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James Blanche

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Pianist
Liverpool
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Professional Pianist specialising in cool & contemporary arrangements of popular songs seeking paid work in the UK & Abroad

James is a multi instrumental professional musician/vocalist with experience performing nationally and internationally. James musical journey began at the age of four years old when he would sit at the piano for hours on end on his own learning to play various classical pieces such as Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata when his uncle would transcribe the notes on the sheet music. His musical talent was recognised by his primary school teacher who recommended he take piano lessons as soon as possible. James started piano lessons at 11 years old and had completed his Grade 8 Theory and Pianoforte with the ABRSM by the age of 17. From around the age of 12 years old, James also began learning to play Acoustic Guitar, Drums, and Bass Guitar and was an accomplished musician by the age of 18. James was offered the opportunity to enrol at the well respected Mabel Fletcher music college, but initially embarked on a completely different career path. By the age of 28, James decided that he wanted to pursue his real passion in life which was music, and wanted to dedicate himself to creating a brand new career as a professional musician. For the next 10 years James embarked on a career as a session musician, specialising in piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and vocals, and played in many top professional acts throughout the UK and abroad working for Royal Caribbean as a band musician, and a top French Ski Resort. Throughout the past 16 years, James has performed both solo artist and as part of various ensembles for many prestigious high profile clients in well established hotels and restaurants throughout the UK, within world class venues ranging from the Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals to the Royal Caribbean Allure Of The Seas Cruise Ship. At the present time James offers three music acts which include a cocktail pianist, a Swing & Rat Pack Crooner, and a Country Music Guitarist & Vocalist Act. James's main expertise however lies in his ability to create modern, cool arrangements of popular songs on piano, which will enhance any special occasion, particularly weddings and corporate events.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Ibiza club, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop
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Instruments:
Piano
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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, Orchestrator, Producer, Composer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Audio engineer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor, Music therapy, Musicologist, Community music worker
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Song list

