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Gail Ford

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About Gail

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Saffron Walden
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Versatile pianist/accompanist - many genres, even more tunes, working in London, Home Counties & throughout the UK

An accomplished, versatile and experienced pianist/accompanist, I began playing the piano at four years old, and studied at Manchester University, where my tutors included Peter Donohoe, and Gordon Fergus Thompson. After University I studied with Clifton Helliwell, Gordon Back & Nina Walker, and became a freelance accompanist. My experience covers everything from corporate & private entertaining, to music hall, classical recitals, musical theatre, music hall, accompanying silent movies,costumed period events, and choral rehearsals. I have a particularly wide repertoire in vocal and musical theatre accompanying, and can add transcribing by ear, excellent sight reading as well as transposition skills. I'm also a highly experienced ballet and dance accompanist, and am a recommended exam pianist for the RAD & ISTD exam syllabi, as well as playing for free classes from pre-school to adult. I took up the oboe some 16 years ago, and now, in addition to my piano work, play extensively in London & the Home Counties on oboe & cor anglais. I've played in wind and concert bands, pit bands, orchestras and small groups, but my main love is playing jazz, in any ensemble I can find, and writing & arranging covers of jazz , Latin, soul & rock classics for the oboe - a much more versatile instrument than it's often given credit for. I have recently formed my own jazz quartet, Rebels Without A Chord, and am looking forward to gigging in and about the Cambridge area. After that - who knows?

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
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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Instruments:
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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, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist
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Song list

Song List
If your choices aren’t below, let me know and I will learn/add them if at all possible!
Classical
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)
If (David Gates/Bread)
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)
Libertano (Astor Piazolla)
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)
Popular/Jazz/Ballads/Commercial
A Groovy Kind Of Love
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
All Of Me (John Legend)
Angels (Robbie Williams)
Angie (Rolling Stones)
Ashokan Farewell
At Last (Etta James)
Begin The Beguine (Cole Porter)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon)
Butterfly Waltz (Brian Crane)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Earthsong (Michael Jackson)
Eternal Flame
Feelin' Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel)
Fever (Peggy Lee)
God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Happy (Pharell Williams)
Hello (Lionel Ritchie)
Here There & Everywhere
House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals)
I Believe In Angels (Abba)
Imagine (John Lennon)
In My Life
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack)
Kiss From A Rose (Seal)
Life On Mars (Bowie)
Love Is All Around Me
Michelle Night & Day (Cole Porter)
Misty (Erroll Garner)
Moonlight Serenade (Glenn Miller)
New York State Of Mind (Billy Joel)
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Nights In White Satin (Justin Heyward)
Promise Me (Beverley Craven)
Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
She
Someone Like You (Adele)
Somewhere Only We Know (Kean)
Summertime (Gershwin)
Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)
Starlight (Muse)
Supertrouper
Take My Breath Away (Berlin)
The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies)
The Man I Love (Gershwin)
Time After Time
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)
When I Need Love (Leo Sayer)
White Cliffs Of Dover
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Yesterday (Beatles)
Musical Theatre/Film/TV
A Thousand Years (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Cristina Perri)
Amelie (Yann Tiersen)
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)
Ladies In Lavender
Les Miserables Medley
Let It Go (Frozen)
Memory (Cats)
Music Of The Night (Phantom)
Losing My Mind (Stephen Sondheim)
Makin' Whoopee (Fabulous Baker Boys)
Moon River
Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Never Enough
One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story)
On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
Pride & Prejudice (Theme) Carl Davis
Send In The Clowns
Skyfall
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
Weddings
(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
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).

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)£75
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£470
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

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Suzy H, 1 year ago

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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