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Ashley Mason

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Pianist
Worcester
Public liability insurance of £2 million
Pianist / Cellist for hire in Midlands / Cheshire & North Wales

Coming from a family of professors of music and piano technicians I started my musical education at the tender age of six. At ten years old I joined the cello section of the Gwynedd Môn Youth Symphony Orchestra under the tutorship of Heather Bills, herself an ex-pupil of the legendary Jacqueline du Pre and co-principal cellist of the renowned Hallé Orchestra. I studied piano with Elizabeth Ellis (ARCM, FRCM. Dip Advanced Performance RCM) in 2002 and passed ABRSM Grade 8 in 2004, a mere two and a half years after receiving my first piano lesson. I have performed and taught privately since 2004 and hold a Licentiate certificate in performance from Trinity College London. I have played regularly at functions and weddings throughout the North Wales and Cheshire areas since 2004, and often play at events as far afield as the South coast. I accompany vocalists (such as Only Men Aloud's Ben Smith, Bryn Terfel Scholarship 2011 / 2012 winner Huw Ynyr Evans, entrant Sian Crisp and singer / songwriter Donna Lea Morris) and instrumentalists for competitions, concerts, grade exams and studio recording sessions. I teach piano privately, tutoring pupils in a laid-back and friendly style entirely tailored to their needs. Pupils may choose to study for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall graded examinations or just for fun, and I welcome beginners and refreshers alike. I will also tutor music theory in line with the Associated Board and Trinity's requirements. I also represent one half of the Telano Duo, a harp and piano duo who hope to bring a fresh approach to the classical repertoire.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Ragtime, Swing, Jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Light music, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, Disco, Rock, Classic rock, Pop rock, Power rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Bollywood, French music, German music, Italian music, Latin, Russian music, Spanish music, Tango
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy
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Song list

My repertoire list is constantly expanding, and this is by no means an exhaustive list! If you don't see a song, feel free to let me know and I'll learn it especially for you!
Air from Water Music - Handel
Ave Maria - Schubert
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Largo from Xerxes - Handel
Meditation from Thais - Massenet
The Prince of Denmark's March - Clarke
At Last - Etta James
Beauty and the Beast
Fly Me To The Moon
Open Arms - Journey
Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
Someone To Watch Over Me - Gershwin
That's What Friends Are For
There You'll Be from Pearl Harbour
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Wind Beneath my Wings - Bette Midler
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
The Notebook (Main Title)
The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
The Rose - Bette Midler
You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
Customer questions

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

That's no problem at all - if your timings change then please let me know. I try to be as flexible as possible to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible.

How much time do you need to set up?

If a portable stage piano is required, I can usually have this set up within 15 minutes.

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 good working order and in tune, I'm more than happy to play on it!

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

You are more than welcome to request any songs beforehand.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I can bring my own portable stage piano to the venue provided there is an electricity socket nearby. Please note that if you require me to play outdoors, I still require access to electricity.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If I am unfamiliar with a specific song, I am more than happy to learn it especially for you.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Without a doubt my biggest influence was my first piano teacher! I am also a big fan of Valentina Lisitsa and my cello heroine has to be the legendary Jacqueline du Pre.

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

A recent private engagement for the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP.

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)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£185
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£285
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£750
Available services
Telano
+£325

Reviews

From customers:

Lois S, 8 years ago

Your wonderful music was the perfect backdrop to our ceremony, you created exactly the right mood for the occasion. We had one of the best days of our lives, and thank you so much for helping to make it so special

Bethan A, 15 years ago

Not only is Ashley a musician from head to toe, but an exceptional pianist - and a fantastic teacher!

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