St Audries Park in the October sunshine

What a fabulous day we had today at the stunning St Audries Park Wedding Venue in Somerset. Beautiful venue, beautiful couple and beautiful weather. The ceremony was in the Orangey and we played A Million Dreams for Charlotte’s entrance, Hopippola for the signing and then Bittersweet Symphony for the exit. We also played two new arrangements during the drinks reception which went down really well. Blinding Lights and Blue Monday. A thoroughly enjoyable day.  A lovely day out with the Exe Valley String Quartet.

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Return to Rockbeare Manor!

More music and fun with the Exe Valley String Quartet today. We played at our second home Rockbeare Manor (it certainly feels like it anyway!) for todays ceremony and drinks reception. We played our brand new arrangement of 'Beautiful in White' which is a beautiful song based around melodic patterns of Canon in D by Pachelbel. Good day. Congratulations Ben and Rebecca.

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'Tragedy' at Bovey Castle wedding

Wow! What a stunning September wedding in the sunshine. I joined the Exe Valley String Quartet as we returned to one of our regular venues yesterday Bovey Castle to play for the ceremony and also the drinks reception out on the terrace. Great to play such a wide range of requests from the very elegant 'Flower Duet' to the extravagant 'Tradegy' and yes this was for the entrance of one of the brides! Great fun to play and the guests loved it to.

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Rockbeare Wedding with the Exe Valley String Quartet.

Lovely wedding at Rockbeare Manor with the Exe Valley String Quartet. Great venue with stunning views. We played ‘Tale as old as time’ for the entrance of the bride which is always magical. This was followed by ‘Stand by me’ and ‘How long will I love you’ for the signing of the register and ‘isn’t she lovely’ for the exit of the bride and groom. We played two brand new arrangements as well during the drinks reception- ‘In my blood’ by Shawn Mendes and ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond. A great day.

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Classical music programme at St Stephens Church, Ashill.

Well what a lovely gig we had today. I joined up with the Exe Valley String Quartet today as we played for a wedding ceremony at St Stephens Church in beautiful Ashill by Collumpton and then off to the drinks reception in a private garden close by. It was a real pleasure to play a programme made up completely of classical music. Lot's of Mozart and Bach and lots of opera favourites as well with all the classic Opera melodies on the request list. Great to play these pieces.

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Church wedding in Lympstone.

I joined the Exe Valley String Quartet again for our second wedding in a couple of days which was on Monday morning in the very beautiful parish church in Lympstone. Before the ceremony we played lots of classical favourites which was so nice as the church had a beautiful acoustic. The bride walked down the isle to 'Spring one' from Bridgerton which is proving to be very popular this summer. This is an original take on Vivaldis Spring which is really clever. We played 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' for the signing of the register and then 'Hoppipola' for the exit which we haven't played for a long time. I don't know why that is because it is a really lovely piece of music.

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Exe Valley String Quartet back at beautiful Bovey Castle.

Last Saturday I joined the Exe Valley String Quartet as we returned to a very familiar venue. We play many weddings and events at Bovey Castle every year so it was nice to be back after a break due to Covid. A beautiful wedding and the chance to play some of our classical repertoire pre ceremony. We played outside overlooking Dartmoor for the drinks reception. This gave us the chance to play a few of our new arrangements and some old pop and rock classics.

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The Great Barn, Ashton

I know that I say this a lot but I really do get to play at some beautiful places. I started August with a wedding just down the road at The Great Barn Devon with the Exe Valley String Quartet. We played for the ceremony only today in a beautifully converted barn with a really lovely acoustic. The bride and bridesmaids walked into 'Can't help falling in love with you'. We played 'What a wonderful world' and 'Moonriver' for the signing of the register and then 'God only knows' by the Beach boys for the exit of the bridal party and guests. Lovely venue and lovely weather.

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North Devon wedding at Tawstock Court.

I ended a very busy July with a road trip up to North Devon and the stunning Tawstock Court with the Exe Valley String Quartet. Wow. This was our first visit to this venue and it was a lovely place to play. The wedding was outside over looking the gorgeous North Devon countryside. We played some of new arrangements today including I Giorni (Einoudi), Photograph (Ed Sheeran) and Always remember us this way (Lady Gaga). The happy couple made their exit to the very popular Viva La Vida (Coldplay). We went inside then to accompany the first part of the wedding breakfast. Another lovely wedding. Onto August!

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Double wedding weekend with EVSQ

I had a weekend away from my solo gigs last weekend and a lovely weekend with the Exe Valley String Quartet.  On Friday 23rd July we played at Deer Park Hotel nr Honiton.  This was an outdoor wedding in very hot conditions down by their amazing summer house. We played a selection of classical favourites before the ceremony and then a selection of pop music and film themes for the rest of the ceremony and the drinks reception.  On Saturday we drove up to Somerset and to a new venue for us Forde Abby nr Chard.  The ceremony was indoors so it was really nice to play in such a great acoustic.  We then went outside for the drinks reception.  Again we played a mixture of genres including 'Can you feel the love tonight' from The Lion King and our brand new arrangent of 'Royals' by Lorde which works really well for a string quartet.  The guests at both weddings were very appreciative of our playing which is always nice to hear.

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Luxurious wedding at Mapperton House in Dorset.

