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Christopher Lydon, tuba/sousaphone

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About Christopher Lydon, tuba/sousaphone

Experienced and versatile tuba/sousaphone player, based in Manchester UK, but travel all over for work. Over twenty years experience.
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Manchester
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I play E-flat tuba and B-flat sousaphone. Reading from part, reading from chord charts, improvising, from ear, all fine. Experience playing all over the UK and Europe, with brass bands, folk, oompah, modern party brass, Americana, jazz, all sorts! Performances at Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, european TV/Radio.

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Genres:
Dixieland, Christmas, Classical, Contemporary classical, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Marching, Originals, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Pop, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

~~~ Pop charts ~~~
A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
All Star - Smash Mouth
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Barbie Girl - Aqua
Bassline Junkie - Dizzie Rascal
Believe - Cher
Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson Five
Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65
Boom Boom Boom Boom!! - Vengaboys
Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Cry For You - Petra Marklund
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone
Everybody (Backstreet's back) - Backstreet Boys
Everytime We Touch - Cascada
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Firework - Katy Perry
Five Colours In Her Hair - McFly
Forget You - CeeLo Green
Free - Ultra Naté
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gimme Gimme Gimme - Abba
Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Hey Baby - DJ Otzi
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
It Must Be Love - Madness
It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Jai Ho! - Pussycat Dolls
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Love Machine - Girls Aloud
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Misery Business - Paramore
Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Ooh ah... Just a Little Bit - Gina G
Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Sk8er Boi - Avril Levigne
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
Soul Man - Sam and Dave
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Sweet Like chocolate - Shanks and Bigfoot
Take On Me - A-ha
Tequila - The Champs
The Final Countdown - Europe
Three Lions - Lightning Seeds
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Toxic - Britanny Spears
Tragedy - Steps
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars
Vindaloo - Fat Les
We Like to Party - Vengaboys
You Spin Me Right Round - Dead or Alive
~~~ Jazz standards ~~~
A Beautiful Friendship
A Fine Romance
A Night In Tunisia
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Ain't Misbehavin'
Alice In Wonderland
All Blues
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
Amazing Grace
Angel Eyes
Anthropology
Anything Goes
As Time Goes By
Autumn In New York
Autumn Leaves
Basin Street Blues
Beautiful Love
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Beyond The Sea
Blue Bossa
Blue In Green
Blue Monk
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Blues In The Closet
Body And Soul
Bonga Cha Cha Cha
Bring Me Sunshine
But Not For Me
Can't Help Falling In Love
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Chameleon
Cold Duck Time
Cute
Daahoud
Days Of Wine And Roses
Dear Old Stockholm
Desafinado
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Doxy
Dream
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
Embraceable You
Feels So Good
Flight Of The Foo Birds
Fly Me To The Moon
For All We Know
Freddie Freeloader
Give Me The Simple Life
God Bless The Child
Have You Met Miss Jones
Here's That Rainy Day
How High The Moon
I Can't Get Started
I Could Write A Book
I Got Rhythm
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
I'm Beginning To See The Light
I've Got The World On A String
Ikon (Memories Of Ike)
In A Mellow Tone
In A Sentimental Mood
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Inchworm
Isn't It Romantic
It Don't Mean A Thing
It's Me, O Lord
Ja-Da
Joy Spring
Just The Way You Are
Keep Young and Beautiful
Let's Face The Music And Dance
Li'l Darlin'
Libertango
Look For The Silver Lining
Look To The Sky
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
Lucky Southern
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack The Knife
Make You Feel My Love
Manhã de Carnaval
Memories Of Tomorrow
Midnight Train To Georgia
Misty
Moment's Notice
Mood Indigo
Moon River
Moondance
Moonglow
Moonlight Becomes You
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
Nardis
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Over The Rainbow
Pack Up Your Troubles Tipperary
Saga Of Harrison Crabfeathers
Satin Doll
Serenade To A Cuckoo
Shadow Of Your Smile
Short Stop
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
So What
Solar
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someone To Watch Over Me
Song For My Father
Sophisticated Lady
St Thomas
Stars Fell On Alabama
Stella By Starlight
Strangers In The Night
Sugar
Summer Set
Summertime
Take Five
Take The 'A' Train
That Old Black Magic
That's All
The Duke
The Girl From Ipanema
The Man I Love
The Nearness Of You
There Will Never Be Another You
They All Laughed
They Can't Take That Away From Me
This Little Light of Mine
Thunder Road
Time After Time
Try A Little Tenderness
Turn The World Around
Unchained Melody
Up Jumped Spring
Wanderlust
Watermelon Man
Wave
We'll Meet Again
What's New?
When I Fall In Love
When The Saints
Why Shouldn't I?
Yardbird Suite
Yesterdays
You Are My Sunshine
You Are Too Beautiful
You Do Something To Me
Your Song
~~~ TV and film music ~~~
A Whole New World
Arabian Nights
Back To The Future
Beauty and the Beast
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Chim Chim Cher-ee
DuckTales Theme
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat
Family Guy Theme
Force Field
Fraggle Rock Theme
Friend Like Me
Go The Distance
Gummi Bears Theme
I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away
I Wanna Be Like You
In Summer
Inspector Gadget Theme
Love Is An Open Door
Meet the Flintstones
Monsters Inc
Part Of Your World
Red Dwarf Theme
Sesame Street Theme
Somewhere Out There
Super Mario World (Overworld)
The Bare Necessities
The Rainbow Connection
Under The Sea
When I See An Elephant Fly
When We're Human
Yogi Bear Song
You've Got A Friend In Me
~~~ Video game charts ~~~
Jump Up Super Star
Kirby Green Greens
The Legend of Zelda Theme
~~~ Christmas charts ~~~
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Away In A Manger
Driving Home For Christmas
Feliz Navidad
Frosty The Snowman
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I'll Be Home For Christmas
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Last Christmas
Let It Snow
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride
Somewhere In My Memory
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Customer questions

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

If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set up in as little as 10 minutes, but would normally aim to set up at least 30 minutes before music start time.

Can I pick the pieces 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.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument(s).

Prices

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£245
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£400
Christopher Lydon, tuba/sousaphone
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Reviews

From customers:

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Stephen H
6 years ago, for a Wedding in Old Dr
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5 out of 5

Thanks for your brilliant playing as part of the band at our wedding day. It was fun and upbeat, exactly what we needed to get everyone dancing for our celebration!

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Matthew R
8 years ago, for a Wedding in Belper DE56 2EB
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5 out of 5

I had a mad idea to surprise my wife-to-be on our wedding day, and Chris helped make it all possible playing tuba in the band. What a great night we all had. Thank you so much for making our wedding day a magical, fun and memorable experience!