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Free String Sheet Music Pop Arrangements

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One of the extras we are offering our customers this year is a free duo arrangement of a piece of music of their choice which can be played at their wedding ceremony – or at a party or event. Over the last year we’ve  added more and more  pop songs to our repertoire and most of these adapt excellently for string duo as they have long, flowing phrases. My favourites include Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel, Close to You by Burt Bacharach, Songbird by Christine McVie  and If You’re Not The One by David Bedingfield.

Music has a way of expressing feelings that is often more powerful and intense than words, and we are very committed to helping clients chose the piece which will fulfil their most romantic dreams of what they would wish their occasion to be.  We will be continuing to widen our selection of songs over the coming year with more and more sheet music arrangements as we play for events and recitals in Peterborough, Northampton and beyond, and are enjoying  playing different styles very much.

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New Year String Ensemble Rehearsing in Northamptonshire

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Next week we start rehearsing for our forthcoming series of Fedora Strings’ engagements and recordings, most of which are taking place in the Northampton and Peterborough areas.  It’s surprising how lost you can feel by missing  a few days of practice, although it never takes that long to be back to performance standard again.

The music we’ll be rehearsing will include our new arrangements of folk songs and today I was researching the background to some of these.  Songs like Sir Roger de Coverley, Lilliburlero and Loch Lomond  date back hundreds of years and no one is sure who originally composed them.  Which makes you wonder what makes a song last for centuries, while others are never remembered, and what makes a good tune.

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One of the things I love about the arts is that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what combination of factors does make something musical, intuitive, memorable and emotional. I  just feel lucky that there is so much wonderful music around and that we have so many opportunities to play it.

Wedding ceremonies and receptions in Northampton and Rutland: Normanton Park Hotel

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Yesterday our string duo played wedding music at Normanton Church and Normanton Park Hotel in Rutland.  Both venues are  next to Rutland Water and the setting is extremely pretty. The ceremony took place at the church and we were asked to perform baroque and classical   pieces while the guests arrived; then Wagner’s Bridal Chorus for the bride’s entrance, This is The Day and My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose for the signing and All You Need Is Love for the exit;  we followed this with The Seeds of Love –  a traditional folk tune – to ensure that the music continued until all the guests had left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wedding then moved to the nearby Normanton Park Hotel and we had a break while the guests had drinks and the photos took place, and then played for two hours during the wedding breakfast. The bride and groom had asked if we could perform  pieces they especially liked on our playlist and these included our own arrangements of Yesterday, Imagine, Money Can’t Buy  Me Love, P.S. I Love You, Songbird, Close To You, Pachelbel’s Canon,  Air on a G String and  Moon River.  We had rehearsed the pop music quite a lot and listened to different You Tube performances to help decide on our own perception of the character of each song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the wedding was a very relaxed family occasion and we enjoyed having the opportunity to help make the occasion especially memorable.

Wedding ceremonies and receptions in Peterborough and Northampton: St John's Church, Peterborough

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St John’s Church is in the centre of Cathedral Square in Peterborough and it looks more impressive at the moment than it has for years. This is because the Corn Exchange building, which was nearby, used to hide much of its architecture. Luckily that building has recently been demolished and St John’s really shines now. This church dates from the 11th century  and lots of local concerts take place here because of its super acoustics. It also contains a lovely sculpture by the well known 18th century artist John Flaxman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bride’s walk down the aisle at St John’s is longer than in many churches and there’s plenty of room for all sizes of string ensemble for the wedding ceremony music: whether it’s solo, duo, trio or string quartet. In fact all members of Fedora Strings have frequently played in orchestral concerts here.

You can’t park directly outside the church, but there’s lots of nearby parking in all directions. And although St John’s position, in the centre of the city, means that a wedding here is likely to attract attention, it’s so much smaller and less grand than the nearby cathedral that it still manages to keep some feeling of intimacy.