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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Hello you lovely lot,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, full of filling food, fabulous family gatherings and festive fun. I certainly did!

And, Happy New Year too! I cannot believe 2018 is over already – it whizzed by in a flash of sparkle, travel and funky sax playing.

On my days off, I started to think about all the wonderful places I’ve been and the people I’ve met. I have to tell you, it made me feel like a very lucky girl indeed.

I want to tell you a little more about that in a minute. But first, I really, really need to say a HUGE thank you to some people. The first being you – my lovely clients. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this, so thank you for allowing me to come and entertain you. I really do love making a party memorable!

Next, a whopping great big thanks to all the clubs, agents, DJs, musicians and sound technicians I’ve had the honour of performing with. And last, but definitely not least, my wonderful family for making this year totally incredible.

So, what have been the best bits of 2018? That’s a hard one to call – there were so many great places, people and parties, that choosing one would be just too hard. So, here are a few of my faves.

Fabulous places? Well, Ibiza obviously! Who couldn’t love this sun-drenched party Island? It’s fun and just perfect for hen parties with my funky light up sax. I absolutely loved every minute of it. I also travelled to Santorini – all I can say is, stunning. And, I can’t forget Croatia and Sportsvest – what a wild ride that was.

Bringing the Ibiza sax vibe with my super talented DJ sis Emma has also been one of the highlights of the year too. Thanks Emma – love you loads!

Firsts of things have been really special this year too. Like the first time playing in Lake Como and the first time at a Bar Mitzvah. I love trying new stuff.

Raising money for good causes is always a joy, and playing the sax for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital at the Emerald Ball was no different.  

And, finally, my regular Manchester residences, like Revs Deansgate Locks and Tiger Tiger are always saxy, sassy fun.

Wow – writing it all down like this really does show me just how lucky, and totally busy, I was last year. There were so many other memorable things, way too many to mention them all here. So, if you think you’d like me to play at your ‘do’ in 2019, now is a good time to get me booked. If this year is anything like 2018 was, it’s going to be amazing!

ADDING SAX SPARKLE TO BAR MITZVAHS!

Hello lovely people,

I hope you’re all well and happy and getting ready for Christmas – I know I am. I can’t wait, it’s so near I can almost taste the mince pies and mulled wine!

So, what have I been up to lately? Well, I’ve been busy with the Girls that Mix helping some young guys celebrate their coming of age at fabulous Bar Mitzvah events. Getting to be part of such special times is just amazing. The venues are incredible and the atmosphere was out of this world.  

As you know, I am the queen of trying new things, and have now added music with a Jewish flavour to my very long list of favourite things to sax to. Getting to play alongside legend DJ Yiddi, was just the icing on the cake!

I just LOVE how much fun these events are, and they loved my light up sax, which always get the party really going. It is my mission to make a special party really really special!

I feel so lucky to lead such a wonderful life, sometimes I can’t believe it – jet setting all over, entertaining all kinds of people in sparkles and sequins, making marvellous memories for them and me! Seriously, getting people on their feet, dancing and laughing is just the best feeling in the world.

If you fancy a bit of sensational sax at your ‘do’, whatever it is – get in touch. I’m a busy girl and get booked up really quickly, especially around this time of year. I promise I’ll make your party one that you’ll remember for a long, long time.

And one last thing…. If you’ve never seen me play sax, you can put that right, by coming to see me at Muse Bar and Eatery in Oldham on this coming Friday 23rd November at 7pm. It’s a Bottomless Brunch After Dark and will be a seriously great night. There will be a fantastic meal, as many cocktails as you can handle and –  the best bit – me and my sensational sax. It will be fabulous, you should come say hi. Call this number if you fancy a great night out – 01457 777 964.

Lots of love

May xxx

Top 3 tips for the BEST New Year’s Eve Party Ever!

Hey guys,

After I shared my wedding entertainment tips, I’ve been inundated with requests for some New Year’s Eve party tips… so in this blog post I am going to do just that. As a professional saxophonist based in Manchester (but who travels extensively throughout the UK and Europe) I have played at some absolutely out-of-this-world parties. Whether it’s a corporate gig, wedding, Christmas or New Year’s Eve party… I’m the girl you need. My legendary light-up sax can bring colour and excitement to any party!

