Set in 14 acres of delightful grounds, The Bishop’s Palace in Wells presents a gloriously picturesque setting for a wedding or other family celebration in the centre of the historic Cathedral City of Wells in Somerset.
Enhance the beautiful mediaeval setting by choosing a style of live music to help create your own unique sense of celebration. The classical music option is obvious against this sumptuous backdrop, but you could give your party a modern yet vintage twist with retro Swing Jazz, or create an exciting sense of adventure with the more exotic sounds of world music.
Evoke the spirit of romance at your champagne reception in classical style
Find out more about booking The Classic String Quartet to play at your wedding
The sonorous strains of The Classic String Quartet bring musical magic to your celebratory drinks reception in traditional style, performing a light-hearted repertoire of well-loved classical gems and playful, witty arrangements of popular songs and tunes.
The soft, lilting, rippling sounds of the harp will fit in beautifully with these august and venerable historic surroundings. A well-chosen mix of light classical favourites and arrangements of popular tunes will keep the party bubbling.
Performing acoustically, a string quartet or a harpist can create a garden party atmosphere outdoors on the terrace on a lovely sunny day, or brighten the ambience in the imposing Entrance Hall if the weather decides to misbehave!.
Find out more about booking Marie-France Riboulet to play at your wedding
Choose Swing Jazz to bring the spirit of elegant vintage romance to your day
Would you like to introduce a touch of Vintage to this fine historic setting? Swing Jazz adds a veneer of Hollywood glamour that will immediately conjure up the perfect elegant backdrop for a Vintage-style celebration.
A Parisian-style ‘Hot Club’ trio, performing the Broadway and Hollywood hits that made Frank Sinatra a household name, will strike the note of retro elegance perfectly. A guitar, violin and double-bass trio will be equally at home indoors or on the terrace outside, and will set a distinctive, sophisticated ambience of celebration from the off. Watch and hear Le Café Jazz in action:-
Le Cafe Jazz plays Fly Me To The Moon
Le Cafe Jazz plays Honey Suckle Rose
Le Cafe Jazz plays Pennies From Heaven
Find out more about booking Le Café Jazz to play at your wedding
Create an exotic feel with Caribbean steel pan, Latin-American salsa or African harp
If you wish to evoke a more eclectic world feel at your wedding celebration, why not include Caribbean steel pans or enjoy the infectious sultry rhythms of Salsa and Latin Jazz?
A steel pan duo will create a carnival atmosphere on the lawn or beside the monumental fireplace in the Entrance Hall. No matter what the weather does, there will be sunshine at your drinks reception and all your guests will be smiling.
Find out more about booking The Rainbow Steel Band to play at your wedding
A strolling salsa trio comprised of guitar, saxophone and hand-held percussion will be equally at home either inside or outdoors, and will set toes tapping and hips wiggling in fine carnival style. Listen to Bristol-based salsa band, Sirius B perform:-
Sirius B plays Batucada
Sirius B plays Girl From Ipanema
Sirius B plays Mais Que Nada
Find out more about booking Sirius B to play at your wedding
You can add an original world music twist on a tried-and-tested tradition by featuring the African harp – the kora – to enhance your drinks reception. Here is Mamadou Cissoko from the Senegalese ensemble Jalikunda:-
Find out more about booking Jalikunda to play at your wedding
If you wish to impose your own very individual stamp on your celebration, a live performance of music is a brilliant way to set the atmosphere. From conventional and traditional through retro and vintage to the more adventurous, eclectic and exotic sounds from around the world, there is a style of music to suit every taste.