Archive for March, 2013

Mar 18 2013


We love playing wonderful wedding music for our many same-sex clients. Their weddings are invariably classy and elegant affairs in the best taste.This picnic wedding was no exception . Anthony and Anthony said their moving vows in a secluded,leafy courtyard , both dressed in white, in front of an intimate gathering of friends and family. We wedding musicians were playing as a Duo (flute and violin , a popular combination for small, intimate weddings.) As the guests assembled,we set the tone with upifting light classics and movie theme tunes such as ” The Mission” .Guests are always delighted to listen to our brand of live musical entertainment , we see their happy smiles and are thankful for this gift of music which we have been given. For the Wedding March ,the two Anthony’s had a friend sing them in most beautifully.

After the Ceremony, everyone relaxed on glamorous throws and co-ordinated cushions in this lovely shaded courtyard, protected from the wind, in front of Durbanville Hills Winery in the Durbanville Winelands. After generous libations of wonderful champagne, Stephanie and her team brought out a procession of stunning picnic baskets , decorated with purple flowers. The contents more than lived up to the decor, consisting af a most generous and succulent assortment of cheeses,salads, breads,quiche , fruit kebabs, pate` ,chocolate truffles and Turkish Delight.

The courtyard was filled with the soothing sounds of trickling water and birdsong. With our strolling gypsy serenades, it made a wonderful setting for a romantic Cape Town wedding. The guests loved especially our lively Jewish items from Fiddler on the roof, and after the picnic was finished,the most musical guests joined us in singing the Pachelbel Kanon in D! They did an excellent job with us on this famous and beloved Baroque piece. Much later , when everyone was in a merry mood, Ant did a Marilyn Monroe impersonation as he threw his bouquet to the guests ,which was received with great hilarity. Throughout, Stephanie ,the Banqueting Manageress at Durbanville Hills and her staff provided a faultlessly smooth and unobtrusive service,ensuring that everything ran smoothly and happily.

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Mar 6 2013


We played recently for the 60th Birthday of Julia O’Leary at Michael Oak Waldorf School Julia wrote us a most lovely thank you letter afterwards. Here it is:

Dear Nerina,donat and Gabor
I would like to thank you most sincerely for the wonderful music and love you brought to my birthday celebration.You made this so SPECIAL,you were really FANTASTIC! and made the party.
Everyone loved you .Not ONE PERSON failed to mention their joy at your presence and beautiful music.
Much gratitude and appreciation

Michael Oak has a stunning hall which they hire out for functions,weddings,corporate events and parties.The hall has a wonderful ,sweeping ,wave-shaped ceiling and star-shaped windows.An organic feel as befits a Waldorf school and most beautiful with its warm-toned wooden floor and celetially blue ceiling. Beneath the floor are buried good wishes for the school , and rose-quartz crystals for positive energy.This lovely energy is certainly felt in this amazing venue. -

Hundreds of Julia’s friends and family and colleagues came to wish her well,and enjoyed the live musical entertainment which the Hungarian Trio provided.We started of with some light classical background music, in the way of a string quartet. as guests arrived in the entrance hall,.When guests were seated, we started to stroll through the hall,decorated with many flowers and candles, serenading the guests in our customary romantic gypsy style.For weddings we usually include a fair amount of light classics,whereas for parties we find it better to stay very light and lively for the most part. Irish jigs, Fiddler on the Roof, French cafe music, Hungarian csardas and waltzes , jazz standards and Andrew Lloyd Webber ,movie themes and on-trend love songs go down very well. And of course everyone always loves Strauss waltzes.If we do not play them ,someone will ask for them! Our music was interspersed with Eurythmy presentations .This is a wonderful form of dance, expressing very deeply the music to which it is performed. Eurythmy is also known as “Dancing with the Angels”,  and is performed in costumes consisting of silk veils which sweep the air as the dancers float through the air. Facinating to watch. We were privileged to play our music before and after this performance. A happy evening indeed.
We have no photographs of Julia’s party,so the above pictures are of the Michael Oak Gypsy Fair, very similar in mood to Julia’s lovely party.


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Mar 5 2013


Imagine having your birthday party in a wonderful crystal tree-house, listening to beautiful music and looking out into the surrounding oak leaves and branches of mighty trees swaying in the wind…This is how clever Clare and Andreas Nel celebrated their joint birthdays at Kelvin Grove – no ,not the august venue that we all know and love, redolent of leather arm chairs , chintz curtains and the Sunday roast – no,this was a new and wonderful setting,perched high in the trees next to the bowling green,walled in glass and with white floors and walls, modern and sparkling yet intimate. -

Clare and Andreas, both such friendly, lovely souls,were so excited to celebrate their birthdays,their wedding anniversary and an upcoming overseas trip. A truly festive atmosphere bubbled throughout the night. Glass globes on each table contained little goldfish, all fluttering their long tails – most exquisite! This was yet another party where we bumped into many old friends, all of whom naturally requested their favourite tunes from us. Our own current favourite is “I’m in the Mood for Love” , a hypnotically beautiful old jazz song. We play it for all guests, if they do not like it, they will get Bartok!

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Mar 4 2013


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a beach wedding? The Hungarian Trio has played for many of these, and they are always lovely, relaxed affairs, any wind just creating an exuberant,hilarious feel to the day. Shoeless guests and the romantic sounds of the Hungarian Trio always create a great atmosphere! At this particular wedding, that of Trixi and Eben, we found ourselves on the West Coast, in Grotto Bay,on a secluded,beautiful beach, exquisite and deserted . After a moving ceremony,everyone got their daily exercise climbing back to Pebble Beach Manor, with its beautiful terrace overlooking a lawn and the green, living sea.

Donat, our bass-player, luckily pumps iron and is therefore able to lug his large and beautiful bass over hill and under dale! Dinner was served by wonderful caterers, and we spent the evening playing romantic serenades for the guests,many of whom were from Austria and particularly enjoyed our wide Viennese and Hungarian repertoire. A beautiful evening to remember!

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