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Five Play are classically trained, finely tuned string quartet that features some of Perth’s most up and coming players – binded by a passion for performance. Unfortunately for the purists, that’s about where the old standard quartet stops and the new standard starts.

The members of this team have spent most of their lives refining their chops on the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart – only listening to and playing more contemporary music as a fan or as a hired gun, never truly exploring the potential of applying their passion to the greatest songs written this side of the millennia.


Five Play have set out, led by first violinist and arranger Rachael Aquilina, to bring about somewhat of a change to the commonly held perception of what a night out to see a string quartet might look, sound and feel like.


If you're not sure what Daft Punk, Radiohead or Britney Spears would sound like played by two violins, a viola and a cello, you’re not alone... add one of Perth’s most respected drummers, Ben Vanderwal, and you’ve got something close to an idea of how cool some of the best songs from the last 50 years could sound – rethought and rearranged on instruments that have ruled popular music over the last 500 years.


Boasting completely original arrangements and reinterpretations of artists spanning from the Beatles to Gotye and from Metallica to Amy Winehouse, it would be fair to say no stone has been left unturned in building Five Plays ever-expanding repertoire of future classics – reimagined for classical instruments.


Five Plays live performances smash the two worlds of classical and contemporary music together in a way neither would expect, making for renditions and re-imaginings that bring out the rock in classical and the baroque in pop.

'...extremely talented and very professional...'

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A Hard Days Night- The Beatles 

