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JAM Duo are a Cello and Piano Duo based in the Cotswolds who travel all over the UK to perform for parties, corporate events and weddings.

Today we were in in Leicester for a 70th Birthday party at the Belmont Hotel. Describing itself as the Best Boutique Hotel in Leicester, The Belmont is housed in a 19th century property in the heart of Leicester.

Having arrived in Leicester earlier in the day following a brief trip to the National Wedding Show in Coventry, we had plenty of time to look around the local area prior to the evening party.

Our first port of call was Leicester Cathedral. Some years earlier Jules had played the organ there with his other hat on as Organist to Quorum MK. However, a return visit was not on the cards today as it turned out the cathedral is closed for several months whilst some extensive restoration work is undertaken.

Leicester Cathedral

Undeterred, despite the inclement weather (rain, wind and the tail end of some storms), Jules and Anne-Marie headed into the lovely Art Quarter of Leicester in search of some retail therapy and lunch!

Arrival and Setup

As we had been booked to provide music for a 70th Birthday from around 6.30pm we headed over to the hotel around 5pm. This would afford us plenty of time to suss out the venue, set up our instruments and then get changed. There was also a vague plan this might allow time for a sneaky Gin and Tonic too!

We were soon welcomed into the hotel and given easy access to the venue for the purpose of unloading and setting up our instruments.

Birthday Party
70th Birthday Party

Once we had put our instruments in place, we were then offered a room by the hotel for the purpose of getting changed into our gig wear. For AM this was a lovely pink dress with Jules opting for a matching bow tie and dark suit.

The Birthday Party

With our instruments already in situe, Jules and Anne-Marie started playing as the guests arrived. Broadly speaking we had been booked to play for 2 sets during the course of the birthday meal which was for around 75 people. As we do not charge by the hour, but rather by the event (within reason!) this meant our first set was from arrival through to the end of the main course.

We then took a short break whilst there were some speeches, resuming again as guests were served pudding and coffee. All in all we probably played for around 3 hours.

JAM Duo – Yamaha Electric Cello

For JAM Duo this event had another moment of significance as it was our first public event with Anne-Marie’s new Yamaha Electric Cello.

We decided (actually on New Years Eve 2021) to further develop our Duo and invest in a Yamaha Electric Cello so we were better placed both for evening events as well as playing outside to larger ‘audiences’. The acoustic cello is wonderful at wedding ceremonies and smaller indoor drinks receptions. However, once outside or in a larger space (eg a wedding meal) sometimes the sound needs a boost.

This is where our electric cello comes in. Looking as stylish as possible, we have invested in the best instrument currently available which has a beautiful tone, almost identical to the acoustic instrument.

We will be talking more about our Electric Cello and Amplified sets over the coming weeks. This opens up a whole new area for JAM Duo and means we can play at even more events.

JAM Duo at Your Party or Event

If you would like JAM Duo for your birthday party or corporate event then please get in touch via our contact form. We can play for small intimate events or large scale dinners / corporate entertainment for hundreds of people.

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