FEATURED ARTIST – NOVEMBER | James Sayer, Blues Singer

Blues/Rock'n'roll singer

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Favourite album…
‘If That’s What It Takes’ By Michael McDonald

Grew up listening to…
Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Jools Holland, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino.

Which artists/performers are your greatest influence…
Elton John, Michael McDonald, Richard Tee, Rod Stewart, Steely Dan. (And lots more!)

Artists we should check out…
Ruen Brothers (Who I’ve been lucky enough to play piano/bv’s for over the last year)

Career highlight…
Recording with Rick Rubin in Malibu.

Claims to fame…
Meeting Michael McDonald and him telling me he’s a fan of my own music.

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
Steely Dan at Coachella music festival.

What does the future hold…
Release my debut album next year and begin playing festivals with my band. Then just see what the future holds!


We had an absolute blast at Brides The Show last month! It was great to meet so many wedding couples, and find out what music entertainment they were looking for. We’re looking forward to working with some of them over the next few months!

Soul Singer at Brides The ShowUlrika performing live on the catwalk.

Soul Singer at Brides The ShowLibby and Dave from band, ‘Replay‘, performing live on the catwalk.

Strings at Brides The ShowKirsten and Charis performing live in the restaurant at Brides The Show.

Brides The ShowEnd of show silliness!
Photo courtesy of our lovely neighbours, Photobooth!

FEATURED ARTIST – OCTOBER | Jo Harrop, Jazz Singer

Jo Harrop & Hannah Vasanth


Favourite album…
At the minute I have Anita O’day Sings for Oscar Peterson on repeat…

Grew up listening to…
Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Tony Bennett, Jack Jones, The Carpenters, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, and also Whitney Houston was a big favourite in my young life (Oh and the Doors in my Uni years – who didnt!?!)

Greatest influence…
All of the above, and Audrey Hepburn!!

Artists we should check out…
The Slow Show – an amazing band from Manchester!

Career highlight…
I supported the Blind Boys Of Alabama (Theme tune from HBO’s The Wire….

Claims to fame…
I sang with Neil Diamond at the 100th Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, and I’ve sung with Enrique Inglesias! Oh and I was as a dancer on the “Its A Rainbow Baby” Rainbow dance video…. I got to dance in a bed with Zippy & George! Yes really.

Best gigs you’ve seen this year…
Last night I saw Cafe Society Swing (Alex Webb’s Copasetics Foundation) last night at hideaway! It’s a wonderful show and one of highlights I have seen this year. I recently saw Michelle John – she is incredible!!! Also, Andreya Triani – who was amazing, and The Slow Show!

What does the future hold…
I am working with Alex Webb on a great new project, “Carrying The Torch” which celebrates the great torch singers like, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Edith Piaf, playing songs such as I’m A Fool To Want You and Hymne A L’Amour. We play some London dates including St James Theatre February 20th 2016.
I also continue to work as an advocate for animal rights and conservation of the environment.


Christmas Singer


Favourite Christmas song…
‘Cool Yule’ (Louis Armstrong) – “lay a lick on a peppermint stick” Best. Lyric. Ever. ;-D

Favourite Christmas movie…
‘Die Hard’ – I find it warms the blood with unparalleled joy, as one gives thanks for Bruce Willis, and all that he achieved in that tower.

Any Christmas traditions…
I wear a Red Reindeer jumper… and that’s all … no other clothing is required on Christmas Day. I used to watch ‘Empire Strikes Back’ every Christmas as a kid. As Samuel Johnson dug, “Claret is the liquid for boys, Port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink Brandy”. Having encountered and consumed all three life-affirming impostors, I can usually be found invoking the deities of Nashville through gauzy Fender-Dobro and Vocal hallucinations of a Country Christmas.

Favourite Christmas album…
‘When My Heart Finds Christmas’ (Harry Connick, Jr.) – put your Buble down and listen to the real deal – all arrangements for orchestra, big band and quartet penned by Connick, plus many great originals and killer playing from all throughout.

