Pianist, Singer, Composer and Arranger based in Manchester, with an additional North London base
Based in Manchester, and with an additional North London base, Michael Hope is a pianist and singer specialising in Jazz Music, with wide ranging and regular experience of playing solo, duo, small ensemble and Big Band repertoire with numerous groups. Michael has also spent the last four years studying for a diploma in composition at the Royal Northern College of music, and has abundant experience of arranging for a wide range of ensembles and styles. For almost two decades Michael has studied piano, specialising in Jazz performance for nearly a third of that time. He is a highly able and confident singer as well, with a wide wealth of experience of singing with both small groups and large choirs, as well as in a solo context, in many prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall. Michael is a very able sight-reader who is extremely quick to learn new songs and pieces to suit the demands of any occasion, learning both by ear as well as through notation. Michael can also adapt with remarkable ease to the requirements of any event, and is comfortable playing in a wide range of styles in addition to jazz, such as classical, pop, rock, funk and many others.
*Michael regularly updates his repertoire list with new songs and pieces, and is always eager to learn new songs and pieces to perform at any occasion. The list below therefore does not by any means constitute a complete list. Michael is more than happy to take requests for any songs not on this list, preferably if they are made in advance of an event. Jazz (asterisked songs (*) indicate songs on which Michael is also able to sing): Alice In Wonderland All the things you are All Of You *As Time Goes By *Autumn Leaves Beautiful Love Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Blue Bossa Blue in Green Blue Trane Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man Chelsea Bridge *Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Corcovado *Dancing on the Ceiling Detour Ahead Don’t Get Around Much Anymore Doralice Everybody’s Song But My Own *Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye *Fascinating Rhythm Five Hundred Miles High *Fly Me To the Moon Footprints For Jan *For Sentimental Reasons Four Freddie Freeloader *Get Happy Have You Met Miss Jones? How My Heart Sings *If I Were A Bell *I Hadn’t Anyone ‘til You *I Get a Kick Out of You *I Got Rhythm *I Got You Under My Skin *I Like the Likes of You I’m Beginning to See the Light *I’m Old Fashioned In a Sentimental Mood In Your Own Sweet Way Just Friends King Porter Stomp *Let There Be Love Lil Darlin’ *L-O-V-E *Lucky to Be Me Maiden Voyage Manhattan Manteca *Maria *Misty *Mona Lisa *Moonlight in Vermont *Moon River Mr P.C. *My Favorite Things My Foolish Heart *My Funny Valentine My Romance *Night and Day One O’Clock Jump On Green Dolphin Street *Pennies from Heaven Perdido Pick Yourself Up Prelude to a Kiss *Puttin' on the Ritz *Stardust Stella by Starlight Smile Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Someday My Prince Will Come Someone to Watch Over Me *Somewhere *Somewhere Over the Rainbow So What Spain Splanky Straight No Chaser *Summertime *Take The “A” Train Tenderly *The Girl from Ipanema *The Lady Is a Tramp The Man I Love There is No Greater Love There Will Never Be Another You *The Very Thought of You *Unforgettable Waltz for Debby Watermelon Man *When I Fall in Love Yesterdays *You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To *You Make Me Feel So Young Pop and Rock Songs (Michael is also able to sing on the vast majority of these songs): The Beach Boys: God Only Knows Good Vibrations I Get Around Surfin’ U.S.A Wouldn’t It Be Nice The Beatles: Blackbird Dear Prudence Here Comes The Sun Here There and Everywhere Hey Jude Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Something When I’m Sixty-Four While My Guitar Gently Weeps With A Little Help From My Friends Yesterday Billy Joel: Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) Piano Man She’s Always a Woman Uptown Girl David Bowie: Let’s Dance Life On Mars Rebel Rebel Kate Bush: Babooshka Cloudbusting Hammer Horror The Man With the Child In His Eyes Them Heavy People This Woman’s Work Wow Wuthering Heights Elton John: Candle in the Wind Can You Feel the Love Tonight Circle of Life Don’t Go Breaking My Heart Goodbye Yellow Brick Road I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues Mona Lisas and Madhatters Rocket Man Tiny Dancer Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Your Song Oasis: Don’t Look Back in Anger Wonderwall Radiohead: Creep Everything In Its Right Place Faust Arp High and Dry I Might Be Wrong Karma Police Lucky No Surprises Nude Paranoid Android Simon and Garfunkel: America April Come She Will The Boxer Bridge over troubled water Cecilia For Emily, Whenever I May Find You I Am a Rock Homeward Bound The Sound of Silence
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