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When Engage! came to London

Engage! is ‘A luxury wedding and event business summit like no other, held at the world’s top resorts. Engage! Summits bring together the best in the luxury events industry for three days of inspiration and opportunity, with powerhouse speakers, specially curated content and intimate experiences with the leading lights of the industry. Attendees learn from the world’s top wedding, event and business innovators, as well as form lasting friendships and network with industry trendsetters from around the globe.’

Corbin Gurkin Photography
Corbin Gurkin Photography
Jacqui Cole Photography
Jacqui Cole Photography

This year Engage came to London, organised with Sarah Haywood Weddings and hosted by Historic Royal Palace Events and The Engage team, which is why we were thrilled to be arranging the music for the three-day summit this October 2019. The theme running throughout the week was Best of British, and we wanted our acts and music to reflect that.

The Juke Joints at The Rosewood
The Juke Joints at The Rosewood
Arte De Vie Photography
The Ellingtons at Scarfs Bar
The Ellingtons at Scarfs Bar
Art De Vie Photography

Guests and speakers were staying at the beautiful Rosewood Hotel in Holborn over the week. There were talks and presentations from the wedding industry leaders. During the breakout sessions we had a mixture of bands performing; The Bluebirds with their sweet 3-part harmonies and The Cadillacs a 4-piece vocal harmony group playing rock-n-roll. During lunch, the guests moved into the beautiful Holborn Dining Room and Scarfes Bar, where they were serenaded with the jazz classics by The Ellingtons and charmed around the tables by roaming band favourites The Juke Joints.

Tower of London
Tower of London
Corbin Gurkin Photography
Marching Band walking guests around the Tower of London
Marching Band walking guests around the Tower of London
Varna Studios Photography

The guests were hosted at London’s iconic Tower of London. Fanfares and flames greeted the guests, while a 15-piece marching band lead them around the historic building and towards the front gate. As the doors opened with a dramatic fire and trumpet display, they were guided through to the Crown Jewels exhibition by our ALR Strings 20-piece string orchestra, which began with the Game of Thrones theme tune.

Classical Choir at The Tower of London
Classical Choir at The Tower of London
Art De Vie Photography
Classical Trio at Tower of London
Classical Trio at Tower of London
John Cain

Guests were charmed by medieval actors, fed like Kings and Queens from the banquet and enjoyed a host of musical performances such as a classical string duo, a harpist, an opera singer and a traditional choir.

The Downtown Allstars on The Dixie Queen Boat
The Downtown Allstars on The Dixie Queen Boat
Jacqui Cole Photography
The Downtown Allstars on The Dixie Queen Boat
The Downtown Allstars on The Dixie Queen Boat
Jacqui Cole Photography

After the Ceremony of the Keys took place, guests were led to Thames Luxury Charters’ incredible Dixie Queen boat, where our 16-piece Downtown Allstars show band rocked the night away. You know you are part of something special when Tower Bridge is lifted for the boat to pass through.

John Cain Photography

At Banqueting House the following day, the guests were treated to a 250 person Royal Banquet. With stunning floral displays, regal decor and a red carpet, guests were greeted with our string orchestra performing up the staircase, and guiding them to their seats. After a show-stopping start with a big band arrangement of ‘Feeling Good’, The Dover Street Big Band performed a sparkling set throughout dinner. After dessert began our bespoke 10-minute ‘Best of British Medley’. Created especially for this event, the medley was performed by 68 musicians and including everything from Adele to The Beatles.

Dover Street Big Band at Banqueting Hall
Dover Street Big Band at Banqueting Hall
Art De Vie Photography
The Best of British Medley with the Gospel Choir at the top
The Best of British Medley with the Gospel Choir at the top
Genevieve de Manio Photography

Once we had everyone’s attention, The Fellas took it from there, performing a non-stop party set which had every guest on the dance floor. Meanwhile, the Undercroft had been converted into a secret Speakeasy, where Dee’s Quartet played to an exclusive crowd while they sipped cocktails and rested their dancing feet.

The Fellas at Banqueting House
The Fellas at Banqueting House
Art De Vie Photography
DJ Charles at The After Party
DJ Charles at The After Party
Art De Vie Photography

The night ended with a bang, with ALR Live performing a hit-filled, interactive and high-energy set. While the drinks flowed, the horn section (who can also be seen playing arena tours with the legendary Paul McCartney) and percussionist jumped down into the crowd to dance with this amazing collection of guests. It was an event that we will remember forever, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

ALR Strings at Banqueting House