Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bela Strings is a company that specializes in bringing an elegant classical music ensemble to weddings and other special events. With extensive training and holding degrees in classical music, the members of this quartet have the experience and repertoire to create an elegant and romantic atmosphere on your wedding day. Don't hesitate and contact Bela Strings today to book your wedding music!
Founded in 2008, this ensemble of classically trained musicians have played everything from Mozart to Michael Jackson in a wide range of venues. The services they offer include ceremony music, cocktail hour music, instrumentals, learning new songs, reception music, music during breaks, rehearsal dinner music, sample performances and they are willing to travel.
Bela Strings is also available to play in other formations including instrumental duo, string trio, instrumental trio, string quintet, instrumental solo and string quartet. Some other events they have played for include Port of Halifax 2016, Dalhousie President’s Circle Reception, and the 3rd Annual Emergent Learning Conference at the WTCC.
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Stephanie P. · Married on 15/09/2018
Great musical choice for our wedding!
Great musicians and a wonderful experience. We hired the Bela String Quartet for our wedding ceremony. We had originally booked a duo but decided shortly after that having all four musicians would be so much better, and we were right! They easily accommodated the change and their performance fees were very reasonable. Anna was great to work with. Very accessible for an initial consult, rehearsal at the venue and worked with us on music selection. We were so pleased with their performance and received wonderful feedback from our wedding guests.Sent on 11/01/2019
Bela Strings's reply:Thank you so much Stephanie! You were a pleasure to work with and everyone in your wedding party was so much fun:)
Jenny M. · Married on 29/09/2018
Fantastic, professional and TALENTED performers!
We had the Bela Strings duo for our wedding and they were FANTASTIC. They had great suggestions and recommendations along the way, and were so pleasant and professional to work with. We had a special request song for the bride entrance/walk, and we could not believe how perfectly they executed it. We were so impressed that they learned the song perfectly and made it sound so beautiful - better than we could have imagined. Their timing was also absolutely perfect. They were complete professionals through our whole experience and added such a special, memorable touch to our ceremony. We would 100% recommend booking Bela Strings for any event.Sent on 07/01/2019
Bela Strings's reply:Thanks for having us Jenny! We loved arranging the request for you and the weather was just perfect!
Devon B. · Married on 22/09/2018
Fall Wedding Bliss
From the start, Anna was wonderful to deal with. Any questions we had, and any requests, were taken care of. The performance the day of was perfection. We had a bit of an ‘odd-ball’ request in terms of one piece of music for our ceremony, but they pulled it off brilliantly.Sent on 08/01/2019
Bela Strings's reply:Thanks so much Devon! It was a pleasure to perform the odd ball requests;) We loved the venue that you and Janine chose!
C Wood · Married on 22/07/2018
Full String Quartet at Summer Wedding
We had the Full String Quartet play at our summer wedding in July of 2018. They were very professional and everyone loved their music. They played before and during our ceremony, and at the cocktail hour. The String quartet easily managed to switched from a classic / modern sound for the ceremony to a more upbeat Celtic / modern mix for the cocktail hour. They were super easy to work with and helped tremendously with selecting the right sound for our overall vision for our wedding day. And most importantly every song they played was lovely and the sound was brilliant. We would highly recommend the Bela String Quartet!!!Sent on 07/01/2019
Alex L. · Married on 26/08/2017
Perfect Wedding Music!
Anna & the Bela Strings were amazing to work with! Their music created the perfect ambience for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They were super flexible with the musical selections, too. Would absolutely recommend working with them!Sent on 06/01/2019
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My name is Anna Wedlock and in addition to being creative director here at Bela Strings, I am a fiddler, violinist, teacher, and arranger. After a decade of classical violin training, I began studying traditional fiddle music, and for the last 7 years I've been performing bluegrass and celtic music in addition to pop, jazz and classical.
I attended University of King’s College Halifax and Dalhousie University on full scholarship, where I studied with Philippe Djokic. Throughout my time at Dal, I played first violin with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, the Dal Symphony Orchestra, and in 2012 I was a featured soloist with the Dal Chamber Orchestra, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. I also studied at the University of Otago, New Zealand, with Tessa Petersen.
After graduating from Dal, I was immediately hired to teach fiddle/ violin at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and now run a studio there of over 20 students, age 5- 70.
I have made a name for herself as a first-call fiddler for performance, touring and recording projects. She has worked with a wide variety of East Coast artists including Thomas Stajcer, Old Man Luedecke, J.P. Cormier, Gabriel Minnikin, The Big Country Ramblers, Dwight Deon, Tom Terrell, Andrew Sneddon, and composer David Christensen.
Through my work with the quartet, I have become a sought after arranger, producing dozens of commissioned arrangements for events. Over the last 2 years, I have arranged music for Willie Stratton’s album Della Rosa (nominated for ECMA Album of the Year),The Swallowtails (a celtic ep with cellist India Gailey), Cassie Josephine’s album Only Half Blue, and Terra Spencer’s single In the City. In 2017, I was nominated for the Music Nova Scotia Musician of the Year award.
I live and work in the North end of Halifax with my dog and partner!
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