On Wednesday I played the earliest gig I have ever been asked to play…. starting at 08:00 in the morning! Most musicians haven’t made it to bed by this time!
I was playing for a themed day at MediaCom, a media planning company with its European headquarters on Theobalds Road in Holborn, London. I played for an hour as the employees entered the building to start their day’s work. They were also greeted with Spanish nibbles and a couple of other little Spanish treats.
I played for about an hour and so I think it was also the earliest I have ever arrived home from a gig. In fact when I think back to the days when I used to tour up and down the country with the Sisters Of Soul show, I think I may have arrived home later from a show the previous night…
Corporate Entertainment London
On Saturday night I played for a 60th birthday party at Bourn Golf and Country Club, Cambridgeshire. The golf course itself is beautiful (see above) and the inside lends itself perfectly to a party. The birthday girl and her husband are Scottish/Irish so they and their friends really did know how to party.
The evening started with a bagpiper playing the guests into the party room. I was next, accompanying them throughout the meal (five courses!) and then a 9-piece disco band enabled people to boogie after desert and speeches.
As I played Wonderful Tonight the birthday girl and her husband started to dance on the dance floor just in front of me. Then another couple asked them if they would mind if they also danced… before I knew it I had 20 people dancing in front of me whilst singing along. This is quite unusual for a solo guitarist playing through dinner but a very pleasant surprise.
The bagpipe player and the disco band were both excellent and I would love to mention them here but I don’t have their details. I will try and hunt them down and post their details and links later as they are really worth checking out if you are looking for something like this.
There was a funny moment when I was getting changed in the men’s changing rooms and the client paid me in cash. I asked the Bagpiper who was also getting changed (into his kilt) if he thought it was safe to leave my coat, car keys, spare guitar and cash in the changing rooms and he said, without flinching, “I’ve been assured that it is….. I mean I have a set of pipes in that case!”. I still can’t work out if he had a very dry sense of humour or if he was being serious….
On Saturday I played at one of the most romantic wedding services I have been to. It took place at Saint Monica’s Catholic Church in Palmers Green, North London.
The Priest had a very pleasant manor and was romantic (without being saccharine sweet like some that conduct ceremonies) and the things he said and values that he preached could be taken on board and respected by anyone, regardless of religion. And he didn’t make a plea for donations for new windows…
There were some traditional song choices such as Wagner’s Bridal Chorus for the processional and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for the recessional and these were mixed with some more modern songs during the signing of the register such as Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Your Song and Hedwig’s Theme (the main theme from Harry Potter) which the Bride specifically requested I arranged for classical guitar.
All in all it was an excellent and romantic ceremony. I also played for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast which took place at The Royal Chace Hotel, Enfield, North London. The wedding cake design was based on Harry Potter and indeed there was a bit of a Harry Potter theme going on throughout the day. I played a selection of arrangements from my repertoire throughout the reception and also arranged the theme.
Wedding Guitarist London