David Cartmell

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David is a talented and versatile multi-genre Pianist and Irish tin whistle player from Birmingham, UK with over 20 years performing experience will tailor his performance to suit your event. Being a musician most of his life, it has become David’s passion to perform as much as possible with an interest for music that spans all genres. Previous experience performing for a variety of functions ranging from weddings, corporate events, parties etc. Playing at venues such as Café Rouge, John Lewis and Nuthurst Grange to name a few. With his experience and high demand David’s quality is assured and is available for hire for any UK based event. If you are interested please send him a message.

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David's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sophie D
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

David played a perfect selection of songs as the background music to our drinks reception - exactly what we were looking for! Thank you!

Reply from David
9 months ago

Thank you! It was my pleasure!

Nathan T
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

David was a superstar, not only knew any song we wanted to request but played perfect music for our service and canopes throughout. Turned up early, and played for more time than we had originally arranged. 10/10 would book again.

Reply from David
10 months ago

It was an absolute pleasure thank you for your kind review.

Nick S
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great music choice and the volume for the wedding reception was just right, David played excellently

Reply from David
11 months ago

Many thanks it was a pleasure to work with you.

Moira F
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

David was brilliant! He was enthusiastic, personable, thoughtful and a talented pianist. He confidently played a wide range of classical music as requested and a number of other pieces. We enjoyed every moment. He is obviously a passionate musician who enjoys playing for others and knows alot about a wide range of composers. He demonstrated corporate responsibility, caring about his work and clients who have the good fortune to meet him and listen to him play. He is an asset to Encore! We thoroughly enjoyed the session which we will never forget. It was 'a dream come true'. An amazing professional.

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From other customers:

Ian W
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Broadway Rd
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5 out of 5

I hired David to play on his piano and tin whistle for my wife's 60th birthday. The guests were thrilled and entertained. Friendly, discreet, reliable and highly professional I would recommend him to everyone.

Blake S
2 years ago, for a Wedding in The Dr
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5 out of 5

David played for our wedding and did an excellent job entertaining our guests during the welcome drinks and the wedding breakfast. I highly recommend him. Very polite and very easy to work with.