Make a grand entrance

It doesn’t matter where you’re holding your New Year’s Eve party, make sure you set the tone from the get-go. If, for instance, you’re having a masked ball, why not have masked waiters at the entrance, welcoming people inside. You could also have a red carpet and big floral displays to impress.

If your party is Cinderella themed (why not I say!) you could have a couple of pumpkins and a glass slipper by the entrance.  What’s stopping you from having a butler announce each arrival! Nothing.

Dream big dreams

It’s your party so let your imagination run wild. If you have a table plan, think about some interesting table names around your chosen theme. If you’ll be raising money for charity, why not have people pay £10 for a favour box that either contains a chocolate or a very expensive diamond necklace? If the party’s host announces when everyone can open their boxes it can be thrilling to see who wins.

Photo booths can be so much fun, especially if the props are outrageous!

Think about the music (carefully)

New Year’s Eve Parties are traditionally long affairs as everyone lets their hair down and parties until the early hours. You need to consider this and plan the evening well. It needs structure, or the atmosphere can disappear, faster than Cinderella at the stroke of midnight.

The DJ you choose needs to be a true professional and you’re going to need live performers if you want to make your party go with a swing. They can help raise the energy level of the room so much. I love being hired to entertain at New Year’s Eve parties, whether it’s a small affair, an audience of a few hundred or even more. There is something special about New Year’s Eve parties and I want to help your party go down in history.

To book me, and my fabulous light up sax, get in touch ASAP.

I’m ready and waiting (no Fairy Godmother required)

Love May

xxxx

Adding sparkle to your Christmas parties

It might still be October, but if you’ve been given the task of arranging a private or corporate Christmas party I bet you are well into the swing of organising it! Christmas day is only 67 days away. Venues get booked up super fast and it can be hard to pinpoint one date when most people are free.

I’m the girl on sax who knows how to create a great Christmas party

If you’ve booked your venue and are looking for ways to make your private or corporate Christmas party extra special – I have some words of wisdom to share. I have been booked to perform at over 200 Christmas parties over the last few years, so you could say I’m a bit of an expert hehe.

Making an entrance

You’ll want people to be impressed from the offset, so think about how you are going to set the scene from the moment they step inside. If you’re going to be holding people in a foyer or bar area before they go into the main event room, make sure they’re entertained. You could have a professional sax player like myself or a caricaturist.

Music is a must – in some form or other – as it relaxes people, gets people chatting and prevents the awkward silences. I love adding glamour and excitement to an event and this is what’s needed at every Christmas party.

Think about the table decorations

You don’t have to blow your budget on your centre-pieces but they should be dramatic. Why not have large cocktail glasses with feathers? Or goldfish bowls on a stand with twinkling fairy lights? Having little favour boxes on the tables with sweets inside or raffle tickets could be a nice touch.

Choose the right DJ

Don’t automatically opt for the DJ the venue suggests as they could be mediocre. Do your research and choose someone at the top of their game. I regularly work with some incredible DJs, so I can always point you in the right direction. We know how to get people on their feet and having a good time.

If you want to book a sax player for your private or corporate Christmas party, act fast. My diary is already 80% full so if you want the best, you’ll have to be quick. Give me a ring or drop me an email at may@girlonsax.co.uk

Love you loads

May

xxx

Creating the Greatest Show

“Where it’s covered in all the coloured lights, Where the runaways are running the night…”

You know I love to entertain, the glitz and glamour of being a female Saxophonist, my light up sax, the privilege of getting to do what I love every night. It never grows old, I’m living my dreams.

I get to perform at some incredible weddings and events and for this blog post I thought I’d suggest some wedding entertainment ideas!

It’s your show – so forget about everyone else

Everyone may think you’re ideas are unusual but don’t worry about what people think! Your wedding is your show – and you should have faith in your ideas. It is about you and your partner, about your incredible love.

