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About Piano Hedgehog

Sublime beauty from the heart! Professional UK pianist, specialising in weddings, corporate events, private functions, recording & lessons.
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Piano Hedgehog explores the full range of human emotions through sublime piano music. Booking a superb live pianist is the perfect way to add a touch of class to any party, wedding or special occasion! How many of us can truly say that we absolutely love our jobs? My "work" is also my passion. Without music, the world is a baron place, empty and devoid of emotion and expression. I feel blessed and honoured that my music helps many people to connect with emotion at a deep and enriching level. People frequently comment about the calming and soothing nature of my performance style. As a classically-trained pianist, I now specialise in pop/rock covers, but always with a definite "classical twist" - I've never lost touch with my roots! My training followed the classical route, working my way through the 8 ABRSM grades, and to diploma level and beyond. In this day and age, it is not enough to be skilled in what you do. I recognise that my clients (quite rightly) expect the best possible service from me. This extends far beyond being an exceptional musician. They want me to be professional in every aspect of their dealings with me. I pride myself in my superb communication throughout the booking process right up to the performance, and beyond. I go to great lengths to ensure that the client's peace of mind always comes first. Booking a musician for an event as important as a wedding is, after all, quite stressful. I aim to make the process as smooth as possible, and this is aided by my open and friendly approach with clients. There truly is no such thing as a silly question! Unlike many other pianists, I do not restrict my clients' choice to having to choose from a prescribed list of songs. Instead, I welcome those occasions where a client asks for something I don't currently play! I see it as an opportunity for me personally to explore new songs, and to create a piano arrangement of a new piece of repertoire. And I will always advise on how likely a song is going to be to succeed as a piano track (not every song will work, or sound convincing on the piano, and it's always worth being aware of this and honest about it). My recording and teaching work allows me to express my musicality through different outlets. Many people buy my recordings because they have had such an overwhelmingly beautiful and satisfying experience when hearing me play live. And many others come to me requesting lessons, again, because they've heard what I do live and want to begin their own journey of music-making. Thank you for taking the time to read about my music. Now do something much, much more important.... go ahead and take a LISTEN to what I do!

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Covers, Ambient pop, Rock, Classic rock, Pop rock, Indie, Alternative rock, Pop, Acoustic, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Ambient, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Fanfare, Renaissance, 1940s era music, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Karaoke, Britpop, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Virtual event, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Burns night, Birthday party, Charity event, Cruise, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Songwriter, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Audio engineer, Composition teaching
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Song list

A-ha - Take On Me
Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Adele - Set Fire To The Rain
Adele - Skyfall
Alan Walker - Faded
Alesso ft Tove Lo - Heroes
All About Eve - Martha's Harbour
Amélie – Theme from the movie
Andreas Johnson – Glorious
Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Ariana Grande - One Last Time
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Bangles - Eternal Flame
Bastille - Pompeii
Beatles - Let It Be
Beverley Craven - Promise Me
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Billy Joel - Nocturne
Billy Joel - She's Always A Woman
Birdy - Wings
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love
Blink 182 - All The Small Things
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Britney Spears - Everytime
Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
Bruno Mars - Grenade
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do
Calling - Wherever You Will Go
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Coldplay - Clocks
Coldplay - Fix You
Coldplay - Paradise
Coldplay - Viva la Vida
Coldplay - The Scientist
Coldplay - Sky Full Of Stars
Coldplay - Everglow
Coldplay - Higher Power
Cranberries - Dreams
Cranberries - Zombie
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Daft Punk ft Pharrell - Get Lucky
Damien Rice - Cannonball
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
David Guetta ft Sia - Titanium
David Guetta ft Usher - Without You
Dexys M’night Run’ - Come On, Eileen
DJ Alice - Better Off Alone
Don McLean - Vincent
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Elbow - One Day Like This
Ella Henderson x Tom Grennan – Let's Go Home Together
Ellie Goulding - Burn
Elton John - Candle In The Wind
Elton John - Your Song
Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Elton John - I'm Still Standing
Eminem / Dido - Stan
Enrique Iglesias - Hero
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
Evanescence - My Immortal
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Faithless - Insomnia
Flo Rida/David Guetta - Club Can't Handle Me
Foo Fighters - Times Like These
Freya Ridings - Castles
Game of Thrones - Main Theme
Gotye/Kimbra- Somebody That I Used To Know
Greatest Showman - A Million Dreams
Greatest Showman - Rewrite the Stars
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Green Day - Wake Me Up When Sept Ends
Guns 'N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
Human League - Don't You Want Me
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
James Bay - Hold Back the River
Joan Osborne - One Of Us
John Denver - Annie's Song
John Denver - Country Roads Take Me Home
John Legend - All of Me
John Lennon - Imagine
Journey - Don't Stop Believing
Katy Perry - Firework
Katy Perry - The One Who Got Away
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kid Laroi - Without You
Las (The) - There She Goes
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Madness - It Must Be Love
Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
Maroon 5 ft Wiz Khalifa - Payphone
Maroon 5 - This Love
Meatloaf - I Would Do Anything For Love
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
Michael Jackson - Black Or White
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Monkees - Daydream Believer
Musical: Aspects - Love Changes Everything
Musical: Chess - I Know Him So Well
Musical: Les Miserables - I Dreamed A Dream
Musical: Les Miserables - On My Own
Musical: Phantom - Music Of The Night
Nathan Evans - Wellerman (Sea Shanty)
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Wonderwall
Owl City - Fireflies
Pirates of the Caribbean - Theme
Piano (The) – Main Theme
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen - We Are The Champions
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
REM - Everybody Hurts
Rembrandts – ‘Friends’ Theme
Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Rihanna/Eminem - Love the Way You Lie
Robbie Williams - Angels
Robert Miles - Children
Scorpions - Wind of Change
Seal - Kiss from a Rose
Shawn Mendes - Señorita
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over
Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair
Simon & Garfunkel - Sound of Silence
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Sting - Fields of Gold
Sting / Police - Every Breath You Take
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Take That - Rule the World
Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite
Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Tears For Fears / Gary Jules - Mad World
Tom Grennan - Little Bit Of Love
Tom O'Dell - Another Love
Tones And I - Dance Monkey
Toto - Africa
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
U2 - With Or Without You
Weeknd (The) - Blinding Lights
Weeknd (The) / Ariana Grande - Save Your Tears
Whitney Houston - One Moment in Time
Witcher (The) - Toss A Coin To Your Witcher
Years & Years - King
Yiruma - River Flows In You
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - Stay The Night
... and MANY MORE!
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients tell me that they especially enjoy hearing their favourite pop/rock songs, but RE-IMAGINED with a "classical"-sounding, chilled-out twist!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

