Brian Perkins

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Guitarist for Weddings, Corporate Events, Anniversaries and Parties. All styles of music guaranteed to to impress your guests. So Just Relax
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Brian is based in the West Midlands and travels widely for Concerts and Private Engagements. These include Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions, Corporate Events, Parties, Anniversaries and other Special Occasions. Brian has a great deal of experience and an extensive repertoire covering many musical styles including Classical, Spanish, Jazz, Latin, Old Time Classics, Popular and Rock. Music is tailored for both the occasion and the clients individual requirements whist providing a professional yet personal service. You will be able to relax in the knowledge that you have engaged a performer who will go above and beyond to ensure that your day runs smoothly. Brian is able to wander around as he plays as well as taking a seat at various points or remaining in one position, for example during more intimate moments such as a wedding ceremony. Ultimately, this is your choice.

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Brian's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Matthew V
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

My wife and I are so happy that Brian performed during our wedding day. Brian is such a nice guy, he was very friendly and extremely professional. Our wedding guests very much enjoyed his music selection, and I had a lot of fun talking with him about guitars. We highly recommend working with Brian for any event!

Reply from Brian
1 month ago

Thanks Matthew for reviewing my performance. It was a great day, the venue was perfect, so l am pleased that everyone enjoyed the music, hopefully making your day just a little more memorable and special.

James P
9 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Great - brilliant 5 star musician.

Reply from Brian
7 months ago

Thanks James, it was real pleasure to play for you and your guests at the restaurant. I wish you many more happy occasions for many years to come.

Kate W
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Amazing! Brian played for our wedding reception drinks and he was even better than we could have imagined. So many guests asked how we found him and told us how impressive it was. We highly recommend and will be finding another opportunity to book in the future!

Reply from Brian
10 months ago

Thank you Kate for your kind words. I always do my best and l appreciate this being reflected in your review.

Priya P
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Brian was lovely, he played all our songs what we requested and other songs that suited the ceremony. I would recommend him to anyone who would love to play their own theme songs for their ceremony. He also went an extra mile to rehearse my entrance song before the ceremony and nailed it on the day! Thank you again Brian!

Reply from Brian
1 year ago

Thank you Priya for your kind words. It was a beautiful day and a real pleasure to play for you and your guests.

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Oliver Q
8 months ago, for a Wedding in Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8BU
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5 out of 5

“Brian was amazing for us on our wedding day and to have his considered professional judgement was a huge factor in removing an element of stress on the day. Both me & my wife were a little on the fence about having live music for our ceremony & drinks reception, however that changed. Two and half weeks prior, my younger sister got married and she had a harp player and it added so much to the occasion. We wanted something more fitting to both of us and had already had long arguments / discussions about our non-live music playlist over long evening meals. When we approached Brian about 10-12 days out and had a conference call with him, he was so understanding about the mood we were after and was very obliging about two specific tracks we wanted for during the key part of the ceremony. Neither of these tracks were part of his repertoire but he was prepared to learn them specially and report back how they worked. He kindly did this over a weekend and gave us the reassurance and confidence they would work, and indeed they did. We had the complication of hoping for the best but expecting the worst, weather wise on the day. A huge thing, given that we both really wanted to have the ceremony outside. It was touch and go but it all worked so beautifully and I cannot believe how much Brian’s playing lifted things and our spirits. Such a special gathering and intimate one, given we had less than 25 guests. Brian was also such a gent and adaptable, when the heavens did open and we had our drinks reception inside as a result. He knew exactly what to play throughout the course of this part of the day and again, it added so much and helped everyone relax yet further (for me the most stressful part of the day was over). We really can’t recommend Brian enough and will always remember what he & his playing brought to our wedding day.”