Any Christmas gigs booked in…
I can be found making noise at the Archduke with Nick Pini on Sunday afternoons – with my traditional Festive knees-up taking place there on the 13th December. I will also be finishing off my ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ Opera before the curtain falls on 2015, ready for an enthusiastic splurge of related endeavours in the new year.

Stocking fillers…
Same thing I ask for every year… a pocket-sized James Titshall to take around with me on a day-to-day basis and let me know I’m doing ok … alas, this has yet to materialise. Any recordings by Troyka, Toy Rokit, Nick Cave or Ryan Bingham, an advance copy of Dr. James D. Boys’ new book “Hillary Rising”, and a veritable embarrassment of Sound Generation paraphernalia.

FEATURED ARTIST – AUGUST | Havana Kings, Cuban Band

Havana sugar kings-trio

Favourite album…
Stevie Wonder ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Grew up listening to…
Irakere, Brass Construction, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Orquesta Aragon, Beny Moré. Chucho Valdez of Irakere, lived a few doors away from my Grandparents in Havana and he would bring us music from all over the world. As a kid I would listen to his stories while my Grandfather smoked a fat cigar. Chucho introduced me to jazz and the greats like Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

Which artists/performers are your greatest influence…
Beny Moré, Chucho Valdez, Tata Guines.

Artists we should check out…
Yosvani Terry, Gonzalo Rubalcava, Trombone Shorty.

Career highlight…
Playing Ronnie Scotts as part of Omar Puente’s Sextet on Bata drums, incorporating the folklore of traditional afro-Cuban Bata with latin jazz.

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
Juan Luis Guerra y la 440. A great Bachata band from Dominican Republic.

What does the future hold…
Playing, collaborating, writing, recording, making music 24/7!

A ROUND UP | When Camilla met Camilla!

London Harpist

Last month Camilla Parker Bowles was a surprise guest at the Hampton Court Palace Flower show and visited Paul Martin’s ‘A Music Lover’s’ garden where SG harpist, Camilla, was performing. We were delighted that Paul went on to win the Silver Gilt Medal for his beautiful garden!

Camilla Parker Bowles



FEATURED ARTIST – JULY | Meg Cavanaugh, Jazz Singer

Jazz Singer

Favourite artist/s…
I love Joni Mitchell, Billie Holliday, Al Green, and Willie Nelson-among loads of others!

Favourite album…
Louis Armstrong playes WC Handy

What does the future hold…
Global Warming, increase in gas prices…kidding! In August I’m touring Japan, and I have two eminent albums about to be released: Hello Mr. Magpie which is being released in August with ADI records, and an independently released jazz influenced album yet to be named. A very exciting end of summer!

Grew up listening to…
James Taylor, Elton John, musicals, and No Doubt

Artist/producer we should check out…
Sam Johnson is a fantastic player and songwriter, very young and hugely talented. Also the Kosmic Troubadour is an artist that plays an open mic I host frequently at Off Broadway bar and he is popular with the Hipsters.

Claims to fame…
My cute cavalier King Charles spaniel is featured in an international campaign for a dog diffuser plug in! He is recognized on the street. 🙂

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
I saw 100 years of Billie at the Hackney Empire: it was her 100th birthday and there was a full orchestra playing all the hits with three incredible female vocalists-and I wept three times. In a good way. It’s a wonderful venue with lots of history, and the songs are timeless.


DJ JC Sound generation DJ

Favourite artist/s… 
Currently I’d say either Daley or Drake. I first saw a video of Daley on YouTube covering Maxwell’s ‘Pretty Wings’ and that was all I needed to know! After that, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see him perform live at an intimate show in the Jazz Café in Camden; his vocals were absolutely unreal. As for Drake, the man writes his own history. I saw him at Wireless a few years back, and he put on the best show I’ve ever experienced.

Favourite album… 
Really enjoying ‘Tuxedo’ by Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One). A soulful, contemporary, electro-funk sound rolled into one album. For me a definite sound track to a long awaited summer.

