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The prelude takes place about 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. Though music is not the focus of the prelude is can really help set the mood for the ceremony and make the guests feel welcome as they enter and are seated. It also provides a wonderful cue for the guests to take their seats, notifying them that the wedding ceremony is about to start. The music for the prelude is often chosen by Duo d’Amore, as it is not really the focus in the same way that the processional music is. That being said, some clients have let us know a few songs that they like and we can easily incorporate these into the prelude. Depending on the mood that the bride and groom want to create (see the previous blog for more information) the prelude can range from music that is soft and welcoming, with predominantly classical music selections, to upbeat and bright with pop music. Other times clients want a mix of both, and that option is increasingly popular. However, most clients leave the actual selections up to Duo d’Amore, as we really enjoy selecting interesting music to play—sometimes the music can be quite loud (if there is a room full of people, for instance) or soft and intimate. An important thing about the prelude is the timing—for years we started playing for a full 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, but we have since changed this to a 15 minute time frame, and many guests appreciate this, as it give people a few minutes to chat amongst themselves prior to the wedding. It also provides a nice cue for people to take their seats as we begin to play.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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How to choose wedding ceremony music: an introduction

As wedding ceremony professionals, one of the most common questions we are asked is “How do I choose my wedding music?” Unfortunately, there is no simple, straight answer to this question. I always ask couples to first consider the mood that they would like to create, and go from there. Next we can look at the type of ceremony (church ceremony, outdoor ceremony, religious, non-religious etc.) We can consider the structure of the ceremony: is it short or long? Is it a full Mass in a cathedral, or a gathering with family and friends at a winery? How many people will be at the ceremony? Do the bride and groom have a special song they would like performed? Is there a singer? Has someone in the bide and grooms family written any music? These and other questions are great for the couple to ponder, and will go a long way in not just choosing music, but choosing music that is a reflection of the couple.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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Great new review from clients

As I was checking my email yeasterday, I recieved quite a nice surprise: a beautiful review from clients from a wedding ceremony  that took place at Ball's Falls Chapel in May 2013:

"Ester and Phil here, you may recall that your duo graced our wedding
ceremony this past May at Balls Falls. We wanted to thank both of you
for the fantastic job, in the aftermath of the ceremony we didn't
have a chance to catch you before you departed. The arrangement of
'Will the Night' was spot on and helped to make our ceremony a very
personal, touching experience whose soundtrack we will always
remember"

Thanks again, best of luck, we will certainly recommend you to others should the opportunity arise."

 

Thanks for such a nice email--we really enjoyed making your day special, and perforing at the beautiful and intimate Chapel at Ball's Falls Conservation area.

 

 

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William and Kate’s Royal Baby, christening and music ideas

With the news of the Royal Baby being delivered today, it got me thinking about christening music. Aside from performing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, memorials, funerals and private and special events Duo d’Amore also performs in a number of baptisms and Christenings each year.

The Royal Family always does a great job of selecting music, and hire fantastic people to work on their musical team. (Around the time of the royal wedding, I met with one of the musicians who performed and helped to plan the event while on tour with a choir from London).

The christening of the baby will likely take place in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, which begs the question: what music will Kate Middleton and Prince William choose for the christening? If I could recommend something, I would choose music that is classical, and that is somewhat soothing such as:

Bach Air on the G string
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
For some reason, the music of Bach is a wonderful fit. It is nice with a solo violin, or a violin and cello duo, or even organ with either violin or cello. The music room of Buckingham Palace does not have an organ, so I would recommend the violin and cello duo if the royal family decides to have music for the christening.

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It was so nice dealing with Natalie and Martin regarding their ceremony music, as they asked for only one song in particular: Pachelbel’s Canon as the bride walked down the aisle. For the rest of the music, including the as guests were arriving, during the ceremony and during the exit, this was all left up to us. It is nice when clients trust us to choose music. This is not done often, but it is one of the best ways of having a surprise at your wedding and is recommended. I should also mention that each time we perform at Liuna Station, we are amazed that a building like this exists and is used for weddings and events. It is truly stunning, and resembles an ornate (but smaller) Union Station in Toronto.

Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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To get right to the point about this wedding ceremony—everything was exceptional, and the music choices went along with this. Jesu Joy was a wonderful song to start off the seating of the guests as the graceful and flowing melody could be heard as guests were being seated just before the start of the ceremony. Then came Pachelbel Canon for the  groom, bridesmaids, and flower girls. We worked on something special for the bride who wanted the Theme from a Secret Garden, which was stunning. The signing music by Vivaldi was introspective and soft, while the recessional music also by Vivaldi was bright, full and loud—perfect for celebrating such a beautiful wedding.

 

Seating of guests: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Processional (Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower girls etc.): Pachelbel Canon in D

Processional (Bride): The Song from A Secret Garden

Signing: Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons

 

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Duo d’Amore to perform at a Garden Party in support of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation

On June 16th, we are performing at a fundraiser in support of the Ross Cathcart Endowment Fund for Blood and Marrow transplant, held in a beautiful garden setting. The event promises to me fantastic—in addition to our beautiful music, guests can enjoy refreshments and a light lunch, admire the garden, and play at the racetrack! Garden photographs will be for sale. Tickets are a suggested donation of $100 and can be purchased at: ohfoundation.ca

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