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Fun Facts about my favourite instrument – Saxophones!

Hello my fellow music lovers!

Today I’ve decided to do something a little different from the usual and share some fun facts about my favourite instrument – Saxophones of course!

As a female saxophone player, I love playing music all over the world at the most stunning and gorgeous holiday hotspots abroad, or even right here at home in the UK! In my opinion, there’s no better feeling than dancing with my light-up sax in hand and creating some truly awesome musical memories!

This instrument has played a HUGE part in my life and I wouldn’t pick any other as I get to play a wide range of tunes, music genres, and tailor the music to your specific event or celebration – whether it’s living it up in Ibiza at a pool party, or setting the mood for a slow romantic ballad at a wedding.

So, here are a few fun facts about saxophones that some of you may be surprised by!

Saxophones are part of the woodwind family

Woodwind? But aren’t saxophones a brass instrument you may ask?!

Well, even though saxophones are mainly made of brass, the way sound is produced by vibrating through a single reed mouthpiece makes it part of the woodwind family – similar to a flute or clarinet.

Versatile instrument

What makes the saxophone such an amazing instrument to play is just how versatile and dynamic it is! With most woodwind instruments, it uses a system of keys to cover up the holes and allow the player to create different pitches. This is why I get to play loads of modern, classical, and jazzy songs that are perfectly tuned to your event, wedding or party!

Loads of different types!

There isn’t just one type of saxophone either! In addition to the four commonly known saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), the sax family actually has five other siblings: the sopranissimo (or soprillo), sopranino, bass, contra bass and subcontra bass saxophones.

Saxophones can also be made out of copper, plastic, acrylic, and silver, but there is only one unique light up saxophone in my book!

There’s a reason why they’re called SAXophones

Developed in 1800s, the saxophone was created by Adolphe Sax, who was a gifted musician and designer and could play a variety of wind instruments.

He set to invent an instrument that would be able to smoothly transition between other ensembles and invented fourteen types on top!

 

If you want to create a truly unique musical experience for your next event or celebration entertainment, hire Girl on Sax today by getting in touch via my contact page, or call me on 07740192973.

 

Girl on Sax making a splash in 2020!

Hello my fabulous unicorns! Long-time no see!

Your sparkly female saxophone player Girl on Sax is back and here to say goodbye to 2019 and say hello to you all in 2020, where things are already in full saxy swing! I’ve honestly not had a chance to breathe, it’s been CRAZY!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year with lots of cool presents, festive fun and food so delicious you kept asking for seconds.

But now that the new decade has only just begun, I can’t wait to see what this year will bring and all the places, people and parties I will get to play my light-up saxophone at, as bookings seem to be coming my way left right and centre.

To start to new year with a bang, pop and whizz, I recently played at one of Britain’s coolest theme parks ever – Alton Towers!

When I entered the Splash landings Hotel, I felt transported to a fun-filled tropical paradise that buzzed with activity, splash-tastic rides, and colourful characters – it made me feel like a little kid again!

Slipping and sliding onto the stage, me, my bongo girl, and my very own disco DJ got the party started as the fantastic Girls That Mix. We were determined to bring a roller-coaster ride of music and dancing to families everywhere!

And boy did we ever!

We took Christmas party entertainment to another level, and I loved being able to move around and fill the whole place with our bespoke beats, whilst seeing all the guests jump around and boogie the night away!

If you want to hire Girl on Sax, or Girls That Mix for your next corporate event, party, birthday or wedding, then please get in touch! Call 07740 192973 or fill out the contact form on my website.

You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the latest pictures and videos of my most recent gigs and events.

Speak soon!

May xxx

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!!

Hello my festive peeps!

This is your favourite female saxophone player wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I love Christmas – the festive decorations, delicious food to eat, presents to open, visiting friends, family, and all those Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties to attend to. The fun never ends!

It’s been an absolute blast this year (as always) and I can’t believe 2019 is almost over – playing for private parties, corporate events, gigs, and romantic weddings in one snap and a flash!

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, and I want to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to all my lovely clients! It has been an absolute privilege to be part of your entertainment, and bring my funky saxy tunes to your celebration or event. I feel so honoured to play every single time!

