One Year On

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One year on. Child sat down looking at a wall illustrated with chalk writing and drawings.

Well, here we are, one year on. And whilst we’ve definitely not reached the finish line yet (is there even a finish line?), it certainly feels like we’re on the home stretch now. It helps that Spring is all around, which always feels like a time for starting afresh.

Just before the pandemic hit, our business was thriving, we were about to celebrate our 10th birthday, and we had just worked on our biggest event to-date; providing Glow-Show LED drummers for ‘We Day’ at SSE Wembley Arena to a crowd of 13,000 children (imagine!) Things were looking really promising, but talk of Covid-19 was inescapable, and we started to feel things shift very quickly.

In little over two days, all events were off. We were in crisis mode. We had no idea what the future of our business looked like, or indeed if there was a future at all. We spoke to The Sunday Times about what it felt like in that moment.

Sound Generation in The Sunday Times

For the following days and weeks we were just firefighting – it certainly proved a good exercise in crisis management – although not one I care to repeat any time soon. Perhaps more importantly, it felt like everything suddenly came into sharp focus for us.

We had twins two years prior to the pandemic, which was almost like a dry run for the full lockdown experience. We were forced to stay home a lot during those first couple of years, and found ourselves mostly going through the motions, not ever having time to pause or reflect on anything other than what we should have for dinner. And now here we were forced to stop. We needed it. We now had an opportunity to look at the business with fresh eyes. Having come so close to losing it, we were reminded of why we set it up in the first place, and everything we loved about it. We really didn’t want to close the door on it.

James and I met as musicians, music has always been our passion. Sound Generation has always been about the music. We set out to build a bespoke, quality-driven business, working with only with the best musicians around. Plus, we’ve always been passionate about promoting independent musicians, and championing the arts. We think life is so much better for it.

Sound Generation in the Evening Standard

We’re undoubtedly the lucky ones. We’ve stayed safe and healthy. The business has stayed afloat, and is still very much here to stay (unless the world has another surprise up it’s sleeve for us…)

Looking forward, we feel really optimistic about Sound Generation and its future. SG sometimes feels like our 4th child (although thank God, there’s no nappy changing involved with this one!), we want to see it grow old! Although, we’re hoping our kids take the reins at some point, whilst we kick back with Pina Coladas on a beach somewhere (anywhere would do, frankly…)

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this last year, we are so grateful. Our thoughts go out to all those that have lost loved ones, and those who have struggled with the constraints of lockdown.

Let’s hope things will get brighter now.

Please grab a hot drink (or a stiff one – no judgement here!) and take a moment to listen to a playlist we’ve put together of all the independent artists we’ve loved listening to this year. Click HERE to give your ears a serious treat.

Online Music Lessons

Online Music Lessons

We’re thrilled to launch online music lessons! You can now book a private guitar, piano, singing or songwriting lesson with one of our incredible tutors – they make the perfect gift for the music-enthusiast in your life! Or, if you’re feeling indecisive, we also sell gift vouchers.

Our tutors are some of the most accomplished, in-demand musicians in the UK, who have worked with global music stars, and performed on world stages. Read on to find out more about them.

Guitarist Playing emotionally.

Guitar lessons are taken by Jo Caleb, who is one of the UK’s most sought-after 7-string guitarists. He’s also a much in-demand producer, having worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Brandy, Craig David and The Sugababes.

Watch Jo.

Pianist, Dan Swana

Dan Swana takes the online piano lessons. Dan is an incredible singer/songwriter, who has performed at Wembley and the O2, and alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder and more recently worked with Sting.

Watch Dan.

Singer, singing with emotion

If you want to improve your vocal chops, then you will be in no better hands then one of the X Factor coaches – Ulrika Bergelind. A phenomenal vocalist, Ulrika’s also worked as a backing vocalist for Imelda May, James Bay and Alfie Boe.

Nate Williams - Songwriter

Finally, if you fancy yourself as a songwriter then Nate Williams takes the songwriting lesson. A member of Jamiroquai and a multi-instrumentalist, Nate has released several original singles and EP’s, as well as working with Katy B, Vula and more recently joining Steve Winwood’s band.

Our online music lessons can be taken from the comfort of your own home – perfect if you lead a busy life, and especially convenient whilst we’re in another lockdown. We contact the lesson recipient before their first lesson to find out about any previous experience, and what they would like to get out of the session. Our tutors will then follow up to arrange a suitable day and time.

