Lloyd Cottrell

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Lloyd plays saxophone, clarinet and flute, and is perfect for weddings and birthdays, playing pop, great sax solos, jazz, electro & Ibiza!

Lloyd has a first class BMus from Cardiff University (with a mark of 86 in his final year recital) and will shortly embark on a two year MMus in woodwind performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). He plays saxophone, clarinet and flute, and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the Amadeus Orchestra and Principal Clarinet in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales. Lloyd has performed in numerous award-winning national bands, twice winning a Platinum Award at the National Concert Band Festival. He also performed in the Royal Albert hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), and twice appeared on S4C in Band Cymru. A member of a function/cover band (Rock the Mike) and two semi-professional big bands, Lloyd regularly gigs in the South Wales and South West areas, and has extensive experience of playing in a variety of genres.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Drum 'n' Bass, Electro-Swing, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Opera, Electronic, Ibiza club, EDM, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

Pop Ballads:
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (Bill Withers)
Havana (Camila Cabello)
How Long will I Love you (Ellie Goulding)
Just the Way you Are (Bruno Mars)
Make you Feel my Love (Adele)
Marry You (Bruno Mars)
Photograph (Ed Sheeran)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
We don't have to take our clothes off (Ella Eyre)
When I was your man (Bruno Mars)
Songs with great sax solos:
Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)
Careless Whisper (George Michael)
Just the Two of Us (Bill Withers)
Just the Way you Are (Billy Joel)
Lily was Here (Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer)
Smooth Operator (Sade)
Ibiza / upbeat:
Baby (Bakermat)
Changes (Faul & Wad Ad)
Dancing in the Moonlight (Toploader)
Destination Calabria (Alex Gaudino)
Happy (Pharrell Williams)
Infinity 2008 (Guru Josh)
Jubel (Klingande)
La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
Mr Saxobeat (Alexandra Stan)
Only God can Save our Souls (Klingande)
Radio 80 (Gauthier Galand)
Tequila (The Champs)
Vandaag/One Day (Bakermat)
A night in Tunisia
All of me
Autumn leaves
Bewitched bothered and bewildered
Blue Bossa
Donna Lee
Fly me to the Moon
Georgie on my Mind
Have you met Miss Jones?
It don’t mean a Thing
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Round Midnight
Satin Doll
There will never be another you
Transcriptions of Bach cello sonatas
Etudes by Charles Koechlin
Customer questions

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

I am a flexible person, and will always do my best to accommodate your needs.

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

Yes, I can.

How much time do you need to set up?

This depends on the gig! If I'm playing acoustically, there is minimum set-up - just 10 minutes or so to warm up before playing. If I'm playing Ibiza style electro sax with a DJ, I need 45 mins to set up the PA and radio mic and liaise with the DJ, if appropriate.

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

The set list is a guide. Please let me know your favourites, and I will do my best to include these.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I do.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Always happy to learn new songs!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients love it when I move around while playing, and sometimes join in with the dancing on the dance floor.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Tramshed, Cardiff The Angel Hotel, Cardiff The Four Bars Inn, Cardiff National Museum of Wales, Cardiff The Lime Tree, Chepstow The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa Whiteheads Sports and Social Club Rogerstone and Bassaleg Social Club

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Jazz-wize it's got to be Coltrane and Getz. But, to be honest, it all goes back to Bach!

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

Probably the Tramshed - it's massive!


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£315


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Sharon E, 2 months ago

Lloyd was absolutely fantastic, very professional, what a fantastic saxophone player

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Ros N, 2 months ago

Rock the Mike played a great selection of music, They were very efficient and professional at setting up in the short amount of time available to them. Friendly, professional and a great camaraderie between them.

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Alex D, 4 months ago

This lovely band played at the Cardiff Uni MLang Ball and it was so, so good! All 124 of us were on the dance floor having an absolute blast. The guys were very accommodating and super-friendly when it came to sorting out all the details. It made the ball so much more special to have some brilliant live music. Thank you!

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Tracy B, 4 months ago

If you're looking for classy background music, Two's Company is just what you need. I booked this duo for a business celebration, and everyone wanted to know where I'd found them. Really hoping we have another business deal to celebrate so I can book them again!

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