StringArranger

Beautiful bespoke strings

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You've found arranger & composer, Steve Turner. From my London studio I write and record beautiful, emotive arrangements for anyone from unsigned singer-songwriters to international artists as well as films, documentaries and adverts. I put my heart and soul into it, giving you highly realistic mock-ups and including unlimited revisions.

The best way to appreciate what I do is to read the reviews from my wonderful clients and listen to my stunning demos.

I write detailed scores for live section recordings (which I facilitate), or for restricted budgets, use my skills as a keyboard player & programmer, with my own unique method, using high-end VST samples played with feel & emotion to achieve an amazingly realistic finished product.

I make my compositions a vibrant part of the track, innovative, contemporary and distinctive yet unobtrusive. I achieve this through beautiful counter-melodies and distinctive harmony, making the strings sing out whilst sitting comfortably in the mix.

Stylistically versatile, I've arranged for genres from pop, soul and R&B to gospel, country and folk, urban and rock, and even Indian & African

My background? I've been a busy session musician, touring with Kylie, Allsaints & ELO, and concerts with Jay-Z & Beyonce. As a producer I've remixed Mary J Blige, Brownstone, Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson

Although my career has mostly been in the pop domain I was classically trained on piano and violin. With an ear for both pop and classical I'm able to achieve a uniquely fresh sound.

I look forward to writing you a stunning arrangement!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

34 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Derek W.
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    Steve is a professional, smart, and experienced musician. He is also super easy to work with and will responsibly work on the project, He can fully understand producer's concept and turn the ideas into the language of music. Highly recommended.

  2. Review by Lee Y.
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    Steve is an incredible string arranger. Professional, creative and communicates effectively with his client. Be sure to check him out!

  3. Review by Aidan Caine
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    Another great arrangement thanks to Steve's attentive work. I really trust Steve with my work because the end result is always beautiful!

  4. Review by SurpriseCircle
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    First time we worked with Steve. Will definitely not be the last!very quick, very professional, high quality result! He nailed it at the first try.

  5. Review by Dan A.
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    Absolutely AMAZING job! Wonderfully pleasant and professional to work with, went above and beyond - 11/10 will work with again!

  6. Review by Aidan C.
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    Steve’s rework of my track is great! Really appreciate that he always finds time to attentively work on arrangements and deliver exactly what I’m looking for!

  7. Review by Alfred J.
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    Great job done...will be back with more. Thanks Steve

  8. Review by Alfred J.
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    Good work, Steve

  9. Review by Alfred J.
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    Steve is such a great arranger. Thank you

  10. Review by Alfred J.
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    Steve is a great person to work with. Very patient and professional....

  11. Review by Alfred J.
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    Thanks Steve, you are amazing!!

  12. Review by Alfred J.
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    Great work again by Steve!!

  13. Review by Alfred J.
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    Simply the best...Thanks Steve

  14. Review by Alfred J.
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    Steve is the best at work he does. Professional, patient, quality work and always ready to listen to suggestions and criticisms

  15. Review by Aidan C.
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    This is my third track working with Steve and I’m really impressed with the results. Steve’s work is reliably amazing and he always gives me plenty of time and space to experiment and trial new things with my orchestral arrangements.
    I highly recommend working with him!

  16. Review by Rachel C.
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    My experience was highly professional and Steve was very responsive, friendly and easy to work with. He was able to meet a quick turnaround and works with very skilled players. Easiest string recording experience I've ever had with a very high quality result.

  17. Review by NAMIRA Productions
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    I will definitely keep coming back with more work!
    Well done Steve

  18. Review by NAMIRA Productions
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    Brilliant as usual 👏🏼👏🏼

  19. Review by Aidan C.
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    Really enjoyed working with Steve on a second track! He really cares for your work and is really considerate and patient with any changes you would like made.
    Not to mention the arrangement he put together is absolutely beautiful.

