Brian Perkins

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Classical Guitarist for Concerts, Weddings, Corporate, Anniversaries..... All styles of music. Own requests arranged especially for you!
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Brian is based in the West Midlands and travels widely for Concerts and Private Engagements. These include Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions etc, Corporate Events, Parties, Anniversaries and other Special Occasions. Brian has years of experience and an extensive repertoire covering many styles of music including Classical, Spanish, Jazz, Latin, Old Time Classics, Popular and Rock. Music is tailored for both the occasion and the clients individual requirements providing a professional yet personal service.

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Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
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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Event types:
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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Brian's Song list

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
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Everything l do (l do it for you) - Brian Adams
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Stand by Me - Ben E King
Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Isn`t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Pachelbel`s Cannon
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
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
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 .....

Brian's 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)£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.


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Brian's Reviews

From Encore customers:

James P
23 days ago
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4.8 out of 5

Great - brilliant 5 star musician.

Kate W
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Priya P
7 months 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
7 months ago

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

Yusuf A
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant experience Excellent musician, It was a corporate event with just over 800 participants and everyone enjoyed it

Reply from Brian
7 months ago

Hi Yusuf, thanks for your comments. I am pleased you were happy with everything. I too enjoyed it. The staff were kind and helpful throughout.

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From other customers:

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

Peter C
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Six Ashes Road
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5 out of 5

Dear Brian, I just wanted to thank you for your contribution to what has turned out to be a very happy and successful day for our wedding. You played beautifully, calm and unruffled, we couldn’t have asked for more and we were so lucky to get your details and find that you were free to play for us. You will be aware of just how important music is in making an event successful, well you pitched it just right, so many people have made lovely comments. From our first conversation, you just stopped us having any concerns about the musical side to what was a very enjoyable day for our guests and even we were able to enjoy it as we began to relax as the day progressed. Thank you again Brian

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