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Matthew is an experienced musician with 24 years performing experience behind him, performing concerts and functions in UK, Europe and USA
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
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, Fanfare, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Classical, Baroque, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Country, Traditional English folk, Gypsy jazz, Jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gospel, Ragtime, Blues, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Soul, Acoustic, Top 40, Ambient pop, Motown, Vintage, R&B, Americana, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, Karaoke, Tribute, Rock, Indie, Progressive rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Britpop, Classic rock, World music
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Weddings and Functions:
I get asked a lot for "set-lists" or examples of pop/romantic music that I play on the piano for Wedding Receptions.
(This list could also be used for functions or general background music at other events)
Here is a SAMPLE list based on just one of my gig-pads.
This list doesn’t include literally everything that I play, but will give you an idea.
(I can play for around 6 hours with music both in my head and digital sheet music on my iPad)
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All of Me – John Legend
All Time Love – Will Young
Amazed – Lonestar
Angels – Robbie Williams
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Beautiful Day – U2
Beautiful Stranger – Madonna
Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
City of Stars – LaLa Land
Clocks – Coldplay
Come Away With Me - Nora Jones
Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
Empire State Of Mind – Alicia Keys
Everything I do I do it for you – Bryan Adams
Greatest Day – Take That
Heaven – Bryan Adams
How Would You Feel – Ed Sheeran
Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
I Giorni – Einaudi
I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Let There Be Love – Oasis
Lets Stay Together – Al Green
Love Changes Everything – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Million Love Songs – Take That
Moondance – Van Morrison
Nothings Gonna Stop Us – Starship
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Rule The World – Take That
Sail Away – David Gray
Say You Love Me – Fleetwood Mac
Shine – Take That
Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Smooth – Santana
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Sway – Dean Martin / Michale Buble
Power of Love – Celine Dion
The Rose – Westlife
The Sweetest Thing – U2
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
Wonderwall – Oasis
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Majority of love songs, jazz/American Songbook/Rat Pack music by composers/artists such as Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, etc.
Popular “light” classical (for example, Chanson de Matin by Elgar, Nocturn in E-flat by Chopin – laid back, not-too-heavy stuff)
Latin-American music by Antonio Carlos Jobin, Edmundo Ross etc.
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
If you need to change your timings, please get in touch and I will do my best to accommodate them.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
Yes. I can provide this before, during and after as required. Please contact me to discuss timings and if this will generate any extra costs.
How much time do you need to set up?
If using my own equipment, I aim to arrive at least 1 hour before guests do. This is to ensure equipment is set-up safely, and that a decent sound-check has been carried out.
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?
Yes - you can even ask for music not in the "set list". Please give me a few days notice though so I can either obtain the music, or work it out by ear.
Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?
Can you learn song requests before the event?
Yes - Please give me at least 2 days notice.
What do your clients love most about your performances?
I am able to adapt my playing according to age groups, audience responses and to what is occurring at the time (eg: playing quieter during a meal). I don't copy other musician's arrangements - I put my own ideas in, my own interpretation and style on a piece of music.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
I have performed at a wide range of venues around UK, USA and Europe - be it small clubs to churches through to theatres. Notable venues I have performed at in the UK, as a soloist, includes: Oxford Castle; Ashorne Hall, Warwick Savoy Hotel, London Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth; Wolverhampton Civic Hall; The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool; Blackpool Opera House
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
Difficult to answer: So many have over the years!
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
I have performed many times in the USA, and still do so - particularly at: Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona; Crystal Theatre, Crystal Falls, Michigan; Pasadena College Theatre, Pasadena, California;
Booked 12 times through Encore!
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