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An experienced professional, playing all saxophones, clarinet & flute. Plays all genres. Reads exceptionally well & also able to improvise.
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Over the last few years i have spent alot of time (& money) setting up my new venture. This was completed in May 2017 and I now go out on my own with an amazing BOSE p.a system and backing tracks. I love this as I can play music across all genres for any occasion be it a Ibiza style birthday party, a Glenn Miller evening, a pop based wedding or a classical clarinet concerto. I am concentrating on weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions now to give you the perfect day you wished for. I want to make your day/evening unique for you and will find, write and arrange any music for your special occasion. During the last five years I have played extensively for some of the worlds largest cruise companies with numerous contracts for P & O, Holland America, RCCL and Carnival. This entails backing west end style shows, world famous singers and cabaret acts. In 2013 I played for the show Chicago . The show is a tough multi doubling chair, incorporating tenor & soprano saxes, clarinet and piccolo. Up to 2011 apart from performing with the Joe Loss Orchestra I worked with various big bands, played for theatre productions in musicals such as “The Light in the Piazza”,“The Wild Party”, “Parade”, “Annie”, “Guys n Dolls” and many more. I have recorded with my own band and for others. In July 2oo8 I started my new band “Sticky Fingers” . The band is a fusion of funk/jazz/latin and rock. Since June 2004 I have had the privilege of playing lead alto with the Joe Loss Orchestra which travels all over the country playing concerts as well as formal/informal dances. In January 1999 I set up my own function band, Easy Street. This was a six piece band playing all styles of music for various occasions. From 1989 - present during the Christmas period I play music for pantomimes, (oh no I don’t!) responsible for both arranging and playing everything from Bass Clarinet to piccolo. During 1996 I worked in the resident band at Butlins, Ayr where I played for various production shows and provided backing for cabaret shows including Grease, the Butlins Story and the Sound of the Drifters. Peripatetic Music Teacher Teaching Saxophones, Flute & Clarinet I taught woodwind at the Knightsbridge school from May 2006 - July 2012, ages here are eight to thirteen. From January 1997 to April 1999 I worked for Surrey Music and Performing Arts as a peripatetic music teacher where I taught a range of ages and abilities. From 1990 to 1992 I taught clarinet, saxophone and flute to pupils aged from 11 to 18 at Bearwood College, Reading. Musician with the Staff Band of the Irish Guards (British Army) Principal Saxophonist (also Clarinet) March 1989 – October 1994 Whilst I was with the Irish Guards Band I played at events such as Trooping the Colour, State Opening of Parliament, Royal Garden Parties and Changing of the Guard. The band also regularly played with the RPO at various venues around the country performing the Classical Spectacular. I played lead alto for the All Guards Big Band at Wembley Arena. During my time with the Irish Guards Band I also took on various roles as a freelance musician, including working as Musical Director for Gerry Cottle’s Circus. The Band also played at other events such as the FA Cup Final and the Rugby World Cup. Musician at the Royal Military School Of Music (Kneller Hall) Studied clarinet under Paul Harvey. I was in the Number One Band as well as playing lead alto in the Big Band. Studied saxophone under John Sands. Musician with 16/5 Queen’s Royal Lancers (British Army) Clarinet & Saxophone September 1982 – March 1989 During my time with the 16/5 Lancers I attended various John Dankworth Jazz Courses, where I was able to meet and play with Tony Coe, Jimmy Hastings and Don Rendell. I also spent 2 years in Germany with the band where I played at various events, including the Monte Carlo Rugby Sevens, and toured many European countries. Achieved Distinction in Grade VIII Clarinet – Associated Board (1985). Achieved Grade VIII in Music Theory – Associated Board (1985).

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Pop, Classical, Jazz, Rock, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Blues, Easy listening, Light music, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Christmas, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Ambient pop, Bossa nova, Caribbean music, German music, Latin, Polka, Samba, Tango, Brazilian music, Reggae, Ska, 1990s era music, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Disco, 1930s era music, Classic rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Electronic, Ambient, House, Ibiza club, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gospel, Vintage, Bollywood
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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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Cruise, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Against All Odds
Arthur’s Theme
Baker St
Blue Water
Cantaloupe Island
Careless Whisper
Englishman In New York
Going Home (Dire Straits)
Honey Dipped
If You Don’t Know Me By Now
In A Sentimental Mood
In The Mood
I Will Always Love You
Just The 2 Of Us
Just The Way You Are
Let’s Groove
Lily Was Here
Logical Song
(A)Million Love Songs
Mr Saxobeat
New York New York
Nothing Compares To You
One Step Beyond
Pink Panther
Sir Duke
Take 5
That’s Life
Yakety Sax
Your Latest Trick (Dire Straits)
Ain’t No Other Man
Ain’t No Sunshine (Deep House Covers)
Baker Street (Undercover Club Version)
Blinding Lights (The Weekend)
Boy With Love (BTS)
Came Here For Love
Can’t Stop The Feeling
Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)
Destination Calabria
Dynamite (BTS)
Freed From Desire
Games Continued
Get Busy (Sean Paul)
Gimme The Light (Sean Paul)
I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)
I Gotta Feeling
Kill This Love (Black Pink)
Let’s Groove
Lola’s Theme
Man With The Red Face
More Than Friends
Mr Saxobeat
One Day
One Kiss
Proud Mary
Rasputin (Majestic reg mix)
Rasputin (Majestic club remix)
Rather Be
Rude Boy (Rhianna)
Shape Of You
Shut Down (Black Pink)
Single Ladies
Sweet Lovin’
Symphony (Clean Bandit)
This Girl
24k Magic
Uptown Funk
We Found Love
You & Me (Meute)
You’ve Got The Love
• POP & ROCK (Old Skool)
ABBA Medley
(Dancing Queen/Mama Mia/Waterloo)
Against All Odds
Ain’t No Other Man
Ain’t No Sunshine (Deep House Covers)
All About That Bass
All I Ask
All My Loving
All Of Me (John Legend)
Always There
And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going
Another One Bites The Dust
Another Star
Arms Of An Angel
Arthur’s Theme
A Team (Ed Sheeran)
Baby Grand
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Baby Love
Baker St (Original Version)
Big Girls Don't Cry
Billie Jean
Bird Of Beauty
Bye Bye Baby
Can't Buy Me Love
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Careless Whisper
Car Wash
Club Tropicana
Chasing Pavements
Compared To What
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Dancing Queen
Defying Gravity
Don’t Pay The Ferryman
Don’t Stop Believin’
Drugs Don’t Work
Eight Days A Week
Englishman In New York
Fields Of Gold
Girl Is Mine
Good Time
Going Home
Green Onions
Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder)
Heal The World
Hello (Lionel Ritchie)
Hello (Adele)
He’s The Greatest Dancer
Hit The Road Jack
Hound Dog
How Will I Know
I Feel It Coming
If I Can Dream (Elvis)
If You Don’t Know Me By Now
I Gotta Feeling
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
I Just Called To Say I Love You
I’m Coming Out
In My Life
I Shot The Sheriff
Isn't She Lovely
It’s Not Unusual
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
I Will Always Love You
I Wish
Jump Jive & Wail
Just The Way You Are (B.Joel)
Ladies Night
Lean On Me
Let It Be
Let’s Groove
Let's Hang On
Let's Stay Together
Listen Here
Live While We're Young
Logical Song
Long & Winding Rd
Lost In Music
Love Is A Losing Game
Love Me Tender
Love Train
Make You Feel My Love
Mama Mia
Man In The Mirror
Mercy Mercy Me
(A) Million Love Songs
Million Years Ago
Minute By Minute
My Cherie Amour
My Eyes Adored You
My Life
My Guy
Need You Now
Never Too Much
New York State Of Mind
No One
Nothing Compares To You
Oh What A Night
On Broadway
One Love
Ooh Baby Baby
Over The Rainbow
Part Time Lover
Piano Man (B.Joel)
Pick Up The Pieces
Play That Funky Music
Poker Face
(The) Power Of Love (J.Rush)
Proud Mary
Rainy Days & Mondays
Remember The Time
Ribbon In The Sky
River Of Dreams
Rock With You
Rolling In The Deep
Rumour Has It
Set Fire To The Rain
Sex Bomb
Shake It Off
She's Always A Woman
Simply The Best
Single Ladies
Sir Duke
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
(A) Sky Full Of Stars
Someone Like You
Soul Finger
Soul Man
Stars (Simply Red)
Stay With Me
Street Life
Sweet Caroline
Take Me Home
Thinking Out Loud
This Girl
This Will Be
Time After Time
Too High
To Love Somebody
True Colours
Uptown Funk
Walk Like A Man
When I Was Your Man
When We Were Young
Whisper Not
Yellow Submarine
You Are Not Alone
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You Know I’m No Good
Your Latest Trick
Your Song
You've Got A Friend In Me
You’ve Got The Love
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Baby Love
Endless Love
How Sweet It Is
I Can’t Help Myself
I’ll Be There
Midnight Hour
My Girl
Ooh Baby Baby
Part Time Lover
Reach Out, I’ll Be There
Signed Sealed Delivered
Stop In The Name Of Love
Three Times A Lady
Tracks Of My Tears
What’s Going On
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
All I See Is You
Bang Bang
Bermuda Nights
Blue Water
Can’t Let You Go
The Dream
Feels So Good
Just The Two Of Us
Know You By Heart
Love Is On The Way
Minute By Minute
Put The Top Down
Straight To The Heart
Together Again
You Make Me Smile
Accentuate The Positive
After You've Gone
Agua De Beber
Ain't Misbehavin'
Alfie's Theme
Alice In Wonderland
All Blues
All Of Me
All Of You
All The Things You Are
Along Came Betty
Alright Ok You Win
Angel Eyes
Apple Core
April In Paris
Autumn In New York
Basin St Blues
Begin The Beguine
Beauty & The Beast
Bernies Tune
Billies Bounce
Blue Skies
Body & Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Call Me
Call Me Irresponsible
Cantelope Is
Cheek To Cheek
The Chicken
A Child Is Born
C Jam Blues
Cruella De Vil
Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Easy To Love
Eleanor Rigby
Family Guy
Fly Me To The Moon
Freddie Freeloader
Frim Fram Sauce
Georgia On My Mind
Have You Met Miss Jones
Here's That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
How Insensitive
I Can't Get Started
I Love Paris
In A Sentimental Mood
I Remember Clifford
I'll Remember April
I'm Beginning To See The Light
In A Mellow Tone
It Don't Mean A Thing
It's All Right With Me
It Might As Well Be Spring
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
I’ve Got Rhythm
I've Got You Under My Skin
Just The Two Of Us
Killer Joe
Lady Is A Tramp
Lazy River
Let's Face The Music & Dance
Lover Man
Lullaby Of Birdland
Maiden Voyage
Makin' Whoopee
Me & My Gal
Me & My Girl
Moon River
Mr Bojangles
My Favourite Things
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My Little Suede Shoes
New York State Of Mind
New York New York
(A) Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Sq
Night & Day
Now's The Time
One O'Clock Jump
On Green Dolphin St
Over The Rainbow
Prelude To A Kiss
Salt Peanuts
Satin Doll
Shadow Of Your Smile
Someday My Prince Will Come
Some Enchanted Evening
Song For My Father
Song Is You
Songbird (Kenny G)
St Louis Blues
Stella By Starlight
Stormy Weather
Swinging Shepherd Blues
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take 5
Take The A Train
That’s Life
There Will Never Be Another You
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Time After Time
Too Close For Comfort
Top Hat White Tie & Tails
The Very Thought Of You
Watermelon Man
The Way You Look Tonight
A Weaver Of Dreams
Well You Needn't
When I Fall In Love
When You Wish Upon A Star
Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf
Willow Weep For Me
You Are So Beautiful
You Are Too Beautiful
Always There
Cantaloupe Is
Cissy Strut
Pick Up The Pieces
Black Orpheus
Chega De Saudade
Girl From Ipanema
Morning Dance
One Night Samba
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
St Thomas
Summer Samba
Burritos To Go
Drummin' Man
Goodbye My Heart
Now What
Play That Funky Music
Sax To The Max
Swingin' Shanty
Two 1/2 Men
American Patrol
A String Of Pearls
Begin The Beguine
Every Time We Say Goodbye
In The Mood
I've Got You Under My Skin
Jersey Bounce
Mood Indigo
Moonlight Serenade
Opus 1
Pennsylvania 65000
Stompin' At The Savoy
Take The A Train
Tuxedo Junction
Blue Danube
Can Can (Orpheus)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Grand March (Aida)
Habanera (Carmen)
Hornpipe (Water Music)
Hungarian Dance No 5
Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring
Largo (New World Symphony)
Morning (Peer Gynt)
Ode To Joy
Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Spring (4 Seasons)
Surprise Symphony
William Tell
All I Want For Christmas
Believe (Polar Express)
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Christmas Carol Medley
Christmas Time Is Here
Christmas Wrapping
Do They Know It’s Christmas
Feliz Navidad
Frosty The Snowman
Happy Holiday
Here Comes Santa Claus
Holly Jolly Christmas
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Let It Snow
Manger Medley
Marshmallow World
Merry Xmas Darling
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride
Underneath The Tree
White Christmas
Diamonds Are Forever
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia With Love
James Bond Theme
Live & Let Die
Nobody Does It Better
View To A Kill
Writing’s On The Wall
You Only Live Twice
Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission)
The Godfather
Gonna Fly Now (Rocky)
He’s A Pirate
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
Star Wars
A Million Dreams (Greatest Showman)
As If We Never Said Goodbye (Sunset Boulevard)
Beauty & The Beast
Circle Of Life (Lion King)
Close Every Door (Joseph)
Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
Defying Gravity (Wicked)
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita)
Everything’s Alright (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Go Go Go Joseph
Go The Distance (Hercules)
God Help The Outcasts (Hunchback Notre Dame)
Gus The Theatre Cat (Cats)
Hakuna Matata (Lion King)
If I Didn’t Have You (Monsters Inc)
Love Changes Everything (Aspects Of Love)
Me & My Gal
Me & My Girl
Music Of The Night (Phantom Of The Opera)
Our Kind Of Love (Beautiful Game)
Phantom Of The Opera
Prince Ali (Alladin)
Unexpected Song (Song & Dance)
When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)
Whistle Down The Wind
Whole New World (Alladin)
You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story)
London Thumakda
Singh Is Kinng
Amazing Grace
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
Annie’s Song
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People most enjoy my sound and the way I project. They like my attention to detail and the incredible sound through my PA. They like the way I tailor-make their night, so by reading the room I keep as many as possible happy. I don’t do as much work as others through Encore as I work on the cruise ships a fair amount but my feedback speaks volumes.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at most venues in the UK: Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Bulls Head, Glasgow City Hall, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Royal Palace Monte Carlo, Berlin Olympic Stadium, Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Bridlington Spa, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Floral Halls, Southport.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

