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I have played the piano for literally hundreds of Weddings! There is no substitute for experience in almost any walk of life – with music, I can claim plenty of that. I've played the piano for tiny, intimate Weddings (one with only 5 guests), enormous ones (one with 1,600 guests at Bingley Hall); Weddings for the rich and famous (including England footballers and one with Jools Holland as a guest) and I am fortunate enough to have appeared on all major tv channels for programmes including BBC's Don't Tell The Bride. My guiding principles always stay the same: to provide music which is personal to the Bride and Groom and which creates the right atmosphere for different parts of the day. Piano music is flexible and versatile in this respect: other instruments simply can’t move effortlessly from classical to swing, or from Hollywood to Bollywood! Please click on my YouTube link for an idea of my piano style and range. Youtube links
I play a wide range of music which includes at least 2 hours of playing time from all of the following strands -
- - contemporary music including medleys of songs by Coldplay, Adele, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Elbow, Take That, Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran and others;
- - every decade of the 20th century
- - musicals such as Les Mis, Phantom, Sound of Music, Oliver;
- - melodic jazz standards such as Misty, My Funny Valentine, 'Real Book' standards;
- - Classical music by Bach, Debussy, Chopin and others;
- - Bollywood songs most of which I have arranged myself. Please click on www.bollywood-wedding-pianist.co.uk
if you are interested in this.
My Roland slim-line digital piano is available for me to play at your Wedding. I can also provide a standard digital piano which can be played in another room or outside (weather permitting, obviously) - two pianos at your Wedding! This makes for a seamless transfer from room to room, or from inside to outside.
During the Wedding Breakfast I like to leave the piano from time to time, visit one or two tables and take requests from guests. This gets rid of the wallpaper effect of continuous music, gives a nice pace to what is going on and involves guests. Whilst the overall musical balance can still be determined by the bride and groom, guests do appreciate being able to get involved.
As part of my service you are welcome to come over to my home to plan out the music for your Wedding in as much detail as you wish. I will help you to choose music for key moments as well as establish the style you would like during various aspects of the day. If you live abroad or too far away to come over, planning can be done very successfully over the phone.
My Wedding repertoire now includes many Bollywood songs. I regularly play in London and Manchester for Weddings which are often sumptuous; we’ve even had my digital Grand Piano on the dance floor playing in swirling smoke for the First Dance. Brilliant!
Telephone for a free demonstration CD or I can play live for you on my landline
01902-851636 07749 599432