Kerry Peter Downes

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About Kerry Peter Downes

A versatile lounge pianist in Essex - specialising in chilled, cocktail and relaxing solo versions of pop songs from the 1960s to the 2020s!
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I am an East Anglia and London based pianist / organist with over 10 years performing experience. I am available for booking for lounge sessions, piano bar work, cocktail piano, background piano, piano while you dine (including weddings). My niche is being able to turn popular songs into slow, mellow piano pieces and play them with flair. Who would've thought 'All Star' by Smash Mouth or 'Bittersweet Symphony' by The Verve sound awesome while you drink and dine in a high end venue?! I also have repertoires in the following genres: - Classical - Jazz / Blues - TV and Film (including some awesome and timeless theme tunes!) - Christian Hymns (traditional and modern) - Masonic I play the organ at many masonic lodges throughout Essex and London. Whilst not classically trained, having piano as a hobby for over 25 years has given me a priceless passion which I enjoy more and more each day. I've never been forced into learning and allow my passion to guide me musically, meaning practising isn't a chore - culminating in music played beautifully and with a smile. Please get in touch to discuss your piano needs, I look forward to hearing from you!

Kerry Peter Downes' Reviews

From customers:

3 years ago

Fantastic organist, available at short notice - would recommend for any solemn occasion, he got it just right.

2 years ago

Had me in stiches with his theme tunes! What a trip down memory lane. thoroughly recommend for an entertaining night.

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Kerry Peter Downes' Song list

God Save the King - Trad.
(I've Had) The Time of my Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
A Whole New World - Aladdin
Abide With Me - Trad.
Against All Odds (Take a Look at me Now) - Phil Collins
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tarrell
All Star - Smash Mouth
American Pie - Don McLean
Angels - Robbie Williams
Another Love - Tom Odell
Barnacle Bill (Theme from Blue Peter) - H. Ashworth-Hope
Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Consider Yourself! (Oliver!) - Lionel Bart
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Don't Go Breaking my Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Endless Love - Lionel Riche & Diana Ross
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Fawlty Towers (Theme) - Dennis Wilson
Fix You - Coldplay
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - Frank Sinatra
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Give Me Joy in my Heart - Trad.
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer - Trad.
Heart of Glass - Blondie
Heartbeat - Buddy Holly
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Hero - Mariah Carey
Hey Jude - The Beatles
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith
I'm Still Standing - Elton John
If I Didn't Have You (Theme from Monsters Inc.) - Randy Newman
In Party Mood (Theme from Housewives' Choice) - Jack Strachey
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Ironic - Alanis Morissette
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach
Le Festin (Ratatouille) - Camille
Left Bank Two (Vision On)
Life on Mars? - David Bowie
Light and Tuneful (Theme from BBC Wimbledon) - Keith Mansfield
Looney Tunes Theme (That's All Folks!)
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Memories - Maroon 5
Moon River - Henry Mancini
More Than Words - Extreme
Purple Rain - Prince
Red Dwarf Theme - Howard Goodall
Rockin' All Over the World - Status Quo
Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
Skinny Love - Birdy
Sleepy Lagoon (Theme to BBC Desert Island Discs) - Eric Coates
Somethin' Stupid - Frank Sinatra
Soul Limbo (Theme to BBC Test Match Special) - Booker T. & the MG's
Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Strictly Come Dancing Theme - Daniel McGrath
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
The Addams Family Theme - Vic Mizzy
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frederic Handel
The Day Thou Gavest - Trad.
The Muppet Show Theme - Jim Henson
Theme from BBC Grandstand - Keith Mansfield
There She Goes - The La's
Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) - Andrea Bocelli
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Vienna - Billy Joel
What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
Who do you Think you are Kidding Mr. Hitler? (Theme from BBC Dad's Army)
Yakety Sax (Theme from Benny Hill) - Boots Randolph
Yesterday - The Beatles
You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson

Kerry Peter Downes' 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)£50
Up to 1 hour£120
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£300
Customer questions

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

Please contact me at the earliest opportunity - I will try to accommodate you as best I can.

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

Unfortunately I cannot at this time, I have reflected this in my price.

How much time do you need to set up?

As long as your piano is powered / tuned / there then not long at all!

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

Absolutely! I only play at venues who provide their own piano, organ or keyboard at this time.

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

Of course! However, a basic overview of what you need can be discussed and I can create a good setlist to suit the mood for you.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Not at this time.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely! I love practising at home, so there will be no charge for this. However, I cannot guarantee I'll be able to learn it in time. I'll try my utmost best!
Pop, Covers, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Swing, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Top 40, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, World music
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Church service, Funeral / Memorial service, Bar / Club / Venue event, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Wedding, Private event
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Other skills:
Musical comedy, Accompanist, Fluent improviser
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