In search of Cinderella’ shoe – Walking the path of beauty and truth

What you should know when hiring classical musicians for your wedding. What makes stringed instrument music beautiful and alive?

Every good writer knows this.

In order to produce an effective piece of writing you have to hold in your mind your targeted audience, see and appreciate them. When you successfully envision your audience you create the possibility for a true exchange.
This empowers your work to move and touch people on a wide scale.

This is the same process for musicians and their music.

The same clarity of vision makes their music special or not. As a performer, this step is for me the key to a deeply pleasurable experience. In order to produce my best playing, I have to feel the enjoyment of knowing and connecting with my audience.

Daily, I long for that enjoyment that every performances give.

I am always longing to fall further into my audience and trust them more. Each time I perform I try to share something new and deeper. As Kahlil Gibran writes in his book, The Prophet: “If you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ear to the voices of the day and the voices of the night”. To me, this means that without love, a performance is infused with a silent poison. The sounds might be pleasing to the ears but there is no further nourishment provided.

I am blessed to say that my work is my love made visible.

Needless to say, I am thoroughly fascinated with this process which I call artistic integrity, where beauty meets truth.
This is why, when preparing for a wedding performance, I go to great length to put myself in the bride’s shoe in order to convey the delicate magic she is experiencing. My next endeavor is going to be during the Wedding Fair 2019 in Tofino.

I am not afraid to dive in!

Me and my partner booked a stay at the elegant Long Beach Lodge Resort and will participate in the Wedding Fair among the brides and grooms to be. This process will immerse us in the romantic universe of the engaged couples.
I can already feel the pep at the idea of having an ocean front room in one of the most beautiful beach resorts on Vancouver Island.

How I keep growing and learn new ways of doing.

Even if I have performed weddings for more than 15 years, their individual uniqueness always provides me with more to learn. Different venues can also add a great deal of charm or intricacies to the performance. For a musician, it is always best to be fully acquainted with your performing venue, especially the outdoor ones. Its specific acoustic and overall settings can take your sound off course, if you are not well prepared. Beach weddings require a very specific set of equipment for acoustic instruments to carry their sound elegantly. What I strive for, is a sound quality that is identical to the one the bride and groom hear in my video samples.

Blessed with the most beautiful work there is.

On the day of the wedding, I feel genuinely excited and honored to be trusted with the task of depicting the groom and bride’s love for one another in my music. Music is beauty and love made audible.
As Kahlil Gibran says: “Beauty is kind and gentle. Beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirits”.

For me, there is far more to it than just trying to achieve pleasing sounds for the ears. My quest goes deeper than that. For I have learned that through music mankind can achieve unison. Unison is the most peaceful and harmonious type of union. I really think this is what a wedding ceremony music should achieve, something utterly rare.

Applying the old wisdom.

As my Juilliard teacher used to say: “When you play, you are holding the heart of your audience in your hands. It is like a sacred fire. There is no greater responsibility.” I am blessed to say that I really could not ask for a more beautiful way to fill my days, in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, the rainforest and the beaches of Tofino.


Are you planning a wedding in Tofino or Ucluelet?

For a list of venues in Tofino, follow this link.

Audrey Nadeau

B.M. and M.M. The Juilliard School



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