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1908, 2019

Balbirnie House Wedding

By |August 19th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

Balbirnie House Wedding Ritz TrioThe Ritz Trio travelled to Fife this week for a Balbirnie House wedding, playing over high spirited drinks reception. This is one of the band’s favorite venues with really welcoming and helpful staff and a beautiful building and setting. The house sits as the centrepiece of a 400 acre estate and country park, with a collection of trees and rhododendrons and on sunny days the group have often performed out on the lawn.

Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife. This Grade A listed Georgian mansion, voted Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards and Haute Grandeur Europe’s Best Destination Wedding Retreat, was built in 1777 and is near the village of Markinch, between Edinburgh and St Andrews.

The Ritz Trio play an extensive list of familiar Jazz standards such as Fly Me To The Moon, Have You Met Miss Jones, LOVE (Nat King Cole), Let’s Fall In Love, I’m In The Mood For Love as well as a number of well-known Latin tunes such as Sway, Besame Mucho and The Girl From Ipanema. The repertoire also includes a few more well known popular renditions including Music To Watch Girls Go By and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You!

The Ritz Trio look forward to returning to Balbirnie in October and November for the remaining weddings of the 2019 season!

If you are looking for great drinks reception entertainment for a wedding at Balbirnie House contact us today!

For more information on Balbirnie House visit their website


1107, 2019

Royal Yacht Britannia

By |July 11th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

Former Royal Yacht Britannia EntertainmentThe Ritz Trio performed on board the former Royal Yacht Britannia this week for an international corporate event.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Leith, just two miles from the city centre of Edinburgh.

1906, 2019

Ferrari Event Scotland

By |June 19th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

As car lovers members of the Ritz Trio band were delight to be asked to perform at a special event held at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrew’s this week.

The event which welcomed Ferrari owners from around the UK featured a number of examples of this prestige brand including this stunning new V8 GT Portofino.

The Ritz Trio have performed at numerous car launches across the UK in recent years and it is hoped will be playing at the Silverstone for the F1 event in July.

If you are planning a car launch in Scotland and need some background entertainment then contact the Ritz Trio

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1906, 2019

Corporate Event at Hopetoun House

By |June 19th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

Corporate event at Hopetoun House - Ritz TrioCorporate Event at Hoptoun House - Ritz TrioThe Ritz Trio performed at a corporate event at Hopetoun House recently for regular client, Petroleum Experts. Always a great group to play to, full of music lovers and nice people! The Trio have played at numerous events throughout Edinburgh for Petex in recent years and look forward to more!

A corporate event at Hopetoun House is always a lavish event with fine interiors, dating from the late Georgian period through to the Edwardian, and set in 100 acres of gardens and rolling parkland. Many of the guests came from overseas and the House certainly impressed!

Petroleum Experts has over 420 clients worldwide and the company is recognised across the international oil and gas industry as the technical market leader within its area of expertise. The Ritz Trio are delighted to have a long established working relationship with a major company. Contact the Ritz Trio today to find out more about our music and services in relation to corporate entertaining in Scotland


Good afternoon Marcus, Myself, and everyone at Petex, just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ritz Trio for such a lovely evening last week. Everyone had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed your performance. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Sharon McBean, Marketing Manager Petroleum Experts Ltd. UK


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2105, 2019

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh A Great Weddings And Events location

By |May 21st, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio had a fabulous evening performing at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – a great wedding and events location!

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation. It also provides a great weddings and events location. The Ritz Trio certainly added to the spectacle of the location. They performed in the Palm House  for Patrons of the Royal Botanic Garden, which provided perfect acoustic for their relaxed style of music. Patrons were shown plans for a  £70 million project to build a new Glasshouse, the overall project is anticipated to take seven years to complete.

In reason years the Ritz Trio have played at many weddings and corporate events in the beautiful grounds of the Garden and most recently the Trio where invited to perform at the venue by Lisa Gillespie, Development Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden. It was lovely seeing Lisa again as the Ritz Trio played at her wedding 10 years ago at Solsgirth House!

