Three Gig Bank Holiday!!

Well that was a busy Bank Holiday Weekend!!! Three gigs with my amazing Rock Choirs over the weekend in three beautiful places.  We are so lucky living here.  Friday night we sung at a concert at Maker Church to help raise money for Parkinsons mid Cornwall.  It was a stunning venue with a lovely acoustic. There was a variety of vocal groups on the programme and they were all fabulous.  Saltash Rockies and Plymouth Rockies - you were a credit and you sounded great!  On Saturday lunchtime we sung at Saltash May Fair with the river Tamar as a backdrop.  Different gig this time.  We sang on a big stage with a very powerful PA!  Again the rockies from Saltash and Plymouth sounded amazing!!!  Saltash was well and truly rocked!!!! On Monday I came closer to home as we sang at Sefton Hall Nursing Home in Dawlish.  We do this gig every year and its lovely.  We get to sing to the residents and their families which is so rewarding and they love us!!  Again the rockies, this time from Torquay, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot were brilliant - you looked and sounded so good!  All of you make me feel very proud!  Well done everyone.

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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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Bohemian Rhapsody Workshop and Party Gig in one day!

Saturday 23rd March was a very busy and very rewarding day of music making.  First of all I ran a Rock Choir session with Bohemian Rhapsody for over 100 singers.  This was brilliant!  It is such an iconic song with many memorable phrases but it was also a real challenge.  The rockies took this challenge head on and did a superb job at the end of the 5 hour session!  After a quick sandwich I then drove up to Exeter to play for Pam's 60th birthday celebrations!  This was a private party for family and friends and I played for an hour and a half to accompany the drinks and fun and laugher.  This was a gig on electric violin where I played lots of Irish tunes and celtic classics.  I was also asked to play tunes from The Greatest Showman and John Legends All of me.  I also tried out some of my new tunes which include Clean Bandit Symphony and Rather Be, Shot Gun by George Ezra and Ed Sheerans gorgeous melody 'Perfect'.  Im a wee bit tired now!

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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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U Kan Rock 2 is a big success!

We had a lovely Rock Choir night last Saturday at Avenue Church as we shared a concert with the Newton Abbot Ukulele band.  There was a great turn out and the audience loved the songs and could be seen clapping and singing along.  The concert was in aid of Teignbridge Home Start and the evening raised over £1000 which is wonderful news.  Well done to all the rockies who came to sing and support the concert - you sounded amazing!  Special well done to the rockies on their first gig!  brilliant!

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Exe Valley Strings at stunning Bovey Castle

I spent the afternoon today with the amazing Exe Valley String Quartet at Bovey Castle playing for their open day.  We play at this beautiful wedding venue just on the edge of Dartmoor a lot as we are on their recommended list of suppliers.  This is a 5* venue with all the trimmings as you can see from the pictures.  We played in the stunning Cathedral Room where all the big weddings take place.  This is a venue where we play a lot of our classical music repertoire which is always lovely.  We had lots of people complimenting us on our playing and lots of visitors finding out how to book us for their weddings later this year and in 2020.  This is a special venue for the quartet as in May 2017 we were selected to play for the wedding of Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black which is still up there as a highlight for us as an ensemble.

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Lunch with The Boss of Rock Choir!!

I had a lovely lunch today with Caroline Redman Lusher the director and founder of Rock Choir.  I joined Vikki Hewitt, choir leader for the Exeter area, at Darts Farm for a meeting where we discussed all things Rock Choir!  There are some very exciting plans in place for rock choir members all over the country and I feel very privildged to be a part of this amazing vocal adventure.  If you want to be a part of this amazing choir experience then visit the website (www.rockchoir.com) and book a free taster session!

 

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Gospel Workshop with Exeter Gospel Choir.

I had such a lovely evening with the Exeter Gospel Choir last night. I ran a vocal workshop with them singing lots of lovely close harmony warm ups followed by a look at Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Amazing Grace in three part harmony. A musically rewarding evening with a lovely choir. Best wishes for your future performances!

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The Moorland Hotel Wedding Fayre

 

I spent the afternoon in the very beautiful surroundings of Haytor on Dartmoor.  I was playing at the wedding fayre at the Moorland Hotel right opposite Haytor rocks!  I took the piano, violin and electric violin and played a wide range of musical genres.  It was nice to play some of the music that I dont normally get asked to play.  Bohemian Rhapsody on electric violin went down very well with the locals!!  Thanks to Chic Elite for hosting the wedding fayre.

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A Successful Wedding Fair

The Exe Valley String Quartet spent the afternoon at Exeter Racecourse playing at the Chic Elite Wedding Fair.  We had a lovely afternoon playing a wide range of music from the classical greats through to upbeat pop and rock classics.  We even played a bit of jazz and some film themes. 'Game of Thones' theme seemed to go down very well and always gets a positive reaction.  It was nice to meet lots of propspective brides and grooms and their families to discuss the different wedding packages we have available.  Lovely feedback as well.  Now to follow up the requests with a bespoke quote.

 

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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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Rock Choir Interview at BBC Radio Devon

Richard spent the morning in Plymouth at BBC Radio Devon talking all things Rock Choir!  Richard met up with Vikki Hewitt the leader of the East Devon Rock Choirs and Katherine and Janice members of Plymouth Rock Choir. They all appeared on the David Fitzgerald show to discuss why Rock Choir is such a popular phenomenon that over 30,000 people do every week across the UK!  We talked about Abbey Rd recordings, being a part of the BBC Proms in the Park through to the amzing happy feeling that we all get through singing together each week.  Fab time!

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BBC Radio Devon interview about Rock Choir

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Caroline Redman Lusher, the founder and director of Rock Choir has just given an exclusive interview to BBC Radio Devon sharing all the amazing things that Rock Choir do.  Please follow the link and the interview starts at 1:16.  It includes a full playing of our new Christmas Charity single The First Noel/Silent Night which is currently racing up the download charts in time for Christmas.  All of the proceeds are going to Nordoff Robbins.

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Exe Valley String Quartet in Exeter Cathedral

We had a lovely evening playing in Exeter Cathedral for the 'Light up a life' service of remembrance.  We played a mixture of classical themes and some expressive modern contemporary songs as the audience arrived and took their seats.  We then played a specially arranged version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' as the book of remembrance came forward.  It was a very special, thoughtful and beautiful moment and this is a service which we are very proud to be asked to be a part of every year.  Merry Christmas everybody.

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