On Saturday I played for a wedding ceremony at The Chapel of Royal Holloway, pictured above, in Egham, Surrey. Royal Holloway is part of the University of London and this magnificent building which forms the main part of the campus is called The Founder's Building. Construction of the building took place between 1874 and 1881 with funding coming from entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway and the architect was William Henry Crossland.
The building was officially opened in 1886 by Queen Victoria, who allowed the use of "Royal" in the college's name by Royal mandate. There is a statue of Queen Victoria just centre of the "north quadrangle". The centre of the south quadrangle contains a statue of Thomas Holloway and his wife Jane. The marble statues were sculpted by Prince Voctor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Count Gleichen).
The following programmes and films have been shot at this venue: Masterchef (2012), Trinity (2009), Honest (2008), Basic Instinct 2 (2006), Midsomer Murders (2002), Antiques Roadshow (2001), Howard's End (1992), Salt and Pepper (1968).
I have played at this venue twice before; once for a drinks reception in the courtyard, and once in the gallery for a wedding breakfast. This time I played in the Chapel (pictured below).
The song choices for the ceremony were as follows:
Aisle walk: Canon in D
Signing of the register: Chiemsee (one of my compositions)
Exit: The Wedding March (Wagner)
I then also played for the wedding reception which was held at The white house in Beaumont Estate, Windsor.