Monday, 26 September 2011

Don't Tell the Bride - TONIGHT!

Don't forget to tune in to BBC3 tonight at 9pm for episode 4 of the new series of Don't Tell the Bride!  And watch carefully as you may spot some familiar faces!  Check out the trailer below:

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Our Busiest Summer Yet...

Our apologies for being so quiet recently, this truly has been our busiest summer yet.  As always, we've been shooting up and down the country in our Nero-mobile playing for weddings and parties, come rain or shine.  Here is a selection of venues we've visited this summer: Chillington Hall, Sandon Hall, Moxhull Hall, Ardington House, Ye Olde Bell, Dumbleton Hall, Hunton Park, Stapleford Park, Armley Lodge Farm, The Kings Hotel, Wroxall Abbey, Kirtlington Park, Somerford Hall, Menzies Welcombe HotelWethele Manor, Sutton Bonington HallLangdon Court HotelManor Hotel Meriden, Lord Leycester Hospital, Southwinds Cryfield, Dunchurch Park, Warwick House, Ardencote Manor, Nuthurst Grange, The Moathouse, Hagley Hall, Hilton Hotel (Milton Keynes), Nailcote Hall, Botleys MansionAnsty Hall, Walton Hall, Hampton ManorLimes Country Lodge, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Grafton Manor, Prestwold Hall, and Highbury Hall.  Phew!

And of course we've had our regular shipment of brand new music, including Beautiful Life (Ace of Base), You're the first, the last, my everything (Barry White), Fix You (Coldplay), Steady As We Go (Dave Matthews Band), Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), It Must Be Love (Madness), Million Love Songs (Take That), Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor/Prince), When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge), and Hotel California (The Eagles).

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"Just wanted to say a quick thank-you before we set off on honeymoon tomorrow.  The string duo who played at our wedding at Barcelo Walton Hall were absolutely perfect and really contributed to the ambience of the day.  You received much praise from our guests and helped to make our day so special.  Thanks once again."
Emma and James, Walton Hall

"Can I just give my greatest thanks for playing at our wedding.  The music was beautiful and really made the ceremony and welcome drinks perfect.  Thank you kindly."
Jane and Tim, The Limes Country Lodge

"Lee and I wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at the Wedding.  We thought it sounded amazing and loved your playing.  We will definitely be recommending you.  I wanted to come over and say thank you, but as you can guess it was all pretty hectic.  However, thank you very much."
Cerri and Lee, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel

"Just a quick thank you for the excellent job you did at our wedding at Lilleshall Hotel yesterday.  We thought you sounded amazing.  You all helped towards making it a perfect day for us and for that we thank you muchly.  Keep up the good work."
Stuart, Lilleshall Hall

"We just wanted to extend our thanks to all of you for playing at our wedding at Grafton Manor.  You were brilliant, you looked good and sounded great.  Everybody commented on you.  Especially since there was quite a lot of us that had been to a wedding only four weeks before mine and they had a string trio who sounded amateur compared to you!!  I didn't really get chance to say much on the day but we were really very grateful to you as we had a solo in one room, all of you in the chapel then moved outside so probably wasn't the easiest wedding you've done.  Also, before the day you had 'She's the One' wrote up for us and exchanged a lot of emails and ideas so thank you.  We will recommend you to anybody!  Thank you a thousand times."
Mitzi and Ben, Grafton Manor

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the string duo who played at our wedding at Prestwold Hall on Friday.  They were absolutely brilliant, and many of our guests commented on how outstanding the music was.  Thank you especially for playing the songs we requested, it made it very personal."
Becky, Prestwold Hall

"Just a quick email to say thank you for the part you played in my daughter's wedding day, your music was superb and enjoyed by everyone.  Very best wishes to you all and once again, many thanks, we would have no hesitation in recommending you."
Marianne, Plas Hafod Hotel

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the two ladies who played at our wedding.  They were fantastic and I hope they enjoyed themselves whilst they were there.  I have a few pictures which I will send on to you just for your records.  Many thanks again."
Gemma, The Courtyard

