It was wonderful to be back at @theoldhall in Ely at the end of July, our first time back since before the first lockdown! We couldn’t resist taking a few snaps of the outdoor ceremony area and grounds – just beautiful!
The Bride asked us to learn a new song for her entrance music, Latch by Sam Smith, we played A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, Perfect by Ed Sheeran and You Are the Reason by Callum Scott for the Signing of the Register and then we played them out to This Will Be Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole. They stopped halfway back up the aisle for a quick group photo and the Bride and Groom couldn’t help having a quick dance to our music. Congratulations guys!
When we first heard this song, we felt an instant connection to the music and lyrics. We felt it was such an emotional song, with many of the lyrics being applicable to the current situation. Immediately we wanted to reach out and connect with all of those individuals who are struggling at the moment; aren’t we all in some way holding on ’til the afterglow? So, as musicians who are stuck at home, we decided to reach out in one of the only ways we can at the moment: by playing, recording & videoing the song. With such luscious harmonies (which lend themselves very well to the violin & cello) it was the perfect song for us to explore further our layered recordings. When making the video we thought it might be interesting to include some clips from ‘behind the scenes’, showing more of our process and how we put the track together with all of the different parts. Also, a debut for our green screen – yay! 😁
Feeling a bit emotional 🥰 Thank you Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for this amazing song 🙏 Times are difficult and it’s even more important to focus on the positive things in life. We feel incredibly privileged to be able to spend the time ‘stuck’ together making music 🎶
It’s hard work for musicians and other creatives right now, aside from the difficulties caused by losing most of our income, we thrive on performing to audiences and making people happy – it’s one of the things that drives us, and it’s been taken away. BUT, continuing to make music together is keeping us going, and we hope to bring a little happiness to others in the process! 😊
So, do us a favour and give our video a share. Send it to your friends, send it to your family, send it to any key workers you know to brighten their day. Stay safe everyone, we’ll get through this ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💖
For any brides and grooms struggling to think of music for their big day, we think this could be a really special choice. We can see a lot of brides walking down the aisle to this in the future, it would make amazing entrance music or even a great first dance song.
This is the first in a new series of blog posts where we will talk about our day-to-day lives as The Chapel Hill Duo. We will cover everything from our work at Weddings and other events to the joys and difficulties of being professional musicians living in rural Lincolnshire.
We very rarely get to play at two weddings on the same day as they inevitably clash. However our bookings today worked out perfectly; the first wanted us for their Church Ceremony at midday and the second, at the opposite end of the county, for their Wedding Breakfast at 4pm. And of course it would be 29’C, the hottest day of the year so far!
Our Wedding booking today was one of the longer bookings we’ve had in a while, but also one of the most rewarding! Set in the beautiful building and grounds of Hemswell Court, Lincolnshire, we were booked to play during the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast.
Living in the UK we can’t always expect the weather to be sunny, especially in Summer! We always have a contingency plan, just in case the weather turns grim at the last second! However, today was not one of those days. We had the pleasure of returning to Brookfield Barn to play at – what we would call – a perfect summer wedding.