Gail Ford

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About Gail

Amazingly versatile and expressive performer - many genres, even more tunes, working in London, Home Counties & throughout the UK.
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An accomplished, versatile and experienced pianist/accompanist, I began playing the piano at four years old - just loafing around before that. I play music because I love it, it's my means of expression, and I really enjoy sharing my enjoyment with others. My experience covers everything from corporate & private entertaining, to music hall, classical recitals, musical theatre, music hall, accompanying silent movies, and costumed period events. I have a particularly wide repertoire in vocal and musical theatre accompanying classical instrumental and vocal music (including opera and lieder), musical theatre, pop, TV, movie themes, jazz standards, and light classics. If you have a particular request, which I don't already play, I'm happy to learn the song, and add it to my repertoire! I've played at some beautiful venues, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Audley End House, the Czech Embassy, Italian Consulate, and at some prestigious events, such as corporate banking evenings, University of Cambridge and business events, and the Waterloo Ball for the Napoleonic Association. As much as I love playing just for myself anyway, it's the audience that brings the music and the experience completely alive for me, and I am happy to say that I'm known for expressive, emotional and exciting playing. I'm also used to playing for children, and being 'helped' at the keyboard - and if there are guests who have a party piece, I can accompany them (changing the key to suit if that helps!) Going beyond the usual, and taking extra care to make sure that clients, audience, customers - and indeed anyone listening - enjoys the music. I'm known for the commitment I give to each event I perform for, for keeping the client involved at every stage, and for the expressive playing I produce to bring the best kind of atmosphere to their event or day. That's as standard. I've had a lot of experience playing for and with children, and am an experienced dance pianist and Nanna. (Yes, I can supply references from a happy two and a half year old grandson, on request). Any more extras a client requires, well - it's their day, so that's what goes! I honestly try and do everything to ensure that I'm either asked to play for the client again, or to be recommended to others.

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Gail's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Katie H
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Amazing experience with Gail for our wedding! Played exactly what we wanted and it sounded beautiful. Thank you so much! Love Katie and Darren xxx

Reply from Gail
9 months ago

Dear Katie and Darren, Thank you so much for your review - it was one of the most enjoyable weddings I've played for - and I don't think I'll forget Arthur riding up the aisle on his trike! Many congratulations again, and all the best for the future. Gail

Corrine S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Gail is an absolutely fantastic musician. She played beautifully on her piano for two hours at my daughters wedding held at Parklands, Quendon Hall on 27th July 2021. She is so incredibly talented and everyone commented on how she played and lovely it was to listen to her. I would recommend Gail to anyone looking for a truely talented professional pianist to play at any special event especially weddings. I most certainly would hire her again. She is a lovely lady and arrived giving herself plenty of time to prepare ready to play. She accommodated my additional requests, was beautifully dressed and made a special point of introducing herself and congratulating the bride and groom. Thank you Gail for making the day even more special and congratulations on your 36th Wedding Anniversary. We loved having you join us in celebrating Meloney and Ritesh's Wedding.

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Suzy H
5 years ago, for a Corporate event in Trumpington St
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5 out of 5

We very much enjoy working with Gail. Her talents as a pianist are impeccable and, from a busy organiser’s point of view, I have always been grateful for her reliability, professionalism, enthusiasm and adaptability. We really appreciate the fact that she is keen to learn about the event: who is attending, what our client wants to achieve from it and so on, so that she can be sure that her playlist fits. Gail would always be our first choice when we are looking for a pianist, and although we’ve always had a piano available for her to use, it’s great that she has a portable instrument too.