2010's
ALL I ASK, ADELE
HELLO, ADELE
MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE, ADELE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU, ADELE
SET FIRE TO THE RAIN, ADELE
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, ADELE
ONE LAST TIME, ARIANA GRANDE
INTO YOU, ARIANA GRANDE
RUNNING, ARROW BENJAMIN
HALO, BEYONCE
BLEEDING LOVE, LEONA LEWIS
WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN, BRUNO MARS
DANCING ON MY OWN, CALUM SCOTT
YOU ARE THE REASON, CALUM SCOTT
CHANDELIER, SIA
SAY SOMETHING, CHRISTINA AGUILERA
THE VOICE WITHIN, CHRISTINA AGUILERA
ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME, COLDPLAY
EVERGLOW, COLDPLAY
SKY FULL OF STARS, COLDPLAY
FIX YOU, COLDPLAY
SCARED TO BE LONELY, DUA LIPA
CASTLE ON THE HILL, ED SHEERAN
PERFECT, ED SHEERAN
PHOTOGRAPH, ED SHEERAN
THINKING OUT LOUD, ED SHEERAN
PUMPED UP KICKS, FOSTER THE PEOPLE
RADIOACTIVE, IMAGINE DRAGONS
SAY YOU WONT LET GO, JAMES ARTHUR
EMPTY SPACE, JAMES ARTHUR
NAKED, JAMES ARTHUR
LET IT GO, JAMES BAY
HOLD BACK THE RIVER, JAMES BAY
ALL OF ME, JOHN LEGEND
YOU AND I, JOHN LEGEND
FRIENDS, JUSTIN BIEBER
LET ME LOVE YOU, JUSTIN BIEBER
HOT AND COLD, KATY PERRY
IT AINT ME, KYGO
WHAT ABOUT US, PINK
STAY WITH ME, SAM SMITH
TOO GOOD AT GOODBYES, SAM SMITH
WRITINGS ON THE WALL, SAM SMITH
LAY ME DOWN, SAM SMITH
I WISH, TONI BRAXTON
SOMEONE YOU LOVED, LEWIS CAPALDI
LOST WITHOUT YOU, FREYA RIDING
2000s
TROUBLE, COLDPLAY
CLOCKS, COLDPLAY
CANNONBALL, DAMIEN RICE
THE A TEAM, ED SHEERAN
BEST OF YOU, FOO FIGHTERS
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW, KEANE
SEX ON FIRE, KINGS OF LEON
USE SOMEBODY, KINGS OF LEON
AMAZED, LONESTAR
LAST REQUEST, PAOLO NUTINI
CHASING CARS, SNOW PATROL
MR BRIGHTSIDE, THE KILLERS
HUMAN, THE KILLERS
DAKOTA, THE STEREOPHONICS
HAVE A NICE DAY, THE STEREOPHONICS
DON’T WANNA MISS A THING, AEROSMITH
BELIEVE, CHER
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW, KEANE
EVERYTHING CHANGES, KEANE
BEDSHAPED, KEANE
IF I AINT GOT YOU, ALICIA KEYS
1990s
THINK TWICE, CELINE DION
BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME, CELINE DION
MILLION LOVE SONGS, TAKE THAT
BACK FOR GOOD, TAKE THAT
WICKED GAME, CHRIS ISSAK
EARTH SONG, MICHAEL JACKSON
HALF THE WORLD AWAY, OASIS
DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER, OASIS
WONDERWALL, OASIS
CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA, OASIS
STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT, OASIS
YOU DO SOMETHING, PAUL WELLER
CREEP, RADIOHEAD
HIGH & DRY, RADIOHEAD
MAN IN THE MOON, REM
LOSING MY RELIGION, REM
EVERYBODY HURTS, REM
WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING, RONAN KEATING
LUCKY MAN, THE VERVE
DRUGS DONT WORK, THE VERVE
SONNET, THE VERVE
UNBREAK MY HEART, TONI BRAXTON
BREATHE AGAIN, TONI BRAXTON
I WISH, TONI BRAXTON
ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG, TONI BRAXTON
CAN WE TALK, TEVIN CAMPBELL
1980s
THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL, ANNIE LENNOX
WHY, ANNIE LENNOX
DANCING IN THE DARK, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
HEAVEN, BRYAN ADAMS
SUMMER OF 69, BRYAN ADAMS
I JUST DIED IN YOUR ARMS, CUTTING CREW
CARELESS WHISPER, WHAM
EVERYTHING SHE WANTS, WHAM
LAST CHRISTMAS, GEORGE MICHAEL
ONLY YOU, YAZOO
KISS ON MY LIST, HALL & OATES
SARA SMILE, HALL & OATES
SAY IT ISN'T SO, HALL & OATES
SWEET CHILD O MINE, GUNS N ROSES
JESSIE, JOSHUA KADISON
DON’T STOP BELIEVING, JOURNEY
WHO'S CRYING NOW, JOURNEY
FAITHFULLY, JOURNEY
STUCK ON YOU, LIONEL RICHIE
HELLO, LIONEL RICHIE
ENDLESS LOVE, LIONEL RICHIE
PENNY LOVER, LIONEL RICHIE
ALL NIGHT LONG, LIONEL RICHIE
HUMAN NATURE, MICHAEL JACKSON
LADY IN MY LIFE, MICHAEL JACKSON
I JUST CANT STOP LOVING YOU, MICHAEL JACKSON
MAN IN THE MIRROR, MICHAEL JACKSON
TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA, MIKE POSNER
TRUE, SPANDAU BALLET
GOLD, SPANDAU BALLET
THRU THE BARRICADES, SPANDAU BALLET
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, THE POLICE
EVERY THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC, THE POLICE
ROXANNE, THE POLICE
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, U2
I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND, U2
NEW YEARS DAY, U2
PRIDE, U2
I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY, WHITNEY HOUSTON
ALL THE MAN I NEED, WHITNEY HOUSTON
I HAVE NOTHING, WHITNEY HOUSTON
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, WHITNEY HOUSTON
BON JOVI, ALWAYS
BON JOVI, LIVING ON A PRAYER
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY, BERLIN
STING, FIELDS OF GOLD
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS, BETTE MIDLER
