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Wonderful review from Rotary Club Dinner

“You both really did do us proud tonight. I can’t thank you enough for giving us all such an uplifting and totally memorable and enjoyable concert tonight. You really sent us all off on an amazing HIGH. We all had a tear when Sally Ann sang and filled the hall with such a beautiful sound. Wow, wow, wow! Your mini ‘concert was just magical so thank  you both for coming and performing so magnificently for us. Scott Joplin is always a real crowd puller and that last piece of Marco’s was sensational so it is a real big thank you from both of us to both of you. Marco’s Happy Birthday was pretty good too!”

Rotary Club Dinner, Benslow Music, 13 Jan 2015

Sally Ann Hayes (soprano) and Marco Marconi (piano) performed 45 minutes of opera tunes, operetta and musical theatre for the Hitchin Rotary Club following their annual dinner at Benslow Music in Hitchin.

Numbers included Habanera (Carmen), Vissi d’arte (Tosca), Pace Pace (La forza del destino), Waltz of my Heart (Ivor Novello), Memory (Cats) & Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz).

Fabulous feedback from a 60th Birthday Party!

“I held my birthday party at Roberto’s Restaurant in Hitchin for 70 friends and family.  I knew I wanted an Italian theme with classical music as a background and with an opera singer to perform during various parts of the evening.

Unfortunately the performers I had organised could not appear leaving me somewhat in the lurch. Fortunately Roberto suggested Marco Marconi (piano) and Sally Ann Hayes (soprano) who stepped in, almost at the last moment.

Marco discussed the programme with me and made adjustments to suit the relatively confined, acoustically damped nature of the room.  He also arranged for the singing to be broadcast by loudspeaker to the ground floor.

Both Marco and Sally Ann appeared in evening dress and were very professional throughout the evening, adjusting the programme as the evening developed.

Marco was very proficient on the keyboard and Sally Ann has a beautiful, controlled voice.  I had guests from abroad who are regular opera goers who were very complimentary of their performance.  We had agreed a set list prior to the performance which included arias from my favourites of Carmen, Turandot, Tosca, Don Giovanni and others.

It was exactly as I had imagined it would be when I planned the event 3 months earlier.  Brilliant!”

Russell Walker, Hitchin

“If music be the food of love…”

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The Sharnbrook Hotel, Park Lane, Beds

The Sharnbrook Wedding Venue BedsLocated in a quiet Bedfordshire village, the Sharnbrook Hotel offers a restaurant serving traditional Italian and British cuisine, and spacious rooms decorated with imported Italian furnishings and fabrics.

Rooms combine beautiful furnishings with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Rooms have comfortable seating areas and tiled bathrooms with hairdryers and free toiletries.

The open-plan restaurant has large, classic Italian black and white photographs decorating the walls. Offering coffee, light lunches and a dinner menu, the restaurant has a live Italian singer every Friday.

Guests can relax on the terrace, or on the outside seating areas, which both have lovely countryside views.

Guests can take a walk or fish on The River Great Ouse, which is a 15-minute walk away. Bedford is a 15-minute drive away and free parking is available at the Sharnbrook.

The Grove, Watford, Herts

The Grove Wedding Venue Herts

Weddings at The Grove

SET IN 300 ACRES, DISCOVER THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE

You’ve found each other and now you’ve found the perfect place to celebrate. The Grove is where dreams come true. It’s your day. And we promise it will be perfect, right down to the last tiny exquisite detail.

Boasting sumptuous rooms with 42-inch plasma-screen TVs and Bose iPod docks, The Grove is set within 300 acres of beautiful parkland. It offers a luxurious spa, an 18-hole golf course, and 2 swimming pools.

Elegant and spacious, rooms at The Grove boast king-size beds, free newspapers, and a free daily platter of fresh fruit and water. Guests can relax with pay-per-view movies and free Wi-Fi, or borrow CDs or DVDs to enjoy in the room. Each sleek bathroom provides luxury toiletries for guests.

Sequoia Spa offers an extensive range of spa rituals, relaxing therapies, and massage treatments. There is a modern, fully equipped gym, numerous free fitness classes, and a saline vitality pool with hydrotherapy jets.

