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2017 had got off to a great start.

I have taken bookings for 2 weddings this week, the first is in Derby at the Roundhouse and I will be playing with the Folk Foundasian Sax trio. The 2nd is at Barton Court nr Malvern in October as a solo act.  Barton court is a lovely old House that I discovered at the end of last year, whilst playing at a wedding fayre there.

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This Saturday is a full day rehearsal with Folk Foundasian working on a ton of new songs.  Both Bollywood and western tunes are on the agenda, so should be fun.

If there are any weddings or events that you think I may be able to help at, then please get in touch for a chat.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

 

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Just an update for those procrastinators amongst you.,  We have 22 places booked on this workshop and that leaves only another 8 available, and they are going fast now as people finalise their plans for Christmas.

If you would like to join us for a fun day of after Christmas music making in Leicester then please let me know.

email is staxofsax@gmail.com

Telephone is 07736 471861

I have attached the flyer with the full details for you to look at and please share to any sax playing buddies and teachers.

 

Thanks

Dave

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December has me booked to played at a Christmas party at Hendon Grange in Leicester and On Boxing Day I am playing at the Ramada Leicester Stage Hotel for a 1920s Christmas dinner, so not only good food but good music too.

There is also the usual School Carol Concerts to play at. Plus my woodwind ensemble are working hard to perfect Sleigh ride by Leroy Anderson, to be played at Oakham Church.

I will also be entertaining the residents at Sibbertoft Manor Residential Home (the only residential home that has a putting green for them to use!) for a Christmas singalong.

The 29th of DEcember is also the StaxofSax Christmas Saxophone Workshop in Leicester, If any of you players fancy joining us, then please get in touch at staxofsax@gmail.co., it would be great to see you.

A fairly busy month, but still space for a wedding or party or 2, so if you think I can help then please get in touch.

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Sunday the 27th Of November was the inaugral Wedding Fayre at Barton Court in the beautiful county of Herefordshire.

It was a bright and chilly morning as all the suppliers started to arrive and James and Linda, the new owners, showed us around their beautiful house before we set up.

There was loads of choice for all of the prospective brides and groom to look at and listen too, with a singing Duo, a covers band, a classical guitarist and myself playing saxophone.

We were all in different parts of the house so no one interupted anyone else, and we all had a great day speaking to couples about what they would like for their wedding day.

This is a lovely quirky venue to consider for your wedding, with very accomdating owners to help you make the best of your special day.

All you need now is a saxophonist to provide the musical ambience to make it perfect?

The Stables Bar, Barton Court.

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http://www.bartoncourtonline.co.uk/

 

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Hi Folks

Things have been a little bit quiet recently as far as the workshops have been concerned.  But we are now back and ready to Rock n Roll with our Annual Christmas workshop, Which is normally our best attended one anyway.

We have got all the normal activities planned for you, Large ensemble and Jazz improvisation sessions, but we have listened to the feedback we have had and are pleased to announce that for those that dont fancy improvising, there will be a second ensemble session in the afternoon, along side the Jazz in the main hall.  Because of this change, we are opening the doors to 30 players this year instead of the normal 20.

We have kept the cost at £30 per person again for another year.

The day is open to anyone aged 11 or over who has been playing for at least a year.

All the details of dates and times and venue are on the attached flyer.  We would ask that you spread this article far and wide so that we can generate loads of interest.

Contact details are email: staxofsax@gmail.com or via this post.

We are looking forward to seeing you there

Dave

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Saturday 30th of July  was my 3rd time of playing at the ‘Friends of the Leicester Samaritans’ (SAMS) Beer Festival in Leicester.  This is definitely one of my favourite gigs of the year and to keep being asked back each year is a real buzz.

They have a long weekend of live music, great local food and stacks of Real Ales, Ciders and Wine and as if thats not enough Pimms aplenty.

My session was a 2 hour set in the small hall playing some jazz, pop, blues and rock tunes, and seemd to be well received by everyone with loads of singing along to some of the tunes.

The aim is to raise as much as possible to keep this truly vital service running.  This I believe has been a record year with over £4000 towards the funds.

I will keep you updated as to next years events as I have been asked back again.

Thanks to Lance and his team for making me feel welcome and for the beer tokens!! See you next year.

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This is the Donington Manor Hotel, Castle Donington, where Lisa and Stuart held their Drinks Reception, Photos and Wedding breakfast.

One of the things I love about playing at Weddings is when the Bride and Groom ask me to play a tune that I have never heard of, but when you listen and learn it, it becomes an instant favourite.

This was the case with Lisa and Stuart.  The song is ‘The Last Night of the World’ and comes from the ‘Miss Saigon’ Musical.  Its a beautiful melody that sits very nicely on the Soprano Saxophone.  Lisa and Stuart both said that they were so glad that they asked me to play it as it ‘Made their day’ and it was worth my fee just for that one song.

Well Lisa and Stuart, I would like to wish you all the best for the future and thank you for asking me to be part of your big day and also a big thank you for introducing me to your favourite song.

The Hotel is very nice and the staff are helpful and friendly too.

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First of all, my apologies for the lack of posts on here.  The last few months have been hectic with both work and family events.

However, things are getting back to normal now, so here is a bit of an update of the past couple of months.

The gigs have included

Open day at Sibbertoft Manor

Solo Weddings

Folk Foundasian Weddings

Restaurants 35th Anniversary

Funeral

Teaching

and School concerts

I am not going to list them all individually for obvious reasons but I will include a couple of pictures for you.

A lot of new songs have and still are being added to the repertoire along with some new bookings for later on in the year and also next year.

The pictures include Weddings at:

Emsworth

Haslington Hall

Cattows Farm, Ashby

The Bombay Brasserie, PEterborough

Thrumpton Hall, Nottinghamshire

and Sibbertoft Manor residential home which has a putting green for the residents (how cool is that)

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This coming weekend sees me playing for another birthday party at the Praha restaurant in Hinckley and for Valentine’s Day I will be serenading the love birds at Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire.
I have also taken bookings for a birthday party and a singalong session locally this week as well as taking on 2 new students for lessons.
During February and March I will be playing at 3 wedding fayres at East Midlands Airport hotel (28th Feb), the Link Hotel in Loughborough (13th March), and Nottingham Race Course (20the March)
So if anyone would like to pop along for a chat about their wedding music, or any other event, please feel free.

Ps I have just received a booking for February 13th to play at a Valentines weekend event at the Kings Head in Duffield, Derbyshire. It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks.

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Hi Folks

I just wanted to wish every one a happy and healthy new year for 2016.

2015 was a good year for me, with a record number of gigs played over the last 12 months.  This included joining up with the guys from Folk Foundasian ( Folk Foundasian sax trio  ) which has been a really good experience and a great learning curve for me.

I have played at some lovely venues this year including Langar Hall in Nottingham, Curradine Barns in Shrawley, a 50th wedding anniversary party in Portsmouth and Hinckley Classis car show to name but a few.

The new year starts with more confirmed gigs in the diary than ever before, and lots of projects in the pipeline, including starting work on recording a cd.

If you would like to chat about any events that you have coming up, then please drop me a line and I will come back to you as soon as possible.

 

Best wishes

Dave

 

 

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