On Saturday our string duo played for a wedding ceremony in Bozeat in Northamptonshire. I hadn’t been to this village before, even though it’s relatively close to our Oundle base, and it dates from Saxon times; its unusual name probably means Bosa’s gate – Bosa being a local earl who owned lots of land a long, long time ago. The wedding took place in the secluded St Mary the Virgin Church, which is as pretty and traditional as you would hope a village church might be.
We played a mix of classical and popular pieces as the guests arrived, interspersing Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Palladio, Paradise, All You Need Is Love and Songbird with a selection of baroque music. The bride had requested Bridal Chorus for her entrance, Moon River, Flower Duet and Somewhere ( from West Side Story) for the signing, and Viva la Vida as exit music. We also accompanied two hymns: Amazing Grace and Morning Has Broken – which, by chance, is my own favourite. All of the pieces we performed were our own string duo sheet music arrangements.
There were around 70 guests and the sun came out to help celebrate the ceremony.