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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Bovey Castle Wedding with EVSQ

We played at the very beautiful Bovey Castle today for another beautiful wedding. Slightly 'light jazz' feel to the requests today. Etta James 'At Last' and Gershwins 'Summerime' for the signing of the register. Really lovely pieces to play as a quartet. We played 'Signed Sealed Delivered' for the exit of the bridal party which was a new one for us but again very cool to play. 'Beaky' the parrot liked the music very much and even 'wolf whistled' some of the ladies at the wedding!

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Ever After Dartmoor wedding with Exe Valley String Quartet

What a scorching day it was Saturday for the wedding of Hannah and Richard. This was our second visit to the very beautiful Ever After - A Dartmoor Wedding. A busy gig as we played for pre ceremony drinks on the lawn. We then moved onto the ceremony where we played Hey Jude and Stand by Me. As the groom was a big Spurs fan we were asked to play the wedding party and guests out to the theme from the Champions League Football show. It went down well with all the guests. Then off to play lots of upbeat pop and rock covers for the main drinks reception. Congratulations to Hannah and Richard. Fabulous wedding!

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Exe Valley String Quartet at Lake View Manor

Fabulous wedding today at the very lovely Lakeview Manor. Our first visit to this lovely wedding venue near to Honiton. Congratulations to Bex and Scott on a beautiful day. We were asked to play our brand new arrangement today of A Million Dreams which is such a cool melody. We then went off out into the garden and played under the gazebo for the drinks reception.  This is the end of a very busy but totally amazing week of gigs.  Four weddings in five days.  450 miles.  4 gorgeous wedding venues in 4 beautiful parts of the lovely South West of England.  Time for a short rest now!  More weddings at the end of August.

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Exe Valley Strings wedding at Paschoe House.

Lovely day today with the Exe Valley String Quartet. We played at the beautiful Paschoe House in Devon. It is so nice to play beautiful pieces like Clare de Lune and Greensleeves against such a lovely back drop. Judging by the reaction of the guests 'Sweet Child O Mine' went down well again! Congratulations Amy and Marc on your wedding. Thank you Tabitha for being such a wonderful host.  We had the honour of playing before the ceremony, as the beautiful bride made her entrance, during the signing of the register and then for the exit of the bridal party and the guests.  We then moved up to the patio to play for the drinks reception and we even played for a large part of the wedding breakfast as well,  It was a really lovely gig with a very appreciative audience!

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Exe Valley Quartet at Royal Yacht Club in Torbay

On Saturday night Exe Valley String Quartet were very privileged to be invited to play at a 'Titanic' themed dinner event at Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay. (Royal Torbay Yacht Club) It was a real posh do and it was so nice to play all of our classical repertoire. We also played some new music - a medley of 'Pirates of Penzance' songs which went down well and also some Joplin rags! There was even a surprise performance from a barbershop quartet! I do love my job!

 

 

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Quartet at Pencarrow House, Cornwall.

 


Lovely day out today at Pencarrow House & Gardens with Exe Valley String Quartet for a very special wedding. Gorgeous venue and gorgeous weather. Nice to play a gig in Cornwall today. A real eclectic mix of music requests - Foo Fighters Everlong, At Last (Eta James), The very thought of you (Billie Holiday) and Jurassic Park theme. Great fun to play and a very appreciative audience who gave lots of lovely feedback afterwards! Thank you. We enjoyed our day!
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Exe Valley Strings at stunning Bovey Castle

I spent the afternoon today with the amazing Exe Valley String Quartet at Bovey Castle playing for their open day.  We play at this beautiful wedding venue just on the edge of Dartmoor a lot as we are on their recommended list of suppliers.  This is a 5* venue with all the trimmings as you can see from the pictures.  We played in the stunning Cathedral Room where all the big weddings take place.  This is a venue where we play a lot of our classical music repertoire which is always lovely.  We had lots of people complimenting us on our playing and lots of visitors finding out how to book us for their weddings later this year and in 2020.  This is a special venue for the quartet as in May 2017 we were selected to play for the wedding of Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black which is still up there as a highlight for us as an ensemble.

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A Successful Wedding Fair

The Exe Valley String Quartet spent the afternoon at Exeter Racecourse playing at the Chic Elite Wedding Fair.  We had a lovely afternoon playing a wide range of music from the classical greats through to upbeat pop and rock classics.  We even played a bit of jazz and some film themes. 'Game of Thones' theme seemed to go down very well and always gets a positive reaction.  It was nice to meet lots of propspective brides and grooms and their families to discuss the different wedding packages we have available.  Lovely feedback as well.  Now to follow up the requests with a bespoke quote.

 

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Arranging and Wedding Fairs

January and February is a time for recovery after a very busy Christmas period.  I am currently writing out some arrangemnents in preparation for a busy summer period of weddings and events.  I will be joining the Exe Valley String Quartet to showcase our repertoire and music at wedding fairs across Devon.  We start at Exeter Racecourse on Sunday 27th january (11am - 3pm).  Then we will be playing at The Osborne Hotel in Torquay on Sunday 17th February (similar times) and then finally we will be playing at Bovey Castles open day on Saturday 2nd March (2pm - 5pm).  As a soloist I will be playing at the Moorland Hotel overlooking Dartmoor on Sunday 10th February from 11am.  If you are planning a wedding or know somebody that is or maybe you know somebody planning a corporate event or dinner or something similar where a live string quartet or violinist or pianist would add to the atmosphere and ambience for the event then it will be great to hear from you.

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Naval Wedding in Dartmouth!

Fabulous wedding at Dartmouth Naval College today.  The Exe Valley String Quartet played the very beautiful 'Fairytale' by Einoudi for the beautiful bride and her party to enter the chapel.  I arranged this especially for todays ceremony and it set the mood for a lovely ceremony.  We stayed for the whole day playing for both the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast.  It was nice to play a real mixture of classical and pop tunes including I Giorni, Eine Kleine, Palladio as well as some Ed sheeran and the georgeous Carpenters classic 'Close to you'.  Congartulations James and Moniqua.

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