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Where classical piano meets pop perfection and beyond - delivering the perfect soundtrack for your perfect day.
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I’m Christa Hugo, a classically trained pianist fuelled by an unwavering passion for weaving unique blends of rock, pop, musical theatre and jazz into the fabric of each performance. As a weddings and events pianist, I take your most meaningful songs and recreate them in a fresh, emotive light. Indulge in the delights of live piano at your wedding or event, a rare and intimate experience that transforms the atmosphere into a uniquely sophisticated and memorable celebration. I offer a musical experience where contemporary piano seamlessly intertwines with classical excellence, creating a backdrop of romance and elegance. Collaborating closely with you, I'm dedicated to crafting the perfect soundtrack that encapsulates your unique story. Whether you prefer a hands-on approach, hand-picking every song, or entrust me to curate a selection that resonates, I'm here to cater to your preferences. Your journey with me includes the freedom to be as involved as you wish—I'm equally thrilled to guide and inspire, ensuring every note aligns seamlessly with your vision. It's not just about the music; it's about creating an experience that resonates with you and becomes a cherished part of your memories. WEDDINGS Ceremony: For your wedding ceremony I can provide music to set the scene as guests arrive and play your chosen songs or tunes at key moments throughout the proceedings, from processional to recessional, with further music as guests exit if you choose. Drinks reception: Music for your drinks reception helps to entertain guests as photographs are being taken and encourages them to relax and mingle. Wedding breakfast: I can also play for the wedding breakfast as you and your guests dine, creating a sophisticated atmosphere and aiding interaction between guests - some of whom may not know each other well if at all - as they enjoy the music (perhaps sparking an impromptu game of "name that tune"!). As an extra bonus, Christa offers to send a recording of your favourite song after the event to remember the day by - usually the song the bride walks down the aisle to or the happy recessional song as the married couple exits the venue, but it's your choice! This will be recorded ahead of the event. OTHER EVENTS I'm also available for other events such as birthday parties, dinner parties and corporate events and work with clients to achieve the perfect ambiance, whether that's a romantic occasion, a lively celebration or an elegant soiree. EQUIPMENT I provide my own professional stage piano and PA system (fully PAT tested) for venues which do not have a piano and I always ensure that my sound is at just the right level - I aim to be noticeable but never overpowering, so that you guests can chat away with ease and listen at the same time. I have full public liability insurance for your peace of mind. MY BACKGROUND: I acquired my first regular paid job as a pianist aged 12 and I've never looked back! Playing at weddings is where I really get to indulge my creative spark and my romantic spirit. My passion for music spans a myriad of genres and eras and I can find the beauty in every song. Throughout my career, I've become a sought-after live pianist in various settings, most notably as a skilled ballet pianist, having been a regular musician with the esteemed Royal Ballet School for many years and, more recently, with Birmingham Royal Ballet. I also perform as a regular soloist with Constella Music, an organisation dedicated to harnessing the expressive power of music for social good. I've had the privilege of gracing stages at Abbey Road Studios, Hyde Park (alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra) and the O2 Arena. Television appearances on The One Show and BBC Radio 2, along with supporting artists like Susan Boyle and Michael Ball during the Britain's Got Talent live final, have added exciting chapters to my musical narrative. I'm a versatile musician, with many strings to my bow (excuse the pun). I have years of experience in musical directing with contemporary choirs and I work as a Rock & Pop musical examiner with Trinity College London both in the UK and abroad. I have performed in a number of bands over the years, on vocals and keys, gracing weddings and festival stages alike. My musical qualifications include a BA (Hons) in music and a PGCE in Secondary Music Teaching. I gained two grade 8 distinctions (piano and oboe) at a young age and, most importantly, have many years worth of experience in the industry!

