Sunny Crowcombe Court wedding

Lovely summer wedding in sunny Somerset. @crowcombecourt . Special request for ‘Daisy Daisy’ in memory of Felicity’s gran. A chance to play my new arrangement of From this moment by Shania Twain. Lots of lovely feedback. Congratulations Felicity and Neil. Beautiful setting.

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Exe Valley Duo at Deer Park Hotel

Busy weekend. Sunday I joined Lucy and played as a string duo for a wedding ceremony and drinks reception at the very lovely Deer Park Country House . I transcribed 'Flowers' by sweet Female Attitude and we played it just before the ceremony. We played a stripped back version of 'Say you won’t let go' by James Arthur for the brides entrance. Lovely wedding at a beautiful venue. Nice to play as a duo.

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Mapperton House and Gardens intimate wedding.

Wow! What an amazing place to play. Love Mapperton House & Gardens I played for a small intimate wedding in the gardens and then played for the drinks reception and photos. Really enjoyed playing my new special arrangement of Paramore The only exception. Thank you for your lovely welcome. I had a great day.

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Beautiful Coombe Lodge wedding in the sunshine.

Wow! What a beautiful venue @coombelodgeblagdon . Lovely summer wedding in the gorgeous sunshine. Full day today. Violin for the wedding ceremony and the drinks reception. This included the lovely A Thousand Years for the brides entrance and my new arrangement of signed sealed delivered by Stevie Wonder for the exit music. Then I moved onto piano to accompany the wedding breakfast. Great day at a beautiful venue.

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Fiddling on the farm. (Tuxton)

Lovely wedding reception at Tuxton Farm last Friday. I played a selection of popular songs and tunes on the electric violin while guests chatted, had a drink and even a bit of a dance!

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Lovely summer wedding on Blackpool Sands.

Beautiful day for a wedding at the Venus Cafe on Blackpool sands. Congratulations to Sam and Rich. A mixture of classical music and pop and rock hits while the guests relaxed on the beach. I played some new arrangements today including ‘you’re my best friend’ and ‘Love if my life’ by Queen and Beyoncé Crazy in Love! #musiciandevon #devonviolinist

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'A little chaos' for local wedding.

Nice local wedding today, this time with the Exe Valley Trio. We played for Kate and Ben's wedding in Cheriton Bishop. A really lovely ceremony that was spoken both in English and French. We played our own bespoke arrangement of the theme to 'A Little Chaos' which was very well received. We then went off to the local barn to play for the drinks reception (while the rains came)

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Summer Wedding by Haytor, Dartmoor.

Lovely summer wedding today with the Exe Valley string Quartet. We played at a new venue for us The Moorland Hotel which is up by Haytor on Dartmoor. Stunning views! Great to play the ‘you and me song’ again for the wedding party exit. Great song. Congratulations to Jade and Jordan.

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Playing in a Tee - Pee!

I had the pleasure of joining Exe Valley String Quartet and playing at the very beautiful Hareston Manor Weddings last Saturday. We even got to play in a tee-pee! We played 'At Last' for the entrance of the wedding party and 'You've got the love' for the exit. We also played a brand new arrangement of ' The Luckiest' by Ben Folds which is gorgeous!

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Double Gig Saturday!

Wow, what a Saturday!  I had the pleasure of playing on the beach at The Venus cafe Blackpool Sands for Fee and Simons wedding on Saturday. I played the Canon in D for Fee's entrance and then we rocked out to Mr Blue Sky which is a new piece in my repertoire.  I then drove a short distance to Ringmore by Bigbury to play at a suprise birthday party.  It was all very exciting as the birthday girl new nothing of the party or the fact that a violinist would be there to play her in.  Imagine her face when she walks into Sky full of stars by Coldplay! It was awesome! I then played a mixture of light jazz and classical favourites while the guests had a drink before dinner.

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Beautiful Ilfracombe Wedding

I never forget how lucky I am with my job. Today I played at @hotelsandycove with the sea in the background. Beautiful wedding with really lovely music choices. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran for Megan’s entrance. Everything by Michael Buble for the signing and Best day of my life for the exit. Lovely families and a great venue. Lovely to work alongside Laura at again. she is awesome. #hotelsandycove

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Quartet wedding in a Marquee in a field.

Lovely wedding today just outside Exeter. Ceremony and drinks reception inside a marquee due to the poor weather. Lots and lots of classical music today including some opera excerpts which are so nice to play.

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Faure and Vivaldi Choral Concert

It was my pleasure to lead the orchestra in this choral concert in Crediton.  It was so lovely to play the Faure Requiem which is a delightful piece of music that holds many fond memories for me from my Conservatoire days.  After the interval we played Vivaldi's Gloria which is another great work. The choir was North Creedy Choral Society.  I really enjoyed playing in an orchestra.

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Spring wedding in Ilfracombe by the beach.

Fantastic spring wedding in Ilfracombe. Solo wedding at The Tunnels hotel overlooking the sea. Nice to play some unaccompanied Vivaldi. Long road trip for me but always worth it.

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Pynes House wedding in the April Sunshine.

Lovely wedding in the April sunshine. Beautiful venue Pynes House and a big thank you to the wonderful Natalie Hyland Weddings & Events for the welcome. Nice to play something a bit different today. Yours by Ella Henderson, River Flows in me and a lovely gentle version of Symphony by Clean Bandit. Then I played for the drinks reception in the beautiful rose garden.

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Verdi's Requiem with Plymouth Phil

Brilliant Sunday music day. I joined the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir choir and orchestra to put on an amazing performance of Verdis Requiem at the wonderful Plymouth Guildhall. What a great piece of music! Loved the challenge of a last minute switch to violin one!

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Powderham Castle Wedding taken by David Brent from The Office!

I played at the very beautiful Powderham Castle last weekend for the wedding of Kimberley and Jon. It was a wedding with a difference as it was taken by David Brent from The Office! It was hilarious! I played 'One Day like this' for Kimberley's entrance and then I went up to the famous minstrels gallery to play a variety of pop and rock violin covers for the drinks reception. It was a lovely day. Congratulations!

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Traditional church wedding with EVSQ

I spent the day with Exe Valley String Quartet on Saturday playing at the wedding of Andy and Zaria. It is always nice to play the Canon in D in a church with the lovely acoustics. Then we went off to Rockbeare Manor to play for the drinks reception. We played a wide variety of upbeat songs and pieces including the very popular Don't look back in Anger which is one of our new arrangements.

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Playing outside in January!

I don't think I have ever played outside in January before! Just look at the weather though - it was beautiful. Congratulations to Faye and Philippe on a really beautiful ceremony and drinks reception in this gorgeous corner of South Devon Thurlestone Hotel. Faye walked into the very popular Canon in D and then I played a variety of musical styles outside on the balcony. #musiciandevon #devonviolinist

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Last gig for 2021. Thank you St Audries Park.

I had a lovely day yesterday playing for Lizzie and Williams Christmas wedding. That was the last gig for 2021. St Audries Park Wedding Venue is a stunning location for a wedding. I played electric violin for the drinks reception only. Nice to play through the repertoire including the theme tune from Jurassic Park.. #musiciandevon #freelanceviolinist #devonviolinist. It has been a very unusual year.  No gigs for the first half of the year due to the pandemic and then suddenly all goes mad and I have lots of gigs both as a soloist and also with the string quartet.  New weddings, existing weddings and of course fitting in all of the postponed weddings.  2022 is shaping up to me a little bit more controlled!  Happy new Year.

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