Exe Valley Duo at Deer Park Hotel

Busy weekend. Sunday I joined Lucy and played as a string duo for a wedding ceremony and drinks reception at the very lovely Deer Park Country House . I transcribed 'Flowers' by sweet Female Attitude and we played it just before the ceremony. We played a stripped back version of 'Say you won’t let go' by James Arthur for the brides entrance. Lovely wedding at a beautiful venue. Nice to play as a duo.

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Back to Rockbeare!

Back to our second home today Rockbeare Manor. Always a lovely place to visit. Beautiful wedding as well in the Devon sunshine. We played 'Latch' by Sam Smith today during the signing of the register which is a really lovely song. We also played a slowed down acoustic version of 'Came here for love' which works so well for string quartet. Then we went outside into the garden house to play a range of pieces and songs for the drinks reception.

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Beautiful Coombe Lodge wedding in the sunshine.

Wow! What a beautiful venue @coombelodgeblagdon . Lovely summer wedding in the gorgeous sunshine. Full day today. Violin for the wedding ceremony and the drinks reception. This included the lovely A Thousand Years for the brides entrance and my new arrangement of signed sealed delivered by Stevie Wonder for the exit music. Then I moved onto piano to accompany the wedding breakfast. Great day at a beautiful venue.

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Road Trip to Westward Ho for church wedding.

Last Tuesday I travelled up to Westward Ho in North Devon for a wedding ceremony. It is always lovely to play in an old church like this because the acoustic is gorgeous. Congratulations to Beth and Connor. Beth made her grand entrance to Canon in D by Pachelbel. During the signing of the register I played 'Can't help falling in love with you' and 'Perfect' and then the wedding party and guests make their exit to the Beatles classic 'All you need is love'. I also got to play a new request - 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' by The Verve which is a great one to practice your skills in improvisation!

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Wedding Breakfast Music at The Great Barn in Ashton.

I had a lovely afternoon playing with the Exe Valley String Quartet at an autumnal wedding.  We were in the stunning Great Barn in Ashton not too far from Exeter and we played to accompany the wedding breakfast. Its so nice just to play through our music and choose some of the pieces that we dont play too often.  We played some classical music including Eine Kleine by Mozart which we dont play too often.  We also played David Bowie's Life on Mars, The Jurrasic Park theme and the really lovely Concerning Hobbits theme.  Fab day!

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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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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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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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