Wedding Musician in Oxford
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Classical and folk music,
Bollywood songs

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Hello! Looking for a professional wedding musician in Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East? You've found it! Read here, I play the viola, which most people would think it's a violin, but actually it is even better! Keep reading, you'll be able to listen to some music samples. Right click to download a brochure or download a list of tunes.

The viola is a wonderful instrument for your wedding music. Here I am playing at a wedding ceremony in a Church in Oxford

I am a friendly, very experienced professional musician, viola player, as you can see from the many pictures. Besides private functions, I performed in many symphony and opera house orchestras, chamber music groups and as a soloist, in UK, Italy, where I come from, and abroad. I can offer a wide repertoire in different styles: classical music, folk music, Bollywood songs. Also I can play your favourite romantic song or tune.

I am available to perform wedding music in and around Oxford, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, London, for your religious or civil ceremony and reception, as well as for Asian and Indian weddings. I can also play for receptions with classical music classica for other events.

Just ask for your special tune, I'll play it for you!


If it is not in my repertoire list, I'll learn for you at no extra charge! (1 month minimum notice).

Wedding musician in Oxford. Civil and religious ceremonies, receptions

wonderful to hear a solo viola
(& played so well)
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Since you are here I'm sure you have already thought about adding a special touch with live music. I’d be very happy to help you to make your wedding even more memorable.

Here you can find a list of works suitable for the civil and religious wedding ceremony and reception, also photos of some weddings where I played and music samples to listen to. You'll see that wedding music on the viola is suitable for any wedding, especially if yours is in a small venue or with a small group of guests or you don't want to spend a lot with many players. Having one solo player is a way of saving on wedding music.

Before wedding music...

Propose to your girlfriend

Even before your wedding, I am available to play your sort of pre-wedding music in Oxford and surrounding areas. You can have music played when you propose to your girlfriend, or for Saint Valentine's day or another sepcaial occasion! Surprise her with her favourite tune, maybe in an unusual location like this one in the photo below, like I was asked to do, London's Trafalgar Square, and see her reaction!

Marriage proposal in Trafalgar Square.

"Monica played for me in the middle of Trafalgar Square when I proposed to my girlfriend in October. She was very professional and played beautifully. I would highly recommend her."

Andrew Norton

Here I played for a proposal at The Gun in London, the historical pub with a romantic view of the river Thames, where Horatio Nelson used to go and meet Lady Emma Hamilton.

"Monica,
Many thanks for yesterday. You really helped make yesterday a special day for Ria and I."
Kind Regards
Ket

Propose your girlfriend with music. The Gun in London, historical pub with a romantic view of the Thames. Professional wedding musician. Ceremony, reception music played on the mellow viola



Professional Asian wedding musician with the same couple on their wedding reception. Your favourite music played on the mellow viola

The same couple on their wedding day

"Monica,
Thanks for making our wedding so special.
Regards
Ket"

I played popular Bollywood songs at their Indian wedding reception


List of classical wedding ceremony music

As the guests arrive

These pieces are to entertain your friends and family as they gather in the church or ceremony hall, so here's a selection of calm, solemn melodies.

(*not allowed during civil ceremonies, can be played before and after)

The Bridal procession

Signing of the Register/Communion

Recession


(*not allowed during civil ceremonies, can be played before and after)




Bach, Choral Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Suitable for a religious ceremony

These are suggestions only, you can choose to have the same pieces or other ones performed at different times during the ceremony.

The music works listed above are traditionally the most popular wedding music pieces, commonly requested, although several times I've been asked for different music by someone who wanted something more personal, for example the tune that the groom was playing when they first met. Real examples were Sally Gardens, The land of my fathers.

Be yours either a religious or civil wedding, it's important to create an atmosphere of something Grand taking place, before the actual ceremony starts. That's the purpose of music played to welcome your guests as they arrive and take their seats, before the ceremony starts. It will entertain them with some quite solemn music, also calm enough to help many people relax their nerves.

Professional wedding musician in Oxford Wadham College garden, wedding reception. Your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Wedding reception in Wadham College garden, Oxford

Music for an engagement garden party with music played by professional wedding musician in Oxford. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Music for an engagement garden party

Wedding reception music ideas

For your wedding reception the choice of music is much broader and freer. Have a look and see how the tunes listed below could be your wedding reception music too, from famous classical music to folk. Watch this video or click on the names to listen to music samples.


Bach, Courante n.1

Classical music

and I am always adding more wedding music to the list...

Videos of some of the above tunes
Bach, from Cello suite n.1 BWV 1007: Prélude 1,
from Cello suite n.3 BWV 1009: Sarabande 3,
Bernstein
Maria, from West Side Story
MascagniIntermezzo from “Cavalleria rusticana


Professional wedding musician in Oxford St. John's College for ceremony in the garden. Violin, viola. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola
Just married couple with professional wedding musician in Oxford St. John's College. Violin, viola. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

A wedding with music in St. John's College in Oxford:
left: the
garden; right: the happy bride and groom


Folk music

To add variety, I mix different genres and styles of music. Here is a list of folk music I play: English, Scottish, Irish, American, songs and dances (waltzes, jigs, etc.), including some of the most famous ones.

Watch my videos of some of the above tunes
The greenwood tree, The south wind, Fanny Power, CarrickfergusMiss Rowan Davies, Sally Gardens, Michael Turner’s waltzSportsman’s hornpipe and The road to Lisdonvaarna

Professional wedding musician in Oxford's Town Hall Assembly Room with another happy couple: bride and groom just after their civil ceremony. Your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Another happy couple: bride and groom just after their civil ceremony in Oxford's Town Hall, the Assembly Room

Professional wedding musician in Oxford at a reception in the Masters' Garden, Christ Church Cathedral. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

A reception in the Masters' Garden, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

The lovely Irish folk tune Fanny Power


Indian, Asian wedding music: Bollywood Songs

Read this special page about Bollywood songs for your Wedding with more songs.

