Mark Dowling

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Mark Dowling (MJDKeys) is the musician you need to enrich and enliven your event - diverse, well-dressed, communicable and innovative!
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Mark Dowling is music and worship coordinator of Battersea Fields Parish, a professional pianist specialising in chamber music and jazz piano and a peripatetic music teacher. Mark has undergraduate and masters degrees in music performance. He appears regularly in concert as a soloist and in ensemble and is a regular recitalist at churches all over London. Mark is co-founder of 'The Dowling Trio' , resident pianist in two London- based Jazz orchestras - 'Brent Jazz Orchestra' and the 'John Ongom Big band'. Additionally, Mark is tuned percussionist in 'Bromley Concert Band'. Mark teaches individual instrumental lessons as well as classroom sessions in music, music technology and Djembe drumming. Mark is accompanist for Penge Junior Voices, and helps to co-lead these sessions with Jessica Blake. Mark has just been appointed Music and Worship Coordinator at Battersea Fields Parish. His function is to lead sung worship, develop community music projects for youth and adults and to help develop an understanding of the role music plays within communal church worship. In addition to Marks professional commitments, He is undertaking a music scholarship with the South London Singers, where he is developing choral accompaniment and conducting skills under the tutelage of Nicholas Wibberley and Jack Stone.

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Mark's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Maria V
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Mark has performed at our soiree. He is friendly and professional. His playing was beautiful and we all sang our hearts out. Thank you, Mark

Sarah M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Mark is a fantastic pianist and an absolute pleasure to deal with. He is an incredibly kind and thoughtful person and was wonderful for our wedding ceremony . Mark was very accommodating going out of his way to make sure he could play specific songs we requested. A number of our guests commented on how good he was and how lovely he was too! Couldn't ask for more. Choosing musicians for such a special day is difficult, you won't be disappointed with Mark so book him now now while you can!

Ollie C
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Mark was fantastic. Really polite, organised and chose the perfect vibe to help us put on a really successful evening. Highly recommended.

Ayanam U
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

Mark brought my songs to life with his piano playing. I really enjoyed recording with him because he's talented but humble and wants to make sure that you're getting exactly what you want from him when working with him. He doesn't settle until it's as close to your original vision as possible and, when it comes to recording your own music, that's exactly what you need around you. It's your baby and you want to work with someone who gets that and is willing to put in the time to make it work.

From other customers:

Allan O
7 years ago

An impressive, multi- talented young man who has already started the journey towards a successfully varied, exciting and fulfilling musical future. I am following his progress with great interest.

Geoffrey M
8 years ago

Beautiful tone and clarity of texture.

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Mark's 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)£62.50
Up to 1 hour£187.50
Up to 2 hours£312.50
Up to 3 hours£437.50
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The arrangements, the passion, the classy presentation and the synergy between the event and the performance repertoire.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Various churches in central London and on the fringe, bars, restaurants and wedding venues in Putney and Cambridge.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Jamie Cullum, George Gershwin, Daniel Barenboim and Benjamin Zander.

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

Just drop me an email. I can be flexible but ideally need a 48 hour window to allow for timing shifts.

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


How much time do you need to set up?

5 minutes if using own equipment or an acoustic piano at the venue but if connection to a PA is necessary, it may require 10 to 15 minutes.

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

“Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!”

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

You can. Although, the setlist on my profile is not definitive. Do send me requests in advance of the event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

“Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play but will require a power supply".

Can you learn song requests before the event?

"If there is a special song you'd like us to learn, I am happy to do this for you".
Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical, Musical theatre, Electronic, Ambient, Triphop, Jazz, Blues, Avant garde, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Traditional church music, Christmas
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Sound technician, MC, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist, Accompanist
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