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Petra Hajduchova

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About Petra

A classically trained musician with a degree in harpsichord, piano and church organ who enjoys playing repertoire from baroque to pop.
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Petra completed her studies at Trinity College of Music, London and was awarded a TCM Scholarship, the Raymond Russel Prize as well as the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize. Petra is known for her radio and television work, including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3, recording the soundtrack for BBC's Wolf Hall (Debbie Wiseman) and ITV period drama series Victoria (Ruth Barrett). She recently featured on award winning CD by the Moravian composer Gottfried Finger with The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. Petra has been in demand as a soloist (piano, harpsichord, organ), accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician and has performed in France, Austria, Turkey, Italy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain and in England for the UK's leading ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, London Mozart Players, National Symphony Orchestra, European Chamber Orchestra, Locrian Ensemble, Trafalgar Sinfonia, London Concertante, Belsize Baroque, Ensemble OrQuesta and others. In addition to performing, Petra enjoys teaching piano and harpsichord and has participated in several educational projects with the English Concert, Amade Players and London Piano Masters. Recent project includes the release of an experimental EP (Experimentum), appearing on all main musical streaming platforms, a fusion of baroque music and electronic sound effects in cooperation with DIY Music Productions.

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Petra's Reviews

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Sue P
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Petra was very professional and made our evening one to remember.

Reply from Petra
6 months ago

Thank you Sue, it was a lovely event and I was happy I could play for you.

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Jenna J
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

We had a wonderful experience with Petra. She played at our wedding, and we would thoroughly recommend!

Reply from Petra
10 months ago

Thank you Jenna, I liked to play the music you and Tim choose and all the atmosphere at the wedding was just amazing. Thank you for having me x

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Alexa B
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Petra was absolutely excellent playing the organ at our wedding! We had an all-pop playlist (even including Spice Girls) that she performed beautifully on the chapel's organ. All of the coordination leading up to day was seamless as well. Couldn't recommend Petra more!

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Larisa R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Petra was friendly, highly professional and an exceptional performer. Highly recommend!

Reply from Petra
1 year ago

Thank you Larisa, I really enjoyed playing at your and Edward's wedding. Loved the intimate atmosphere and happy ceremony. Hope you had a lovely day afterwards. Wishing you the best for future x

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Madalina L
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Crooms Hill
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5 out of 5

Madalina Andreea GB Rated 5 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Organ and Piano Performance by Petra at Our Wedding From the moment we first contacted Petra about performing at our wedding, we knew we had found someone truly special. Not only is she an immensely talented organist, but an amazing professional and a wonderful human being. Petra took on the task of playing our favourite classical hymns during the ceremony with great enthusiasm. However, what sets Petra apart is not merely her skill at the organ, but also her willingness to go the extra mile. Being of Romanian heritage, and my partner being French, Petra offered to add elements of our cultures into our ceremony. Petra graciously offered to learn and perform a traditional Romanian and French song at our wedding. We were astounded by her dedication and the speed at which she was able to master these pieces. On our wedding day, the moment the first notes filled the church, we were both moved to tears. Petra helped make the day even more special. Away from the organ, Petra was an absolute delight to work with. Communication was smooth throughout, and she showed great interest in understanding our tastes and preferences. Petra's performance was more than we could ever have hoped for. Her talent, professionalism, and warm personality truly shine in her work. We would highly recommend Petra to any couple seeking to add a magical touch to their wedding day. Thank you, Petra, for the music and memories that will last a lifetime. Date of experience: 03 June 2023

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Penny S
5 years ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in Herne Hill
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5 out of 5

Hi Petra We have heard from the family today. They were really pleased and asked us to pass on their thanks - so well done! Penny London Funeral Singers

