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Frensham Heights

Read all about our wedding playing at Frensham Heights, a school that opens for weddings in Hampshire.

We had a bumper week of weddings during Jubilee week – phew!

This week we had purchased a brand new ‘gig bag’ – a hard suitcase from Debenhams to cart all of our music around with us. We now have so much repertoire that our old bag had well and truly bust on us. Wheeling a case up all those gravel driveways had taken its toll!

On Monday we were at Rhinefield House – on a rainy Jubilee day – where we played from 1.30pm-4.30pm. On Friday we were at New Place again playing for the lovely Nina’s wedding. Congratulations both of you!

And on Saturday were at Frensham Heights playing for the Hruby wedding. This was actually friends of mine (Amy) who were getting hitched, so I had the pleasure of listening to the quartet (Anna, Angela, Ruth & Sophie) play from the perspective of a wedding guest, which was great!

Frensham is somewhere we’ve not played before and it is a gem of a location. Frensham Heights is actually a school, although you wouldn’t know it as the grounds and buildings are immaculately kept and could well be mistaken for a stately home or country hotel.

The Music

The quartet were booked to play in the wedding ceremony, although not for the entrance of the bride this time as she entered to the sounds of the Scottish Bagpipes. The quartet then played Ashokan Farewell during the signing, and the couple walked out to Ruby, by Kaiser Chiefs (see the score arrangement here!) 

The quartet then played during the drinks reception, and then during dinner too. As a guest, I had the pleasure of watching other guests interact with the TBQ Jukebox idea. There were four request slips per table ( a good idea if the wedding is large). Our table (the Southsea table) decided to be democratic and put ticks against each piece we’d like to hear, and then the top four votes got requested. I enjoyed hearing the quartet play all of my favourites (lady gaga!) as a guest this time!

Frensham Heights
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