our 5th anniversary “bit of a do” a fantastic & memorable occasion. It was an absolute delight & privilege to hear you again.The party will be talked about for some time–not least for your live music. Our guests said: “Absolute class : Friendly , approachable – we never believed they”d play our requests; What a marvellous, magical welcome: They also asked us to forward a token of their appreciation–so expect something in the post! Here”s hoping it”s not another 5 years till we meet again”-
Michael & Martin– July 28th, 2012 Blackburn
“Having the right music really does make the day & after recent sad events, we were all in a bit of a daze. The groom & best man both had a few tears during the speeches–but then the evening became more celebratory. At the airport Sam burst into tears saying it turned out everything she”d ever dreamed of, despite the sadness. Take Care, thanks to everyone–I”ll be in touch when daughter number two finds Mr Right !!.
Hilary Bradbury, Peckforton Castle, August 2012
“A massive thank you for all the hard work that went into planning & playing for our wedding. All the guests said how amazing you were & they loved the colour co=ordinated tops !
Hayley Close, Capesthorne Hall–July 2012
We can”t thank you & your lovely team enough for the music at our wedding & for the time spent with us preparing it. I couldn”t smile wide enough when my cousin told me you found & played her request for “Tainted Love”!
I thought–“Yep-that”s Fay!” I”ll miss you .
xx Laura & Paul,Thornton Manor– May 11th, 2012
We”ve received great compliments on the music–particularly the “Elbow” track. Also a special thank you for entertaining Rabia”s little nephew.”.-
Rabia & Daniel, Arley Hall, May 6th, 2012
We were delighted with your input which helped make it a special day for all of us. Many guests expressed their enjoyment of your music-especially your wide range.
Rick & Shelagh Salt, Midland Hotel– March 2012
Over the last 18 months,the Carlton Ensemble have played at all 3 of our Children”s Weddings-one ceremony & throughout all 3 evening receptions. They were delightful to deal with, efficient & organised.We left many choices of music to them & all were splendid. They made the memorable days complete.
Patricia & Stephen Latimer.Britannia Country Club: Jan 2010–October 2011
I cannot begin to explain how outstanding Carlton Ensemble”s music was-just spectacular. You blew our minds away & I”ve been inundated with compliments about your playing! David says he”ll will never forget your “Gloria”
I LOVED it all & want a house party with you guys present. You were such fun to work with & got the perfect result . Thanks so much
Marie Claire & David..St Mary”s, Bowdon, December 10th 2011
I”ll never forget walking down the aisle to “Kissing You” & taking my time as you said . And in the vestry we had a magical moment after “Dance of the Swans” & “All I ask of you” when Rob & I looked at each other because the music was so perfect & emotional. I enjoyed getting to know you & miss our chats on the phone.. Much love.
Elle & Rob Arley Hall, August 14th, 2011
I”m writing this with tears rolling down my face “listening to Gabriel”s Oboe. You played it so perfectly. Whenever I hear it, it”ll bring back such amazing memories. For that we can”t thank you enough.
love Donna & Mark, Blundells Hill Golf Club July 2011
What can we say? Walking in to “Canon” I couldn”t have felt more special. The moment we got in touch, we knew we”d chosen the right group.Thanks for learning “Sex on Fire”–you did it proud. You & your group were absolutely superb
Clare & Gareth Thomas. Hallmark Hotel June 2011
For Jamie”s Bar Mitzvah, my daughter & I trawled the internet listening to string quartets & “Carlton Ensemble impressed us most of all.
And good as they are, your live recordings at Dimitri”s are nothing in comparison with” hearing the music you play “live” – you totally blew us all away. The sound was amazing & I wouldn”t have changed a thing you did. Jamie was ecstatic about your version of ” Holiday by Green Day. THANK YOU..
Carmella Yaffa ,October 30th, 2011
You sounded fantastic- I wish I could have been a guest to listen to you. The “Italian Job” you arranged espcially for us was lovely.Thank you
Lissie & Gareth , August 4th, 2011 ,East Lodge
You were brilliantly adaptable about the weather & our extra time requirements & provided fantastic music
at our wedding..