Also, to the clubs, venues, DJs, musicians, and the party planners I’ve collaborated with over this last year, I say thank you too! It’s been wonderful to work with you.

Last, but certainly not least I want to give a huge hug to all my friends and family who have supported me throughout.

Looking back, this year has brought plenty of amazing and memorable moments! I got the opportunity to play at some fantastic fairy tale weddings at the gorgeous Delamere Manor, the historic Tyn Dwr Hall and the barn-tastic Plough Inn.

I even hopped aboard the Tattershall Castle Boat along the river Thames, and got the chance to play my sax for their Spring Event!

Of course, I always love travelling to sunny Spain. This year I went to the yacht club in Cala D’Or and the party island of Europe – Ibiza! Great for hen dos, pool parties, dancing in world-famous night clubs or simply lounging on the sun-soaked beach.

So, you can say it’s been a busy year for me, but no less fabulous! I can’t wait to see what the new roaring 20s has in store! If you want entertainment with a difference for your party, wedding, or event in 2020, then Hire Girl on Sax or Girls That Mix to start the new year with a musical experience unlike any other!

Gift ideas for music lovers

Hello my lovelies!

Can you believe there are only two weeks left until Christmas! And for music lovers everywhere it’s the best time of the year!

For me, nothing is better than bringing some festive fun as a female saxophone player to play at winter weddings and parties. There’s been a HUGE amount of bookings of late, and I love to perform all those classic Christmas tunes and carols!

However, finding the perfect musical Christmas present is no walk in the park. Luckily, I’m here to give you a few gift ideas that will make your Christmas a bit merrier!

Music Lessons or Instrument

If you know someone who has a passion to play the piano or guitar, then why not book lessons for the new year!

This is a gift anyone will appreciate as not only does it show that you’ve taken the time to nurture their hobby, but it’s also the start of their new musical adventure.

Or, for you budding musicians out there who are ready to take your talents to the next level, buying them their first instrument is a very special moment! I remember my first saxophone, and without it I would have never been able to do the thing I love the most – playing music around the world!

Go Retro

According to Classic FM, by the end of 2019, it is expected that around 4.5 million LP vinyl records will be sold!

It’s no surprise vinyl has become popular once more, giving us all a sense of nostalgia, whilst allowing the next generation to appreciate owning a physical copy of music instead!

Turntables (even mini ones) are a great way to introduce a new way of listening to music, and they come in a range of designs and colours to suit your style!

Novelty Gifts

If an instrument or turntable is out of your Christmas budget, then don’t worry!

There’s lots of shops and online stores that sell unique, quirky and novelty musical items to amplify your Christmas.

One website I came across was notonthehighstreet who have their own music lover section for you to browse the latest products and accessories. Want a personalised sound wave print? Guitar pick wallet? Or an album scratch bucket list?

The choices are endless!

Rock out!

Finally, what better way to celebrate Christmas than booking a concert to go see their favourite artist! Just imagine their faces when they get the chance to be part of the crowd rocking out at a live show!

Take it from a musician – live music is the best sound on earth!

That’s why when you hire a female saxophonist like Girl on Sax to play at your next party, event, or wedding, I make sure everyone is listening to the bespoke beats of my light-up sax.

To book for the new year, fill out a form on my contacts page. Alternatively, you can reach me at may@girlonsax.co.uk or call 07740 192973.

 

 

A Barnful of Wedding Party Animals!

Hi Unicorns!

Autumn weddings are here but there’s no slowing down! It’s no surprise that it’s wedding party season, and I am still fully booked up to play sax every single weekend! It’s MAD!

Last weekend I played at one of my favourite venues: The Plough Inn at Congleton.

Dating back almost 400 years, and set deep in the heart of Cheshire, this is the perfect place for guests to eat, drink, stay and most importantly have fun.

Offering quality food, live music very week, and a warm welcome to match, it has everything you could possibly need, including a historic barn for weddings and events for a rustic festival vibe.

I headed over for Nicola and Lewis’s wedding reception to get the party started with my light up sax and my incredible bespoke DJ. Together we took it to the next level and created the perfect atmosphere using high quality music which was tailored and personalised to suit Nicola and Lewis’s taste.