A Sky Full of Stars- Coldplay

Adventure of a Lifetime- Coldplay

Africa- Toto

Airbag- Radiohead 

All I Want Is You- U2

All My Loving- The Beatles

All Of My Love- Led Zeppelin 

All The Small Things- Blink 182

All you Need Is Love- The Beatles 

And I Love her- John Lennon/McCartney

Angie- The Rolling Stones

Another One Bites The Dust- Queen 

Are You Gonna Go My Way- Lenny Kravtiz

Back in Black- ACDC

Beautiful Day- U2 

Bennie and the Jets- Elton John 

Better Together- Jack Johnson

Bittersweet Symphony- The Verve

Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

Break On Through- The Doors

Call Me- Blondie

Can You Feel The Love Tonight- Elton John

Can't Take My Eyes off of you- Frankie Valli

Can't Feel My Face- The Weeknd

Changes- David Bowie 

Chasing Cars- Snow Patrol 

Clocks- Coldplay

Come Together- John Lennon/McCartney

Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Creep- Radiohead

Dance Dance- Fall Out Boy

Daughter- Pearl Jam

Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys

Don't Stop Me Now- Queen 

Eleanor Rigby- The Beatles

Enjoy the silence- Depeche Mode

Everlong- Foo Fighters

Every Breath You Take- Sting

Fall At Your Feet- Crowded House 

Fat Bottomed Girls- Queen 

Feeling Good- Muse/Michael Buble

Fields of Gold- Sting 

Fix You- Coldplay

Follow You Follow Me- Genesis

Fragile- Sting

Get Back- John Lennon/McCartney

Get Lucky- Daft Punk

God Only Knows (slow version)- The Beach Boys

Gold On The Ceiling- The Black Keys

Good Day Sunshine- The Beatles 

Good Riddance (time of your life)- Greenday

Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen 

Happy Together- The Turtles

Have I told You Lately- Van Morrison

Heartbeats- Jose Gonzalez

Hello, Goodbye- The Beatles

Here, there, everywhere- The Beatles

Hey Jude- The Beatles 

Hey Now - London Grammar 

Hey You- Pink Floyd

Ho Hey- The Lumineers

Holocene- Bon Iver

Hoppipolla- Sigur Ros 

Horses- Daryl Braithwaite 

Hotel California- The Eagles 

House Of Cards- Thom Yorke

How Deep is Your Love- The Bee Gees

How To Disappear Completely- Radiohead

Hysteria- Muse

I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness

I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing- Aerosmith

I Will Follow the Sun- The Beatles

I Want to hold your hand- The Beatles 

I'll Stand By You- The Pretenders

If I Fell In Love With You- John Lennon/McCartney

Imagine- John Lennon/McCartney

In My Life- The Beatles

In My Place- Coldplay

Is This Love?- Bob Marley

Just- Radiohead

Karma Police- Radiohead

​Kashmir- Led Zeppelin

Kids- MGMT

Killer Queen- Queen

Killing In The Name Of- Rage Against The Machine

Let It Be- The Beatles

Like A Rolling Stone- Boby Dylan 

Livin On A Prayer- Bon Jovi

Love Is All Around- Wet, Wet, Wet

Love Song- The Cure
Master of Puppets- Metallica

Message In A Bottle- The Police 

Michelle- John Lennon/McCartney

Morning Has Broken- Cat Stevens 

Motion Picture Soundtrack- Radiohead

Never Tear Us Apart- INXS

New Slang- The Shins

Nights In White Satin- The Moody Blues

Nightswimming- R.E.M

Nothing Else Matters- Metallica

Numb- Linkin Park 

One Love- Bob Marley 

Octopus's Garden - Ringo Starr

Paradise- Coldplay

Paranoid Android- Radiohead 

Radioactive- Imagine Dragons

Rebellion Lies- Arcarde Fire

Resistance- Muse

Riders on the Storm- The Doors

Roxanne- The Police/Sting

Satisfaction- The Rolling Stones

September- Earth, Wind, Fire 

Shyer - London Grammar

Skinny Love- Bon Iver

Smells Like Teen Spirit- Nirvana

Somebody I Used To Know- Gotye

Somebody To Love- Freddie Mercury 

Somebody Told Me- The Killers

Somewhere Only We Know- Keane

Stairway To Heaven- Led Zepellin

Stand By Me- Ben E.King

Starlight- Muse

Summer of 69- Bryan Adams

Sunburn- Muse

Sweet Child of Mine- Guns n Roses

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This- The Eurythmics 

Sweet Home Alabama- Lynrd Skynyrd 

Take A Walk- Passion Pit

Take Me Out- Franz Ferdinand 

Take On Me - A-Ha

Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton 

The Best Of Queen- Queen 

The Scientist- Coldplay

The Show Must Go On- Queen 

The Quiet Things No One Ever Knows- Brand New

There is a Light that Never Goes out- The Smiths

Thunderstruck- ACDC

Time Is Running Out- Muse

Time To Pretend- MGMT

Tiny Dancer- Elton John

Use Somebody- Kings Of Leon

Violet Hill- Coldplay

Viva La Vida- Coldplay

Wake Me Up When September Ends- Greenday

We Are the Champions- Queen

Who Am I - Counting Crows

With Or Without You- U2

Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton

World Without Love- The Beatles  

Wonderwall- Oasis

Wouldn't It Be Nice- The Beach Boys

Yellow- Coldplay

Yesterday- The Beatles

You and Me- Lifehouse 

You're My Best Friend- Queen

Zombie- The Cranberries


1,2,3,4 - Feist 

A Thousand Years- Christina Perri 

Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye

Ain't Nobody- Chaka Khan 

All of Me- John Legend 

Alejandro- Lady GaGa

Applause- Lady GaGa

Baby One More Time- Britney Spears 

Back to Black- Amy Winehouse 

Bad Romance- Lady Gaga

Breakaway- Avril Lavigne 

Bring me to life- Evanescene 

Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen

Careless Whisper- George Michael 

Chandelier- Sia

Crazy- Gnarls Barkley 

Feel- Robbie Wiliiams 

From This Moment On- Shania Twain

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!- ABBA

Frozen- Madonna

Halo- Beyonce 

Happy- Pharrell Williams

Hey Soul Sister- Train

Hot Stuff- Donna Summer

I Feel It Coming- The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk

I Gotta Feeling- The Black Eyed Peas

If I Ain't Got You- Alicia Keys

If I were a boy- Beyonce 

I'm Yours- Jason Maraz 

Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars

Killing Me Softly- The Fugees

Love Story- Taylor Swift 

Love Is a Loosing Game - Amy Winehouse

Mamma Mia- ABBA

Medley- Daft Punk 

Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera 

Never Let me Go- Florence and the Machine

Over The Rainbow (Hawaiian version)- Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Rather Be- Clean Bandit ft Jess Glyne 

Rolling In the Deep- Adele

Royals- Lorde 

Runnin (lose it all)- Beyonce

Rock With You- Michael Jackson

Skyfall- Adele 

Smooth Criminal- Michael Jackson

Summertime Sadness- Lana Del Ray 

Supreme- Robbie Williams

Take Me To Church- Hozier

The Call- Regina Spektor 

This Love- Maroon 5

Thriller- Michael Jackson

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran 

Time After Time- Cyndi Lauper

Titanium- David Guetta ft Sia

Toxic- Britney Spears

Turning Tables- Adele

We Found Love- Rhianna ft. Calvin Harris 

Without You- David Guetta

Wrecking Ball- Miley Cyrus 

Young And Beautiful- Lana Del Ray

You're Beautiful- James Blunt


A Whole New World - From the movie 'Aladdin'

A Day In the Life of a Fool - Arr. Bert Ligon 

All of You - Cole Porter

At Last-Etta James 

Begin the Beguine - Cole Porter

Blue Moon - Arr. Matt Turner 

Bye Bye Blackbird - Arr. Bud Caputo 

Cry Me A River- Arthur Hamilton 

Everything- Michael Buble 

Every Time We Say Goodbye - Cole Porter

Fly Me to The Moon - Frank Sinatra 

Gabriel's Oboe (from the soundtrack 'The Mission'- Ennio Morriconne 

How High The Moon - Arr. Thom Sharp 

I Concentrate on You - Cole Porter

I Get a Kick Out of You - Cole Porter

It Had To Be You - Arr. Martin Norgaard

It's All Right With Me - Cole Porter 

It's Only a Paper Moon - Arr. Bert Ligon

I've Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter 

I Love You - Cole Porter

Night and Day - Cole Porter

La Vie En Rose- Edith Piaf

Libertango- Bond

Let It Go (from the movie 'Frozen'- Kristen and Robert Lopez 

Moon River- Henry Mancini 

Over The Rainbow- Harold Arlen 

Pirates Of The Caribbean- Klaus Badelt 

Take Five - Arr. Bert Ligon

Unchained Melody- Alex North

Up Where We Belong- Joe Cocker

We Go Together- From 'Grease' 

What A Wonderful World- Loui Armstrong 

What Is This Thing Called Love? - Cole Porter

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Cole Porter


Wonderful inclusion at The Chamber of Minerals and Energy annual Christmas Celebration. The strong quintet performed their renditions of golden oldies and popular modern songs that suited the audience perfectly.


They are extremely talented and were very professional throughout; from the time of booking and particularly on the evening. Thank you for livening up our event!"

- Marielle Lancaster, Events and Membership Officer for CME

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