Victoria & Andrew Jolley ,Rookery Hall August 27th, 2011
Your music set the tone for a fantastic day & as you know even brought some to tears. We hope you ..
continue making wedding days so special for years to come. Catch you soon in Dimitri”s & we”ll be sure to mention you in our Cheshire Bride wedding article..
love Gavin & Emma , Aug 5th 2011. Shrigley Hall
I wish I could have listened as guests were arriving but I”ll always remember how beautifully you played “Canon” as I walked down the aisle & “Gabriel” as we signed the register. ..
I couldn”t have chosen a better string quartet .
& the flute gives it–something special.
love Natalie & Joseph Dunne..July 30th, 2011 ,St. Annes Church, Wigan
The music was important to us & you really reflected the relaxed feel we wanted for our day. During the signing, your beautiful “Rule the World” gave me goose-bumps. Our guests loved having their requests played & we only wish we could have listened but we had some mingling to do!
Fay, it was a pleasure dealing with you in the run-up to our wedding. You were really receptive to what we wanted & accommodated almost everything we asked for. Thanks so much.
Claire & Craig Burgess xx Midland Hotel May 29th, 2011
Simply wonderful! Carlton Ensemble played at our wedding on December 17th, 2010 & were fantastic making our day even more special. Fay really helped with the choices of music & even scored a piece as a surprise for my new husband.I”d recommend them for any occasion.Many many thanks to the group…
Angela Nickson ,December 2010
Thank you again for the most beautiful & amazing accompaniment to our wedding day yesterday. Our guests noticed you totally “got “us & what we wanted.
It was an absolute joy to get to know you & feel everything was personalised just for us–even the spontaneous Take That singalong during the signing of the register.
Jess & Dean N , Manchester City Art Gallery August 2010
We loved the music you played & you created a wonderful atmosphere.. Thank you Carlton Ensemble for playing so beautifully…July 30th, 2011
Laura & Dave Shaw, Sandbach
A massive thank you for providing the most perfect start to our wedding. All our guests said you were amazing & exactly what we wanted. Love
Becky & Phil, Walton Hall September 2010
“Our guests had nothing but praise for your talent & said your sound gave them goose-bumps with feelings of happiness. There was hardly a dry eye in the ceremony room –including the lovely registrar and even you yourself.
I was probably the only one in control–I had to be considering the expensive make-up I had on!
Thank you Carlton Ensemble-you”re the perfect quintet. Love
Karen & Frank Wood , Nunsmere Hall Sept 2010
Your team are true professionals & amazing to listen to. I understand Singleton Lodge thought you were the best quintet they”ve ever seen & heard at their venue.
Thanks so much for organising & playing so well on our wedding day
Chris & Ash Brown, Singleton Lodge Sept 2010
Thanks Fay & the gang for the music in our ceremony–it was perfect.! After that I admit, took little in but heard grand reports from guests and relatives
Fi Fahey, Adlington Hall April 2011
It was a pleasure to have you there.The music was fantastic. Many guests were surprised to hear modern songs amongst the classical & said they could have listened to you all day long. My hairs stood on end when I heard the Beyonce! Love & thanks for being part of a perfect day
Phil & Josie S. Queensland , Australia..July 2010
It”s the 1st anniversary of our daughter”s wedding & though we phoned you I”m aware we didn”t email you. One year on, the music is still one of ourstrongest memories from “Nothing Else Matters” in the Signing to the “Here Comes the Sun” you arranged for Helen & brought a tear to her eye. We would recommend your totally professional quintet to anyone.
So glad we chose you.
Louis & Diane S. May 2010
Nothing was too much trouble & you even arranged our favourite songs for us. This made our special day even more memorable–one we”ll always remember
Lisa & Rob M. August 2010
Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band for the wonderful playing. From
Stand by Me”-to Bach! everyone loved it..
Chris & Nessy . Sept 3rd, 2010
Thank you for your efforts the in recording our special tune — my 3rd wedding anniversary surprise for Mark. It”s absolutely brilliant & brought a tear to my eye. I can”t wait to see his face when he hears it.
I”m eternally grateful to you all.
