Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire Allegro Strings for my special event?
Kolio Kolev cellist and Petia Kolev violinist have used their combined experience of more than 30 years to assemble Durban’s finest musicians for your wedding. They will assist you every step of the way to make sure the music at your wedding is nothing less than perfect.

I want to use Allegro Strings for my wedding ceremony. What can I expect?
We will begin playing as your guests begin to arrive, usually 20-30 minutes before the ceremony. In a typical ceremony, we will play two pieces of music for the Processional: one for the bridesmaids, and one for the bride. We will play any music you might want during the ceremony, such as for the lighting of the unity candle, signing of the register, hymns etc. At the close of the ceremony, we will play Recessional music as you and your delighted guests depart.

I’m not very familiar with classical music. How do I choose my selections?
You don’t need to worry! As a part of our fee, we are happy to offer one private consultation to assist you in selecting your music. If you wish, you may depend entirely on the experience and knowledge of Allegro Strings in selecting music that is appropriate for your occasion – joyous Baroque for a wedding Prelude, upbeat show tunes for receptions, or elegant classical music for your anniversary celebration or corporate event.

I am paying for the organist with my church fee, but I also really love the sound of strings. Can you both play my ceremony?
Yes! Alternating between organ and strings for Prelude music can have a lovely effect. In addition, there are many musical arrangements that we can play together, creating a beautiful, large orchestral sound.

A friend is going to sing during my ceremony. Can you accompany him/her?
Yes, we can. We will be happy to communicate directly with him/her ahead of time to plan out musical details. If a rehearsal is necessary, we can meet with him/her at the venue before the festivities. The amount of rehearsal time needed depends on the complexity of the music. A fee may apply if rehearsal time is needed.

How do the musicians know when to start the processional music?
We will need a signal from a representative or a bridal coordinator. We will seek out the appointed person before the Prelude to confirm the plan.

How do the musicians dress?
The musicians dress in formal attire unless otherwise requested: men in tuxedos and women in black and white.

What do the musicians require at the venue?
All we need are armless chairs, one for each musician. If the lighting is low, we require access to an electrical source within 15 m.

Will the musicians play outdoors?
Yes, as long as conditions will still allow us to provide quality music and keep our instruments protected. This means that we must be in full shade, and not under a tree (trees may drop sap or other things). There must be no precipitation, and the temperature must be at least 15 degrees Celsius.

Can we book you for the reception after the wedding?
Absolutely! Our extensive repertoire ranges from early Baroque music to modern show and pop tunes – and everything between.

My wedding ceremony and reception are at two different locations. How do you charge for performing in two venues?
We simply charge for the full length of the engagement, including time to travel between venues.

Other than weddings, what other events are suitable for your music?
Our members have performed at corporate events, fundraisers, birthday parties, art openings, anniversary parties and house concerts.