Whilst preparing for the concert on 20th April I was also helping my son and lovely daughter in law prepare for their wedding on 14th April, and for my own on 4th May!   And as if I didn’t have enough on my plate I conspired with  the band we had booked for our evening reception, for me to sing at my own wedding.  It was fairly easy to slip in a few ‘extra’ rehearsal dates, but instead of opera in a church it was Motown numbers in a cold room at the end of a pub car park!

We stumbled on ‘‘The Northern Line’ by chance, when looking for entertainment for the wedding, and we were lucky to find such a fantastic band so close to home.  They specialise in Motown and Northern soul, and have a great sound.  But the best thing is the atmosphere they create, they are having such a fun time and it’s infectious.  I loved the chance to rehearse, laugh and sing with them.  They learned several numbers especially for us, including a beautiful rendition of ‘Falling in love again’ by Imelda May for our first dance.


The secret was well kept, and I think my better half was suitably suprised when I joined the band half way through the evening.  I warmed up with a power ballad duet with Dawn, the lead singer, followed by a cheeky ‘Big bad handsome man’ dedicated to my new husband.  I think he liked it!


We finished with getting the audience up to dance to ‘My Guy’.

I sang with a band for a few years, and didn’t realise how much I missed it, just jamming and making music and having a laugh with my boys.  Still, there are only so many rehearsal nights in a week, and there is so much more music to explore!

Many thanks to Dawn and the boys in the band for all  they did for us, and allowing me to join the line-up for that evening. (And thanks to Steven Bradshaw for some great photos).

We relaxed after the wedding with a week in Venice, and had the chance to hear some Vivaldi in the church where he worked.  We also caught a concert of early music – sublime unaccompanied singing of sacred songs by Monteverdi, Palestrina,  and Gabrieli among others,  in the beautiful church of  San Rocco.  Combine that with sunshine, plenty of ‘gelato’ and a romantic gondola ride, and it was a perfect week!

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