The Gatehouse of this castle, built by Robert Dudley to express his love of Queen Elizabeth I, is made more beautiful with harp music and a wedding!
I have played ceremony music for many weddings at Kenilworth Castle over the years; each one is unique and beautiful. Most are small, intimate affairs with up to 30 friends and family. The woodwork in the Gatehouse creates phenomenal acoustics, emphasising the deep, rich tones of the instrument no matter what songs are played.
In keeping with the requirements for a civil ceremony, it has been most common for me to play a classic, traditional piece of music for the entrance of the bride such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Hornpipe from Water Music Suite and A Time for Us from Romeo and Juliet.
Following the ceremony many couples choose to host a reception right there in the Gatehouse, so moving the harp to the doorway between the two rooms easily provides beautiful background music that adds to the ambiance throughout.
If we’re lucky and the weather is nice, I enjoy taking the harp out into the garden area to accompany the drinks reception as most guests don’t want to miss a minute of the gorgeous British sunshine.
If you are planning a wedding or event at Kenilworth Castle, consider live harp music to add elegance that additional ‘something special’.
“With the gorgeous surroundings I couldn’t imagine simply recorded music for an iPod.” Chris, groom