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Brian is a versatile pianist/musician who ins comfortable playing in various styles/genres to fit any occasion or situation as required.
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Brian has been a dedicated, passionate and active musician nearly all his life, learning and playing the piano from an early age. He has been an accompanist. for choirs and instrumentalists at music festivals and in concerts. Brian has also been drawn into the world of theatre and dance (including ballet) and been a show pianist for dramatic groups for musicals, Old Time Music Hall and Pantomimes, and also has previously played piano at a hotel in the New Forest. He also now entertains/plays piano with some singing regularly in care homes and day centres across the South of England along with accompanying piano duties for 2 Male Voice Choirs and a Community Choir in Hampshire. In addition he plays piano, and also can play electric or church organ, for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and Christmas and Town Twinning Events, and in 2018 provided live piano soundtrack music for a silent film event at a historic location in Romsey, Hampshire, to mark a hundred years since the end of the Great War. Brian has a BA(Hons) Music Degree qualification as well as a P.G.C.E teaching qualification and in the past has taught music in secondary schools and taught keyboards in a Yamaha Music School in Huddersfield. The music experience that Brian has enables him to play piano in a range of different styles/ genres including classical, music theatre, ragtime, some mainstream pop and rock, jazz, and other types from most eras ancient to modern. He can also improvise if need be and sight read music quickly or learn and play musical numbers by ear. At different events Brian also can take requests from a wide repertoire.

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Classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Classical crossover, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Marching, Vintage, Pop, Italian music, French music, Ragtime, Swing
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Accompanist
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Brian's Song list

