St George’s Hall and Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool | 23rd May 2015
I was very fortunate to be invited to play guitar for a wedding at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Saturday. St George’s Hall is right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. It’s a beautiful neoclassical building which plays host to a couple of incredible concert venues. I was booked to play in the ‘Concert Room‘.
Unfortunately there was no parking available at the venue so I had to park at a multi storey car park and lug my equipment to the venue. It wasn’t a great distance, but it’s not something you want to be doing in the scorching sunshine wearing a suit. After setting up I decided to take a breather rather than head outside to take photographs. This might explain why there are only photos of the concert room to accompany this blog post!
There was a temptation to set up on the stage of the concert room. It was lit beautifully and I would have loved to play up there, however I didn’t feel like I should be front and centre. It’s not my big day after all. I decided to set up to the side as I usually do. Being in an elevated position, I had a good view of the bride as she made her entrance. This made it much easier to time the music for the processional.
For the signing of the register I played ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton and a little bit of ‘A Thousand Years’ by Cristina Perri. The bride had chosen 3 songs however I only had time for one and a half. It sometimes works out like that. You can never know for sure how long it will take when it comes to the signing of the register.
I really enjoyed playing guitar in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. I hope I’ll be able to return one day for another wedding or perhaps even a concert. Definitely one of the finest concert venues in Merseyside.
For the drinks reception I had to relocate to another Liverpool city centre venue. The drinks reception was being held at Hope Street Hotel about a mile away. I was again surprised by the lack of traffic on this bank holiday weekend. I made it there in good time and even beat the London bus carrying the wedding guests.
I performed songs from my pop/rock set for the drinks reception. I made sure to include ‘A Thousand Years’ and ‘Use Somebody’ as I didn’t have chance to play these during the signing of the register.
Having exchanged many emails with the bride prior to the wedding, I knew that she was a fan of Bryan Adams. His songs had been vetoed for the ceremony by the groom as they were “too cheesy”, however I made a promise to the bride to include some of his music during the drinks reception. Who doesn’t like a bit of Bryan Adams at a wedding? It’s practically compulsory!
This wedding was not the only one I played this bank holiday weekend. I performed the next day at Billesley Manor in Warwickshire. Make sure to read about that one too as it was fantastic!