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Duo wedding violin and cello music at Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Orton Hall Hotel is one of the best wedding venues in Peterborough, so we were delighted  when our string trio was invited to play wedding music here again a couple of weeks ago.   We performed for  three hours during drinks and the wedding breakfast, moving from the conservatory – which is light and airy […]

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Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Northamptonshire and Peterborough: St Mary the Virgin Church, Bozeat

On Saturday our string duo played for a wedding ceremony in Bozeat in Northamptonshire. I hadn’t been to this village before, even though it’s relatively close to our Oundle base, and it dates from Saxon times; its unusual name probably means Bosa’s gate – Bosa being a local earl who owned lots of land a […]

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String Ensemble Playing in Cambridgeshire

Last Sunday Fedora Strings’ violinist – Roger Stimson – and myself  led the violin and cello sections of the City of Peterborough Youth Ensemble ( CPYE) in a concert of string orchestral music in Cambridgeshire. It reminded me of what a marvellous experience string orchestral playing can be. The repertoire is superb and every member […]

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New Year String Ensemble Rehearsing in Northamptonshire

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 […]

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Wedding ceremonies and receptions in Peterborough and Northamptonshire: Marholm Church, Peterborough

Last Friday our duo played for a wedding ceremony at St Mary the Virgin Church in Marholm, on the outskirts of Peterborough. The church is close to Helpston, home of the famous poet John Clare. Whenever I’m in this area I’m always reminded of Clare’s poetry and his gentle love of the countryside. We had […]

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Wedding receptions and ceremonies in Peterborough and Northamptonshire: Peterborough Town Hall

Yesterday our string duo played  for a wedding at Peterborough Town Hall: a 1930s building which has  an art deco feel and an impressive marble staircase and pillars. The ceremony took place in one of the upstairs rooms and we were asked to  start perfoming one hour before it began, which was when the guests […]

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The Most Beautiful String Playing in the World

This week we’re performing eight new arrangements of music for weddings at the weekend so it’s quite a busy time. But while driving to a rehearsal in Peterborough today I was completely inspired by the most marvellous recording of  Heifetz  playing encore pieces. So far my favourite tracks are Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, […]

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Rehearsing a String Ensemble in Peterborough

We’ve been rehearsing string trio arrangements of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s L’Estro Harmonico in Peterborough this week, for a Fedora Strings’ recording in June. Though the Vivaldi is not suitable for wedding ceremony music, the slow movement of the Bach is ideal. These pieces were originally written for string orchestra, continuo and two […]

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