Music & Photography go hand in hand!

The Chapel Hill Duo performing the violin and cello at a Wedding Drinks reception at Holmewood Hall. Photo by Sam J Cook.
The Chapel Hill Duo performing at the Wedding Drinks Reception at Holmewood Hall (thanks to Sam J. Cook for taking the photo)

After the July 2019 heatwave, last Saturday was a bit of a shock to the system with the temperature literally 20’C colder than the day before! We were very relieved, however, to have a break from the unbearable heat of the previous week! 

Cellist Sarah James looking at the flower arrangement at St Giles' church before a wedding.
Sarah enjoys the flowers at St Giles’ Church before the Wedding.

We were over in Holme, Peterborough and the day began with a rehearsal with singer – Sam J Cook, whom the couple had booked to sing with us for their exit – to ‘Star Girl’ McFly. Sam is a pro, all we needed was one run through the song, which gave us plenty of time to chat about the wedding music industry. We don’t often have the opportunity to work with other musicians and it was great to share experiences and compare notes, as it were! 

Sam J. Cook performing cover songs at a drinks reception at Holmewood Hall.
Guitarist/singer Sam J. Cook performing cover songs at the drinks reception at Holmewood Hall.

As well as ‘Star Girl’ our couple also requests ‘Canon in D’ for the entrance of the bridal party, as well as ‘Wings’ Birdie, ‘Tale as Old as Time’ from Beauty & The Beast and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ from The Lion King for the signing of the register. 

Jaya Hanley, violin playing in a Church in front of some flowers.
Violinist Jaya Hanley testing the acoustics at the Church before the wedding Ceremony.
Violinist Jaya Hanley and Cellist Sarah James performing in front of the grand fireplace at Holmewood Hall for a wedding drinks reception.
Performing by the incredible fireplace in the stunning entrance hall of Holmewood Hall. Those giant brass lions are just amazing!

After the ceremony we popped down the road to the reception venue: the amazing Holmewood Hall. Our couple had asked us to select the music for this, so we of course went all out playing songs such as ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman, ‘Titanium’ Sia and ‘Mr Brightside’ The Killers. This was our first time playing at Holmewood Hall and we were blown away by the friendliness of the staff and beauty of the building – not to mention the food, which smelt amazing! We’re very much looking forward to returning in the future!

The Chapel Hill Duo performing at Holmewood Hall.
Enjoying playing our cover of Titanium by David Guetta ft Sia.

As well as singing, Sam is also an experienced wedding photographer and very kindly took some pics of us while we were performing. Jaya, a keen photographer himself, returned the favour later on as Sam performed a few sets of his own!

Singer and guitarist Sam J Cook performs at a wedding drinks reception.
The couple had decorated the entire staircase with leaves and flowers, it was beautiful. A perfect viewpoint for Jaya to capture some great images of Sam.
Cellist Sarah James in St Giles Church with a wreath of flowers before a wedding ceremony.
This wreath in the Church was an interesting idea,we’ve never seen anything quite like it. What’s really amazing is they moved it from the Church to Holmewood Hall after the Ceremony!
The Chapel Hill Duo perform to a crowd at a busy wedding drinks reception.
The wedding drinks reception was buzzing, everyone was so excited for the happy couple.
Violinist Jaya performs at a Church in front of a wreath of flowers.
We just can’t get over how incredible that wreath of flowers was!
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