Matt Penn

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Whether it’s Sinatra on piano, Bach preludes and fugues on the organ, Disney film hits or an improvised jazz background, Matt does it.
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Matt brings the ability to morph between styles, songs, artists and composers to set the perfect tone for your event. Twenty years of experience allows the flexibility to tailor things exactly to your needs - or if you like things simple - just leave it all to him. Friendly chat with guests, good humour and a keen eye for a chance to improvise, Matt is an exceptional talent, schooled at both the RNCM in Manchester and also the University of Leeds. However, it’s the playing for raw kicks that makes him the player he is today. Quite a few things will likely influence the style of music you want for your event. Your guests... the venue... and most importantly the event VIPs like bride and groom or someone celebrating a special birthday. Your own personal taste will come into it too. Matt is multilingual as far as the piano is concerned. He can play a set list of classic pop hits, or some late-evening smooth jazz... or any number of musical styles... or alternatively switch it all around based on your guests' requests.

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Matt's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Trusha K
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Matt was fantastic, he was professional, on time, played some great music and all the guests loved him.

Lorna B
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Couldn't fault Matt! He sent a preview of the music we asked to be played before we even met. On the day he was wonderful, it wouldn't of been a patch on what it was without him and his music. We both highly recommend him.

Reply from Matt
6 months ago

Hi Lorna, This was such a great wedding to play at. Everyone very hospitable indeed. Some lovely comments. A trip outside for the mini baby-grand and its power pack too!

Martin B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

All attendees loved it

Sarah W
1 year ago
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4.8 out of 5

Matt was the ultimate professional.

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From other customers:

Sue J
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in Kettering
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5 out of 5

Matt is very talented, friendly and engaging Everyone was very impressed with his large repertoire. He made our party very special.

Emily K
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in Altrincham
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5 out of 5

We were so pleased that Matt came to play for our daughters first birthday party. His written communication was so friendly and we were pleased he was able to accommodate some song requests we made in advance. On the day Matt arrived early and set up no bother. The music was lovely and we had so many comments about what a relaxed atmosphere his songs created. Thank you again Matt!

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Matt's Song list

As well as taking song requests, I always ask for clients’ preferred songs or bands so that I can include them in my set list for the day.
The various lists below give a flavour of the sort of tunes you’ll hear for each style. Use it like a pic n’ mix, have a bit of everything or stick to one style if you prefer. This is just a selection of the moods and atmospheres you may want to create…
Relaxed Jazz Bar
Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
Something - George Harrison
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Stand by Me - Ben E King
I Got Rhythm - Gershwin
Let it be - The Beatles
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Blue Moon -
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn
Yesterday - Paul McCartney
Summertime - Gershwin
Here Comes The Sun - George Harrison
Imagine - John Lennon
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
I Wish I Knew How - Nina Simone
I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Can’t Take My Eyes off You - Frankie Valli
Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick
Sway - Dean Martin
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Contemporary Hits
Easy on me - Adele
All of Me - John Legend
Make you feel my love - Adele
Memories - Maroon 5
Sign of the Times - Harry Styles
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
She’s Always a Woman to Me - Fyfe Dangerfield
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Green Green Grass - George Ezra
Firework - Katy Perry
Fix You - Coldplay
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Umbrella - Rihanna
Someone Like You - Adele
Price Tag - Jessie J
Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
Hello - Adele
Shotgun - George Ezra
Run - Snow Patrol
One Day Like This - Elbow
Footprints in the Sand - Leona Lewis
Guilty Pleasures
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley
Theme from Titanic - James Horner
You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
From a Distance - Bette Midler
One Moment in Time - Whitney Houston
Always on my Mind - Willie Nelson
I Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Hit Me Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
The Winner Takes it All - ABBA
Can’t Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
Disney Hits, Film and Musicals
I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables
Defying Gravity - Wicked
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The Lion King
Slipping Through My Fingers - Mamma Mia
Somewhere - West Side Story
This is Me - The Greatest Showman
Rewrite the stars - The Greatest Showman
Somewhere Out There - An American Tail
When I Grow Up - Matilda
I Could Have Danced All Night - My Fair Lady
The Music of the Night - Phantom of the Opera
Memory - Cats
The Walk Home - Hans Zimmer
As Long As He Needs Me - Oliver
Any Dream Will Do - Joseph
I Know Him So Well - Chess
Drink Up Me Hearties - Hans Zimmer
Harry in Winter - Patrick Doyle
Main Theme - Chariots of Fire
Classic Bands & Pop
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Father and Son - Cat Stevens
All I Have to do is Dream - Everly Brothers
You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson
Vincent - Don McLean
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harem
Dream a Little Dream - The Mamas and the Papas
Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton
Blowin in the Wind - Bob Dylan
California Dreamin - The Mamas and the Papas
Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
American Pie - Don McLean
December 1963 - The Four Seasons
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley and the Wailers
Life on Mars - David Bowie
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
Don’t Speak - No Doubt
Only You - Yazoo
Sail This Ship Alone - The Beautiful South
1950s, 1960s and 1970s Retro Hits
Lollipop - The Chordettes
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
That’s Amore - Dean Martin
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets
Ain’t That A Shame - Fats Domino
Sugar Sugar - The Archies
These Boots Are Made For Walk-in’ - Nancy Sinatra
Suspicious Minds - Elvia Presley
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
I Only Wanna Be With You - Dusty Springfield
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA
Mandy - Barry Manilow
Without You - Harry Nilsson
Love Songs and Power Ballads
Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
You’re Still the One - Shania Twain
Angels - Robbie Williams
Unbreak My Heart - Toni Braxton
Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
All By Myself - Eric Carmen
Maybe I’m Amazed - Paul McCartney
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
It’s All Coming Back to me Now - Celine Dion
I Want It That Way - The Backstreet Boys
Everything I Do (I Do it For You) - Bryan Adams
Sharabang Sing-Along
Cockles and Mussels
Land of Hope and Glory
Calon Lan
Auld Lang Syne
I Will Survive
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Love Is All Around
When I’m Sixty-Four
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Is This The Way to Amarillo
Let it Go
Hey Jude
Hi Ho Silver Lining

