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Christian Smith

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Chichester
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A stunningly versatile Pianist, who's specialises in Jazz and Classical arrangements of modern hits, classics & pop anthems.

With over 10 years of experience as a Pianist and Musician, Christian has performed hundreds of shows, including Weddings, Private Functions, Classical Recitals, Jazz nights, Film Screenings and much more! He has performed at VIP events, Football Stadiums, some of the UK's most Luxury Hotels, as well as National monuments including the historically significant Harrow. With a repertoire that spans Jazz, Blues, Pop, Classical, Motown, and Funk, there is something for everyone in Christian’s set-list. Christian’s goal with each booking, from Weddings through to Corporate Functions, is for the music to reflect the individuality of each event. When booking, Christian’s Clients have the option to curate their own set-list which he will learn, or alternately, they can chose from one of his existing set-lists. Currently Christian plays a Jazz Cocktail Set list which contains self composed jazz arrangements of some of the biggest tracks of the last 50 years. In addition to this, he also has a standard Wedding Set list which contains over 150 love songs. Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries , Corporate events; no two events are alike, so why should the music be the same? Whether you’re looking to add a touch of class to a drinks reception / private dinner, or give a wedding ceremony the grandeur it deserves, then hiring a pianist is the perfect way to bring your event to life. Christian provides his own PA and Electric Piano – The Nord Stage 2. He is happy to provide this industry leading instrument, if your venue does not have a tuned piano.

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 have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Christmas, Covers, Karaoke, Top 40, Motown, Tribute, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Blues, Ragtime, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Pop rock, Indie
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, 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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent improviser, Lyricist, Producer, Orchestrator
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Song list

Jazz – Lounge & Cocktail Set
• House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
• Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
• Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong
• King of The Swingers - Louis Armstrong
• What The World Needs Now - Burt Bacharach
• Crazy – Gnarles Barkley
• Come Together – The Beatles
• Yesterday – The Beatles
• Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
• Changes – David Bowie
• Man’s World - James Brown
• Take Five - Dave Brubeck
• Unsquare Dance – Dave Brubeck
• Havana – Camilla Cabello
• Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
• Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
• Mess Around - Ray Charles
• Shake A Tail Feather - Ray Charles
• Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole
• Love – Nat King Cole
• Blue Train - John Coltrane
• My Favourite Things - John Coltrane
• Accentuate the Positive - Sam Cooke
• Blues in Green - Miles Davis
• All Blues – Miles Davis
• Circle – Miles Davis
• Somethin’ Else – Miles Davis
• Hotline Bling – Drake
• Still Dre – Dr Dre
• Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
• Summertime - George Gershwin
• It Ain't Necessarily So - George Gershwin
• Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
• Forget You – Cello Green
• Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
• I Want You Back – Jackson 5
• Thriller – Michael Jackson
• At Last - Etta James
• Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
• Stand By Me – Ben E King
• Another Day of Sun – La La Land
• City of Stars – La La Land
• All of Me – John Legend
• Friends – Anne Marie
• Coffee Gold – Galt McDermot
• You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
• Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
• Hey Ya – Outkast
• Human – Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
• Sitting at The Dock of The Bay - Ottis Reading
• Show Me Love – Robin Schulz
• Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
• Feeling Good – Nina Simone
• Sinner Man - Nina Simone
• Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
• Cry Me A River - Frank Sinatra
• My Way - Frank Sinatra
• Toxic – Britney Spears
• The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield
• Moanin – Bobby Timmons
• 7 Nation Army – The White Stripes
• Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
• Rehab – Amy Winehouse
• Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Bill Withers
• Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Pop – Wedding Setlist
 Make You Feel My Love – Adele
 Hello – Adele
 Someone Like You – Adele
 Wake Me Up – Avicii
 Pompeii – Bastille
 Hold Back The River – James Bay
 God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
 Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
 Across the Universe – The Beatles
 Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
 The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles
 Let it Be - The Beatles
 Hey Jude - The Beatles
 Something – The Beatles
 Yesterday - The Beatles
 Halo – Beyonce
 If I Were A Boy – Beyonce
 Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
 What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
 You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
 Blowing In The Wind – Bob Dylan
 Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
 I Threw It All Away - Bob Dylan
 Living on A Prayer – Bon Jovi
 Life on Mars - David Bowie
 Changes - David Bowie
 Space Oddity – David Bowie
 Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
 Never Fall In Love Again - Burt Bacharach
 Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
 A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
 Many of Horror – Biffy Clyro
 Rather Be – Clean Bandit
 Symphony – Clean Bandit
 Adventure of a Liftime - Coldplay
 Clocks – Coldplay
 Everglow - Coldplay
 Yellow - Coldplay
 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
 Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
 In-between Days – The Cure
 Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Celine Dion
 Believer – Imagine Dragons
 Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
 Mr. Blue Sky - ELO
 The Diary of Horris Wimp – ELO
 Insomnia - Faithless
 Sewn – The Feeling
 Strange – The Feeling
 Rose – The Feeling
 Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
 Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
 We Don’t Talk Anymore – Selena Gomez
 7 Years – Lucas Graham
 Sweet Child O Mine – Guns and Roses
 He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - The Hollies
 Wicked Games – Chris Isaak
 Piano man - Billy Joel
 She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
 Rocket Man - Elton John
 Your Song - Elton John
 Crocodile Rock – Elton John
 Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
 Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
 Give It Up – KC and The Sunshine Band
 Mr Brightside – The Killers
 Use Somebody – The Kings of Leon
 Imagine - John Lennon
 Instant Karma - John Lennon
 Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
 Mr. Brightside – The Killers
 It Must Be Love - Madness
 Children – Robert Miles
 From Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
 Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
 Daydream Believer – The Monkees
 I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
 Don’t Look Back In Anger –Oasis
 Wonderwall – Oasis
 Let Her Go - Passenger
 Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
 Where is My Mind – The Pixies
 Somebody To Love - Queen
 Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
 Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeren
 Shape of You – Ed Sheeren
 Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeren
 Don’t Kill My Vibe - Sigrid
 America – Simon and Garfunkel
 Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
 Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
 Skin – Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
 Stay With Me – Sam Smith
 There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
 Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
 Bad Day – Daniel Powter
 Golden Brown - The Stranglers
 I Can't Get No Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
 Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
 Once in A Lifetime – Talking Heads
 Mad World – Tears for Fears
 Build Me Up Buttercup – The Temptations
 Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin timberlake
 The Sweetest Thing – U2
 One – U2
 With Or Without You – U2
 Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
 Faded – Alan Walker
 Starboy – The Weekend
 Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Andy Williams
 Angels - Robbie Williams
 She's The One - Robbie Williams
 All Time Love – Will Young
 Classical
 Prelude in C – Bach
 Fur Elise - Beethoven
 Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven
 Carmen - Bizet
 Nocturne in E Flat - Chopin
 Clair De Lune - Debussy
 Deux Arabesques - Debussy
 I Giorni - Ludovico Einaudi
 Fantasy in D Minor - Mozart
 The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
 La Boheme - Puccini
 Gymnopedie 1 - Erik Satie
 Trois Gossiennes - Erik Satie
 The Beautiful Blue Danube - Strauss
 Morning Mood – Vivaldi
 River Flows in You - Yiruma
 Film & Shows
 A Whole New World - Aladdin
 Goldfinger - John Barry
 Do You Want To Build A Snowman - Frozen
 Let it Go – Frozen
 Titanic - James Horner
 I Dreamed a Dream – Les Miserable
 How Far I’ll Go - Moana
 Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe and Wise
 The America Beauty - Thomas Newman
 The Heart asks For Pleasure - Michael Nyman
 Lord of The Rings - Howard Shore
 Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
 Never Enough – The Greatest Showman
 Jurassic Park - John Williams
 Star Wars Theme – John Williams
Customer questions

