Yesterday our string duo played for a wedding at Peterborough Town Hall: a 1930s building which has an art deco feel and an impressive marble staircase and pillars. The ceremony took place in one of the upstairs rooms and we were asked to start perfoming one hour before it began, which was when the guests started to arrive.We set up at the top of the stairs initially, moving into the wedding room itself half an hour later, and the acoustics in both settings were beautifully resonant.
The choice of programme was classical and folk, and we included Air on a G String, Fairest Isle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue, Flower Duet, Clarke’s Prince of Denmark’s March, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Londonderry Air and My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose. The bride selected Gabriel’s Oboe as her entrance music, This Is The Day, Chanson de Matin and The Lark In The Clear Air to be played during the signing and the aria One Fine Day from Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly as exit music. The guests listened to our playing intently throughout, which was lovely for us.