What does the future hold… 
I can be a bit of a realist at times, so I can’t take anything for granted as a DJ. The optimist in me is driving to mould my DJ career into something that mainly my mother, other family and friends can be proud of. Treating this journey like a business, I feel, will increase its longevity. So, branding myself, marketing, networking, but most of all, having fun with the whole experience is all I’ll say for now…

Grew up listening to… 
Reggae music. Coming from a British-Caribbean home, having a mother who loves a bit of Beres Hammond and a father who is a DJ, it wasn’t a genre I could avoid. My brother was, and still is, big into his non-mainstream Hip Hop which opened a new world to me with artists like J-Dilla. R’n’B, Garage, Grime, House, Soul all had a part to play in my musical upbringing, and play a massive part in my DJ sets.

Artist/producer we should check out… 
As previously mentioned, Daley, Tuxedo are two acts that I’m really loving. Leon Bridges, Bo Saris, BANKS, Kaytranada, MNEK, Chronixx, Jamie XX… different vibes, good music, get researching!

Claims to fame…
I used to play professional Football as a teen, small stints at Brentford, Luton Town and Fulham were all quite clearly unsuccessful! Other than that, let’s just say there is plenty room for impressions on the fame scale. Watch this space!

Best gig you’ve seen this year…

Not seen any in the first half of the year; DJ Lifestyle is relentless! But I am going to see Slum Village at the Jazz Café in a couple months. I have also got Wireless, Lovebox and a few other amazing shows to attend this Summer. Definitely a few unmissable moments lined up that you can keep up with on my Twitter feed (marketing masterclass!)

Music for Events | Pfizer

We were thrilled to work with Pfizer on their recent company part at 30 Euston Square and it was no ordinary office party! Not only were there Hoola Hoopers and Ice Sculptures, but party band, Dukebox City, had the dance floor packed all night!


Music for Events | Hampton Court Flower Show; A Music Lover’s Garden

Live Music at Hampton Court

We are thrilled to be working with Vestra Wealth and award winning Garden Designer, Paul Martin, at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show.

Wealth Management company, Vestra Wealth, have sponsored Paul’s garden, and drafted in a little help from Sound Generation. A previous GOLD winner, this year Paul Martin has designed a spectacular ‘Music Lover’s Garden’, with a designated performance space.

There will be live music on the preview night (by invitation only) from Sound Generation’s very own, Sofia Wilde, harpist, Isabella Asbjornsen and gypsy jazz quartet, Nouevau Boheme.

Read more about the show HERE.

Music for Venues | Live Music at Coya Members Bar, Mayfair

Music at Coya Members Bar

Last month we worked with new client, Coya. Coya is an award-winning Peruvian restaurant and private members bar in Mayfair. They regularly host live world music, and we were delighted to help them fill their programme in May, with awesome vocalist, Heidi Vogel, from The Cinematic Orchestra. More SG acts will be performing there very soon!

Click HERE for more information on Coya.


FEATURED ARTIST – MAY | Libby, singer from SG band, Replay

Soul Singer for Hire

Favourite album…
Very difficult to pick just one, but the album I go back to time and time again is ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ by Swedish singer Trijntje Oosterhuis and Guitarist Leonardo Amuedo. Although Jackson’s songs speak for themselves, Trijntje’s passion brings new life to the music I have grown up with.

Grew up listening to…
I was really lucky as a child to have such an eclectic mix of musical styles around me. My parent’s record collection had everything from musical theatre, to Motown, to Jazz. Listening to such a wide range of music so early on gave me a real desire to make music a big part of my life…So that’s what I did!

Which artists are your greatest influence…
Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Etta James, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Joss Stone. To name a few!

Artist we should check out…
Kwabs – what a phenomenal voice! Kwabs’ music is easy to recognize and hard to forget.