Avoid awkward silences

Weddings bring people together that mightn’t mix in normal life. This isn’t a bad thing but sometimes there can be silences that need to be filled. During the photos, for instance, you could have musicians play nearby, to keep guests entertained. (I could always play something refined to create a relaxed atmosphere)

Choose music that takes guests on a journey

I absolutely love chatting with the future Mrs and Mr about what songs mean something to them as a couple so that I can include them in the playlist for the night. Songs can evoke so many different emotions… and can be the perfect soundtrack to your big day.

Steer clear of the traditional mobile DJ

If you want your wedding to be extra special and an event that people look back on years later and say ‘Gosh, that was the best wedding ever’ you do need to spend time thinking about your wedding entertainment. At the evening do, you don’t want an empty dance floor or people disappearing before the clock strikes midnight, you want them up on their feet dancing the night away.

The right musician will lift the party to another level, get people to lose themselves in the beat, to forget about everything apart from that moment…. You need Girls That Mix!!!!!! We are an all-female DJ, Sax, Percussion and Electric violin group. We are THE perfect wedding entertainers and can bring something truly unique.

Let’s chat!!!! Get in touch if you want to book me/Girls That Mix for your wedding, whether it’s this year, next year or a few years away. It’s better to get me to pencil you in now, rather than you being disappointed later.

Love you loads, go be magical,

May

xxx

Fab-u-lous! The return of corporate events

I have had such an amazing summer, I’ve been the busiest saxophonist in the world I think! I’ve been in so many different countries across Europe for destination weddings and had some unforgettably crazy Ibiza party nights in Manchester and London. I’ve been swishing my sequins at celeb parties and blasting out some incredible tunes with my DJ and percussion pals. It’s been so, so, so blinking brilliant, I feel like pinching myself.

I’m back in Manchester now and focused on the massive corporate events I’ve got coming up in the next few weeks as we countdown to Christmas (we’re in September now so it’s okay to talk about it!) There are some big corporate gigs in my diary and I’m honoured to be playing at the Emerald Ball which is a charity fundraiser that is taking place at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel on October 13th . I performed last year, and it was one of my favourite events. It’s so lovely to help raise money for worthy charities and I do love a good party to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

I’m finding I’m getting booked up for Christmas parties, so if you want me to help you get the party started at your corporate party or event, get in touch sooner rather than later. I’d hate for you to be disappointed as I can make any corporate gig go with a bang (whether it’s Bonfire night or not). When it comes to creating the right ambiance and vibe… I’m your girl!

Much love,

May

xxx

 

Let’s get ready for an amazing Autumn!

I love the summer – the sun, the sea, the back-to-back Ibiza shows, the spectacular sun-drenched weddings… I could go on and on. I am a summer girl at heart… but I must admit I’ve already started planning Autumn events.

I love it when the leaves turn different shades of orange and I can enjoy running around in them as I go for walks in the park with my dogs Simba and Pluto. I’m also crazy about hot chocolates, snuggly jumpers and nights in with my boyfriend George.

I absolutely love being a Manchester female saxophonist and adore performing in Manchester city centre at club nights, corporate events and weddings, but I also travel a lot. I zip here there and everywhere and I love it. It’s so fun performing at secret celebrity parties at incredible venues from castles to stately homes.

Needing to book a female sax player?

I’m looking forward to memorable autumn weddings and bonfire celebrations that will exceed my wildest dreams. There’s something about cosy Autumn events by candlelight that is so elegant and what girl wouldn’t love the sequined evening dresses and Oscar-worthy frocks I get to wear once the temperatures start to drop… I love the glamour and sophistication of autumn events.

I already have a pretty tight schedule but if you’d like me to squeeze you in just get in touch. I can provide my Girl On Sax magic and sparkle, helping to make your wedding or party even more exciting!

Lots of love,

May

xxx

I’m totally addicted to you!

Last week I looked back on the busiest 12 months of my career. I’m a female sax player in high demand and have had the privilege of playing my light up sax at 238 events over the last 12 months – from corporate gigs to club nights, destination weddings to celebrity parties.

