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Michael Raggatt

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Michael is a highly experienced professional pianist, able to curate a playlist perfect your event.

Michael Raggatt is a London-based pianist who performs solo piano in a range of styles suitable for events from weddings to dinners and corporate functions. He is Encore's top ranked pianist and prides himself on the 100% 5 star reviews of his performances. Michael will be sure to guide you through the process of deciding the music you want for your event and always delivers on the day with high-quality musicianship and professionalism. Michael performs at over 120 events each year at esteemed venues such as The Savoy Hotel, the Zabeel Saray on the palm island of Dubai, Claridge’s Hotel and The Ritz amongst many others UK-wide He has a variety of options for performance instrument available to suit your venue's requirements - either performing on the venues piano or using his own professional stage keyboard and sound system, or also with his piano shell setup. The piano shell looks exactly like a baby grand piano but fits an electronic keyboard in it - this is a great option if the look of a piano is important to you and saves hundreds of pounds compared to hiring in a real grand piano. Michael has a wide repertoire of music available that he can tailor to your requirements and is always happy to learn song requests that will make your event special and unique. Get in touch now and he'll get right back to you to answer any questions you might have.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Classical, Film / TV music, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Vintage, Top 40, Rock, Christmas, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1990s era music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer
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Song list

Classical :-
Clair De Lune - Debussy
Dawn - Mario Marianelli
Love Theme - Ennio Morricone
I Giorni - Einaudi
Arabesque No.1 - Debussy
Nocturne No.1 - Chopin
Jazz :-
Feeling Good - Michael Buble
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Autumn Leaves - Jerome Kern
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Misty - Erroll Garner
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Beyond The Sea - Albert Lasry
Pop :-
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Ordinary People - John Legend
Your Song - Elton John
The Way You Look Tonight - Michael Buble
Symphony - Clean Bandit
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Latch - Sam Smith
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Plus many more! Always happy to take requests as well if you're looking for something specific.
Customer questions

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

I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

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

I am happy to provide music through my PA system between sets provided you have gone with the keyboard option if the venue doesn't have a working piano. The playlist can either be one I have already or one of your own if you can provide a device with standard headphone connection.

How much time do you need to set up?

If there is a piano already at the venue then setup time is just 20 minutes. If I'm bringing along my keyboard then 45 minutes will suffice.

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

Yes of course! (Provided it is in working order and in tune)

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

I'm more than happy to discuss set list choices with you. My repertoire covers a variety of genres so just let me know the music that you love and I can offer my experience with suggestions as to what works well too.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, not a problem! I have a high quality professional keyboard that creates a great, authentic piano sound. Also available is my piano shell setup which only a few pianists have. This creates the look of a grand piano but sits an electronic keyboard inside. This opens up the possibilities where the piano can be placed in a venue.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes! I'm happy to learn a song or two for you for your event. I'm often requested particular songs for wedding ceremonies or special events. It's always nice for me to discover new music and expand my repertoire too!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love the wide choice of repertoire I have available as often different styles will suit different sorts of occasions. I'm always happy to offer my own suggestions as well as over the years I have the experience to suggest what will usually work best.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

A selection of some of the many wonderful venues I have been fortunate enough to perform at: Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club NED Hotel Hilton Waldorf Hotel House of Commons White City House Pizza Express, Dubai Green Room Jazz Club, Dubai Berkeley Castle Hampton Court House V&A Museum Landmark Hotel Brampton House 10 Castle Street Coombe Lodge Elmore Court

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Claude Debussy, Jamie Cullum, Chet Baker, Keith Jarrett, Chopin

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium Performed on TV show 'Made in Chelsea' New Year's Eve on Dubai's Palm Island. Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London.

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£325
Up to 3 hours£350

Reviews

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Miranda L, 29 days ago

Michael was a pure professional. Very talented, who understood the tone, atmosphere and goals of a specific marriage ceremony. He was very attentive to detail and provided very helpful advice on music choices which I asked for. His piano playing is beautiful. I highly recommend hiM for any event but especially the complicated and big ones.!

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Emily M, 1 month ago

Michael was an absolute dream to work with! I booked him to play for a client's wedding (ceremony & drinks reception) and he played beautifully in various styles (classical, jazz and pop). The couple and wedding guests really enjoyed listening to Michael's playing, and he was a joy to work with. Prompt communication, super friendly and helpful. Thanks so much Michael, and I look forward to working with you again in the future! Emily

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Fei T, 2 months ago

All of our wedding guests enjoyed the music Michael played and said he was very good. My new husband was pleased and said Michael was the best choice for the pre ceremony entertainment. Myself as the bride loved how Michael nailed the 2 separate songs for the bridal party to walk down to. Bridesmaid had different song to the bride. Thank you Michael for making out day extra amazing!!

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Ivan S, 2 months ago

Michael performed really well during our wedding, we remained very satisfied. He offered us guidance about what music usually works well at the different stages of the wedding ceremony, was flexible with taking on songs which we asked for and played them all very well, much to the pleasure of our guests and ourselves! We recommend him warmly to anyone preparing for their wedding!

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From other customers:

CGL A, 4 years ago

What a great evening - perfect jazz to accompany a convivial and warm christmas party. Fabulous!

Amy, 2 years ago

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for your music on the evening on the 28th October at our annual Glitter Ball. We were very impressed and the feedback has been outstanding.

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