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King of the Castle

July 14, 2011

I’ve always been partial to a bit of Victorian gothic (no, really!) so I was very excited about being booked by a bride and groom to sing at the fairytale fantasy delight that is Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff Castle

The keep at Cardiff Castle

Originally a Roman fort, the first castle proper was built in the 11th century by the Normans.  Over the centuries the castle was expanded by the various familes who occupied it until in 1866 the Third Marquess of Bute employed architect William Burges to transform the Castle into a Welsh Camelot.

Cardiff Castle's clock tower designed by victorian architect William Burges

Joanne and Jeremy booked me to sing for their wedding drinks reception at the Castle.  Guests arrived in a fabulous vintage coach:

The vintage coach that brought wedding guests to Cardiff Castle

The drinks reception took the form of afternoon tea and cakes all served using beautiful vintage china that the bride had painstakingly collected herself.

Eat Me

Drink Me!

One of the beautiful china tea cups bought by the bride

The venue was the castle’s stone-vaulted Undercroft.  The Undercroft is one of the oldest parts of Cardiff Castle, dating from the 15th century.  Originally it was known as the Servants’ Hall and was where the castle’s many staff would take their meals under the watchful eye of the Housekeeper and Steward.  They would also hold the Servants’ December Ball there and Lady Bute would begin the festivities by dancing with the Steward.

The Undercroft at Cardiff Castle

Singing in the Undercroft at Cardiff Castle

Sadly there was no dancing on this occasion, but there was mirth and meriment aplenty as I entertained Joanne and Jeremy’s guests with two sets of numbers from my vintage repertoire.

Joanne and Jeremy with Simon Partridge

Congratulations to Joanne and Jeremy and thanks for letting me be part of a fabulous afternoon at such a splendid venue.


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