Last Saturday our string quartet played for a wonderful family wedding in Cambridgeshire. The ceremony had taken place in the local church and the wedding couple then arrived at the garden of the bride’s family home by boat. As the bride stepped on land we played her chosen piece: Meditation by Massenet.
The garden was very beautiful: immaculately tended and full of characterful features and hide away areas – the ideal garden of one’s dreams really. The family are classical music lovers and the bride asked us to select well known classics for the programme, and to include lots of Mozart and some Strauss waltzes. We played Mozart’s Divertimento in F, Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, Exultate Jubilate, Brahms Hungarian Dance, Italian arias, well known romantic pieces by Borodin, Verdi and Dvorak, and Strauss’s Blue Danube and Emperor waltz collections.
This was a large and extremely happy wedding celebration and it was extremely enjoyable to be part of the occasion and play string ensemble music which fitted well into the surroundings and was so appropriate for the people involved. We went home feeling euphoric.