Planning Music For A Royal Wedding

Is arranging the music for a Royal Wedding any different to organising the sounds for your wedding? It is different only in terms of scale, but the same rules apply to any wedding – ask an expert and have fun.

Selecting the music for your wedding can be one of the most daunting tasks for any couple planning their big day, so what must it be like for the couple who’s wedding list includes Sir Elton John, the Beckhams and Her Majesty the Queen?

No different to what it is like for anyone really, and with a few simple rules, what could be a nightmare actually becomes fun. These simple rules apply whether you are hosting your evening event in a hotel, a stately home or Buckingham Palace. Music is music and when it is well planned, the difference between the choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal who will sing as William and Kate walk down the aisle are only different to your local choir because they are bigger. OK, quite a lot bigger really, but the plan is the same.

When it comes to planning music for their evening do, William and Kate will have favourite songs from the time they met at St Andrews University, but they will know better than to choose only those songs for the entire evening. Like you, the Royal couple will be aware that their guests range in age from early teens to grandparents, and that their play list must reach as many of these people as possible.

Kate and William were seen getting down and funky to Body Rockers’ I Like the Way You Move and Primal Scream’s Rocks at Tom Parker Bowles’s wedding a few years ago, and William is known to be a fan of rapper Dizzy Rascal. I think we can safely imagine the reaction of Grandma and Granddad, HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh if that lot were blasting all night. The reaction of some of your guests would be exactly the same.

Nothing is yet known about the music or the acts William and Kate have selected, but just like you, they will be relying on experienced advisors, Professional wedding acts have arranged music for hundreds, maybe thousands of weddings and they know what works at these unique events. When you hire professionals you hire their expertise, so make the most of it.

The Royal wedding is different to yours only in scale. William and Kate will hopefully be having as much fun as you would, choosing your special songs then working with your wedding act to compile a play list that will rock the dance floor and leave not a dry eye in the house.

Top 5 Weekend Getaways From Bangalore

So you need to know the right places to make the maximum use of it. You needn’t plan the previous day for holidays. Refresh yourself and detox your soul with the revivifying break, away from the traffic, pollution and hustle bustle in your cramped and crowed city. It’s time for you to discover a new holiday spot. Also you can rediscover a new favourite location. So it’s time for you to ditch your Smartphone and escape for a short weekend trip. Here are the best and the “Top 5 Weekend Getaways from Bangalore”:

1) Coorg, Karnataka: Situated 259 kilometres away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, Coorg is often referred as the “Scotland of India”. You will be mesmerized by the enchanting valleys, hills, scenic beauty, majestic mountains and coffee plantation. Coorg is surrounded by the ranges of Western Ghats, which makes them the favourite spot among travellers all round the year. The hill station is famous for its beautiful tea, coffee and cardamom plantation. This is the perfect place for all the fun loving and adventurous person as they can engage themselves whole day in trekking and rafting.

2) Chikmagalur: The most beautiful and awe-inspiring Chikmagalur is filled with the coffee plantation. This is highly enchanting and proffers utmost tranquillity and serenity. Chikmagalur, offered referred as town of the younger daughter, is located 248 kms away from Bangalore. The major attractions of this place include the famous Kondadarama Temple, which is the blend of Dravaidian and Hoysala artitechtures. It is also quite popular among wildlife lovers as it is an epitome of variety birds and other exotic animals.

3) Wayanad, Kerala: Wayanad, one of the most exotic and exquisite hill stations in the hearts of Kerala has been the most charming place for nature lovers. The aesthetic locales, undulated topography, craggy rocks, picturesque scenery and view captivate tourists from all across the country. Some of the best things to watch are fall view points, flora, lakes, waterfalls and fauna. This place is the ultimate paradise for all nature lovers. Some of the major attractions include: Pookat Lake, Sochipara, Banasura Sagar Dam, Soochippara Waterfalls and many others.

4) Ooty & Coonor: Ooty, sited 268kilometeres from Bangalore is also termed as Udhagamandalam. The queen among the entire hill station in south, it is the capital of the blue Nilgris District. People know it for the most picturesque resorts which wrap vast tea gardens, lovely breeze, green pastures and scenery. It is quite popular destination among all the honeymooners. Some of the best places to visit are: Avalanche Lake, Botanical Garden, Nilgiri Mountain, St Stephen’s Church, Rose Garden and Ooty Lake. Also it is famous for Boating, Cottage, Tea garden, Toy trains, Lakes, Mountains, Forests, hills, Nature trails, Park, Fishing and Sightseeing.

5) Yercaud: A famous exquisite and peaceful hill station in Tamil Nadu, Yeracud is located at 230 kms from Bangalore. Being the “Jewel of South”, it is poor man’s Ooty. It is well known for coffee plantation and oranges. Some of the common places to visit in Yeracud include: Shevaroy hill, Pagoda point, Killiyur Fall, The Servaroyan temple, Bear’s Cave and Yercaud Lake. Most of the people visit this place for Trekking, Hill Station, Lake and Boating

It’s More Fun in the Philippines Series (Cebu Is the Place to Be)

Rooted from the courageous ancestors of a great leader, Lapu-lapu to the pristine scenery and friendly people, Cebu earned its name as Queen City of the South. Ever since I was young, I was brought up with a humbling pride as a pure grown Cebuana and up to now, I still am.

