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If music be the food of love: musical surprises for Valentine’s Day

Hands on keyboard with rose petals - valentine music

For all you romantics out there, you won’t need reminding that February 14th is Valentine’s Day. But how do you make your gift stand out from the inevitable flowers, chocolates and fizz? We’ve some ideas to send pulses racing for him and for her (and your customers too, if you’re holding a Valentine’s Night event.)

Mr Darcy!

OK, we’e not suggested you leap into a pond wearing your breeches and a floppy shirt (not in February anyway). However, it’s worth noting that Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” was first published on January 28th 1813. So, why not delight your partner with a lesson on Georgian dancing, or a soirée of songs sung by a professional singer. (Especially if your vocal talents are more Mary Bennett than Georgiana Darcy!)

We can’t provide you with Colin Firth as a dance partner, but we do have an expert in English music (Tim Hill, clarinet player with Tango Select) whose Mellstock Band was seen in TV productions of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Tess of the D’ Urbervilles’. For the complete Georgian period experience, book Dragonsfire, a superb group who play music from the period, do the dances, and wear the costumes too!


La Vie en Rose

Vive l’amour, vive la France! For the authentic sound of retro Paris and chanson classic by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand, there’s no need to shell out your Euros on a train ticket. Instead, book Aurora, a chanson singer who will melt hearts with exquisite vocal at your event, club or even in your own home!

Aurora | French songs and jazz standards

Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Celebrate your love Shakespeare style with authentic music from the 16th century, as played by Dante Ferrara, expert in 16th century love songs, ballads and (if you want a bit of fun too) bawdy songs with frankly filthy lyrics. Dressed in authentic costume and with playing reproduction period instruments, Dante is a real treat for any romantic occasions – including weddings!

Dante Ferrara

Tripping the light fantastic

Treat yourself and your loved one (and maybe a few friends too) to a group dance lesson in a wide variety of dance styles, from latin and samba, tango and belly dancing, to African, Maori and the lindy hop. Call us for information on acts that offer dance workshops, and impress your loved one with your moves! 01306 741007

Maori dance and poi workshops:


My love is like a red, red rose

If your personal budget doesn’t quite run to bespoke musical entertainment, then you could always order flowers online well in advance (like, NOW). In an illuminating article, consumer champion Which? compared online bouquets of red roses, to discover the longest lasting available.

For the rest of us who tend to forget until about midday on the day before, suddenly remember, and then forget again until the next day, there is hope. As Which? Gardening editor Ceri Thomas says,

“Valentine’s bouquets are cheaper in the supermarkets where you can assess their quality on the spot. Plus, you’ll see your Valentine’s happy face when they receive them!’

Ahh, there’s lovely, Ceri!