MUSIC to the ears of a Belton violinst was news that she had scooped an award for her talent.
Electric violinist Alexandra Parker, who celebrates her 24th birthday next week, has won the North of England Wedding Awards for Outstanding Customer Service in the music and entertainment section.
This is the first year these awards have taken place and were organised by The Wedding Guide and Brides Up North. The winners were announced at a gala dinner at York Racecourse.
Alexandra is no stranger to success having enjoyed national and TV fame on both BBC and Sky - also appearing on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent last year - and in her spare time performs at weddings.
She told the Bells/Advertiser how the award came about: “The wedding ehibitors put themselves forward and then get in touch with their clients who, hopefully, vote for them and have a say on why they should win.
“This is the first time I’ve entered any sort of award so I was so shocked when I heard I had won.
“I couldn’t make the awards ceremony because I was working but Duncan Mansfield the photographer picked up the award on my behalf.”
Among the comments made from Alex’s clients to the judges were:
Jackie Wright - ‘Alex gave our wedding ceremony and drinks reception a wonderful atmosphere. She is beautifully presented and something our guests 18 months on still talk about x’
Amy Haste - ‘Alexandra learnt the specific music that I wanted. She made the day perfect, playing at both the church and our reception. We could not have asked for more. Because she gives all the heart to what she does and makes your day even more special.’
Alex said: “I cried when I read the comments. It’s always nice to know that I don’t just go and play, I want the brides to feel that I am part of their life. The feedback shows that I’m doing what I wanted to do.”
And aside from her musical skills, Alex, a former South Axholme School pupil, is going back to the classroom this week to add another string to her bow.
She begins a four year part-time foundation degree in business leadership and management through Staffordshire University, but based at Chesterfield College, today.
If this proves successful Alex then wants to go on to complete a BA (Honours) and then a performance diploma.
“The course is over quite a long time but it means it will be manageable for me with all my other commitments,” she said.