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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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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British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Viennese Concert

I had a lovely day yesterday with the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra playing at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple.  We played a programme of Christmas orchestral classics and lots of waltzes, plokas and marches from Vienna.  Here is a picture of me with my desk partner 'Frosty'.  Love the orchestral gigs!

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January and February Deals available

Richard has some availabilty in January and February 2019 where a special offer might be considered.  If you are getting married or having a party or special event where some live music might go down well with your guests then please get in touch with Richard and he will talk you through the different packages he has available.  Remember that Richard has a wide variety in terms of repertoire ranging from classical music through to current more contemporary rock and pop tunes.  Richard plays acoustic violin, electric violin and also the piano so his music would be suitable for almost any venue and any special occasion.  If you book Richard before the end of November then a discount will be available.  Thank you.

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Remembrance Concert in Truro Cathedral

Richard returned to Truro Cathedral this weekend to play with the highly respected Three Spires Orchestra and Three Spires Singers. The concert was to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and included music by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Ireland that is not widely played.  It was all absolutley beautiful and the choir were exceptionally good. It was a lovely weekend away playing some very emotional music at an emotional and thought provoking time of year.  

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Great Choral Gig with Truro Symphony Orchestra

Last night Richard travelled to one of his favourite venues Truro Cathedral.  The concert was an Armistice Centenary Commemoration Concert with Truro Choral Society.  The programme included Karl Jenkins - The Armed Man, Maurice Derufle Requiem and Webers Clarinet Concerto in F minor with the up and coming soloist Ed Holmes.  It was a wonderful evening and the concert was perfomed to an incredibly high standard in front of a packed audience.  Richard is back in Truro Cathedral next weekend with the Three Spires Orchestra.

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Richard's website is now live!

www.musiciandevon.co.uk is the new website for Richard Toomer - wedding and events violinist and pianist.  Visit the website for details of Richard's work as a violinist and a pianist.  You can even see what he gets up to with Rock Choir!  Please share amongst friends and family and anybody who you think might like to have Richard come and play at their special event in the near future.  Thank you.

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