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Chess Taylor

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International wedding and events singer with an "effortless" four octave range
Singer (soprano)
Gerrards Cross
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Chess Taylor is an accomplished international recording artist with a "stunning" soprano voice. She has a wealth of experience in the industry having performed in theatre tours, weddings, funerals, hotels, holiday parks, corporate events and cruise lines. Chess is available for a variety of occasions so please don't hesitate to enquire about any booking requests you may have. Chess began her singing career performing in the production shows for a prestigious hotel in the UK. She then went on to perform on cruise ships for 4 years where she sang in the all singing and dancing shows! Chess then was lucky enough to be a prt of a classical quartet harmony groups which toured UK hotels and even performed as the guest act on major cruise lines. Chess then wanted to pursue her career based back in the UK and has been singing at weddings, funerals, hotels, private and corporate events ever since. At the beginning of 2022 Chess signed to a record label and is now releasing songs into the world. This new venture has opened many doors and Chess is so excited to see where it leads to next. Chess Taylor has a wealth of experience singing at live concerts worldwide and would be delighted to deliver a bespoke performance for your event!

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Chess Taylor's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Judith S
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Chess' performance was stunning, she made my husband’s Memorial Service unique and very special indeed. Her pure voice is absolutely beautiful and a joy to listen to. She was at the Church on time and sang all the hymns we selected!

Leisha B
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Chess was fantastic , clear voice and a great entertainer. She looked gorgeous on the stage

Charlotte I
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely outstanding! Chess sang at a funeral for us. It was quite short notice, but nothing was too much trouble for her and she went absolutely over and above to ensure everything went smoothly, even playing the music we wanted on her sound system as we walked out of church. She sang 3 solos for us beautifully and then helped lead singing the hymns. Everyone commented on how wonderful she was. I could not recommend her more highly, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Chess

Nichola M
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

We had the most amazing experience with Chess. We were blown away with her voice, she gave us goosebumps when singing, we cannot thank her enough for listening to our song choices and making them even more special. We had such fantastic comments from guests, everyone wanted to know where we found her, we can't wait to share her talent.

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From other customers:

David B
4 years ago, for a Cruise in Fred Olsen Braemar
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5 out of 5

The cabaret Classical Crossover was the best I have witnessed. Starting with Ave Marie the audience were immediately captivated and spell bound. A change of tempo followed with I could have danced all night . Chess interacted with the audience giving information about her choice of songs and what they meant to her. A faultless performance of O Mio Babbino Caro had the audience captivated and spellbound. The rendition of Moon River had you drifting away waltzing on the dance floor. Chess also included Pie Jesu,Wishing you were somehow here again,Time to say goodbye. Finishing with You ll never walk alone the audience were participating ,singing and waving. Everyone was on their feet and the standing ovation was thoroughly deserved. I recommended to Head Office staff who were on the ship to watch Chess and they were delighted with her performance. Chess has a voice that captivates the audience and an aura that you warm too. Given the opportunity Chess has a great future.

Alan J
4 years ago, for a Cruise in Cruise Ship
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5 out of 5

Chess delivered a very high quality and varied show. The excellence of her singing was highlighted by the range of musical genres included, and her warmth and personality added greatly to the audience's enjoyment.

