We are a Family-run business of 19 years standing, offering friendly advice from professional musicians!
Melisma are experienced in organising music for Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Festivals, Recitals, Concerts, Corporate & Charity Events.
We love what we do and we want to share it with you.
Vintage and Festival Bands

Festival weddings and events are all the rage at the moment. From Tipi style weddings in the countryside to Vintage chic in the city, we have lots of fantastic Vintage and Festival inspired musicians for you to choose from.  Why not look at having a Village Fair wedding with stalls serving different types of food or a 1920’s Gatsby Party. Here is just a small selection of the musicians we have to offer :

Sarah-Jane and her Hot Swing Gentlemen :

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Dream a little Dream of me

Dream of You – No vocals

Boogified – No vocals

 

Vintage Boots

Vintage Boots

Hit the road Jack

I will wait

Happy

 

Gatsbys Best

Gatsbys Best

All about that bass

Thrift Shop

Roar

 

Festival D

Festival D

All about that bass

Ho hey

I wanna be like you

 


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How to choose a wedding band

There are many types of bands available to choose for your wedding or event. Bear in mind who will be with you at your event and whether you are having a theme. Here are just a few ideas for you.

Pop/Cover Bands : These bands tend to do a selection of music from the 1950’s to the present day. Prices are generally from around £850 to £2,000 depending on how many members are in the band.

Indie bands : This is generally a male fronted guitar based band. Originally this type of band were independent of the main record companies and so were known as Indie. Repertoire can be varied with songs by performers like The Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Oasis, Paul Weller.

Swing Bands : Anything from a 3 piece to a 20 piece Big Band. These bands can be male or female fronted and generally do music from the 1930’s to the 60’s. Some bands will also do up to date songs in a swing style.

Festival type bands : anything from a duo upwards. We have a number of excellent bands who are suitable for your Festival themed wedding or Event. They can be guitar based folk type bands or bands who play more varied instruments such as violin, mandolin, bass, ukelele, double bass and even washboard!

Motown : More funky style bands performing music from the 1960’s onwards. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes with wonderful songs like Ain’t no mountain high enough, R.E.S.P.E.C.T , River deep mountain high and Signed , sealed delivered.

Soul : Soul bands tend to be slightly bigger bands performing music such as songs by Otis Redding, The Jacksons, The Blues Brothers. These bands may also perform Disco and Funk music such as Chic, James Brown, Tina Turner and The Doobie Brothers.

Barn Dance and Ceilidh Bands : There are three main types of bands in this category , Barn Dance , Irish and Scottish. Barn Dance bands tend to be English or American type music , Irish are Fiddle and Guitar based and Scottish Fiddle and Accordion based. These bands all come with a caller to explain the dances. This is a great ice-breaker and can be paired with a Disco to take over for the second half of the evening.

We love unusual requests at Melisma Music so don’t hesitate to give us your ideas and we will come up with something for you to wow your guests.

 


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13th July 2013
Select Syncopators

Select Syncopators

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine. Our brides and grooms are having a rare Summer wedding season.

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I wanted to try to do one a month but we are so busy that it is one of the things that falls by the wayside.
We took over doing all the bookings for www.lastminutemusicians.com in June last year and since then we have organised music all over the country from the North of Scotland to Devon. We have lots more musicians to call upon now and it’s an exciting time meeting musicians from all over the country.
We are pleased to be the Music Advisor at Clock Barn in Hampshire now and are looking forward to our first Wedding Open Day there in October. I will be updating the Events page when I have a minute too.
This week we have had weddings in Northumberland on Thursday, Buckinghamshire on Friday and today we have a wedding in Devon, parties in Harrogate, York and Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge and a Charity Ball at Headley Court in Surrey 10 minutes from our base in Reigate. We are looking forward to the launch of the new Ballroom at the Montcalm Hotel in London on the 23rd of July where we are proud to be the new Music Supplier in conjunction with Last Minute Musicians.
Andrew and I have been singing at lots of lovely events recently and Andrew had the pleasure of singing at Hedsor House a few weeks ago where Quartet was filmed. Thank you to Planned2Perfection for booking him. It’s great that we can work with other agents and pride ourselves on having our partners that we can work with on a reciprocal basis.
I will be uploading some articles to my google plus account soon – once I find out how to do it!

On Tuesday I was the guest speaker at the Ladies Afternoon Tea in aid of The Ladies Taverners on the lawn at Rowhill Grange – what a lovely day it was with such friendly ladies. We were entertained by our Dixieland Jazz Group The Select Syncopators and I hope to be doing lots more talks on music and our consultancy soon.

