On Saturday I played at the beautiful manor house that is Brympton House (also known as Brympton d’Evercy) in Yeovil. Brympton House and its grounds are absolutely beautiful.
Christopher Hussey, the architect crtic and documentor of British stately homes said of Brympton: “The most incomparable house in Britain, the one which created the greatest impression and summarises so exquisitely English country life qualities”.
The original part of the building was erected in 1220 and since then Brympton d’Evercy has belonged to just five families, the d’Evercys, the Sydenhams, the Fanes, the Weeks (from 1992 to 2007) and the most recent owner who purchased the property in 2007.
The property is rented out for weddings and television filming. Wedding parties get full use of the house and grounds. The owner told me they currently hold about 50 weddings a year. I was not playing for a wedding but a private party for the owner’s daughter’s 21st birthday; I could, however, imagine this being the perfect wedding venue. The owners and organisers are extremely pleasant, kind and easy to work with. I could highly recommend this venue to any prospective Brides and Grooms.
…And one of the great perks of working in this part of the country is you get to call in on Stone Henge on the way home and go for a walk in the beautiful west country’s rolling hills.
I hope to be back here soon…
For three days last week I played at Bvgari’s Bond Street store in London as they held private viewings of their new collection for clients with champagne, canopés and, of course, classical guitar.
The store is immaculate, the new collections beautiful (though I’m no jewellery connoisseur) and the service outstanding.
The canopés were: quaill’s egg on crouton with truffel, rare tuna wrapped in spinach, burrata and carpaccio with pesto – all deliciously prepared by Green Fig Catering.
I have recently arranged Janet Jackson’s Together Again for classical guitar and this seems to be going down really well – Bvlgari was no exception- I’ll get a clip of it on the website soon…
Classical Guitarist London
On Sunday evening I played for an engagement party on the London Eye. When I say “engagement party” I don’t mean a party to celebrate a couple’s decision to get married but rather I received a phone call from a “hopeful Groom” who wanted to book a capsule on the Eye and invite about 25 friends for some wine and nibbles and then, once at the very top, propose to his girlfriend.
The potential Groom asked me to arrange Something In The Water by Brooke Fraser and Marry You by Bruno Mars for solo guitar and play them so that the second song finished just as we were reaching the highest point of the Eye. As I finished playing Marry You he got on his knees and popped the question.
I’m surprised I have never been asked to arrange Marry You by Bruno Mars before. In fact it had never occurred to me that it could be played in a wedding context – even though the words are perfect (maybe even more perfect for an engagement).
We stayed on the Eye for two rotations (30 minutes each) and wine ad canopés were served by two London Eye catering stewardesses.
If you haven’t already been on the London Eye I highly recommend it – the views are spectacular. It’s also a pretty good place to propose…
…..and in case you were in any doubt… she said yes!