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Phillip Sear is a pianist based in Mid-Sussex. He is available to accompany exams, auditions, rehearsals and play background music.
Haywards Heath
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At school in Mid-Sussex, Phillip studied piano and organ, and gained early experience as a rehearsal pianist for school Gilbert & Sullivan productions. He then read Maths and Music at Royal Holloway, London, graduating with a First in 1976. After that he then took several years out of concentrated music-making to qualify as an accountant in the City of London. Although continuing his City career, in the 1980s Phillip gradually returned to piano playing, first as accompanist to operatic societies for musical theatre and operetta productions, then as rehearsal pianist for Sussex opera groups, including New Sussex Opera, Regency Opera, and Heber Opera. He attended Martino Tirimo's advanced piano class at Morley College for some years and has given public or workshop performances of solo works by many neglected composers. Phillip performs with singers and instrumentalists in concerts in London and the South East. Since autumn 2009 he has been accompanist to Burgess Hill Choral Society, and from 2013 he has also been accompanist for the Mid-Sussex Choir. Phillip also played for several years for two youth choirs at Crawley Music Centre. For ten years Phillip was a house pianist at the AIMS International Music School - a singing summer school held in Eastbourne, Sussex which held its final course in 2017. Other work includes playing for GCSE performance recordings, A Level recitals, diploma and grade examinations, and accompanying at music festivals including Mid-Sussex (Burgess Hill) and Springboard (Brighton). Until the scheme ended in 2014 Phillip also regularly accompanied concerts organized by West Sussex Music (formerly West Sussex Music Service) for pupils with awards for instrumental and singing tuition in their northern area, and he continues to work with them as accompanist to local performance practice platform events. As well as piano, Phillip also plays the church organ, and deputizes at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Ditchling Unitarians and elsewhere. Finally, for some years Phillip was a regular provider of piano music for wedding ceremonies and other events at the now-closed Newick Park Country House Hotel in Sussex.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Scottish music, Italian music, German music, Polish music, French music, Armenian, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Accompanist
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Song list

Some easy listening songs I have ready on my tablet...
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't She Sweet
All I ask of you
All My Loving
All Of Me
All the Things You Are
All the way
Any Dream Will Do
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Big Spender
Birth Of The Blues
Bridge Over Troubled Water
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Bye, Bye Blackbird
Can't Smile Without You
Can_t smile without you
Can_t smile without you
Caribbean honeymoon
Carmichael - Stardust
Close Every Door To Me
Close To You
Colours Of The Wind
Come fly with me
Cruising Down The River
Cry Me A River
Danny Boy
Day By Day
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, A
Edwards, Shearing - Once in a while
Eloffson - Sometimes
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Fain - A certain smile
Fain - Love is a many splendoured thing
Falling In Love Again
For all we know
Forever love Barlow
Gershwin - Love is here to stay
Gershwin - Love walked in
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue theme
Gershwin - Summertime
Goodnight My Someone
Grusin - On Golden Pond
Hamlisch - One
Hamlisch - What I did for love
Hamlisch, Shearing - Nobody does it better
Hello Dolly
Hey Jude
Hollander - Falling in love again
Homer - Sentimental journey
How deep is your love - Gibb
How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?
I Don't Know How To Love Him
I Dreamed A Dream
I got rhythm
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
I Wanna Be Loved By You
If I Were A Bell
If You Were The Only Girl In The World
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Inch Worm
It's Only A Paper Moon
Jarre - Lara's theme
Jobim - Wave
Kander - Cabaretn
La vie en rose
Lane, Shearing - How about you
Last Waltz, The
Let me be the one
Lichner - Auf der Wiese Op. 95 No. 2-ilovepdf-compressed
Love changes everything Webber
Love me tender
Lullaby of Birdland
Mack The Knife
The man I love
Mancini - Days of wine and roses
Manzanero - It's impossible
McHugh, Shearing - I'm in the mood for love
Moon Dance
Moon River
Moonlight Serenade
My Foolish Heart
New York New York
Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, A
On a wonderful day like today
Once in a lifetime
Over the rainbow
Perfect Day
Raksin - Laura
Razzle Dazzle Kander
Rodgers, Shearing - Blue Moon
Ross - Hey there
Rota - Romeo and Juliet
Scarborough Fair
Schmidt - Try to remember
Schwartz - Day by day
Senneville - Romantica serenade
September Song
Sobral - Amar pelos Dois
Splanky Hefti
Stormy Weather
Stranger On The Shore
Take Five
Thank you for the music Abba
Tonight I celebrate my love
Toussaint - Nostalgy
Try To Remember
Twain - From this moment on
Ulvaeus - I have a dream
Unchained Melody
Valle - So nice
Warren - An affair to remember
Webber - All I ask of you -
Webber - Memory
Webber - No matter what -
Webber - Starlight Express
Webber - Whistle down the wind
Webber - With one look
What A Wonderful World
Williams - Basin street blues
Wind beneath my wings
Wonderful tonight
Wonderful world
Your song - John
Yradier - La paloma
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My individual harmonizations of well-known tunes, and my ability to produce classical and easy listening-style improvisations on them. This is something I regularly do at churches, where I can easily come up with a three-minute piano piece based on a hymn that the congregation have been singing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Newick Park Country House Hotel, Newick, East Sussex; Naval & Military Club, St. James's Square, London; The Birch Hotel, Haywards Heath, West Sussex; Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton; Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex; Birmingham Town Hall.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Martha Argerich; Raie da Costa; Jorge Bolet; Maurizio Pollini; Land Lang; Hiromi.

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

1996 City reception to mark completion of the privatization of the British Rail rolling stock fleet.


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Elellta B, 3 years ago

Absolutely brilliant! Thank you such for making our.day extra special.

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Kate, C, 4 years ago

I'm writing to send my appreciation for your [online video recordings] ........ what has really helped me was listening to you play [Grovlez' 'Almanach aux Images'] . So I wanted to say thank you for your artistry, for playing the works of somewhat unfamiliar composers, and for sharing with such grace your performances with strangers around the world. I, for one, am most grateful.

Burgess L, 4 years ago

Phillip, what a fantastic accompanist you are! Thank you so much for supporting us in 'Messiah'

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