"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding in August.  You were amazing and so many of our guests commented on how wonderful you sounded.  I loved the variety of music you played, it really was superb!  I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to thank you personally but we really did appreciate it!"
Claire, Bedfordshire

"Everyone thought you guys were fantastic, sorry I didn't manage to come over and speak to you much, as you can imagine my day was pretty hectic!  Thank you very much, everyone really enjoyed listening to you."
Sarah, Ansty Hall

"We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for the wonderful music you provided at our wedding.  It was absolutely perfect.  I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to thank you in person at the end of your performance."
Steph and Dan, Highbury Hall

"Margaret and I just wanted to thank you for helping to make our party a great success.   We really enjoyed your concert as did our guests."
Katherine, Coleshill Hotel

"Thank you so much for your excellent participation in Helen and Andrew's wedding day.  Please thank all members of the quartet - we received nothing but total admiration for the breadth of your repertoire and the skill with which it was performed from all the guests present.  We were blessed with a wonderful day and I thank you for playing outside on the terrace and even more so for playing so beautifully in cramped conditions during the wedding breakfast."
Ron, Somerford Hall

"Thank you so much, you were absolutely BRILLIANT!! Sorry I didn't get to say hello but as you can imagine I was wanted by a lot of people!!  Thank you once again!"
Aimee, St Mary's Guildhall, Coventry

"Just wanted to message you to say thank you.  It was perfect, everyone commented on how fantastic you were.  Sorry we didn't get the chance to thank you before you left.  A few of my friends who are getting married next year asked for your details."
Heidi and Matt, Menzies Welcombe Hotel

"The quartet were amazing.  They sounded fantastic.  Just wanted to say a massive thanks.  Apologies to the girls that I did not get to speak more to them on the day and express our gratitude."
Dan, Cotford Hotel, Malvern

"We wanted to say thank you for such fabulous music at our wedding.  We are sorry we did not get to speak to you on the day but it was the perfect background music and created a lovely atmosphere, particularly during the meal.  Thank you so much."
James and Rhian, Botleys Mansion

"I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you so much for yesterday.  You were all fantastic!"
Jo, Hampton Manor

"Sorry this is so late but thank you so much for performing at our wedding in August at Wethele Manor.  We had a lovely day and your performance added such a beautiful atmosphere to our wedding.  We have had many compliments regarding how well you played and the selection of songs you had.  I have attached a few photos my guests and my photographer took of you whilst you were there.  Many thanks again."
Debbie and Keith, Wethele Manor

"I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you so much for the beautiful music that you and your colleagues played for us on our wedding day.  The music in the church was wonderful - I could hear you playing before I arrived and it was just perfect; exactly as we had imagined.  I know that the rain required some changes to plans after the service but thank you for being flexible and working with the weather!  So many people complimented you on your playing so I shall be recommending you left, right and centre."
Kate, Shropshire

"I wanted to say a huge thank you to you for the string trio that played on our wedding day.  I didn't get chance to speak to them on the day and thank them.  They played perfectly and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.  Anyway thanks again, Nero really made our day special and I will recommend you for any future events."
Lindsey, Sutton Bonington Hall

"Ladies.  Just wanted to send  a quick note with our sincere thanks for performing at our wedding.  Waiting outside the door of the ceremony and hearing you play was amazing and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed the music during the ceremony and during the canapes.  Thank you so much for making our day so special and apologies that I didn't get to thank you in person on the day.  You are incredibly talented and our thanks to you all."
Amy and Rob, Curradine Barns

"We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the quartet who played at our wedding.  Everyone commented on how professional they were and how great they sounded.  Tom said that the music before the ceremony really calmed him down, so thank you very much!  Thank you so much again."
Claire and Tom, Olton Friary

"This is somewhat overdue but better late than never!  Firstly, I wanted to say a big thank you for performing at our wedding in July.  The music was wonderful and created a fantastic ambiance.  You did an amazing job and we were very pleased, I would be happy to recommend you to friends and family." 
Cornelia and Gero, Theobalds Park

Summer Begins!

