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A Fairytale Wedding

27th Oct 2010

Last weekend was truly magical as we were invited to share in a fairytale wedding day on a crisp and bright Autumnal October day. The venue was a beautiful, private family owned country estate in the heart of the Kent countryside.  It had its own chapel which was built in the 13th century and steeped in history, surrounded by ten acres of stunning gardens – a stunning location for a dream wedding.

We were delighted to provide the classical music entertainment for the wedding ceremony and reception. Our opera singers sang a selection of arias and duets during the wedding ceremony accompanied by our string quartet. The sound of a live operatic voice is always moving but there was not a dry eye in sight as the resplendent bride entered the chapel with her father to the singing of Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. You could hear a pin drop and the atmosphere was heavenly. We devised the programme of music throughout the ceremony and the bride and groom exited the chapel as husband and wife to Handel’s “Hallelujah” which had everyone standing to their feet and applauding.

After the photographs, guests moved into the gardens and marquee for the drinks reception where our wonderful string quartet and opera singers delighted everyone with a selection of popular opera arias and string classics.

We always like to add our own special touch so we created a special CD for the bride and groom which was presented in a beautiful gift box containing all the music performed on the wedding day as a memento of their special day.

The happy married couple kindly wrote to us to say:
“We cannot begin to thank you for the wonderful music you provided on our wedding day. Having live opera singers during the ceremony was so special and the wonderful music made the reception one that we will always remember”.

And now for our interesting weekly opera factOpera music has been incorporated into many popular films and commercials. For example, Léo Delibes' “The Flower Duet” (“Sous le dôme épais”) from Lakmé can be heard in The American President, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Superman Returns, and Meet the Parents (as well as in numerous TV shows and commercials). Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) has been featured in Babe: The Pig in the City, Deep Impact, Jumanji, Space Jam, Under the Tuscan Sun, and in an award-winning Nike commercial starring Charles Barkley. Other commercials that have incorporated opera include Handel’s Xerxes for AT&T, Handel’s Lascia Ch’Io Pianga for Harrods, Wagner’s Lohengrin for Du Pont, Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) for Kraft, and Bizet’s Carmen for Pepsi.