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Pop rock, Christmas, Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1990s era music, 1960s era music, Pop, Covers, Americana, Acoustic, Rock, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Baroque, Fanfare, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Folk, Country, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Light music, Easy listening, Soul, Top 40, R&B, Vintage, Britpop, Classic rock, Alternative rock, Indie
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Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Accompanist, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Community music worker
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Christa Hugo's Song list

I Hope You Dance
A Sky Full Of Stars
A Thousand Years
All Of Me
All Too Well (Taylor Swift)
Attention (Charlie Puth)
Bad Guy (Billie Eilish)
Best Part Of Me (Ed Sheeran)
Better Now
Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie)
Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)
Cake By The Ocean
Call Me Maybe
Children (Robert Miles)
Circles (Post Malone)
Cruel Summer (Taylor Swift)
Dancing With A Stranger (Sam Smith)
Diamonds (Rihanna)
Don't Know Why
Don't Stop Believin'
Don't Start Now
Drivers Licence
Enchanted (Taylor Swift)
End Game (Taylor Swift)
Everglow (Coldplay)
Everything I Wanted (Billie Eilish)
Fix You
Flowers (Miley Cyrus)
Golden (Harry Styles)
The Greatest
Heartbeats (Jose Gonzalez)
I Feel It Coming (The Weeknd)
I Hope You Dance
Hotline Bling
In My Place
Jar Of Hearts
The Joker & The Queen
Love On Top (Beyonce)
Lover (Taylor Swift)
Magic (Coldplay)
My Universe
New Rules
One Day Like This
One Kiss
Outside (Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding)
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Promise (Ben Howard)
Promises (Calvin Harris/Sam Smith)
Rather Be
Save Your Tears (The Weeknd)
Say My Name
Say So
Shake It off
Shivers (Ed Sheeran)
Someone Like You
Something Just Like This
Spaceman (Sam Ryder)
Speed Of Sound
A Sky Full Of Stars
Take My Breath (The Weeknd)
Thinking Out Loud
This Is Me
This Is What You Came For
This Year's Love
Viva La Vida
Without You (David Guetta)
Work (Rihanna/Drake)
You Raise Me Up
Disney favourites:
The Bear Necessities (The Jungle Book)
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
A Whole New World (Aladdin)
Be Our Guest (Beauty & The Beast)
Beauty & The Beast
Bella Notte/This Is The Night (Lady & The Tramp)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (The Lion King)
Chim Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins)
Colors Of The Wind (Pocahontas)
Cruella de Vil
Feed The Birds
I Just Can't Wait To Be King
It's A Small World
Let It Go (Frozen)
Love Is A Song (Bambi)
So This Is Love (Cinderella)
Someday My Prince Will Come (Snow White)
The Bare Necessities
The Second Star To The Right (Peter Pan)
Under The Sea (The Little Mermaid)
When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinocchio)
You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly
You'll Be In My Heart (Tarzan)
You've Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story)
As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
Chim-Chim Cheree (Mary Poppins)
Climb Every Mountain
E.T. Theme
Feather Theme (Forrest Gump)
The Godfather Theme
My Heart Will Go On
Married Life (Up)
Merry Xmas Mr Lawrence
Mia & Sebastian's Theme (La La Land)
My Favourite Things
Pure Imagination (Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)
The Rainbow Connection (The Muppets)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (The Wizard Of Oz)
Star Trek theme
Summer Nights (Grease)
The Sound Of Music
There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Grease)
This Is Me (The Greatest Showman)
Til There Was You (The Music Man)
Up Where We Belong (An Officer & A Gentleman)
Where Do I Begin? (Theme from Love Story)
You'll Never Walk Alone
You'll Be Back (Hamilton)
Musical Theatre:
All I Ask Of You (Phantom Of The Opera)
And All That Jazz (Chicago)
Any Dream Will Do (Joseph)
As Long As He Needs Me (Oliver!)
Big Spender (Sweet Charity)
Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)
Defying Gravity (Wicked)
Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Evita)
Don't Rain On My Parade
Falling Slowly (Once)
For Forever (Dear Evan Hansen)
Getting To Know You (The King & I)
Honey Bun (South Pacific)
I Can Hear The Bells (Hairspray)
I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables)
I Know Him So Well (Chess)
I Will Never Leave You (Side Show)
If I Loved You (Carousel)
If I Were A Bell (Guys & Dolls)
The Impossible Dream (Man Of La Mancha)
The Last Night Of The World (Miss Saigon)
Love Changes Everything (Aspects Of Love)
Maybe This Time (Cabaret)
Memory (Cats)
Music Of The Night (Phantom Of The Opera)
No Matter What (Whistle Down The Wind)
No Other Love (Me & Juliet)
Somewhere (West Side Story)
Sun & Moon (Miss Saigon)
Taking A Chance On Love (Cabin In The Sky)
Til There Was You (The Music Man)
Timeless To Me (Hairspray)
With One Look (Sunset Boulevard)
20th Century:
(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden
(They Long To Be) Close To You
A Day In The Life
Against All Odds
Ain't No Sunshine
All My Loving
All You Need Is Love
Always & Forever
Always On My Mind
An Innocent Man
And I Love Her
And So It Goes
Anything For You
Baby Grand
Beast Of Burden
Because You Loved Me
Blue Eyes
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
The Boys Are Back In Town
Bridge Over Troubled Water
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Cold As Ice
Crazy (Patsy Cline)
Crocodile Rock
Dancing Queen
Didn't We Almost Have It All
Do You Want To Know A Secret?
Don't Fear The Reaper
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Ebony & Ivory
Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
Eye Of The Tiger
Fields Of Gold
Fix You
From A Distance
Get Here
Gimme Gimme Gimme
God Only Knows
Goodbye To Love
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Have I Told You Lately
Hello Again
Here Comes The Sun
Here, There And Everywhere
Hey Jude
How Deep Is Your Love
How Do I Live
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
I Can't Make You Love Me
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
I Have A Dream
I Honestly Love You
I Just Called To Say I Love You
I Say A Little Prayer
I Wanna Be Loved By You
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Want To Know What Love Is
I Will
I Will Always Love You
I Won't Last A Day Without You
If I Were The Only Boy In The World
If You Leave Me Now
I'll Never Smile Again
Imagine (Chopin-esque)
In My Life
Is This Love (Bob Marley)
Isn't She Lovely
It's Too Late
Just The Two Of Us
Just The Way You Are
Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
Killing Me Softly
Kiss From A Rose
Knowing Me Knowing You
Lady Madonna
Lara's Theme
Let It Be
London Calling
Love Me Tender
Love On The Rocks
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Make It Easy On Yourself
Mamma Mia
Me & Mrs Jones
Money, Money, Money
My Cherie Amour
New York State Of Mind
Nights In White Satin
No Matter What
Nobody Does It Better
Nowhere Man
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
On Broadway
Pachelbel's Canon/Here Comes The Sun
Penny Lane
Perfect Day
Piano In The Dark
Piano Man
Please Mr Postman
Promise Me
Rainy Days & Mondays
Ribbon In The Sky
Rocket Man
Run To You
Sail On
Saving All My Love For You
Separate Lives
September Morn
She's Always A Woman
She's Got A Way
Sing (The Carpenters)
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Somebody To Love
Something About The Way You Look Tonight
Song For Guy
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Speak Softly Love
Stuck On You
Super Trouper
Sweet Child O' Mine
Take A Chance On Me
Thank You For The Music
That's What Friends Are For
The Greatest Love Of All
The Last Waltz
The Long & Winding Road
The Windmills Of Your Mind
The Winner Takes It All
This Guy's In Love With You
This Woman's Work
Three Times A Lady
Tiny Dancer
Top Of The World (The Carpenters)
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
True Colours
Unbreak My Heart
Unchained Melody
Up, Up & Away
Uptown Girl
Walk This Way
We Are The Champions
We've Only Just Begun
When I Fall In Love
When I'm 64
When You Say Nothing At All
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Who Wants To Live Forever
Wild Horses
With A Little Help From My Friends
Wonderful Tonight
Wuthering Heights
Yesterday Once More
You Are My Sunshine
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
You Make Me Feel Brand New
Your Song
You're A Lady
You're My Best Friend
Jazz standards:
Anywhere The Heart Goes
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Beyond The Sea
Black Coffee
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Cry Me A River
Embraceable You
A Fine Romance
Fly Me To The Moon
Falling In Love Again
Georgia On My Mind
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
I Wish
I'm In The Mood For Love
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
It Had To Be You
The Lady Is A Tramp
Let's Do It
Mood Indigo
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
My Way
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Satin Doll
Stars Fell On Alabama
Someone To Watch Over Me
Strangers In The Night
A Sunday Kind Of Love
That Ol' Devil Called Love
The Summer Knows
These Foolish Things
They Can't Take That Away From Me
The Very Thought Of You
The Way You Look Tonight
Try A Little Tenderness
What A Wonderful World
When I Fall In Love
You Make Me Feel So Young
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Classical (this list is far from exhaustive, I have just a listed a few favourites but can provide many well-known classical tunes):
Romeo & Juliet "Love Theme" (Tchaikovsky)
The Girl With The Flaxen Hair (Debussy)
Nimrod (Elgar)
Largo (Bach)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Salut d'amour (Elgar)
Nocturne (various Chopin)
Prelude In C (Bach)
Morning from Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg)
Meditation from Thais (Massenet)
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Rachmaninov)
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

