The fantastic Gainsborough Quartet are a multi-faceted group of musicians who bring a classic air of sophistication to any wedding. Established over seven years ago, this fab four take their range of cultivated music to weddings all over the UK. We recently caught up with the team, and asked what was so special about weddings at Bruisyard Hall.
Cal Fell, who plays Viola explains; “We are four professional freelance musicians who’ve worked together as The Gainsborough Quartet for seven years. Between us we’ve played for Nigel Kennedy, the Queen, Lady Diana, Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Parkinson, Libby Purves, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Tony Blair, to name but a few.
“We will travel anywhere to play at a wedding, but our favourite venue is Bruisyard Hall. It’s a 14th Century Manor House, lovingly maintained, with 700 acres of meticulously kept gardens. The staff are utterly charming, somehow managing to be ruthlessly efficient but relaxed at the same time.
We play as guests arrive, as brides walk down the aisle, during the signing of the register and as the wedding party walks back down the aisle. We play at drinks and wedding breakfasts, too. Some brides ask for Pachelbel’s Canon and classical repertoire, others choose Adele, Beyonce, film music, jazz, or songs from shows. We have a big repertoire list but if you have other ideas, (and we’ve had some eccentric requests over the years!), we can normally accommodate them.
“We can play in the Barn, the courtyard, the gardens, or in the main house. There is a gallery at the back of the Barn which is rather wonderful, or we can play at the front of the ceremony so we are near the bride.
“The joy of Bruisyard, other than the fantastic setting, is that whole wedding parties stay there. We have never met an unhappy bride!”
The Gainsborough Quartet line up:
Kathryn Parry, Violin, Helen Farrell, Violin, Cal Fell, Viola, Melanie Woodcock, Cello
For further information visit the Gainsborough Quartet website.