June dawns and it is wedding season. The Old Lodge Hotel in Malton was the beautiful setting for the wedding of my brother in law Steve to his long-time partner Julie and a select band of family and friends enjoyed a weekend there.
Julie had favoured something from The Sound of Music but Steve is an opera fan and we spend ages discussing options and repertoire. At last the choice was made, and I was delighted to have the chance to prepare a duet with myself! The choice was the Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes, beautiful interweaving melodies, which I had only sung previously with a flautist taking the second part. It was a great excuse to get in the studio and play around. Once I had a backing track with piano and voice it then took a lot of practice to get the timing absolutely spot on, but it was worth it on the day.
The ceremony was very moving, the bride and groom looked happy, and despite a couple of technical hitches the duet worked and was well received. And the sun came out later!