At the beginning of September our string duet played for a wedding ceremony and reception at the 15th century Talbot Inn in Ripley, an old coaching inn which has historic links to Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. The bride had hired us in secret, so the groom was very surprised when we began playing, but I hope also delighted.
The Talbot is quite a distance from our homes so we’d allowed plenty of time to get to there, and once we arrived we had a chance to relax and warm up before performing a mix of classical repertoire as the guests arrived. We then played Pachelbel Canon in D for the bride’s entrance, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Londonderry Air for the signing and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba as exit music.
After the ceremony the guests had drinks and some of them gathered round to listen while we played our own string duet sheet music arrangements of lighter pieces.