The quartet have a long standing relationship with the village of Little Wilbraham. We have played at their summer fair for the last few years and have said for a while that it would be good to find an excuse to do a more formal event in the village. After last summer’s fair we were approached to see if we’d be interested in performing at the village pub as part of a fund raising event for the church. We jumped at the chance, and were happy to become involved in the “Supper and Sax” evening.
The village pub in Little Wilbraham is the Hole in the Wall, and in addition to being a traditional village pub it is also a very well respected restaurant. The Supper and Sax evening would therefore be a combination of a sumptuous 3 course meal, interspersed with sets from the quartet.
We were playing in the large rear dining room of the pub, and the event had been a sell out so there wasn’t a spare seat in the place. What there was though was a very large open fire making everything cosy and warm – actually very warm – warm enough in fact that we had to decamp to the other side of the room after one piece as we were in danger of being barbecued!
We played two sets during the evening. The first was a little more formal with a mixture of classical, show and show off music. In the second set we relaxed a bit more and did a load of jazz and swing favourites. The atmosphere for the evening was very jovial and everyone seemed to have a good time. We got some very nice feedback from the guests we spoke to and hope that this is an event we might be able to repeat at some point in the future.
Many thanks to Susan Lee for organising the evening, the Hole in the Wall staff for making us feel welcome, and Chris Fell for taking some photos for us.