Francine M… July 2010
You made our wedding day. When you played my late father”s favourite song “Sunny Side of the Street” I was moved to tears but so happy-my brothers & sisters all knew who it was for & it was a beautiful way to feel him near. Our guests were singing along to you whilst our photographs were being taken outside which made smile & want to run in to enjoy the atmosphere. Thanks to you all. The memories you helped create will last forever.
Paula & Joe.. Bodidris Aug 21st, 2009
A very big thank you to the wonderful Carlton Ensemble for providing the highlight of our Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
Your special arrangement of “Ladies in Lavender” was truly magnificent. We will treasure memories of this occasion forever
Rosa & Les Mallows ..June 2010
My entrance music was truly wonderful last Saturday & everyone loved your rendition of “The Great Esacape” just before! Thank you – worth every penny!
Kylie B .. Thornton Hall, June 2010
Emma & Adrian had no idea we”d hired you & had recorded a CD for their ceremony. Your music so overwhelmed them, it brought tears to their eyes.
All our guests said now you and your repertoire complemented the whole day. Thank you for the beautiful arrangements you played.
Debbie & Ian, Brook Meadow, June 2010
We”re in Oman & didn”t get a chance to say thanks on Sunday. You all did a fantastic job & everyone loved you.
A big thank you-the day went perfect!
Pauline & Tony.. May, 2010
You were wonderful.Thank you very much for everything.I would use you any time I could
Louise, March 21st, 2010
You were our surprise for Debbie & the “icing on the cake”. She was thrilled we”d asked you to play.
It was marvellous walking her down the aisle as she realised where the music was coming from. Your playing
made it a magical occasion. Thank you.
Peter & Pam W… December 21st, 2009.
Your wonderful performance made all the difference at Jonny & Alicia”s wedding last Sunday. I”m so sorry I didn”t come personally before we left. All my London guests were raving about you as they”d never seen or heard anything similar at a chupa. Thank you again– we hope to hear you again.
Carole L.. Feb 2010.
Your music was incredible-you all worked so very hard for us on the day it was magical! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Ginny & Steve Aug 2009.
You & your team of wonderful musicians played absolutely beautifully. Thanks also for your patience & support accompanying our nieces-who really pulled at the heart strings & performed “You Raise Me Up” perfectly !
Rachel & Neil. Manchester
City Art Gallery, March 2009
Thank you for your sensitive & entertaining playing & for standing in at such short notice & rescuing an already stressed out Mum!
Pat Hulme … May 2009
Your presence & your beautiful music made our wedding day so special. Your service was professional & very friendly –just like your welcome to us in your home when we came to choose our music.
love, Mark & Kate W. June 2009
To Fay & the fantastic Carlton Ensemble-thanks for providing just what we wanted at our wedding-
you were absolutely brilliant!
love…Sarah & Mark W. 2009
The driver pulled into a lay-by to put the roof of the wedding car down & we could hear the Carlton playing in the hotel gardens miles away-Our guests thought the music was outstanding. You made us feel very welcome at your house too—we’ll recommend Carlton Ensemble to anyone we possibly can …
Alison Smith August 2008
Your music was fabulous-we”ll recommend you to everyone. Sorry you had to move round the venue so much–but it”ll have kept you fit-lo !
Diane & James B…August 2009
Sorry we weren”t around to hear more but you and your fellow musicians helped make our wedding so superb .Thanks again for your utter professionalism ..love…..
Kate & Stuart July 2009
A massive thank-you. Our surprise came off & Suzy was totally blown away by your music, especially in our church”s acoustics. The guests loved it and it could not have gone better…
Richard Andrew, July 2009
We enjoyed working with you before the wedding & the music turned out exactly as we wanted.So many guests complimented the quality of your playing which most certainly helped make the ceremony so special & the reception at
Knowsley so magical
Marilyn L,May 2009
I”d planned on sending thank-you cards to everyone once we”d returned from our honeymoon but I couldn”t wait that long to thank you.It was just wonderful walking around the grounds & listening to your music in the back” was just like entering the church all over again.
