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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 £10 million

Chess Taylor is an accomplished international vocalist with a stunning mezzo 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 liners. She has stunned audiences with her beautiful and effortless voice 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. Chess began her singing career performing in the production shows for a prestigious hotel in the UK. She then went on to sing at various events including theatre tours, corporate events and with a classical quartet harmony group touring hotels and cruise lines. Chess then created her own headline act and solo show to perform throughout the UK and on cruise lines and has not looked back since. Chess Taylor is an international vocalist with a wealth of experience singing at live events worldwide. Her headline act will dazzle audiences with breathtaking showstoppers from opera to pop.

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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Instruments:
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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
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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
Nessun Dorma - Pavarotti
O Del Mio Dolce Ador - Gluck
Jerusalem - Hymn
Amazing Grace - Hymn
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
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
Jealous Of The Angels - Donna Taggart
How Great Thou Art - Hymn
I Watch The Sunrise - Hymn
Hymns on request
[Wedding Ceremony Example List]
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy/Judy Garland
Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy
Im Yours - Jason Mraz
All You Need Is Love - The Beetles
A Thousand Miles - Christina Perri
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
At Last - Etta James
Let It Be - The Beetles
Close To You - The Carpenters
Your Song - Elton John
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston (acoustic version)
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Popular Music:
40's
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - The Andrew Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrew Sisters
Chatanooga Choo Choo - The Andrew Sisters
In The Mood - Glenn Miller
Fly Me To The Moon - Sinatra
Moon River - Andy Williams
Alexanders Ragtime Band - Irving Berlin
Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole
I Got Rhythm - Gershwin
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Cole Porter
It Don't Mean A Thing - Irving Mills
Putting On The Ritz - Judy Garland
New York New York - Sinatra
50’s
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Rockin Robin - Michael Jackson
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Do You Wanna Dance - The Beach Boys
Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis
Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis
La Bamba - Los Lobos
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Kiss Me Honey - Shirley Bassey
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
60’s
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
You Cant Hurry Love - The Supremes
She Loves You - The Beetles
Stop In The Name Of Love - The Supremes
Cant Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Twist And Shout - The Beetles
Twisting The Night Away - Sam Cooke
December 63 - Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Hey Baby - Bruce Channel
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka
Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw
Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw
Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Walking Back To Happiness - Helen Shapiro
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
Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
Something - The Beetles
Hey Jude - The Beetles
All You Need Is Love - The Beetles
Penny Lane - 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
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch - Four Tops
Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Dream a Little Dream - The Mamas & The Papas
Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Bend Me Shape Me - Amen Corner
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
Nowhere To Run - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Higher and Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) - Jackie Wilson
70’s
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
I’m So Excited - The pointer Sisters
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
YMCA - Village People
Sign Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Le Freak - Chic
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting - Elton John
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Don’t Leave Me This Way - The Communards
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Somebody To Love - Queen
Don’t Stop Me now - Queen
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
We Are The Champions - Queen
Nutbush - Tina Turner
New York - Frank Sinatra
I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King
Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Let It Be - The Beetles
Don’t You Worry About A Thing - Stevie Wonder
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
Your Song - Elton John
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Voulez Vouz - ABBA
Gimme Gimme - ABBA
Honey Honey - ABBA
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
Waterloo - ABBA
Money Money Money - ABBA
SOS - ABBA
I Have a Dream - ABBA
Fernando
Thank You For The Music - ABBA
Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA
80’s
Its Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Housten
WHAM Medley: I’m Your Man/Freedom/Wake Me Up Before You GoGo/Edge Of Heaven
Don’t You Want Me Baby - The Human League
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Venus - Bananarama
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Gold - Spandau Ballet
Hey Mickey - Toni Basil
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Material Girl - Madonna
Into The Groove - Madonna
Like A Virgin - Madonna
Holiday - Madonna
Jump - The Pointer Sisters
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
I’m Still Standing - Elton John
Hammer To Fall - Queen
Radio Gaga - Queen
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Conga - Gloria Estefan
Get On Your Feet - Gloria Estefan
1,2,3 - Gloria Estefan
Hot Hot Hot - The Merrymen
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Super Trouper - ABBA
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
9-5 - Dolly Parton
90’s
Medley: Stomp/Tragedy/Too Many Broken Hearts/Step Back In Time/Reach
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Stop - Spice Girls
Spice Up Your Life - Spice Girls
Man I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
Livin’ La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
Saturday Night - Whigfield
S Club Party - S Club 7
Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean
Brimful of Asha - Cornershop
Believe - Cher
Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
Give It Up - KC & The Sunshine Band
Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
Genie In A Bottle - Christina Aguilera
Ironic - Alanis Morissette
Beauty And The Beast - Celine Dion
The Power Of Love - Celine Dion
To Love You More - Celine Dion
It’s All Coming Back To Me - Celine Dion
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
That’s The Way It Is - Celine Dion
You Drive Me Crazy - Britney Spears
From This Moment On - Shania Twain
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
00’s
Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Mercy - Duffy
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Irreplaceable - Beyonce
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
Forget You - CeeLo Green
Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
Every time We Touch - Cascada
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Toxic - Britney Spears
Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne
Sound Of The Underground
Price Tag - Jessi J
Firework - Katy Perry
22 - Taylor Swift
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
Halo - Beyonce
Get This Party Started - Pink
Cry Me Out - Pixie Lott
Up - The Saturdays
Umbrella - Rihanna
Landslide - The Dixie Chicks
Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Christina Aguilera Grace Kelly - MIKA
Don’t Stop The Music - Rihanna
Party In The USA - Miley Cryus
I’m A Believer - Smash mouth
Run - Leona Lewis
2010’s
Sax - Fleur East
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Runaway - Bruno Mars
Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix
Power - Little Mix
Black Magic - Little Mix
Touch - Little Mix
Woman Like Me - Little Mix
Higher - The Saturdays
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
Born This Way - Lady gaga
Edge Of Glory - Lady Gaga
Titanium - David Guetta
S&M - Rihanna
Rockabye - Clean Bandit
Chandelier - Sia
New Rules - Dua Lipa
FRIENDS - Anne Marie
Someone Like You - Adele
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
Diane - Cam
We Are Never Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Hello - Adele
One And Only - Adele
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Love On Top - Beyonce
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
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
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!
£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
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

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£45

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Neil H, 23 days ago

a very pleasant talented young lady who fitted into our programme perfectly.

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Peter S, 25 days ago

Chess performed two half hour sets at an Italian Night staged by Royds Masonic Lodge No 816 at Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough. She was fantastic and had her audience of around seventy eating out of her proverbial hand. The choice of music, operatic arias, songs from the shows and standards was pitch perfect, as, indeed, was Chess herself. The feedback I have received over the weekend has universally praised an excellent meal and, most particularly the choice of Chess Taor as our entertainer... Many thanks

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Kate D, 1 month ago

Chess was our singer at our wedding ceremony. She sung 2 songs for us and our guests during the service and she really has the voice of an Angel. Not only did she sound fantastic, she was also extremely communicative, arrived an hour before the service to practice with the pianist who she had never worked with before and put me totally at ease. She’s also just a really lovely girl. I couldn’t recommend her and her stunning voice more highly

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David E, 1 month ago

Chess helped make my wife's 40th surprise birthday party very special. Chess is such a great singer and performer. The night couldn't have gone any better. All my guests were really impressed with How great she sang. If you want a singer for your party or event. I would highly recommend Chess.

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David B, 1 year 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, 1 year 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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