So you're wondering, how much is your wedding musician in Oxford going to cost?

Whatever your budget and the style you choose, I’d recommend you to always book professional musicians, performers who have experience and will really help you to organise your wedding music with the most suitable pieces.

After all, this is a day you’ll remember for all your life and your wedding musician will really contribute to make it more memorable.

As you can see from the photos, I've performed at a good number of weddings, in addition to other types of receptions.

The minimum booking is for 1 hour. My fee for wedding music in Oxford starts from only £200. However, the longer the booking, the cheaper it becomes, proportionally. Send me a message to ask for details or call 07985 025129.

  • 1 hour. This is enough for the ceremony only, including music played during:
    - the arrival of guests to entertain them
    - the bridal entrance
    - the signing of register
    - the recession and  
    - some time after the celebration itself, when everybody leaves the church or the hall, congratulates the couple etc., while taking photos or during a short drinks reception
    - or Drinks reception only
  • 2 hoursCeremony + drinks reception/buffet breakfast/lunch
  • 3 hoursCeremony + long reception

Also, if you need a wedding musician in Oxford or around it, by choosing one in this area you'll save on travel expenses. In Oxford, I could also meet you in person to talk about final details.

Have you ever thought about celebrating a big wedding anniversary with music? You could use the above ideas for a party for a 50th wedding anniversary (or 10th, 25th...?), for example.

Book me as your wedding musician in Oxford

I hope you found this information useful. Thanks for your visit, if you need to hire a wedding musician in Oxford, Oxfordshire and around it, do not hesitate to ask for more information. Send me a message or an sms to 07985 025129, I'll call you back.



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Professional wedding musician in Oxford. Violin, viola. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

A couple who chose my viola for their wedding music in Oxford



Civil wedding music
at Fulham Town Hall, London

Civil wedding music at Fulham Town Hall, London. Book your professional wedding musician in Oxford. Violin, viola. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola.

"Dear Monica,

we just wanted to thank you again for having played at our wedding, contributing to make the ceremony such a special event!

All guests agreed that you created a fantastic atmosphere, bringing beautiful music in the room with a great performance both in terms of selection and delivery. We'd also like to thank you for having been such a nice person to talk during the pre-wedding arrangements, which gave us confidence that everything would have been good according to plans.

All the best for the future!
Kind Regards,
Cinthia & Roberto!" see email

Wedding musician in Oxford with viola for another ceremony and reception. In the background is Christ Church Cathedral

Wedding music in Oxford with viola for another ceremony and reception. In the background is Christ Church college

Professional wedding musician in Oxford at a reception in the Ashmolean Museum, amid ancient statues. Violin, viola. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Wedding music reception at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, amid ancient statues


Wedding musician in Oxford Town Hall. Another wedding reception with viola

Wedding music in Oxford Town Hall. Another wedding reception with viola

Wedding musician in Oxford Town Hall. Another wedding reception with viola
Wedding music in Oxford for a civil ceremony in a licensed restaurant

Wedding music in Oxford for a civil ceremony in a licensed restaurant


Wedding musician at a civil ceremony. Villa Confalonieri, Merate, Italy

Civil wedding music
Villa Confalonieri, Merate, Italy


Wedding Musician at a wedding reception in the park

Wedding Music at a reception in a garden in Italy


The newly wedded couple and the wedding musician with the viola, in the beautiful Town Hall of Cremona, in Italy, the homeland of the finest stringed musical instrument

With the newly wedded couple and my viola, in the beautiful Town Hall of Cremona, Italy


One more couple who chose me as their wedding musician for their civil ceremony, in Villa Confalonieri, Merate, Italy

One more couple who chose me as their wedding musician for their civil ceremony, in Villa Confalonieri, Merate, Italy

Wedding musician with bride and groom at Bix Manor, near Oxford

Wedding music at Bix Manor, near Oxford

Happy couple and professional wedding musician at civil wedding ceremony and reception in Woodstock Town Hall, near Oxford. Your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Civil wedding and reception in Woodstock Town Hall, near Oxford


Bride and groom with wedding musician after their civil wedding ceremony in the garden of a castle, near Milan, Italy

One more civil wedding ceremony in the garden of a castle, near Milan, Italy


Photos of a few Asian weddings with popular Indian wedding music, Bollywood songs

Asian weddings with popular Indian wedding music, Bollywood songs played on the viola. The happy couple and the wedding musician at the garden reception.

"Monica, thanks for making our wedding so special. Regards
Ket"

Asian wedding Bolliwood music in Oxford

Asian wedding Bolliwood music in Oxford

Asian wedding Bolliwood songs in Oxford

Asian wedding Bolliwood songs in Oxford, wearing the traditional sari

Bollywood violinist in Oxford, wearing the traditional sari

Bollywood violinist in Oxford, wearing the traditional sari

Another Asian wedding ceremony with Bolliwood songs, near Oxford

Another Asian wedding ceremony with Bolliwood songs, near Oxford

Asian wedding ceremony in a garden with Bolliwood songs. Couple and professional wedding musician in Oxford. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Asian wedding ceremony in a garden with Bolliwood songs, near Oxford

Asian wedding at Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel. Professional wedding musician in Oxford. Violin, viola. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola

Asian wedding at Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel

Happy couple at Asian wedding reception. Bollywood music played by professional wedding musician in Oxford. Ceremony, reception, your favourite music played on the mellow viola