St Elizabeth's House Hotel Plympton

Busy couple of days for the Exe Valley String Quartet. We played at another new venue for us in Plympton last Saturday. Lovely venue. We played for the drinks reception only today with a lot of requests for film music. We love playing the film themes and today we got to play lots, including Jurrasic Park, Star Wars, Gladiator and of course Toy Story. Great gig with lots of lovely feedback from an appreciative crowd. St Elizabeth's House

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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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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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Quartet wedding at Huntsham Court.

We played at a very beautiful wedding yesterday in the Spring sunshine. This was the first time back at the gorgeous Huntsham Court Country House, Devon in a while. We were there all day playing for the ceremony and then outside in the lovely gardens in the sunshine and then back inside for the wedding breakfast. We were able to play a large amount of our repertoire both classical and rock/pop with a special request to end with - 'The Rains of Castamere' - go and listen to it if you don't know it because it is beautiful - great for the viola. A lovely day

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Wedding Extravaganza

Always a pleasure to play at and attend the big wedding show at West Point Arena in Exeter.  Busy two days talking with brides and groomes and families about their music requirements. We had lots of enquiries and the bookings are starting to come in as well. We are looking forward to a busy 2022 and busy 2023.

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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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Singing for Tom Daley

It was nice to spend the morning yesterday directing my rock choirs at Bovey Castle. This is venue that I play at often with the Exe Valley String Quartet but this was a choir gig this time. We sang live on BBC Breakfast to help the legend that is Tom Daley on his final leg of his challenge for Red Nose Day. It was nice that the BBC acknowledged the link between our string quartet, Bovey Castle and us playing for the wedding of Tom and Lance back in 2017. Both of these events were awesome experiences that I will always remember and cherish.

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Autumnal Music at Rockbeare Manor

Lovely autumnal wedding this afternoon at beautiful @rockbeare_manor_ . Red leaves all over the floor as we walked into the venue. Lovely ceremony. We played our new arrangement of John Barry's 'Somewhere in time' which is just gorgeous. Today was about being versatile. Paganini to Beauty and the Beast to Guns and Roses. #ExeValleyStringQuartet#weddingViolinist. #DevonViolinist.  The bride walked into "I can't help falling in love with you', and the exit of the bridal party was the 'You and me' song which is really fun and funky.

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Wedding Breakfast Music at The Great Barn in Ashton.

I had a lovely afternoon playing with the Exe Valley String Quartet at an autumnal wedding.  We were in the stunning Great Barn in Ashton not too far from Exeter and we played to accompany the wedding breakfast. Its so nice just to play through our music and choose some of the pieces that we dont play too often.  We played some classical music including Eine Kleine by Mozart which we dont play too often.  We also played David Bowie's Life on Mars, The Jurrasic Park theme and the really lovely Concerning Hobbits theme.  Fab day!

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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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