Last Saturday, I performed at Jen and Richard’s lovely Rowton Hall wedding in Chester. Christmas is around the corner and love is definitely in the air…
I set up the white baby grand piano in the conservatory ready for the drinks reception. Since I was also providing piano music for their wedding ceremony, new roadie Ben set up a piano keyboard in the main room.
The couple had asked me to play some instrumental piano music for their wedding ceremony: Bella’s Lullaby to walk in to; Love Letters from Sex & The City soundtrack and Make You Feel My Love for the signing of the register and Skinny Love by Birdie to walk out to. All great pieces with very different styles: certainly a great combination for any wedding pianist.
Once I had played the newlyweds out, I moved over to the baby grand and played piano with vocals this time for the drinks reception. As requested, I started off with Love & Marriage and a good helping of Rat Pack and other more up to date songs from Jen and Richard’s list of requests.
After a quick turnaround by the very efficient Rowton Hall wedding team, the room was ready for the wedding breakfast. A fun couple and a great day to be part of: I wish the newlyweds every future happiness xx
Last Thursday (Thursday being the new Sunday), I was pleased to return to the heart of Chester and another Chester Grosvenor wedding to perform Mark & Steph’s wedding ceremony music and then play piano vocals for the drinks reception.
Steph had requested some instrumental music for the wedding ceremony which actually included two processionals: one for the walk-in of the bridesmaids - ”Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies and then, for the walk-in of the bride the “Glasgow Love Theme” by Craig Armstrong from the Love Actually soundtrack. Two very evocative pieces and there was “not a dry eye in the house” I think it would be fair to say….
Returned to Rowton Hall on Sunday to play at Claire and Oli’s wedding surrounded by their many friends and family. Bank holiday weekend weather was again unpredictable but the atmosphere inside the conservatory was great. After the drinks reception, I moved everything forward so that everyone could hear me during the wedding breakfast. As the last song before speeches, we did a rousing “Hey Jude” with hands in the air (the only way to do it!) in hommage to Oli’s mum Jude. I wish Claire & Oli all the best for the future.
On the Friday at the start of the 5 wedding bank holiday weekend, I performed at Pete and Louise’s wedding at Rowton Hall near Chester. Pete had asked particularly for songs by Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis along with a selection of Rat Pack and some songs from the charts so that there was something for everyone.
I started later than anticipated as the wedding breakfast was running over an hour behind schedule but everybody was clearly up for a sing song: ”You’re twisting my melon, man!” before I handed things over to the DJ who took them up to midnight. I wish them both all the best.
I had met Emma at Inglewood Manor fayre in 2010. We eventually agreed on the format of having piano keyboards outside if the weather was nice for the drinks reception and then the white baby grand piano inside for the wedding breakfast. It was very sunny outside and the requests from guests were coming in thick and fast. The banter continued throughout the afternoon and I ended up doing some numbers I hadn’t played for a while, most memorably “Drops of Jupiter” by Train and “Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies.
Following the stirring speeches at the start of the wedding breakfast, we moved on to a bit of background Rat Pack and piano vocals before building up to a proper sing song finale. A great day for a lovely couple. All the best! x
Carrie, an established classical singer herself, had asked me to perform at her and Alex’s wedding at Craxton Wood using the hotel’s own piano. On the night, there were many guests present who had a background in theatre and opera and the pressure was on!!
A litte bit of humour and humility at the onset was enough to break the ice and there were several guests who were keen to sing a song for the bride and groom with one guest in particular giving a stunning rendition of Moon River with myself accompanying on piano. Carrie had requested “Run”, the Gavin & Stacey theme tune by Stephen Fretwell and this worked well with a piano vocal arrangement, I won’t lie to you. “Lush”, some might say…
A fun evening and I wish Alex and Carrie both the very best.