  20. Review by khaled s.
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    Great to work with Steve, Communicative, prompt, helpful and great arrangement. highly recommended

  21. Review by NAMIRA Productions
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    Great artist with exceptional touches on strings lines!
    Smooth communication, very patient with my revisions!
    Keep up the good work Steve.

  22. Review by Patrick U.
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    Steve brings huge precision and care to his work. As always, recommended very highly.

  23. Review by Aidan C.
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    Steve was great to work. He had an excellent grasp of what I was looking for as an artist and was really responsive to the notes/feedback I gave him.
    His attitude is really positive and engaged and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

  24. Review by Patrick U.
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    Steve worked on a beautiful violin and piano arrangement for me - as always, delighted with the result. Beautiful live violin playing and great attention to detail from Steve.

  25. Review by Alfred J.
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    Second gig and Steve has been the best...His time consciousness , great personality , attention to detail and hardwork just makes you relax because you know you are sorted. And he makes sure you love the work before its even completed.. Kudos and i'm definitely coming back!!

  26. Review by Alfred J.
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    Steve is Amazing...He communicates very well to get a good understanding of your needs, then blows your mind away..He's very professional and flexible... really love what you did and will always be my first point of call...Thank you very much once again

  27. Review by Patrick U.
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    Steve arranged a classical piano piece of mine for violin solo and piano accompaniment. The result was very beautiful indeed – both in the violin playing and in the final quality of the mix. Great communication throughout. All in all, I couldn't recommend Steve more highly.

  28. Review by Patrick U.
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    Steve did a great job in transcribing a solo piece with piano accompaniment.

  29. Review by Patrick U.
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    Steve took great care in transcribing a solo violin piece (with piano accompaniment) and in mastering the final audio. I am very happy with the result and hope to work with Steve again.

  30. Review by Patrick U.
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    Steven created a beautiful and well judged string quartet arrangement for a variation on a traditional Irish song. Steven's communication was always clear and helpful and he delivered the final piece in good time. I would recommend Steven 100% and hope to work with him again.

  31. Review by Dennis R.
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    Great arranger. Great professional!

  32. Review by CRAIG T.
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    Great working with steve, did everything i asked for amd wanted, even redone one of his strings as I made a mistake in mine, great touch

  33. Review by Melissa B.
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    Steve was great to work with and is definitely great at what he does. I would 100% recommend him if you are looking for someone to compose a piece of music for your work. Very professional in regards of the communication and work produced.

  34. Review by Paul P.
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    Thank you so very much, Steve! Your craftsmanship in orchestral arranging is superb! The detail and authenticity that you provide are exceedingly noteworthy, to say the least. Thank you for providing a very beautiful string arrangement to my song! I'm already spreading the word about your craft and professionalism. EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE!!!

Interview with StringArranger

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Well.... In the strings world that refers to 'live players versus VST programming'. Of course, I'll always encourage you to use live players who bring human emotion, nuance and their priceless instruments, and I'll do my best to facilitate this within your budget, even if it's restricted. But I can achieve very realistic results using VSTs too using my ever-developing libray. I play every instrument in as an individual take with human emotion and feel, using multiple articulations and real-time volume input via expression pedal.

  3. Q: What's your typical work process?

  4. A: 1. Review and discuss your tracks and stylistic vision. 2. Prepare a short mock-up for approval before progressing. 3. Continue the arrangement to completion with regular updates to and input from you, and finally sending a completed mock-up. 4. For live strings, prepare scores and arrange the tracking session. For programming, record sampled strings in real time instrument by instrument using expression pedal and articulation key switching for ultimate realism.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: MacBook Pro, Adam AX7 monitors, UA Arrow interface, Roland controller kbd, Roland EV-5 expression pedal

