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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06s07tj

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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Christmas Number one?

I am very proud to be singing on this Christmas recording.  This beautiful arrangement features Caroline Redman Lusher the founder and managing director of Rock Choir.  The backing harmonies and vocals are being sung by the 70 or so rock choir leaders (including me!!!!).  All of the proceeds are going to Nordoff Robbins and their continuing important work.  Please share this news with everybody and lets see if we cant be number one for Christmas.  The single is available to stream and download on itunes, amazon, spotify and apple music.  Thank you.

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Exeter Cathedral with G4

On Thursday 13th December 2018 I had the absolute pleasure of working with the amazing students from PQA Exeter Academy and also the wonderfully talented G4 who were X Factor finalists in the competitions early days.  The programme was made up of lots of beautiful Christmas favourites all in gorgeous close harmonies.  We performed many pieces together including 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel, 'O Holy Night' and 'Walking in the air'.  The sell out audience had a thoroughly lovely evening.

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Rock Choir Rocks Cockington!

On Sunday 9th December 140 Rockies from Torquay, Plymouth, Saltash, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth rock choirs braved the elements to sing at the annual Christmas fayre.  Although the sun was shining we had fun doing our choreography in the mud!  The large audience had a smashing afternoon and complimented us on our amazing singing and enthusiasm.  Thanks rockies for another memorable gig.  You all clearly enjoy singing together and having fun times!

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Richard and PQA Students to sing with G4

On Thursday 13th December Richard will conduct the amazing students from PQA Exeter (Pauline Quirk Academy) at Exeter Cathedral.  This is all part of G4 Christmas concert which will be stunning! The programme includes all the Christmas classics like Sleigh Ride, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, You'll never walk alone and Silent Night (A cappella).  Some of the programme will be PQA Exeter on their own and then we will join together to back G4 with some beautiful harmony accompaniment.  Very excited!

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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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Rock Choir takes Teignmouth by storm

Over 70 hardened rockies turned out in the miserable rain on Saturday to light up Teignmouths Christmas celebrations.  Considering the weather the performance was highly complimented by the crowds who had braved the elements to come and join the Christmas lights switch on.  It was once again a real privilige to lead the choirs as we sang with real passion and spirit and really got the people of Teignmouth rocking!  Thank you all very much!  

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