Singer (mezzo soprano)

Chess Taylor

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About Chess Taylor

An international soloist - whether you're looking for an enchanting classical performance, or a fun filled party set - look no further!
Singer (mezzo soprano)
Gerrards Cross
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Chess Taylor has a stunning mezzo soprano voice. She has mastered the technique of a truly effortless and beautiful sound with pure and even tone throughout her 4 octave range. Chess is available for a variety of occasions so please don't hesitate to enquire about any booking requests you may have - anything from classical through to pop. She has her own PA sound system with a quick and efficient set up and will bring necessary equipment depending on the size of the venue. Choose Chess Taylor for a stunning classical performance for your elegant event. She will perform genre favourites such as 'O Mio Babbino Caro' and 'Time To Say Goodbye', and even delves into the world of musical theatre with Phantom of the Opera classics. Chess also has a repertoire of over 300 popular songs through from the 50's to the current charts. She guarantees to provide a fun filled atmosphere to any event and will have guests on their feet dancing to all their favourite songs! If its a surprise singing waiter you are looking for - have Chess pretend to be a waiter for your wedding or event and then burst into song for a 30 minute set. Surprise your guests with a breathtaking classical number and then onto all time favourites to have them on their feet with their dessert still to come! Chess Taylor has been singing professionally for 6 years. She has been lucky enough to sing on the high seas on cruise ships as a headline act whilst also touring UK hotels with a classical quartet. She will guarantee to make your event shine, leaving audiences enthralled and wanting more!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
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
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, 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
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Other skills:
Actor
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Song list

