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St Agnes’ Church in Freshwater was the beautiful location for Poppy and Louis’s wedding in May. Its quite a small church and has a thatched roof and was built in 1908.

They couldn’t have picked better weather to celebrate their big day with friends and family. The music choices included Can You Feel The Love Tonight as the flower girls and page boys came in, A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman for Poppy’s entrance, Hero by Enrique Iglesias and Oasis’s Wonderwall for the signing and Thats What I Like by Bruno Mars for the exit.

We then all headed over to Newport Cricket Ground for the drinks reception, for which I played fun and lively background music

A nice touch for me was that I had played at Poppy’s Parents wedding too.

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During August, Nathan and Emma got married at East Afton Farmhouse, which is a great place for a celebration.

The ceremony took place in the wedding barn, which was beautifully decorated and is just right for a medium sized wedding.

As Emma walked across the courtyard to the barn, this gave me plenty of time to build up the music (1000 Years by Christina Perri) for her grand entrance. They chose Just the Way You are by Bruno Mars and Perfect by Ed Sheeran for the signing, and to exit the ceremony they had On Top of the World by the Imagine Dragons, which was a new one for me, but great fun to play.

At this point I left the happy couple and their family and friends to enjoy the rest of the day celebrating together.

A lovely thought, was the card that Emma and Nathan sent as a thank you for being part of their wedding.

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September the 24th was the date that Emily and Mason got married in Derbyshire and I was asked to play during the drinks reception at Ormonde Fields Golf Club.

A nice 2 hour set of fun and lively background music, whilst not getting in the way of people catching up with each other.

I was recommended for this wedding by the bride and groom from one of my first weddings 10 years ago, and it was lovely to catch up with them at this wedding too.

Thank you for asking me to be part of your big day Emily and Mason.

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Last Saturday was the first event of any kind that I have been able to play at this year. What made it even more special was it was a Wedding. I love playing at Weddings, everyone is happy to be there and dressed in their finery, and just wanting to have a good time with the happy couple.

The Wedding of Emily and Kalon took place on a beautiful spring day at the Apple Farm at East Afton, on the Isle of Wight. It was my first time playing there and the gentleman running the venue could not have been more helpful.

With the restrictions still in place the wedding party was just 15 strong, but I thought it lead to a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

With a couple of new tunes requested by the couple I played to entertain the guests and for the ceremony before they retired to the reception at the same venue.

Below are some pictures of the venue, including an unusual one of the sink in the Gents toilets, I love the use of the Dustbin lid. It just made me smile.

Thank you Emily and Kalon for asking me to be part of your special day, and best wishes for your life together.

Dave

Ingenious use of a Dustbin lid
Signing the Register
Guest area
The Ceremony area

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We moved to Shanklin on the beautiful Isle of Wight just on 2 years ago, and we love it.

We have been made welcome by everyone we meet.

So, having finished recording Lewis Capaldis song ‘Someone you Loved’ I thought it would be nice to use some of the many pictures and videos we have taken of this side of the Island.

I hope you like the video and if you do please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to help get my music out there.

If you have anything happening that would benefit from live music, then feel free to get in touch.

Many thanks

Dave

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As you all know, we are living in different times.  Historically, If my instruments needed a bit of TLC or even full blown repairs, I could ring Paul Carrington and book them in for the neccessary treatment and get the instrument to him very quickly.

However, due to travel restrictions at my end (ferry services reduced etc)  I finally managed to get to Flintham, just outside Newarke, last week and drop off my Soprano, Alto and Tenor (no room in the car for the baritone with all the other luggage)

Paul has continued working during the virus and strictly follows health guidelines for everyones safety.

He did a good service on all 3 saxophones and replaced pads where needed and sorted the regulation out along with fixing the neck tenon on my alto, and for a very reasonable price too.

I have had a blow on the Alto and it is like a new horn even though she is 94 years old.  I am going to try the others later today, and looking forward to that.

I would thoroughly recommend Paul to anyone needing work done on there instruments, and I am looking forward to getting the Baritone and Clarinet serviced next time I am that way.

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It has been a very productive week this week.
1. Started a new student via Facetime,
2. In talks with another re face to face lessons,
3. Booked the venue for the first Isle of Wight StaxofSax workshop.
4.Filled 2/3rds of the places already.
5. Taken part in my 4th Q and A Video with the Learning Sax guys.
6.Taken on a new residential home to provide entertainment for
7. and reached 100 followers on the StaxofSax Facebook page

Lets see what This week brings shall we.

 

Dave

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Over the last few weeks, I have been taking part in presenting a Sunday Evening Q and A live Video session on Facebook.

This is taking place on a page run by Daniel Christian, called Learning Saxophone-Get help and Chat about all things music,  Here is the link.

We start at 8pm UK time for about an hour, and anyone who is a member of the page can join in.  Its very informal and great fun, with players of all abilities asking the questions that are bugging them.

Why not pop over this evening, join the group and take part.  It would be great to see you.

 

Thanks

Dave

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Well as you can see there has not been a lot of activity on my website for a long time.  There are genuine reasons for that, including, Moving house, Work, Renovating the new house, lots of gigs,  rebuilding my business, taking on new students and starting to do some work with Daniel Christian of SaxCasts.com.  So, pretty hectic, but now I’ve used those excuses, I won’t be able to use them again!!

Anyway,  I am planning on adding quite a bit more content on here, going forward.

I will be putting up some short posts in a minute, and would be happy for any feedback or questions you may have.

 

Thanks for sticking with me, and hope to speak to as many as I can soon.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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I had a lovely morning visiting and playing to the residents at the Solent Grange Nursing Home today.

They all had tea and cake whilst I played a few songs, then with help from the activity coordinator, we had a sing along session with everyone taking part.

we had a good chat about the music as we went along, and lots of residents firing back answers to my questions.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, and hopefully I will be visiting them again next month for more musical fun and shenanigans.

Thank you for having me.

Dave

 

 

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