No time if a piano is provided (although I will arrive 30 minutes ahead of time, to ensure the smooth running of the day), otherwise 30-45 minutes is ample for me to set up my stage piano and PA system. Playing in different rooms is also possible, or even outside if shade/cover and mains power is provided!

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

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

You are welcome to peruse my repertoire list and pick any favourites!

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I have my own stage piano and PA system if needed, and I thoroughly soundcheck each venue individually to achieve just the right ambiance.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I'm happy to take requests ahead of time which are not listed in my repertoire - often this is included in the price but sometimes this will come with a fee of £40 if substantial rehearsal is required.

Christa Hugo's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£75
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£375
Drinks reception
Background music throughout your drinks reception, usually up to two hours.
Wedding ceremony
This includes: - music before the service begins, bridal entrance music, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - the option to have a recording of me playing one of your special songs (e.g. the bridal entrance music) to keep after the event.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, bridal entrance music, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - up to 2 hours of music at the drinks reception - the option to have a recording of me playing one of your special songs (e.g. bridal entrance music) for you to keep
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, bridal entrance music, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - Up to 2 hours of music at the drinks reception. - Music as required as dinner is being served (I can work around speeches etc). - The option to have a recording of me playing one of your special songs (such as the bridal entrance music) to keep after the event.
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Christa Hugo's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Holly B
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Christa really elevated our wedding reception, she was so warm and professional. Only regret is being so overwhelmed with being married we didn’t get as much time to appreciate her!

Reply from Christa Hugo
4 months ago

Thanks for having me Holly, it was an honour to play at such a warm and intimate occasion. Congratulations to you and Andrew and best wishes for your future lives together!

Amy D
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Christa was absolutely faultless from start to finish. She was so friendly and quick when communicating. Anything we asked she was happy to accommodate and nothing was too much trouble. She made the whole process so easy. Christa played at our wedding in the church and created such a beautiful atmosphere and learnt a song for our aisle music which was just perfect. Thank you so much Christa you gave us memories we will have forever and really made our day. I’m so glad we chose you!

Reply from Christa Hugo
6 months ago

Thank you so much Amy, it was an absolute pleasure to play at such a beautiful wedding for such a lovely couple. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world!

From other customers:

Sally C
4 months ago, for a Virtual event in Woodstock OX20 1JG
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5 out of 5

We had a wonderful afternoon with Christa - our residents really enjoyed singing along and interacted very well. It was a positive experience for all concerned. Thank you Christa, you are amazing!

Nicola B
7 months ago, for a Concert in Alexandra Rd
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5 out of 5

Christa Hugo has played for us in our care home twice via Zoom. We have always had an amazing time. She is lovely with the residents, introducing all the music, sometimes asking a question or two. The residents truly feel part of the show, not just watching. There is plenty of singing and foot tapping going on! Christa, thank you so much. We are grateful that we have access to music like this in our home.

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