Thursday, 19 June 2008

RSAMD Summer Ball

Every year the quartet play for the drinks reception of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama's Summer Ball, held at The Fruitmarket in the City Halls. As students at the university, it is a fantastic night for us, and as you can see from the pictures we all brush up very well! On this occassion we were playing with Kathleen McCrudden and Katie Stone, 2 of our collegues from the university, and it was a very poignant night for us as it was the last time we would play together before we went our seperate ways after university. We played lots of popular and jazzy pieces, in keeping with the fun and lighthearted feel of the evening, and they went down really well with all the students!

Surprise wedding! at 'The Club', Broxburn

On 7th June we played for the wedding of Kevin and Marissa at 'The Club' in Broxburn. This was a very exciting day for us for 2 reasons. The first was that it was our first experience of a pagan wedding. It was very beautiful, and they talked about the bonds that held them together and then they 'jumped over the broom' together, symbolising them going into their new life together. We were quite heavily involved in the proceedings, with many musical interludes throughout the ceremony.
The second reason was that the quartet was actually Kevin's wedding present to Marissa. The couple had seen us at a wedding show and Marissa in particular had really wanted us to be a part of their day, keeping our flyer in her wedding planner book for months after the show. However, they had decided that their budget would not be able to stretch to us and that we were a luxury that they couldn't afford. Kevin, however, contacted us, with strict instructions to keep it a secret from Marissa as he had decided that we would be a surprise until she was walking down the aisle to us playing instead of a CD. We sent him our playlist and he listened to every single song on our playlist on his ipod to try and pick the songs she would love! He mainly picked from our popular songs, and was very appropriate for the feel of the day. When we arrived, Marissa had to subtly be taken into another room while we set up, and there was a wall of men standing in the doorway so as she couldn't see us. We tuned up quietly, and started playing for the guests arriving. By this time Marissa had guessed what was going on, but it made the whole day very special and very personal and we felt really appreciated!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Vows Awards!

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Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Lord Provost's Glasgow Awards Dinner

On the 31st May we were playing for the Lord Provost of Glasgow Awards Dinner, held at the City Chambers. The creme de la creme of Glasgow were in attendance, with people picking up awards for sport, culture, arts, business and more. Stephane Deneve, conductor of the RSNO was there to receieve an award, and so we were all feeling the pressure to play our extra best!
On this occassion we were again playing with Ian Watson, and the boys were looking very daper in their black ties!