Nick "the piano man" Wiley has been playing piano for more than 40 years and has been providing wedding music professionally for over 12 years. You could say he is now somewhat specialised when it comes to entertaining at weddings. Nick has played piano for small intimate weddings with just 5 people, to huge weddings with over 1600 guests (at the incredible Bingley Hall) and has performed at literally thousands of weddings. Nick is based in Brewood, Staffordshire and travels all over the country to entertain at weddings and functions. With a huge variety of piano options from the Grand Pianos to more compact electric ones plugged into a phenomenal Bose sound system, Nick can cater for any size function.
He has played in front of Jools Holland (who said he was very good), Cheryl Cole, and he's even played on stage at the Festival Hall in London with famous performers in front of an audience of thousands. Nick loves playing the piano and no matter what song you have in mind for your special occasion, if Nick doesn't already know it, he will learn it for you. (At no extra cost). He is not fixed on one area of music, therefore his can switch effortlessly from jazz, to pop to ragtime to musicals. This is not something that every pianist is able to offer.
The best way to know if Nick can play a song, is that if you can "hum" it, he can play it. The are so many genres of music that can be translated for piano even if they were meant for a completely different instrument. How many people would have the Imperial March from Star Wars (the Darth Vader theme) played on the piano as the bride walks down the aisle? Not many, but it's been done!
Not only will Nick play a huge variety of music ranging through genres from classical through rock, to RnB through to dance but he will mingle among your guests from time to time to find out if they have any requests. With this, guests feel they are a part in the music that has been played at your wedding.
Nick invites all couples to his home in Brewood, Staffordshire so they can listen to the songs and music he has to offer, take down any specific requests they may have and generally plan the wedding music throughout the day. This consultation is offered as part of the service, however couples from further afield can chat and listen on the phone if travelling to Nicks home is no an option.
There are a variety of pianos available that Nick can provide for your wedding. The Roland RG-1 Slim Line Digital Grand offers a truly remarkable sound. It requires approximately 5 sq.ft to set up (a space of around 5ft x 5ft). It looks the part too, and because it takes some time to set up, Nick offers a second piano at no extra cost meaning that you can move the music seamlessly between one area of your venue to another. He also has a choice of black and white pianos.
For most western weddings Nick usually plays from the arrival of guests right through until the end of the wedding breakfast. Nick will not take a break while he is playing other than taking guest requests during the meal.
Nick uses Bose sound equipment for all weddings and events. He has a compact system and the LII system designed for up to 700 guests. His pianos can go through DJ equipment or in-house systems too if desired.
Yes of course, as long as the song has a clear melody! There is no charge for this service as learning new songs will offer more choice for brides in the future.
The bride fainting whilst walking down the aisle during the filming of then BBC's "Don't Tell the Bride". A wedding at Bingley Hall... for 1400 guests! A wedding at Stratford for just 4 guests. Some fabulous pianos in superb locations - The Drawing Room at Lake Vyrnwy, the Kawai Piano in the Waldorf Palm Court, the Steinway in the Festival Hall, London. Candlelight Dinners at Kateshill, the sing along at Somerford when a guest started playing Air Guitar with his walking stick!There are too many others to mention, but feel free to ask me.
Nicks repertoire is huge. His own collection of music runs into a library of several thousand songs believe it or not, and if he hasn't got it then he will even arrange it from a recording. He offers Classical music for the Wedding Ceremony as well as a range of pieces he has written himself.
Here are some of the songs he is frequently asked to play:
Love Songs: Ballade pour Adeline • Can't Help Falling In Love With You • Evergreen • (Everything I Do) I Do It For You • I Say A Little Prayer • Mona Lisa • The Girl From Ipanema • The Lady In Red • This Masquerade • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square • Three Times A Lady • Titanic Theme • Woman.
Musicals: All I Ask Of You • Another Suitcase In Another Hall (Evita) • As If We Never Said Goodbye • Close Every Door • Consider Yourself • Food Glorious Food • I Dreamed A Dream (Les Mis) • I'd Give My Life For You (Miss Saigon) • It Ain't Necessarily So (Porgy and Bess) • On My Own • Send In The Clowns • Somewhere Over The Rainbow • Take That Look Off Your Face • The Music Of The Night • Tomorrow (Annie) • Tonight (West Side Story)
Film Themes: A Man And A Woman • As Time Goes By • But Not For Me • Don't Cry For Me Argentina • Maria • Schindler's List • Smile • Speak Softly Love (Godfather) • Summertime • That Old Black Magic • The Song From The Moulin Rouge • Unchained Melody • Theme From Love Story
Classic Pop: A Whiter Shade Of Pale • For Once In My Life • From Both Sides Now • Here There And Everywhere • Hey Jude • It's Impossible • Michelle • Moon River • My Cherie Amour • Strangers In The Night • Thankyou for the Music • They Long to be Close To You • This Guy's In Love With You • Unchain My Heart • We've Only Just Begun
Melodic Jazz: Don't Get Around Much Anymore • Cry Me A River • Fly Me To The Moon • Fools Rush In • I'll Remember April • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free • Killing Me Softly With His Song • Let's Face The Music And Dance • Lullaby Of Birdland • Lover Man • Misty • One Note Samba • Round Midnight • Satin Doll • Slightly Out Of Tune • Stormy Weather • Sophisticated Lady • Take Five • Take The A' Train • These Foolish Things • Undecided • Unforgettable
The Beatles: Across The Universe • Fool On The Hill • Hey Jude • Imagine • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds • Something • Let It Be • Strawberry Fields Forever • The Long And Winding Road • With A Little Help From My Friends
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody • Crazy Little Thing Called Love • Don't Stop Me Now • Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy • Save Me • We Are The Champions • You're My Best Friend
Elton John: Bennie And The Jets • Blue Eyes • Daniel • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road • I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues • Rocket Man • Song For Guy • Rocket Man • Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word • Your Song
George Gershwin: A Foggy Day • I Got Plenty O'Nuttin • I Was Doing Alright • Let's Call The Whole Thing Off • Love Is Here To Stay • Love Walked In • Summertime • They All Laughed • They Can't Take That Away From Me • I Got Rhythm
Duke Ellington: Azure • Caravan • Daybreak Express • In A Sentimental Mood • Rude Interlude • Scattin At The Kit Kat • Showboat Shuffle • Solitude
Sentimental: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square • Autumn Leaves • Bye Bye Blackbird • Carolina In The Morning • Crazy Rhythm • Ma He's Makin' Eyes At Me • Me And My Shadow • The Sheik Of Araby • Side By Side • Some Enchanted Evening • Smile • Misty
Frank Sinatra: All The Way • Day By Day • Fools Rush In • In The Still Of The Night • I Only Have Eyes For You • It All Depends On You • It's Only A Paper Moon • I've Got You Under My Skin • Mack The Knife • My Way • New York, New York • Ole Man River • The Lady Is A Tramp • Time After Time • Winners
The Corrs: Hopelessly Addicted To You • Only When I Sleep • Runaway
Recent: Coldplay • Katie Melua • Robbie Williams • Daniel Bedingfield • Keane • Norah JonesRequests: Guests very often appreciate the opportunity to ask for requests! I'm very happy to play requests during the Wedding Breakfast. It gives a measured pace to the music, involves your guests and avoids wall-to-wall music. Strongly recommended!