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: A synergy of classical elegance and contemporary flair, traditional meets modern. My varied musical upbringing and career path have taken me through classical, then jazz, to pop, soul and R&B, via hip-hop and electro. From this melting pot of influence I derive a uniquely fresh and vibrant sound with it's roots in lush classical harmony.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: [Q] How many players do I need? [A] It’s all dependent on the style and feel of the track; quartet for that bony intimate sound, 13 to 26+ for lush texture. - - - - [Q] How long is the process? [A] Usually a day to compose an arrangement and maybe half a day for tweaks after discussion with the client. - - - - [Q] Can you fix the orchestra and studio? [A] Yes. I’ll take the arrangement right through from mock-up to delivered stems - - - - [Q] Will you attend the session? [A] Yes. If the studio is in London and you've commissioned four or more tracks I'll attend and direct the session for no extra charge. For less than four tracks there is a modest charge for my time. For recording abroad, I'm happy to attend (it's actually very beneficial), again for a modest daily fee plus expenses. Very often I can supervise a 4-hour session abroad as a day-trip. I can also supervise the session by remote audio link (usually Source-Connect) if budget is a real issue. Clients can also attend in person or via remote link. - - - - [Q] I'm on a restricted budget. What are my options? [A] I can deliver very realistic strings using VSTs and my sensibilities coming from being both a keyboard player and a violinist. However, if your track needs live strings a cost-saving solution is to use players who have remote recording facilities. I have achieved fantastic results this way. Another way to reduce budget is to book a quartet who can track-up to the required size of section, or bed-in sampled strings underneath, a tried-and-tested approach.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: Mac computer, Adam AX7 monitors, UAD Arrow interface, various string libraries; ever evolving but currently including Spitfire Chamber/ Solo and BBC, Kirk Hunter CS2 & Solo 1, and Vienna Symphonic & Session Strings Pro 2, all running on Kontakt

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: The huge musical reward from hearing a track come to life with a beautiful string arrangement. I also enjoy the working process, liaising with the client and on occasion being nudged into new musical territories. There's no bigger thrill than hearing one of my arrangements played by a string section, or hearing one of my commissions on radio/ TV or in a movie theatre.

  15. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  16. A: Highly recommended producers on SoundBetter: Paul Stanborough and Namira Productions (Hamza)

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Loving Leela James at the moment, also Anthony Hamilton. Gorgeous soulful vocals from both, and dreamy chord progressions to really get my arranging kicks from!

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: Every sound you add (strings in my case) needs to have a purpose, and a slot in the mix when it can sit comfortably, sometimes being felt rather than heard, popping its head up only occasionally to deliver to the listener those magical ear-candy moments

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: Spine-tingling emotion and sparkle! Depending on your musical wishes my arrangements will add texture, drama and emotion to your tracks, with lush harmonies and beautiful melodic counterpoint. They will sit comfortably in the mix whist also finding their own space in the production spectrum.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: I draw influence from so many sources; classic 1950s Hollywood scores and Bollywood soundtracks to the classical Grand Masters such as Beethoven & Bach and contemporary composers including Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten & Avro Pärt, along with epic film score composers such as the two Johns (Barry and Williams, Morricone, Herrmann, Desplat and Richter

  25. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  26. A: I'm currently arranging a number of exquisite instrumental small live sections tracks for a very talented composer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions I'm using my network of tech-savvy string players who have their own pro-studio set-ups at home. The results are stunning.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: - What’s your track duration and style? - Will you be wanting live strings or samples? - Have you decided on a section size/ number of players? - Can you send me some references that embody your vision for the arrangements? - Can you send a good demo for the purposes of delivering a more accurate quote?

  29. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  30. A: Jocelyn Brown's album 'True Praises' is one of my personal favourites. I loved working with the Nashville String Machine for Darlene Zschech, and recording the SSO at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Denquar Chupak

  31. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  32. A: I work tirelessly to ensure I’ve fully encapsulated my client’s musical vision for their song. I always achieve perfection with everything I do. An arrangement won't leave my studio until I'm proud of it, and you are completely enthralled. The same of course applies to recording sessions and VST programming (which I'm quite obsessive about!)

  33. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  34. A: Although I can easily transcribe an existing arrangement my real skill (the one I focus on) lies in composing original arrangements.