Rowhill Grange

Rowhill Grange

I may even add the articles here as well.
Rare day off tomorrow – first since Easter so looking forward to a rest.

Enjoy the sunshine , long may it last!


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10th March 2012 – updates

It’s been another busy week this week, Four Weddings and a Wedding Fair this weekend ! We have been working on the website and I think it’s nearly ready although every time I look at it I find something else to Tweak!

Rebecca (one of our Harpists) and Kevin Fitzsimmons (our fabulous Jazz singer) and I were all at The Savoy on Wednesday at the request of one of our Partners (see the Partners Page) Temple Gregory who were launching their new website. What a lovely evening was had by all and the photos can be seen on our Faceboook Page in the next few days. Just click below to see our page.
I was also at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Wednesday where we sponsor Music for the Staff and Patients every week. We are proud to be able to help at the Hospital as our charity work is very important to us. We also volunteer at two Charities – The Children’s Trust and Young Epilepsy and help many other charities in their fundraising efforts.

Our daughter Eilidh has been busy with her camera and took some photos when we were at Wasing on Sunday which the cake lady would like to use on her New Website!

 

Cakes by Catherine
Cakes by Catherine
Cakes by Catherine

This week we are going to visit a new venue for us where we are organising some weddings, HMS Gannett and The Commissioners House at Chatham Dockyard. The staff there – Debbie and June are lovely and I am looking forward to seeing the venue.
Think I should sign off now as I have to get on an finish the website! and then go to two weddings – looking forward to seeing my lovely Brides and Grooms on their Special Days.


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Classical Music

From a String Quartet on the lawn for an Afternoon Tea or a Harpist for a Corporate Launch to Opera Dinners and Lunches for Birthdays or Anniversaries. Whatever your celebration, our musicians fit into every event with music tailored to suit the ambience you wish to create.

Opera Singers

If it’s drama or emotion you want then you can’t beat the sound of the human voice. Andrew & Sarah-Jane have years of experience behind them and have built up a large list of repertoire to please many different tastes.

Andrew

Andrew

Leoncavallo : Mattinata

Mattinata

For more sound and video see Andrew’s website :  www.andrewmorristenor.co.uk 

Sarah-Jane

My dearest dear

 

Strings

Duos, Trios and Quartets

From a duo at a product Launch to a Quartet on the lawn at a wedding or afternoon tea, our string groups will enhance any event they play at for you.

Vanity :

Vanity Quartet

Vanity Quartet

Vanity Trio

Vanity Trio

Vanity Duo

Vanity Duo

Duo – Faure Pavane

Quartet – Pachelbel – Canon

Quartet – Viva la Vida

CG Strings

CG Strings

CG Strings

CG Strings

CG Strings

CG Strings

Mozart – Eine kleine nachtmusik

Pachelbel – Canon

Premiere Quartet

Premiere Quartet

Premiere Trio

Premiere Trio

Premiere Trio

Premiere Trio

Quartet – Bach

Quartet – La Bamba

Trio – All you need is Love

Trio – Handel La Rejouissance

Duo – Flower Duet – Lakme

Duo – Clocks

Harpists

The beautiful, soothing sound of the Harp. Suitable for Weddings, Corporate events and gatherings of every kind. We have a number of harpists to choose from :

 

Harpists for every occasion

Hasselmann – La Source

Jean

Jean

Your Song

Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Guitarists

Our guitarists are all experienced in Private Events and Concerts. Large repertoire of classical, jazz, popular and latin.

Guitarists – Andrew

Recuerdos

Blue Moon

Alan - Horsley Towers

Alan – Horsley Towers

River flows in you – Twilight

Thinking out loud


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Pop Bands

Pop bands…
We have all sorts of Bands from Duos to 18 piece

Contact us for some options and we will tailor the choice to your requirements….

We have Funky bands, Big Bands, Rocky bands, Acoustic Bands, Female Singers , Male Singers and bands with both…. Your wish is our command!…………”We wanted to thank the band for such as great evening. We thought they were great! Many thanks again for such as wonderful evening.”

MIB

MIB

Respect

 

21st Century - Wedding

21st Century – Wedding

I predict a riot

Chelsea Dagger

Mr Brightside


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Jazz

Ideal for background music and dancing, Cocktails on the lawn or for a Celebration dinner.

  • From the 40’s to the present, Trio to Big Band.
  • Outdoor events to create a “happy” atmosphere, we have a band for you.
  • Weddings, Festivals , Themed Events and Restaurants. We have so much to choose from.

