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Helen and Glyn’s Wedding at Queens’ College, Cambridge

May 26, 2011

I had the extraordinary pleasure the other weekend of singing at Stephen Fry’s old university college, Queens’ College Cambridge at the invitation of bride and groom Helen and Glyn.  They had celebrated their wedding earlier in the day and had contacted me via my website asking me to provide entertainment for their evening reception.

What a stunning venue!  The charter setting up the college was granted in 1448 and Queens’ has been a seat of learning ever since.

To get into the college building I had to wheel my equipment over the Mathematical Bridge…

The Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College Cambridge

…which led into Cloister Court…

Cloister Court, Queens' College Cambridge

…and on the far side of this was the Old Hall where I was due to perform.

Queens' College Cambridge Old Hall exterior

The Old Hall is over 500 years old (being one of the original 15th century college buildings) and was given a makeover by the Victorians who redecorated it in what was then considered to be an absolutely authentic medieval style.  The results are breathtakingly bold.  From the grand overmantel of the fireplace (featuring tiles designed by, among others, Ford Maddox Brown)…

The fireplace in the Old Hall at Queens' College Cambridge

…to the wonderful windows…

A window in the Old Hall at Queens' College Cambridge

…and the amazing hand-stencilled wall decoration…

The wall in the Old Hall at Queens' College Cambridge

…it was wall-to-wall Gothic-revivalist extravagance and I loved it!

I hope I was able to do the justice to the splendid surroundings with my performance.  Everyone certainly seemed to have a good time and it was a wonderful venue to sing in.

The bride and groom - Helen and Glyn - with Simon Partridge

It’s always a pleasure to be involved with such happy occasions and singing for Glyn and Helen was no exception.  Congratulations to them and thanks for letting me be part of a wonderful evening at a truly stunning venue.

(I’m indebted to the Queens’ College website and to Helen’s mother, Veronica – a Cambridge Blue Badge Guide – for providing the historical information in this post)


Last week Glyn sent me this very generous testimonial:

On a wonderful sunny Sunday in April, Simon Partridge performed at our wedding in Queens’ College Cambridge and charmed the guests with his elegant, seemingly effortless performance.

 Although several hundred years older than Simon, the venue seemed strangely appropriate for his superb renditions of songs from the first half of the last century and made a suitably splendid backdrop for his note-perfect singing.

 Simon’s superb performance held the attention of an eclectic crowd of guests who all thoroughly enjoyed his renditions of classics such as ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’ and ‘Moon River’ that suited the bright, uplifting mood of that hazy spring evening to a tee.

 As newly-weds we spoke to every one of our guests that evening and without exception they all appreciated Simon and his nuanced performance, often choosing it as one of the highlights of the day .   And with that in mind we have no hesitation in whole-heartedly recommending Simon to all those who think his performance will add to their special day –  we can assure them, it will.

 Best wishes and many many thanks

 Helen & Glyn


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