At the end of February I was honoured to be both bridesmaid and trumpeter for my cousin, Hannah. This was no ordinary wedding; it took place at Henry VIII’s childhood home, Eltham Palace.
The ceremony was held in the Great Hall and my sister, the groom’s niece and I led Hannah and her father down the aisle to meet Phil. Once they were officially married, Mark Armstrong (who I first met at Blackheath this time last year) and his quartet played jazz standards for everyone to enjoy with canapes and drinks in the domed entrance hall.
At approximately half 5, the guests took their seats in the Great Hall for dinner. Meanwhile, I was led up the stairs and through numerous corridors to the Minstrels Gallery where I was to play my trumpet. I chose to play Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier as I felt it would be a fitting piece to herald the arrival of the newly wed couple. Traditionally, this piece is accompanied by piano but on this occasion, I would be playing solo therefore it was necessary for me to do a bit of arranging to make it work. I felt trusted to be asked to play at Hannah & Phil’s wedding so I’m pleased it went well.
The guests seemed to have appreciated my playing as they burst into applause at the end of the piece. I’m not sure how many of them realised it was me up there as I couldn’t be seen over the balcony!
Thank you to Salt Photography for the photos of my trumpet and me.