What does the future hold…
For the last 3 years, myself and the very talented Michael Pitman (Drummer and writer from Xerath) have been working on an amazing EP, which is being released later this year! I am the feature vocalist on the whole album, which is an absolute privilege! Also for me, the start of 2015 has been very exciting, as I have officially set up my company. I hope that the future holds more gigs and session work as it is my main passion but I am also looking forward to running my business and finding out what new possibilities that brings!

A ROUND UP | Geronimo Inns Wedding Show

Geronimo Inns Wedding Entertainment

Join us this Saturday from 12pm at the Geronimo Inns Wedding Show taking place at the Crown, in Bow. Three of our acts will be performing live: vocalists, Mi’das and Dan, and harpist, Isabella. An absolute must for any wedding couples looking for inspiration!

The show will feature local suppliers showcasing products including vintage dresses, flowers and cakes, plus there’ll free sample canapés, the bar will be serving drinks and the entry is free!

FEATURED ARTIST – APRIL | Isabella, Harpist

Wedding Harpist

To book Isabella click HERE to contact us.

Favourite album…
Tie between Kate Havnevik’s album ‘Melankton’, & Florence and the Machine’s album ‘Ceremonials’.

Which artists/performers are your greatest influence…
Deborah Henson-Conant & David Garrett.

Artists we should check out…
The Corners of the Earth.

Career highlight…
Performing at the Brits with Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal & performing at Buckingham Palace.



Richard Sadler and Irene Serra talk all things -isq!

Who or what is -isq? …

R: -isq (pronounced ‘isk’ like ‘disk’) is a diversely influenced, musical project by four jazz musicians who love lots of music other than jazz. (I wrote that 4 years ago!)

I: -isq represents everything that I love about music-making! I like to think we are 4 improvising musicians who love playing all types of good music, including our own!

Who/what are your influences…

R: Every piece of music we have ever heard! We all come from different corners – as well as jazz, there is pop, rock, flamenco, electronica etc etc – it is all about the song – good music and lyrics! Personally, Mingus, Ellington, Nirvana, Little Richard, The Bad Plus, Elvis Costello, John Barry, John Martyn, Led Zeppelin and on and on…then there’s the bass players, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Scott LaFaro etc etc…it’s never ending!!!

I: I remember the first time that I ever heard E.S.T. (it was actually Richard that downloaded one of their albums onto my MP3 player) and my jaw (and the proverbial penny) just dropped! These guys were playing all this wonderful music and you could obviously tell they were all great, improvising musicians who transcended any genre and just created this awesome soundscape. I knew I wanted to be in a band like that so Richard and I talked about it and got Chris and John onboard. And then I thought, right, we better get writing! And here we are 5 years later…

How has -isq ‘TOO’, moved on from the debut album…

R: ‘TOO’ very much consolidates what we set out to do – writing and performing as a band. Taking songs, simple or ‘complicated’ and making them accessible to the listener. The musical interaction between band members. The relevance of the music for ‘the song’. We are definitely not being lead in any one direction. One of the joys of producing your own albums is that you have complete creative control over the entire process. We were involved in everything – writing, recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, production etc etc – it’s soooo knackering but so satisfying! The interesting thing now will be to see where the music takes -isq next.

I: I think we consolidated our sound and I definitely had a much clearer idea about this album as a whole, both musically and visually in regards to the CD artwork and the accompanying music video. In retrospect, the first album seems so much more tentative. I wish I had recorded our very first rehearsals as -isq. I don’t think any of the tunes we played actually made it on to any of the albums!

-isq career highlight to date…

R: People ‘getting’ what we do – live and on recordings. It’s the most rewarding thing to find that you are moving people with your music and it changes their lives (hopefully for the better!)

I: One of my sisters texting me to say she “REALLY” liked the new album. They are usually quite non-plussed about these things.

Interesting fact about -isq…

R: ‘-isq’ isn’t actually ‘The Irene Serra Quartet’ – shhhh!

