Dante Ferrara plays the lute and many more instruments to provide a package of music for the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. He is recommended by numerous venues nationwide and is approved by registrars. A sample CD with information pack is available on request - but for now, read on. He uses five exquisite instruments to bring a magical atmosphere into any location. In a choice of beautiful Tudor costumes, he enhances any wedding or civil partnership, mingling with guests after the formalities of the ceremony.
Award-winning* Elizabethan minstrel, Dante Ferrara has been delighting wedding parties nationwide since 1984. Providing exquisite period music in historic settings and dressed in stunning costumes, Dante plays the lute and many more instruments to provide a package of music for the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. He is recommended by numerous venues and is approved by registrars.
Ceremony: Dante plays the lute as guests assemble and wait for the Bride’s entrance. (This beautiful, gentle music has also been known to sooth the Groom’s nerves!) Dante then pipes in the Bride with the subtle-sounding English bagpipes. Whilst the register is being signed he plays music on the lute written for Queen Elizabeth I and to conclude the ceremony he pipes out the happy couple, leading them and their guests to the drinks reception. This music is suitable for both church and civil ceremonies.
Drinks Reception: Dante switches to the hurdy-gurdy to play bright, lively dance tunes to create a party atmosphere and strolls among the guests, mingling and entertaining.
Wedding Breakfast: Once the guests are in place, Dante can pipe in and process the couple to their top table. Throughout the meal he plays gentle background music, strolling between tables with the lute, cittern and colascione.
Dante is passionate about music and entertaining and this can be seen at any event. Whether it’s for a wedding, formal dinner, TV appearance or concert, Dante will strive to give your guests a memorable experience.
Recent comments from happy couples:
"Dear Dante, We were so impressed with how professional you were and how much you enhanced the day. It really was spectacular. Thank you for contributing so much to making our day so great."
Annys & David, Herefordshire
“Hired Dante for our wedding at Yaxley Hall. He is unique; and a charismatic and talented musician. Providing both formal accompaniment to the ceremony and informal entertainment for our guests afterwards and always attentive to the requirements and sensitivities of his audience. If you're looking for something different, to keep your guests talking long after the event, Dante's the man.”
“We hired Dante to perform at our wedding, in particular playing to lure guests across the Oxford cobbles from one venue to another. He certainly performed expertly and he was particularly well attuned to context, intuiting who would most appreciate a ribald verse and who a simple ditty - important at a wedding with guests ranging from college friends to elderly relatives. He was reliable and punctual.”
“I hired Dante to perform at my wedding and I can not speak highly enough of his work. He really helped make the day one to remember! Everybody spoke highly of him and he did a fantastic job of entertaining the guests throughout the day and also during dinner. I would recommend Dante as an extremely charismatic and fun addition to any event.”
*Media Today Online: Unique Wedding Musician of the Year, 2011
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