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This is the advert that appeared in issue 400

This is the advert that appeared in issue 400

    Recently I have been doing some promotional work with Aspire Magazine based in Leicester.  This is a free magazine that covers the East Midlands that you can get in coffee shops and supermarkets, and is also available on line.

The advert on the left appeared in issue 400 and the editorial below, was in issue 401.


The Editorial from issue 401

The Editorial from issue 4







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Easter Sunday saw me loading the car for a drive out to Dodford Manor in Northamptonshire. This was not a social trip but I had been asked to play at the wedding of Becky and Daniel.

The Weddings at Dodford Manor are held in a beautifully restored brick barn with all mod cons, also but with lots of  character.

The weather stayed fine for the couple and after the service I played for the guests entertainment whilst they had a drink and a catchup before the reception.

I would like to say thanks to the Grooms mum for the action shot photo, the rest I took with my phone.  I certainly enjoyed my self and with some of the guests having a bit of a dance and with loads of lovely comments, I believe the family and guests did too.

If you are looking for a wedding venue in the Northamptonshire area,

then Dodford Manor is Certainly worth visiting.

Dodford Manor Easter 2015

Dodford Manor Easter 2015

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Church

Dodford Church


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April appears to be the start of the wedding season, with 2 booked. Sunday the 5ths Wedding  is taking place at Dodford Manor in Northamptonshire . This looks a lovely place to get married, they even offer tractor rides for the bride and groom. I wonder if I could sneak a ride on the back whilst playing, now that would be a good picture for the website.

The second one is for the 25th of April and this one is at Barchill Retreat at Welford in Leicestershire. This is a farm that specialises in Humanist weddings and hopefully this will be in a marquee in the middle of the farm. Yet again another venue with stunning views.

i have also been asked to play at another 2 weddings in April but as the dates clash with those above, I have had to decline.

We are also running our next StaxofSax saxophone workshop in Leicester on the 10th of April, full details are on our StaxofSax facebook page if you are Interested in joining us.

Plus I am working on a batch of new songs to add to the repertoire for the forth coming events.

So life is good and long may it continue.

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Richard asked me to play at his wedding to Trisha, but kept it a surprise from her. Even at the rehearsal she thought that I was just pressing the buttons on the p.a. system to play the music for the hymns and the ceremony.

They chose a lovely church called Wistow Church. The church is nearly a 1000 years old and sits in a lovely rural part of Leicestershire.

When Trisha arrived at the church the car pulled up to the front door and she saw me there with a saxophone in my hand, she had a good laugh.

Trisha went down the aisle to a lovely tune, a theme from a summers place.  This was a new tune for me, but one I will definitely use again.  Richard chose the outward tune, Can’t smile without you by Barry Manilow, another new one that will be used again.

The reception was held at the Conservative club in Wigston, and they put on a great event for the happy couple.  The room was lovely, the food was really good and theres is plenty of parking, what else could you want for your special day. Well worth considering if you are looking for a local venue.

Wistow Church, Leicestershire

Wistow Church, Leicestershire

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Sunday the 8th July 2012 was the day that Mick and Sue got married at the Talbot hotel, Oundle.  It was a nice sunny day and the venue was superb.  The hotel had been closed for 6 months whilst it was totally refurbished, So Sue and Micks wedding was the first after the work had been done.

Its a very old hotel with lots of history involved, but the rooms they used to hold the ceremony are just right.

I played Sue down the aisle with ‘Here Comes the Bride’ and back up with the wedding march.  The bride looked stunning and the groom scrubbed up well too.  After the service everyone had their pictures taken and that gave me time to move to the reception area.  This was held in a seperate building with its own bar downstairs, upstairs is a beautifully decorated room which I would think could sit about 35-40 people, with oak beams and a massive stone fire place.

During the meal, I was allowed free reign on the choice of music, so out came the Nat King Cole, Rat Pack and some latin numbers.

After the speeches and cake cutting, we all moved outside into the grassed courtyard area for drinks, chat and cake.  This allowed me to turn it up a little without spoiling peoples conversations.  The happy couple had ‘what a wonderful world’ for the first dance and ‘Blue moon’ to finish with, just as the rain came down.  Perfect timing,

If the bride and groom had as much fun as I did then their day went well.

Thanks you for inviting me to play for your wedding guys and all the best for the future.

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We have had torrential rain for days, and yesterday looked like it was going to be the same.  Which would have been a real shame as I had been asked to play at an outdoor wedding.

A couple of months ago I was out busking in Market Harborough, when a young lady approached me and asked If I would play at her wedding.

Luckily the weather stayed clear for their great day.  The ceremony was held in her Grandfathers back garden with lovely views of the Arthingworth countryside added to the day.

I played Pachebels Canon in D for the processions and some mellow background music whilst the register was being signed and the photo’s taken.

Everyone then moved into the marquee for the reception with fish and chips  in paper all round. I thought that was an excellent idea, nice and informal and allow people to enjoy themselves.

I finished playing as they cut the cake and started the speeches, with lots of positive comments and request for business cards.

The evening consisted of a disco and a fun photographer so I should think a good night was had by all.

The bride looked lovely and the groom looked a very happy man and I would like to wish them all the best for the future.

now its on to the next wedding in a fortnight time, complete with the Bridal chorus and the wedding march to work on.





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