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Christopher Cheng

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Pianist
Cambridge
Classically-trained Pianist based in Cambridgeshire, delivering Pop, Jazz & Soul covers, blended together with a dose of improvisation.

Versatile musician available for any of the following: - Pianist/String Quartet for formal dinners, drink receptions, private parties, corporate functions, student events and May Balls; - Delivering song requests as a pianist, string quartet or four-part band; - Doing a live set lasting between 30 minutes and two hours as a pianist, string quartet or four-part band; - Marriage proposals, busking and flash mobs; - Composer for theatre/musical theatre; - Arrangement requests for any genre, any musical origin (only music OR recording needed) - Replacement keyboardist for Pop, Soul or Rock band; - Cellist/percussionist for baroque, classical or modern ensembles and chamber orchestras; - Bass/baritone for choir or vocal ensemble; - Charity concerts/projects; - Performances at medical institutions and care homes; - Any requests related to Chinese traditional music. Please get in touch regarding availability and pricing for any of the above. ---BIOGRAPHY--- Christopher is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, arranger, composer and conductor, currently based in Cambridgeshire where he is a medical student at the University of Cambridge. Here, he is is excited to have co-found the Pegasus String Quartet, and Nigel, a functional four-part band. He is also delighted to be this year's conductor for CUCOS, an orchestra of the University of Cambridge. He holds a Choral Scholarship at Robinson College, where he co-wrote a choral piece, premiered by the College Chapel Choir in 2019. Music has long been a large part in Christopher’s life. Christopher currently holds an LTCL in piano performance and an ATCL in cello performance, and plays with the Hong Kong Chordophonia. Within the last few years, Christopher has directed multiple instrumental, vocal and theatrical ensembles, written an album of original piano music, and performed as a chamber, choral and orchestral member around Italy, Portugal, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, where he resides outside of term time. Christopher now enjoys performing at formal dinners, drink receptions, private parties, corporate functions and May Balls as a solo pianist, or as part of a string quartet. Common requests range from simply being the background and setting a certain mood, to taking and delivering live song requests. More creative requests include wedding proposals and flash mobs. Both offer a large versatile repertoire across multiple genres. Towards this end, Christopher is also an experienced arranger and would be delighted to transcribe and arrange any song or piece you have in mind. A list of example songs can be found below. Do get in touch to ask about availability and pricing. Christopher is available to fill in as a keys player for your band, a cellist for your ensemble, a bass/baritone singer for your choir, or a percussionist. Do get in touch to ask about availability and pricing. Christopher also enjoys busking, and contributing to charity concerts, charity music projects and good causes via musical comedy. Regarding Chinese Music, Christopher’s experience with it started at age 11 as a Gehu player in the highly-acclaimed La Salle College Chinese Orchestra and Hong Kong Junior & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, under the leadership of composer and conductor Maestro Ng Chiu Shing, who acted as a great mentor and inspiration over the years. He now conducts the Cambridge University Chinese Orchestra and will be able to arrange particular ensembles for particular events as required. Christopher is fortunate to have learned under pianists Mr David Wang, Ms Marie-Laure Müller & Dr Nicholas Salwey; cellists Mr An Yue, Mr Artem Konstantinov & Mr Lionel Handy; of singers Mr David Quah, Mr Simon Birchall & Mr Neil McKenzie; and of composers Miss Poly Ng and Mr Oliver Tarney. Other mentors include Mr Nicholas Wilks, Mr David Thomas, Mr Adrian Adlam, Mr Malcolm Archer and Mr Jamal Sutton.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Classical, Easy listening, Originals, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Rock, Klezmer, Tango, Asian music, Top 40, Funk, Soul, Karaoke
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, MC, Live looping, Community music worker
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Song list