Anthony H

Gail's total musicality and sensitivity produced a true and equal partnership

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Gail's Song list

Song List
If your choices aren’t below, let me know and I will learn/add them if at all possible!
Air On A G String (Bach)
Andante from Piano Concerto No 21 (Mozart)
An Die Musik
Arabesques Nos 1 and 2 (Debussy)
Arioso (J.S.Bach)
Barcarolle (Offenbach)
Beethoven Pathetique Sonata (Slow Movement)
Benedictus (Karl Jenkins)
Blue Danube (Strauss)
Concierto de Aranjuez (slow movement) Rodrigo
Claire de Lune (Debussy)
Elgar Chanson d’Amour
Elgar Salut d’Amour
Emperor Waltz (Strauss)
Faure Pavane
Fur Elise (Beethoven)
Gymnopedie No 1 Erik Satie
Gymnopedie No 3 Erik Satie
Humoresque (Dvorak)
Impromptu Op 90 No 3 (Schubert)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade)
Elevazione (Zipoli)
Elgar Chanson d’Amour
Elgar Salut d’Amour
I Giorni (Einaudi)
Laudate Dominum (Mozart)
Le Onde (The Waves/Einaudi)
Meditation (from Thais) Massenet
Moonlight Sonata (slow movement) Beethoven
Morning (Peer Gynt) Grieg
Nocturne in Eb, Op 9 No 2 (Chopin)
Nessun Dorma (Puccini)
Notturno (Grieg)
Ode To Joy (Beethoven)
O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini)
Pavane (Ravel)
18th Variation (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) Rachmaninov
Reverie (Debussy)
Rondo Alla Turca (Mozart)
Song To The Moon (Rusalka) Dvorak
Spring (Four Seasons) Vivaldi
Theme from Spartacus (Onedin Line theme) Khachaturian
Traumerei (Kinderscenen) Schumann
Waltz in A Minor Op34 No 2 (Chopin)
A Groovy Kind Of Love
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
All Of Me (John Legend)
And So It Goes (Billy Joel)
An Englishman In New York (Sting)
Angels (Robbie Williams)
Angie (Rolling Stones)
As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones)
Ashokan Farewell
A Thousand Years (Cristina Perri, Twilight Saga)
At Last (Etta James)
Beautiful In White (Westlife)
Begin The Beguine (Cole Porter)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon)
California Dreamin' (Mamas & Papas)
Careless Whisper (George Michael)
Clouds (Joni Mitchell)
Demons (Imagine Dragons)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Earthsong (Michael Jackson)
Eternal Flame
Everglow (Coldplay)
Feeling Good (Bricusse/Newley)
Feelin' Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel)
Fever (Peggy Lee)
God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
Goodbye Blackberry Way (The Move)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
Got To Get You Into My Life (The Beatles)
Happy (Pharell Williams)
Haven't Met You Yet (Michael Buble)
Hello (Lionel Ritchie)
Here There & Everywhere
Honesty (Billy Joel)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals)
I Believe In Angels (Abba)
If (David Gates/Bread)
I Giorni (Einaudi)
Imagine (John Lennon)
I'm Into Something Good (Herman's Hermits)
In My Life (The Beatles)
It's A Sin (Pet Shop Boys)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack)
Kiss From A Rose (Seal)audi)
Let It Go (Frozen)
Life On Mars (Bowie)
Living On An Island (Status Quo)
Long Way Home (Supertramp)
Love Is All Around Me
Michelle (The Beatles)
Memories (Maroon 5)
Misty (Erroll Garner)
Moonlight Serenade (Glenn Miller)
Mr Blue Sky (ELO)
My Life (Billy Joel)
New York State Of Mind (Billy Joel)
Night & Day (Cole Porter)
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Nights In White Satin (Justin Heyward)
Paradise (Coldplay)
Promise Me (Beverley Craven)
Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
River Flows In You (Yoruma)
Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones)
See You Again (from Furious 7)
She (Aznavour)
She's Always A Woman To Me (Billy Joel)
She Used To Be Mine (Sara Bareilles from The Waitress)
Someone Like You (Adele)
Somewhere Only We Know (Kean)
Song For Guy
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Summertime (Gershwin)
Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)
Starlight (Muse)
Take My Breath Away (Berlin)
Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)
The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies)
The Man I Love (Gershwin)
The Scientist (Coldplay)
Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)
Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)
Urge For Going (Joni Mitchell)
Valerie (The Zutons/Amy Winehouse)
We'll Meet Again
Whatever (Oasis)
Whatever Happened To Saturday Night (The Eagles)
When I Need Love (Leo Sayer)
White Cliffs Of Dover
Wild West Hero (ELO)
Woman Of Mine (Dean Friedman)
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Yesterday (Beatles)
Musical Theatre/Film/TV
Amelie (Yann Tiersen)
A Million Dreams (Greatest Showman)
Avatar (James Horner)
Beauty And The Beast
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Lion King)
Cavatina (Theme From The Deerhunter)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Dr Zhivago
Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
Gabriel's Oboe (Morricone)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
How To Train Your Dragon (Theme)
I See You (Avatar)
Ladies In Lavender
Les Miserables Medley
Let It Go (Frozen)
Losing My Mind (Stephen Sondheim)
Makin' Whoopee (Fabulous Baker Boys)
Memory (Cats)
Moon River
Music Of The Night (Phantom)
My Love (Westlife)
Never Enough (Greatest Showman)
Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story)
On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
Pride & Prejudice (Theme) Carl Davis
Rhythm Of Life (Sweet Charity/Cy Coleman)
Send In The Clowns
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Song From A Secret Garden
Theme from Titanic
The Entertainer
Think Of Me Only (Phantom)
Walking In The Air (The Snowman) Howard Blake
What I Did For Love (Marvin Hamlisch)
When You Wish Upon A Star
(N.B. Full church organ sound available if keyboard is being used)
Air On A G String
Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
Bach/Gounod Ave Maria
Flower Duet (Lakme)
Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
Mendelssohn Wedding March
Pachelbel Canon
Schubert Ave Maria
Sheep May Safely Graze
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
Wagner Wedding March

Gail'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)£85
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£470
Customer questions

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

Let me know as soon as you do, and I'll do my best to be flexible.

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

No, but I'm happy for one to be fitted around me.

How much time do you need to set up?

Under half an hour to set up keyboard and amp, etc. If I'm playing on a piano that's at the venue, then about 15 minutes.

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

Yes indeed! - So long as it's in full working order, and regularly tuned and maintained, I'm more than happy to play on it.

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

If you can't see your favourites, choices or ideas from my repertoire, I'm always happy to chat through what you'd like, and to learn anything that I can for the day.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Piano, er, no, but I have a Korg Kross synthesizer/workstation, which has full concert piano sound, and can supply strings, harpsichord, church organ and loads of other sounds you probably never knew existed.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song's not in my repertoire, ask me if I know it anyway. If I don't I'll always do my best to learn any new material. Always great to get new ideas!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I play from the heart , I've got a huge repertoire of many styles, and I like my clients, congregation, audience to feel they're each being played to personally. I do my best to make sure that folk of all ages enjoy what I play - including babies and children!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Italian Consulate, Czech Embassy, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. Lloyds Bank Canary Wharf, London.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Peter Skellern, Billy Joel, Chet Baker, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin.

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

Markova House for the ballet class scenes featured in Diana The Last Days documentary on Channel 4 (2016).
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Vintage, Classic rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, French music, Latin, Polka, Scottish music
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Arranger, Transcription, Accompanist
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