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Lady Lever Art Gallery, Thornton Manor, St Hilary's Church, Rookery Hall & Ashfield House Hotel

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to play at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight for the opening of the Old Master Drawings exhibition. It was my first performance at the gallery that is home to one of the most beautiful collections of fine and decorative arts in the UK and I enjoyed the experience very much. I stayed after the event to have a look at some of the 18th and 19th century paintings, as well as beautiful antique furniture.
I loved the good acoustics of the gallery and I hope I'll have the chance to play there again in the near future. I will certainly go back for a visit. 
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight
Beautiful Thornton Manor
Last weekend I was at Thornton Manor playing for Sharon and Andrew's wedding ceremony. Thornton Manor was the home of William Hesketh Lever who was founder of the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
It still remains a private family home which is hired out on an exclusive basis for weddings and special events.This is a truly stunning venue and I'm always happy to go back, especially as it is only 15 minutes from my house. Not only it's grand and sophisticated, but it also feels very homely and cosy. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but managed to take few photos of the beautifully lit Music Room with my mobile phone.
Thornton Manor Wedding Ceremony
Music Room
Thornton Manor Music Room
I am very much looking forward to going back to Thornton Manor in November and December.
Neil & Sarah's wedding at St Hilary's in Wallasey
October 16th was very special day for Crowder family. My nephew Neil and his wife Sarah got married at St Hilary's Church, in Wallasey and I was happy to be able to contribute to their big day. I played the harp while the guests were arriving and being seated and during the signing of the register. The weather was perfect and the setting was wonderful. St Hilary's is one of the most beautiful churches on the Wirral, situated on the top of the hill with breathtaking views overlooking Irish Sea and mountains of North Wales.
St. Hilary's Church, Wallasey
After the ceremony at St Hilary's Church
Church Ceremony Music

As soon as the ceremony was over the harp was packed and dropped off home and we rushed back to the reception venue to enjoy the celebration.
Wedding fayre at Rookery Hall
I don't really know how I managed to wake up early the following day, Sunday 17th October, to go and play at the wedding fayre at Rookery Hall, but I did. Actually, it was another glorious autumn day and it was nice driving through Cheshire countryside on a quiet Sunday morning. With the help of Rookery coffee I played from 12pm till 4pm and was glad to get back home where my husband treated me with a yummy Sunday roast.
Ashfield House Hotel, Standish, Wigan
Wedding Fayre
Civil Partnership at Ashfield House Hotel, Standish
On 9th October I played the harp for lovely Ian & Simon's Civil Partnership, at Ashfield House Hotel in Wigan. I played for the ceremony, drinks and the meal and the atmosphere was great throughout the whole day. I had a lovely time and both Ian and Simon and their family made me feel very welcome. Ian was so emotional he made me cry when we were saying our front of all the guests. Ian and Simon, if you ever read this thank you very much and I wish you all the very best for the future.
Ashfield House Hotel, Wedding
Ashfield House Hotel

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