From start to finish, the celebrations just kept getting better and better, with everyone up on chairs by the end of it and raising the roof of the barn! I think the party got so crazy to the point that it was too packed for me to get across the dancefloor with my sax.

You party animals!

But, I loved every minute of it, especially seeing all the beautiful decorations and people living life to the fullest! That’s why when you hire me, I guarantee to make you smile and dance all day and night.

If you want the party of your dreams to come true, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call 07740 192973 or fill out the contact form on my website.

You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the latest pictures and videos of my most recent gigs and events.

P. S. Looking for a bongo player too? Check out incredible Girls That Mix for my DJ, bongo girl, LED violin and singer.

Much love

May xxx

Girl on Sax – Autumn Wedding Trends 2019

Autumn is officially in full swing and is without a doubt one of the best times of the year! After all, you get to wear cosy warm jumpers, wrap up in a fluffy blanket, whilst sipping on a mug of hot chocolate and watching your favourite TV show or film.

Plus, it’s one of the busiest times for me in the run up to Christmas, bringing my bespoke light-up saxophone and adding a touch of magic to parties and events!

It’s one of the things that I love about my job, especially when I get invited to play for newly-weds all over the world. Nothing beats a good wedding, and I’ve seen so many cool, cute, and unique ways couples display their love for friends and family.

Recently, I’ve noticed a few common wedding trends and inspirational ideas circulating this Autumn to get you in the mood for romance.

Nature Indoors

Who says you can’t bring a few trees, twigs or even flowers indoors?

Not me!

Autumn is all about nature and can be part of your wedding too.

Floral installations and archways make for great photo shoots, where leafy ornaments like ivy, wheat greens, twigs and golden leaves can be placed on chairs or sprinkled on tables.

Small trees placed around the room will also give your wedding that rustic feel!

Or, embrace the inner woodland goddess inside of you by adorning the bride with floral accessories, tiaras, and jewellery – as if they’ve just stepped out of a fairytale, ready to marry their handsome prince or princess!

Entertainment with a Difference

Of course, music is the highlight of any wedding’s entertainment. As a musician myself, playing my party tunes for everyone to listen and dance to never gets old!

Throughout my travels, I’ve noticed many weddings using photo booths to take hilarious pictures with, and for guests to keep as a memento! Or, get creative by hiring an illustrator to sketch you and your guests into some pretty funny caricatures!

Let them Eat Cake!

Let’s be honest, no wedding is complete without the cake itself as the main centrepiece. It must look and taste delicious!

Naked cakes seem to be making a show this year, with couples choosing waffles or even pancakes as their tiers instead! For decorations, fruit and dripped icing is a great addition to an already sweet looking confection.

All about the Dress

During the coldest of seasons, many brides are adding layers to their dress and opting to wear jackets or faux fur shawls, so they can stay warm and look fabulous!

Some choose to have two wedding dresses: One for the ceremony, and one for the reception. Yet, bridal separates are the latest trend to hit Autumn weddings, with detachable sleeves, tops, or skirts. This will not only make the transition from formal to party wear smoother but could save you spending money on an extra dress too.

Calligrific!

Calligraphy has always been a classic feature at weddings, making any piece of writing or design look sophisticated and elegant. There are many styles to choose from these days, and can be used for champagne glasses, monograms, or for something a little different, why not try writing messages on chalkboards for all your guests to see as they enter the ceremony.

If you want your wedding to stand out from the crowd this season, hire Girl on Sax today, and let the music take you away.

Get in touch via my contact page, or call me on 07740192973.

Girl on Sax at Delamere Manor

Hello fellow unicorns!

Today I’m here to share with you all another one of my fabulous wedding experiences. This time, I went to the luxurious Delamere Manor for Kate and Andrew’s wedding!

Centred within the beautiful Cheshire countryside, it holds up to 100 acres of scenic views, lush gardens, green forests, and five fully licensed venues for couples to choose from!

Plus, this majestic house was once the home of none other than the amazingly talented Gary Barlow! So, you can see why I couldn’t contain my excitement when Kate and Andrew hired me to play sax for them!

