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About Gaynor Sutcliffe

Music tailored to pure ambient or ‘let’s get the party started’, sing along environments. Violin, piano and vocals and any requests taken.
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After studying violin and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music and playing with prestigious orchestras and ensembles such as the Halle and BBC philharmonic I joined the internationally acclaimed Swing Commanders and toured Europe and the USA for ten years as multi instrumentalist, vocalist and dancer. My string qtet, trio and duo performs regularly for corporate functions and weddings and as a soloist I have recorded with Bonner Tiler, Richard Hawley and Alex Jones along with performing in front of Prince Charles and the Queen classically. As a soloist I perform any genre and can take any request as experience ranges from folk, classical, jazz, pop, world music, Swing and many other styles. Whether it’s a violin to serenade guests as they arrive followed by a little ‘over the head jazz piano’ or accordion or moving more towards a bit of a dance and sing along I guarantee to create just the right vibe for the occasion working closely with you to accommodate special requests and styles. The best thing is that you create different sounds without having to hire different musicians.

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
Classical, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, World 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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Sound technician, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Animateur
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Song list

Intimate song list.
Any request, genre taken.
Songs from Musicals
Songs from shows
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

It’s always an advantage to only have to book one or two musicians to provide music for the day. This keeps costs down substantially and makes life a lot easier with communication. I provide various sounds and vibes depending on what you want and need and can work closely with you to tailor the day exactly how you wish.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bridgewater Hall Carnegie Hall Earls Court Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Theatres across the UK and Europe Jazz and 1940’s festivals in UK, Ireland and Europe Various Texas dance halls and venues Wedding venues up and down the UK, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Nora Jones Stevie Wonder Ella Fitzgerald Modern pop artistes Hotclub of Cowtown Nigel Kennedy

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

Glastonbury Festival.

Do you have different line-up options?

As a solo It would always be myself combining options of violin, piano, accordion and vocals. I also offer a duo which adds on saxophone and clarinet and a trio with double bass. Also a five piece swing band. In addition a string quartet, trio or duo.

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

Timings can be flexible as I understand things and plans can change. As long as the day is booked in we can fine tune timings nearer the day if required.

How much time do you need to set up?

Set up takes 20 minutes if acoustic or 45 minutes if PA is needed. Depending on requirements we can normally work around the venue and events of the day.

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

I would normally play a selection of requests and my own set. I try to gauge who is listening and tailor it to the vibe at the time. Every function is different and it is often good to leave a little space to go with guest reaction. Sometimes they want to sing along, sometimes just to chat and this changes throughout the day.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

All equipment totally self contained.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can learn pretty much any song/tune/genre/style.


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£200
Ceremony and pre ceremony
Music as guests arrive 30 mins prior to event. Bridal entry, signing and exit of church.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Azi C, 24 days ago

We were very pleased to have Gaynor Sutcliffe play at our wedding reception on a boat in Windermere. Gaynor is a very friendly and talented musician who was really positive about her work. She played both piano and violin beautifully. She performed all the pieces we suggested and also suggested some lovely songs herself. She is very enthusiastic about her work. We really enjoyed her performance and strongly recommend Gaynor.

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Paul T, 1 month ago

gaynor did a great job for us it was a restrict to 30 wedding due to covid and wortley halls first for a good while she did all music we asked beautifully and provided background ambience and provided variety playing her own portable piano glad we booked her for our wedding and will recommend her to anyone wanting great violin with classical or irish jigs or whatever u want really