ONE MORE NIGHT, PHIL COLLINS
AGAINST ALL ODDS, PHIL COLLINS
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, PHIL COLLINS
ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART, TEARS FOR FEARS
SHOUT, TEARS FOR FEARS
VIEW TO A KILL, DURAN DURAN
ORDINARY WORLD, DURAN DURAN
GOOD NIGHT GIRL, WET WET WET
I WONDER WHY, CURTIS STIGERS
1970s
HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS, ROD STEWART
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND, BILLY JOEL
FIRST MY LAST MY EVERYTHING, BARRY WHITE
YOUR SONG, ELTON JOHN
ALWAYS ON MY MIND, ELVIS
WONDERFUL TONIGHT, ERIC CLAPTON
GO YOUR OWN WAY, FLEETWOOD MAC
YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, JOE COCKER
COUNTRY ROADS, JOHN DENVER
IMAGINE, JOHN LENNON
JEALOUS GUY, JOHN LENNON
LOVE ON THE ROCKS, NEIL DIAMOND
WISH YOU WERE HERE, PINK FLOYD
COMFORTABLY NUMB, PINK FLOYD
OVERJOYED, STEVIE WONDER
LATELY, STEVIE WONDER
RIBBON IN THE SKY, STEVIE WONDER
MY CHERIE AMOUR, STEVIE WONDER
ISN'T SHE LOVELY, STEVIE WONDER
TO LOVE SOMEBODY, THE BEE GEES
LYIN EYES, THE EAGLES
DESPERADO, THE EAGLES
HOTEL CALIFORNIA, THE EAGLES
BEST OF MY LOVE, THE EAGLES
TEQUILA SUNRISE, THE EAGLES
PEACEFUL EASY FEELING, THE EAGLES
I CANT TELL YOU WHY, THE EAGLES
YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING, THE REAL THING
BROWN EYED GIRL, VAN MORRISON
SOMEONE LIKE YOU, VAN MORRISON
YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, JOE COCKER
YOUR SONG, ELTON JOHN
WITHOUT YOU, NILSON
CLOSE TO YOU, THE CARPENTERS
WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN, THE CARPENTERS
THIS MASQUERADE, THE CARPENTERS
LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, DAVID GATES
1960s
WILD HORSES, THE ROLLING STONES
LITTLE WING, JIMI HENDRIX
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, THE ANIMALS
IN MY LIFE, BEATLES
LET IT BE, BEATLES
YESTERDAY, BEATLES
ELEANOR RIGBY, BEATLES
I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND, BEATLES
IN MY LIFE, BEATLES
IF I FELL, BEATLES
HERE THERE EVERYWHERE, BEATLES
YOUR GONNA LOSE THAT GIRL, BEATLES
HELP, THE BEATLES
FERRY ACROSS THE MERSEY, GERRY MARSDEN
SAN FRANSISCO, SCOTT MCKENSIE
1950s
CANT HELP FALLING IN LOVE, ELVIS
LOVE ME TENDER, ELVIS
FLY ME TO THE MOON, FRANK SINATRA
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD, LOUIS ARMSTRONG
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME, THE SHIRELLES
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE, CAROUSEL
BE MY BABY, THE RONETTES
JAZZ STANDARDS
AINT MISBEHAVIN
EVERYTIME WE SAY GOODBYE
FLY ME TO THE MOON
CRY ME A RIVER
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
I GOT RHYTHMN
I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
IT HAD TO BE YOU
I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
MAKING WHOOPEE
MISTY
MONA LISA
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
NESSUN DORMA
NIGHT AND DAY
SATIN DOLL
THE CANDYMAN
THATS LIFE
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
THE LOOK OF LOVE
SUMMERTIME
THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
CLASSICAL
NOCTURNE IN E FLAT MAJOR, CHOPIN
NOCTURNE IN C SHARP MINOR, CHOPIN
CLAIR DE LUNE, DEBUSSY
ARABESQUE, CLAUDE DEBUSSY
PRELUDE IN C MAJOR, BACH
GYMNOPEDIE, ERIC SATIE
FUR ELISE, BEETHOVEN
MOONLIGHT SONATA, BEETHOVEN
PATHETIQUE, BEETHOVEN
RIVER FLOWS IN YOU, EINAUDI
SONG WITHOUT WORDS, FELIX MENDELSSOHN
LIEBESTRAUM, LISZT
SWAN LAKE THEME, TCHAIKOVSKY
O SOLE MIO, DI CAPUA
MORNING MOOD, GRIEG
PIANO CONCERTO NO 2, RACHMANINOV
WEDDING SONGS
GLASGOW LOVE THEME
WEDDING MARCH
AIR ON A G STRING
AVE MARIA, BACH
AVE MARIA, SCHUBERT
AVE VERUM, MOZART
BRIDAL MARCH, RICHARD WAGNER
HUMORESQUE, DVORAK
CANON IN D, PACHELBEL
CARO MIO BEN, GIORDANI
CAVELLERIA, PIETRO MASCAGNI
LARGO, HANDEL
LAUDATE DOMINIUM, MOZART
AIR WATER MUSIC, HANDEL
SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE, BACH
PAVANE, FAURE
DANNY BOY
FILM SOUNDTRACKS/MUSICALS
BRAVEHEART LOVE THEME
RAMBO, FIRST BLOOD PART 1
GAME OF THRONES
AMERICAN BEAUTY
SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
SUPERMAN THEME
STAR WARS THEME
ET THEME
ROCKY THEME
SOUND OF MUSIC
THE GODFATHER
ROMEO & JULIET
GREASE IS THE WORD
HOPEFLESS DEVOTED TO YOU
FAME
OUT HERE ON MY OWN
SCHLINDERS LIST
UNFORGETTABLE
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
JAMES BOND THEMES
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
ALL TIME HIGH
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
GOLDFINGER
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
OCTOPUSSY
LICENSE TO KILL
WRITINGS ON THE WALL
SKYFALL
Customer questions