Bikes are available to hire and explore the hotel’s lavish grounds, and guests can also enjoy a game of tennis at the tennis courts, or play croquet in the idyllic walled garden.

Heathrow Airport is just 20 minutes drive away, while guests can enjoy horse riding at a local equestrian centre also 20 minutes away by car. Whipsnade Zoo can be reached in 30 minutes by car from The Grove.

With 3 prestigious AA Rosettes, Colette’s serves gourmet cuisine amidst elegant, 18th-century surroundings. The Glasshouse features large, conservatory windows overlooking the formal gardens with luxury buffet dining.

WEDDING VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 2014

Wedding vocalist of the year 2014

Sopwell House, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Sopwell House – Wedding Venue Hertfordshire

Where better to celebrate your special occasion than at Sopwell House, a stunning Georgian country house set within beautiful gardens and grounds in the Hertfordshire countryside. Offering superb transport links, free on-site car parking and extensive facilities including dedicated events area with 19 flexible suites, two restaurants and two bars, stunning spa, 129 rooms & suites and acres of grounds, its the ideal place for those special moments.

Sopwell House can cater for all types of celebrations, from your dream wedding, a birthday party,wedding anniversary, Bar Mitzvahs & Bat Mitzvahs, funeral receptions and more. Whether its an intimate celebration for just two people, a large celebration for 300 in the St Alban suite, or a gathering of 500 outside in a marquee, Sopwell House can accommodate for all and their experienced and attentive events team will guide you through every step ensuring that your event is all you imagined.

Pendley Manor, Tring, Hertfordshire

Pendley Manor | Tring, Hertfordshire | Grade 2 listed building in acres of countryside

Pendley Manor – Hertfordshire Wedding Venue

The special day you deserve!

Enjoy this Hertfordshire wedding venue’s stunning setting…

Pendley Manor offers idyllic surroundings for the most important day in your life. Outside, the immaculate lawns and landscaped gardens will show you just why this Hertfordshire wedding venue’s so sought after.

Inside, our traditional reception rooms and elegant banqueting suites provide the ideal setting for your wedding breakfast and other celebrations.

Pendley Manor can take care of all the little details that ensure your big day runs smoothly: red carpet on your arrival, fresh floral arrangements, a sumptuous wedding breakfast, champagne, silver cake stand and knife and of course, luxury overnight accommodation for yourself and your partner.

Comprehensive packages to suit different budgets sets Pendley Manor apart from other Hertfordshire wedding venues, and staff are delighted to help with your individual requirements. You may wish to continue your celebrations well into the evening with live music and entertainment.

Notley Abbey, Thame, Oxfordshire

Notley Abbey - wedding venue Oxfordshire

Notley Abbey – wedding venue Oxfordshire

Notley Abbey epitomises romance.  This medieval masterpiece and former home of Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh has played host to both royalty and celebrity.  Restored to its former glory, Notley Abbey is the embodiment of elegance and style and can now be your home for your big day.

Notley Abbey is licensed for civil marriage and partnership ceremonies both inside and out and can host up to 190 guests for ceremonies and receptions.  Beautiful all year round.

During the summer, Notley’s grounds are utterly magical and there is no more romantic backdrop for your ceremony and reception.

When the days are shorter the Abbey itself can host the ultimate house-party or the Monks’ Refectory can be home to a wonderful barn-style celebration. Importantly, Notley doesn’t depend on good weather and is as wonderful in the rain as it is under blue skies.

 

Hitchin Priory, Hitchin, Herts

Hitchin Priory, Wedding venue in Hertfordshire

Wedding Venue Herts

Hitchin Priory – Wedding venue Herts

Hitchin Priory is a charming 14th Century building nestled in 19 acres of tranquil parkland and is only minutes away from the centre of the stunning market town, Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

Steeped in history dating back to 1317, Hitchin Priory is a truly unique wedding and conference venue.

The venues location and excellent transport links makes it the perfect place for a wedding or conference.With Hitchin train station and the A1 only 5 minutes away from the venue, you are provided with a relaxing country environment that is conveniently located.

All 52 bedrooms are en suite and offer tea and coffee making facilities as well as access to free Wi-Fi located throughout the venue.Whether you are dining our exquisite restaurant or simply having a relaxing drink in the bar, you will be provided with excellent service in a magnificent atmosphere.