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About Chris Totney

Organist/Pianist in Cambridge. Available for weddings, funerals, recitals, concerts, exams and private tuition to all ages. Happy to travel.
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I was born in Stourbridge, West Midlands, where I sang in a church choir and took up the piano and the organ from a young age. I read Music at Durham University, holding successive scholarships at University College and Durham Cathedral. I spent the first 15 years of my professional career in Wiltshire, immersing myself in various school and private teaching roles, alongside which I ran a thriving church choir in Devizes, visiting many UK cathedrals, touring Latvia, and recording and broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4. As an organist, I have given recitals in many cathedrals and major churches of the UK and gained my FRCO diploma in 2022. As a pianist, I have been a guest performer with the North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra and have made appearances alongside Andrew Carwood, Bob Chilcott, Jeremy Summerly, John Rutter and Gordon Stewart as a workshop accompanist at large-scale regional events. I am available to play the organ for special services such as weddings and funerals, or to give recitals. I can also provide background piano music at wedding reception venues. I am prepared to accompany concerts on the organ or piano, as well as accompany instrumental or vocal examinations on the piano, and to give private tuition to people of all ages, having gained many years' experience of teaching both child and adult pupils. Although I am based in Cambridge, I am always happy to consider travelling further afield, especially when giving recitals or playing at one-off events.

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Chris Totney's Reviews

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Julia M
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Professional, highly reaponsive and very accommodating! Chris made the occasion over more special, thank you!

From other customers:

Ollie (
3 years ago

Thank you so much for making the trip to Horsham to play the organ on our big day. We were always confident that the music was in safe hands, leaving me and Georgie free to take in every moment of our special service. A perfect start to a great day of celebrations!

Bethan (
4 years ago

Thanks for coming all the way down to Penzance to play for our wedding, especially when the threat of more Covid restrictions suddenly caused us to have to bring it forward by 3 weeks! Alasdair and I were so grateful that you honoured this commitment despite the unexpected change of date. The hymns and organ music were uplifting, but your versatile accompaniment of our guest soloists on the piano, despite very limited rehearsal time, was the icing on the cake. It meant so much to us to have you there!

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Chris Totney's Song list

Adagio in E - Bridge
Air on a G string - Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Concerto in A minor after Vivaldi - Bach
Nun danket alle Gott - Karg-Elert
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Prelude and Fugue in D - Bach
Prelude and Fugue in F minor - Bach
Prelude on 'Rhosymedre' - Vaughan Williams
Prelude to a Te Deum - Charpentier
Salut d’amour - Elgar
Sheep may safely graze - Bach
Silent Worship - Handel
Suite Gothique - Boellmann
Theme and Variations - Andriessen
Toccata - Mushel
Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Bach
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 - Widor
Trumpet Tune in D - Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary - Stanley
Tuba Tune - Lang
Water Music - Handel
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Where’er you walk - Handel
POP SONGS by request

Chris Totney's Prices

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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.
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Early music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, Fanfare, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Concert, Church service, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Composer, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Community music worker, Theory teaching, Animateur
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