Planning Entertainment? Here is your basic need to know checklist!

entertainment checklist - Brisbane Wedding MusiciansI regularly get calls from clients looking for entertainment and here are my most popular questions that I put back to them... Number of people (approximately) attending your event. This is important as it let's us know upfront if we are going to need sound equipment or if we are able to do the job [...]

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Christmas 2016 - Brisbane Wedding MusiciansWishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season. Here is to a fabulous 2017! D'Arne Sleeman

When you select flowers, what are you really saying?

Flowers and what they Mean - Wedding SingerAs I sing at weddings, funerals and events, I am always fascinated by clients choices of flowers. For many, flowers hold a special meaning and can say something quite specific about your event.   For example, an oriental lily gives a status of beauty, class and style whilst the red rose is symbolic of romance, beauty [...]

Emotional Barriers

Brisbane Funeral Musicians-purple flowersSomebody asked me today how do I sing at funerals when they are potentially sad occasions. Over the years I've taught myself a few mind games to get me through the more emotional moments of the service. However one trick that really keeps me going is sipping water. You have to relax your throat to [...]

Choosing Music for a Requiem Mass

Brisbane Funeral Musicians-OrganistSchubert's Ave Maria is a beautiful song; it is up there with the most requested songs in my repertoire list.  Did you know that there are hundreds of different composers that have set this beautiful verse to music?  Many of them are also very uplifting and it is worth exploring some of the other versions.  Some of [...]

Sharing the gift of Song

D'Arne Sleeman Singing in Church WeddingFresh out of school I embarked on a music degree with dreams of becoming an international opera artist.   A varied and busy life of stage and corporate musical performances plus a day job and a child showed me there were many ways to explore my artistic side.  Sometimes life has a funny way of bringing us full [...]