  35. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  36. A: Real players are worth the extra expense if you can run to it. I have various solutions for tight budgets including remote sessions and very realistic VST sample programming using my ever-develping library

  37. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  38. A: My career really took off as a keyboard player in the 90s on the international touring circuit working with, amongst others Kyile, ELO, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I sidelined into writing and production, initially with Uno Clio and LFA, remixing for Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and Brownstone, amongst many others. Then in the early 2000s I had the contacts to develop my passion for string arranging!

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Composing beautiful, emotive string arrangements for major label artists and also those all-important up and coming unsigned writers and singers. I also write for films and TV, and recently for big live concerts

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: Distinctive melodic counterpoint and lush harmonies. I have the ability to hear straight away what's needed from the strings for your track, and the skill to deliver very realistic mock-ups so you can judge for yourself before committing.

  43. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  44. A: I've arranged for styles ranging from pop and soul, R&B and gospel to country and folk, urban and rock, even african. Stylistically versatile! I split my time between working with recording artists and music-in-media (Documentaries, films, adverts etc)

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Terms Of Service

After discussing your track we'll agree a fee. I'll make you a short demo and when I get your OK I'll continue with the arrangement and make all the mods you require until you're completely happy.

GenresSounds Like
  • Ennio Morricone
  • John Williams
  • Aaron Copland
Gear Highlights
  • Mac computer
  • UA Arrow interface
  • Adam A7X speakers
  • Kontakt running VSTs including Spitfire Chamber & Solo
  • KH-CS2 & Solo 1 and NI-SSP2
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SoundBetter Deal

Trial demos are free, as are unlimited revisions. For commissions of 4 or more tracks I'll attend London tracking sessions for no additional fee

  • Ghana arena showDec 28, 2020

    Excited to hear the results of tonight’s epic gospel-meets-classical live album recording at a big worship event in Ghana’s Bukom Arena. 
    As well as 24 strings I added french horn and harp. Client and producer Alfred EWJ has been so supportive. 

  • Goin' Classical!Nov 09, 2020

    So... it's 'Baroque Pop' week with one of my superb returning clients, a very talented songwriter and composer who's producing something so unique and refreshing. 


    I'm also back creating arrangements with a client who came to me through my MySpace page (remember them?!) back in 2009... another symphonic creation, just live piano and soaring strings.

  • FinlandiaOct 04, 2020

    I'm not sure how the great master would feel about this, but I've just popped up a VST-created quartet rendition of Finlandia by Sibelius on my audio player.

    Forgive me Jean!!

  • Gorgeous classical-inspired commissionSep 24, 2020

    Just delivered one of favourite commissions to date; a gorgeous contemporary classical piece for violin and piano. Written by the client, my job was to adapt his piano version for violin, prepare the score and supervise the recording. Then I took care of the editing and the mix/ mastering.

    Very rewarding. I love my job! 

  • VST demoSep 08, 2020

    On request from clients I've added a demo of my VST sampled strings programming, on their own with no track so you can hear the detail. This was from a recent Gospel commission. The section size is approximately 18, so 'chamber' size.

    The demo is the last track on my profile demo player

    I'll be adding a quartet equivalent shortly

  • Commissions windfallAug 30, 2020

    After a slightly quieter August (which I took advantage of for a holiday) things are hotting up again here at StringArranger. I have two returning clients, both for lush ballads; one with a county feel and the other an African flavour. Both are gorgeous songs which I'm really looking forward to arranging for. 

    I've also got a couple of new clients on the horizon, for remote strings sessions.

  • Out there!Aug 21, 2020

    Absolutely loving my current SoundBetter commission! It's a boundary-stretching pop/classical hybrid, very angular and therefor extremely distinctive. We're working the 12-pice live section hard. Lots of fast, harmonically-complex runs!