If you happen to come by the Philippines, do not forget to go to Cebu and see for yourself especially during the first months of the year to experience its rich culture and heritage. Here are some of the tourists destinations must go.

1. If you want to travel back in time and see the cultural heritage of this island you need to visit:

a. Sto. NiƱo Basilaca that dates back during the Spanish Era.
b. Magellan’s Cross (the original) planted by Magellan in 1521.
c. Taosit Temple is more than having a beautiful photo shoot but gives you a serene feeling while visiting the place.
d. Fort San Pedro that was built in 1700s for protection against Muslim raids during those time.
e. Colon street is the oldest street in the city and one of the busiest.

2. If you want more of an outdoor adventure, Cebu offers you:

a. Cebu botanical garden offers a green sanctuary.
b. Guadalupe cave is not only an outdoor attraction but a miraculous place with healing powers.
c. Tops gives you a nice breath taking city view.
d. Cebu Country Club is the first and oldest golf course in the Philippines but still in tough shape.
e. Cebu Zoo lets you interact with animals in a safe way of course.
f. Relaxing beach and resorts which are so many to mention and there are more developed in the city.

3. There are so many authentic restaurants, modern and historic malls, relaxing spas and amusement parks that you can dine, shop, relax and enjoy if you miss the city life.

Oh, so much more to share for Cebu, I believe. Before visiting my hometown, do some research because before you know it, there are other great tourist destinations being discovered and most of the beautiful places in Cebu are off the charts. These are non-commercialized hidden sanctuaries. But what I love about this place is that I was born here, near a beach with cool breeze, fresh food, and nice neighborhood with happy complete family. I wish to know your “must go” place in Cebu or anywhere in the world. I think each one of us have their own favorites at some point in time.

Wentworth Johnson Author Of The Canadian

I’ve had people tell me they are between books, looking for something new to read; a new author, a new genre. There are more writers than ever before: More good writers, more not so good writers. The choices of things to read are enormous. The purpose of interviewing a writer is to give you, the reader, a chance to hear from the writer directly, to hear the writer’s own voice.

Here’s Wentworth M. Johnson. He was born in March, Cambridgeshire, England, and is the great-grandson of William Bourne (Playwright, dramatist and theatrical producer). In the RAF he worked with the Ghurkha regiment reclaiming Borneo after it had been invaded by Indonesia and subsequently spent two years in Nairobi Kenyan. He left the Royal Air Force in 1967 and became a Canadian citizen.

What is your philosophy or writing?

Simply good honest believable stories. Reality encapsulated in a fictional scenario.

What’s the name and genre of your book?

The Canadian is “Mystery Adventure”

Who is the audience for this book?

Mostly fun-loving males of any age.

Is this book part of a series? If so is it a sequel or a prequel? Name the other already published books.

It is the 6th in a series of eight. Fiend’s Gold where Bill becomes a millionaire. Mania, in which Bill meets his life long buddy Newf. Edinburgh Cuckoos a romp through England and Scotland. Damp Graves, Bill finds the market for body parts. Lions and Christians, Bill and Newf crack a human slave market. The Dutchman, Bill expands his empire and finds a Spanish galleon. Mermaid, where bill finds an old lost wartime mutiny.

Describe your protagonist physically and emotionally and describe the challenges the protagonist needs to overcome and the motivation for overcoming them.

Bill is the reluctant hero with the Midas touch. He is tall, powerfully built and quick to action. He is basically lazy and would prefer to stay at home, but Gran and Newf always manage to fire up his dynamo.

Describe your antagonist, physically and emotionally, and talk about motivation.

Bill’s villain is any would-be gold thief.

Quote a passage from your book that you love.

I’m sorry, darling boy. I tell you what. You take me for an exciting night to one of those expensive hotels and we’ll forget about the job. How does that sound?’

‘Christ, no. I’d rather invade Iraq by myself.’ And I surely meant it.

Elaborate on the meaning of the passage.

Jane is sort of Bill’s nemesis and always gets him into trouble. She’s a vamp of the old school and old enough to be his mother. I love the way she handles him.

Where do you live and how does that influence your writing?

At present I live in Canada in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I have lived in several countries, in Africa, Europe and the Far East. The interesting things I have seen and heard and been part of do affect my writing as I can recall the actions.

Do you have a special routine you go through before you begin writing?

Before writing any Bill Reyner story I actually go there, the very places where the action takes place. Sometimes I changed the names, as they say, “to protect the innocent.” There is nothing like the evoking of reality to encourage imaginary actions.

The Canadian



That’s the interview. Thanks for listening.