Top musician will entertain over tea

Gary Mullins.  Picture by Pow Pow Pictures
Gary Mullins. Picture by Pow Pow Pictures

A musician who has played all over the world will entertain visitors enjoying afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor during the month of October.

Gary Mullins has performed at the Royal Opera House, at Skibo Castle in Inverness where Madonna got married, in Dubai and Gran Canaria, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

And for the second year running Aylesbury born Gary will play live throughout the afternoon tea sessions in the Manor Restaurant.

He said: “I’m very much looking forward to it, I did it last year and it was very popular. It’s a chance to introduce people to guitar music they may not have heard. I like traditional Irish music.”

Thirty-year-old Gary, who lives in Norfolk Terrace, Aylesbury, will be covering classical, jazz and traditional styles.

He said: “I’ve done a number of things at Waddesdon, I was involved in a couple of bands during the MAD Festivals there and stayed in touch with the manor.”

Gary is a former Aylesbury Grammar School boy although he didn’t study music there. He picked up a guitar at the age of 14 but didn’t take music to GCSE or A level, although he did play in house music competitions and took part in the cabaret nights at the old Civic Centre.

After his A levels 30-year-old Gary auditoned for The Guitar Institute in London where he graduated with a degree in Popular Music Performance.

In addition to performing as a soloist Gary regularly performs with other musicians, has worked in the orchestra pit for several musicals and runs a jazz band called Jazz Juice that performs at executive events and parties.

He is also in the process of setting up a ukulele quartet called The Ukes of Hazzard that can be booked for functions on 07751 229157.

And he works at several schools in the locality as a guitar music teacher, including his former school AGS as well as Sir Henry Floyd and the primary school at Halton.

So will Gary get to enjoy the scrumptious afternoon teas on offer at the manor during October, or will be just feel hungry as he watches everyone else enjoying themselves?

He said: “The people at Waddesdon are very good, they look after me. I’m not going to count my chickens, but it has happened in the past that I’ve been given something. I go expecting nothing and then get pleasantly surprised.”

The special afternoon teas are on Sunday afternoons at 4pm on October 5, 12, 19 and 26. The cost is £16.50 for adults and £6.50 for children. Normal admission charges apply. Book on 01296 653226.