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
Air on a G String. J.S. Bach
'Air' from Water Music. G.F. Handel
Wher'ere You Walk. G.F .Handel
Did You Not See My Lady. G.F. Handel
Sonata No16 in C major. Mozart
Fur Elise. Beethoven
'Minute' Waltz in D Flat. Chopin
Nocturne in D Flat (Raindrop) Chopin
Nocturne in E flat - Chopin
' Dreaming' Schumann
Various Waltzes. Brahms
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Grieg
Wedding March. Mendelssohn
Wedding March (Lohengrin) Wagner
Chorus of Hebrew Slaves. Verdi
La Donna e Mobile. Verdi
Habanera from Carmen. Bizet
Toreador' s Song. (Carmen) Bizet
Dance of the Mirillitons. Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers. Tchaikovsky
Skater's Waltz. Waldteufel
Pizzicati From Sylvia. Delibes
Blue Danibe & Other Waltzes. J Strauss
Radetzsky March. J Strauss
Clair De Lune. Debussy
Arabesque No 1. Debussy
Seargant' s Song.
and other Gilbert & Sullivan numbers
I Got Rhythm Gershwin
Summertime Gershwin
Czardas. Monti
The Entertainer. Scott Joplin
Maple Leaf Rag. Scott Joplin
Black & White Rag
Alexander's Rag Time Band
Music, Music, Music
Keel Row
Early One Morning
Bobby Shaftoe
Blaydon Races
Lincolnshire Poacher
Scarborough Fair
Widdecombe Fair
English Country Garden
Minstrel Boy
Irish Washerwoman
Last Rose of Summer
Paddy Mcginty' s Goat
Londonderry Air/Danny Boy
Cockles and Mussels
Loch Lomond
Westering Home
Skye Boat Song
The Ash Grove
Men of Harlech
Land of my Fathers
Suo Gan
Home on the Range
Swanny River
Turkey in the Straw
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Jamaica Farewell
Sloop John B
La Paloma
Paso Doble
Waltzing Matilda
Pokarakare Ana
Santa Lucia
Return to Sorrento
Isle of Capri
Funiculi Funicula
Colonel Bogey
Liberty Bell
Blaze Away
Land of Hope and Glory (Part of Elgar's Ponp & Circumstance March No 1)
The Boy Friend - Title Number
I Could Be Happy - The Boy Friend
Singing In The Rain
Drinking Song. - Student Prince
Vienna City of My Dreams
Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Oklahoma
Surrey With The Fringe On Top - Oklahoma
Getting To Know You. - King and I
Ol' Man River - Showboat
You'll Never Walk Alone - Carousel
If I Loved You - Carousel
Some Enchanted Evening - South Pacific
There Is Nothing Like A Dame - South Pacific
Sound of Music - Title Song
Lonely Goatherd - Sound of Music
Climb Every Mountain- Sound of Music
Edelweiss - Sound of Music
My Favourite Things - Sound of Music
Do- Re- Mi - Sound of Music
My Fair Lady - Selection of Numbers
Oliver - Selection of Numbers including Consider Yourself
Deadwood Stage - Calamity Jane
Secret Love - Calamity Jane
Everything' s Coming Up Roses - Gypsy
Hello Dolly - Title Song
Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
True Love
Wonderful Copenhagen
Someday My Prince Will Come - Snow White
Beauty And The Beast - Title Song
Mary Poppins selection (various numbers)
Cavatina From The Deer Hunter
Green Leaves of Summer - Alamo Theme Tune
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Title Song
Eye Level
Who Do You Think You Are Kidding (Dad' s Army)
Somewhere - West Side Story
America - West Side Story
To- Night - West Side Story
I Feel Pretty - West Side Story
Memory from 'Cats'
Music Of The Night - Phantom Of The Opera
Don' t Cry For Me Argentina
Numbers From Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
Do You Hear The People Sing - Les Miserables
I Dreamed A Dream - Les Miserables
All That Jazz - Chicago
Unchained Melody
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Chanson D'Amour
Rock Around The Clock
Oh Boy - Buddy Holly song
Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly Song
True Love's Ways - Buddy Holly Song
All I Have To Do Is Dream
I Love You Because - Jim Reeves song
Wooden Heart
Can't Help Falling In Love
I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles Song
Girl Feom Ipanema
Spanish Eyes
Begin The Beguine
Something Stupid
Frank Sinatra Songs Inc. The Lady Is A Tramp
Fly Me To The Moon, My Way
What A Wonderful World
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
i'll Never Find Another You - Seekers
Morningtown Ride - The Seekers
Paper Roses
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Streets Of London
He Ain't Heavy
Hey Jude - Beatles
All You Need Is Love- Beatles
The Fool On The Hill - Beatles
Yesterday- Beatles
Michelle - Beatles
Other Various Beatles Numbers
Right Said Fred
It's Not Unusual
Green Green Grass Of Home
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
Sound of Silence
Music - John Miles
Top Of The World - Carpenters
By The Rivers of Babylon
Close To You
Sing - Carpenters
Nobody Does It Better
Thank You For The Music - Abba
Mamma Mia - Abba
Money, Money - Abba
I Have A Dream - Abba
The Winner Takes It All - Abba
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Somebody To Love - Queen
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Your Song - Elton John
Can You Feel The Love To-night - Elton John
Ordinary People - John Legend
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
It Don't Mean A Thing
In The Mood
Moonlight Serenade
American Patrol
Blue Skies
Lullaby of Birdland
Black Coffee
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
Stranger On The Shore
Old Time/20s, 30s, 40s Numbers/Others
Daisy Daisy
Down At The Old Bull & Bush
There Is A Tavern In The Town
Maybe It's Becausec I'm A Londoner
On Mother Kelly"s Doorstep
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Lambeth Walk
Bye Bye Blackbird
Who's Sorry Now
I Belong To Glasgow
Roll Out The Barrel
I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
You Made Me Love You
If You Knew Suzie
One Of Those Things
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
Pack Up Your Troubles
It' s A Long Way To Tipperary
Show Me The Way To Go Home
Roses Of Picardy
Keep The Homes Fires Burning
Walking My Baby Back Home
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
September In The Rain
Sunnyside Of The Street
Ain't She Sweet
We' ll Gather Lilacs In The Spring
Keep Young And Beautiful
Blue Moon
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
When You Wish Upon A Star
Red Sails In The Sunset
La Vie En Rose
September In The Rain
Whispering Grass
As Time Goes By
White Cliffs Of Dover
If I Had My Way
You'll Never Know
Over The Waves - Waltz
Foolish Heart
Goodnight Sweetheart
Wish Me Luck
Love Is The Sweetest Thing
We'll Meet Again
The Happy Wanderer
Smile - Charlie Chaplin
Slow Boat To China
If I Didn' t Care
Spread A Little Happiness
Now Is The Hour
Around The World
Sentimental Journey
Che Sera
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
On Moonlight Bay
Strangers In The Night
Windmills Of Your Mind
Love Is Blue
Walk In The Black Forest
Most Well Known Carols
Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
White Christmas
It' s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Jingle Bells
Mary's Boy Child
Merry Christmas Everybody
Jingle Bell Rock
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Silver Bells
Let It Snow
Frosty The Snowman
Walking In The Air
Blue Christmas
I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
When A Child Is Born

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Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£340
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Brian's Reviews

From customers:

Lorna J
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Hayling Island Community Centre
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5 out of 5

This is just an extra "thank you" from Val and Lorna for your non stop entertainment on Saturday.Everyone enjoyed your music and was happy with your choices therefore didn`t call out

John H
5 years ago, for a Birthday party in Langstone Rd
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5 out of 5

Just a short note to say a really big thank you for entertaining us so brilliantly on Saturday night. I've had such great feedback from people, and having you there added something very special to the party