Sunday, 18 December 2011

Long time, no blog...

Hello there, and apologies for the silence!  Needless to say, our diary has been fit to burst this autumn as we have been zipping all over the UK performing at all your lovely weddings and parties.  Here are just a few of the beautiful venues we have visited since our last post: The Buckatree Hall Hotel, Norwood Park, Second City Suite, Cathedral Quarter Hotel Derby, Stapleford Park, Fishmore Hall, Notley Abbey, Heythrop Park Resort, Chillington Hall, Packington Moor, Peckforton Castle, Kedleston HallNational Motorcycle Museum, Curradine Barns, Moor Hall Hotel, Prestwold Hall, Ashton Lodge Country House, Council House - Birmingham, The Belfry, One Moorgate Place, Craxton Wood, Alveston Manor HotelDulwich College, Newton Park Hotel,  Moor ParkBix Manor, Metro Bar and Grill (Birmingham), Epsom Downs Racecourse, Moxhull Hall, Goosedale Banqueting, Wroxton Abbey, Hogarths Hotel, Bower Hotel, Birdsgrove House, Sweeney Hall, Ludlow Castle, Littlecote House, Slater's Country Inn, Caswell House, Lord Leycester Hospital, Spains Hall, Chatsworth HouseNew Hall Hotel, and Dumbleton Hall Hotel.

Thanks to this winters particularly chilly breeze, we have been looking back at the busy summer just gone and we found a photograph that sums up a Nero String Quartet summer to perfection.  This beautiful picture of Moxhull Hall was taken by one of our favourite photographers, David J Perkins in July this year.  How we miss those blue skies!

We have just received a lot of new repertoire including: Back In Black (AC/DC), Pride and Prejudice Theme (BBC - Carl Davis), Forget You (Cee-Lo Green), Mr Blue Sky (ELO), Happy Days Theme, Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'ole), Everlasting Love (Love Affair), Don't Stop Me Now (Queen), Hips Don't Lie (Shakira), The Flood (Take That), Cantina Bar Music (Star Wars - John Williams), The Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice), and The Kiss (Last of the Mohicans - Jones & Edelman).

We have also added a number of new items to our Jewish repertoire list:  Al Kol Eileh, Dodi Li (Chen), Dodi Li (Menseng), Dodi Li (Sher), Erev Shel Shosanim, Hevenu Shalom Alechem, Kumi Lach, Mi Van Siach, Mizmon l'David, Siman Tov, Song of Hope (Hatikvah), Y'did Nefesh, Music for the High Holy Days (medley including Adonai Mah Adam, Adonoi Roi, Why Art Thou Cast Down, My Soul?) and the Chanukah Medley.  Don't forget, all our repertoire can be found on our Repertoire page.

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"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding.  You were brilliant and I wish that we could have listened to you more rather than be out in the cold having photos taken!  We had so many wonderful comments about you, from my musical/non-musical friends alike!  Sorry for not getting time to say goodbye to you but I hope you had some food and champagne, as we requested, and that you were looked after.  All the best and we'll be sure to recommend you."
Bara and Helen, Norwood Park, November 2011

"Thanks for your performance last night; it was great!  Many thanks and best wishes."
Andrew, Independent Education Awards, 
National Motorcycle Museum, November 2011

"Hi Stella.  Having returned from a terrific honeymoon in Canada, this is the first opportunity I have had to say a huge thank you to the quartet for putting together a delightful programme of music to entertain our guests on our special day.  I had had many messages of appreciation from our guests who obviously enjoyed the restful music.  Please pass on our thanks to them and hope that they enjoyed themselves too."
Derek and Jane, Packington Moor, October 2011

"Many thanks guys for playing at our wedding.  We had an amazing day.  Unfortunately we didn't get to say thank you to yourself, but we appreciated your time.  Our guests loved your music and I can't wait to hear it from the video as everything was such a blur on the day!  Thank you both muchly."
Stacy and Adam, Ashton Lodge, November 2011

 "We had a fantastic day and your playing during the ceremony and during the reception drinks certainly enhanced it!  We had so many comments from guests saying how much they enjoyed the music!   Thanks again."
Sam and Jess, Curradine Barns, October 2011

"We booked the Nero String Quartet to perform at a National Awards Ceremony held at Birmingham Council House Banqueting Suite.  The group played beautiful music which fitted perfectly with both our event and the venue providing a perfect ending to the evening.  We would have no hesitation in either recommending the group or in re-booking them for future occasions."
Julia  Ricks, UHB Trust and  the Civilian and Military Health Partnership Awards, 
Birmingham Council House, November 2011

"It was just to say how brilliant the quartet were yesterday and we had some brilliant feedback and some enquiries today as well.  Nero have been put on our books as nominated music suppliers today so hopefully something will come of it!"
Anna, Blenheim Palace, April 2011

"Just wanted to pass on my thanks to you and your team for yesterday - the performance was perfect and was just what was needed to make the occasion extra special.  Excellent job - many thanks!"
Anita, Altek Europe Limited, November 2011

"Thank you so much for creating such a fantastic atmosphere at our wedding at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby in September, we could not have asked for better.  Everyone said how great you were and we were so pleased that you could contribute to our "live music only" wedding day - loved every moment.  We would definitely recommend you, very reasonably priced and a great varied selection of music available - both traditional and modern."
Alice and John, Cathedral Quartet Hotel, Derby, September 2011

"I didn't get the chance before you left yesterday to say thank you very much for playing at our event. We had some wonderful compliments from our guests about your playing and I must say that your choice of music suited the event perfectly.  With many thanks for helping to make the event the success it was."
Sally, PGA , The Belfry, October 2011

"Just a quick email to say thank you for your services on Monday.  Many people commented on the string quartet and said what a wonderful atmosphere it gave the evening, so please pass on our thanks to the rest of the quartet.  The night continued on the same footing it started and the CEO was incredibly happy with how it all went."
Wendy (Hermes Medical Solutions), Metro Bar and Grill, October 2011

"Sincere apologies in sending this email but life seems to have been extremely hectic since our wedding in May and getting back into some sort of normality after our honeymoon!  Just wanted to personally thank you on behalf of Chris and I for a truly amazing day, of which, Nero String Quartet played a huge part in!  The music you chose for during the canapes/drinks reception was perfect and the music we wanted during dinner for a fun, happy atmosphere seemed to prove a huge success with so many comments from guests afterwards how they enjoyed singing along during dinner.  If our ceremony for the actual service hadn't been so far away/as early start - my ideal situation would have been to have you play at the Guild Hall too!  Thank you so much."
Ann, Beaumont House, May 2011

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