Rob & Sonja October, 2007
We”re just back from honeymoon & I couldn”t wait to tell you how fantastic your musicians were in church. Everyone commented on them especially when they broke into “Singing in the Rain!” Thanks so much for helping make our day even more special.
Sarah A, August 2009.
I hope our paths cross again one day. In the meantime, I wish you lots of love, health & happiness. You made our wedding in the Lake District so perfect. And we had such a laugh – I only regret not asking you all to climb the mountain with me and the guests!
James & Jo, Aug 2008
I‘m still getting over
the surprise of all the congregation singing along to ‘All you need is Love’ & joining in with trombones and , guitars as we walked out –very sneaky of you all but lovely!! It was the highlight of our wedding- & the most fantastic time of our lives. Heather & Co were absolutely brilliant . Gabriel’s Oboe was so wonderful it made me cry & the Harry Potter theme was just classic! Thank you again….
Joe & Robin, December 28th, 2008
The guests all commented how amazing your music sounded in church & you were very patient waiting so long for me. I really hope we have a reason to use you again.
Collette & Dan, 2008
Carlton Ensemble”s beautiful input into our civil ceremony and drinks reception at Manchester Town Hall added something special we could not have got elsewhere.
Tanya & Richard Sept. 2008
Just as I wanted, the music was very emotive & your Canon in D as I walked down the aisle made me feel my fairy-tale wedding had come true. Our guests loved having their requests played-including, I believe, “Teddy Bears” Picnic! Thank you
Sarah & Steve F.October 2008
Your professionalism on the day of our civil partnership was second to none and the music was fantastic–a variety catering for everyone from young to old. Having you there was amazing & we’ll definitely recommend you for any future weddings & family events.
Amanda & Amanda, May 2008
The most memorable part of the day for me was during the meal when all of my friends were singing along to you playing New York New York and it is something I and they will never forget.
Thanks for your fabulous music last Sunday at our daughter”s wedding–I didn”t have time to speak to you at the time. All the guests were delighted by your playing.”
Stephen Clapham…May 2009
Having your beautiful music added something extra to our day. Everyone loved the it & even the registrar made
lovely comments. Thanks all of you.
Janice & Paul..12th December 2008, Samlesbury Hall
You were a pleasure to deal with & we”ll definitely recommend Carlton Ensemble in the future. I just wish we could do it all over again!
Victoria & John Yates.
Hollin Hall 2008
Your music’s wonderful. Your ‘Gabriel”s Oboe’ overwhelmed me from outside the ceremony room and moved my sister-in-law– who‘s not very emotional- to tears…‘Singing In The Rain was spot on given the weather & your arrangement of “Concerning Hobbits” certainly
did not disappoint us ! You offer a professional service, with a friendly and approachable manner. We simply cannot recommend you highly enough & are sure no other quartet would have come close to your standard.
Mike & Cags August 2008
A most sincere “thank you” for all your wonderful & enchanting music, your professionalism & your attention to detail. How fabulous it was having you there to share our very special day . As our future unfolds we will look back & fondly remember the special part you played.”
Michael & Martin 2007
The professionalism of Heather and the ensemble at Kaye’s wedding certainly contributed to the ambience of a fantastic day.”
I would have no hesitation in recommending you
Keith D.August 2008
You were superb. Your music created a most enjoyable & high class ambiance to the reception. Once again “Many many thanks to a whole group of wonderful people.
Paula & Howard Hammond, September 2007
You totally exceeded my expectations- our Irish contingent were impressed with the Irish music you played. Others said the only thing they’d have changed about our wedding was having you play for longer.Thanks once again for such beautiful music
Kristen & Jason 2nd December 2007
The best bit for me was you playng the Godfather as Alex”s Italian cousins entered the Lancaster Room
Sue R 2007 Midland Hotel
“Our guests haven”t stopped talking about you ! You were fantastic – great musicians and very professional to deal with. Our only regret is that we didn”t get to spend more time listening to you.
Rachel Cutler, July 2008
We kept getting whisked away for photos and never got the opportunity to thank you on the day. Your music was amazing. The highlight for most people was the “Star Wars” theme after the ceremony–just perfect.
