I headed up to the Highlands recently, to perform at a corporate event in Inverness. Ardtalla House on the Novar Estate in Dingwall was the beautiful backdrop for me to sing classic songs in a vintage style for a group of American businessmen who were visiting Scotland. They were guests of Glenmorangie, producers of finest Scottish malt whiskey, so of course they were treated to a tour of the distillery before their arrival at Ardtalla House.
We were blessed with fine weather, so I performed my first set outside on the terrace. The guests were served aperitifs as I sang a mix of popular songs. After that we made our way inside where the party settled down to a sumptuous meal, complete with traditional ‘Address to haggis’. I provided some soft background music during dinner, and afterwards the guests were led back outside by a Scottish piper, to be treated to a rousing performance by a Military Band.
All in all it was a fabulous night, and the Novar Estates was truly a stunning venue. That night I had the pleasure of staying at the wonderful Kincraig Castle Hotel, where the staff were lovely and the surroundings were gorgeous. Here’s a video I took of the lounge in the morning before breakfast – it felt as though I’d been transported back to the 1940s – they were even playing one of my favourite songs! I highly recommend this hotel if you’re ever travelling in the Inverness area.
On the way back home we stopped off at Chanonry Point and were lucky enough to see some dolphins! We also had a look around the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre which was really fascinating. Scotland has so much to offer, and I feel so lucky that my job takes me around and about this country, giving me the chance to visit so many beautiful places.
Many thanks to Sibilla and her team at Bright Partnerships who organised the event.