Top 40 Strings is a joyful and energetic trio, ready to provide upbeat music for your occasion. Classical, jazz, pop, and top 40 requests are welcome!
Top 40 Strings provides the ultimate wedding package deal: high caliber classical music for your ceremony, easy listening for your cocktail hour and upbeat pop/rock for the dance floor - with Top 40 Strings you can't go wrong!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 480 minutes
What to Expect
Top 40 Strings arrives 30 mins prior to the start time of every event. For normal-sized venues we provide our own sound equipment as well as backing tracks if the client so desires. Top 40 Strings takes requests (within reason) and is happy to acclimate to style/energy/volume preferences.
There is something amazing that happens when cultures converge. There is surprise and enchantment, chaos and dispute, but in the end, there is always something new. That is where violinist Elinor Speirs likes to set up residence - at the cusp of the conversation.
The progeny of a viking and a celt, raised at the southern tip of Africa with baltic and jewish heritage, it was almost inevitable that Elinor would flee the constraints of the orchestra and join the fire and dance of improvised music. Versatility and flair for style have ensured her place in musical genres across the board.
Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and an experienced orchestral and chamber music performer, Elinor has been crossing over to jazz and world music for several years. She has performed klezmer, yiddish, balkan, flamenco and jazz concerts and recorded on several albums in various parts of the world. In 2012 Elinor relocated to New York City in pursuit of a music education that only such a city can provide. She completed her master's in jazz performance at NYU under the tutelage of formidable jazz pianist, Kenny Werner. Inspired by the education she received, Elinor won a place in the prestigious doctorate of musical arts program at NEC, relocating once again to educational hub, Boston.
'For me the ultimate thing is not the language or the style...though that's important of course...but rather it's about getting to the heart of a thing...getting right into it and adding your own passion. Then you will carry an audience with you - and that place... where we're tracking together and moving as one...that's heaven...that's why I play the violin.'
For the more musically inclined:
Elinor studied classical violin with Noel Travers and Diana Cummings and received master classes from Anker Buch, Hu Kun, Lydia Mordkovitch and Siegmund Nissel among others. Elinor freelanced in the UK and France and performed with all the major ensembles in Cape Town as member, leader or soloist. While in New York, Elinor studied with Kenny Werner, frequently performing in venues in the west village and Brooklyn. Since her arrival in Boston Elinor has received instruction from John McNeil, Dominique Eade and pedagogue extraordinaire Jerry Bergonzi.
Additional Booking Notes
We use DPA mics which require phantom power - in the event that we share a sound system with DJ or sound engineer.
For gigs longer than 3 hours, Top 40 requires a meal to be provided for each musician present.
Past Booked Events
|September 07, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 01, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
We will need cover against weather conditions (both rain and shine) when performing outside as well as two armless chairs and a bar (high) stool. Access to a nearby power plug is always a necessity.
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