I have very much enjoyed playing solo violin for some events this year!
The stately grandeur of Bocconoc House was the setting for a lovely wedding, and the couple asked me to perform as the guests came out of the ceremony and mingled for drinks and canapés. It was a particularly blustery day, but sunny too, and I was able to find a corner in the courtyard which provided some shelter! I played a mix of well known classics, themes from films, and some arrangements of love songs. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out Loud’ is always a favourite and guests love to have a dance to it! The Bride very kindly presented me with a jar of jam as a thank you. It was a fun occasion!
Another solo gig was for a Jewish wedding which took place at St Ives Harbour Hotel. I always expect to be asked to play for smaller gatherings – but there were over 150 guests at this ceremony! I was delighted to be asked to perform some of my own original Cornish Celtic melodies, and this definitely was a way of bringing a very joyful Cornish theme to the ceremony! The bride made her entry to the gorgeous, haunting theme from the film ‘Ladies in Lavender’, which was filmed at Prussia Cove, Cornwall. Ruth was so pleased with my performance for her:
I just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding on Monday.
Our guests really enjoyed listening to you play as they took their seats. It helped create a lovely atmosphere. Your playing of ‘Ladies in Lavender’ during the procession was absolutely stunning. We’re so glad we booked you.
As the happy couple made their exit from the ceremony, they positively danced out to a performance of one of my original Cornish folk tunes! A truly memorable event!