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Chess Taylor's Song list

Classical/Classical Crossover/Opera/funeral
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Time To Say Goodbye - Francesco Sartori
Nella Fantasia - Ennio Morricone
Ave Maria - Schubert
Nessun Dorma - Pavarotti
The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli/Celine Dion
Panic Angelicus - Pavarotti
Jerusalem - Hymn
Amazing Grace - Hymn
Alma Del Core - Antonio Caldara
Por Ti Sere - (You Raise Me Up) in Italian
L'amore Sei Tu (I Will Always Love You) - Katherine Jenkins
Cinema Paradiso - Katherine Jenkins
World in Union - Chess Taylor/Hayley Westerna
I Could Have Danced All Night - My Fair Lady
If I Loved You - Carousel
You’ll Never Walk Alone - Carousel
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again - Phantom of the Opera
Think of Me - Phantom of the Opera
May it Be - Enya
Love Never Dies - Love Never Dies
Never Enough (soprano) - The Greatest Showman
Chandelier (soprano classical) - Sia
Run (soprano) - Leona Lewis
Moon River - Frank Sinatra
Somewhere - West Side Story
Danny Boy - Hymn
Someone To Watch Over Me - Crazy For You
Hallelujah (soprano) - Leonard Cohen
Land of Hope and Glory - Vera Lynn
Rule Britannia - Last Night Of The Proms
Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
Feed The Birds - Mary Poppins
How Great Thou Art - Hymn
I Watch The Sunrise - Hymn
Jealous Of The Angels - Donna Taggart
Abide With Me - Hymn
Musical Theatre Set List:
Never Enough - The Greatest Showman
This Is Me - The Greatest Showman
A Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
I Dreamed a Dream - Les Mis
On My Own - Les Mis
Bring Him Home - Les Mis
I Could Have Danced All Night - My Fair Lady
If I Loved You - Carousel
You’ll Never Walk Alone - Carousel
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again - Phantom
Think Of Me - Phantom
Love Never Dies - Love Never Dies
Somewhere - West Side Story
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Wizard Of OZ
Feed The Birds - Mary Poppins
A Spoonful of Sugar - Mary Poppins
Movie In My Mind - Miss Saigon
I Still Believe - Miss Saigon
Memory - Cats
Hopelessly Devoted To You - Grease
Seasons Of Love - Rent
The Wizard and I - Wicked
Popular - Wicked
Don’t Rain On My Parade - Funny Girl
All That Jazz - Chicago
Cabaret - Cabaret
What I Did For Love - Chorus Line
Still Hurting - The Last 5 Years
The Trolley Song - Meet Me In St Louis
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Popular Music:
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Sway - Dean Martin
Que Sera - Doris Day
Every time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald
My Baby Just Cares - Nina Simone
At Last - Etta James
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
You Cant Hurry Love - The Supremes
She Loves You - The Beetles
Cant Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin +
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
December 63 - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw
Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
River Deep Mountain High - Tina Turner
Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Cher
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
Something - The Beetles
Saw Her Standing there - the Beetles
Yesterday - The Beetles
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Dream a Little Dream - The Mamas & The Papas
Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Moon River - Frank Sinatra
Keep On Running - The Spencer Davis Group
Chapel Of Love - The Dixie cups
Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
I’m So Excited - The pointer Sisters
Sign Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting - Elton John
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Somebody To Love - Queen
Don’t Stop Me now - Queen
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
New York - Frank Sinatra
Beautiful Sunday - Daniel Boone
Close To You - The Carpenters
Top Of The World - The Carpenters
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Honey Honey - ABBA
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
Waterloo - ABBA
Money Money Money - ABBA
I Have a Dream - ABBA
Thank You For The Music - ABBA
Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA
Lay All Your Love - ABBA
Its Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Housten
Don’t You Want Me Baby - The Human League
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Venus - Bananarama
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Conga - Gloria Estefan
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Super Trouper - ABBA
Reach - S Club 7
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Man I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
Believe - Cher
The Shoop Shoop Song - Cher
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
Beauty And The Beast - Celine Dion
The Power Of Love - Celine Dion
From This Moment On - Shania Twain
Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Forget You - CeeLo Green
Happy - Pharell Williams
Firework - Katy Perry
Halo - Beyonce
Cry Me Out - Pixie Lott
Up - The Saturdays
Landslide - The Dixie Chicks
Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
I’m A Believer - Smash mouth
Run - Leona Lewis
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne
Someone Like You - Adele
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
Diane - Cam
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Love On Top - Beyonce

Chess Taylor'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)£200
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£425
Up to 3 hours£550
Wedding ceremony
This includes 30 minutes leading up to the ceremony, the aisle entrance song, songs for the signing of the register and the exit song.
Drinks reception
2 x 45 minute sets during your drinks reception or wedding breakfast with a 15 minute break in between. I will provide background music between sets.
Surprise Singing Waiter
I will arrive before the guests eat their meal setting up discreet sound equipment and pretend to be one of the waiters. Usually after the guests have finished their main course I will surprise guests with a 20-30 minute set. A classical aria like 'O Mio Babbino Caro' usually is a wonderful opener, followed then by sing along tunes like 'Sweet Caroline' or 'You To Me Are Everything' to have your guests on their feet before they have even finished their meal!
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music 30 minutes leading up to the service, aisle entrance, signing of the register and exit song. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Showmanship is very important to me and I always give 110%. Performing is what I absolutely love and it translates to the audiences of my shows.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed on major cruise lines, Warner Leisure Hotels, UK tours in major theatres including New Wimbledon Theatre, weddings, festivals, corporate events and smaller private functions.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am a huge follower of the Classical Crossover scene, so artists like Sarah Brightman, Hayley Westerna, Katherine Jenkins and Josh Groban have always influenced me.

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

I have performed the 'Last Night Of The Proms' at Little Astonbury festival to crowds of over 3000 people!

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

If you should need to change the timings of the event just let me know! I rarely have more than one booking per day so it should be absolutely fine.

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

Of course, I will provide background music in between sets in keeping with the event atmosphere. Please confirm this before the event.

How much time do you need to set up?

It will usually take around 45 minutes to set up the system. A quick sound check and I'm ready to go! I can also provide a playlist before the set to add atmosphere for the guests.

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

Absolutely, you can request any song from my repertoire and we can work towards a great set together.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have a full PA system, microphone and backing tracks.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am willing to learn specific song requests for £30 each, this allows for rehearsal time, sourcing the backing track etc. But do ask as it may not be on the list but I still know it!
Classical crossover, Christmas, Classical, Musical theatre, Opera, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Disco, Motown, Soul, R&B, Rock, Traditional church music, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Acoustic, Covers, Contemporary Christian, Military, Cabaret, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Church service, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Actor, Singing teaching
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