Matt's 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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£320
Ceremony (Wedding, Funeral, Church Service etc.
All ceremonial music is included at this rate, alongside consultation prior to events.
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 55 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 55 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 55 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People love an informal ‘chat with the piano-player’ when they can hear their song choices getting played… The white baby-grand piano is loved everywhere too! Above all, people like the basic formalities of a friendly face with a smile and a nod as they relax and listen to the entertainment. I am approachable and happy to play and chat all night long…

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Leeds Town Hall Walton Hall, Warwickshire Bourton Hall, Rugby St Mary’s, Warwick Birmingham Cathedral St Luke’s, Bowden J.C. Manor, Oxfordshire The Shakespeare Annual Birthday Celebrations, Stratford upon Avon

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My favourite Beatle is George Harrison, and I particularly love his music as well as the other Beatles of course. Sinatra, Bach, Elton John and the composers of wonderful musicals such as Les Miserables and Matilda - they are all heroes. Today I’m a fan of Adele, John Legend and Ed Sheeran. You’ll hear flavours of each of these throughout my setlist.

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

It’s a not-very-well-kept-secret that I’m also an organist. I once accompanied a visiting choral society who sang morning and evening as I accompanied on the colossal organ at Lichfield Cathedral to a packed house. You can imagine the sense of drama in an atmosphere like that!

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

No problem at all - as long as you let me know as soon as possible. If there’s a date where I already have other bookings that mean changes will be difficult, I’ll let you know that from the outset.

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

My breaks are typically only 5 minutes or so, but I can provide music when I’m not at the piano. Let me know when making your booking.

How much time do you need to set up?

20 minutes is ample if I am bringing a piano with me. If not, I need no set up time at all!

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

This is the best type of gig for me… (no heavy lifting involved!) …so yes, absolutely! As long as it’s in playable working order, I’d love to play on the venue’s own piano.

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

I try to make sure every booking suggests at least a few of their own tunes or favourite bands/artists so that I get the mood exactly right for them. I weave these choices into my usual set list, having identified the style best suited to the atmosphere people are after. You are welcome to choose the exact running order from my songs if you want to.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Absolutely. This is a frequent add-on. The best option is the portable white baby-grand piano for £80 but I can also provide a smaller white Kawai ES8 digital piano for £40.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

This is positively encouraged! I love it when I can play the songs people want to hear. Suggest as many as you like! (That goes for people at the event too!).
Traditional church music, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1940s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, Jazz, Blues, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Classic rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding proposal, Church service, 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:
Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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