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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Solo Violin (with some electric!) at Rockbeare Manor.

July 18th 2021. My extremely busy (but totally enjoyable) July continued with a return to Rockbeare Manor but this time as a solo violinist. Congratulations to Megan and Ben on a beautiful wedding in the glorious sunshine. Megan wanted 'My Heart will go on' just before her entrance in memory of her Nan. Megan walked into my new arrangement of Let it go (James Bay). I played 10,000 hours and Pompeii during the signing and then the bridal party and guests 'danced' out to Came here for love (Sigala, Ella eyre). A really lovely gig and its always nice to get lots of positive feedback on the day. Thank you.

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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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Playing under a brolly!

The weekend continued on Sunday 11th July this time in Torquay and the very beautiful The Osborne Hotel. What a stunning backdrop for a wedding ceremony! Congratulations to Razan and Ahmad on your wedding day. You both looked amazing and Im so sorry it rained on your big day. A first for me though - playing Canon in D under a brolly in Torquay!

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Rock Choir are back singing - Outside!

Well it has been a very long time to wait but after 16 months and over 470 days of having to sing in our front rooms, kitchens and garden sheds all by ourselves with only a computer as our friend we finally got to sing all together again outdoors last weekend.  It was awesome and such an emotional time.  You don't know what it means to sing with other people until you are told that you are not allowed to sing with other people.  We could all hear each other and hear all the fantastic harmonies and feel the music running through our veins.  Everybody who came along had a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting experience and this marked the beginning of our journey as a choir back to live and fabulous rock choir sessions in September.  Loved it!

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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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Always nice to get a positive review....

We want to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding. It was absolutely beautiful! It created this magical feeling and atmosphere, having you play was just amazing. You are very very talented!
All of the guests loved the arrangements, I know Liams family particularly loved the greatest showman hits! We are also so grateful for the two arrangements you created for the ceremony. ‘I get to love you’ was more than I ever imagined it to sound. It was just amazing! Also we absolutely loved 10,000 hours. 
Thank you so much again Richard, we were so happy with everything you did. Since being back from the wedding we keep talking about you and how the music just created the loveliest atmosphere. 
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Private wedding in Wembury, Plymouth.

July 3rd 2021. My busy week of gigs continued down in Wembury by Plymouth with a lovely wedding in a private garden. Congratulations to Liam and Emily on such a lovely and unique wedding ceremony. It was a pleasure to be a small part of your wonderful and special day. Music requests included 'All of me' by John Legend, 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen and of course Pachelbel's Canon for Emily's entrance.

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First gig at St Audries Park in Somerset.

June 27th 2021 - I had the honour of playing at this beautiful venue in Somerset St Audries Park Wedding Venue last week. Huge congratulations to Becky and Jack on a great wedding. It was lovely to see so many people there as well. The ceremony was in the orangery which had a great acoustic. Becky walked into Canon in D and then I played The river flows in you and Ed Sheeran's Perfect during the signing of the register. The wedding party then literally danced out to 'Shut up and dance'. We then all moved into the main house for the drinks reception where I got to try out my new Michael Jackson medley. Lovely day at a lovely new venue.

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June 24th 2021 at the Brickhouse Vineyard

The gigs are taking off again now and I am thrilled!  It so lovely to be playing 'live' music to a 'live' audience.  A lovely wedding at a lovely venue and I got the chance to play some of my new arrangements.  June 24th 2021. I played at a beautiful intimate wedding at the gorgeous Brickhouse Vineyard. Congratulations to Sophie and Liam - what a great day. I had a fab time playing some of my new arrangements. I played 'I get to love you' by Rouelle for Sophie's entrance. This is a gorgeous melody! For the signing I played 'A Million dreams' and another new arrangement - 10,000 hours by Dan and Shay and Justin Bieber. This is another great track! The wedding party made their exit to a favourite of mine - 'This will be' by Natalie Cole. I stayed and played a wide variety of songs and tunes while the wedding guests drank champagne and had a chat and a catch up. It is so good to be back playing live!

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Fantastic Wedding at The Folly in Devon

It was lovely to be back playing live music again in the sunshine on Thursday. Congratulations to Karl and Karen. I played for their short wedding ceremony which was under the pagoda with a stunning view as the backdrop. I arranged 'memories' by Maroon 5 for the brides entrance. This is a really lovely song that is based on Pachelbel's Canon in D. I then serenaded Karl and karen while they had their wedding meal playing a selection of music from a variety of musical genres. Thank you to Carol and her team at Thefollydevon for such a lovely occasion.  I also tried out some of my new arrangements today including Love me like you do (Ellie Goulding) and I get to love you (Ruille).

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It's great to be back!

It is April 17th 2021 and it feels so good to be back playing live music for real live people at a wedding.  This was my first visit to the very beautiful Baeconside House in North Devon which looked absolutely stunning in the Devon sunshine. Congratulations to Abigail and Chris on a beautiful ceremony.  It was small and intimate which I really like.  The ceremony was outdoors with the beautiful countryside as the backdrop.  Abigail and her bridesmaids walked into 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri.  I played 'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran and 'Can't help falling in love with you' by Elvis during the signing of the register. The bridal party then danced out to 'No place Id rather be' by Clean Bandit.  I then continued to play a wide range of music to accompany the drinks reception and photos.  I love this bit because it gives me the chance to try out some new arrangements.  I managed to try out 'Sweet child o mine' by Guns and Roses here.  We know it works for string quartet and goes down well but it also works for solo violin as well although note to self - ' Don't get too over excited in the big solo at the end - I nearly broke my E string!'. Great gig, great to be back.  Im now looking forward to a very busy summer programme both with the Exe Valley String Quartet and also as a solo musician.

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Beautiful Acoustics in Bovey Tracey.


I played at a lovely funeral service this afternoon. It was a fitting tribute from family and friends. This is the really beautiful Parish Church in Bovey Tracey which has the most gorgeous acoustic. It was a real honour to be asked to play my own new arrangement of The Lark Ascending. I have fallen in love with this piece again.

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A Beautiful Autumn Wedding

I think that may well be me done for 2020 now. Looks like more restrictions are in place on weddings from today. Yesterday I had another short trip up to the beautiful Brickhouse Vineyard. This time to play for Helen and Tom. A stunning day in the sunshine playing my violin whilst people mingle and chatter with a glass of bubbly. What else could you want? I played a new arrangement that I have just done of L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole which went down really well. Congratulations to Helen and Tom on a glorious wedding. More time to practice now over the winter and write arrangements! Cheers.

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Elopement Wedding at Brickhouse Vineyard Mamhead.

To complete a busy week I played at a very intimate wedding at the very beautiful Brickhouse Vineyard followed by the cozy ThefollydevonCongratulations to Milo and Krisna on a romantic occasion. I was asked to write an arrangement of a popular Malaysian folk song for Krisnas entrance which sounded so nice on the violin. Milo entered to 'Theme from a summer place'. It was nice to play a few jazz standards as well today like 'At Last' by Etta James and 'Fly me to the moon'. I even had some lunch as well which was amazing! There is something very romantic about playing at a wedding where the only guests present are the bride and the groom - nobody else! #weddingviolinist #elopementweddingviolinist

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Budleigh Salterton Wedding.

I had a lovely afternoon with the Exe Valley String trio last Thursday. We played for the ceremony and drinks reception in Budleigh Salterton in the beautiful sunshine overlooking the sea. Congratulations to Laura and Adam on a beautiful wedding in stunning surroundings.  We played Canon in D for the brides entrance and the drinks reception started with Marry You by Bruno Mars.  It was so nice to play live music with human beings!

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The music starts again - in Weymouth!

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