The Urban Soul Orchestra is a contemporary and versatile string ensemble with a groovy twist, superb entertainment for a high profile corporate event and exclusive private party alike. During our 20 years experience we have been continuously developing our own unique brand of high quality entertainment in response to the requests of our clients, by adding in different musical elements such as percussion, bass, vocals, DJ, VJ's and dancers.
The result is our own unique blend of strings, beats and bass lines complementing soulful arrangements of lush strings and funky rhythms, to create a fresh, modern and classy sound suitable for any corporate event, exclusive private party or international brand product launch.
The Urban Soul Orchestra's range of versatile options has ensured that we are first choice for many international corporate event planners, and our sophisticated look and discreet management has ensured our name is first on the list for celebrity party planners worldwide.
Urban Soul Orchestra offer a bespoke solution for high quality, international corporate entertainment, from a sophisticated string ensemble for drinks receptions and networking events to the high energy, high class performance of the USO Big Band for an international business event or conference dinner. For boutique or intimate corporate events, we offer the stylish yet compact USO Little Big Band. Our innovative USO DJ Set combines percussion, strings, vocalist/sax and DJ for background music or dancing with a contemporary edge, while our Chill Out Set quartet or six piece Acoustic Ensemble are perfect for informal receptions or networking events. The USO have provided corporate entertainment for many major corporate events including for BT, Deutsche Bank, Harvey Nichols, HSBC, McKinsey & Co, Mazda, News International, Nissan, Nokia, Politics International, Samsung, Tiffany and Co, Toyota and Unilever.
In order to create the perfect ambience for a product launch, we work closely with brand managers and launch organisers to provide the perfect music and entertainment. The Urban Soul Orchestra have performed at numerous major brand launches and designer fashion events, drawing on music from our exclusively arranged repertoire of chilled out lounge grooves, contemporary pop and soul, cool jazz and blues, and beautiful classical music, or arranging bespoke pieces as required. London events include the Opening of the Emirates Stadium, the launch of the Tommy Hilfiger flagship store and performing for the ‘Greatest Fashion Show on Earth’ at Westfield. USO are featured in the 2010 Red Magazine Christmas Edition. We also provide top quality corporate entertainment for international corporate events: see YouTube footage of the USO Big Band performing "Where Is The Love?" by Black Eyes Peas, for Gartner’s Gala Dinner at the Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona, 2009.
From triumphal soaring strings to dramatic drumrolls, the Urban Soul Orchestra can provide your awards ceremony with a complete range of stirring ceremony accompaniments and post-awards party entertainment. Options include our laid back chill out set for drinks reception, and our USO Big Band for a classy alternative to the usual covers band for after dinner dancing. Our Big Little Big Band provides an energetic show set with dancers for engaging any audience - discover more at our USO Big Band page. The USO has performed at many award ceremonies including The Oracle Partner Awards, The Post Office Awards, The Teach First Awards Ceremony and The Teaching Awards. Watch our YouTube video extract of the USO Big Band performing "Beet 5" at the Gartner Winners Circle Gala Dinner.
Celebrity clients and party planners alike have enthused about the USO's ability to delight and entertain guests at private parties for birthdays, anniversaries or weddings. Whether providing beautiful background music at a champagne reception or encouraging even the most reserved guests up and dancing to the unique string and vocal mix of one of our USO Big Bands, the USO provides sophisticated and elegant party entertainment. Although many of our celebrity clients like to remain confidential, some of our private party clients have included Dame Mary Arumemi Iklhide, Lord Norman Foster, Mariah Carey, Oasis, Penelope Cruz, Viscount David Linley, and Goga Ashkenazi.
The USO are proud to have entertained at major charity fundraising events. Past charity performances include The Asda Charity Golf Day Dinner, The Africa & Caribbean Leukemia Trust, The Black Heart Foundation, Bliss (Pyranees Celebrity Cycle Challenge), Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) and an annual commitment to the Black Police Association (Celebration of Life Concert).
Please see our USO Music Industry portfolio to find out about our exciting work with artists such as Alesha Dixon, Destiny's Child, Gabrielle, Grace Jones, Groove Armada, Keane, Leona Lewis, Il Divo, Keane, Mick Jagger, Nitin Sawhney, Peter Andre, Take That!, The Script, and The Spice Girls, including latest concerts, tours, clients and more.
"The party we held in Vincy in honour of Lord Weidenfeld's birthday was a great success and our guests were amazed by the wonderful music and atmosphere. We really enjoyed hearing you and we would surely recommend you".
Lord and Lady Foster of Thames Bank, Private Party, Switzerland, 2009.
"I just wanted to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to you and the rest of Urban Soul Orchestra for Saturday night. You were all absolutely fantastic and we’ve had so many great reports from our guests who all thought you were super! You went over and above all expectations ... Thanks again, you guys made the evening!"
Issy Newling, Hospitality Executive, The Lawn Tennis Association, Wimbledon Ball, Hurlingham Club, June 2010. Watch YouTube video of USO performing at the Wimbledon Ball.
"A quick note just to say that the Undiluted and Sunseeker teams and customers thought you and the Urban Soul Orchestra were outstanding at the Land Rover Evoque launch last night ... Congratulations on your brilliant performance again". Alexandra Harrison, Creative & Managing Director, Undiluted Spirit Ltd, 2011.
"Thank you so much for your support. I have to say that this was by far the best networking evening I’ve organised! The entertainment was absolutely fabulous and so classy!". Anjie Keegal, Director of Business Development, Radisson Edwardian Hotels, 2011.
"Just wanted to write you a note to say the Urban Soul Orchestra were fantastic on Friday night – the speed everyone took to the dancefloor was incredible – I don’t think I have ever seen so many people dancing at one time at such an event. They really were brilliant. Thank you so much for your time and assistance in pulling the show together, you helped to create something very special for The Queen’s Club which will be remembered for years to come. Many thanks". Tessa Blazey, Events and Marketing Manager Queen's Club, re Queen's Club 125th Anniversary Ball, July 2011.