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About Archie

Composer, Musician, Musical Director
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Archie Combe is a musician, composer and musical director based in London and south England. Classically trained and inspired by jazz pianists Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, Archie has performed at the National Theatre and with Bill Laurance as part of his UK tour. Archie graduated with a first class degree from the University of Southampton and was awarded the Peter Evans Most Outstanding Performance for Music. Alongside his busy performing schedule, Archie composes for screen and stage and has worked as a musician-in-residence at top private school St Dunstan’s College in London.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor, Repetiteur, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Accompanist
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Song list

Classical/ Jazz Set List
On Green Dolphin Street
Waltz for Debby
Someday My Prince Will Come
Fly Me to the Moon
C Jam Blues
All Blues
All the Things You Are
I've Got Rhythm
Beautiful Love
All Of Me
Autumn Leaves
Blue Bossa
The Girl from Ipanema
Blame It On My Youth
My Romance
It's Only a Paper Moon
Out Of Nowhere
Love for Sale
Blue in Green
When I Fall in Love
Strangers in the Night
Lullaby of Birdland
In A Sentimental Mood
Night in Tunisia
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Over the Rainbow
Pink Panther Theme Tune
What a Wonderful World
Beyond The Sea
Somewhere (West Side Story)
Take Five
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Tell Me It's Not True (Blood Brothers)
One Note Samba
Blue Moon
Nature Boy
Singing in the Rain
Fur Elise
La Valse d'Amelie
Claire de Lune
Take the A Train
Satin Doll
Black Orpheus
There Will Be Another You
There Is No Greater Love
Night and Day
But Not For Me
Day of Wines and Roses
How High the Moon
Blue Monk
Come Fly With Me
At Last
Georgia On My Mind
It Had To Be You
Days Of Wine and Roses
Stella By Starlight
Darn That Dream
Ruby My Dear
Dolphin Dance
Lady is A Tramp
Angel Eyes
Blue Bossa
Cheek to Cheek
They Can't Take That Away from Me
So What
Someone to Watch Over Me
Alice in Wonderland
Waltz for Debby
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Romeo and Juliet Theme Tune
Beauty and the Beast
Romeo and Juliet Theme Tune
Beauty and the Beast
Contemporary/ Pop Set List
Pure Imagination
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Fields Of Gold
Everybody Loves Somebody
Uptown Funk
She's Always a Woman
Dancing in the Moonlight
Tiny Dancer
Perfect Day
Get Lucky
Handbags and Gladrags
House of the Rising Sun
Rocket Man
Let it Be
Sitting on the Dock of Bay
Thinking out Loud
Fire and Rain
Don't Look Back in Anger
Hound Dog
Half the World Away
Blame it On Me
Leon on Me
What's Going On
Twist and Shout
I'm a Believer
High and Dry
Danny Boy
Real Love
Sweet Caroline
God Only Knows
Back for Good
Endless Love
Grow Old With Me
Hold Back the River
Sunny Afternoon
Yellow Submarine
All You Need is Love
Fix You
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Piano Man
Everybody's Talkin'
Just The Way You Are
Baker Street
Isn't She Lovely
Lovely Day
Ain't No Sunshine
John Williams Medley
When Somebody Loved Me
Your Song
King of the Swingers
Great Balls of Fire
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Energy and passion for performing live.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

National Theatre, London The Savoy Hotel, London Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Brad Mehldau, Ravel, Debussy, Rufus Wainwright, Radiohead

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

Performed at the Oliver Theatre at the National Theatre for the Peter Hall Memorial service.

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

Absolutely no problem, please just let me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

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

Yes of course - as long as the piano is in working order and is in tune!

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

Of course, you can pick the songs I perform my crafted set list and will work with you to create the perfect evening.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

“Yes, absolutely! I bring my own fully weighted keyboard to play acoustically.”

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£400
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Anja B, 3 years ago

Archie was a real pleasure to have - he arrived with plenty of time to spare to set up and sound check. He played old-style classics and modern songs and sounded fabulous! He clearly has a love and passion for playing the piano that shone through all night! I will definitely recommend him to my friends!

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Tom G, 2 years ago

Archie was recently hired to play at our wedding reception, held at Devizes Town Hall.  In the lead-up, he was informative, relaxed and incredibly professional when it came to music choices, contracts and invoicing. On the day, he arrived early to prepare and liaised directly with the organisers, who he'd clearly made an effort to get to know.  The set lastest three hours to cover the drinks reception and wedding breakfast and I have to say really contributed to the atmosphere.  Classics from the likes of Debussy were combined well with more modern improvised classical pieces and at no point was the piano overbearing.

Tom C, 5 years ago

Archie was a fantastic part of our wedding day, very talented and flexible with what we wanted. He was able to play pieces from the ballet as we had our reception drinks, classical music throughout the meal and later in the evening he sang as well as played recent pop hits that everyone knew and really enjoyed, he was also happy to take requests which was excellent. We would strongly recommend him to add another dimension to any wedding day!

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