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Church organist and jazz pianist: available for weddings, events and functions.
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I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Jazz, Ragtime, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Blues, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Originals
Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Accompanist
A few examples (non exhaustive):
Dizzy Fingers - Zez Confrey
Four Aces Suite - Billy Mayerl
Marigold - Billy Mayerl
Honky Tonk - Billy MayerL
Hedwig's Theme - John Williams
Married Life (from UP) - Michael Giacchino
Maple Leaf Rag - Scott Joplin
The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
Elite Syncopations - Scott Joplin
Tocatta in D major - J.S. Bach
Clair de Lune - Claude Debussy
Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique" - Ludwig van Beethoven
Skyfall - Adele
The Tom and Jerry Show - Hiromi Uehara
The Bare Necessities - Terry Gilkyson arr. Johnny May
Grandpa Spells - Jelly Roll Morton
Handful of Keys - Fats Waller
Traditional Scottish Songs
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Tocatta - Widor
Artistic Rag - Aaron Robinson
War March of the Priests - Mendelssohn
Bridal March ("Here comes the Bride") - Wagner
Overture: The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Weber
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
I'm usually fairly flexible within the same day, and will often be able to do several dates. The earlier you let me know, the better!
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
I'm afraid this is not something I do - but quiet background piano can work for between bigger sets.
How much time do you need to set up?
If you have a piano - no time at all! 5-10 seconds perhaps to sit down and get music out. Ideally though it would be good to have 30 minutes to warm up beforehand, and if you need me to set up my own digital piano, up to an hour.
If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?
Yes. Even if your piano is out of tune, some styles can work well regardless, for example, ragtime and traditional jazz
Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?
Yes, and if you want a piece not on the list, just ask, and I'll usually be able to find it. If it's a complex classical piece I may need to know several weeks in advance.
Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?
Ideally an acoustic piano should be at the venue, but in certain circumstances I can bring my own digital piano. I may need to charge extra for the transport costs of this, however.
Can you learn song requests before the event?
Yes, absolutely. Just let me know. If it involves collobarating with other musicians (singers etc.), I charge £20 per hour for rehearsal time.
What do your clients love most about your performances?
I think people like to hear a good mix of music, and with a background in both classical piano, jazz and the church I have the ability to play a wide variety of styles. My live background piano adds a bit of class to dinners or drinks reception, and people have come up to me at the end of events to tell me how much they enjoyed it.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow The Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews Govan Old Parish Church St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews The Army Reserve Centre, Glasgow Kilmacolm Flower Festival at St Columba's Church Marcus Humphrey House, Quarrier's Village
Which artists have you been most influenced by?
I love Billy Mayerl, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller and other "Old-Time" jazz musicians. Current pianists I enjoy listening to include Jonny May, Lucas Sestak, Donna Oxford and many other "Youtuber" musicians.
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
Kelvingrove Art Gallery has been the largest scale performance. It's a very popular venue with more than 1.3 million vistors every year.
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£20|
|Up to 1 hour||£80|
|Up to 2 hours||£160|
|Up to 3 hours||£240|
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