It’s been 12 months of craziness, 12 months of getting people on their feet, 12 months of falling more and more in love with my sax. It’s been incredible!!! I’ve learnt so much this year about life and and my brand…… but now I’m off on holiday to swim in sapphire waters and drink wine in the shade of ancient walled towns for a month.

I’m going to try really hard to stay off my Girl On Sax social media accounts for a couple of weeks at least but it won’t be easy. I love chatting with you guys and talking all things Girl on Sax. I’m also giving my sax a rest because everyone needs a holiday!

I’ll be taking loads of photos, keep an eye out for them on my Instagram Girl_On_Sax. I hope you’re having a super summer and dancing your sandals off wherever you are.

Much love,

May

Xxx

A little bit of exciting news for you – I’m being flown out to the white isle to play sax with gorgeous girls that mix next summer for some amazing parties at Cas Mila Ibiza! Girls That Mix are an all-female DJ, Sax, Percussion and Electric violin group. It’s going to be fun in the sun!!!!

It’s never too early to think about Christmas!!!!!!

Hey lovelies,

I know we’ve been enjoying a heatwave in the UK but I’ve just realised I’m almost fully booked for Christmas!!! I’m always so busy, so if you’ll be wanting to book a female saxophonist for your Christmas party or corporate event, get in touch soon. I’m based in Manchester, but I travel all over the UK and beyond. This summer I’m clocking up the air miles playing in Ibiza, Spain, Italy, Croatia, to name just a few. (More than happy to pop to the North Pole Santa, just in case you’re reading this.)

I love entertaining rooms full of people, with my light up sax, getting them on their feet dancing along. I also love finding the glitziest dresses I can to wear and going all out with my makeup – I’m like the fairy at the top of a Christmas tree… I can’t wait!

There’s always a buzz in the air at Christmas parties and events, especially if I’m there! Having a live saxophonist can make sure your party is extra special and I love working with event organisers to create a set list that’s unique.

I’ve already got one celebrity event booked in this December, but I’m sworn to secrecy. It’s going to be one of the most memorable performances of my career – yikes! I’ve performed for Coleen Rooney and David Attenborough in the past, and some other profile celebrities who wish to remain anonymous. (If you ask me nicely…  )

Love you loads and loads,

May

xxx

Introducing the girl gang – fearsome females who get the party started!

Hey lovelies, hope you’re having a fabulous week!

I’ve been sooooo busy, both in the UK and abroad recently, my head is feeling a bit dizzy! This good weather has been incredible, especially for the beautiful couples I’ve had the pleasure of entertaining on their big days – I love being a wedding saxophonist so much.

Licence to thrill

I might be a Manchester saxophonist but I am always ready to travel with my light-up sax and glitzy dresses. For the last two days I’ve been having a well-deserved break back in Bristol… it was needed.

I’ve done 20 events over 20 days in 4 countries this month! It’s been exhausting but the adrenaline rush has been out-of-this-world. Wouldn’t change a thing (aside from the delayed flights!)

Manchester musicians with sass!

In this blog post I thought I’d introduce you to two of my friends and fellow musicians who I collaborate with… so you can get to know them better. They are Manchester based, just so you know which means that we often meet up for prosecco and sushi if we’ve not seen each other for a while. (We adore having a girly catch up!)

This weekend I’m heading to Leeds and Cheshire to get my groove on with my percussionist Rachel and my DJ Emma … who I love to the moon and back. They are incredibly talented, and we perform so well together, we’re a force to be reckoned with. We first met back in 2014 in Manchester and we’ve been best buds ever since.

Together we are Girls That Mix. Think Charlie’s Angels with musical ability! I’ll be on my sax, Rachel will be on her bongos and Emma will be controlling the decks. Last week we had a fun, crazy night… with Joey Essex joining us as he was hosting the VIP party we were playing at!

If you’re looking for a Manchester saxophonist (or a trio of talented Manchester musicians) get in touch and I’ll check my diary. I’d love to add some of my Girl On Sax sparkle to your party or event,

Much love,

May

xxx