This Sunday I played for a wedding at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street and the following reception at The Reform Club in Pall Mall, London.
The marriage was between an English Bride (whose Father is a member of the club) and a Spanish Groom from Madrid so the repertoire was quite heavy on the Spanish classical and Flamenco side of things – I played excerpts from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez during the service.
The Reform Club is a traditional Gentleman’s Club that dates back to 1836. It is situated in the heart of the west end and has a spectacular interior. It is where the fencing scene from the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day was filmed:
The club is also used fictionally in Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne; the protagonist, Phileas Fogg, is a member of the Reform Club who sets out to circumnavigate the world on a bet from his fellow members, beginning and ending at the club.
The day was a strange mix of English Gentlemen and lively Spaniards in party mood. The Best Man was also a Flamenco singer which meant the “Fiesta” was very entertaining!