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Anita MacDonald

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Anita- Conservatoire trained pianist, vocalist, accompanist and teacher. Classical, Pop, Blues, Opera, Background, Ceilidh, Folk.

Anita has had a pretty eclectic career and is an all round musician, equally happy chatting to ceilidh or party audiences as in more formal concert settings. While at RCoS she won many prizes as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist. She has a lifelong passion for many musical styles, performing as a classical pianist, singer, jazz, funk and folk musician and enjoying composing and arranging in many styles to improve her performances. She has appeared in many television, radio and film appearances, most notably as a body double for Rachel Weisz. She was a weekly hotel pianist at Gleneagles, Sheraton and Garfield House Hotels in Scotland. While raising her family in London, Anita was a busy Head of Music, directing many musicals and theatrical performances, arranging and conducting choral concerts culminating in her Secondary Headship qualification. She is an examiner in music. She performs in many weddings, corporate events and other parties in addition to classical repertoire, as people warm to her due to many years of experience in chatting to people and drawing them into her performances. She has her own car and electric piano, a plethora of standard repertoire, is punctual (usually early!) and very reliable. Anita is also available as an accompanist, repetiteur and tutor of piano, singing and theory up to Diploma/Degree standard.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Opera, Musical theatre, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Ceillidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Karaoke, Covers, Rock
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Cruise, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Orchestrator, Songwriter, Arranger, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner
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Song list

Red, red rose
Stormy Weather
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Angel Eyes
amazing Grace
Black Coffee
Blues at Dawn
The Banks and Braes
Candle in the Wind
Danny Boy
Dancing Queen
Don’t Cry for me Argentina
East of the Sun
The Entertainer
Fever
Fernando
Fly Me to the Moon
Fools Rush In
For the Good Times
From Both Sides Now
The Greatest Day - Take That
The Girl from Ipanema
Happy Birthday
Hey Jude
I don’t know how to Love him
I left my Heart in SAN Francisco
I let a song go out of my heart
I’ll never fall in Love Again
I’ll remember April
I’m beginning to see the light
In a Sentimental Mood
In walked Bud
I say a Little Prayer
I Surrender Dear
It’s Impossible
I Waited For You
I write the Songs
If you Leave me now
Just the Two of Us
Just the Way you are
Killing me Softly
Love is Blue
Love me with all your heart
Lover Man
Maybe this Time
Mamma Mia
Mean to me
Memories of you
Michelle
Midnight Sun
Money money money
Mood Indigo
Moonglow
More than you know
Music Box Dancer
The Night we called it a Day
Once in a lifetime
One Note Samba
Perdido
Sailing
Piano Man
Satin Doll
Slightly out of Tune
Smile
Solitude
Sometimes When we Touch
Sophisticated Lady
Spanish Eyes
stardust
Stars Fell on Alabama
Stormy Weather
Streets of London
Strutting with some BBQ
Sunny
Sunrise, Sunset
Take the A train
Thankyou for the Music
The Winner Takes it All
These foolish things
This Guy’s in Love with you
Tiny Dancer
Too Young
Try a Little Tenderness
Tuxedo Junction
Undecided
Unforgettable
Until it’s time for you to go
Wave
What the World Needs Now
Where is the Love
Without You
Yesterday
Yesterday when I was young
You light up my life
Your song
Summertime
Oh Mio Babbino Caro (just a rough idea, I can do hundreds)
Caro Mio Ben
Michael Nyman
Einaudi
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I’m flexible but do try to let me know over 24 hours in advance, so I can make the necessary arrangements for additional equipment, musical requests etc.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes I can feed through the PA system for no extra charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

Minimum 30 minutes, preferably more to sound check unless you have a piano on site

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes but please send me a video via text message.whatsapp if possible for me to check tuning and condition of acoustic piano, otherwise i'd bring an electric one.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Of course, and more. I can learn anything you like.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I have a variety of keyboards etc

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course, please give me a couple of weeks to download and learn, but my sight reading is pretty good too.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I can be quite a laugh when chatting to audiences, relaxed, interaction. I try to help everyone have a good time, and am happy mingling and chatting and performing requests or have someone singalong where appropriate.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Albert Hall The Usher Hall O2 arena Wembley Arena Ronnie Scott’s For the Royal Family, French rugby team, Lord Provost of Glasgow, Lord Mayor of London, numerous Television venues and otherwise weddings, functions and concerts

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Chopin Kissin Bowie Callas Melody Gardot Gershwin James Macmillan

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Albert Hall in front of Queen Mother, for her birthday

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250

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Lesley M, 1 month ago

Anita was just fabulous. She played for my daughters birthday party at our home. Nothing was too much trouble for our guests. Would highly recommend Anita and will be sure to book her again. Anita played for our recent wedding. She sang some classical songs for the formal registry event, then played background music during the meal. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Very enjoyable Full starFull starFull starFull starFull starVerified Graham V, 2 months ago Anita played a wide variety of jazz classics and this added well to the ambience of the evening. Professional and punctual, a seamless performance Full starFull starFull starFull starFull starVerified Donna M, 3 months ago Anita played for my birthday party while I was visiting the UK from California. We asked her to play songs from the USA, and she came up with lots of different pieces and styles. The party was a great success thanks to the sparkling and vivacious performance. We had so much fun dancing and singing along to the perfect music she played. A lovely performance created a memorable time we will be talking about for years. I would not hesitate to engage Anita again. Very professional and so very ente

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Natalie C, 3 months ago

Anita played a variety of songs as the guests entered, then a special medley of Take That songs for my entry and our exit, followed by a selection of jazz, pop and blues for the meal. A fantastic pianist, organised, punctual and made the effort to do guest requests

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Kath A, 3 months ago

A superb concert with a mixture of piano solos and songs. Anita organised and performed, while keeping a running commentary with the audience, thoroughly enjoyable

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