  • Beautiful Gospel commissionsJul 26, 2020

    Alongside more of Patricks U's gorgeous classical-inspired piano and violin tracks, I'm adding magic to a string of beautiful Gospel music commissions. Incredibly complex lush chord sequences that get my creative brain cells stirring! Joyous!!

  • EnnioJul 06, 2020

    Mourning the passing of the hugely inspirational Ennio Morricone. Lush harmonies, stirring melodies, innovative instrumentation... he had it all.


    R.I.P


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nejcuvTLt1Y

  • Throwback film!Jul 04, 2020

    Throwback to 2016 when I worked on this film with Pól Brennan in his idyllic rural studio in Co.Kilkenny. A very dark story and well worth watching.

    'Property Of The State'. A very dark film!

  • Violin excellence!Jun 15, 2020

    I feel blessed to have such a wonderful team of orchestral session players in my team. More importantly I've now honed that team to a core of players who have excellent technical knowledge and equipment to be able to deliver very high quality online sessions, vital in these times. My last commission for Patrick U delivered a stunning classical violin and piano piece, played with true passion.

  • Producer!Jun 12, 2020

    Not my usual thing but this month I finished a full production job for a client who originally came to me for just the strings. Acting as producer I arranged the brass and strings and supervised the remote recording of the full band, all stellar London session players. I outsourced the mix to a colleague.

  • More lovely tracks for PatrickJun 12, 2020

    Lockdown has been busy busy Busy!! I've just completed another gorgeous track for a regular client,  Patrick on SoundBetter. Just piano and strings but absolutely full of texture and emotion.


    I've also just finished off a flurry of arrangements for several gospel clients - big lush, complex chords!

  • Doco full episodeMay 17, 2020

    Here's a link to the full first episode of the highly acclaimed RTÉ documentary The Irish Revolution. Lots of string action mostly recorded on VSTs:


    The Irish Revolution - Episode 1 (RTÉ)


  • Yar Ivargal film trailerMay 04, 2020

    Another of my Prague sessions was for Javed Riaz, for the action film Yar Ivargal. Here's one of the promo trailers, featuring the film's theme song. 


    Yar Ivargal (film trailer - featured song)


  • Documentary: The Irish RevolutionMay 04, 2020

    Last year I was over in Ireland with Pól Brennan to work on this fascinating and thought-provoking documentary. Originally broadcast on RTÉ in three one-hour episodes it was abridged into a film. 


    The Irish Revolution (RTÉ) - short clip


  • Lockdown sessionsMay 02, 2020

    Making some exquisite music for my clients during lockdown using my network of talented and tech-savvy home-studio string players. All have great-sounding recording spaces and high-end mics. For those clients requiring it I'm also mixing and mastering the results here in my London studio.

  • Prague day trip sessionMar 29, 2020

    A very enjoyable day trip to Prague this month, although I saw nothing of the city! 


    MUSA, at CZTV studios were my hosts for an excellent session recording a 12-piece section for a wonderfully enigmatic album.


    Whimsica Sardonica session @ CZVT, Prague

  • Glasgow Concert Hall sessionsOct 07, 2019

    Last week I travelled up to Scotland to supervise the recording of one of my arrangements for a new client, using the Scottish Session Orchestra at the wonderful Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Great acoustics. 

    Denquar session - Glasgow


  • Alison WonderlandSep 12, 2019

    An amazingly exciting project signed off with Australian superstar Dj Alison Wonderland for her live shows. Tonight is the second night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Massive show! 


    Wonderland sessions - LA

  • Jeff Lynne's ELOSep 12, 2019

    A very musically rewarding couple of months over in the States with Jeff Lynn's ELO!

  • Jan's album completedJul 07, 2017

    Jan Stroud's album has been rewarding. It's been over a year in production but that time has been well worth it.
    Each track is a stunning composition, from the heart and from a very personal perspective.
    Not every track uses live strings and on a few I just played piano but this ranks as one of my favourite commissions.

  • Two films in the canJul 07, 2017

    I've been over in Ireland working on two films which should be on general release later this year. Gorgeous music!