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Petra's Song list

Classical wedding list
Air from Water Music - Handel
Air on the G string - Bach
Arioso - Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Ave Maria - Gounod/Bach
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Verum - Mozart
Bridal March - Wagner
Canon - Pachelbel
Carmen suite: Habanera - Bizet
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Eine Kleine Nacht Music - Mozart
Flower Duet - Delibes
For Elise - Beethoven
Gloria - Vivaldi
Hallelujah - Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire - Bach
Largo from New World Symphony - Dvorak
Largo Xerxes - Handel
Marriage of Figaro: Wedding March - Mozart
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
The Carnival of the Animals: The Swan - Saint-Saens
The Four Seasons: Spring - Vivaldi
The Prince of Denmark's March - Clarke
To a Wild Rose - MacDowell
Toccata - Widor
Water Music: Alla Hornpipe - Handel
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Some of these classical pieces might be more suitable for the piano, some for the organ.
Pop Music list
A thousand years - Christina Perry
ABBA - I do, I do, I do
All of me - John Legend
At last - Etta James
Bonfire heart - James Blunt
Bring me sunshine - Arthur Kent
Crazy little thing called love - Queen
Everlasting love - Jamie Callum
God only knows - The Beach Boys
Hallelujah - Cohen
Here comes the sun - The Beatles
How deep is your love - Bee Gees
I can't help falling in love - Elvis Presley
I will always love you - Dolly Parton
In my life - The Beatles
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
Love me tender - Elvis Presley
Love of my life - Freddie Mercury
Loving you - Minnie Riperton
Make you feel my love - Adele
Nothing compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Something - The Beatles
Unchained melody - The Righteous Brothers
Until I found you - Stephen Sanchez
What is a youth - Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet
With or without you - U2
Your song - Elton John
I can arrange any pop music for piano or organ providing it is suitable for the instrument.
Church hymns
Abide with me
All creatures of our God and King
All my hope in God is founded
All things bright and beautiful
Amazing Grace
And can it be (Amazing love)
Be still for the presence
Be thou my vision
Bind us together
Come down, O Love divine
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Give me joy in my heart
Great is Thy faithfulness
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
Hail Redeemer, King devine
How great thou art
I vow to thee my country
In Christ alone
Jerusalem
Joyful, joyful we adore Thee
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Let all the world in every corner sing
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
Lord of the dance
Love divine, all loves excelling
Make me a channel of your peace
Morning has broken
One more step along the world I go
Praise my soul, the King of heaven
Shine, Jesus shine
Tell out my soul
The King of love my shepherd is
The Lord's my shepherd
To God be the glory

Petra's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£70
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£290

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Harpsichord providing
+£100
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I would like to say they are happy about the music and my performance, hopefully about my professional attitude (including getting back to them on time and clearly via email or phone calls) and sensitive choice of repertoire and hopefully me being helpful and experience with musical choices.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I played on the continent as well as here in the UK, mostly it will be concert halls, churches, theatres, schools, galleries from known London venues it'll be Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St James Piccadilly, St John's Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, Freemasons Hall.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

This is a hard question. I believe I got influenced by many during my musical growth as time passes by. The pop scene is very changeable and therefore it's hard for me to point in the certain direction. Also I am focused on classical repertoire but there were times where I believed the band Queen had formed me in a way.

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

At the Royal Albert Hall performing the Messiah by Handel playing with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for full house, for about 5000 people. Being in the orchestra is fun and one feels like one body while playing together but I felt the pressure when (at certain points) other players drop off and there's just me on the harpsichord plus one cellist playing.

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

I would very rarely plan another event on the day of your event - just to assure the calmness and joy and avoid stress and rushing.

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

Mostly I play classical music and acoustic instruments so I am afraid I won't have an equipment for this.

How much time do you need to set up?

if I bring my own electric piano it'll usually take only few minutes, if I am bringing my harpsichord - I will need about half an hour to load the instrument and tune it. If it's a church organ I am not familiar with again it will only take few minutes to try out all the registers and see what sort of condition the is instrument in.

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

I have some suggested repertoire on encore's sites so feel free to get inspired but I am also happy to go with your own taste and musical wish.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes that's also the part of my job. I can bring my electric keyboard, speaker or even my harpsichord.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I am happy to do that although I would need some notice to learn the piece, depending on the difficulty and accessibility of the music. And besides I quite like the challenge and extending my repertoire if time allows.
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Opera, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Covers, Folk, Bluegrass, Pop, 1940s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, Traditional English folk, Swing, Vintage
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Wedding proposal
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Repetiteur, Accompanist
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