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

That's completely fine. So long as I have notice, I can change my arrangements to make sure the event runs as smoothly as possible.

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

Of course, a lot of people ask for this service. Just let me know if it is something you're interested in.

How much time do you need to set up?

It usually takes me between 30-45 minutes to set up. If I'm set up early I can provide a free playlist service to create the right atmosphere pre show.

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?

Of course, I like to work with every booker to create the best playlist for their event! I have hundreds of songs in my setlist, but I am always happy to add special requests!

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course, providing I get a week's notice then I will be able to learn your requests with no trouble at all!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients love the jazz spin I put on piano covers. In my standard set you can expect to hear everything from Taylor Swift, to Nirvana jazzed up in a fun modern style. It's a real talking point for guests, and gets everyone involved, particularly when I take requests!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Queens Hotel Portsmouth St Mary's Stadium Old Thorns Country Club and Hotel Victorious Festival Goodwood Revival Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Marriot Hotel Portsmouth Town Hall Hotel Shoreditch Norfolk Hotel Arundel Knepp Castle Estate Horsham Harrow School and many more...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As a piano player I love the music of Scott Bradlee - his work with Post Modern Jukebox has been hugely inspiring for me.

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

When I was younger I was in an originals band. We toured the UK quite often, however the most high profile gig we did was a tour of Germany and France. Personally as a soloist I have played at Premier League Stadiums, and have played at VIP private parties, however I can't disclose their name publicly !

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£99.99
Up to 1 hour£179.99
Up to 2 hours£249.99
Up to 3 hours£329.99

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Jamie T, 1 year ago

We booked Christian to play at our wedding whilst guests ate and milled about, as we thought he'd be perfect because his repertoire was filled with modern songs done with a jazz twist. We could not have been more thrilled with Christian. Not only was he super communicative leading up to the wedding, but he also allowed us to suggest some songs that he would learn for the big day. On the day Christian was fantastic. Everyone loved the vibe he created and his rendition of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' went down particularly well! ;) I'd have no hesitation in recommending Christian to anyone wanting a fun, yet classy, pianist to play at their function. Thank you so much!

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Abby B, 1 year ago

Christian was brilliant! Really professional and flexible and he happily learnt lots of new songs for our wedding drinks reception. Our guests loved him. We would most definitely recommend!

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Ash B, 11 months ago

Great performance at our Christmas Ball. He played a great mixture of current and classic songs and received several rounds of applause during dinner. Would definitely recommend him.

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Dave B, 11 months ago

Christian played for our event and it was amazing! All of the guests loved the music and the fantastic atmosphere he created! The booking process and correspondence was also entirely flawless and Christian was a pleasure to work with. Excellent stuff and I would have no hesitation in placing another booking in the future. Many thanks 👍

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