Ange & Greg May 2007
Carlton Emsemble created exactly the type of ambience we were trying to achieve. The mixture of classical & contemporary music worked so well, the musicians looked wonderful & were extremely professional at all times
Carol & Nick C.
Wow-what a perfect day and thanks for doing exactly what you said you”d do.Lots of people commented on your performance-particularly “Those magnificent men”!
Peter & Paul
You were fantastic! One of my lasting memories will be walking to the Glasshouse hearing a piece from ‘La Traviata’ and feeling so unbelievably happy! I can’t thank you enough and I’m so glad you were part of our special day.
Sonia July 2008
“I”ll never forget walking into the courtyard at Walcot to be greated by such a beautiful sound.
A big thank you to you all for making my mother”s 80th birthday celebration so special. You added an extra dimension to the proceedings, and made an amazing atmosphere. Mummy and daddy and all our guests loved the music you played so beautifully.”
Lorraine June 2008
The rendition of Lark Ascending with the flute playing the violin solo will live with us forever – our daughter loved “Harry Potter”
Your music made our wedding–you were worth every penny.
Emma still gets a warm glow listening to your CD
You make a truly glorious sound and were perfect in the church and the marquee. I do not have any more daughters to give away but if I did we would use you again! I have no hesitation in recommending you to others
Dr. Gareth Morgan, Frodsham
Thanks to you all for your fantastic music. “Star Wars” will always have special meaning for our guests and ourselves .On a personal note, thanks for your kind words on the day
Steve & Lai Haddon
I had a special 30 seconds alone after the ceremony when you played my alltime favourite Gabriel”s Oboe–it was perfect. I”m so glad we found you.
Claire & Richard Evans, Tabley House
I never knew music could make such a difference to a wedding breakfast bu you made us all feel so relaxed–thank you so much.
Mrs Gilhooley, Mere Court Hotel
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I”ll never forget you or your music. The congregation burst into applause after your Rodrigo–it was the most wonderful start to our married life. Thank you.
Nicola Brown, Upholland
You were absolutely fantastic–I knew you”d be from your CD , our conversations and meeting you BUT you surpassed all my expectations. Thanks–I”m looking now need another occasion to celebrate with you all there. “Of all the professionals we”ve hired, you have been the most helpful and attentive
Sue S , Prestwich
The guests loved you all as you could tell when my two aunties got up to dance. Everyone commented what beautiful music you played and how well it complemented Liverpool Town Hall. I hope you liked your ovation at the end — I just wish I could have another wedding to have you all play again.
Kate & Ian, Liverpool
The variety of repertoire both chosen by us and your own impromptu selection at the reception ensured every wedding guest enjoyed the music — the classical & the light. One piece moved a male friend, not given to public shows of emotion, to tears … and my sister in Australia still plays your demo CD . You did more than create the necessary atmosphere–you were a wedding present to us.
We just had to write to thank you for making our special day so memorable. Guests loved your entertainment during the wedding breakfast — especially the Good , Bad & Ugly`– & we”ll be delighted to recommend you wherever we can!!
Your string quartet & flute ensemble made sitting on wooden pews for a couple of hours seem like minutes. Your harmonious sound & thoroughly professional yet personal approach gave us much joy during our church wedding service.
Maureen & Michael P
Carlton Ensemble”s repertoire is amazing, your advice in selecting pieces fantastic, your musicians so talented & pleasant, your outfits spot-on -and my little nephew loved Teddy Bear”s Picnic”. We”ve loved working with you–thank you.
Sarah & Justin
You got my birthday party at Bramall Hall off to such a swing, you set the tone for the evening. I just hope being 40 continues to be such fun.
Your incredibly flexible choice of music set the scene perfectly for my parents golden wedding party. Thanks so much.
See you at our next daughter”s wedding ceremony. You helped turn a joyous event into a memory-filled episode in all our lives. Magic.
Thanks for playing at my wedding ceremony & reception drinks last week–you created just the right atmosphere. It was a beautiful day I”ll always cherish.
Gail & Simon P.
