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Best Of British

The Best of British set was created especially for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 and performed to much acclaim at major public and Olympic Sponsor events including the Thames Diamond Jubilee Festival, The Olympic Park and a 10 night residency at the Royal Opera House.

The ultimate in Cool Britannia, our Union Jack attired quartet play classic Britpop and British music with a unique Urban Soul Orchestra twist. The Urban Soul Orchestra's Best of British set features young, culturally diverse players who are some of the best classically trained musicians in London.

This versatile string quartet plays genres as diverse as Brit pop to dub step and drum and bass. The repertoire for this set includes USO’s own unique versions of iconic British pieces by artists such as Queen, the Beatles and The Verve. We also put our own urban orchestral twist on TV and film themes including Doctor Who and James Bond.

As an additional option, the group is joined by either a male or female vocalist who perform British pop classic hits by artists such as Oasis, Coldplay and Elbow. For the complete British music experience, this set can be followed by a 60 minute Best Of British Little Big Band set. Our experienced male and female vocalists join the players to get the audience dancing to well-known tunes by top British artists such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, Soul II Soul, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé, Jessie J and Laura Mvula. The set can also be accompanied by specially created iconic London and British visuals, which can be projected behind the group and have the option of being mixed live by a VJ.

Thank you to you and all of Urban Soul for making our annual summer ball a special one. Our board of directors have said it’s the best summer ball they have attended in years! Everybody loved the Best of British quartet playing with the fireworks, not only did they look fantastic they played beautifully and the timings were right on cue.

Ros Garry, The Lensbury Hotel, June 2013

For further videos and images please visit our Best Of British Photo Gallery and Best Of British Video Gallery pages.


Listen to our showreel below for examples of our Best of British set.

  • Best of British Showreel