The band was absolutely fantastic thank you very much. I have had numerous comments on how good they were. Please extend my thanks to the band members and thank you for arranging everything.     

Hot Swing Jazz :

Sarah-Jane and her Hot Swing Gentlemen :

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Dream a little Dream of me

Dream of You – No vocals

Boogified – No vocals

Or some Cocktail jazz…?

Sarah-Jane - Vintage Jazz

Sarah-Jane – Vintage Jazz

Let’s face the music and dance

Gershwin – Summertime

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

 

Cocktail Jazz

Fly me to the Moon

 

Swing

Swing Band

Get Happy

French Style Cafe Music

French style

Limehouse Blues

Or some Dixieland Jazz

Dixieland

Hello Dolly

Saxophone with backing tracks

Saxophone with backing tracks

Don’t go changing

More Vintage

1940’s Close Harmony

Lullaby of Broadway

Ukelele guaranteed to make you smile


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Traditional Music

Whether you want a solo Piper for a Wedding or Burns Night or a Scottish Ceilidh for St Andrew’s Night, a Caribbean Steel Band for a Wedding on the Lawn or a Spanish Band to dance the night away with a Latin feel we have the music for you…………………

………….Many thanks for making the evening a wonderful event.  Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly and had a fantastic evening.  Your band really made a difference and was the cherry on top of the event.          

                 

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Our Irish Traditonal/Party Band

Galway Girl

Mr Brightside

Bob the Bagpiper

 

Rivervale Barn

Barn Dance Bands

Tinker

 

Irish Ceili Bands

Dance of the Honeybees

 

Scottish Ceilidh Band

Scottish Ceilidh Band

Scottish Medley

 

Spanish and Latin

Spanish/Latin Medley

 

Steel Band

Steel Band

Quando, quando


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Discos

DJs & discos………….

We have been working with our dj’s for over a decade now and get lots of
lovely thank you’s ………………

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for the disco for our
wedding that we booked with you via Melisma Music.
The disco was fantastic!  Exactly what we wanted !

We tailor the lighting and Songlist to your requirements. We can also offer
MirrorBall, Bubbles fantastic for photos – (only for first dance as it will
make the floor sticky), Full size star cloth.

Our dj’s play what you want (and what you don’t want) and we take the time to
chat everything over with you to make sure you have it perfect.

Have a look at a short example from  a previous event – just showing different lighting effects.
Disco


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Magic, Casinos and Cartoonists

Magic, Casinos and Cartoonists….

We have some fantastic entertainers available for you.

Get in touch to find out who and what is available for you……………


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Price Guide

These are our most common requests, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please get in touch and we will try our best to help!

Piano (2 hours), £275 – £295
Soprano/Tenor (For Ceremony), From £275
Bagpipes, from £230
Saxophone (with backing tracks), £295 – £360
Guitar (2 hours), From £275
Harp (Up to 2 and 1/2 hours), £340
Disco, from £425
String Duo : From £425
Flute and Guitar (2 hours), £475
String Trio (Up to 2 and 1/2 hrs), from £575
Dixieland Jazz : Trio from £550
Cocktail Jazz Trio, £595 – £750
Harp & Soprano / Harp & Flute, From £525
Barn Dance / Ceilidh Bands, £495 – £895
String Quartet (3 hours) From £635
Jazz Quartet from £775
Pop Band (Duo – 8 piece), £900 – £2,000
Steel Band, from £575
Big Band (8 piece – 20 piece), £1295 – £2,000
Fun Casino and Magician, £275 – £495
Caracaturist from £495

– Prices are not subject to VAT
– Travel may be added
– Charity fees are always negotiable


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Blog

This is all quite new to me so bear with me if I ramble on !

Well, what a week we have had. Three new venues : The Pinewood Hotel, Rowhill Grange and The Radisson Edwardian have all come to us and asked us to be their Preferred Supplier for Music. We are now Preferred Supplier or Music Advisors at 16 venues and we love working with them all. They are all completely different – from Barns to City Chic to Country Hotels and Lavish stately homes.
We have also been working on our new website which will be up and running soon (if I can understand the order of codes that my very patient website “helper” – you know who you are – is trying to teach me!) so all in all a very fulfilling week and we couldn’t do it without the support of our lovely partners – Brides and Grooms, Couples celebrating Birthdays and Anniversaries, Charities, Fellow Suppliers and the venues where we work so a BIG THANK YOU to you all.


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