Christmas Wedding at Langdon Court, Wembury.

Lovely Christmas wedding at the very beautiful Langdon Court. Congratulations to Laura and Matt on a lovely wedding. Busy one for me (as I like it!). Violin for the ceremony (All of me, I will wait and Best day of my life). Upbeat tunes and songs on the violin for the drinks reception. To finish off the day I played some background piano classics for the wedding breakfast. Phew! That is it for the year now.

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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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Corporate Champagne Reception Gig

Great evening at Somerset County Cricket Club last night. I played live electric violin for the drinks reception event for the Devon and Law Society Devon & Somerset Law Society. This was a pre drinks champagne reception before their meal. I played a mixture of contemporary covers as well as a set of new light jazz classics like I've got rhythm, The girl from Ipanema and Summertime. Enjoyable evening. I even got to meet Beefy Botham (kind of!)

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Gigging on the Pont Aven!

I have just returned from three days on the Pont Aven sailing from Plymouth to Santander. We all had such a great time and it gave me a real insight into being a musician on a ship.  Tiring and demanding but a whole load of fun! This is Rozzy Turner the entertainment manager for the mini cruise.  She is ace and has an amzing voice!  I directed the Rock Choirs as we flash mobbed the passengers and sang three more full sets rocking the ship (literally!).  We also sang around the piano and I even managed to play a 30 minute set on my electric violin which was great fun!  Until next time!

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Solo wedding in Salcombe Harbour

Today I had the privilege of playing for Justine and Bens wedding in Salcombe. What a beautiful place to get married with the harbour as the back drop. Lots of musical theatre and film music today all on the electric violin. I also accompanied an amazing vocal quartet on the piano in the signing of the register as they sang original arrangements of 'Is this Love' by Bob Marley and 'All you need is love' by The Beatles. A fab day!

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British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Theatre Gig.

Orchestral gig with British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in Weston Super Mare. Last night of the proms classics as well as a full programme of British Orchestral music. Really enjoyable play!! I particularly enjoyed playing the Pirates of the Caribbean Orchestral Suite and the Phantom of the Opera was amazing!  We now go off to The Hexagon Theatre in Yeovil on Friday for the next show.

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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 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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Open Mic sessions at Dawlish Arts Festival

This is the start of a busy weekend of gigs in and around Devon.  I spent the morning down in my home town of Dawlish playing as part of the open mic sessions on the bandstand.  It was a lovely event playing live music to the people of Dawlish, residents and holiday makers alike.  I put my classical head to one side for a bit and played some contemporary tunes on electric violin including Bohemian Rhapsody, Tunes from La La land and A star is born, viva la vida, No Place Id rather be and a bit of Ed Sheeran - Perfect!  Next stop is Rock Choir at the arts festival tonight.  Exciting!!

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Rockbeare Wedding with Exe Valley String Quartet

What a lovely day for an Easter wedding at the beautiful Rockbeare Manor with the Exe Valley String Quartet - one of our regular venues. Congratulations Laura and John on your wedding day. Very contemporary feel with a film flavour as well. 'A Million Dreams' to enter, 'Somebody to love' (Queen) and You only twice (OO7) for the signing and 'Dont stop believing' to exit. We also got to play some of our new tunes including Shotgun and Jurassic Park!

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St Matthew Passion in Plymouth

I was down in Plymouth yesterday with the very talented Plymouth Philharmonic Choir and their conductor Christopher Fletcher.  The soloists were fabulous and we played to a sold out Guildhall.  This choral piece by Bach has two orchestras and two choirs and six soloists.  It is a gorgeous piece os vocal music with some beautiful arias and lovely string writing.  It was a pleasure to be a part of this concert.  I now have a week off to rest my fingers!

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Wedding in Bickleigh

Lovely wedding in beautiful Bickleigh. Gorgeous little village church with a lovely acoustic. A mixture of music requested today from Pachelbel to John Legend to The Beatles. Congratulations to Emma and James. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your special day.  Its been a busy weekend for gigs with St Matthew Passion (Bach) still to come tomorrow.

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A real honour to play today.


I have just had the honour to play my violin at a wake in Bradninch. There was a lovely atmosphere at the occasion and I played a wide variety of genres while guests chatted, had a drink and a reminisce. I was asked to play a bit of Clannad which was lovely and we ended on Darude - Sandstorm! Sounds great on electric violin!!!

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Challenging but very rewarding programme in Truro!

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I have just returned from a great couple of days in Truro Cathedral with Three Spires Singers and Orchestra.  This was an awsome programme as well as being a very challenging one.  The string writing was immense, very high in places and very very fast.  I will be giving my fingers the week off to recover! It was an honour and real musical highlight to accompany Cordelia Williams as she played the Prokofiev Piano Concerto.  It was simply stunning!  A really

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St Lukes Passion in Truro Cathedral

I had a lovely day yesterday down in Truro cathedral playing with the Truro Symphony Orchestra as we accompanied the Truro Choral Society.  We played St Lukes Passion which is a beautiful piece of choral music affiliated with Bach but we are not sure if he actually wrote it or not!  Nevertheless it was a wonderful concert in a stunning setting with exceptional soloists and a great orchestra.  I will be down there again very soon with the Three Spires Orchestra which I am looking forward to.

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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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The review from my New Years Eve gig on violin.

Richard was brilliant last night. We wanted Gaelic up beat music for our party which was great, later interspersed by some classic pop covers. He did exactly as we asked and made our party just that bit different. Thanks Richard. (10 / 10)

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Successful New Years Eve 'Fiddle' Gig

I had a wonderful New Years Eve playing for a private party in a quiet Devon village out near the Moors.  This was a solo gig on violin so it was great to play some gorgeous Celtic tunes as well as some rock and pop as we approached midnight.  This gig also gave me the opportunity to play my new electric violin and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was certainly a highlight!  Always garaunteed to get the party guests singing!  Mama.........

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