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Acoustic Ensemble

The Urban Soul Orchestra Acoustic Ensemble adds a unique 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, during dinner or as informal wedding reception music.

Our sets are played on acoustic instruments with gentle amplification that does not intrude upon your guests' conversations. For a special ambience, the Acoustic Ensemble can perform without amplification for boutique venues and select guest list events. Unamplified performances are recommended for events with less than 40 guests.

The USO Acoustic Ensemble creates the ideal environment for business events, providing relaxing background music for lunches, networking events, conference or seminar receptions and team meetings. For weddings, the Acoustic Ensemble adds a romantic touch of live string ensemble for a wedding ceremony, and elegant entertainment for the drinks reception.

The USO Acoustic Ensemble is available in two sizes, the original 6 piece ensemble, or a 11 piece ensemble. The latter has a large ensemble look and sound, and features a double string quartet plus two percussionists and double bass. Both formats have over 3 hours of repertoire to choose from, which is constantly updated. Recent additions include the beautifully anthemic One Day Like This by Elbow and the poignant Blowers Daughter by Damien Rice.

The Acoustic Ensemble Awards Package has also recently been booked to perform walk up stings for major awards ceremonies including the National Business Awards 2014 at prestigious venues including Chewton Glen and Old Billingsgate.

For further videos and images please visit our Acoustic Ensemble Photo Gallery and Acoustic Ensemble Video Gallery pages.

Acoustic Ensemble with Vocalist

The USO Acoustic Ensemble has been expanded to include a male or female vocalist with the option of keyboards. This line up has proved to be extremely popular for events looking for a more mellow atmosphere, but still wanting a vocalist to perform for guests.

Both our male vocalist, Sean Rumsey, appeared on The Voice in 2013, and our exceptional female vocalist can perform a whole host of repertoire. This vocalist option can perform for 45 minutes at your event, after up to 2 x 45 minute instrumental sets.

A huge thank you to you and your amazing team.  Wow, the musicians exceeded my expectations and completely got the mood of the evening.  It was perfect and I hope someday to be able to use you for another event, if one should arrive.  Sheer perfection and a delight to work with.

Justin Evans, Client Services Manager, Highgate Private Hospital, December 2013


Click on the audio showreel below to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Acoustic Ensemble.

  • Acoustic Ensemble Showreel