Dartmoor Wedding and St Patricks gig...

Lovely wedding ceremony yesterday at The Moorland Garden Hotel. Congratulations to Olivia and James on a beautiful wedding. Olivia walked into Canon by Pachelbel. I played 'All of me' and 'Say a little prayer for you' during the signing of the register and the wedding party exited to 'Sky full of stars' by Coldplay. This was my first visit to this hotel and really enjoyed my first experience. Lovely hotel, lovely setting and lovely staff.  Busy day yesterday. After playing at a wedding in Yelverton I dashed back to Dawlish to play at the St Patricks night at the The Ugly Duckling Dawlish. I joined Francine (Guitar and vocals) and Colin (Bass) as we played Irish jigs, reels and airs and other tiddly tiddly tunes. We also had a good sing of many classic Irish songs. Lovely evening with lovely food in a lovely restaurant. Thank you for the invitation to play.

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What do we do in the winter break?

January and February is always a little bit quieter in terms of concerts and gigs.  This gives us the oportunity to have a little breather.  We still continue to practice and work on new material.  We recently spent the afternoon meeting clients at Bovey castle for their Wedding open day.  I have also been busy arranging new pieces for weddings and events coming up in the spring.  These new pieces include Tchaikovsky Waltz from Eugene and Onegin and Tightrope (Greatest Showman), Never Gonna Let you down (Rita Ora) and Past the point of no return (Phantom).

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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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Beyonce and Bach at Exmouth Wedding!

I always enjoy a traditional church wedding. On Friday I was at St Johns Church in Exmouth to play for the wedding of Stevie and Ryan. It was beautiful. The acoustics were great and the guests were very appreciative. I was on the piano for the hymns and the violin for the pre ceremony, brides entrance, signing of the register and wedding party exit. It was so nice to play Ave Maria, Air on G string, Greensleeves and Canon in D. I then played a bespoke and incredibly unique arrangement of Beyonce's Crazy in Love!!! What a job - so cool!

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Somerset Weddings

I have just come to the end of another busy weekend as a wedding and event violinist and pianist. I spent the weekend in Somerset playing at the very lovely Coombe Lodge at Blagdon and also today I had the pleasure of playing at Clevedon Hall. Both stunning venues (even if Saturday was very wet and windy.) Two lovely weddings and as always a privilege to play at both. Requests included All of Me, A Million Dreams and A Thousand Years. I also played on the grand piano at Coombe Lodge for the drinks reception including a bit of Bob Marley for the bride! Congratulations Sherrol, Chris, Rhiannon and Sam.  Nice to be back in Weston Super Mare as it gave me the chance to catch up with mum and dad and my sister Sarah.

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Exe Valley Strings at Rockbeare Manor

I had a lovely afternoon with @ExeValleyStringQuartet yesterday. Even though the weather was wet we played for a really beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at Rockbeare Manor. We played the wedding theme from 'Up' which is gorgeous and then we wrote a bespoke arrangement of 'Came here for love' for the bride and groom which is another great tune for strings to play.

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Haldon Belvedere Wedding.

I had the privilege of playing at Beth and Francis's wedding yesterday at the very beautiful Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle). I used to work with Beth at Isca Academy and it was lovely to see her so happy on her special day. I played an arrangement of 'For the dancing and the dreaming' from How to train your dragon which is such a lovely melody. Congratulations to you both and best wishes for your future together.

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West point Arena Wedding Show Marathon!

Wow! What a weekend we have just had. We spent the whole weekend playing at the amazing South West Bride and Westpoint Wedding Show in Exeter. We talked to lots of lovely couples and their families about their music for their special day. We have lots and lots of couples to get back to this week with details of all our wedding packages. Its all very exciting!! Thank you to everybody who came to see us.