Click HERE to find out more.

February Events Round Up

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Welcome to our February events round up!

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Our piano shells continue to be hugely popular for events and video shoots. This month we were thrilled to work with iconic department store, Selfridges. We provided our white baby grand piano shell for an event they hosted. SG vocalist James performed, taking romantic song requests from passing shoppers!

Click HERE to enquire about hiring our black or white piano shell for your event.

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February events round up: Jazz Vocalist.

We recently worked with Visit Britain on a recent James Bond event they hosted to celebrate the launch of the new James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’ – the 25th instalment in the James Bond series. Jazz vocalist, Michael, performed a selection of songs from the Bond films including ‘Skyfall’ by Adele, recently ranked the best James Bond song. The event took place at members club, The Conduit in Mayfair, London.

To enquire about booking Micheal, or any of our artists, click HERE.

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February events round up: Bingham Riverhouse

Our DJ’s have been busy at Bingham Riverhouse again this month having been booked for some gorgeous winter weddings. We are preferred suppliers at The Bingham Riverhouse, and so our artists regularly perform at weddings and events there. It’s the perfect setting for a wedding, well worth considering if you’re looking into wedding venues!

Our artists also perform for their monthly live music nights. Vocalist, Clare Sophia, will be performing next, on March 17th.

Thanks for reading our February events round up!

Visit the Bingham Riverhouse website HERE.

For DJ enquiries, click HERE.

Latest News (January 2020)

Welcome to our latest news round-up featuring clients and venues we’ve recently worked with, a piano shell hire for Universal Music. Read on to find out more.

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Piano Shell Hire
Piano Shell Hire
Photo Credit: Andrew Burton

Way back in 2009, we worked with restauranteur, Sam Harrison, booking live music at his stylish Chiswick restaurant, Sam’s Brasserie. Not long after, we officially launched our business! Sam recently launched his new venture, Sam’s Riverside, in Hammersmith. Sam’s Riverside overlooks the Thames and is situated adjacent to the famous Riverside Studios. We went to see it in December, and it is absolutely stunning! We were delighted to work with Sam again, providing a DJ for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. We can’t wait to return to Sam’s Riverside to sample the food. Sam’s Brasserie was always a firm favourite of ours, so we’re thrilled that he’s back!

Click HERE to enquire about live music/DJ’s for your restaurant, bar or hotel.

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We recently worked with Universal Music, who hired our black piano shell for a music video shoot. Our piano shells are becoming increasingly popular for video shoots and events. Baby grand piano shells are light-weight and super easy to set up. If you don’t have a piano at your venue, or you require one for a photo or video shoot, they’re a fantastic option. Here’s our white shell in situ, for a recent video shoot for singer/songwriter, John Galea.

Piano Shell Hire

Click HERE to enquire about booking one of our piano shells for your event or shoot.

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Cuban band, Havana Kings, performed live at The Hoxton in Southwark on NYE. They performed at their fabulous rooftop seafood restaurant, Seabird – which boasts London’s longest oyster list! They got the party started with some seriously juicy cuban rhythms!

Piano Shell Hire

Click HERE to enquire about booking Havana Kings.

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Piano Shell Hire

One of our DJ’s performed at uber-cool East London venue, Shoreditch Studios (Samuel L Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow recently had photoshoots there – need we say more?!), for an event for financial publishing and advisory group, Citywire.

For DJ enquiries, click HERE.

November Events Round Up

Here are our November highlights!

We’re delighted to once again be working with luxury department store, Fortnum & Mason, providing festive entertainment over the Christmas season. The live music has included, cello & violin, harp & trumpet and carol singers. Look out for more live music coming up in December with jazz vocalist, Elisa and jazz guitarist, Dave Archer.

Click HERE to enquire about booking your Christmas entertainment (it’s not too late, we promise!)

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Photo credit: Silver Heart Pictures

We’ve been working with boutique hotel and restaurant, Bingham Riverside, in Richmond, on their monthly live soul nights. So far SG artists that have performed, include, Laura, Daniel, Mike, & Adam. The last music night this year features Ella Marie, who will be performing there on Tuesday December 17th. Book your table HERE.

To enquire about booking music at your venue, click HERE.

Christian Louboutin is a fashion giant, and his signature red-lacquered soled shoes are world-renowned. Recently Louboutin launched an exclusive capsule collection inspired by The Royal Ballet’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’. We were thrilled to provide live cello and violin at their Mount Street Boutique, for an event they hosted in collaboration with the Royal Opera House to celebrate the launch.