I: We seem to spend a lot more time drinking coffee and chatting when we’re together than actually making music! I think that must be the secret to our success…

What’s next for -isq? (aside from world domination) …

R: More gigs, more writing, another video, the next -isq album, a long holiday?

I: Definitely many more musical adventures! I’m really excited to see where we can take the music and the performance aspect of the live gigs. And yes please, a holiday.

A ROUND UP | Brides The Show

Brides The Show

Sound Generation will be exhibiting at Brides The Show later this year. It’s our first time exhibiting at this prestigious, annual showcase, and needless to say, we are very excited about it!
For any brides to be, Brides The Show is an absolute must for getting inspiration for your big day.

This year’s show takes place at The Business Design Centre in Islington from the 2nd – 4th October, and will feature the very best in Bridal including some of our acts performing for you, LIVE!

More details coming soon. To book your tickets to the show, click HERE.

Music for Venues | The Butcher’s Hook

Live Music at Butcher's Hook

The Butcher’s Hook is a newly refurbished, award-winning pub in Ravenscourt Park. She also has a fun-loving sister in Fulham! They serve great pub food and have a seriously tempting wine list to boot.

We were thrilled to work with The Butcher’s Hook on their very first live music night last Saturday evening where Soul vocalist, Libby, performed an acoustic set in the bar.


FEATURED ARTIST – MARCH | Irene, singer from SG band, -isq

Jazz singer London

Favourite artist/s…
My iTunes library would seriously indicate that I have multiple personality disorder! There is everything from Mozart to Bill Evans, an American composer and conductor called Eric Whitacre, Lambert, Hendricks And Ross, Carole King, Bjork, Tom Waits, Kurt Elling, John Martyn, Nirvana, Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Ben Howard, Go Go Penguin. Basically, any music that I think is written and performed from a truthful place.

Favourite album…
Completely depends on what day you ask me but I have spent a lot of quality time listening to Solid Air by John Martyn and Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. I mean, you really can’t fault them.

What does the future hold…
Lots of nice and wonderful musical adventures I hope! We have just released the second -isq album so am busy promoting that and we have our launch gig at the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on Wednesday 29th April. I am also in the process of writing and recording my solo project called Wolf And I, which will be a mix of jazz-tinged electronic pop. I hope to release an EP in the coming Autumn so those two projects are keeping me very busy for the minute!

Grew up listening to…
My mom was a massive music fan, always singing around the house, so from her side, I got to know and love Frank Sinatra and a lot of the classic Italian vocalists of her time such as Patty Pravo and Mina, 2 astounding Italian singers from the 60’s and 70’s. My big sister fed me on a diet of heavy metal like AC/DC, Sepultura, Metallica and Guns n’ Roses. I can probably remember most of the lyrics to Use Your Illusion 1 AND 2. And of course, the classic quality pop music like Micheal Jackson, Prince and Madonna. Yes, I was a slightly weird and confused child.

Artist/producer we should check out…
At the moment, I’m really into this wonderful Danish artist called Agnes Obel. I guess you would call it Chamber pop music. She’s a classical pianist that writes and sings beautiful songs with a string quartet. Breathtaking stuff. I’m listening to Emily King a lot as well, although, besides a few singles, her last full album was released in 2011. On the production side, I’ve been admiring Arca’s work through the FKA Twigs LP1 and Bjorks new album. He supposedly lives in Dalston as well so I really do hope I bump into him so I can hassle/hustle the life out of him! And Diplo, an American DJ and producer also does really interesting work. You might recognise him from his collaborations with M.I.A., Sia and Madonna.

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
Agnes Obel at the Shepherds Bush Empire hands down. The songs were amazing, the vocal harmonies were lush and there was obviously a lot of talent and musicianship onstage which always helps!

Music for Venues | Playlists for Businesses

Music playlists for businesses

We’re very excited about launching our new service: curating music playlists for businesses. If you are looking for music playlists to fit your venue’s brand, then we can help. With years of experience, we are experts in creating background music to suit any environment. We curate playlists for restaurants, bars, hotels, workspaces and everything in between! Listen to some of our playlists at all the Camino branches, as of March.

