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Christopher Lydon

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About Christopher

Musician based in Manchester, but travel all over for work. Happy reading or improvising on tuba or piano. Experienced in a variety of music
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I've been working as a tuba player and piano player for twenty years now. I've performed all over the UK, France, Germany, including venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Glastonbury Festival. I perform and record with Steve Bonham and The Long Road, Sammy Carter and The Vagabond Collective, and The Tri Tones jazz trio. I've worked with various musicians, festivals and theatre companies over the years, including Beth Nielsen Chapman, Liz Green and Manchester International Festival.

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
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Jazz, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Ceillidh, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Americana, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Christmas, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Ceilidh
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound technician, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker, Animateur, Accompanist, MC
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Song list

A Fine Romance
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
All Of Me
As Time Goes By
Autumn In New York
Autumn Leaves
Basin Street Blues
Beauty and the Beast
Blue Bossa
Bring Me Sunshine
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fly Me To The Moon
Georgia On My Mind
Girl from Ipanema
How High The Moon
I Could Write A Book
I Let A Song
IKON (Memories of Ike)
I'm Beginning To See The Light
In A Mellow Tone
In A Sentimental Mood
Lucky Southern
Mack The Knife
Mood Indigo
Moon River
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
Part of Your World
Satin Doll
Someone To Watch Over Me
Song For My Father
Take the A Train
The Nearness Of You
When I See An Elephant Fly
Customer questions

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

We always try our 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.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

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?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own digital stage piano.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.


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)£160
Up to 1 hour£220
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£320


Background music through PA between sets


From customers:

Kate C, 4 years ago

Thanks so much for providing music on our wedding day. So many of our friends said they loved the atmosphere you provided.

Dave C, 5 years ago

Some wild tuba playing!