I can”t get over your repertoire & sound. From the moment I walked down the aisle to the “Queen of Sheba”, the music was perfect. During the civil ceremony signing, I paused momentarily to hear Fields of Gold” & completely ignored what the registrar was saying. Bolero–fantastic. Hedwig”s Theme”–thrilled our guests. You”ll Never Walk Alone” had our Liverpool pals raving. Every thank-you speech mentioned you. Somehow, writing can”t get across exactly how the stunning music enhanced our day. Thank you, again.
Donna & Stephen
You had music to suit everyone”s taste. The memory of Star Wars” echoing over the lawns of Peckforton Castle is something we”ll never forget.
Lorraine & Ian
People are still talking about the wonderful light & classical music and show tunes at our wedding.
We received so many compliments on your behalf, it”s been overwhelming. Carlton Ensemble”s fabulous musicianship set the wonderfully happy & informal tone we wanted. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.
Our guests loved your Vivaldi, Queen, Beach Boys & Mozart, the background music during our meal. But most of all, we thought you were fantastic.
Paul & Karen H.
The work Carlton Ensemble”s players put into our wedding day, made our guests feel extremely welcome. Your musical timing for “pass the parcel” to Teddy Bear”s Picnic was impeccable! Much love.
Mark &; Tracy
The ceremony at Manchester University”s Whitworth Hall was truly inspirational & moving. You spent so much time composing & arranging new pieces. We have letters saying people could have listened to your music for hours. What can we say–thank you doesn”t seem enough for giving us something so special.
Malcolm &; Dawn R.
“You helped make Debra & Ben”s wedding day one to remember
The work you put into our wedding made our guests feel extremely welcome
Mark & Tracy D. Cheshire
‘We very much enjoyed your music last evening, the choice was perfect. Thanks to you and the others in the Ensemble for your efforts.’ ..Andrew Lunt, Nutriad , Peckforton Castle, 21st March , 2018
‘It was evident from all the table-banging, clapping & singing & the Colonel coming out to speak to you that you were very much appreciated , ‘
Cpt Cross, REME Wrexham Officers’ Dinner November 26th, 2016
‘Thanks again for making my evening perfect’
Debbie Tams , Swinfen Hall. August 10th 2016
‘Some fantastic performances & an impressive ability to take & perform requests to an extremely high standard. We are now firmly your fans !’
Ged & Eve Wilson-Olive & Vine , September 25th, 2016
‘Thanks for giving up all your time for St. Anne’s Hospice–our 2015 charity. I really enjoyed working with you . Hopefully we’ll do something together again soon .’
Denise Kelly, M & S Handforth Dean , November 19th, 2015
“Thank you all so much. You were all fabulous & Emirates were really pleased with the whole event.”
Caitlin Callaghan, Aviation Marketing Account Manager Manchester Airport, November, 2nd 2015
“Thank you for your performance on Friday at our event for Real Housewives of Cheshire. We really appreciate you working with us on the evening.
Sarah-Jane Whitehead ,Junior Researcher July 24th, 2015
“Just wanted to say thank you again for playing at Our Garden Party at Dutton Court. All our Home owners have said how much they enjoyed it & loved the variety of music played.It really helped make the afternoon a success.We will definitely have you back !!”
Lisa Klieve, July 23rd,2015
Sales, Dutton Court
“Thanks so much for today! I was so impressed with your detailed preparations – down to the coloured tops the musicians woud wear for the occasion.
Our residents & families loved your playing & we greatly appreciated your timing & adapting your playlist to people’s requests.
The atmosphere you created was lovely & really enhanced our official opening of the new communal areas at Heathlands Village. Best wishes.”
Joyce Khan , March 8th, 2015
Marketing Manager The Fed
“Your beautiful, high quality performance & professionalism were a real addition to our night. Your experience & insight were apparent in your ability to adapt your repertoire to the ambience of our event . Thank you & good luck in the future.”
Tom Dennis, Liverpool Dental School, February 28th 2015
“It was lovely having you at Ordsall Hall-. Thanks for the beautiful music you provided. It really helped set the romantic scene for our loved-up couples.
