Wedding at Hinchingbrooke House
On Friday we were presented with a slight problem. One of our viola players who was due to be playing at yesterdays wedding at Hinchingbrook House (as part of a string duo with myself on violin) called us from Northern Ireland to say that as the planes were all grounded due to volcanic ash (from the Volcano in Iceland), he was unable to get back to England and would have to ‘deputise’ his position. As he’s a true professional, he straight away contacted eight other viola players who are all of an exceptional standard and play regularly with our group anyway. Luckily Emma responded within 10 minutes and after a couple of phonecalls, she had all the details and was ready to turn up early to the wedding venue so that a couple of special pieces for the ceremony could be rehearsed to a polished standard. After playing the first couple of lines absolutely flawlessly, we both agreed that it couldn’t be improved upon and we were ready to play at the wedding.
The wedding was interesting in the fact that a string duo was booked which we normally recommend for smaller gatherings of 80 guests or less, but on this occasion there were over 100 people and it still worked perfectly – just proving that it’s not necessarily the amount of guests but other factors such as the layout of the venue and spread of people present. As lots of people were spread into the gardens and other rooms, a duo was ideal as it can sometimes be slightly drowned out in a very full room – due to the volume of talking.
It was a beautiful sunny day, so we found a shaded spot outside and entertained everyone during the reception drinks and photographs.