Let the music play

To most working in the entertainment industry, the pandemic has completely swept the rug from under our feet: Covid has decimated live music in 2020. In May, Classic FM reported that a fifth of musicians fear the pandemic will end their career. We’ve seen many hashtags on social media, pleading #letthemusicplay, #wemakeevents and #saveourvenues, and it feels like July and August have finally heard our prayers. With the easing of lockdown in the UK, the resuming of small wedding ceremonies and the re-opening of hospitality in July, it feels like we’re moving in the right direction (of the stage). Added to that, a study published last week by the University of Bristol, and leading UK voice experts, found singing to be far less dangerous than originally feared in the spread of coronavirus.

First up for me was a local wedding ceremony with my violin. Rescheduled now for the fourth time this year, I was finally able to help celebrate the marriage of Moses and Jestina in a small church ceremony. Playing hymns on my violin for the congregation (who were not themselves allowed to join in singing) made the couple’s personal song choices even more special and, as one of only 30 people allowed there, it was even more of a privilege to do so.

Wedding musician in a face mask
Face mask provided by the bride for my first wedding post lockdown. I was very chuffed with my dress and mask colour coordination!

As cheesy as it sounds, I’m not ashamed to say that it felt like my heart was singing along with my voice the first time I sang again on stage. Hosting residential courses at Finchcocks gives me the opportunity to entertain guests of an evening, and I was delighted to be one of the first to christen the newly built open-air stage with world class accompaniment from tutors Graham Fitch and David Hall in a few concerts during the heat wave. Having been starved of live music, my audiences were so smiley and appreciative – it was the perfect environment to ease performance nerves having not performed for four months!

Performing some light and happy French-themed jazz on Finchcocks’ newly built open-air stage with David Hall.

As the weather becomes more unstable and autumn approaches, it feels like there are a lot more obstacles to overcome. But I am going to cling on to the very joyful memories of my post-lockdown performances and sharing live music with people again. We can make it work, whatever the new normal. Here’s to beautiful music, and the silence in between.

Music is the silence between the notes. The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ~ Claude Debussy

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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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