Each year the Ritz Trio will perform at over 50 weddings and corporate events across Scotland. The music ranges from Swing and Rat Pack to some fun arrangements of a few more popular tunes such as It Must Be Love, Love Love, My Guy and Can’t Take My Eyes Off  You to name a few!

Guest saxophonist, Laura McDonald joined the group for the event at the Botanics, which was a treat for all!

To find out more about how the Ritz Trio can add some sparkle to your event or wedding contact us today

For more information on holding an event at the Royal Botanic Gardens visit their website

905, 2019

The Parsonage at Dunmore Park – Wedding Entertainment

By |May 9th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio performed for a wedding at The Parsonage at Dunmore Park near Airth. The happy couple, Gill and Leam were a joy to play for and the day was filled with much fun and laughter – congratulations guys!

This was the first time in a while that the Ritz Trio had performed at The Parsonage at Dunmore Park  and what a happy return it was! The Parsonage has an expansive outside terrace at the back of the house where the Trio played in the May sunshine.The Ritz Trio played music ranging from Swing and Rat Pack to some fun arrangements of a few more popular tunes such as It Must Be Love, Love Love, My Guy and Can’t Take My Eyes Off  You to name a few. Guest saxophonist Laura MacDonald joined the Trio and was a swinging success with guests.

To book the Ritz Trio for your wedding or special event why not send us an enquiry here !


2504, 2019

Wedding at Rufflets Luxury Hotel – Big Thank You

By |April 25th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

We were delighted to perform recently at a wedding at Rufflets Luxury Hotel in St Andrew’s where we really enjoyed playing for the the happy couple, Laura and Neil. The Rufflets Luxury Hotel was such a happy and relaxed atmosphere for the afternoon, which was a great way for us to get the 2019 wedding season going. This is a fabulous wedding venue with really friendly and efficient staff and one of our favourites. If you’d like to see some of our other venues see our other events.

“We just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding. So many of our guests commented on how great you were. You were the perfect entertainment whilst we were away having our pictures taken. And we were so happy with the ceremony music and what we did hear during the drinks reception! We had an amazing day, so thank you for being a part of it.”

Laura and Neil – 13th April 2019

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2702, 2019

How To Book A Wedding Band In Scotland

By |February 27th, 2019|News|0 Comments

How To Book A Wedding Band In Scotland

If you are looking for help in booking the best wedding band in Scotland you can for your big day then we hope the following guide will be of some help to you.

Planning Your Wedding In Scotland: How To Book A Wedding Band In Scotland

Apart from being guitarist with the hugely successful Ritz Trio, Marcus Ford has many years experience both on and off stage in events management. For over ten years he was Theatre Manager at major Theatres in Scotland and has successfully managed high profile events including concerts, royal visits, corporate events and product launches. His band, the  Ritz Trio, are one of Scotland’s most established, sophistcated and experienced musicians providing ceremony and drinks reception music.

On stage he has performed at major venues, arts centres, on ships, trains and even on Concorde! He has played at just about every major hotel in Scotland including Gleneagles, Hopetoun House, The Balmoral, Balbirnie House and One Devonshire Gardens. During 2018 he performed at over 40 weddings and numerous private parties and corporate events. This vast bank of experience has given a unique insight into event management and working with wedding parties and corporate clients and agents.

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Marcus Ford Ritz Trio Guitarist

Where to Look For A Wedding Band
So you are probably thinking about plans for your own wedding which is why I assume you are reading this article.With internet access finding information has never been easier however the overwhelming number of choices, opinions and products can make it a daunting task. A first search for “wedding music Scotland” in Google will present you with over 48,700,000 results. Ok, don’t panic most of these will not be relevant however you will see that they can be split into a few categories, Wedding Agents supplying bands, Bands own sites and general directories listing wedding suppliers.Wedding Band Agents will be able to provide you with recommendations of bands and DJs that they work with and can provide you with a one stop solution for finding all your music needs. These Agencies range from well established companies to people just dabbling in providing music. Have a read through their testimonials and speak to a few of them to get a feel of how they are to deal with. For their services and expertise you will probably pay an Agency fee of anything from 15% to 30%. Using Agencies can take away some of the risk of booking a poor band as they tend not to keep people on their books who have let them down or have a reputation for spoiling weddings!

