It’s very exciting to be entering the blogosphere!! Not so sure I’m going to be any good at it, but hey I’ll give it a shot – I at least owe it to my fabulous web-designer for sorting me out with this swish blogging facility.
And what better way to christen my Blog than by telling you about my first Ibiza booking…
It was a lovely unexpected surprise to hear from Tiffany (nee Wright) after fourteen years. We went to the same school, Tiff was in the year above and now a popular journalist writing for Grazia and Cosmopolitan magazines, as well as being a newly published author and Co-Director of www.TheProposers.co.uk – the UK’s first and hugely successful professional wedding proposal company, and also www.TheOneRomance.com
After stumbling across my website and remembering me of old (singing in the school chapel!) Tiff got in touch and told me all about the plans for the ceremony.. “a beautiful spot on the top of a hill overlooking Es Vedra rock” ..Wow, that description alone was enough to sucker me in, it was a done deal!
Flights and accommodation booked (fortunately Ryanair allow PA systems in luggage hold, at an extra price of course) and I was off.
Anxious about how I was going to manage to set up my PA system in the open air on the top of a rocky hill, I made sure I attended the rehearsal the day before the wedding to figure out how it was all going to work. Luckily an extension cable running what must have been two hundred metres up the hill had been pre-arranged – big thank you to Alan, the owner of the magical villa where the wedding took place for organising it.
It’s preferable (if not imperative) for a vocalist to have a mic when performing in the open air to amplify the voice and carry the sound, so that even the guests sitting on the very back rows can hear.
So the day of Tiffany and Patrick’s Wedding arrived, Saturday 15th September 2012 at 3.30pm, and you can count on Ibiza that the weather was perfect.. beautiful blue sky and lashings of sunshine.
Tiff wanted to keep the music traditional for the service and chose Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod version) for the Processional with her father Howard. I then sang The Lord Bless You & Keep You (John Rutter) during the Signing of the Register. Their exit song was a modern request which I learnt especially called Love You Till The End by The Pogues, famously in the film P.S. I Love You.
It was a gorgeous ceremony and despite a little bit of wind whipping up it all went beautifully : )
Then it was down to the stunning villa to sing for an hour during the drinks reception. PA system reassembled I was very content singing a mixture of easy listening classics.. Over The Rainbow, Fly Me To The Moon, Summertime.. and with breathtaking views from the high terrace overlooking the valley stretching down to the deep blue ocean I honestly thought I had gone to heaven, it didn’t feel like work at all!!
Thank you Mr & Mrs Norris for asking me out to Ibiza to sing at your beautiful Wedding.
I hope it’s the first of more to come on that incredible island.
Stunning photography by Gypsy Westwood Ibiza Photographer : www.gypsywestwood.com