Just a quick update before our crazy summer begins!  So far, we have been flying out to: Moxhull Hall, Warwick House, Ettington Park Hotel, Patshull Hall, Fischer's Baslow Hall, Hale Synagogue, Birmingham Council House, Matara Centre, Hogarth's Hotel, Dumbleton Hall, Blenheim Palace, Chillington Hall, Spains Hall, Ludlow Castle, Littlecote House, Curradine Barns, Slater's Country Inn, The City Rooms, Oakham Castle, Brockencote Hall, Chatsworth House, Lord Leycester Hospital, Notley Abbey, Samlesbury Hall, New Hall Hotel, Ston Easton Park, Cripps Barn, Whitley Hall, Crewe Hall, Kelmarsh Hall, Consall Hall Gardens, Mallory Court, National Motorcycle Museum, Second City Suite, Noshahi Civic Centre, Lemore Manor, Eastnor Castle, The Priest House Hotel, Lords of the Manor, Preston Marriott Hotel, Norwood Park, Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, Rowton Castle, Rowton Hall Hotel, and Crockwell Farm.  

"Found you on Twitter!  Thank you for Sunday.  Our guests thought you were brilliant and you helped make our wedding perfect!"
Matt, Moxhull Hall

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you for such beautiful music.  You made it magical!  Everyone thought you were incredible.  Thanks again."
Jenny and Steve, Hale Synagogue

"Thanks to you all for the beautiful music you provided at Moxhull Hall for Rachel's wedding.  Although the weather was appalling, preventing us from going outside, we all enjoyed the day.  The pieces we asked for were all played beautifully and helped to make it a very memorable day."
David, Moxhull Hall

"Sam and I would like to thank you all for playing at our wedding.  You really were amazing and it was exactly what we wanted for our day.  I will be recommending you to our friends.  Thank you again!"
Olivia, Fischer's Baslow Hall

"Been meaning to email you for a while, to thank you all for playing at our wedding.  We were very impressed with the way you all looked and did notice that you played the music pieces that we asked for.  A lot of the guests did mention you guys to us.  Saying how lovely you looked and the music was great.  Some wanted to give you all a round of applause but did not know if that would put you off so they decided not to!  Sorry we did not get to speak to you personally.  We hoped you enjoyed playing at our wedding and we will and have recommended you to other people."
Adam and Vita

"A big thank you to you all for playing at our wedding.  Everyone commented how brilliant you were and you certainly helped to make our day as special as it was.  We certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending you to anyone."
Helen , Ingon Manor

"We would like to say a big thank you to you and your team for a fantastic day of classy music.  They played so well and all our guests said how nice it was.  Even Take That loved it!*  You made the ceremony so special and we can't thank you enough."
Nick and Anthony, New Hall Hotel

(*Jason Orange, from Take That, was staying at New Hall Hotel and was later seen picking up a Nero String Quartet business card.  We spoke to him after our performance and he thoroughly enjoyed our music!)

"Thank you and your colleagues for playing such lovely music on Monday evening at the Botanical Gardens; many of the guests commented on it and thought that it made the pre-dinner reception a little bit more special - everyone enjoyed listening to you, so thank you!  I'll keep your details on file for future reference."
Charmaine, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for playing for us.  I'm sorry I wasn't able to break away from the proceedings to thank the quartet before they left.  Your music was much enjoyed by our guests and it was lovely for us that you were an important part of our day."
Dennis, Anne and Sinead, Preston Marriott

"Can I just say how wonderful the set was at Ardington House, everyone said how great the quartet was and people liked the contemporary songs being played.  I am confident that the quartet will be as received at Eynsham Hall."
Clare (Oxford Royale Academy), Ardington House

"Just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful performance at Braxted Park!  Everyone really enjoyed the music; you had great comments from all the guests I spoke to.  The music really added to the ambiance of the day!!  Thanks again."
Tanuja and Rohan, Braxted Park

"My wife and I cannot thank you enough for your performance on our wedding day.  Everybody in our party commented on how lovely you lot were and how fantastic the music was.  Please pass on our regards to the rest of the party.  Many thanks once again."
Russell and Nicola, Manor House Hotel