David Perkins

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With over 25 years experience, I work full time as a pianist, keyboard player, musical director, music arranger and theatre/choral composer.

As a pianist I have worked at Pizza on the Park, The Pheasantry and other venues in London and theatres across the southeast of England and since 1994 have worked as Musical Director on over 60 productions for Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre. I regularly accompany for exams including ABRSM, LCM and Trinity at all levels from Grade 1 to Diploma and regularly play for rehearsals and auditions for both professional and amateur companies alike. As a soloist, I perform regularly at the Royal National Theatre with my tribute to Scott Joplin and through my love of Ragtime has formed an 11-piece Ragtime Band, Elite Syncopations, with the aim of bringing this wonderfully evocative music to a wider public. As a composer I have written a number of large and small scale choral works and other vocal compositions and for the theatre collaborated on several musicals. Shows include Pandemonium! and The Wind in the Willows, Shake Ripple and Roll, Skool and Crossbones and adaptations of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince for Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre; Just So Stories (Apollo Theatre Company); Arabian Nights, The Nutcracker (Story Pocket Theatre). Many of these musicals are now published and are regularly performed by schools and youth theatre groups in the UK and around the world. I have also written for film and television including several commercials for Hasbro games: Monopoly, Cluedo and Monkey Madness. As an arranger and copyist, I have worked for Faber Music, Oxford University Press, Novello & Co, Southern Percussion, Samuel French Ltd, the legendary rock band Jethro Tull, plus over a hundred musicians, vocalists, orchestras, bands and composers.

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
Christmas, Ambient, Traditional English folk, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, 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, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Ragtime
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Piano, Keyboard, Composer
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Audio engineer, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur
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From customers:

Jane H, 1 year ago

Just to say thank you for your beautiful playing on Saturday.. It was just what I wanted and made a perfect background to the evening. We were so lucky to have such good weather that our guests could be outside all evening

Diane C, 1 year ago

Thank you very much for this evening. Went very well, lots of good comments

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