Saxophonist

Fay Donaldson

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About Fay

Fay is a N.Yorks based Sax/Flute Player, renowned for her immense versatility. From sophisticated Wedding Ceremonies to Ibiza Club Nights...
Saxophonist
Northallerton
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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
Musicianship
Genres:
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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Instruments:
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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).
B E A U T I F U L B A C K G R O U N D M U S I C . . .
TRADITIONAL CLASSICAL . . .
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)
Meditation – Jules Massenet (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)
JAZZ CLASSICS . . .
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)​
R&B . . .
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)
POP & ROCK BALLADS . . .
Always - Bon Jovi (S or F)
Ballade – Keri Degg (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)
Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls (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)
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton (S or F)
A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harem (S)
MUSIC FROM FILM . . .
Beauty and The Beast - Celine Dion
(S or F)
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)
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)
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)
T H E P A R T Y S T A R T E R S . . .
BEST OF THE 60s/70s . . .
American Pie – Don McLean (F)
Candle In The Wind –Elton John (F)
Dancing Queen - ABBA (S or F)
Dancing In The Moonlight - Thin Lizzy (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 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)
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)
MOTOWN & SOUL . . .
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)
Hello – Lionel Richie (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)
​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)
PURE FUNK . . .
Funky Town - Lipps (S)
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band (S)
We Want the Funk - Tha FunkaholX (S)
SAX CLASSICS . . .
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
CHRISTMAS PARTY . . .
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)
U L T I M A T E P A R T Y . . .
DANCE CLASSICS . . .
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)
Freed From Desire - Gala (S)
Gecko (Overdrive) - Oliver Heldens (S)
Hotel Room Service - Pitbull (S)
Infinite - Ehrling (S)
Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project, Klaas (S)
Intoxicated - Martin Solveig (S)
Jubel – Klingande (S)
Light It Up - Major Lazer (S)
Million Voices - Otto (S)
Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan (S)
New Rules - Dua Lipa (S)
Ocean - Ehrling (S)
Only God Can Save Our Souls – Klingande (S)
The Pink Panther (S)
Praise You (Remix) - Fatboy Slim, Purple Disco Machine (S)
Push It - Salt-N-Pepa (S)
Reach Up - Perfecto Allstarz (S)
Ride on Time - Black Box (S)
Satisfaction - Benny Benassi (S)
Set You Free - N-Trance (S)
Show Me Love - Robin Schulz (S)
Summer Love - Lovely Laura (S)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics (S)
This Girl - Kungs, Cookin’ On 3 Burners (S)
Warriors - Too Many Zooz (S)
80's . . .
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners (S)
Faith – George Michael (S)
Give Me The Night – George Benson (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)
MODERN POP . . .
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)
Shotgun - George Ezra (S or F)
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (S or F)
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (S or F)
Titanium – Sia (S)
Valerie – Amy Winehouse (S)
Wish You Well - Becky Hill, Sigala (S)
24K Magic - Bruno Mars (S)
Customer questions

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!

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.

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
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.
£15
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.
£250

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Jane C, 1 year ago

Brilliant performance, really enjoyed her music, very professional.

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Stuart R, 1 year 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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Alexi B, 9 months ago

Fay played a set for my mate's 22nd birthday at his uni house and it was sick. She played for about an hour along to some tunes that my mate had chosen, following the melody and soloing/improvising too. She also brought all her own kit like speakers etc which was ideal. Would hundred percent recommend, adds an extra bit of entertainment to a party and gets everyone dancing.

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Gabrielle J, 9 months 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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