To book strings for your event, click HERE.

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Telecommunications company, Capacity Media, held the Global Carrier Awards at Indigo at The O2. The annual ceremony is Europe’s largest event uniting the global connectivity industry. SG’s LED drummers gave an exhilarating performance to kick off the night, which featured live percussion and a dance show, that wowed guests.

Click HERE to enquire about booking LED drummers.

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Our DJ’s entertained revellers at The Dickens Inn every Thursday & Friday in November. The Dickens Inn is an original warehouse building near Tower Bridge. It’s thought to have originally housed tea, or to have been owned by a local brewery. Today it’s a pub, restaurant and bar, and an ideal venue for wedding parties and events. Catch our DJ’s there throughout December too!

To enquire about booking DJ’s at your venue, click HERE.

October Events Round Up

The past couple of months have been busy as ever with weddings, events and our London residencies. Take a look at what we’ve been up to.

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Photo by Pascal Debrunner on Unsplash

SG artist, Adam, performed at an event at Baur au Lac Hotel, in Zurich. Adam is a soul/blues singer-songwriter, inspired by legends like Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. He performs solo (guitar/piano), and also with his band ‘JJ & The Soulfish’ Adam has performed at many prestigious venues, and most recently opened for Curtis Stigers.

Click HERE to enquire about booking Adam.

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We were delighted to work with Client Earth at a recent event they hosted at The Ned, on their gorgeous rooftop terrace. ClientEarth is a charity that uses the law to protect the planet. DJ Callum performed.

You can view all our DJ’s HERE.

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Dream Big Jazz Band performing at a wedding at Corinthia Hotel London
Photo credit: Jez Dickson

We’ve worked with lots of lovely wedding couples recently, with SG artists performing at several weddings at The Bingham Riverhouse, as well as at Ardington House and Kensington’s Private Members Club, Ognisko.

All SG artists are available to hire for weddings and corporate and private events. Click HERE to enquire.

Heidi Vogel / Photo Credit: Leanne Dixon

Over the summer we worked with London’s oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden. They hosted live jazz weekly, featuring SG artists including, Heidi (pictured), Leon and Michael.

SG artists are available for long or short term residencies. We have held residencies at venues including, Corinthia Hotel London, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Searcys, Sketch, Soho House Group, and Marriott Park Lane. If you would like to enquire about live music at your London venue, click HERE.

June Events Round Up

We’ve provided some fantastic music entertainment for corporate events, weddings and parties over the last few months. Grab a cuppa, put on some music (why not check out our latest playlist HERE), and have a read of our June events round up!

June Events Round Up
June Events Round Up

We provided a Mariachi band for one of Soho House’s gorgeous members’ clubs, High Road House, in Chiswick. Guests enjoyed lively Mexican music and Margaritas!

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SG’s most sought after band, the Briggs Street Players, performed live at the new Tottenham stadium, for the Champions League Quarter Final match between Spurs and Manchester City.

June Events Round Up

There was live Blues from SG act, Sly Fox Express, at The Big Smoke in Leicester Square. The Big Smoke regularly hosts live music events and serves up grilled fare aplenty!

June Events Round UP - Blues Band
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June Events Round Up
June Events Round Up - Havana Kings
Photo by Lori Loves

The coolest Cuban band in town, Havana Kings, performed for communication strategy advisors, Hawthorn, at their annual Summer party.

Havana Kings are a Cuban Salsa band, and are the perfect addition to a summer garden party, or any event where you want a lively and fun ambience! They’re available from a duo right up to a full 9-piece orchestra. They’ve performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The National Theatre, The 606 Club and at countless weddings and private parties.

For enquiries and bookings click HERE.

June Events Round Up
June Events Round Up - Weddings
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

We’ve provided music entertainment for several wedding parties over the past few months. Highlights include; The Briggs Street Players performing at a wedding at Gloucestershire venue, Elmore Court; DJ Callum entertaining wedding guests at Sandhurst Military Academy; and DJ Zulu provided the musical backdrop for a wedding at the Oyster Shed. Several of our acts have also been performing for wedding parties at Richmond favourite, Bingham Riverhouse .

For all wedding enquiries and bookings click HERE.

March Events Round Up

Welcome to our March events round up!

