Ben Waddilove

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Accomplished solo pianist, recently appeared at Ronnie Scotts. Crafts artistic innovation and improvisation to connect directly with guests.
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Ben is an accomplished and versatile musician and has appeared playing keys for contemporary, jazz and blues bands, choirs and vocalists in various venues around London, Dubai and the Cotswolds, - Ronnie Scotts, jazz-at-Pizza Express, The Groucho Club, The Alleycat, The Kindred Club and The Big Feastival. He has a real passion for jazz, blues, gospel contemporary and classical music and loves to perform. He also has extensive experience in leading congregations in worship so is ideal for weddings! He crafts artistic improvisation around classic songs in a wide range of styles and genres from playful boogie and subtle jazz to upbeat swing and contemporary. He has a genuine love of the instrument and connects directly with audiences. He also loves to compose and create – including a recently published production music album ‘Panoramic Piano Stories’ He has also written and recorded numerous songs, collaborating with Indian artist Zeffereen, New York based gospel singer Ptah Brown.

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Ben's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Bonita M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was fantastic, and a lovely addition to our chapel wedding service. He took the time to get to know us and gave us a unique and wonderful wedding service.

Reply from Ben
7 months ago

Thankyou Bonita, it was a pleasure to play at your wedding!

Hannah D
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ben gave us a wonderful evening of entertainment! He is an extremely talented musician, arrived promptly and got straight into his wonderful piano playing. He really got the party going with singing too! So much fun! We have already enquired about booking Ben again!

From other customers:

Connor L
2 months ago, for a Private event in Worton Farm Office
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5 out of 5

You were absolutely fantastic - everyone had a great time! Thanks so much for making mum's 60th so special!

Connor L
2 months ago, for a Private event in Worton Farm Office
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5 out of 5

"Live music, it feeds the soul, it connects emotionally and it makes your body dance with joy. Thank you, Ben for making me feel all those things when we heard you play your incredible jazz last weekend." - J. Guest at Private Event.

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Ben's Song list

Take 5
Autumn Leaves
I get a kick out of you
Mack the Knife
Come fly with me
Lady is a Tramp
At Last
Night and Day
I got rhythm
Makin' whoopee
My baby just cares for me
It had to be you
I got you under my skin
Stormy weather
Feeling good
Let there be love
Cry me a river
My funny valentine
Dream a little dream
The girl from Ipanema
Fly me to the moon
Blueberry Hill
Hit the road jack
Every time we say goodbye
Pink Panther theme
All of Me
Take the A train
St Thomas
Every time we say goodbye
Green onions
Watermelon man
When the saints go marching in
To good to be true
New York New York
The Chicken (jazz/funk instrumental)
This Masquerade
Aint no sunshine
Just the 2 of us
Isnt she lovely
Hoochie Coochie man A
Mustang Sally
Wade in the Water
Mama told me not to come
Sweet Home Alabama G
Brown Eyed girl
Romeo and Juliette
Crazy little thing called love
No woman no cry
Twist and shout
Come together
Dont stop me now
We are the Champions
Purple Rain
New York State of mind
Black magic woman
Swing Low
Rocket Man
Your song
Dont look back in anger
Make you feel my love
Hotel California
Lean on Me
Nobody does it better
I will survive
All you need is love
American Pie
Hey Jude
Knocking on Heavens door
Let it be
Summer Loving
My Way
Take me Home Country Roads
House of the rising Sun
Thank you for the music
Those were the days
Whiter Shade of Pale
Son of a preacher man
Fix you
No one is to blame
Wonderful world
Somewhere over the rainbow
Bond themes
You only live twice
Love Divine all Loves Excelling
How great thou art
Make me a channel of thy peace
Jesu Joy of Man's desiring
In Christ Alone
Amazing Grace
Guide me Oh thou great Jehovah
All things Bright and Beautiful
Here I am to Worship
Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty
How deep the fathers love for us
The Lord's my shepherd
Seek Ye First
Abide with me
All Creatures of our God and King
And can it be
I will sing the wondrous story
Blessed Assurance
Lord for the Years
Now thank we all our God
Oh for a thousand tongues to sing
Be thou my vision
Because He lives
Crown Him with many Crowns
Give me Oil in my lamp
The King of Love my Shepherd is
Morning has broken
Great is thy faithfulness
When I survey
Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
Tell Out my Soul
To God be the Glory
When Peace like a river
I vow to thee my country
Blessed Assurance
Wagner - processional entry
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
When the saints
Jesus loves me
This little light of mine
What a friend we have in Jesus
Oh Happy Day
Soon and very soon
Were you there when they crucified my Lord
Canon in D
For the beauty of the earth
Panis Angelicus
Ave Verum
Dona Nobis
Oh come all ye faithful
Hark the Herald
Once in Royal Davids City
O little town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
Good king Wenceslas
While Shepherds watched
Silent Night
Joy to the World
Long time ago in Bethlehem
Angels from the realms of glory
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Winter Wonderland
Let it Snow
Fairytale of New York
I wish it could be Christmas everyday
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Mary did you know
Santa Claus is Coming to town
Go tell it on the mountain
Frosty the Snowman
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
God rest ye merry gentleman
Twelve Days of Christmas
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Jingle Bells

Ben's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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£400
Private Party
2x50 minute sets of live background piano music for a birthday/celebration. High quality stage piano and PA if needed
Wedding Ceremony
Suitable background music before and after the service, music for the bride to enter and the bride and groom to exit. Strong lead vocal (baritone) to lead congregational singing. Traditional or Modern Hymns/Worship Songs. Digital Piano and PA if needed.
Background piano and Sing for your Supper
2 x 50 minute sets of live background piano music during drinks/dinner, plus 1x 50 minute set of me leading the singing of popular songs (Hey Jude/American Pie/All you need is love/We are the Champions etc etc ) with guest participation. This can really make a party go with a swing! Have had some great nights using this format. I supply the lyric books for guests.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Genuine love of playing and the ability to connect with an audience. Reliability and professionalism.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ronnie Scotts, Jazz@pizzaexpress Dubai, Alleycat Club London, Groucho Club London, Kindred Club London, Bedford Pub, Balham, Car Fest Hampshire, Alex James' Big Feastival. St Georges Church Hanover Square.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett.

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

Ronnie Scotts

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

Will do my best to accommodate any changes in timings.

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

Yes I can provide an exhaustive playlist of songs!

How much time do you need to set up?

For solo piano with PA, around 45-60mins Without PA around 30 minutes

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

Yes please, as long as it is in tune and a good standard.

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

Yes, happy to chat about any preferences from my list.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes I have a Roland RD 88 digital stage piano.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a special song that you would like me to learn, I am happy to do this, there is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
Jazz fusion, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Christmas, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Swing, Gospel, Cabaret, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Classical, Classical crossover, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1920s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Covers, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Christmas party, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker, Music therapy
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