A few days ago our string violin duo played for a wedding reception at Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire: a magnificent venue with superb architecture and a fascinating history. It was formerly the home of Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and in 1615 was bought by Sir Henry Montagu, a royalist who was one of Charles I’s most trusted friends in the Civil War.
Choice of music
The bridal couple had requested a selection of happy, relaxed music, so Roger and Amanda played a mixture of folk fiddle, jazz, baroque – in particular Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor for two violins – and Broadway songs – which Roger especially enjoys arranging. They set up in the courtyard of the castle which had some shelter, but also good projection, and had a very enjoyable afternoon with many appreciative comments from the bride, the groom and the guests. There was even a specially hired ice cream tricycle giving out ice creams to help people keep cool – an original and very appropriate idea as it was exceptionally hot weather.Overall this was a relaxed wedding in a marvellous countryside setting: a truly memorable occasion.