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David's Song list

Wedding March
Bridal Chorus
Can you feel the love tonight – Elton John
What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
(Everything I do) I do it for you – Bryan Adams
Haven’t met you yet – Michael Buble
My Heart will go on – Celine Dion
When you say nothing at all – Ronan Keating
Runaway – The Corrs
Mandy – Barry Manillow
Could it be magic – Barry Manillow
Can’t smile without you – Barry Manillow
Music of the night – Phantom of the opera
All I ask of you – Phantom of the opera
If you’re not the one – Daniel Bedingfield
She will be loved - Maroon 5
Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
Love Changes Everything – Aspects of Love
No Matter What – Whistle Down the Wind
How deep is your love – The Bee Gees
I will always love you – Whitney Houston
Imagine – John Lennon
Moon River – Danny Williams
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Portuguese Love Theme – Love Actually
Kiss from a rose – Seal
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
Circle of Life – Elton John
Your Song – Elton John
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra
Come fly with me – Frank Sinatra
Strangers in the night - Sinatra
Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding
Clocks – Coldplay
Paradise – Coldplay
Are you ready for love – Elton John
A thousand years – Christina Perri
Love is all around – Wet Wet Wet
She’s the one – Robbie Williams
Eternity – Robbie Williams
Somewhere – West Side Story
Blue skies - Ella Fitzgerald
Traditional Irish Folk Music:-
The Foggy Dew
Saddle the pony
The old favourite
The Blackthorn Stick
Si Beag Si Mor
The Scartaglen Polka
Sonny’s Mazurka
Clancy’s Dream
Planxy Browne
The Monaghan jig
Lord Inchiquin
The Dingle regatta
The Merry blacksmith
The Old Grey Goose
Home - Michael Buble
Hollywood – Michael Buble
Music to watch girls by – Andy Williams
Another day of sun – la la land
City of stars – la la land
All or nothing at all
Bye Bye Blackbird
Call Me Irresponsible
Cantaloupe Island
Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
Desifinado (Slightly Out of Tune)
Feeling Good
A Fine Romance
I’ll Remember April
In a Sentimental Mood
Let’s Get Lost
Nice ‘N’ Easy
A Night in Tunisia
Pennies From Heaven
Prelude to a Kiss
Take the ‘A’ Train
That Old Black Magic
The very thought of you
Where or when
Back Door Man – Howlin’ Wolf
Basin Street Blues – Luis Armstrong
Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk
Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
Down the road a piece – Amos Milburn
Georgia on my Mind – Ray Charles
God Bless’ the Child – Billie Holiday
Hi-heel sneakers – Tommy Tucker
(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
Minne the moocher – Cab Holloway
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
Mother Earth – Memphis Slim
Need your love so bad – Fleetwood Mac
Please Send me Someone to Love – Percy Mayfield
St. Louis Blues - WC Handy
Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson
The Thrill is Gone – BB King
Tipitina – Professor Longhair
You’re beautiful – James Blunt
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
White Flag - Dido
Amazing day – Coldplay
Viva Forever – Spice Girls
Follow Me – Uncle Kracker
Something Just Like This - Coldplay
Every breath you take – The Police
Back for good – Take That
Listen To Your heart – EMD
Shape of my heart – Sting
Rule the world – Take That
Mad World – Michael Andrews and Garry Jules
Angels Robbie Williams
Earth Song - Michael Jackson
Fields of gold - Sting
Who Painted the moon black – Hayley Westenra
High – James Blunt
Wisemen – James Blunt
Fix you – Coldplay
The Hardest Part – Coldplay
A Million Dreams – The Greatest Showman
Never Enough – The Greatest Showman
This is me – The Greatest Showman
Rewrite the stars – The Greatest Showman
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis
Bad Day – Daniel Powter
Fur Elise
Pizzicato Polka
Pokarekare Ana – Hayley Westenra
Hine e Hine – Hayley Westenra
May it Be – Enya
Autumn (From the Four Seasons) – Vivaldi
The Blue Danube – J.Strauss II
Can-Can (From Orpheus in the Underworld) – Offenbach
Clair De Lune (From ‘Suite Begamasque) – Debussy
Clarinet Concerto (Theme) – Mozart
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) – Tchaikovsky
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
Fantasie Impromtu – Chopin
Flow my Tears – Dowland
The Happy Farmer – Schuman
The Harmonious Blacksmith – Handel
La Ci Darem La Mano (From Don Giovanni) – Mozart
La Donna E Mobile (From Rigoletto) – Verdi
Largo (From The New World Symphony) - Dvorak
Marche Militaire – Schubert
Minuet (From String Quartet No.5) – Boccherini
Minuet in G – Bach
Morning – Grieg
O For the Wings of a Dove – Mendelssohn
Ode to Joy – Beethoven
Pavane – Faure
Polovtsian Dance – Borodin
Prelude No.1 – Bach
Sarabande in D Minor – Handel
The Skater’s Waltz – Waldteufel
The Swan – Saint-seans
Symphony No.40 – Mozart
Surprise Symphony – Haydn
Theme from Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
To a Wild Rose – MacDowell
Toreador’s Song – Bizet
Trout Quintet – Schubert
Trumpet Voluntary – J Clarke

David'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)£100
Up to 1 hour£170
Up to 2 hours£185
Up to 3 hours£200
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Adding a unique atmosphere and flavour to any event. Giving 100% for every performance always going that extra mile keeping everyone thrilled and entertained.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Café Rouge Birmingham Mailbox City Rooms Hotel Leicester Swinfen Hall Lichfield John Lewis Birmingham Dumbleton Hall The Old Library Digbeth St Augustines Catholic Church Solihull Nuthurst Grange St Alphege Church Solihull

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Coldplay, John Williams, Queen and the Beatles

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

Playing at John Lewis Birmingham for their National Treasures event playing the best of British music for thousands of curious customers who stopped during their shopping to listen and enjoy.

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

I always 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 me know.

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

No it is sadly a service I don't provide.

How much time do you need to set up?

10-15 minutes if it involves me bringing my own electric piano and amplifier to the event.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes I'm happy to do that. As long as the piano is in working order and in tune.

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

Yes. I can also do requests for songs clients want me to play at the event that are not on the list. My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm 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 can bring my own electric piano and amplifier if required.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I can even if a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I'm happy to do this for you. However, I need to be given advance notice in order to practice.
Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Alternative rock, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, World music, African music, Bossa nova, Polka, Baroque, Renaissance, 1920s era music, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Barbershop, Ambient pop, Covers, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Glam rock, Christmas, Contemporary Christian
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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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