Archie Combe

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About Archie

Musical Director, Composer, Musician
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Archie Combe is a Musical Director, Composer and Actor. Theatre credits include Mog The Forgetful Cat (The Old Vic Theatre, London), The Witches (National Theatre Studio), Cinderella (Chipping Norton Theatre), Everything Between Us (Marylebone Theatre), Marry Me A Little (The Courtyard Theatre), The Pirates of Treasure Island (The Stag Theatre) and Love Goddess, The Rita Hayworth Musical (The Cockpit Theatre). Audition Piano credits include Secret Life of Bees (Almeida Theatre) and Assassins (Chichester Festival Theatre.) Archie is a composer and arranger for the stage & screen. Archie has written music for numerous games on Roblox (Pet Heroes, Sky Wars) and wrote the score for Lorna Doone the Musical with Ronald Goodman. Archie will be workshopping his new musical Scorpio Grass in 2024 alongside bookwriter and lyricist Nikki Racklin.

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Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
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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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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Archie's 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
Pina Colada
You Really Got Me
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.

Archie'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)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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Archie's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Melanie S
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Would highly recommend Archie - fantastic jazz keyboard player who played all sorts of numbers for us at a 50th party outside. Very easy to deal with, punctual and an amazing musician.

Reply from Archie
2 months ago

It was a pleasure to perform at your event - thank you!

Simon B
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

We were delighted with Archie’s fantastic piano playing, which added the perfect atmosphere to my wife’s birthday party. Archie had taken care to listen to our preferences and requirements, and worked our favourite songs into his set list. Archie was very professional and a great pleasure to work with. We would definitely book Archie again and would recommend him.

Reply from Archie
5 months ago

Many thanks for your review - I really enjoyed performing at your event!

Tom A
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Archie to play at our wedding. Booking was easy, he was prompt in replying and very helpful with the questions we asked. He played background jazz for our drinks reception and really helped to set the mood, we had loads of comments to say how great he was. We would definitely recommend him to anyone else!

Reply from Archie
6 months ago

It was a lovely wedding and a joy to perform at this event.

Soozi D
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Archie was superb. Guests of all ages thoroughly enjoyed his music . Simply fantastic thank you Archie

Reply from Archie
6 months ago

Thank you, Soozi - I really enjoyed it!

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From other customers:

Mae B
1 year ago, for a Wedding proposal in BA8 0BA
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5 out of 5

We booked Archie to play at our event and honestly couldn’t recommend him more. Communication from start to finish was amazing as well as being a really nice, genuine person. He played a range of music for two hours whilst we had cocktails and it was just perfect. He even took a request from one of our guests which was really kind. Thank you so much Archie for making our event so wonderful.

Tom G
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Devizes SN10
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5 out of 5

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.