We’ve had a fantastic few weeks, working with some wonderful clients and some fab new venues. Read on to see what we’ve been up to!

SG acts have been performing at one of London’s most impressive venues, The NED. Our acts have been performing weekly in the Members Restaurant, as well as appearing on the Nickel Stage.

For further information on the Ned, click HERE.

Soulful singer/guitarist, Mike, performed live for world renowned fabric designers, GP & J Baker, at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.

Mike is an outstanding vocalist who has worked alongside the likes of Emeli Sande, Leona Lewis and Jessie J.

Click HERE to enquire about booking Mike.

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Photo credit: Jack Hardy

Gypsy Jazz quartet, Nouveau Boheme, performed for an event at OXBO Bankside, in February. OXBO is a Hilton Restaurant & Bar serving English classics with a twist, and bottomless brunches. Did someone say bottomless?!

Click HERE to enquire about booking Nouveau Boheme.

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Singer and pianist, Kate, performed at an event for the Royal Lancaster London. Our lovely new piano shell, Berta, also made an appearance!

Click HERE to enquire about booking Kate, or Berta(!)

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We continue to work with luxury river yacht, Silver Sturgeon. SG acts that have performed aboard the yacht recently include, Frida, Havana Kings, and Jazz vocalist, Megan (pictured).

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We worked with exclusive travel company, Niquesa, again this month. We provided a Japanese Koto player for the launch of their new luxury travel packages to Japan.

Click HERE to enquire about booking Japanese music for your event.

Events Round Up

We’ve had an incredibly busy few months, working with some lovely clients, and some fantastic new venues too. Here’s a quick round up!

Cuban Salsa Band London

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Havana Kings

We provided cuban band, Havana Kings, and dancers for a Niquesa event to promote their luxury travel brand.

WATCH Havana Kings HERE.

Wedding Band London

Dukebox City

“They were the stand out feature of the whole wedding day without a doubt; they really, really made our reception. Planning both the band and DJ with James was a breeze throughout; he was clear from the offset on pricing, timing and his recommendations. We couldn’t be more happy with how everything worked out. Thank you James and team!” Laura & Scott (Wedding Couple)

Pop/Soul band, Dukebox City, performed at a wedding party at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, in the Hansom Lounge. The guests absolutely loved it, and photographers Joe and Charlotte, captured some fantastic moments. The couple chose Bruno Mars’ track, ‘Treasure’ as their first dance.

WATCH Dukebox City HERE

Soul Band London

Briggs Street Players

Fast becoming Sound Generation’s busiest band, the Briggs Street Players, performed at a wedding at the stunning, Lulworth Castle, in Dorset. The wedding couple chose Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in The Mirror’ as their first dance.

WATCH Briggs Street Players HERE.

White City House

Soho House

We’re thrilled to now be preferred suppliers at White City House. Over the past few months, SG acts have performed regularly at Soho House venues – White City House, and The Ned. Acts that have performed include, Ella Marie, Briggs Street Players, Mike Davies and Adam Harris. Briggs Street Players also got to perform at music-loving MP, Chuka Umunna’s 40th birthday bash!

Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum & Mason

We recently worked with Fortnum and Mason on some festive entertainment. SG carol singers, harpists and violin & cello duo performed at their flagship London store bringing some festive cheer to customers.

Sunborn London


SG band, Replay, recently performed aboard luxurious superyacht hotel, Sunborn.




“A wedding on the banks of the Thames – what could be more perfect?”

We were delighted to have been a part of a hand-picked selection of recommended suppliers to exhibit at The Oyster Shed’s most recent luxury Wedding Showcase.
Guests were welcomed into the venue with a refreshing, after work cocktail, before being introduced to a small number of suppliers ranging from floristry and calligraphers to bakers and, of course, music!

Thursdays and Fridays throughout June, you can catch SG DJ’s performing only the best live music to kick start your weekend playlist!
With summer quickly approaching, make the most of the evening sun and join us for a cocktail or two!


We are thrilled to be working on the water with private charter company, Woods’ Silver Fleet, as their newly appointed, preferred supplier for live entertainment!

Recently turned one! And we were honoured to have been asked to perform at their birthday bash spectacular earlier this month.
And you can catch a glimpse of our very own Briggs Street Players performing to a lively crowd over on Twitter!


