Limited Edition Bentley with john Lennon artwork.

It isn't everyday you get this close to a limited edition Bentley with John Lennon's artwork on it. I couldn't resist a picture. St Audries Park Wedding Venue.

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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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Playing while the waves crash below me!

I play at so many lovely venues but this has to be one of my favourites. (The Tunnels in Ilfracombe) To play the violin with the sea crashing against the rocks in front of you is amazing. Great wedding. Congratulations Lauren and Colin. Loved playing Jurassic Park for your entrance and Boccherini. We even had a bit of a dance party while I played a set of modern upbeat dance and pop tracks.

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Wedding Pianist today at Waie Inn.

Today I put down the violin and played the piano for a wedding blessing at the Waie Inn nr Crediton.  It made a nice change to play the piano today.  I played one of my favourite Beatle songs for the brides entrance 'Here there and everywhere' and then we had Maestro from Holiday Inn and Glasgow Love Theme from  Love Actually for the exit.  I then played a variety of pieces as background music for the welcome drinks reception.  Phlippa, the bride is a huge fan of Einaudi so I got the chance to play lots of his hits.  I really like Einaudi.

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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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Return to Shilstone House

On Septermber 18th I returned to one of my favourite new venues Shilstone House. This is a really lovely venue with lots of helpful staff.  Congratulations to Hayley and Ben on a cracking ceremony. So nice to see people singing along and dancing along when I play some of the tunes.  It was nice to play 'No place I'd rather be' again after a while.  It was a day of pop and rock classics in the September sunshine.

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Solo Ceremony at Deer Park Country House

I love a September wedding. Today I was at another of my regular venues. @deerparkcountryhouse. This time to play for the wedding ceremony of Lauren and Charlie. We had Robbie Williams Angels for the glorious entrance of the wedding party. We then had All of me and Perfect for the signing and the Bruno Mars Marry you for the exit of the bridal party. It was a really lovely ceremony which was unique when the groom and his friends arrived at the ceremony on their motor bikes. Brilliant!

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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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Intimate wedding ceremony at Bovey castle.

I played for a very intimate wedding ceremony and drinks reception on Tuesday at @boveycastle . Congratulations Kleber and Lucy. Lovely to play some different pieces today. Girl from Ipanema, Fly me to the moon and Dream a little dream of me. I like playing the light jazz repertoire.  Solo violin seems to work at very small intimate wedding ceremonies like this one.

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Lovely wedding in Sidmouth.

Lovely wedding today with Sidmouth as the back drop.  This is The Sidmouth Harbour Hotel.  Nice to play outdoors in the sunshine.  Congratulations to Milly and Danny. Due to the liscence detail at the hotel I had to play acapella when outside so although this was a challenge it was a new refreshing sound and something I haven't had to do before.  I also played some piano tunes for the guests during the wedding breakfast.  Great song choices, How long will I love you, Adventure of a lifetime and then my new arrangement of Wildest Dreams from Bridgeton for the signing of the register.

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Richard back with the BPCO in Weston Super Mare.

I had a great day in Weston Super Mare on Sunday playing with the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at The Playhouse Theatre. Nice to dress up and play with a 40 piece orchestra. We played a great programme of pieces including film themes and opera arias with two amazing soloists. The concert ended with all of the popular 'Last night of the Proms' classics. Great to have a live audience and great to see them singing their hearts out. #lovemyjob #goodtobeback.

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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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A small, intimate wedding at Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead.

Some more pictures from Wednesdays wedding ay Brickhouse Vineyard. A beautiful venue in the lovely sunshine. A nice small and intimate wedding ceremony with 1000 years for the brides entrance, 'I vow to thee my country' for the signing of the register and then a new arrangement that I have just written of 'Shine' by Years and years for the wedding party exit. (A great track!). I also stayed on to play for the drinks reception which gave me the chance to play another new arrangement, this time Aha's famous classic 'Take on me'. Another lovely wedding. Congratulations to Rachael and Craig.

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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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Great view for a wedding ceremony.

Friday 20th August I played at Staddon Heights Golf Club for the wedding of Rachel and Craig. This was the view from the ceremony! It was a lovely ceremony taken by the brides father both from America. Rachel came into 'All of me' and the wedding party exited to 'Viva La Vida'. I then played on for an hour or so for the drinks reception. A lovely gig with lots of really positive feedback. Congratulations to Rachel and Craig.

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Debut at Shilstone House.

Wednesday 18th August. Short trip down the A38 to the very beautiful Shilstone House to play for the wedding of Robbie and Emma. What a lovely place to play. We had the very lovely 'Canon in D' for the entrance music, 'All of me' for the signing and then a brand new arrangement of 'Simply the best' for the exit music. We then went into the gardens for the drinks reception where I rocked things up a bit with Sigala, Bastille and even a little bit of Moana! Great day. Congratulations to Robbie and Emma. Lots of lovely guests giving me lots of lovely feedback.

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Traditional church wedding in Torquay

My busy August continued in Torquay on Saturday 14th August. Another traditional church wedding and again playing the piano/organ in the ceremony. Congratulations Emily and Warren. I played a little bit of violin pre ceremony and then it was a real pleasure to play Trumpet Voluntary and Mendelssohns Wedding March for the entrance and exit. I accompanied Megan, one of the bridesmaids as she sung 'Grow old with me' beautifully during the signing of the register.

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Road trip to Sopley Mill, Dorset.

A road trip to Dorset last Wednesday 11th August. A traditional church wedding ceremony which was really lovely followed by some electric violin at the very beautiful Sopley Mill. Congratulations to Matt and Rachel. It was nice to play some piano for the hymns today and to accompany the very talented Zoe who was one of the bridesmaids. Thank you to Marian Keohane the brides mother for looking after me with a very tasty three course meal before driving back to Devon.

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