If you would like to make an enquiry about music playlists for your business please click HERE.

FEATURED ARTIST – FEBRUARY | Matt Holborn from SG Gypsy Jazz Band, Nouveau Bohème

London & UK Wedding Bands.

Watch a video of NBQ HERE | Click HERE to book NBQ

Matt Holborn is an outstanding violinist who performs with gypsy jazz band, Nouveau Bohème Quartet. NBQ comprises of some of the country’s finest Gypsy Jazz musicians. Between them they have performed at Wembley Stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Festival Django Reinhardt Samois sur Seine and at the BRITs after party. They have performed extensively across Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Favourite album…
Didier Lockwood-tribute to Stephane Grapelli.

What does the future hold…
Lots of playing, practise and more playing.

Grew up listening to…
Bob Dylan, Django Reinhardt and Metallica.

Artist/producer we should check out…
Noya Rao 

Claims to fame…
I’ve played at Buckingham Palace.

Career highlight…
Playing the main stage at Samois Gypsy Jazz Festival in France.

A ROUND UP | An SG guide to Wedding Entertainment Hire & Live Wedding Bands & Musicians

An SG guide to Wedding Entertainment Hire & Live Wedding Bands & Musicians

Music is hugely important on your wedding day. It’s proven (by scientists, no less) to be one of the most powerful ways of evoking emotions and memories, reminding you of all the wonderful moments you’ve shared with, not only your partner but your closest family and friends.

Wedding Band
Music is also a fantastic way of setting the mood. Try to encourage a range of emotions on your wedding day. Guests should feel moved, happy, and of course – it goes without saying – so ecstatic that they’ll lose all inhibitions and bust their best moves on the dance floor later in the evening!

Most couples will refer to ‘their song’, which will almost certainly feature on the big day, but there may also be a song that you first danced to together, a song that was a big hit the year you met, a song you both find hilariously funny etc, etc… So it’s a good idea to compile a list of all those songs you will want to feature, well ahead of your wedding day.


During the ceremony – this is one of the most emotional parts of the days. Whilst traditionally couples would opt for classical music, couples are now often choosing more contemporary songs to accompany the procession and recessional. Artists such as Adele and John Legend are popular; have a look at our list below for more inspiration.

Suggested styles: classical, jazz or acoustic
Example Sound Generation acts: Cecilia (classical), Elisa (jazz) or Libby (pop/soul)

Drinks reception – post-ceremony everyone will be socialising and no doubt talking about the bride’s dress, so you should select an act that’s just going to create a bit of ambience. Guests won’t really want to be entertained yet as they’ll be too distracted.
Suggested styles: classical, gypsy jazz, jazz
Example Sound Generation acts: Vicenza (classical), Nouveau Boheme (world/specialist), Nina (jazz)

Wedding breakfast – again, this is a time when guests will be chatting and later, listening to those all-important speeches, so as with the drinks reception you want to choose something that’s not too intrusive.
Suggested styles: solo piano, solo guitar
Example Sound Generation acts: Ed, Jo (instrumental)

Evening – this is when the party really gets going so you want a band or a great DJ that’s going to get everyone up on their feet and that can really work the room. For wedding bands, a five-piece is generally recommended, although if budget is an issue, a four-piece works well, or even a three-piece if the vocalist also plays an instrument. Bear in mind, the more musicians you have, the bigger the impact.
Suggested styles: soul, funk, blues
Example Sound Generation acts: Replay (bands), Copper Roads (bands), DJ Zulu (DJ’s)


Music to fit your theme – most weddings have a theme and couples increasingly want their music selection to fit that theme. For example you might decide on a vintage-style wedding, in which case a jazz trio or a vintage vocal group would work very well.
Sound Generation suggests: Scarlet Starlets (bands)

