I was delighted to be invited to play the piano at Whitewell near Clitheroe last Saturday. This is a very picturesque part of the world and quite remote but lovely to visit in all kinds of weather.
Luckily for me it was a dry but cold evening when I arrived in the tiny hamlet of Whitewell. With a picture book Church to the left of me, I arrived just as the guests and the bride and groom were exiting the venue. Next to the church was the most lovely Inn which is where I would be playing for the couple’s wedding breakfast.
I was not even daunted by the craggly steps that led me to the the most beautiful marquee. Decorated with fairy lights, candles and ivy made it just look stunning!
Everything was going really well until I plugged in my equipment, which I test before every wedding/event I play. I managed to fuse ALL of the lights!
Luckily there were staff on hand to sort out the problem!
All was well fifteen minutes later and I was able to welcome the bride and groom into their wedding breakfast. A burst of Chopin’s Waltz in C sharp minor made the grooms day!
There was a challenge for me that day. I hadn’t played any Chopin in public for years and I really wasn’t sure if I could do it. I did play it very well and I was very proud to be able to play it to such an astute and lovely audience.
It comes from belief!
Believing in yourself that you can step out of your comfort zone in order to push yourself further. It felt great to play it and it’s now part of my wedding repertoire along with some of my other classical favourites.
You can catch me at Larkspur Lodge on 8th Feb… see my news and events page for details.