William and Kate’s Royal Baby, christening and music ideas

With the news of the Royal Baby being delivered today, it got me thinking about christening music. Aside from performing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, memorials, funerals and private and special events Duo d’Amore also performs in a number of baptisms and Christenings each year.

The Royal Family always does a great job of selecting music, and hire fantastic people to work on their musical team. (Around the time of the royal wedding, I met with one of the musicians who performed and helped to plan the event while on tour with a choir from London).

The christening of the baby will likely take place in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, which begs the question: what music will Kate Middleton and Prince William choose for the christening? If I could recommend something, I would choose music that is classical, and that is somewhat soothing such as:

Bach Air on the G string
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
For some reason, the music of Bach is a wonderful fit. It is nice with a solo violin, or a violin and cello duo, or even organ with either violin or cello. The music room of Buckingham Palace does not have an organ, so I would recommend the violin and cello duo if the royal family decides to have music for the christening.

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Rebecca and Steve’s wedding ceremony and cocktail reception String Quartet, July 13th Ancaster Old Mill, Ancaster ON

Our string quartet has the opportunity to perform for the wedding ceremony and reception at the Old Mill this past Saturday and everyone had a great time at this beautiful event. We worked along side some familiar faces such as the staff at the Mill and Rev McNally, who I have spoken about in another blog, as well as some new faces—the wedding planner Jackie from the Prepared Bride and Love You Madly Photography.

When we arrived at the venue, the only person there was the staff from the Mill and Jackie. We had a very nice conversation with her and mentioned that everything was arranged and ready to go. Like us, she was extremely organized. Soon after the photographers and cinematographers arrived and setup. Prior to the ceremony they look some beautiful shots of our string quartet, which we hope to post here soon.

Not long after that the guests started to cross the covered bridge over the stream that flows through the Mill property, and it was time for us to begin to play. We performed a selection of classical music until we received the cue from the staff to begin the music for when the Reverend and the groom walked up the aisle. This was Bach’s Air on the G string. We continued to perform this song as the parents and groomsmen walked own the aisle. Next, we switched the Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the six bridesmaids and flower girl, switching again to the Wagner Bridal Chorus for Rebecca’s bridal processional.

After the exchange of rings, vows and the kiss, Steve and Rebecca signed the marriage license. The signing portion of the ceremony is very nice for the guests and for us, as it allows people the change to meditate and take is the fact the two people are getting married and have promised to love each other for the rest of there lives. Music is a wonderful addition to the ceremony especially during the signing, and we performed another popular piece from JS Bach-Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. This song had a beautiful flow to it which is enhanced by the gentle murmuring of the stream nearby.

After the license was signed, the Reverend introduced the couple and they exited to Mendelssohn’s’ Wedding March,. We continued to play 3 or 4 additional songs after the Wedding March until all of the guests had exited. The cocktail reception took place in the Millview Room of the Ancaster Mill, and from our point of view it seemed like all of the guests were really enjoying themselves. For this portion, we performed a selection of Modern music, from the Beatles,U2, jazz standards like Blue Moon and Once in While and other contemporary songs.

Wedding Planner: Jackie Nerlien, The Prepared Bride Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ancaster Mill Photographer/Cinematographer: Love Madly Ceremony and reception music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets Officiant: Rev McNally


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Ashley and Gregory’s wedding ceremony, string duo, Celebration Centre, Stittsville ON

Here is what Ashley and Gregory had to say following our performance at their wedding ceremony at the Celebration Centre (now called NEXT) in Stittsville: “Thank you very much for the follow up! the performance was lovely!! Really helped make our day extra special!!!

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air Brides Processional: Pachelbel Canon in D Signing: Enya: Only Time Recessional: Mendelsohn: Wedding March

 

Wedding music: Duo d'Amore-violin and cello duo, trio and string quartet, Ottawa


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Danielle and Vince’s wedding ceremony, violin and cello duo, July 13th Rosewater Room, Toronto ON

Danielle and Vince chose our violin and cello duo to complement their ceremony, and add to all of the beautiful décor at their wedding ceremony at the Rosewater Room, at 19 Toronto St in Toronto. Our musicians have performed here many times in the past and everyone had a lovely time. For the prelude music the clients wanted something that was a bit different, modern music centered around the songs below, with Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream played just before the men took their spots , prior to the start of the ceremony. The ceremony music was quite traditional, which was a nice complement and mix along with the modern music head during the prelude, fifteen minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Prelude:
Teenage Dream
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Beautiful Day - U2
Cinderella Waltz - Disney
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

