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#1 Emmyzilla

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:34 PM

Has anyone ever had a violinist play at their wedding before (ceremony)? How much does it cost and where do I go to find one?

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 02:52 PM

Whereabouts are you Emmy?

I had violinists at our wedding, but they were our friends who we co=opted into service!

Think about whether you want a solo violin (limited repertoire that sounds as good) or accompanied by guitar or piano (or electric piano). Prices vary, but a great place to start is by calling the local conservatorium or music college where you are. Most of them operate a service for booking external engagements for the good students, and the best ones will be as good as any professional 'wedding ensemble'. My experience is that the people who specifically play mostly at weddings and at functions are more jaded and not as technically good or enthusiastic as people who do other performing as well and do weddings as some extra work.

If you are in Melbourne or Sydney I might be able to suggest some specific people to ask depending on what kind of music you are looking for smile.gif

[I played in a quartet at weddings (10-20 a year) from the age of 12-20! I have only played at a few since and they have been friend's weddings smile.gif It's more stressful playing for friends - they choose harder music on the whole and you want to be perfect for them biggrin.gif]
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#3 Emmyzilla

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 03:14 PM

I'm in Sydney. If you could PM me some referrals that would be great as I don't know anything or anyone about it (thank you for the suggestion to try local music colleges).

I was thinking violinist accompanied by piano. I have someone who can play the piano. Is it better if I got a string trio/quartet rather than a violinist only?

The music I am thinking of is traditional church hymns, like the Ode to Joy and Be Thou My Vision.

I was also wondering about minimum time requirements? I really only want it for the ceremony, but if they have a minimum time, I am happy to engage them for their minimum time.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 03:26 PM

I will have a think and pass on some details.

If you have a piano and a pianist then a solo violin would be great.

There's some great music that would work really well: Schubert's Ave Maria, Bach's 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring', and a gazillion other classical things written especially for violin.

Most people would do a ceremony only, although they'd probably charge an hour minimum even if they are only there for 40 minutes. Most people will be happy to play nice background music before-hand in the church for 10-20 minutes, although if they need to organise music and a rehearsal with your pianist you might need to pay a bit for that as well.
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#5 Emmyzilla

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 03:41 PM

Thanks heaps, squeaza, I'll wait to hear back from you

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 08:07 AM

We got married in Wollongong and had a violin duo play before, during and after the ceremony. They were amazing and played a whole variety of pieces, classical and contemporary. I can PM you their details if you like?
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