Last week we were asked to provide a String Duo for a wedding in Chilston Park in Lenham, Kent. Being one of the most popular wedding venues in Kent we always enjoy returning to perform here. Again the ceremony took place in the Orangery and as the couple had invited quite a few guests we were seated at the front of the ceremony room. Even though it was freezing outside the ceremony room was nice and warm, especially with 87 people in there! The ceremony music was a mixture of classical arrangements as well as modern covers for strings. The music for the drinks reception was again a selection of our string arrangements of modern songs for string duo. While the guests made the most of the dry weather to have a few photos taken we entertained everyone else before they made their way to the weddimg breakfast.
Last Friday night Premiere String Quartet were booked to provide a String Trio for a 30th Birthday party in the Institute of Directors, which is in Pall Mall in London. It’s one of several wonderful buildings that we have performed in along the same stretch which has also included the RAC Club.
We worked closely with the client in providing a playlist that she was happy with, balancing her love of classical music (especially Debussy) with a mixture of music which would be popular with her guests. So we performed several sets, starting with Classical music including Schubert’s String Trio, Debussy’s The Girl With The Flaxen Hair and Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Moving on we performed some lighter, jazzy numbers including songs by Gershwin and Sondheim. Tangos followed and we finished the evening playing a set of modern covers including many of our unique pop arrangements for strings.
The guests seemed to have a wonderful time in this fantastic venue and we were well looked after so it was a really enjoyable booking for us!
Premiere String Duo were recently booked to perform for a wedding at Leeds Castle which is near Maidstone in Kent. Being quite a small wedding, the room was again too big for a wedding string quartet so a string trio or string duo were the options we advised. The couple decided to opt for the Duo as their number of guests was relatively small. We began by playing the guests in to the ceremony room which was a wonderful old room full of antiques and amazing artwork. The Bride had chosen to walk in to Pachelbel Canon in D. As usual we provided some music for the signing of the register and the traditional Wedding March by Mendelssohn for the exit. After the ceremony we moved rooms (just next door!) the the Old Library to provide entertainment for the assembled guests during the drinks reception. We performed a selection of our pop covers which we have made string arrangements of. These included Paradise by Coldplay, Kiss from a Rose by Seal and more from our selection of Modern Songs for Strings.
As the guests left the room for the Wedding Breakfast (which smelt amazing!) we discreetly packed away and left after another enjoyable afternoon.
A couple of weeks ago Premiere String Duo performed for a lovely wedding at Chilston Park which is near Lenham in Kent. It is a wedding venue we have performed at many times as well as playing for many wedding fairs there. Although they have several rooms for the ceremony, the most popular is the Orangery, which overlooks the lovely grounds. This room can hold around 60-70 people and is a bit small for a string quartet so we have usually performed as a string trio or string duo, as on this occasion. As people can gather in the bar next to the ceremony room it means the strings can start playing before people enter, not realising that the music is live until they come into the room to be seated for the ceremony! Pachelbel Canon in D was chosen as the entrance music for the Bride. We performed The Flower Duet for the signing of the register and Clocks by Coldplay was a lively piece for the exit of the newly married couple! We moved next door into the bar area to accompany the drinks reception where the couple had asked us to play from our light and modern selection. Many of our original string arrangements of pop covers and modern songs were appreciated by the guests. However we probably couldn’t compete with the “stags” who had learnt the words to “It Must be Love” by Madness and performed it to the gathered guests after photos on the staircase! All in all a great day to be involved in!!
The Orangery at Chilston Park, Lenham, Kent
Premiere String Trio played at a wedding in Leez Priory in Chelmsford, Essex on Monday. The ceremony was held in the beautiful gardens with the registrars, wedding party and musicians in inside the tower. Premiere String Trio performed a varied repertoire of well known classical pieces with pop arrangements.
We have received a lovely card from Nahid and Andrew having played at their wedding in April:
Dear Premiere String Quartet,
Thank you so much for providing such an amazing duo for our wedding day. They were incredible and really added to the feel of the day. It was a pleasure working with you!
It’s always nice to hear that the music has added to the atmosphere of a couple’s wedding day..
Premiere String Trio performed last Friday for another Procter and Gamble event at Vinopolis in London. This time we were performing for the Greek team, their families and delegates. It was a fantastic atmosphere and we played a selection of Classical String Trios and Pop Arrangements, performing Boccherini String Trios along with classical favorites including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Pachelbel’s Canon, Air on a G String and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved in some way with the Olympic Games.
Premiere String Trio and Duo have started their Olympic debut in style this week with the first three events held by Proctor and Gamble’s Thank You Mum campaign. So far they have performed at the opening night along with lunches for Chinese and Japanese teams’ families and delegates. The lunches have been a tribute to parents of athletes. Vinopolis has been transformed to accommodate Athletes and their families supporting them during the Olympics. Premiere Strings have performed a varied Classical and light programme entertaining them while they enjoy lunch and a tour around the complex. Upcoming events include evening reception and dinner for the Greek. Turkish and Russian teams.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D] is the most famous piece of music by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel. It was originally scored for three violins and bass and paired with a gigue in the same key. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919, the piece became extremely popular, and today it is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations, along with other famous Baroque pieces such as Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach.
You can listen to our versions for string quartet, string trio and string duo here:
We were lucky enough to be invited to perform for a celebration of a wedding anniversary yesterday in Long Crendon, near Aylesbury. A marquee had been erected in which lunch was served and we performed a wide range of our classical repertoire which was a really nice opportunity to play lots of Mozart, Bach, Pachelbel, Handel and Elgar as well as Karl Jenkins’ Palladio – the “Diamond Music”! We also performed some Gershwin as well as film music including Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark theme! It was a wonderful day and we were glad that we could help add to the atmosphere of the day!