Many agents will display band testimonials next to the band they are recommending. If you decide to book a band direct then much of the above applies. Call them and speak to them. How easy are they to get hold of, do they return your calls or emails promptly? Look at the quality of the information they are providing and ask to hear sample tracks if these are not available on their website. Again up- to- date testimonials are important. You may be able to speak to your venue wedding co-ordinator and ask them what they know of the band. Look on some of the many forums dedicated to weddings and see what other brides are saying about their experiences. Ask your other suppliers i.e. florists,photographers and caterers if they know of any good (or bad) bands. Both Agents and Bands should provide you with a Booking Confirmation/Contract detailing exactly what is required from both parties.Who is the contract with? What is their address and phone number? Importantly, what is the date of your wedding? It seems strange to mention the obvious but last year the Ritz Trio turned up to an event to find that along the way the date had been changed to the following week and nobody had told the Agent. Double check your dates! The time you require the band for should also be clearly detailed on the contract including breaks.The contract should detail the fee and what this includes.Will there be any extra charges for travel and accommodation?

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Band/Agent’s contracts will also detail cancellation policies for both parties. You will be expected to pay a deposit to secure your booking and this amount varies. Some bands will include an overtime rate often in 30 min increments. It is best to discuss this before-hand rather starting to negotiate on the night should things need to run on. It may not be possible for a band to play after the booked time for various reasons; so again, it’s definitely worth discussing this in advance. As with most things you will be able to find cheap options however quality should be your main concern when sourcing a wedding band.

Don’t be side-tracked by a cheap quote and end up booking an inexperienced, unreliable band- bad memories will prove more costly!




You can read the remainder of this article on the Ritz Trio website and I do hope it will be of some help to you in booking a wedding band.  The Ritz Trio are one of Scotland’s most successful, entertaining and established weddings bands providing daytime entertainment in Scotland – have a read at the band reviews!

We would look forward to being part of your big day!

Other resources: Scottish Wedding Directory

402, 2019

Cala Homes Event

By |February 4th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio this week played for a Cala Homes launch of some spectacular bespoke detached homes in Bothwell, Glasgow.

The chaps looked the part and definitely fitted in with the lavish surrounding of these luxury homes.

901, 2019

Wedding At Mansfield Traquar Edinburgh – A Big Thank You!

By |January 9th, 2019|Recent Events|0 Comments

The Ritz Trio had a very busy Christmas period with engagements right across Scotland including a spectacular wedding at Mansfield Traquar Edinburgh. We had lovely feedback from the bride and groom…

“Firstly, I want to say thank you! You were incredible and everyone loved the music! They couldn’t compliment you all enough! I could hear the music from outside the doors when the bridesmaids came in and I loved it!

You were all phenomenal and I feel so lucky to have had you all play at our wedding!”

If you want to find out more about how the hugely successful and sophisticated Ritz Trio can add even more sparkle to your wedding at Mansfield Traquar contact us today. The Trio specialises in providing daytime wedding entertainment including the ceremony and drinks reception music

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2610, 2018

Errol Park Wedding Entertainment Options

By |October 26th, 2018|Recent Events|0 Comments

If you are looking for Errol Park wedding entertainment options then consider the fabulous Rits Trio!

The Ritz Trio returned to one of their favourite wedding venues recently, Errol Park near Perth. It always seems sunny here!

The Trio performed during the ceremony then moved up to play outside the main house overlooking the lovely grounds. The bride and groom chose some great tunes for during the ceremony and during drinks the guys played music ranging from Swing and Rat Pack to some fun arrangements of a few more popular tunes such as It Must Be Love, Love Love, My Guy and Can’t Take My Eyes Off  You to name a few! 

Errol Park’s central location makes it easily accessible from Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and set within a beautiful rural estate, provides the seclusion of the countryside, with the luxury of a grand period property. Visit their website for more information on the venue. 

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