Singing pianist

Christopher Sims

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About Christopher

Singing pianist
Llangollen
Accomplished pianist, singer and composer of many musical genres from Classical, Jazz, Boogie Woogie, pop to sing along old pub standards.

I started playing the piano at the age of 6 studying Classical piano with Paul Johns for 10 years, culminating in an appearance at the Chester Music Festival performing the 1st movement of Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata and began experimenting with music at the age of 13. My compositions still comprise a large part of my repertoire, covering all genres and styles of music. I am particularly renowned for my own rendition of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and for playing Boogie Woogie. I have played the piano at a number of locations throughout the world, including Switzerland, Bolivia, Ecuador, The French riviera, the US and notably the Half Moon in Putney, London for the American singer song writer Sierra Hurtt. I was resident pianist at the Royal Hotel Llangollen, at the The Walls Restaurant in Oswestry, played at the Jazz Train (2013) and The Blues Train (2014) for the Llangollen Fringe Festival and recently played at the International Music Eistedfodd in Llangollen (2016 & 2017). I have performed with several local music groups, including Rain and Rough Diamond rock bands, Los Chicos salsa band, The Charlie Jones Band and currently for the Ingredients, enjoying much success across the North West and North Wales. I also sing for Stage to Stage a talented group of amateur singers, whose mission is to bring the magic of professional musical theatre to a stage near you and raise money for local charities in the process. I am available for private hire as a soloist and cocktail pianist or entertainer, teach piano to a range of ages and standards and entertain the residents of EMI and residential care homes throughout North Wales and the North West.

Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Electronic, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1960s era music, 1930s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music, 1980s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Rockabilly, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Originals, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Tribute, Top 40, R&B, Vintage, Motown, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Power rock, Glam rock, Progressive rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, Argentinian, Brazilian music, French music, Spanish music, Reggae, Scottish music, Ska, Salsa, Latin
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Composer, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy
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Song list

Beethovens walkin in Fmaj
Misty
Wonderful World
Summertime
Great Balls of fire
Smile
Detective theme
Fly me to the Moon
Moon river
Bo Kasper
Take Five
I wish I knew how it felt to be free
Blue Moon
Lady is a tramp
Nobody loves Me
Jazz fifths in C
Beethoven's jazz
Boogie in G
Tell you what I say
Boogie in C
Boogie medley in Eb
Pink Panther theme
Maple Leaf Rag
My baby don't care
J Callum spoof (Dmaj)
Bflat jazz
Girl from Ipanema
La companera
Smooth
Besame mucho
ROMANTIC
Mandy
Three times a lady
Kiss from a rose
Love Story
TV / FILM TUNES
All Creatures G & Small
Sleepy Shores
Hill Stree Blues
Emmerdale Farm
Mash Theme
We have all the time in the world
Moonraker theme
POPULAR
Rockin all over the world
Hey Joe / Dead or alive
She's always a woman
Piano Man
Candle in the win
Song for Guy
Your Song
Rocket Man
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Angie
Hotel California
Down Town
Freebyrd
Sweet Sixteen
Song in F
Kiss from a rose
Whiter Shade of Pale
Later tonight
Let it Be
Yesterday
Eleanor Rigby
Michelle
Hey Jude
Here there and Everywhere
Close Your Eyes
Lady Madonna
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Penny Lane
I get by with a little help
Imagine
Love is life
Morning Has Broken
Lisa Lisa
Wild World
Bedshaped
Stairway to Heaven
Babe, Babe /
Layla
Let it Grow
Sally
Wonder wall
House of the Rising Sun
Riders on the Storm
Light my Fire
Moondance
No woman no cry
Nights in White Satin
OWN SONGS
Britt’s song
Priska’s theme
Sea song in Fmin
Ab Lament
Doune lullaby
Darling’s song
Detective theme
Songs in Eb – The Pulse
Song in G
Folk / minstrel in Eb
Song – knockin on Heavens Door
Rock Anthem (C / Eb)
Rain Song
New song in E maj
It's hard to say I'm sorry (Cmaj)
I don't want Money
Cataclysm
Hear me now
Brian Adams spook in F
More than a feeling theme
New Age
Enya’s Themes in F and C
The Piano / Fur Elise
Songs in A min
Love Story
Chariots of Fire
Swan Song C maj
Sims / Dillon/ Sibellius varn A min)
Conquest of Paradise
EASY LISTENING
Maria
Somewhere
Memory
Send in the Clouds
Don't Cry for me Argentina
John Denver song
Jes's Jump
Bridge over troubled water
Bright Eyes
If
Love Story
Down Town
Streets of London
CLASSICAL
Ave Maria
Air on a G string
Fur Elise
Tocatta and Fugue in Dmin
Prelude (Cmin) and Fugue (Dmaj)
Minuet in D x2
Brahms Walse
Chopin - Waltz and Etude
New World Symphony
Bagatelle
Sonata Pathetique
Theme on Paganini
Piano Concerto no.2 2nd movt
Gimnopidea
La Onde
Customer questions

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

Timings always change, so I'm quite flexible as long I don't have another gig booked if it's on the day.

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

I can provide an ipod DJ service before between an after sets, it just depends for how long but a fee can be arranged.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes about 40 minutes to set up and do a sound check if using a PA, else as a soloist about 20 minutes if I am using my own stage piano.

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)£75
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£500

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Louisa J, 6 months ago

I had Chris, together with guirarist Dave and double bassist Ed, to play at my 40th birthday party in March. They were superb! As it was held in a smaller venue and with a mix of people with varying tastes in music, I didn’t want anything too overwhelming but the guys pitched it just right and provided a wonderful programme of jazz and easy listening which took us from dessert through to the end of the night. Dealing with Chris is so easy and nothing is too much trouble. I knew that aspect of the evening was in safe hands. Highly recommended. Thanks guys xx

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Morgan T, 6 months ago

Would highly recommend Chris Sims for all your entertainment needs. He recently performed a diverse repertoire at my sister's 18th birthday party at Llantysilio Hall and he went down extremely well. A true professional who is always happy to accommodate your schedule and musical taste!

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