I felt like a celebrity myself!

As friends and family gathered for an evening of relaxation and fun, we were honoured to be playing in the state-of-the-art night club. Yes, you heard correct, Delamere Manor has its very own nightclub!

I couldn’t believe how much it reminded me of Ibiza too. It has everything you need and more to wow your guests for a night of partying! From a well-stocked bar and suspended glitter ball, to a chequered dance floor that (just like chess) is guaranteed to make you pull all the right moves for dancing success.

Taking inspiration from Gary himself, me, my DJ, and bongo girl were determined to ‘light up the sky’ for everyone with sounds to rock their socks (or in this case, shoes and heels) off – Reading the crowd as they danced besides us, and making the happy couple feel on top of the world!

With Girl on Sax and Girls That Mix there is never a dull moment when it comes to bringing quality tunes and entertainment for your next event!

Check out my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for videos and images of our latest gigs, or drop me a message via my contact page to see what Girl on sax can do for you.

 

 

My Top 10 Favourite Places

As a travelling saxophone player, it’s a privilege to play my music around the world and meet so many amazing people along the way!

However, whilst I’m wowing people with my light-up sax, the holiday destinations are in a league of their own!

White sandy beaches, historic architecture, great food, scenic views – there’s so much to see!

Some of the most beautiful places I’ve been to hold a special place in my heart, which is what I am here to share with you today!

Here are my top 10 favourites:

Lake Como – Lido Di Lenno 
Lake Como is just situated an hour away from Milan, and is known for its dramatic mountainside, clear waters, flourishing gardens and charming villages.

I was lucky enough to play at Lido Di Lenno: an exclusive and modern beach service, who provide sun beds, canopy beds and gazebos, allowing you to relax with a non-stop service of refreshing drinks, beverages, and snacks.

Croatia – Hvar

Nothing beats live music performed on a Yacht to get people entertained! Especially with Hvar’s stunning harbour and beaches as a background!

A busy city, St. Stephen square is great for shopping and a relaxing cup of coffee, where as the Fortress of Fortica and the Pakleni Islands are well worth exploring.

Want a night on the town? Check out the most popular after-hours beach bar: Carpe Diem, for popping tunes produced by local DJs.

Ibiza – Ca’s Mila 

Ibiza is my go-to place as an experienced saxophonist – rocking by the pool, on the dancefloor at a club, or even the odd rooftop party with the option to play beside a live DJ!

If you’re looking for a delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Ca’s Mila is the restaurant for you!

I had an amazing experience playing my soulful tunes, eating some mouth-watering dishes (even making my own taste buds dance too!), and watching the spectacular sun set on the horizon.

Santorini – Santorini Gem 

Santorini is instantly recognisable for its white and blue Cycladic houses, sculpted cliffsides, and sea-green natural pools.

As one of the top wedding venues, Santorini Gem is the very definition of romance, where couples can exchange vows against a sea view backdrop and under a floral canopy.

My heart always skips a beat whenever I play for newlyweds – creating mesmerising moments with music.

Ibiza – La Escollera

Another exotic Ibizan location is La Escollera!

This family-run restaurant is situated in the middle of the Ses Salines natural reserve, with marvellous views of the surrounding Islands and overlooking Mediterranean Sea.

Serving authentic Spanish cuisine, with original recipes including some more modern meals for a variety of palettes. I loved being able to liven up the dining experience for guests and take some time to walk along the beach!

Mallorca – Yacht Club Cala D’Or 

The nightlife in Mallorca never stops and neither does Yacht Club Cala D’Or! It has everything you could want for an amazing wedding or corporate event, with stunning facilities to keep the party going.

An infinity bar, games room, state of the art gym, stylish terrace, and luxury suit – the list goes on! Performing here was an absolute joy as I added an extra spark to the festivities!

Cyprus – King Evelthon Hotel 

Chloraka boasts a mixture of new and old, a lush green environment, diverse culture, and charm that attracts tourists from near and wide.

King Evelthon Hotel is guaranteed to make both families and couples feel like royalty, with a kids club, Spa, wedding reception venue and more! The multi-coloured lights by the pool at night made my own saxophone feel right at home!

