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New String Ensemble Arrangements of Wedding Ceremony Music

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Roger is busy working on new string arrangements of wedding music  repertoire at the moment. We feel strongly that many of the  pieces suitable for wedding ceremonies are not usually performed, and it’s these which we’re intending pioneering. We now have our own versions of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Te Deum, some movements from a Corelli violin sonata, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair and Lark in The Clear Air; and more music is underway. My own commitment to this has been to promise to work out how to use Finale Print ( a computerised music notation system) this summer, so that I can arrange music from scratch myself. We’ll be recording all this in September so potential clients can hear the pieces  on the playlist page of our website.Our other motive is that we love the music and are desperate to play it!


Wedding ceremonies and receptions in Peterborough and Northamptonshire: Dodford Manor

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Last weekend we were engaged to play for a wedding at the lovely Dodford Manor which is situated in beautiful countryside in Northamptonshire.

We performed in the Minstrels’ Gallery where we had good view of most of the ceremony, but needed someone to let us know exactly when the bride started to walk down the aisle. We’d timed the music – Can You Feel The Love Tonight – very exactly:  the introduction needed to accompany the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids, and the main theme accompany the bride. Thanks to the expert help of Dodford Manor’s manager all went as planned. We are very aware of the importance of timings to the whole occasion and this, as well as the standard of our playing, is an area where absolute professionalism is our continuous aim .










We performed Londonderry Air and  Pachelbel’s Canon  for the signing and All You Need Is Love as exit music. Although it was raining the guests clearly enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere was relaxed and happy.

This Is The Day

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Roger has just completed an arrangement of John Rutter’s anthem This Is The Day, which was written for the royal wedding last year. I love John Rutter’s music and This Is The Day is ideal for the wedding ceremony signing and could also be used to accompany the bride’s entrance or even as exit music.

Creating an effective version of this work has been a challenge because it was originally written for organ and choir, and much of its expression depends on a full combination of sounds blending together. But luckily Roger has come up with some brilliant ideas which make the most of the wonderful qualities of a string ensemble.

We’re delighted that we can now offer this beautiful piece of music for wedding ceremonies in Peterborough and Northamptonshire. We’re planning on recording it in June but meanwhile you can hear it being sung at the royal wedding on You Tube. Incidentally, did you know that you can hear Westminster Choir sing live almost every day at evensong at Westminster Abbey?

Wedding ceremonies and receptions in Peterborough and Northamptonshire: St Peter's Church, Yaxley

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St Peter’s Church, Yaxley

St Peter’s Church inYaxley is a super choice for a wedding ceremony. The church is situated in the most serene and lovely part of the village. While the front faces the road, the back has a pastoral outlook with horses grazing in fields. I used to live in this village and  if I ever wanted time to think about things in peace I would walk to this spot, sit on the church wall and dream.

I’ve played at several wedding ceremonies at St Peter’s – both wedding quartets and  solo cello – and the church is fairly large and quite broad, so  there’s plenty of room  to accommodate all sizes of string ensembles as well as quite large numbers of guests. In fact the church has its own resident band who play for the Sunday morning services and has a raised platform which can be set up for musicians at the front, if requested.

St Peter’s  has an interesting history. One of its most touching aspects is the tribute inside the church to one of the prison officers of the former prisoner of war camp at Norman Cross. Although the camp was demolished long ago,  in the early 19th century it housed several thousand men and was situated just a couple of miles away. The officer mentioned had died young but was so respected and loved by the prisoners for his many kindnesses to them that they used their own money to have a remembrance stone created.

Like most churches the acoustic here is good – resonant and not too echoey – and has a very open feel to it. Being close to the A1 and Peterborough there’s also easy access to a wide range of reception venues afterwards.

  • St Peters Yaxley, 43 Church Street, Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 3LH, Tel:01733 240339, Email:  vicar@saintpeters.co.uk