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ASO’s Couples Work Together in Perfect Harmony

14 Feb 2020
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Musician Spotlight
by Georgie Phillips
ASO’s Couples Work Together in Perfect Harmony

They say not to mix business and family, but that old adage doesn’t always ring true. While there have been many musical partnerships over the decades, not all have had happy endings. We’re pleased to report we buck that trend at the ASO, with romance blossoming again and again over the years. In fact, there are now eight married couples within the orchestra.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we gathered some of our ASO lovebirds together at Apoteca Bar & Restuarant for a photoshoot featured in the February edition of SALIFE, which is on sale now. Check out some behind the scenes snaps, plus a few throwback wedding photos below.

Hair and make-up are thanks to M&CO Style Bar, the beautiful gowns are courtesy of the wonderful After Dark Boutique, with flowers supplied by Interflora.

Trumpeter Dave Khafagi serenades violinist wife Janet Anderson, seated below.
Cellists Chris and Sherri Handley are the only married couple within the orchestra to play the same instrument.
Chris and Sherri on their wedding day in 1989. Chris proposed to Sherri just half an hour after she found out she had received a full-time position in the orchestra.
Section Principal Bassoon Mark Gaydon with violinist wife Alison Heike.
A harpist and violinist from the ASO played at Mark and Alison’s wedding day in 2014.
Violinist Janet Anderson and trumpeter Dave Khafagi married in 2005.
Janet and Dave on their big day.
Violinist Emma Perkins and cellist Cameron Waters recently celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary on the night they performed at Magical Tchaikovsky – Master Series 10.
Emma and Cameron had an ensemble of friends perform at their wedding.
Trombonist Ian Denbigh and cellist wife Sarah Denbigh were married in 1990.
A bass quartet of friends played Purcell’s Trumpet Tune at Ian and Sarah’s ceremony.
Principal 1st Violin Shirin Lim and violist Martin Butler recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Shirin and Martin on their wedding day.

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