From Midsummer Music - the music people
The Midsummer Music Agency presents to you over 1000 live bands located throughout the UK. So no matter where your venue, you can hire a band through us that is based in your area. We cover all genres, be it a Jazz Band or a String Quartet, a Ceilidh Band or Barn Dance Band or Covers and Party Band, so you are almost sure to find a band on our site that appeals to you. Here is a short summary of what Midsummer Music has to offer:
Finding a Wedding Band to hire can be a time consuming part of your wedding arrangements, so we present live bands to you in an easy to browse format. Search by county to find local bands and wedding bands in the UK who perform in your area. We include descriptions, photos and importantly, music samples so that you can decide whether you like their style of playing. Some bands have videos too.
The main difference between booking bands for weddings and hiring a live band for a party or anniversary celebration, is that your budget is likely to be lower. Thus a jazz trio or jazz pianist may be more appropriate than a 6 piece jazz band; a 3 piece Ceilidh Band (including the caller) will be less costly than a the complete 5 piece Barn Dance Band. This is even more the case with Function Bands or Covers Bands, where a Covers Duo with backing tracks may be a fraction of the cost of a seven piece Tribute Band. Our pages of bands available in each town or county give price indications for that location, so it is worth spending some time browsing our site.
The term Jazz Band covers anything from a Trad Band, through a Swing Band to modern and lounge jazz. So if you are looking for a jazz band for a wedding or party, considering the diversity of styles, it is well worth browsing the Jazz section of our website. Selecting Jazz Bands in the dropdown box will show you some of the larger line-ups of the jazz bands available for hire. Selecting jazz guitarists, jazz pianists or other line-ups reduces the selection to jazz trios, jazz duos etc.
People are often confused at the difference between a Ceilidh dance and Barn dance. The truth is they are basically the same thing. They both have a caller who teaches the dancers and the band will play traditional folk music to dance to.
Ceilidh is the Celtic terminology, so this would tend to cover Scottish Ceilidh Bands and Irish Ceili Bands. (Notice the different spelling. Other versions are Caleigh, Kaley, kaylee, kayleigh etc. so you can't really spell it wrong!) The bands would tend to play Celtic folk tunes.
Barn Dance tends to be the English and American terminology, where English or American folk tunes would be played. However, many of the dances are common to both a Ceilidh dance or a Barn dance.
Many bands perform a range of music and dance that spans all styles. This is particularly suitable for a wedding Ceilidh or birthday barn dance, where all musical tastes have to be catered for. For an Irish St Patricks night, or a Scottish Burns night, then a specialist band would be more appropriate.
Classical and light music ensembles are usually booked for the wedding ceremony, drinks reception and sometimes the meal. All these ensembles can play the well known wedding music repertoire, but have different characteristics.
A wedding String Quartet is probably the most flexible ensemble. They can play the full wedding repertoire in full four part harmony (so it sounds complete), but they can also play music from the shows, light jazz and some String Quartets also play arrangements of pop covers. They are also able to move location quickly and easily, so starting off in one room to greet wedding guests, moving to play for the civil ceremony in another room, then moving outside (weather permitting) to play for the drinks reception, can all be accommodated.
A wedding harpist is a strong favourite. As well as sounding magical the harp and harpist form a beautiful focal point that can be taken advantage of by your wedding photographer. Consider though, that a harp can not be moved quickly, so they need to stay in just one or two locations. They also produce less volume than a string quartet, so consider how many guests you are likely to have at yourwedding reception.
Pianists and guitarists are lower cost options suitable for wedding receptions with a small number of guests (they have less volume than a string quartet, so don't forget that wedding receptions tend to have a lot of chatter).
If yours is a church wedding, then all classical ensembles are suitable, especially as the acoustics of a church are usually excellent. We do have people book string quartets and other classical musicians on occasion for wedding anniversaries, dinners and even birthday parties. It all depends on the music you like!
When people are considering bands for weddings, they tend to term them generically as live wedding bands or wedding music bands; but within this lies a plethora of musical styles, band sizes and cost. It can even be difficult to pigeonhole groups into Covers Bands, Party Bands and even sometimes Tribute Bands. So the best way to navigate through this diversity to find a wedding band that you really like, is to search all the categories who play in your county, listen to their music and decide what appeals to you. The price guide against each band is important too (unless you are in the fortunate position of money being no object), as prices of function bands and pop bands vary more than for any other musical genre.
The Midsummer Music Agency began back in the 90's as a way of bringing our own Midsummer Ensemble, Midsummer Quartet and Ringerike Ceilidh Band to those who loved music and wanted good music for their weddings and functions. Over a number of years, the agency grew to include the music groups of friends and colleagues around the country, and underwent significant expansion: we now promote over 1000 music groups across the UK. As a result we are able to offer you a wide range of live music groups and bands that cover the Classical, Jazz, Folk and Pop/Rock/Cover genres.
Derek: Senior Partner
Oversees all aspects of the business. With a BSc, his background ranges from director of high tech engineering companies in industrial, aerospace & robotics, to working as a professional violinist.
Janet: Enquiries and Contracts
With a law degree and a musical background, she oversees enquiries and contracts and brings a valuable range of expertise to the business.
With a BA, her career has spanned education, including director of the Sir Harvey Jones Business School, and business administration.
Chris: Head of I.T.
With a BSc, he has headed up major IT programs in big business. Chris is responsible for the high level of computer technology that is key to bringing a reliable and competitive service to our customers. As an accordionist, he brings a musical empathy to the technology.
An important team member, our online office, hosted on WebWiz servers, and operating from a Secure Tier 2 Data Centre on the South coast, is key to the technology that enables our team around the country to provide you with the efficient and reliable service that is Midsummer Music
Our head office is located in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK. This is a Victorian spa town with a long history of musical connections: Edward Elgar lived here and his grave is a mile from the office; Nigel Kennedy made Malvern his home; Jenny Lind (the Swedish Nightingale) is buried within sight of our windows: Malvern is home to the English Symphony Orchestra and Chandos Symphony Orchestra etc. etc. We like to think the musical environment helps our business prosper! Whilst based in Malvern, we work with musicians throughout the U.K., and provide live music for venues nationwide.
The Malvern Hills from our Head Office Window
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