[These are all examples of popular requests. Please feel free to your specific requests!]
POP, ROCK, JAZZ & SOUL
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
Africa - Toto
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
All Star - Smash Mouth
American Boy - Estelle & Kanye West
American Pie - Don McLean
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Budapest - George Ezra
Can You Feel The Love Tonight? from "The Lion King" - Elton John
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran
Chandelier - Sia
Close to You - The Carpenters
Closer - Chainsmokers
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Common People - Pulp
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Despacito - Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee)
Don't stop Believin' - Journey
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys
Feeling Good - Muse
Fireworks - Katy Perry
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
For The Longest Time - Billy Joel
Forever Young - Alphaville
Nella Fantasia - Ennio Morricone
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Girls Like You - Maroon5
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Happy Ending - MIKA
Hello - Adele
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
Hey, Soul Sister - Train
Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Hotel California - Eagles
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
I'm Gonna Be 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
If - Bread
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
Kids - MGMT
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Let It Be - Beatles
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Beatles
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan
Mamma Mia - ABBA
Moon River - Andy Williams
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens
Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
My Girl - The Temptations
My Heart Will Go On, from "The Titanic" - Celine Dion
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
Over The Rainbow - Harold Arlen
Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Paradise - Coldplay
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Pompeii - Bastille
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Seaside - The Kooks
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Shake It Out - Taylor Swift
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
She Will Be Loved - Maroon5
Skyfall - Adele
Someone Like You - Adele
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Stacey's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Summertime - Louis Armstrong
Sunday Morning - Maroon5
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Take A Chance On Me - ABBA
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Take On Me - A-ha
The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
The Four-Chord Song - Axis of Awesome
The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz
The Rubberband Man - the Spinners
Time to Say Goodbye - Andrea Bocelli
Titanium - David Guetta
Top Of The World - The Carpenters
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Voulez-Vous - ABBA
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
When I'm Sixty-Four - Beatles
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
With or Without You - U2
Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
Yellow - Coldplay
Yesterday - Beatles
Yesterday Once More - The Carpenters
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman - Arethra Franklin
You Raise Me Up - Secret Garden
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
FILM, TV, GAME & MUSICALS
Aladdin: A Whole New World - Alan Menken
Avengers Infinity War: Main Theme - Alan Sylvestri
Cats: Memory - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Coco: Remember Me - Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Crazy Rich Asians: Yellow - Coldplay
Fiddler On The Roof: If I were a Rich Man
Frozen: Let It Go - Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Game of Thrones: Main Theme - Ramin Djawadi
Gladiator: Theme Tune - Hans Zimmer
Godfather, The: Speak Softly Love - Nino Rota
Harry Potter: A Medley - John Williams
How to Train Your Dragon: Main Theme - John Powell
Howl's Moving Castle: Merry-Go-Round of Life - Joe Hisaishi
Inception: Time - Hans Zimmer
James Bond: 007 Theme - Monty Norman
James Bond: Skyfall - Adele
Jungle Book, The: Bare Necessities - Terry Gilkyson
La La Land: Another Day of Sun - Justin Hurwitz
La La Land: Planetarium Scene - Justin Hurwitz
Les Miserables: Empty Chairs at Empty Tables - Schonberg
Lion King, The: Can You Feel The Love Tonight? - Elton John
Lion King, The: Hakuna Matata - Elton John
Little Mermaid, The: Under The Sea - Alan Menken
Mission Impossible: Theme Tune - Lalo Schriffin
Mission, The: Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone
Nintendo: Mii Channel Rumba
Nintendo: Super Mario Bros Medley
Oliver: Where Is Love?
Phantom Of The Opera: Think Of Me
Pink Panther: Theme Tune - Henry Mancini
Pirates of the Carribean: Medley - Hans Zimmer
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Theme Tune - John Williams
Sherlock: Main Theme - David Arnold & Michael Price
Shrek: Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
Shrek: All Star - Smash Mouth
Shrek: Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Shrek: Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Shrek: I'm a Believer - The Monkees
Shrek: I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers
Star Wars: A Medley - John Williams
The Big Bang Theory: Theme Tune - Barenaked Ladies
The Greatest Showman: This Is Me
Titanic, The: My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Toy Story: You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
Twilight: A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Up: Married Life - Michael Giacchino
Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow
TRADITIONAL
Abide With Me
Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns
Happy Birthday
I Vow to Thee My Country
Jerusalem
O Danny Boy
(specific requests welcome)
TANGO
Libertango - Piazzolla
Oblivion - Piazzolla
(specific requests welcome)
CHRISTMAS
(anything really, but specific requests welcome)
CHINESE TRADITIONAL & POPULAR
世上只有
依然愛你
到此為止
喜洋洋
她說
好想你
彩雲追月
恭喜恭喜
月亮代表我的心
獅子山下
瑶族舞曲
童話
那些年
青花瓷
龍的傳人
(specific requests welcome)
Customer questions

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

I 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 us know as soon as you can, and I will see what I can do. Bear in mind, however, that I am a student and there may be times which I just cannot do.

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

Let me know if you require this service and I will be able to provide it for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

If there's a piano, I can get to work right away!

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 vaguely in tune, then I'd be delighted to play on it!

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

You can, in fact, suggest any list of songs that you would like played. The set list acts as a guidance to the tunes that I can recognise and play.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I will be able to bring a keyboard for an extra fee or transport costs. However, a piano at your venue is always preferred over a keyboard for acoustic reasons. It's just not the same.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely. If I've heard it, chances are I can play it. But get in touch to make sure.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Different clients ask for different things, and I try to deliver them to the best of my ability. Most enjoy the spontaneity and the creative blending of different music from one to another, as well as the sensitivity to the state of the audience. Read the reviews below to get a better idea!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have extensive experience playing for wedding receptions in Hong Kong, as well as May Balls, formal dinners and private functions in the UK, of varying levels of formality.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

This one's difficult to say. It changes all the time!

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

Since being at Cambridge, I've had the privilege to play for a lot of May Balls, June Events and Garden Parties, including St John's May Ball, which is dubbed the 7th Best Party in the World.

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Eleanor S, 3 months ago

The Pegasus Quartet gave us an excellent performance at the Peterhouse May Ball 2019. With a diverse repertoire and enthusiastic playing, they entertained the guests and added to the enchantment of the evening. Totally recommend! - Eleanor S, Head of Music, Peterhouse May Ball 2019, Cambridge

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Sara R, 8 months ago

Christopher performed an hour long set at the Cambridge Pink Week Ball 2019, and I could not have been happier with his performance. Within minutes he had garnered an audience that more than filled the Drawing Room, with guests visibly bringing their friends over to enjoy the show. The performance itself was executed fabulously; in addition, Christopher delivered stage presence and engagement with the audience that went far beyond what I had expected from a student keyboardist act. I could see that he brought exactly the kind of fun feel to the Ball that we were looking for. He was very professional, responding quickly to my emails and requests which made my job much easier. Following rave reviews from guests and committee members alike, Pink Week Ball would be happy to have Christopher perform for us again next year! - Sara Rasul, Head of Entertainment, Cambridge Pink Week Ball 2019

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