Any song available on request
Classical/Classical Crossover/Operetta:
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Time To Say Goodbye - Francesco Sartori
Nella Fantasia - Ennio Morricone
Ave Maria - Schubert
Funiculi Funicula - Pavarotti
Nessun Dorma - Pavarotti
The Sun Whose Rays - The Mikado
Poor Wondering One - Pirates of Penzance
Climbing Over Rocky Mountain - Pirates of Penzance
She Loves Thee - Pirates of Penzance
O Del Mio Dolce Ador - Gluck
Jerusalem - Hymn
Amazing Grace - Hymn
Alma Del Core - Antonio Caldara
Where Corals Lie - Elgar
Spring Sorrow - John Ireland
In A Very Unusual Way - Nine
You Raise Me Up - Celtic Woman
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
Mama - Il Divo
Moon River - Breakfast at Tiffanys
Somewhere - West Side Story
Danny Boy - Hymn
Someone To Watch Over Me - Crazy For You
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Bring Him Home - Les Miserables
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
Feed The Birds - Mary Poppins
Any Hymn on request
Popular Music:
50’s
1. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
2. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
3. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
4. Rockin Robin - Michael Jackson
5. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
6. Do You Wanna Dance - The Beach Boys
7. Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis
8. Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis
9. La Bamba - Los Lobos
10. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
11. Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
12. All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
13. Rest Petite - Jackie Wilson
14. Kiss Me Honey - Shirley Bassey
15. Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
16. Sway - Dean Martin
17. Que Sera - Doris Day
18. Every time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald
19. My Baby Just Cares - Nina Simone
60’s
20. I’m a Believer - The Monkees
21. Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
22. You Cant Hurry Love - The Supremes
23. She Loves You - The Beetles
24. Stop In The Name Of Love - The Supremes
25. Cant Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
26. Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
27. Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
28. Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
29. Respect - Aretha Franklin
30. Twist And Shout - The Beetles
31. Twisting The Night Away - Sam Cooke
32. December 63 - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
33. Hey Baby - Bruce Channel
34. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka
35. Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
36. Do You Love Me - The Contours
37. Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw
38. Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw
39. Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
40. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
41. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
42. Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
43. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
44. Walking Back To Happiness - Helen Shapiro
45. Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck
46. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
47. River Deep Mountain High - Tina Turner
48. Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Cher
49. Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
50. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
51. Something - The Beetles
52. Hey Jude - The Beetles
53. All You Need Is Love - The Beetles
54. Penny Lane - the Beetles
55. Saw Her Standing there - the Beetles
56. Yesterday - The Beetles
57. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
58. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
59. My Way - Frank Sinatra
60. Sugar Pie Honey Bunch - Four Tops
61. Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
62. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
63. Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
64. Dream a Little Dream - The Mamas & The Papas
65. Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
66. Bend Me Shape Me - Amen Corner
67. Moon River - Frank Sinatra
68. Keep On Running - The Spencer Davis Group
69. Chapel Of Love - The Dixie cups
70. Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin
71. L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
72. Nowhere To Run - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
70’s
73. You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
74. I’m So Excited - The pointer Sisters
75. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
76. YMCA - Village People
77. Sign Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
78. Le Freak - Chic
79. Crocodile Rock - Elton John
80. Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting - Elton John
81. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
82. Don’t Leave Me This Way - The Communards
83. Last Dance - Donna Summer
84. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
85. Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
86. Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
87. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
88. Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
89. Somebody To Love - Queen
90. Don’t Stop Me now - Queen
91. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
92. Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
93. We Are The Champions - Queen
94. Nutbush - Tina Turner
95. New York - Frank Sinatra
96. I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King
97. Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
98. Let It Be - The Beetles
99. Don’t You Worry About A Thing - Stevie Wonder
100. Beautiful Sunday - Daniel Boone
101. Close To You - The Carpenters
102. Top Of The World - The Carpenters
103. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
104. Your Song - Elton John
105. Mamma Mia - ABBA
106. Dancing Queen - ABBA
107 Voulez Vouz - ABBA
108. Gimme Gimme - ABBA
109. Honey Honey - ABBA
110. Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
111. Waterloo - ABBA
112. Money Money Money - ABBA
113. SOS - ABBA
114. I Have a Dream - ABBA
115. Fernando
116. Thank You For The Music - ABBA
117. Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA
80’s
118. Its Raining Men - The Weather Girls
119. Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
120. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
121. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Housten
122. WHAM Medley: I’m Your Man/Freedom/Wake Me Up Before You GoGo/Edge Of Heaven
123. Don’t You Want Me Baby - The Human League
124. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
125. Venus - Bananarama
126. Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
127. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
128. Gold - Spandau Ballet
129. Hey Mickey - Toni Basil
130. Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
131. Material Girl - Madonna
132. Into The Groove - Madonna
133. Like A Virgin - Madonna
134. Holiday - Madonna
135. Jump - The Pointer Sisters
136. Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
137. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
138. Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
139. I’m Still Standing - Elton John
140. Hammer To Fall - Queen
141. Radio Gaga - Queen
142. Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
143. Conga - Gloria Estefan
144. Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
145. 1,2,3 - Gloria Estefan
145. Hot Hot Hot - The Merrymen
146. Simply The Best - Tina Turner
147. Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
148. Super Trouper - ABBA
149. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
150. 9-5 - Dolly Parton
90’s
151. Medley: Stomp/Tragedy/Too Many Broken Hearts/Step Back In Time/Reach
152. Wannabe - Spice Girls
153. Stop - Spice Girls
154. Spice Up Your Life - Spice Girls
155. Man I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
156. Livin’ La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
157. Saturday Night - Whigfield
158. S Club Party - S Club 7
159. Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean
160. Brimful of Asha - Cornershop
161. Believe - Cher
162. Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
163. Give It Up - KC & The Sunshine Band
164. Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
165. Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
166. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
167. Genie In A Bottle - Christina Aguilera
168. Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
169. Survivor - Destiny’s Child
170. Let’s Get Loud - Jennifer Lopez
171. Ironic - Alanis Morissette
172. Tell Me Ma - Sham Rock
00’s
173. Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears
174. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
175. Mercy - Duffy
176. Valerie - Amy Winehouse
177. Single Ladies - Beyonce
178. Irreplaceable - Beyonce
179. Crazy In Love - Beyonce
180. Forget You - CeeLo Green
181. Just Dance - Lady Gaga
182. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
183. I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
184. Every time We Touch - Cascada
185. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
186. Toxic - Britney Spears
187. Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne
188. Sound Of The Underground
189. Price Tag - Jessi J
190. Firework - Katy Perry
191. 22 - Taylor Swift
192. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
193. Halo - Beyonce
194. Get This Party Started - Pink
195. Cry Me Out - Pixie Lott
196. Up - The Saturdays
197. Umbrella - Rihanna
198. Landslide - The Dixie Chicks
199. Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
2010’s
200. Sax - Fleur East
201. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
202. Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
203. Runaway - Bruno Mars
204. Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix
205. Power - Little Mix
206. Black Magic - Little Mix
207. Touch - Little Mix
208. Woman Like Me - Little Mix
209. Higher - The Saturdays
210. Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake
211. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
212. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
213. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne
214. Born This Way - Lady gaga
215. Edge Of Glory - Lady Gaga
216. Titanium - David Guetta
217. S&M - Rihanna
218. Rockabye - Clean Bandit
219. Chandelier - Sia
220. New Rules - Dua Lipa
221. FRIENDS - Anne Marie
222. Someone Like You - Adele
223. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
224. Diane - Cam
225. We Are Never Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I always receive such lovely comments for my performances. I always take into consideration the nature of the event and perform accordingly. Showmanship is very important to me and I always give 110%.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed on cruise ships, Warner Leisure Hotels, a UK theatre tour, singing waiters for weddings and smaller private functions.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Sarah Brightman has been one of my biggest influences throughout my classical training and performing. In pop music Carole King has also always been an inspiration.

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

Performing as the headline guest act on cruise ships has been one of my biggest achievements.

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 and I will try to accommodate.

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

Of course, I will provide background music in between sets from an iPod 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 1 hour 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 bring all the equipment I will need to perform.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am willing to learn specific song requests for £15 each. But do ask as it may not be on the list but I still know it!

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£280
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£510
Packages
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!
£350
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£380
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£400
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- 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.
£650
Singing Waiter Plus Party Set
The singing waiter package plus 3x 45 minute party set after! (negotiable) After I surprise your guests as a singing waiter, have them dance the night away with a party set. A minimum 1 hour break would be needed in between to re set equipment.
£800
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.
£890
Available services
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£45

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David B, 7 months ago

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.

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Alan J, 8 months ago

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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