…………excerpt taken from Nottingham Evening Post
The midnight telephone call from an agent in Coventry came as something of a surprise to violinist Derek Williams, leader of Sounds Interesting.
“Can you do a quote for a Royal occasion?”, said the voice on the other end. “I’ll get back to you…” said Derek, which they did – and beat seven other groups to be selected to play at a reception for Prince Edward.
Then there was the night they were invited to play in a chateau outside Paris. The Winter Ball mounted by an international business concern was a lavish affair on the theme of The Nutcracker Suite, with Chocolate room, a Christmas Cracker room and a fairy room. The room in which the quartet played from 11pm until 4am was two rooms away from the beat of the disco!
But they are as likely to find themselves playing in the middle of a car showroom, a restaurant, a hotel or at a wedding. Mercedes in Loughborough, Volkswagon in Derby – they’ve been at the launch of many a new dealership.
All classically trained musicians, the quartet comprises Derek and Merri Williams, Anne Tupling and Rachael Calverley. “Sounds Interesting!” they said when somebody asked them to play at a wedding and life as a quartet took off.
They do get to play Mozart and all the things you would expect of such a distinguished bunch of musicians, but they’re just as likely to be playing Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Lloyd Webber or the Beatles.
They enjoy it immensely because they all get on so well together, exhibiting that easy rapport that comes from years of familiarity.