Pianist Singer at Matt & Claire’s Thornton Hall Hotel Wedding

31st Aug 2011


Thornton Hall Hotel weddingI was playing at another great Thornton Hall Hotel wedding last night.
Matt and Claire and I had spoken about options for their wedding day on the August bank holiday Monday.

I usually cover the drinks reception and wedding breakfast part of the day. However, Matt and Claire were keen to have live entertainment between daytime and the evening reception. It can be a good time for guests to stretch their legs after the meal.

But the bride and groom asked me to play some upbeat piano sets and to bring an extra microphone or two. They knew their family and friends wanted to party!

I set up the white baby grand in the bar area while speeches were going on in the Pulford Suite. That way, I could surprise guests with a 6ft white grand piano in the bar when they came out.

There were more than a few characters amongst the guests! By 8 o’clock we already had a full on singalong around the piano. A few guest singers took up the offer of a spare mic to sing some Rat Pack. The groom himself, Matt, sang “That’s Life” to his beautiful bride Claire. She then returned the compliment with a great rendition of Duffy’s “Mercy”. What a moment!

I carried on taking requests for old singalong favourites like Delilah, Daydream Believer, Sweet Caroline, That’s Amore, Champagne Supernova, Shine, etc. Then the best man belted out “Green, Green Grass Of Home”. Definitely one they’ll remember! It’s not unusual…

As soon as the very efficient Thornton Hall Hotel wedding team had turned the Pulford Suite around, it was time to hand over to the band…. and catch a breath! What a great crowd! All the best to the happy couple!!