Dennis Frere-Smith

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Professional, versatile, variety musical entertainer with over 30 years experience in shows, cabaret, functions and more!

I began playing trumpet and cornet in the Scots Guards Band in the 70s and then worked as a freelance musician throughout the country and abroad. My career as a trumpeter has covered most styles of music with Wedding Ceremonies and Services being a special favourite of mine. In 1981 I formed my own band, The Nikki Rhys Set, which played shows, functions and Holiday Parks up to 1988 when my cabaret Act, Nikki 'n' Diz become popular. We performed all over the world and especially on the Viking Line and at major London Hotels. In 1994 I developed my solo act, Dennis Frere-Smith, adding a multi-instrumental element and more fun and audience participation. I pride myself in being able to draw on years of experience playing many different genres of music and having worked with top artistes and shows such as, Bruce Forsyth, Roy Castle, Jim Davidson, Dancing Years and The Dance Band Days. I am currently working as a professional in all areas of the industry using my name, Dennis Frere-Smith.

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
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Cabaret, Blues, Swing, Pop, Disco, Covers, Motown, Tribute
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Instrumental teaching, Music therapy, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

1. Almost Like Being in Love – Nat Cole
2. A Fine Romance – Johnny Mercer
3. All of Me – Michael Buble
4. Ain't What You Do It's the Way You Do It – original film
5. A Foggy Day in London Town - Buble
6. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darrin
7. Blue Skies – Eva Cassidy
8. Bye Bye Blackbird -
9. Cheek to Cheek – Fred Astaire
10. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
11. Continental – Fred Astaire
12. Don't Get Around Much Anymore – Michael Buble
13. Fly Me To The Moon – Michael Buble
14. Get Happy – Clare Teal
15. Have You Met Miss Jones - Buble
16. Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
17. Hello Young Lovers – Bobby Darrin
18. I Got Rhythm – original show tune
19. I'm Getting Married in the Morning – Frank Sinatra
20. In The Mood – Glen Miller
21. It Had to Be You – original show tune
22. Just Friends – Bille Holiday
23. Lady is a Tramp – Frank Sinatra
24. Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
25. Let's Face The Music and Dance – Fred Astaire
26. Let's Fall in Love -standard
27. Luck Be A Lady Tonight – Frank Sinatra
28. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darrin
29. Moondance – Van Morrison
30. Mister Bojangles – Sammy Davis Jnr
31. Nice and Easy – Frank Sinatra
32. Night and Day – Ella Fitzgerald
33. Old Black Magic – Frank Sinatra
34. On the Sunny Side of The Street – Gillespie
35. Slow Boat To China - standard
36. Straighten Up and Fly Right – Nat King Cole
37. Sweet Georgia Brown - standard
38. Take The 'A' Train – Ellington
39. Taking a Chance on Love – Frank Sinatra
40. The Sunny Side of The Street – Frankie Laine
41. There Will Never Be Another You - standard
42. You Make Me Feel So Young – Michael Buble
Slow Swing
1. A Certain Smile – Johnny Mathis
2. Cry Me A River – Michael Buble
3. Dream a Little Dream – Mamas and Papas
4. Fever – Bette Midler
5. Goodnight Sweetheart - Platters
6. I'll Be Seeing You – show tune
7. My Funny Valentine - standard
8. Send in The Clowns – Frank Sinatra
9. What a Difference a Day Made – Jamie Cullum
10.When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole
1. Dream – Barry Manilow
2. Amazing Grace - Elvis
3. Angels – Robbie Williams
4. And I Love You So – Don McLean
5. Green, Green, Grass of Home – Tom Jones
6. For the Good Times – Kris Kristofferson
7. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
8. Elvis Medley – Love Me Tender/Can't Help Falling in Love/Crying in the Chapel
9. How Great Thou Art – Stuart Hine
10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Ewan MacColl
11. Goodnight Sweetheart – Platters
12. Hey Jude – Beatles
13. Have I Told You Later That I Love You – Van Morrison
14. He’ll Have to Go – Jim Reeves
15. I Believe – Frankie Lane
16. Have I Told You Later – Steve Brookstein
17. Lean on Me – Bill Withers
18. It’s Now or Never - Elvis
19. If – Bread
20. Raining in my Heart - Bread
21. Laughter in the Rain – Neil Sedaka
22. Let It Be – Beatles
23. Love You A Little Bit More – Dr Hook
24. Mandy – Barry Manilow
25. Me & Mrs Jones
26. My Way – Paul Anka/Sinatra
27. One Day in Your Life – Michael Jackson
28. Please Release Me – Engelbert Humperdink
29. Smile – Charlie Chaplin
30. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
31. The Rose – Bette Midler
25. Three Times a Lady – Lionel Richie
26. Night of a Thousand Eyes – Tony Christie
27. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
28. When You Wish Upon a Star – Bing Crosby
29. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Amy Winehouse
30. Windmills of Your Mind – Michel legrand
31. Wonderful Tonight – Michael Buble
32. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me – Dusty Sringfield
33. You Raise Me Up – Westlife
34. You'll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & The Pacemakers
1. Moon River-Andy Williams
2.Can't Help Falling in Love-Elvis
3.He'll Have to Go-Jim Reeves
4.There Goes My Everything-Engelbert Humperdink
5.The Last Waltz- Engelbert Humperdink
6.Are You Lonesome Tonight-Elvis
7.Answer Me-Barbara Dickson
8.That's Amore-Dean Martin
9.Roses of Picardy-Vince Hill
10.This Nearly Was Mine-South Pacific
11.What The World Needs Now-Carpenters
12.Jean-from, Pride of Miss Brody
13.Now is The Hour-Vera Lynn
14.Molly Malone-Irish Traditional
15.Old Bull & Bush-Cockney Medley
16.When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New-Tony Christie
17.True Love-Bing Crosby
18.Three Times a Lady-Lionel Richie
19.Edelweiss-Sound of Music
20.My Favourite Things-Julie Andrews
21.Christmas Waltz Medley-Silent Night/Away in a Manger/Greensleeves
1. Come on Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
2. Final Countdown-Europe
3. Hi Ho Silver Lining-Jeff Beck
4. Satisfaction-Rolling Stones
5. Bits ‘n’ Pieces-Dave Clark Five
6. Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison
7. Pinball Wizard-The Who
8. All Right Now-Free
9. Maggie May-Rod Stewart
10.You Really Got Me-Kinks
11.5-4-3-2-1-Manfred Mann
12.Nah Nah Hey Hey-Steam
13.I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For-U2
14.Proud Mary-Tina Turner
15.Lady Madonna-Beatles
16.Hard Days Night-Beatles
18.In The Summertime-Mungo Jerry
Rock 'n' Roll/Jive
1. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley
2. Hound Dog - Elvis
3. All Shook Up/Teddy Bear – Elvis
4. Blue Suede Shoes-Elvis
5. Amazing Grace – Elvis
6. Come on Ev'rybody – Eddie Cocran
7. Down By The Riverside – Trad
8. Bill Bailey – Brenda Lee
9. Frankie and Johnny – Trad
10. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis
11. American Patrol-Miller
12. Pennsylvania 6500-Miller
13. Singin’ the Blues-Melvin Endersly
14. See You Later Alligator-Bill Haley
15. Green Door-Shakin’ Stevens
16. This Ole House-Shakin’ Stevens
17. Hippy Hippy Shake-Swinging Blue Jeans
18. Twist & Shout-Beatles
19. Return to Sender-Elvis
20. Bye Bye Love-Everley Brothers
21. That’ll Be the Day-Buddy Holly
22. Every Day-Buddy Holly
23. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore-Buddy Holly
24. Oh Boy/Peggy Sue-Buddy Holly
25. Whole Lotta Shakin’-Jerry Lee Lewis
26. Great Balls of Fire-Jerry Lee Lewis
Customer questions

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

I always try to be flexible in order to assist the smooth running of the event. Usually, any changes can be discussed in the run up to the day. I am used to dealing with slight adjustments on the day as well-particularly if the event is outdoors.

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

I do not provide a DJ service but always have a selection of playlists for before, during and after my performance, if required.

How much time do you need to set up?

My set up time varies according to the size of the venue but is between 25 and 40 minutes.

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

Yes, I am pleased to be able to discuss playlists with you at any time.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have a PA system and wireless mics. I also play trumpet, pBuzz, ukuleles and trombone, depending on the rtype of event.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I am often asked to provide a special song or other musical item for a celebration or commemoration.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

When I perform trumpet for ceremonies and commemorative occasions, my clients appreciate my smart turn out. A recent example was a military family wedding where I wore my Regimental badge and Guards tie. At cabaret and party events everyone always remarks at my white Tuxedo that usually start with.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at London hotels, Heathrow hotels, Royal venues, cruises, European tours for NAAFI entertainments, Theatre shows, Holiday centres, Care centres, Retirement venues and private and corporate functions. Companies include, Royal Albert Hall, and Festival Hall, London, Hammersmith Palais, Lyceum on the Strand and the Cunard line.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, Bruce Forsyth, Tom Jones, Michael Buble, Andy Williams, Englebert Humperdink, Bobby Darin, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Maurice Andrè, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

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

Buckingham Palace for the Investiture ceremonies and Garden parties.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£75
Up to 1 hour£165
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£440


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Dee C, 10 months ago

Completely engaged with the elderly and young alike that were present.

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Dee C, 11 months ago

Completely engaged with the elderly and young alike that were present.

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Josie F, 1 year ago

Dennis has performed at The Mayfields on a number of occasions. He brings smiles to the residents' faces, and encourages them to take part with his instruments, and even gets them dancing. He sings a wide variety of songs to suit all ages and we enjoy having him back again and again.

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