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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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New Barton Barns wedding in Wembury

We have so many beautiful places on our doorstep here in Devon. Today I had the honour of playing for Hayley and Dean as they were married at the stunning New Barton Barns in Wembury. Hayley walked down the isle to 'Paradise' by Coldplay and then we had 'A Thousand Years' and 'Stand by Me' during the signing of the register. The wedding party started the celebrations by walking out of the ceremony to 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' by Queen. I then accompanied the guests drink reception with this amazing view of the sea. I played electric violin for this programme. Just Wonderful!

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Bovey Castle Wedding with EVSQ

We played at the very beautiful Bovey Castle today for another beautiful wedding. Slightly 'light jazz' feel to the requests today. Etta James 'At Last' and Gershwins 'Summerime' for the signing of the register. Really lovely pieces to play as a quartet. We played 'Signed Sealed Delivered' for the exit of the bridal party which was a new one for us but again very cool to play. 'Beaky' the parrot liked the music very much and even 'wolf whistled' some of the ladies at the wedding!

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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 String Quartet at Lake View Manor

Fabulous wedding today at the very lovely Lakeview Manor. Our first visit to this lovely wedding venue near to Honiton. Congratulations to Bex and Scott on a beautiful day. We were asked to play our brand new arrangement today of A Million Dreams which is such a cool melody. We then went off out into the garden and played under the gazebo for the drinks reception.  This is the end of a very busy but totally amazing week of gigs.  Four weddings in five days.  450 miles.  4 gorgeous wedding venues in 4 beautiful parts of the lovely South West of England.  Time for a short rest now!  More weddings at the end of August.

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Tunnel Beaches Wedding Ilfracombe.

Wow! What an amazing venue to play your violin. I have just returned from my road trip to Ilfracombe and the stunning Tunnels Beaches hotel. This was definitely a day for the funky electric violin. I played One day like this for the bride's entrance, God only knows and All you need is love for the signing of the register and then Viva la Vida for the exit of the bridal party. I then accompanied the drinks and champagne reception with the sea and the cliffs in the background. I love my job so much!

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Exe Valley String Duo wedding in Exeter.

We played at a lovely wedding today in Exeter. This time is was the Exe Valley String Duo. We played for the civil ceremony at Larkbeare House first and the music choices included Canon (Pachelbel), My Heart will go on, Tale as old as time and Rule the World! Then we went off to The Devon Hotel and Carriages to play some more classical and pop while everybody enjoyed a drink and a chat in the sunshine. Congratulations to Jonathon and Gareth.

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Intimate wedding at The Cowshed

I was honoured to play at a very intimate wedding today at The Cowshed in Corwall.  I was asked by Jade and Peter to put together some original arrangements for their ceremony.  These included a new version of Galway Girl by Steve Earle for Jade's entrance and also David Bowie's Magic Dance from the film Labyrinth for the happy couple to exit the ceremony.  It was a beautiful ceremony in a really lovely setting.  This was followed by a cream tea while I played a short set of Irish/Celtic melodies.  Lovely day out in beautiful Cornwall.

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Lanhyrdock Estate - Solo Violinist Wedding.

I am so very lucky to be asked to play in some very beautiful locations.  I was invited to play solo violin in the small chapel on the Lanhydrock Estate close to Bodmin.  It was a lovely traditional ceremony and I was asked to play 1000 years (Christina Perry) for the brides entrance, Cant help falling in love with you (Elvis Presley) and an unaccompanied version of Somewhere over the rainbow for the signing of the register.  The bridal party and guests made their exit to Marry You by Bruno Mars.  I also played I really like you By Carly Rae Jepsen for the very first time.  Sounded nice on the violin!  Congratulations to Samantha and Alec!  What a lovely venue and a lovely 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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Quartet at Pencarrow House, Cornwall.

 


Lovely day out today at Pencarrow House & Gardens with Exe Valley String Quartet for a very special wedding. Gorgeous venue and gorgeous weather. Nice to play a gig in Cornwall today. A real eclectic mix of music requests - Foo Fighters Everlong, At Last (Eta James), The very thought of you (Billie Holiday) and Jurassic Park theme. Great fun to play and a very appreciative audience who gave lots of lovely feedback afterwards! Thank you. We enjoyed our day!
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