Karen Newby

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Classically trained, Karen works in diverse musical genres both in the UK and abroad. She was a resident pianist at the Ritz Hotel in London
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An accomplished, versatile piano/vocalist, with an ever expanding repertoire covering all styles, Karen performs in 5 star venues at home and abroad. Classically trained, she has a flawless piano technique which is equally at home playing jazz standards, show tunes and chart hits. Add mellow vocals and a wicked sense of humour and you have the perfect music for your event. Her skills as an accompanist are as relevant for open mic and 'impromptu guest participation' as they are for opera and classical recitals. As a teacher Karen inspires students to achieve their best, with several professional musicians among her former students.

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Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Christmas, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Covers, Karaoke, Soul, Vintage, Acoustic, Classic rock, Bollywood, French music, German music, Italian music, Bossa nova, Gypsy jazz, Traditional Irish folk
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

All of me - John Legend
A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square - Sherwin
Easy - Commodores
All the things you are - Jerome Kern
Evergreen - Barbra Streisand
Besame Mucho - Velasquez
Everything I do (I do it for you) - Brian Adams
Blue Moon - Rodgers/Hart
For all we know - Carpenters
Embraceable You - Gershwin
Get here - Oleta Adams
Fever - Peggy Lee
Groovy kind of love - Phil Collins
I only have eyes for you - Harry Warren
Have I told you lately - Van Morrison
I’m in the mood for love - Jimmy McHugh
How deep is your love - Bee Gees
I’ve got you under my skin - Cole Porter
I don’t want to miss a thing - Aerosmith
It had to be you - Harry Connick Jr
Let there be love - Nat ‘King’ Cole
I will always love you - Whitney Houston
La vie en Rose - Edith Piaf
Lady in Red - Chris de Burgh
Misty - Errol Garner
Over and Over Again - Nathan Sykes
Love is all around - Wet Wet Wet
My heart will go on (theme from Titanic) - Celine Dion
My baby just cares - Nina Simone
Nobody does it better - Carly Simon
My funny valentine - Rodgers/Hart
Perfect - Fairground Attraction
Our love is here to stay - Gershwin
Right here waiting - Richard Marx
Someone to watch over me - Gershwin
Sacrifice - Elton John
Something Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Saving all my love - Whitney Houston
Strangers in the night - Frank Sinatra
Say a little prayer for me - Aretha Franklin
Summertime - Gershwin
Stand by me - Ben E. King
That’s amore - Dean Martin
Sunshine of my life - Stevie Wonder
The nearness of you - Hoagy Carmichael
The air that I breathe - The Hollies
Unforgettable - Nat ‘King’ Cole
The first time ever I saw your face - Roberta Flack
Always - Atlantic Starr
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
It Must Be Love - Madness
From This Moment - Shania Twain
When I fall in love - Nat ‘King’ Cole
The Power of Love - Jennifer Rush
What I did for love - Johnny Mercer
We’ve only just begun - Carpenters
I won’t send roses - Jerry Hermann
When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating
Bewitched - Rodgers/Hart
When you tell me that you love me - Diana Ross
All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera) - Lloyd Webber
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Can you feel the love tonight (Lion King) - Elton John
You are so beautiful - Joe Cocker
A million love songs - Take That
You’re beautiful - James Blunt
A woman’s worth - Alicia Keys
You’re still the one - Shania Twain
Angels - Robbie Williams
Your song - Elton John
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Fur Elise - Beethoven
Can’t take my eyes off you - Andy Williams
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Customer questions

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

I am happy to work with you to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Just let me know of any changes.

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

Background music via iPad between sets can be provided.

How much time do you need to set up?

I would usually arrive an hour or more before the performance time, and require 20 minutes to set up.

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

Yes I would be happy to use the piano at your venue, provided it is in tune and in fully working order.

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

My repertoire covers a huge range of styles and eras. As well as choosing songs from my set lists, you can request any music at all before your event and I will be happy to play it.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Of course. I have a Yamaha digital piano which I can bring.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, of course.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ritz Hotel (resident pianist)


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Lauren C
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Kingston upon Thames
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5 out of 5

Karen was absolutely fantastic throughout our ceremony at Lovekyn Chapel. She took our song choices a month before the day and then added her own wonderful pieces throughout whilst guests were being seated and also after the ceremony as we were having a drink outside. She is so talented and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Karen for any event but particularly for a wedding, it adds such a lovely touch to the day which you and your guests will remember forever. 10/10

Craig P
2 years ago, for a Concert in Rochester
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5 out of 5

I accompanied an exam yesterday, and was sent this lovely review 😊 I recently used Karen for a clarinet pupil that was sitting a grade 8 exam. The first lesson after the first rehearsal, my pupil not only showed significant improvement in her overall playing but her confidence. This continued to improve as they rehearsed together. My pupil found her friendly, approachable and mentioned she gave constructive feedback. For the day of the exam she turned up early, prepared and knew the order in which things were going to happen. Musically, I overheard some of the exam and she played some challenging repertoire and followed a nervous pupil extremely well. The examiner also commented on how well she performed. I'd recommend and hope to work with again. Repertoire:- Brahms Clarinet Sonata in Eb Malcolm Arnold Sonatina Craig Parrott Music with Reeds

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