Yesterday our string duo played for a wedding ceremony and reception at Hengrave Hall on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds. Hengrave Hall is a grand tudor house set in 50 acres of grounds and was once popular with Elizabeth 1st, who was a frequent guest.
We had been asked to play a selection of classical and folk music and started by performing well known string ensemble wedding ceremony pieces as the guests arrived. The wedding couple chose Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride’s entrance, Delibes’ Flower Duet, Bach’s Prelude from Unaccompanied Cello Suite No 1 and Bach’s Air on a G String for the signing, and Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for the exit music. After the ceremony we had a short break and then moved to one of the reception rooms where we played a mixture of folk music and lighter pieces for around one and a half hours. These included, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Lark in the Clear Air, Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, Imagine, Night and Day and Let’s Face the Music and Dance.
Although we didn’t have time to explore Hengrave as thoroughly as we would have liked, it was clearly an extremely impressive venue, full of character and elegance, and the acoustics were wonderfully resonant.