Richard D
1 year ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in Bordesley La
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5 out of 5

Hi Brian. Thank you so much for your beautiful playing at Mark’s funeral yesterday. It was very well received by all present, especially Mark’s family. Thanks again Richard

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Brian's Song list

Pachelbel's Cannon
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
All of Me - John Legend
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin
Señorita - Camila Cabello/Mendes
Despacito - Fonsi
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Everything l do (l do it for you) - Brian Adams
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Stand by Me - Ben E King
Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Isn`t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Tender - Blur
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
You're My Best Friend - Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Girl From Ipanema - Jobim
One Note Samba - Jobim
Take Five - Paul Desmond
Tea For Two - Vincent Youmans
Something - The Beatles
And I Love Her - The Beatles
Bring Me Sunshine - Kent
Layla - Eric Clapton
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Wonderwall - Oasis
Killing me Softly - Roberta Flack/The Fugees
Cavatina - Stanley Myers
Downtown - Tony Hatch (Petula Clark)
Always Something There to Remind Me - Bacharach/David
Just What I Always Wanted - Mari Wilson
The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
Black & White Rag - Scott Joplin
You've Got A Friend - Carole King/James Taylor
Michelle - The Beatles
La Bamba - Richie Valens
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
James Bond Theme - Norman
Hotel California - The Eagles
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Jerome Kern
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
Spanish Romance - Anon
Summertime - George Gershwin
Once Upon a Time in the West - Morricone
Can You Feel My Love - Adele
Tequila - The Champs
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Birds Flew Over The Spire - Gary Ryan
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tárrega
Capricho árabe - Francisco Tárrega
Lágrima - Francisco Tárrega
Adelita - Francisco Tárrega
Vals -Francisco Tárrega
Asturias - Issac Albéniz
Cádiz - Issac Albéniz
Granada - Issac Albéniz
Sevilla - Issac Albéniz
Rodrigo Guitar Concerto - Joaquin Rodrigo
Canarios - Gaspar Sanz
My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe - John Dowland
Serenata Española - Joaquin Malats
Torija - Federico Moreno Torroba
Sound of Bells - Pernambuco
Mazurka - Heitor Villa - Lobos
Preludes - Heitor Villa - Lobos
Chôro No 1 - Heitor Villa - Lobos

Brian'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)£95
Up to 1 hour£195
Up to 2 hours£275
Up to 3 hours£345
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
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.


Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The fact that clients can relax and leave everything in my hands. They like my unruffled friendly approach and my ability to play music that suits the mood at any particular part of the occasion.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Blakelands Country House,. The Midland Institute, Edgbaston Golf Club, Cannon Hill Park, The Town Hall Halifax, Moseley Old Hall, Patshull Park, Pendrell Hall, Hundred House Hotel, Oak Farm Hotel, Hilton Hall, The Moat House, Brocton Hall, Mercure Birmingham, Fairlawns Hotel, Ramada Park Hall, Moor Hall Hotel, Burlington Hotel, Casltle Brom, Bolton Castle.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

John Williams. Brian May.

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

Recital for the Treasury Music Society in London. On a completely different occasion I had the pleasure of playing at a wedding with Ken Dodd as a family guest We chatted afterwards and he was exceedingly complimentary and down to earth. He spoke eloquently during the reception and was of course brilliantly entertaining.

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

I understand that timings can change and l can be flexible to accommodate these to ensure that your event runs smoothly.

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

Breaks are normally short and fill in music is not required. I can offer the use of a mic for speeches, reading or announcements within the contracted hours.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always arrive approximately 1 to 1.5 hours prior to the start to allow time to set up before guests arrive. It's important for me to find the best position to sit and liase with event staff.

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

Yes you can. You can also ask for specific styles such as just classical or spanish or a mix.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes all equipment is provided. I use my own amplification with a radio mic to my guitar. This offers far greater flexibility with the set up position.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. I have arranged countless pieces at the request of clients. I just need a reasonable amount of time to do this. There is no charge for this. Songs arranged include Isn't She Lovely, Bring Me Sunshine, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Lovely Day, The Wonder Of You, We've Only Just Begun, Africa .....
Easy listening, Classical, Jazz, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Light music, Acoustic, Bossa nova, Spanish music, Flamenco, Traditional church music, Classic rock
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Cruise, Birthday party, Recording session, New Year's Eve
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