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Highly experienced contemporary event pianist suitable for weddings, functions and corporate events.
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Norwich
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I'm a contemporary piano player available for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions and corporate functions. I specialise in lounge style arrangements of classic pop/rock/indie songs. I also have a small section of classical and jazz in my repertoire. Based in Norfolk but I travel within a 2 hour radius. Also available as a session musician for recording or function band dep work. For a full biog including more information on myself and my 15 years experience of playing weddings and events, please find me on Face B. Repertoire includes: Current Set List (updated from July 2022) Includes: Contemporary Pop Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved The Greatest Showman - A Million Dreams Ed Sheeran - Perfect Christina Perri - A Thousand Years The Lumineers - Hey Ho Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud James Bay - Hold Back The River Pharrel - Happy Daft Punk - Get Lucky Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling Goo Goo Dolls - Iris Jack Johnson - Better Together Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind John Legend - All Of Me Coldplay - Sky Full Of Stars/Fix You/Yellow Classic Pop Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill Elton John - Rocket Man/Your Song The Cure - Friday I'm In Love Toto - Africa Abba - Dancing Queen Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way Tracy Chapman - Fast Car Billy Joel - Always A Woman To Me Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline The Monkees - Daydream Believer Soft Cell - Tainted Love Tom Petty - Free Fallin' Herman's Hermits - Happy Together The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun/ Norwegian Wood Mamas And Papas - California Dreamin' The Eagles - Desperado Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love Fleetwood Mac - Songbird/Go Your Own Way Indie/Rock Oasis - Half The World Away White Stripes - Seven Nation Army The Cure - Friday I'm In Love Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun Elbow - One Day Like This Blur - The Universal Adam Sandler - Grow Old With You Oasis - She's Electric Killers - When You Were Young Rolling Stones - Satisfaction Oasis - Wonderwall Rock & Roll Elvis - Hound Dog Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire Booker T & The MGs - Green Onions Classical Pachabel - Canon In D Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla Ludivico Einaudi - i Giorni Yiruma - River Flows In You Yann Tierson - Comptine D'un Autre Été Jazz Errol Garner - Misty Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind Jameriquoi - Virtual Insanity Yiruma - Dream A Little Dream Van Morrison - Moondance Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon Michael Buble - Feeling Good

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Anthony's Reviews

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Beverley A
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Anthony was very professional and all our guests were thrilled by the ambience created by his music. Would highly recommend.

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Orla B
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ant was fanatic from the moment we got in touch with him. He was very kind and accommodating, learning new songs to suit our day. We were so glad he was a part of our day- the perfect mood setter and the baby piano went down so well and looked amazing in our venue! We can’t thank Ant enough!

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Francesca F
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ant was absolutely amazing at our wedding - arrived to set up early, was a reassuring face throughout the ceremony and sounded amazing!! Communication was fantastic throughout the whole process and we wouldn’t hesitate to book Ant again. Thank you so much!!

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Raquel T
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely amazing, the group loved Anthony, who put them in tremendous good spirits! Will book him again for certain! Raquel

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Ollie S
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Roughton
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5 out of 5

We found Ant to be kind, easy to talk to, approachable, and everything in between. We would highly recommend his skills and tell everyone how truly special he made our wedding day. Thank you so much for everything you did for us. We will remember it forever. Not to mention the Grand Shell…. WOW!

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Natasha A
5 years ago, for a Corporate event in Peterborough PE7 3AG
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5 out of 5

We hired Anthony as we wanted something traditional but with an edge. Anthony was very professional in his approach, a very talented individual and I can't recommend him enough.

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Anthony's Song list

Current Set List (updated from January 2021) Includes:
Contemporary Pop
Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Taylor Swift - Me!
The Greatest Showman - A Million Dreams
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
The Lumineers - Hey Ho
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Pharrel - Happy
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind
John Legend - All Of Me
Coldplay - Sky Full Of Stars
Coldplay - Fix You
Coldplay - Yellow
Classic Pop
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Elton John - Rocket Man
Elton John - Your Song
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Abba - Dancing Queen
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Billy Joel - Always A Woman To Me
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Herman's Hermits - Happy Together
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun/ Norwegian Wood
Mamas And Papas - California Dreamin'
The Eagles - Desperado
Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love
Fleetwood Mac - Songbird/Go Your Own Way
Indie/Rock
Oasis - Half The World Away
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man
Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun
Elbow - One Day Like This
Blur - The Universal
Adam Sandler - Grow Old With You
Oasis - She's Electric
Killers - When You Were Young
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Oasis - Wonderwall
Rock & Roll
Elvis - Hound Dog
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire
Booker T & The MGs - Green Onions
Classical
Debussy - Clair De Lune
Ave Maria
Pachabel - Canon In D
Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
Ludivico Einaudi - i Giorni
Yiruma - River Flows In You
Yann Tierson - Comptine D'un Autre Été
Jazz
Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E
Errol Garner - Misty
Judy Garland - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind
Jameriquoi - Virtual Insanity
Yiruma - Dream A Little Dream
Van Morrison - Moondance
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Michael Buble - Feeling Good

Anthony's 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)£125
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£295
Up to 3 hours£350

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£75
Baby Grand Piano perspex shell
+£75
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I can adapt to a room and develop a good rapport with guests whilst playing. I'm comfortable sitting in the background creating ambience. I have a good ear so if I get requests I can usually perform these on the fly. On more that one occasion, what begins as a quiet evening ends in a mass sing along.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have played in hotels, churches, halls, stately homes, fields and castles all over the country. I have also performed in venues across Europe, America and China.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I'm inspired by so much. I love pop music, from 50s - today. The piano is so versatile and I take a lot of pleasure in taking these songs and finding a way to arrange them for piano in a creative, fun and interesting way.

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

I have performed multiple live sessions on BBC Radio 2. The O2 in London is the largest venue I've played.

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

I'm usually fairly flexible. Please not that I also perform in an evening function band. On peak days (weekends during the summer months) I only accept the booking on the assurance that I will be able to leave at an agreed time. This can be discussed prior to booking.

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

I can provide recorded music, a spotify playlist or plug in a client's device to play the music through my speaker if required.

How much time do you need to set up?

Realistically only 30 minutes but I'll always arrive at least an hour before I'm due to perform.

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

I'm comfortable on any upright or grand piano. Please ensure before I arrive that the instrument has recently been tuned, the keys and the pedal work. The venue should be able to advise you of this.

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

Of course! Please understand that being piano arrangements, many of these songs work as mash ups, so although I have a long repertoire, over a 2 hour time period I will likely perform most of the songs listed.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I have a high quality Roland electric piano and 2 book shelf sized active speakers. This enables me to tuck away neatly into smaller sized venues. I also have a small 500w PA that I can bring for larger venues.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I regularly take requests, often for the ceremony. These are within reason. I consider myself a competent musician but I will struggle to learn Rachmaninoff at a week's notice. ;o)
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Electronic, Contemporary classical, Covers, Acoustic, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Film / TV music, Folk rock, Country, Blues, Americana, Top 40
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding proposal
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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