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Philip Thomas Miles

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About Philip

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London
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I am a classically trained and experienced pianist and folk piano, piano accordion and Irish whistle player.

I started learning the piano at the age of 6 in my hometown, Cheltenham where I studied the piano up to grade 8. In 2002, I gained a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where I studied piano with Peter Lawson. With an entrance Scholarship I went onto study my undergraduate degree in music performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and graduated in summer of 2008. As a pianist, I've played in various venues around the UK for music clubs, societies, and in the Bridgewater Hall’s foyer recital series. I have also enjoyed playing in different chamber groups, working with soloists and accompanying various choirs. In 2005, I performed as a soloist in the Cheltenham International Music Festival in the young artists series after winning the Taylor Young Rose Bowl. As a piano accordionist, i've performed at many events all around the UK, including for Manchester United football club's Christmas parties at Old Trafford. I regularly perform Irish, English, Scottish and Scandinavian folk music with various ceilidh bands and for folk music events. Since moving to London in 2013, I’ve been teaching music and piano full time, but I still find time occasionally to play at weddings and occasional concerts with my wife Lydia Aoki, and some including my folk duo with the renowned Norwegian Hardanger fiddler, Sturla Eide.

Performance details
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
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Early music, Fanfare, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk, Irish rock, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Gospel, Jazz, Easy listening, Originals, Light music, Covers, Acoustic, World music, French music, Polka, Salsa, Samba, Latin, Tango, Scottish music, African music
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Instruments:
Piano, Accordion, Whistle, Tin Whistle, Organ, Keyboard
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger, Composer, Transcription
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Katherine C, 1 month ago

We would highly recommend the Miles Ceilidh Band! They are brilliant musicians and the ceilidh was one of the highlights of our wedding day. The band was personable, professional, and they made sure that the dances were the right standard for us and our guests.

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Liana G, 1 year ago

Thank you for a pleasant evening of lovely accordion playing.

From other customers:

Philip M, 18 years ago

winner of Taylor Young Rose bowl, under 18's category, Cheltenham festival

Philip M, 11 years ago

Performs with passion and virtuosity