All class acts on a musical level. Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Nigel Hitchcock, Miles Davis, Andy Mackintosh, Eric Marienthal, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello These and many more great musicians knock me out every time I hear them, be it live or through recordings.

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

I have performed at Wembley Arena with the Brigade Of Guards Big Band to a sell-out audience. Guest of honour was HRH Diana, Princess Of Wales.

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

I will always try and accommodate any slight changes in timings or other changes in order for your event to be the best possible. Just let me know and I will do my best to help.

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

Yes, no problem at all. I offer this as part of my packages, at no extra money! If you would like this service after I have finished (late stay), using my PA it will cost an additional £75.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need approximately 45 mins to set up before the performance. I will always set up a minimum of 2 hrs before so I can set the atmosphere with background music for you.

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

Yes, there will be things I will want to use at certain times as after 30 years in the business I have gained vast experience in ‘reading the room’ and keeping most happy. I will always offer to play your choices and even write or arrange new material (for an additional fee).

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely, and in most cases, I will bring 2 of everything, just in case!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, no problem at all, as long as it is not on the day of the event as I will need time to transcribe/arrange and rehearse. There is a small fee of £30 for this.


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£180
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£310
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
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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From Encore customers:

Mario M
18 hours ago
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5 out of 5

Kelvin is the 1st Saxophonist that actually understood what type of music we wanted. We have gone through many and until i've heard him. I almost lost hope. Kelvin will always be my 1st choice for any future bookings.

Reply from Kelvin
17 hours ago

You’re too kind Mario, thank you. I’m just glad you have the occasion and now hopefully with the right music you will start to see more repeat bookings.

Jenna H
16 days ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely amazing service with Kelvin at my dads funeral! Everything went so smoothly and was so helpful. We had amazing comments. Thanks again

Reply from Kelvin
16 days ago

It was great to be part of such an occasion. Thank you for booking me Jenna. I wanted to give you everything I could with those three amazing, timeless songs. Take care and if I can play for you again in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask. Best wishes, Kelvin

Grace B
22 days ago
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5 out of 5

Kelvin was the perfect hire for my father in laws 70th Birthday! Kelvin made the event and understood the type of music we were into! Thank you!

Reply from Kelvin
22 days ago

Thank you Grace, you’re very kind. I must admit when I saw you had reviewed my performance some 17 months afterwards I was slightly taken aback! Ha ha You now have the record for the longest awaited review but I really appreciate it, thanks Grace. I hope you’re all good and life is treating you well. Take care, Kelvin

Jayne H
27 days ago
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5 out of 5

Kelvin was absolutely fantastic, an excellent musician, incredibly talented and a really nice guy, he created a perfect atmosphere for our garden party!

Reply from Kelvin
27 days ago

Thank you Jane, you’re very kind. It was a pleasure playing for you all and especially the birthday girl, Amanda. It certainly was a great day and even the weather behaved itself. Take care and if I can be of use in the future please don’t hesitate to ask. Kelvin

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From other customers:

Becci M
3 months ago, for a Private event in Alton GU34
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5 out of 5

Thanks Kelvin for getting Alton Cycling Club's Annual Dinner off to a lively start, with your fantastic saxophone playing during our drinks and canapés. Such a great selection of music. It was a really cool start to our evening! A man of many talents.

Elisha S
6 months ago, for a Christmas party in London
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5 out of 5

The Sax and Clarinet provided a lovely atmosphere and our GM also commented on what a great job you did as well.

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