Mini music festival – creating a festival vibe is very popular at the moment. Book a selection of varied acts for a real festival experience. Go for independent artists as opposed to ‘wedding bands’ for an authentic feel.
Sound Generation suggests: Louise, Dan, Charlie (all pop/soul artists)

Element of surprise – a lot of couples want to book a wedding band that put a twist on instantly recognisable songs. For example a blues band performing a Rihanna track, or a classical string quartet performing a Jay Z tune. It’s totally unexpected and creates that ‘wow’ factor.
Sound Generation suggests: Copper Roads (bands), Cecilia (classical), Raff (pop/soul)


Consider your guests (I know, it should be all about you!) – generally wedding guests will cross several generations so bear that in mind when you’re selecting what songs you want the band to perform. Try to choose a range of music that spans several eras so that you can be sure everyone has a great time.

If you’re on a tight budget – if you’re working to a budget then prioritise the evening band/DJ and see what’s left for anything else. The evening music should be the highlight, as it’s most often what guests remember most (providing they don’t knock back too many glasses of bubbly!) A lot of acts can also provide a laptop DJ set as well as a live band set, so you might not need to book both. You can also look at cutting back on the number of musicians to rein in costs e.g. a harpist or classical duo instead of a string quartet.

CD’s as favours – often acts have released albums & CD’s. Why not give your guests a copy as a unique wedding favour.


Power supply – usually acts will have their own PA equipment, so all they will need is somewhere to plugin.

Catering for the musicians – musicians will often be on site for several hours so will need a hot meal and soft drinks to ensure they have the energy to get your party started!

Set up/set down – musicians will need time to set up and set down, typically around 60 minutes. This will be included in your fees, but if the time on site runs over a surcharge will sometimes be applied.

Special requests – if you have any special requests for the band, make sure you provide them in plenty of time. Also, bear in mind some of your requests might not work given the band you choose.


You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller
May You Never – John Martyn
Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
With Or Without You – U2
Nowhere – Dan Wilde
I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder
Til There Was You – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
Where You Lead – Carole King
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Music for Venues | Harpists at the Hansom Lounge, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Harpist for Hire



We’re now providing harpists for the Hansom Lounge at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, every Sunday as well as Saturday. Catch some of SG’s harpists performing from 2:30 – 5pm. Whilst you’re there, why not enjoy a spot of afternoon tea too?

You can also catch SG acts performing in the Booking Office every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm.

All live music events are free to drinkers & diners.





Favourite album…
Illusions by Ibrahim Maalouf.

Grew up listening to…
Miles Davis, Astor Piazzolla, Didier Lockwood, Maxim Vengerov, Jascha Heifetz, Jeff Buckley, Norah Jones and Lauryn Hill.

Artists we should check out…
Rhye, Ibrahim Maalouf, Meshell Ndegeocello, Camille, Robert Glasper, Hiromi Uehara, Emeli Sande and Ray Chen.

Career highlight…
Emeli Sande’s live DVD recording, discovering Tokyo for 10 days for Louis Vuitton, Elvis Tour sharing conversations with the King’s Musicians, Gospel gig with 1000 children at Royal Albert Hall…

Best gig you’ve seen this year…
Live lounge session with Kodaline.

A ROUND UP | Music Vouchers with Sound Generation

Christmas Presents

This Christmas, why not get something a bit different for your nearest and dearest? We now sell Sound Generation vouchers which can be used towards various musical activities including:

Baby & Toddler Music Sessions (Ealing, London)
for mums and dads looking for something musical to do with their little one/s. For more info on our classes, visit our sister website: www.soundgeneration.org.uk

Private Instrumental Yuition (London | North & West Yorkshire)
perhaps you know someone with a burning desire to learn to play the harp, or maybe your other half could do with improving their rendition of ‘Hey Jude’ on piano. For more info on instrumental tuition, visit our sister website: www.soundgeneration.org.uk

Hire an Act! (Nationwide)
to perform in your home for you and your friends or at a special event.

To enquire about vouchers please e-mail: