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Fay is a N.Yorks based Sax/Flute Player, renowned for her immense versatility. From sophisticated Wedding Ceremonies to Ibiza Club Nights...
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Fay is a North Yorkshire based Saxophonist and Flautist, renowned for her immense versatility as a multi-instrumentalist. From Ibiza Party Nights, to smooth and sophisticated Wedding Ceremonies, Fay will deliver quality every time. Since graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2018 with a Combined BA Honours degree in Classical Flute and Popular Saxophone, her knowledge and experience as both a performer and tutor has grown immensely. ​ In just under two years, Fay has performed in over 100 theatres, at countless private functions, charity balls and weddings all over the UK. She has also had the pleasure of performing with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra in their Animex Concert for Music for Video Games with renowned composer, Austin Wintory. As a solo artist, Fay is extremely adaptable. She has opened for Joe McElderry, played alongside superstar DJ’s Andy Galea and Allister Whitehead and can regularly be seen performing in bars and nightclubs, up and down the country. When she's not performing solo, Fay plays Sax and Flute with Funk and Soul band, Das Happy and is currently touring the UK with multi-award winning Irish band, The Wild Murphy’s and their sellout Theatre Show, 'One Night in Dublin'.

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 can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Pop, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Covers, R&B, Swing, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Classical, Musical theatre, Baroque, Acoustic, Christmas, Traditional church music
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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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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

This is a selection of possible song choices, others can be added at your request. Please choose your favourites from any of the categories! Some songs are more suited to the sound of the Flute and some to the Saxophone (as marked S/F).
Ave Maria - Frank Schubert (F)
Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner (F)
The Fields of Athenry (Irish Folk Ballad) (F)
The Four Seasons – Vivaldi (F)
I Watch The Sunrise (Hymn) - John Glynn (F)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (F)
Morning - Edward Grieg (F)
Pachelbel’s Canon in D (F)
Pavane Opus 50 - Gabriel Fauré (F)
Trumpet Voluntary – Elixer (F)
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn (F)
Ludovico Einaudi - i Giorni (F)
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers (S)
Autumn Leaves (S)
But Not For Me – Gershwin (S)
Embraceable You – Gershwin (S)
Fascinating Rhythm – Gershwin (S)
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
(S or F)
A Foggy Day – Gershwin (S)
Georgia On My Mind (S or F)
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles (S)
How Long Has This Been Going On – Gershwin (S)
I Got Rhythm - Ella Fitzgerald (S)
I’ve Got A Crush On You – Gershwin (S)
Misty - Ella Fitzgerald (S)
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn (S or F)
Nice Work If You Can Get It – Gershwin (S)
Someone To Watch Over Me – Gershwin (S)
Strike Up The Band – Gershwin (S)
‘S Wonderful – Gershwin (S)
Hotline Bling - Drake (S or F)
Kiss From A Rose – Seal (S or F)
Maria Maria - Santana (S)
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child (S)
U Remind Me – Usher (S)
Your Love is King - Sade (S)
All of Me - John Legend (F or S)
Always - Bon Jovi (S or F)
Annie's Song - John Denver (F)
Ballade – Keri Degg (S)
Born to Try - Delta Goodrem (F or S)
Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
(S or F)
Blue Eyes – Elton John (S)
Every River - Runrig (S or F)
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams (S)
Fix You – Coldplay (S or F)
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
(S or F)
Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls (S or F)
The Last Waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck
(S or F)
Living On a Prayer - Bon Jovi (S or F)
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (F)
One Day Like This - Elbow (S or F)
Photograph - Nickelback (S or F)
The Prayer - Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli (F)
Send In The Clowns - Barbara Streisand
(S or F)
Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk (S)
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton (S or F)
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia (S or F)
A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harem (S)
You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers (S or F)
You're Still The One - Shania Twain (S or F)
Beauty and The Beast - Celine Dion
(S or F)
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something (S)
The Candy Man - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (S or F)
Chim Chim Cher-ee - Mary Poppins
(S or F)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
(S or F)
Game of Thrones Theme - Ramin Djawadi
(S or F)
Hedwig's Theme - Harry Potter (F)
I Wanna Be Like You - Robbie Williams (S)
On My Own – Les Misérables (S or F)
Electricity – Billy Elliot (S)
Let it Go - Frozen (F)
The Lonely Goatherd - The Sound of Music
(S or F)
The Lord Of The Dance - Ronan Hardiman (F)
Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet (S or F)
Never Enough - The Greatest Showman (F)
So Long, Farewell - The Sound of Music (F)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy (F)
This is Me - The Greatest Showman
(S or F)
Tomorrow - Annie (S or F)
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (S or F)
American Pie – Don McLean (F)
Candle In The Wind –Elton John (F)
The Combine Harvester - The Wurzels (S)
Dancing Queen - ABBA (S or F)
Dancing In The Moonlight - Thin Lizzy (S)
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA (S)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John, Kiki Dee (S)
Hey Jude - The Beatles (S or F)
How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees (S)
I Do, I Do, I Do - ABBA (S)
I'm A Believer - The Monkees (S)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
(S or F)
Lean On Me - Bill Withers (S or F)
Let It Be - The Beatles (S or F)
Mandy – Barry Manilow (S)
Mamma Mia - ABBA (S or F)
Moonshadow - Cat Stevens (S or F)
My Girl - The Temptations (S or F)
Penny Lane – The Beatles (S or F)
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison (S)
Proud Mary (Rolling on a River) - Tina Turner (S)
September – Earth, Wind & Fire (S)
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees (S)
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond (S or F)
Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin (S)
Twist and Shout - The Beatles (S)
Waterloo – ABBA (S)
When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles (S or F)
Your Song - Elton John (S or F)
Yesterday - The Beatles (S or F)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye (S)
All Night Long - Lionel Richie (S)
At Last - Etta James (S or F)
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison (S or F)
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley (F)
Hard to Handle - Otis Redding (S)
Hello – Lionel Richie (S)
Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder (S)
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown (S)
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder (S or F)
I Want You Back – Jackson 5 (S)
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole (S or F)
Man in The Mirror - Michael Jackson
(S or F)
Master Blaster (Jammin') - Stevie Wonder (S)
Part-time Lover - Stevie Wonder (S)
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson (S)
Respect – Aretha Franklin (S)
Rise Up – Andra Day (S)
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (S)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder (S)
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole (S)
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Funky Town - Lipps (S)
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band (S)
We Want the Funk - Tha FunkaholX (S)
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty (S)
Careless Whisper – George Michael (S)
Lily Was Here – Dave Stewart ft. Candy Dulfer (S)
One Step Beyond - Madness (S)
Will You - Hazel O'Connor
All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey
(S or F)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Michael Bublé (S)
Deck The Halls (S or F)
Ding Dong Merrily (S or F)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Michael Bublé (S)
In Dulci Jubilo (S or F)
Santa Baby (S or F)
Sleigh Bells (S or F)
Walking in the Air - Howard Blake (S or F)
Auld Lang Syne
Baiana - Bakermat
​Better Off Alone - Alice DJ
Changes - Faul & Wad Ad (S)
Dance Monkey - Tones And I (S)
​Danza Kuduro - Don Omar (S)
Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino (S)
​Don't Wanna Dance - Boston Bun (S)
Freed From Desire - Gala (S)
Friday - Mufasa, Nightcrawlers (S)
Gecko (Overdrive) - Oliver Heldens (S)
Head & Heart - Joel Corry, MNEK (S)
Hotel Room Service - Pitbull (S)
Infinite - Ehrling (S)
Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project, Klaas (S)
Insomnia - Faithless (S)
Intoxicated - Martin Solveig (S)
Jubel – Klingande (S)
Just Want Your Body - Lovely Laura (S)
Light It Up - Major Lazer (S)
Lose Control - Meduza, Becky Hill (S)
Million Voices - Otto (S)
Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan (S)
New Rules - Dua Lipa (S)
Ocean - Ehrling (S)
One Day - Bakermat (S)
Only God Can Save Our Souls – Klingande (S)
Piece of Your Heart - Meduza
The Pink Panther (S)
Praise You (Remix) - Fatboy Slim, Purple Disco Machine (S)
Push It - Salt-N-Pepa (S)
Pjanoo - Eric Prydz (S)
Reach Up - Perfecto Allstarz (S)
Ride on Time - Black Box (S)
Rock This Party - Bob Sinclar (S)
Satisfaction - Benny Benassi (S)
Set You Free - N-Trance (S)
Show Me Love - Robin Schulz (S)
Summer Love - Lovely Laura (S)
Sun Goes Down - Robyn Schulz (S)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics (S)
This Girl - Kungs, Cookin’ On 3 Burners (S)
Warriors - Too Many Zooz (S)
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners (S)
Faith – George Michael (S)
Give Me The Night – George Benson (S)
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac (S)
Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers (S)
Like a Prayer – Madonna (S or F)
Love Shack – The B-52’s (S)
Red Red Wine - UB40 (S)
True Colours – Cyndi Lauper (F)
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon (S)
You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins (S)
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham! (S)
Clarity (Acoustic) - Foxes (S or F)
Hero – Enriqué Iglesias (S)
I Knew I Loved You (Before I Met You) - Savage Garden (F)
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz (S or F)
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
(S or F)
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
(S or F)
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber (S or F)
Marry You - Bruno Mars (S or F)
No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande (S)
Perfect - Ed Sheeran (S or F)
Rather Be - Clean Bandit (S)
She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5 (F)
Shine - Take That (S)
Shotgun - George Ezra (S or F)
Soul Makossa - Yolanda Be Cool (S)
Symphony - Jess Glynne (S)
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheared (S or F)
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (S or F)
Titanium – Sia (S)
Valerie – Amy Winehouse (S)
What's Love Got To Do With It - Kygo, Tina Turner (S)
Wish You Well - Becky Hill, Sigala (S)
24K Magic - Bruno Mars (S)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients regularly comment on how fun, lively and unique my performance is! The fact that my repertoire can be as varied as would you like for your event is a huge selling point. If you wish, I can go from Baker Street to Ibiza Classics within the same set!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Over 100 famous Theatres across the UK, including The Hippodrome, The Grand in Swansea, The Tivoli Aberdeen and many more! I perform regularly at Hotels, Cocktail Bars, Restaurants, Clubs, Weddings, Birthdays, Private Parties, Engagements, Corporate Events and Private Houses/Gardens across the UK.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Candy Dulfer Lovely Laura David Sanborn Maceo Parker

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

No problem! I run a flexible schedule to fit in seamlessly with you, so please don't hesitate to contact me if anything has changed in the run up to the event. I will always do my best to accommodate you!

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

Of course! This is super popular option, particularly in between my sets and is charged at £60 per hour. A great option if you're looking to save on booking a DJ!

How much time do you need to set up?

I will usually arrive roughly 1 - 1.5 hours before my first set to set up. This allows for any technical difficulties etc. This may also vary from gig to gig!

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

Yes, of course! I always provide a very varied suggested song list for clients to choose from. This includes a selection of 'beautiful background music', 'the party starters', and of course 'the ultimate party playlist'. These are all just some suggestions, so please let me know your favourites if you can't see them on my list! I love requests!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, this is usually the case, particularly for my daytime performances. However, if I am working alongside a DJ you have pre-booked, I will usually ask for permission to plug straight into their equipment. This makes for a much quicker setup, and for much less bulk on the dance floor! If there is an issue with this, I can provide my own PA!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

100%, yes! Please do request your favourites! A few song requests make for a much more personal touch.


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)£250
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£650
Wedding Ceremony
This includes music as your guests arrive, arrival of the bride, signing of the register and the exit of the bridal party and guests.
Drinks Reception
2 x 45 Minute sets at your Drinks Reception, including your choice of music (from my set list, plus any requests!).
Party Package
2 x 60 Minute sets, with any music of your choice! Includes a short break in between (up to two hours).
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


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Jane C, 1 year ago

Brilliant performance, really enjoyed her music, very professional.

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Stuart R, 2 years ago

Fay was great to deal with from start to finish, nothing was too much trouble. She looked & sounded great on the day. Many of our guests commented on how good she was. We would highly recommend Fay to anyone looking to book a saxophonist for their wedding reception drinks. Thanks again Fay.

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Sam S, 1 year ago

Fay recently performed at our garden party and it was unbelievable - without a doubt one of the best nights of my life. The saxophone has always been my favourite instrument and Fay is incredibly talented, everything was super easy to organise and she brought everything along with her! So thankful and would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of having a live saxophonist :)

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Gabrielle J, 1 year ago

I booked Fay to perform for a joint garden party last weekend and she was the highlight of the night. She was very accommodating to our music taste and her communication throughout the booking process was impeccable, and she was a great sport despite the rain. I would certainly book her time and time again, thank you Fay!

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