As winter is giving way to spring, albeit slowly in the Cape this year, Palm Strings has entered a new season in its history. Funerals and memorial services around Cape Town have brought relief from the usual busy travel schedule that takes us to the outer reaches of our province to entertain wedding guests at lush wine farms.
Perhaps we were not ready for this season of funerals and memorial services until now. The repertoire we’ve built over the decades has given us a rich store of musical emotions to call upon when the moment arises. For example, one dearly departed was lovingly remembered by his kin as being of somewhat insistent character. After the eulogy, we broke out Frank Sinatra’s My Way, much to the delight of the fawning guests who could warmly bask in the vivid memory of their beloved father, brother, uncle and friend.
Another time, a small memorial service at a Newlands house began as a somewhat tense and complicated affair, but ended a rip-roaring party—no doubt we had the songs on hand to make each of those unique moments.
If you should find yourself in this most unfortunate of situations, consider allowing Palm Strings to turn tragedy into triumph and making your memorial service or funeral a moment to remember.
We’ve added a host of songs to our repertoire that have quickly become modern wedding classics.
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri from the 2012 classic Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
A Million Dreams from the 2017 hit film The Greatest Showman
Head over to our Audio Samples page for more!
This weekend the Palm Strings Duo is delighted to be serenading the guests wining and dining at Southhill Guest Farm at Elgin just outside Cape Town. The annual Blossom Festival celebrates the dawning of spring and takes place from 2–3 October 2021. The festival is known for crisp white wines native to the region, excellent cuisine and music to match.
The Duo will be entertaining guests over breakfast, lunch and dinner, pausing for rugby as necessary. They do this by virtue of the reams of songs they have memorised, to satisfy every musical taste. Whatever the occasion, Palm Strings has just the right tune.
Palm Strings will be entertaining guests of Maritjie’s Famous Pub & Grill at Baardskeerdersbos to their trademark blend of toe-tapping pop and folks songs and beloved classics.
They’ll play from 17:00 till late on Saturday 28 August — come early to get the best seats!
Titia got a call from someone who wanted a violinist to play Schubert Serenade for her wedding on 9 January this year. This song was not part of Palm Strings’s repertoire at the time so they arranged it for violin and guitar, rehearsed it and met the bride at the Chapman’s Peak turnaround to play for them since they are based in Hout Bay. A more Covid-friendly venue surely didn’t exist. Needless to say, they were booked on the spot!
Courtney and Sasha tied the knot on Saturday 7 December 2019 at Altydlig, a beautiful old farm on the mountain above Kuilsriver. It was a hot day and the view of Table Mountain could not have been better. The service was on the lawn and the high tea afterwards was outside on the balcony of the Manor House maximizing the experience of being in the Cape Winelands.
For three years, Palm Strings has been asked to play for a certain family in Cape Town on Christmas Day as part of their Christmas celebrations. This is what the hostess had to say, “Just wanted to thank you both so very, very much for playing for us once again and for being so flexible with the playing arrangements. It was just magnificent, we all loved it and thank you so much for remembering that I love “She!” [song by Charles Aznavour] Wishing you both a wonderful, healthy & happy New Year.”
Palm Strings have had some super gigs playing for Soirées at various shopping centres for LE Creuset . How wonderful to be associated with such a stunning brand! Music was traded for pots!
What a lovely wedding! The 12 Apostles provided a gorgeous venue and Palm Strings provided equally wonderful music.
Even rain can’t stop Palm Strings from playing wedding music!
The umbrella in the tree helped to hold off the drizzle. Luckily it cleared so they could stay outside! It was an intimate wedding – and so lovely, as always, at the 12 Apostles!