July 17th 2021 - Back out gigging with the Exe Valley String Quartet in Dorset.
Well we were certainly spoilt on Saturday when we went to Mapperton House & Gardens to play. What a gorgeous venue. The bride and groom were very particular with their music choices which we love as we love to be challenged as musicians. Eva walked in to 'The Crown and the Ring' a heavy metal song by Manowar. We then played our new celtic version of 'Fields of Gold' into 'Concerning Hobbits' from The Lord of the Rings for the exit of the bridal party. Lots of new arrangements for this wedding and the bride was delighted with the results. Lovely day out in Dorset.
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Back to Rockbeare Manor...

On Wednesday 14th July we returned to Rockbeare Manor for our third wedding in just over a week. We played outside this amazing building in the glorious sunshine and then accompanied the guests during their drinks reception on the lawns. Congratulations to Ellie and Bradley on a lovely wedding. Amongst the repertoire today was our new arrangement of 'Wings' by Birdy which is a lovely track. Other requests included 'Thinking our loud' by Ed Sheeran and 'Whatever' by Oasis. Thank you to Rockbeare and their staff for looking after us - see you very soon.

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Wedding Breakfast at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

Saturday 10th July 2021.
My busy gig schedule in July continued last weekend down in Plymouth at the The Duke of Cornwall Hotel. This time I was playing with the Exe Valley String Quartet for Laura and Leigh's wedding. We played for two hours while the guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast. This gave us the chance to play a wide variety of musical styles from our extensive repertoire. We even got a box of fresh cream cakes given to us as a gift!
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Outdoor wedding at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter.

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On Monday 5th July we returned to Rockbeare Manor for the wedding of Dan and Lauren. Very different technique of playing needed on Monday as the ceremony and the drinks reception were both outside. Always fun though! Lauren walked down the isle to 'When you say nothing at all' which is one of our brand new arrangements. During the signing of the register we played a couple of beautiful melodies from Love Actually and then the bridal party made their exit to 'One day like this' by Elbow. We played a wide and varied selection of pieces and songs during the drinks reception including a request to play the theme tune from Superman which seemed to go down very well! It's great to be back.  It is always nice to receive positive feedback from the bride and groom. Dan and Lauren said 'We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for your incredible performance at our wedding on Monday. You guys were amazing and really moving, we loved the selection.' We are really happy with the last bit of this feedback mentioning how much they enjoyed what we chose to play.  It is so important to choose music that captures the spirit of the wedding and compliments the atmosphere being created.  Every wedding is different.

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The Exe Valley String Quartet are back....

What a weekend! More gigs, this time with the amazing Exe Valley String Quartet. Two quartet weddings in two days!
Well it has been a while but The Exe Valley String Quartet are back out there playing live music to real live people again. Two weddings in two days and both at the very beautiful Rockbeare Manor wedding venue. On Sunday 4th July we played for Chris and Becky's wedding. Becky walked in to Canon in D and then we played our brand new arrangement of Wildest Dreams (Bridgerton) by Taylor Swift which went down really well. Becky and Chris walked out to The Queen of Sheeba. We were also asked to put together a bespoke arrangement of Robert Miles 'Children' and the bride and groom had their own personal performance of this whilst sitting on the grand staircase. It's great to be back!
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What do we do in the winter break?

January and February is always a little bit quieter in terms of concerts and gigs.  This gives us the oportunity to have a little breather.  We still continue to practice and work on new material.  We recently spent the afternoon meeting clients at Bovey castle for their Wedding open day.  I have also been busy arranging new pieces for weddings and events coming up in the spring.  These new pieces include Tchaikovsky Waltz from Eugene and Onegin and Tightrope (Greatest Showman), Never Gonna Let you down (Rita Ora) and Past the point of no return (Phantom).

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Traditional Christmas Wedding at Ottery St Mary Church

We played at the very beautiful Ottery St Mary Church today for a festive Christmas wedding. Although the weather was awful outside there was a warm and festive atmosphere inside. This was a wedding with all the trimmings. String Quartet, Organist, Choir and Bell Ringers. Pachelbels Canon for the brides entrance and then some of Handel's Water Music for the signing. This was our final gig of 2019. We would love to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a huge thank you for following us this year and in fact this decade. 2020 is already looking like another great year for the Exe Valley String Quartet. Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year everybody!

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Exe Valley String Quartet play for 'Light up a life' service in Exeter Cathedral

Last night we played as part of the Light up a life service in Exeter Cathedral and as always it was a real pleasure to be a part of such a special evening. We played a new arrangement of 'Something inside so strong' as the book of memory was brought forward and the congregation spent time reflecting and remembering loved ones.

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Exe Valley Strings at Rockbeare Manor

I had a lovely afternoon with @ExeValleyStringQuartet yesterday. Even though the weather was wet we played for a really beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at Rockbeare Manor. We played the wedding theme from 'Up' which is gorgeous and then we wrote a bespoke arrangement of 'Came here for love' for the bride and groom which is another great tune for strings to play.

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West point Arena Wedding Show Marathon!

Wow! What a weekend we have just had. We spent the whole weekend playing at the amazing South West Bride and Westpoint Wedding Show in Exeter. We talked to lots of lovely couples and their families about their music for their special day. We have lots and lots of couples to get back to this week with details of all our wedding packages. Its all very exciting!! Thank you to everybody who came to see us.

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