I Think I Wanna Marry You - Bruno Mars
Whole New World - Disney
Ceremony:
Bridesmaids: Pachelbel Canon in D 
Bridal: Wagner Bridal Chorus
Signing of register: Ave Maria
 Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March

Wedding musicians: Du d'Amore, string duos, trios and quartets, Toronto


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Wedding String Trio Calgary: Sameer and Nastaran cocktail reception at the Fairmont Palliser, string trio July 27 2013, Calgary AB

Toronto Wedding Ceremony String Ensemble

I’m sure that Lesley and Ian had a great time planning their wedding, as we had a great time speaking with them as well as their wedding planner, Tara O’Grady from Bliss events, who was a pleasure to work with!

Leanne and Ian hired Duo d’Amore’s string duo to perform for their ceremony. As the guests were arriving and taking their seats, we the violinist and cellist performed a mixture of classical and popular selections.

Prelude from Te Deum – Charpentier Only Time – Enya Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke Trumpet Tune – Purcell Dante’s Prayer – Loreena McKennitt

During the ceremony, we performed Bach Air on the G String as the bridesmaids walked up the aisle and Bach’s Wachet Auf for the signing. For the Processional and the Recessional, Leanne ad Ian hired Ian Laing, an accomplished piper which is always a nice touch.

As the guests were exiting the Church, we had a great opportunity to resume playing a number of upbeat and celebratory pieces of music taken from both our classical and modern repertoire.

Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve Handel Hornpipe I & II from the Water Music Charpentier Prelude from Te Deum Handel Air from Water Music in F

Venue: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe St Toronto Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets Wedding Planner: Tara O Grady of Bliss Events  Videographer: Images Transportation: A Rolls Choice Limo Piper: Ian Laing


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Victoria and Gary’s wedding ceremony at Paletta Mansion, violin and cello duo, July 6 2013, Burlington ON

We always enjoy performing at Paletta, especially for outdoor weddings, as the back patio has an incredible view of lake Ontario, the guest are well taken care of, as they sit under the porch on several levels. This ceremony was very well organized, and everything just seemed to fit together in such a nice way. We performed Pachelbel Canon for the processional, and the incredibly beautiful Meditation from Thais for the signing. This song takes advantage of th violin and cello, as it combines some lovely writing in the mid to upper register of the violin, so that the sound seems to float above everyone. The cello part flows well, and grounds the ensemble with beautiful passages in the low to mid range. For the recessional, we performed the sprightly Handel Hornpipe II from the Royal Fireworks music.

 

Wedding Officiant: Anne Blinch at White Orchid Weddings

Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Burlington

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Wedding Violinist Waterloo Park: Nicole and Jay

 “Everything was awesome, thanks again!” Nicole and Jay

Nicole and Jay requested Pachelbel’s Canon to be performed as the bride walked up the aisle to meet the groom. For everything else she left it up to us, and we chose a number of selections to fit alongside it. The park is a great location for a wedding, as it’s very centrally located, not to mention gorgeous!

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50th Anniversary party July 4, 2013 at the Waterlot New Hamburg

Duo d’Amore was honored and excited to perform for a 50th Anniversary celebration held at a beautiful restaurant in downtown New Hamburg, which is close to Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford. The venue comprises a refurbished private residence, now a restaurant and inn, originally built in 1847. The house is adjacent to a lovely park, and is situated on the banks of the Nith River.

Our violin and cello duo was hired to perform for 2 hours, and to play a variety of classical music selecting pieces from our repertoire by composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Pachelbel etc. The musicians received many wonderful coments of their performance, and everyone had an enjoyable time.

Venue: The Waterlot, 17 Huron New Hamburg, ON N0B 2G0
Live Entertainment: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
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Another thank you card from great clients:

Dear Matthew,

Sorry for the late response, but Chuck and I just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job with your team at our wedding in Niagara Falls on November 24, 2012. The music was so beautiful I still tear up I hear it. I really appreciate all the time and effort you took in picking out the perfect songs including “Accidentally in Love” last minute. Everyone loved the music and had such a wonderful time.

Thank you again and we wish you all the best!

Vicki and Chuck

Wedding Ceremony held at the Table Rock Restaurant, Grand Hall overlooking Niagara Falls
Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets
Reception entertainment: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, trios and string quartets


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