My new website has been live for almost a year now (I hope you like it!) and I’ve been planning on writing a monthly blog to keep you up to date with the latest news. The challenge is that it’s hard to keep up to date with all the “happenings” since there is so much happening! But I promise, from now on I will try. Here it goes…
Let’s start with July:
It’s been another whirlwind series of weeks! At the corporate event for Alfred Angelo UK at Oulton Hall last Monday I honoured a special request to perform in a bridesmaids dress. What a lovely frock to top off an unbelievable day! I only just made it on time but was very close to having to cancel. After visiting U.S. Embassy London, my return train journey was cancelled since Kings Cross, London was evacuated due to a fire! To make matters worse, the next train I was able to take was also delayed!
I also performed as part of a beautiful wedding ceremonies at amazing locations: at Grosvenor Hotel Chester, followed by the drinks reception at Chester Cathedral grounds; and at the Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds. Congratulations to the happy, new couples—and to a couple who are “as good as new”, after many years together: I played at their Golden Wedding Anniversary party at their extraordinary estate in North Leeds.
It’s always a pleasure to play with Eduardo Niebla. This time the soothing sounds of his Spanish guitar were with me in Goole (I love the name of the place—no, it’s not scary at all!).
I’ve also been sailing around, headlining another Fred Olsen cruise. Although I’ve had the pleasure of performing on numerous cruises now, it’s always so exciting to entertain each new group of passengers (so relaxed and happy to be on holiday!)—and see the sights of the different places along the way. You can see the video of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” on youtube to get a hint of some of the fun I had swaying my hips (whoo hoo!) while playing my heart out with the always fantastic orchestra.
One thing I love about being a professional musician is the variety of functions—I still love that special spark of weddings—everyone is always so excited for the couple—you can feel the love, so it’s really inspiring to play. For this one in Bridlington, I donned a yellow dress, at the couple’s request. What a lovely setting and an amazing day!
I also adored performing at several other wedding ceremonies, blessings and drinks receptions at breathtakingly magnificent venues: Oulton Hall and Hazelwood Castle Hotel; and I played a retirement party at the stunningly beautiful Burton Mount Country House.