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

I aim to ensure that your event runs smoothly and so all you have to do is provide me with the details of any changes so I can adjust my own schedule accordingly in terms of travel and set up to your venue.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.”

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our my performance!”

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

Yes, of course - my only prerequisite is that the piano is in working order and in tune. Please confirm this with the venue and if the piano is not in tune then ensure that the venue addresses this before the event. A piano tuning normally ranges between £50-70 and is very important that the instrument is tuned twice per year to ensure playability.

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

My set lists have been developed from countless performances and learning what works best to create a beautiful atmosphere for any occasion, but I am more than happy to discuss with you any particular songs that you would like me to perform within the event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I can bring my own stage piano to perform if there is no piano at the venue which costs an extra £80 for transportation. I generally however prefer to play the piano at the venue because in my experience it ensures a much more enjoyable and satisfying experience for all.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I am happy to perform songs requests. I ask that you provide as much time as possible for this in case I am not familiar with the song or engaged on existing bookings. If I know the song then I will play it for free but if I have not heard it before then I charge a fee of £40 for this service to take into account learning rehearsal time etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They tend to love the smooth romantic and chilled out style of playing that I perform in, combined with good presentation and audience interaction, and the extensive repertoire of songs I maintain taking listeners on a trip through many decades and genres of music including pop, rock, soul, rnb, country etc

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at many prestigious venues including The Dorchester, The Savoy, Liverpool Hilton, Knowsley Hall, Kedleston Hall, St George Hall, Knowsley Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool Hope, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, LIverpool Philharmonic, Shankley Hotel, Sir Thomas Hotel, and Royal Caribbeans Allure of The Seas, amongst many many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

In terms of classical piano, my main influences include Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, Einaudi. In terms of popular music my style is heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Elton John, Coldplay, and Tori Amos. From a easy listening & soundtrack perspective George Gerswhin, Cole Porter, and Michael Nyman.

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

The most high profile gig I have performed on piano was in 2010 at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Graduation Ceremony, attended by Kim Cattrall (Sx & The City). I have also performed at corporate events at the Emirates Stadium for Manchester City Football Club, and at the Echo Arena as a session guitarist for an act supporting the Pussycat Dolls in 2009.

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Available services
DJ Background Music
+£150
Swing Rat Pack Vocal Set
+£200

Reviews

From customers:

Smokey G, 1 year ago

Hugely popular with our Apres Ski crowd in Les Deux Alpes this season and a great asset to our team

Kedleston H, 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful song arrangements, very popular with hotel guests and restaurant customers

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