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Mark Smith

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Mark is a well established British pianist from Somerset, specialising in weddings and private functions.

Mark is a British pianist, accompanist and teacher. He was born in Bath, Somerset, and is now based in Birmingham. Mark’s passion is for making music with others - as an accompanist, Mark has in depth experience working with singers and instrumentalists alike. As a chamber musician, Mark has worked with successful piano trio Trojka, and has recorded Glinka’s Trio for Piano, Clarinet & Bassoon. Mark is also an experienced orchestral player, having played for Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Keynsham Orchestra, and Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra. Mark studied for his bachelor degree at Cardiff University, and has since completed an MA at the Royal Academy of Music. He studied under Michael Dussek and Andrew West, and has partaken in masterclasses with Kenneth Hamilton, Helmut Deutsch, Tasmin Little, and other well established professionals. Mark’s repertoire is extensive, but his specialism resides in art song from Schubert to Wolf. Recently, Mark has been working on Chopin’s piano works, including Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante and various Nocturnes.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Musical theatre, Early music, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Opera, Contemporary classical, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Irish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, Modern jazz, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Instruments:
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Event types:
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
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Here is a selection from my events repertoire. The list is by no means exhaustive, and I am more than happy to arrange any requests that I have not played before.
Classical:
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
Debussy - Au Clair de la Lune
Wagner - Bridal Chorus
Beethoven - Fur Elise
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
Beethoven - Contra Dance No. 2
Bach - Prelude & Fugue in D
Bach - Prelude in C (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Chopin - Nocturne in Eb
Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Mozart - Piano Sonata in C
Liszt - Liebesträume
Satie - Gymnopédie No. 1
Einaudi - I Giorni
Pop/Film/Show:
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Bob Dylan / (Adele) - Make You Feel My Love
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
Coldplay - Fix You
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Train - Drops of Jupiter
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Les Misérables - I Dreamed A Dream
Lion King - Can You Feel The Love Tonight
A Star Is Born - I'll Never Love Again
Music & Lyrics - A Way Back Into Love
Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast
Aladdin - A Whole New World
Wicked - As Long As You're Mind
West Side Story - One Hand One Heart
Cinderella - Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful
Love Actually - Glasgow Love Theme
Jazz & Easy Listening:
Jazz Standards:
Autumn Leaves
Misty
Fly Me To The Moon
Cherokee
Take The A Train
In A Sentimental Mood
Blue Bossa
Satin Doll
Sonny Burke - Black Coffee
Fats Waller - Ain't Misbehavin'
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Ludovico Einaudi - I Giorni (and others)
Yiruma - River Flows In You
Customer questions

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

I will always endeavor to be flexible, and I understand that things can change! Just let me know as soon as possible.

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

Absolutely. This is a popular request, and something I am willing to provide free of charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually try to arrive an hour before the performance time, which gives me time to set up, overcome any issues we may encounter and allows me to adjust to the space.

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

Yes, absolutely - as long as the piano is in working order and tuned.

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

Yes, and please ask for any songs that are not on the list, as I will be able to arrange these too! We will discuss this between us and work out the best possible music for your event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I will also bring amplification (PA system) if required.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. I am always happy to add new songs to my repertoire.

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£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400