Palm Strings playing violin and guitar at a funeral in Westlake, Cape Town.

A Season of Funerals and Memorials

As winter is giving way to spring, albeit slowly in the Cape this year, Palm Strings has entered a new season in its history. Funerals and memorial services around Cape Town have brought relief from the usual busy travel schedule that takes us to the outer reaches of our province to entertain wedding guests at lush wine farms.

Perhaps we were not ready for this season of funerals and memorial services until now. The repertoire we’ve built over the decades has given us a rich store of musical emotions to call upon when the moment arises. For example, one dearly departed was lovingly remembered by his kin as being of somewhat insistent character. After the eulogy, we broke out Frank Sinatra’s My Way, much to the delight of the fawning guests who could warmly bask in the vivid memory of their beloved father, brother, uncle and friend.

Another time, a small memorial service at a Newlands house began as a somewhat tense and complicated affair, but ended a rip-roaring party—no doubt we had the songs on hand to make each of those unique moments.

If you should find yourself in this most unfortunate of situations, consider allowing Palm Strings to turn tragedy into triumph and making your memorial service or funeral a moment to remember.

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Make the moment

Our flagship acoustic violin and guitar ensemble provides the right music for every moment. Whether its a wedding or funeral, birthday party or memorial, on the beach or at church, we’ll be there setting the mood so your guests can experience—and never forget—each moment.


Palm Strings comprises three groups:

The Duo – Violin and Guitar

  • Flagship Ensemble...most versatile both musically as well as with respect to mobility
  • Personal and intimate touch
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Playing outdoors - violin and guitar

Trio – Violin, Guitar, Double Bass

Trio - Violin, Guitar and DoubleBass
  • Fuller, Richer, More Volume
  • Adds a unique African/Jazz element
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The Quartet - Two Violins, Viola, Cello

Palm Strings string quartet, Cape Town, South Africa
  • A trumpet may be added for that special bridal processional and/or recessional.
  • Each member a well-known professional
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Weddings/Functions/Corporate Events

The energy provided by live music at an event should never be underestimated. Palm Strings have a broad repertoire that covers styles from the earliest classical to the latest pop hit. We do our best to honour requests and have an ensemble to suit any budget or venue.

Despite their years of experience, Palm Strings regularly updates their repertoire to keep up with the change in musical tastes.

We could see your passion and talent, selflessness and good service. The day was really as we had imagined it, just so perfect. — Tanya, Haskell Vineyards
Big, big thank you to yourself and Mike for your amazing music on our special day...The guests were so pleased and we were both blown away, so again, thank you! — Courtney and Sasha, Altydlig, Stellenbosch
Thank you both so very, very much...for being so flexible...and thank you so much for remembering that I love “She!” — Diana, Private Function
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding! — Ingrid, Vrede and Lust
You all exceeded our expectation. — Dan Majola, 12 Apostles Hotel
You created the perfect setting for our ceremony and canapés and lots of our guests commented on how great you sounded. — Matt & Sarah,
I certainly enjoyed hearing many of my favourite songs being performed. — Chris & Zoya,
...we had loads of comments on how great you both are and what an extensive repertoire you have. — Andy and Beth, Rickety Bridge
You were superb, just what we wanted — Bernhardt Pierce, Tinswalo
What a pleasure it was to have you and Mike add such beauty to another of our wonderful memories. Thank you and thank you again!! — Ben Lotz, Event Draping, Lighting & Décor
We specialise in following wedding parties anywhere they wish to go.