Ibiza – Experimental Beach

I love a good summer beach party or seaside wedding, and because my sax is completely wireless, I can take my music everywhere I go as well as mingle with the crowds.

Experimental Beach is situated on a coastal spot called Cap d’es Falco and is always buzzing with activity with an exclusive cocktail and musical experience!

Swiss alps – Dom Bar 

Moving on to a slightly colder climate, the magnificent mountain peaks stretch as far as the eye can see! Perfect for those with a sense of adventure or fancying themselves as a bit of a dare devil with snowboarding, paragliding, and climbing activities.

Afterwards, I would recommend heading over to the Dom Bar for refreshing drinks, a chilled-out atmosphere and some groovy tunes – curtesy of yours truly if you hire me!

Philippines – Amanpulo Hotel

Finally, Amanpulo Hotel made my dream to be on your very own private island come true!

Dive deep to explore the offshore coral reefs, dine out on the beach, and relax via one of their pavilion treatment studios suites set above the treetops – making you feel on top of the world!

 

I always love it when I get booked to entertain abroad. Whether that’s for a private party, poolside party, corporate gig, beach wedding, or romantic anniversary. It’s one of the things that makes my job worthwhile as I create memories that will last forever!

Girl on Sax creates a musical experience like no one else, and if you’re looking for your next big entertainment to help LIGHT up the party, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or visit my website for details!

 

Girl on Sax takes on Mallorca and more!

Hi everyone! 

Long time no speak! I’ve been running around like a crazy saxophone unicorn playing sax at destination weddings in Mallorca in the sunshine. 

What a week of sunset sax vibes. I feel so lucky that I get to play sax at lots of weddings at the yacht club in Cala D’Or. Yesterday I provided my Girl On Sax deluxe package at a wedding in Spain… oooo la la! 

Deluxe package:

Ceremony: I serenaded the bride as she walked down the aisle in the sunshine. It was such a beautiful moment and my sax music soared over the guests as she entered. 

Canapés set: After the ceremony has taken place the guests were milling around underneath the palm trees by the stunning infinity pool. What better way to bring a pool party experience to your wedding than for me to start getting the Ibiza vibes going poolside on my sax??? It was incredible because everyone started dancing in the sunshine and the drinks were flowing in celebration! 

Party set: My signature performance is on the dancefloor!!!!! If you don’t believe me check out my Instagram to watch me wow the crowd on my sax. I bring an experience like no other

Catch ya soon! 

May x 

A Wedding to Remember at Tyn Dwr Hall

Performing at weddings is an extra special and unique experience for me every single time! No wedding is the same! So, today I’m going to give you an insight into what happens when I play sax at your wedding.

Last weekend I played sax at Tyn Dwr Hall – an enchanting wedding venue deep in the heart of the Welsh countryside. It was like something out of a fairy-tale! Guaranteed to make you feel like a true princess on your special day!

At the reception, the happy couple were dancing away with all their family and friends after an exciting first dance. As soon as I jumped up onto my podium, everyone got up with their hands in the air to clap along to my famous Ibiza sax tunes! Even the bride got up on stage with me, and we both danced as everyone partied and filmed the moment!

Plus, nobody could resist my glowing saxophone to light up the party!

The whole night was crazy and SO MUCH FUN!

My bespoke DJ that travels with me everywhere was seamlessly mixing from banger to banger, as we are so in tune with each other and the crowd musically! We all had the best time ever!

Here’s what the newlyweds had to say about our rocking tunes:

“Wow… where do we begin?! We got married on 08/08/2019 at Tyn Dwr Hall and had a number of suppliers who helped make our wedding the best day of our lives – May (Girl On Sax) was one of them music can make or break a wedding and we got so many compliments on how amazing May was and that the music really got the party started we want to do it all over again! Thank you May!” –  Love from the new Mr and Mrs Chadwick X

With Girl on Sax, we aim to make your wedding POP with music and entertainment! See for yourself via my website, Instagram, and facebook for the latest pictures and videos.

If you want to find out more about my wedding performance services and prices, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Contact me on 07740192973 for a quick chat, or email may@girlonsax.co.uk  for any enquiries.