We spent an afternoon in the delightful company of each other and our Creative Director Calum Smail @zummcreative recording @the two doors studio in Alsager. The microphones we used were 4 microvox and they come complete with a power supply and jack to an xlr adaptor. The microphones attached to the tail pieces of our instruments by velco and the mics were directed towards the f-holes. We love the ease with which these could be attached and the fact that our instruments were not damaged at all. The mixer was a Behringer XENYX 1202FX 12 INPUT 2 BUS MIC LINE MIXER and the digital recorder we used was a H4n Handy recorder. We played five songs, Pachelbel's Canon, Billie Jean, You Know I'm no Good, Fly Me to the Moon and The Wedding Song. Looking forward to hearing the mix and watching the video and we shall of course update the website with our new video.
I have to admit I have never attended an humanist wedding and it was the first time for the quartet even though we have been playing together for 6 years! Our usual weddings have been either civil ceremonies or church weddings, so this was a unique experience and one which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone thinking about getting married. The humanist celebrant was very smart, warm and friendly and spoke about the couple getting married in a personal way. There was much humour interspersed with readings and poems. Music accompanied the start of the ceremony and the quartet played Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan). The ceremony concluded with a fabulous balloon release and music of John Legend 'All of Me'. We then played on as the guests drank champagne in the glorious warmth of the sun.
Apparently an humanist wedding need not take place in licensed venues. You could even opt for having your wedding at your own home! Nikki and Sarah however, chose to have their wedding outside on the terrace @The Inn at Grinshill. It was a beautiful setting and the music from the string quartet could be heard all over the garden without drowning out conversations. We had many lovely comments from the guests saying how much they were enjoying the music and I was pleased that we were doing a good job and it was going down well.
If you would like an humanist wedding ceremony, you can contact www.humanistceremonies.org.uk/weddings or for your local humanist celebrant who was conducting this ceremony and who was lovely contact www.maxinebeech.com
Cranage Hall is a beautiful setting for a romantic wedding. We spent a day there playing our hearts out to all the young newly engaged couples at the wedding fayre. www.martinpawlett.co.uk was also there and managed very skillfully to take our photos and to capture some of the fun that we had on that day.
We had a few requests and one of the was Pachelbel's Canon. This is a beautiful piece of music and perfect for the brides entrance and walk down the isle. Johann Pachelbel lived most of his life in Vienna during 1671 to 1692. The Canon was written in 1680 and was scored for 3 violins and a bass continuo. It was Johann Pachelbel's most famous piece of music and it really is one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music. The cello part plays the same 8 notes over and over again whilst the other parts repeat the melody in a round over the top. Simple but very effective. There are ways to play the piece and this version by The Piano Guys is fabulous. I hope you enjoy. www.thepianoguys.com/portfolio/rockelbels-canon-in-d/