Salford Community Leisure February 22, 2014
” Your interaction with my regulars worked wonders ! One quipped, “Those Carlton Ensemble guys are so good you could”ve served bad food & we “d never even have noticed! ”
MD Prague Spirit Restaurant , Warrington , December 2013
Carlton Ensemble completely hit all the right notes at the Royal Television Society”s Awards North West again.
Classical pieces were interspersed with brilliant arrangements of much loved TV themes. It was a delight to hear spontaneous rounds of applause
during dinner from teams who recognised their “own” theme tunes receiving the Carlton makeover. Truly wonderful
Sophy Jacob PM Royal Television Society NW ,Nov 2011
I know it was all a bit last minute but the feedback was excellent. You looked & sounded fantastic. Let”s hope
it leads to further bookings with us..thanks Jo Walker Club AZ, AstraZenecaFebruary 2013
Carlton Ensemble played at a recent high profile reception we hosted at the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference. They gave our evening a bit of the “wow” factor & even co-ordinated their clothing with our brand.I couildn”t recommend them more highly.
.Louise Douglas Head of Communications The Regenda Group June 2012
Are you playing at Dimitri”s opposite the Hilton again. It”s my partner”s surprise 40th birthday weekend & I wonder if you could play him something. We”ve heard you 3 times & your rendition of “Nothing Else Matters” is utterly amazing.
Joanne B.May 2012
Wow-a bit of Mahler”s First Symphony followed by Teddy Bears” Picnic–that must be a first !
music buff SMART Festival June 2011
Thank you. Your music enhanced our fundraiser & added a definite buzz to the evening. It was good to work with you
Sarah Moise Manchester Jewish Community Care , Sept 2011
You were simply sublime at our Summer Ball on Saturday. Everyone was so impressed with you & I could not ask for
better value for money. You contributed so well to our “Night at the Oscars” both in your superb turn out &
musical selection.. I particularly enjoyed your rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody & wouldn”t hesitate to recommend Carlton Ensemble to any friend for a summer ball, wedding or any other function
Cpt.Matt C Ops Officer 101 BN REME July 2010
We”ve been delighted with the standard of performance Carlton Ensemble has provided for our events.Each time we”ve used them they”ve varied their playlist, style & costume to suit the function. They attend pre-event meetings which are vital to the synergy of the event on the night.
I read a national Brides Magazine article where a bride who”d booked them for her wedding said it was the best investment they made!. I would highly recommend them for any corporate or personal event
Holly Moore.. Event Manager ClubAZ AstraZeneca July 2009
We popped into Dimitri”s for last night”s performance.Really confirmed we”d made the right choice for our big day.Thanks for a lovely evening.
Matt Graveston ..May 1st, 2011
It was GREAT, just what we wanted & we received much positive feedback.We really appreciated you learning theme tunes & having them peppered thru theevening was fun… I think people were listening to hear what was next. It was all really lovely
Sophy Jacob PM Royal Television Society NW.Nov 2010
Thank you for making our Easter Sunday unique,special & wonderful. Everyone loved the music & occasion–let”s do it again !
Nuno Luz.. Dimitri”s, Manchester, April 2010
Saturday”s Awards Ceremony was a wonderful success & your contribution was amazing & well received. We will definitely be using your services again.
Shada Iqbal. Teletech. February 2009
Gratitude& best wishes always-thank you for making our evening so wonderful”..
Salford Uni Podiatry Graduates 2009
You were absolutely brilliant at our cocktail party and really made the evening just perfect.You can rest assured that I will certainly recommend you to my colleagues.
Chris W. at Royal Bank of Scotland December 2007
On behalf of the Senior Management of Royal Bank of Scotland & NatWest Private Banking thank you for the entertainment at our Achievers Event in Manchester which I, together with all our staff, thoroughly enjoyed
Mark F.-Head of Private Banking: February 2008
A really big thank-you for your your group”s efforts at our joint silver wedding family 21st party. I”ve had loads of compliments on my good taste foresight in booking you!
Richard C–July 2009
Thanks you for making William”s 21st such a special occasion & wonderful surprise for him. He was absolutely delighted with your arrangement of his composition. We”ll remember it for a long time. It was great you also stayed on to chat-Martin even managed to fix Will”s flute–he”s thrilled! ….
