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Belle Ragazze at Il Vesuvio: monthly music night residency

Well, we’ve just performed our third night at Il Vesuvio Italian restaurant in Tunbridge Wells and I thought it would be nice to write a blog post about the evening for anyone looking for a night of live music, entertainment and a lovely meal out in an Italian setting… and something a bit different!

It’s a sad fact that not many restaurants or pubs offer live music anymore and, if it does, this is usually at the expense of the under/unpaid musician or the audience’s ears. During a trip to Paris to visit a friend, we went out for a meal where the menu offered a small dining supplement to enjoy an amazing bossa nova band. We were more than happy to pay the price of a glass of wine for some fabulous music (the band was called SambaTida Perfeita – do check them out) and the music really made the evening for us.  It got me thinking. How about bringing a bit of France along with our music to Tunbridge Wells?

After a discussion with Il Vesuvio, Belle ragazze Music Night (the name given to us by the Biscardi family, not our massive egos!) was born. We aim to offer a mixture of voice, piano and violin music every third Thursday of the month – a little familiar something to enjoy, and an enjoyable little something to discover. Pianist (flautist & violinist!) Lianna Jeffery is a brilliant musician and a pleasure to sing with. We’ve loved learning new Italian songs to add to our repertoire such as O sole mio, Volare and Santa Lucia, as well as balancing it with favourite show tunes and jazz numbers. Of course the chats and giggles along the way when two very good friends get together is also a bonus.

The last three evenings have been a sell out and the atmosphere really is as warm as the Biscardis’ welcome. Do come and join us on either the 15th October or 19th November for the last two music nights of 2015. Tickets are £5 per head but under 12s listen for free!

Booking recommended 01892 534420 www.ilvesuvio.co.uk

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Luisa Santos-Stephens
Luisa Santos-Stephens
14:56 20 Nov 19
Jennifer is an incredible singer. We had her with Cafe Society to play at my 40th and it was everything I could dream off- they played beautiful music, and brought a very good vibe to the party. All the guests talked about how great they were, with a repertoire of very nice songs which we loved to listen to, but at the same time allowing us to keep the conversation going. I can’t recommend her enough.
Lisa Purcell
Lisa Purcell
19:34 03 Sep 19
Jenny sang beautifully at our wedding in August 2019! She moved many members of the congregation to tears with her amazing singing. We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend her. Each time we meet up with friends and family that were there, they all comment on how amazing her singing was and how much they enjoyed it! She sang a Maori love song perfectly - commented the relatives from New Zealand! X
Rachel McGuckin
Rachel McGuckin
16:06 27 Jun 19
Jenny was the absolute highlight of our wedding ceremony. We picked some tricky songs and she had the whole audience joining in at the chorus. Luckily they didn't join at all points because it gave everyone a chance to hear her beautiful voice as well! I can't recommend highly enough.
Kate McNamara
Kate McNamara
14:36 12 Jun 19
Jenny was amazing from the moment I enquired about her playing the violin at our wedding ceremony. So quick to respond, helpful, friendly, flexible & professional, and was able to recommend songs and even learnt a new song for the exit music. I was so confident that she had everything under control which was invaluable and it was something on the day that I knew I just didn’t have to worry about. Jenny is so talented and it really added to the ceremony, I am so pleased that I found her! Thank you so so much!
Aimee Curry
Aimee Curry
13:56 15 Feb 19
We highly recommend Jenny! She played amazing violin music beautifully at our wedding. Jenny was so lovely and was so approachable and helpful to plan our ceremony music which was a highlight of the day and also the drinks reception music.
T Whyte
T Whyte
19:17 30 Jan 19
Jenny sang at our wedding - her music set the tone and made for a truly special experience. She has a beautiful voice, is very easy to work with, and worked seamlessly with our (very exacting) venue to get everything just right. Thank you Jenny!
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