The Urban Soul Orchestra Acoustic Ensemble adds a groovy twist to the traditional string quartet by adding percussion and bass to create a beautiful, organic sound, perfect as instrumental background music for a corporate drinks reception or as informal wedding reception music.
Elegant Music for Dinners
The Acoustic Ensemble is particularly effective as background music for dinner. Our sets are played on acoustic instruments with gentle amplification that does not in any way intrude upon your guests' conversations. For a special ambience, the Acoustic Ensemble can perform totally unamplified for boutique venues and select guest list events, providing sophisticated live music for dinner, a drinks reception, or an elegant private party. The USO Acoustic Ensemble can be booked alone or preceded by the USO Chill Out Set to provide different entertainment in both look and style from the drinks reception through to dinner, without booking an additional ensemble.
Background Music for Business Events
The USO Acoustic Ensemble can create the ideal environment for business events, providing relaxing background music for business lunches, networking events, conference or seminar receptions and team meetings.
Romantic Music for Weddings
For weddings the USO Acoustic Ensemble adds a romantic touch of live string ensemble for a wedding ceremony, and elegant entertainment for the drinks reception. For more ideas for wedding background music or music for wedding receptions, including our USO band options during the day, see our Weddings page.
USO Acoustic Ensemble Options
The USO Acoustic Ensemble comes in two sizes, the original 6 piece ensemble, or the 10 piece Acoustic Ensemble. The latter has a large ensemble look and sound, and features a double string quartet plus two percussionists and bass. Both formats offer over 3 hours of repertoire to choose from in this set, including classical music, pop standards, soul classics and even some reggae favourites. We are constantly updating our repertoire and recent additions include the beautifully anthemic "One Day Like This" by Elbow and the poignant "Blowers Daughter" by Damien Rice. The USO Acoustic Ensemble has recently been expanded to include a vocalist set. See our USO Big Band page for details of our talented vocalists, including X Factor finalist Sean Rumsey.
"We are absolutely delighted with the service provided on New Years Eve, in one of the most glamorous and spectacular London restaurants, Skylon. They are a fantastic group of professionals and can highly recommend them". Alex Fasoli, General Manager, Skylon, December 2012.
"Thank you for helping with this booking - USO rock! The event would have been very different without musical entertainment, but I think the unique style of ensemble made it enjoyable listening. We had many complimentary comments passed our way from the clients". Corporate Client, The Langham Hotel, August 2012
Click on the audio showreel below to enjoy the subtle sounds of the USO Acoustic Ensemble, or any of the 3 examples of arrangements of pop & soul classics which are included in our Acoustic Ensemble Repertoire. (The music player takes a few seconds to load. Please click on the white speaker button to turn the music on or off.)