Urban Soul Orchestra

  • Biography

    The Urban Soul Orchestra is a contemporary and versatile string ensemble with a groovy twist. Originally a string ensemble but now with additional elements such as percussion, bass, DJ and vocals which has created their own unique blend of strings, beats and bass lines that provide different entertainment options for your entire event. Soulful arrangements of lush strings and funky rhythms combine to produce a fresh, modern and classy sound. Whether it be something different and memorable to launch your new product, creating the perfect environment for your clients to network to, or that special music to make your wedding day unique, USO has the perfect set to suit your needs. They can also collaborate with other artists including dancers to create a more comprehensive floorshow. The Urban Soul Orchestra have an exclusively arranged repertoire of chilled out lounge grooves, contemporary pop and soul, cool jazz and blues, and beautiful classical music. They also offer several different sets – the USO Chill Out Set is often a favourite for drinks receptions, the Acoustic Ensemble during dinner and the USO DJ Set or Big Band (also available as the Little Big Band) to keep you and your guests on the dance floor until the end of the night!

  • Song list

    After Dinner Dancing

    Little Big Band:

    Recent additions:

    1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
    2. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
    3. Happy – Pharrell Williams
    4. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
    5. Home – Phillip Phillips
    6. Spectrum – Florence and the Machine
    7. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
    8. Dangerous – David Guetta
    9. Bills – Lunch Money Lewis
    10. Rather Be – Clean Bandit

    Dance Floor Fillers:

    1. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
    2. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
    3. Forget You – Cee-Lo Green
    4. Single Ladies – Beyoncé
    5. Firework – Katy Perry
    6. Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia
    7. I Got A Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
    8. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon


    1. She Said – Plan B
    2. In Da Club – 50 Cent
    3. Dynamite – Taio Cruz
    4. Give Me Everything – Pitbull feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
    5. DJ Got Us Falling in Love – Usher feat. Pitbull
    6. Sexy And I Know It / Gangnam Style Medley – LMFAO/PSY
    7. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

    Female Artists:

    1. Rhianna: We Found Love, Only Girl in the World, Rudeboy, Diamonds
    2. Adele: Rolling in the Deep
    3. Beyonce: Naughty Girl, Single Ladies,
    4. Amy Winehouse: Rehab, Valerie

    Male Artists:

    1. Pharrell Williams: Happy, Get Lucky (with Daft Punk)
    2. Michael Jackson: Billie Jean, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
    3. Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
    4. Bruno Mars: Billionaire, Nothin’ on You (Beautiful Girls), Locked Out of Heaven


    1. Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind and Fire
    2. Le Freak – Chic
    3. Celebration – Kool and the Gang
    4. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
    5. December 1963 (Oh What a Night) – The Four Seasons
    6. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer


    1. At Last – Etta James
    2. Mercy – Duffy
    3. I Need A Dollar – Aloe Blacc
    4. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
    5. Green Garden – Laura Mvula

    Background Music

    Chill Out Set:


    1. I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi
    2. The Heart Asks Pleasure First (From ‘The Piano’) – Michael Nyman
    3. Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene) – Craig Armstrong
    4. Les Nuits – Nightmares On Wax
    5. Edge Hill – Groove Armada

    Mid Tempo:

    1. Skyfall – Adele
    2. Fields of Gold – Sting
    3. Somebody I used to know – Gotye
    4. Wonderwall – Oasis
    5. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve


    1. Chandelier – Sia
    2. Children – Robert Miles
    3. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol (USO House Remix)
    4. Viva La Vida – Coldplay (USO Dubstep Remix)
    5. A 5th Of Beethoven: Saturday Night Fever – Walter Murphy

    Acoustic Ensemble:

    1. At The River – Groove Armada
    2. Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
    3. Gabriels Oboe – Ennio Morricone
    4. The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
    5. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
    6. Englishman In New York – Sting
    7. New York – Paloma Faith
    8. Kiss From A Rose – Seal
    9. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    10. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon
  • Reviews / Testimonials

    "This is the third time we have worked with Urban Soul Orchestra and they never fail to deliver. The musicians are a delight to work with and an amazing repertoire played exceptionally. All our guests commented on how wonderful the background music was. We will be using USO again for a 4th time running later this year and have recommended them already to our sister hospitals and personal friends."

    "I continue to be amazed at how good and talented the USO are, even after 6 years of working with Stephen, Natasha and all of the talented musicians and singers I continue to enjoy their work. I present them as my first choice to almost all of my corporate and live event clients, and I have to say they never disappoint me or my clients. Having just finished an awards dinner last week with them returning for a 4th year running I am pleased to say that my client has asked for the USO to be confirmed again next year. Can't get better than that! Thank you USO."

    "Such a great mix of classical and modern, fun and exciting at the same time. The quality was exceptional and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their performances."

    "USO were absolutely fantastic and the audience were on their feet within a few bars of the opening number! Loved how the band got in amongst the crowd and everyone was genuinely disappointed when the evening came to an end."

    "I just wanted to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to you and the rest of Urban Soul Orchestra for Saturday night. You were all absolutely fantastic and we’ve had so many great reports from our guests who all thought you were super!"

    "I just wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you to you and the Orchestra on the shoot on Wednesday. Thank you for all your help in pulling a very good looking group of men. They provided a stunning centre piece to the shoot. The crew wanted to cry when they started playing in the field at Osterley Park, it was amazing. The Director was so pleased and was just what she had imagined in her head. I think all the girls want to have them at their weddings to play.... Will you please send on my thanks to the guys and thank them also for letting us use their cases and instruments and just being game for it really. Please keep me posted on what you are all up to and if your playing as I would love to come and see you."

    "I had a really wonderful time, everything from the surroundings, to the Orchestra, to the dinner was exceptional so thank you."

    "I absolutely loved the music last night as did our guests. The Orchestra were fantastic, the perfect background to the wonderful setting."

    "The party we held in Vincy on the 12th of September in honour of Lord Weidenfeld's birthday was a great success and our guests were amazed by the wonderful music and atmosphere. We really enjoyed hearing you and we would surely recommend you."

    "Urban Soul Orchestra were great to work with. True professionals and fantastic musicians - my clients were delighted!"

    "Performance Was Amazing! I just want to say a huge thank -you - Urban Soul Orchestra's Performance Was Amazing!"