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Barney is a classical trained pianist and accordionist based in Leeds as both a performer and tutor.
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Barney has been a musician all his life starting off as accordionist at the age of 6. He began by playing at folk venues in his home county of Somerset fore taking up the piano and moving into classical repertoire. At the age of eighteen he moved to Leeds to study classical music at Leeds college of music where he gained a BA in classical piano and a masters in music composition. Having completed his studies, Barney took up piano teaching and regular work as a solo performer on accordion and piano as well as working as an accompanist. He now performs for weddings, events events both as a solo performer and in multiple ensemble projects. His main ensemble project, Kibitz, have had a successful first two years since he helped create the band in 2016. In that time they have recorded an Ep, played at multiple festivals (including Lattitude), They were also featured in documentary about the Jewish community in Leeds, soon to be released on the BBC. He also plays in folk bands and various jazz, gypsy jazz and pop projects. Outside of performing work, Barney also composes and has written works for his band and solo piano and accordion pieces of a range of styles.

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 while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
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Classical, Baroque, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Early music, Classical crossover, Musical theatre, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Swing, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Jewish music, Klezmer, Russian music, Scottish music, Tango, Ska, Folk, Irish rock, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Welsh folk, World music, Italian music, Flamenco, Polish music, Polka, Afrobeat, African music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Theory teaching, Composer, Accompanist
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Song list

Amelie Theme tune
La Cumpasita
Godfather Theme tune
Hava Nagila
Jovana Jovanke
La Vie en Rose
Piano Classical-
Bach Prelude in C major
Chopin Raindrop Prelude
Debussy-Arabesque no 1
Debussy -Arabesque no 2
Debussy -Clair de lune
Moonlight Sonata
Fur Elise
Wedding March
Trumpet voluntary
Jazz Piano-
Autumn Leaves
All of me
Gee baby Ain't I good to you
Honey-suckle Rose
It don't mean a thing
My Favourite Things
Pop and Rock-
Life On Mars
Man who sold the world
Perfect Day
Sunny afternoon
Customer questions

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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

Yes I am very happy to do this. I charge £100 per hour for the DJ service. Lights and PA are included.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes-45

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

Yes as long as it is in tune and working

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

Yes although depending on how many this may effect the quote.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. I can usually do this for free, I just ask that the song be requested well in advance so I have time to learn it.


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£120
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£250


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Nicholas T, 2 years ago

We booked Barnaby for our wedding reception - very professional service and the music was lovely, exactly what we wanted. I would definitely recommend.

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, 2 years ago

Talented musician and very easy to work with!

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Mark S, 2 years ago

Provided just what we wanted for our corporate event and was able to accommodate requests for music not in his usual repertoire. Invicta Financial Group

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Eli A, 2 years ago

Utterly fantastic pianist who was very flexible for the needs of our wedding, playing an excellent arrangement of jazz and classical numbers. Very much recommend Barnaby to others looking for a wonderful and approachable musician.

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Simon G, 3 years ago

It was a privilege to have Kibitz play on my recent BBC One Documentary ‘The Jews of Leeds’ Their live act is fun and full of energy, and inspired me to pick up a guitar and discover my own Eastern European roots through their music. We all need more Kibitz!

Jane E, 11 years ago

Barnaby is a musician's musician. He is serious about his work and shows a commitment and prowess. He plays the piano with expression and shows an insight into music that captures the listener's imagination. He has abilities in many musical genres. He understands the great heritage of the piano repertoire as well as that of folk music and modern idioms.

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