It’s been an especially busy month for Soul band, Briggs Street Players.
The boys had an exciting performance at the opening of Soho House group’s new venue, White City House at the end of April. They also had a whopping three weddings over the course of just four days at fantastic venues, Claridges, Coworth Park, and Chiswick House – followed by a show at The Ned for their 1st Birthday Party, supporting none other than Gabrielle!



Click the image below to read our April Newsletter!

We were delighted to provide a live music for the opening of this incredible new Soho House venue in White City, west London.
Over three nights, SG artists Daniel Walker, Nicola Sipprell and Jessica Berry performed in the lounge bar for drinkers and diners.

Our DJ’s were serving up some hoppin’ Easter tunes at our local Camino residences in Monument and Kings Cross over the Easter weekend.
Although we were sad to have missed out on their chocolate and coffee, cocktail masterclass! Fingers crossed they bring this one back for Christmas – we’ll be first in line to try it, that’s for sure!

Right in time for Mothers Day, we teamed up with Lanes of London and started a regular weekend music schedule!

Starting with a Harpist for Saturday Afternoon Tea and Gypsy Jazz for those scrumptious Sunday Roasts!
(1:00 – 4:40)



Thank you to all our fantastic clients for our rave reviews – out of hundreds of participants, we have won the Silver Bridebook Wedding Awards 2018 Badge of Excellence !!

“Badges go out to those who received the most reviews and testimonials from their community of couples”


For all you lovebirds, this Valentine’s Day SG singer, Louise Golbey, will be performing a little ‘Valentines Jazz’ at the Park Lane Marriott Hotel, free to all drinkers and diners from 6.00 – 9.00 pm.
Not yet made any plans for date night? Book your table now!

You can also be serenaded by SG artists at Sketch and Corinthia London’s Bassoon Bar.


This month we have an exciting number of weddings taking place at The Bingham featuring performances from artists such as ESQAdam Harris, the Briggs Street Players and DJ Zulu.

“ESQ strings and Dream Big jazz Band were absolutely amazing and exceeded all expectations!”
Alicia and Nick, Bride & Groom


Performances by James Sayer (4.00 – 4.45 + 5.00 – 5.45) and
The Briggs Street Players (9.00 – 10.00 + 11.00 – 12.00)

New live artist photos by Lori Loves!

Click the image below to read up on our January News!



We were delighted to attend this years wedding fair at The Bingham hotel.
With lots of weddings already upcoming, it was great to meet so many happy couples and share a little taster of the SG experience.

DJ Matt Grierson sparked a little ‘hump-day’ dance party one week at ALOFT London Excel for a VIP sales event with Marriott hotels.

Step back Santa! There was nothing Christmassy about this staff party!
Artist DJ Zulu played an eclectic mix of Electro-Swing and Commercial party music at a Moulin Rouge themed Christmas party for well-deserved staff at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, in the decadent Hansom Lounge.

“The DJ was great and loved by all, we had a really good night and received great feedback from all the team”.

photography by: Mark Bothwell

Earlier this month artist Libby Shone had the pleasure of performing at one of the UK’s number one spa destinations!
Libby played an upbeat and lively set for private members and workers of the ESPA Life Spa, Gym and Salon, in one of our regular SG residences; Corinthia London’s Bassoon Bar.

“It was great. We know and love the singer already, hence we requested her! Members loved the music and enjoyed the party as well”.

Christmas may feel forever ago for most people, but for the staff at East India Club, Mayfair, it’s been extended and we couldn’t be happier about it!
After all, what better way to kick the January “back-to-work blues,” than with a party!
Featuring DJ James in The Smoking Room with a mixing table.

We are thrilled to announce that you can now catch an SG artist performing every week at popular London venue, The Ned!
This evening we have SG duo Frida performing Live for all drinkers and diners from 9 pm.

Hoping you all had wonderfully relaxing Christmases and feeling refreshed and ready for all that lay ahead in 2018.
2017 was such a great year for us in many ways, and we are very grateful to all our fantastic clients for making it so.


We had a fantastic time at Brides The Show this year! It was great to meet lots of  wedding couples and chat through their ideas for music entertainment on their big day. We also met some fab exhibitors, including our super lovely neighbour, and amazing photographer, Faye Cornhill.

Some of our acts also performed over the weekend, take a look at a small collection of images below! …

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Cellist, Kirsten, from string quartet ESQ.

Vocalist, Daniel, from the Briggs Street Players.

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Harpist extraordinaire, Cecilia.

Wedding EntertainmentVocalist/guitarist, Laura.


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!

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



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!

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 | 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.