Dilys T. April 2009
Once again, you didn”t fail to amaze.!My Mum had a wonderful birthday party–which brought back memories of our wedding day. Feedback was excellent–thank you.
Sonja Prescott, April 2009
The Carlton Ensemble has performed at the Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander ~ Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition at the Town Hall, Manchester for the past 10 years, continuing to provide an entertaining format of eclectic tunes. The quintet continues to be an intrinsic element to the success of our event.” As always we received great feedback about the music
Marie Powers & Sonia Johnson at Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander
Thank you for the excellent quality music for our successful Summer Serenade evening at Eaton Park last Wednesday. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves & very complimentary remarks were made about the Carlton Ensemble. I hope you continue to prosper.
John Williams–Chief Executive of B-I-R-D (Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Development) June 2006
For the last seven years the Carlton Ensemble has provided the perfect music for our Unibond Football League lunch. Playing our members” favourite pieces has made the music group very popular with us .
Rob Jenkins -sponsorhip director — Unibond
Thank you for your support–we really appreciated everything you did as it helped to make the night a success. A number of guests commented on how original you were and really enjoying listening to you.
Imperial War Museum North
Many thanks for last evening which was most enjoyable.
Your music lit up the sky!
Denis Maddock, Seddon Homes
Thank you for everything your team did at my Declaration Ceremony. I will never forget that day & you hit just the right note. Everything you did I loved–it was amazing. Thank your team for doing such a good job ably led from the front by you. Many many thanks
Nick W. Bromley-Davenport High Sheriff of Cheshire April 2007
Thank you for making my Civic Dinner such a huge success. Your music was delightful & wonderfully varied in its range & style
Councillor Adrian Lowe,
Mayor of Chorley May 2007
A huge”thank you”for your music during my Valedictory Dinner at the Imperial War Museum North. Your professionalism in both the preparation & on the evening itself” was tremendous. Your repertoire certainly complemented the dinner and achieved everything I was looking for – it was relaxed, informal & yet a tremendously moving occasion for me. “
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE May 2007
I am so pleased that we selected you & would recommend you for anyone wanting to add
that special touch to their celebrations
Tracey McIver at Thomas Higgins & Co
I”m very happy to recommend The Carlton Ensemble. It”s a pleasure to work with a company who obviously care a huge amount about what they do. They”re professional, prompt, experienced, well priced, and, most importantly, talented. What more can you ask for?
Pip Martin, Wine Adventure Ltd
You brought the atrium & exhibitions gallery to life at our Corporate Patrons” Launch. It was, naturssally, hectic on the night but your professionalism helped ensure our first event in the new gallery ran smoothly.”
On behalf of the Officers of the Battalion, I thank you for creating a perfect ambience at our cocktail party. The quality feel and dignified style of your music, from the Handel to the Strauss were perfect for our occasion.
Colonel P. Royal Electrical Engineers (volunteers)
Can I say a huge thank you for such a wonderful performance at the AGM-as always! You not only alway look great in your outfits but you are also true professionals in the way you work & respond to the audience –a joy to work with.
United Utilities Employee Communications Executive
I would like to thank the Carlton Ensemble for your performances at Manchester Airport “s Skyliners” event at Tatton Park. Your selection of music was just right and was appreciated by our guests. You performance really added to our event.
Communications Manager, Manchester Airport plc
Your music at our launch of the Titanic Exhibition at the Science Museum was first rate as always–and it was lovely seeing you all again.
Standing in the next room you sounded so good, I thought it was a recording!
Joe — Cunard
Thanks for playing a part in our Tatton:10 K Run 2006, an event absolutely vital to the charity. I”m relieved your instruments came through unscathed despite the thunder storm and I had great feedback– 3 reviews on Runners World give you a mention.
Andy Wilson National Events Executive, Cancer Research UK
Thanks for your skill, enthusiasm and for giving us “that something extra” for our Silver Wedding Anniversary last Saturday
Sue & Rev Colin Butler
Thank you for making our evening so magical. It was so impressive and the music so delightful, many guests commented on your talent
the Barge family