A small selection of my performance venues includes: Cathedrals: Bristol, Norwich, Exeter, St David's, Salisbury, Chester Festivals: Cheltenham Lit Festival, Cliftonfest Bristol Fine Dining: Koloshi Cheltenham Cafes, Bars, Restaurants: Various Church services and concerts: various

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

To name but a few: Queen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne, Coldplay, Ludovico Einaudi, The Beatles, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach!

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

Live broadcast: Radio Avril (Russian Federation) - 90 minute interview with 12 live performances.

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

I always try my utmost to maintain a flexible approach to my bookings. I understand that people do not always know precise details at the time of booking. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, just let me know.

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

Absolutely - I can route an mp3 player through my amplification set-up in between my sets. This is a service which I offer for free on request in advance.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 60-90 mins before the performance start time. I like to allow plenty of time to ensure that the sound is perfect!

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

Yes absolutely! As long as the piano is in tune and in good working order, I'll be delighted to play it.

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

I have a specimen playlist, but it is absolutely not exhaustive! I always hold a Skype conference with clients so that we can discuss music choices before the event. It also allows me to play various ideas live during the conference call so that clients can hear what different music choices will sound like.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I can bring a battery-powered system for use outside (if no mains power is available), or I bring a sleek-looking white digital piano for indoor use (or outside with mains power available).

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course! If your song choice is not on my set list, I might still know it. And if I need to transcribe it and make a beautiful piano arrangement of it for you, this is also included in the price you pay (up to 3 unique song requests per booking. Additional requests are chargeable @£30 for this service, to take into account transcription & arrangement time)


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)£80
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. When other components of a wedding (drinks reception, wedding breakfast, turnaround period) are added to this price, these are charged @£63 per additional component.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception When other components of a wedding (ceremony, wedding breakfast, turnaround period) are added to this price, these are charged @£63 per additional component.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. When one other component of a wedding (eg turnaround period) is added to this price, this is charged @£63


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Faith D, 29 days ago

Besides a great stage name, Piano Hedgehog brings great engagement to every performance, for an hour set you really do have it all with his own laminated sheets of song requests, the time he takes to speak to each person that arrived for the show and the intricate and wonderful piano covers of various hit songs that add great charm to the evening. Along with this, Rob is one of the most polite, punctual and organised musician I have probably ever met, he considered everything and communicated greatly with everyone who had anything to do with the event. We will definitely be having him back in the new year for another amazing piano hedgehog performance!

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Andrea B, 1 month ago

We had a fabulous day Thank you very much your music was fantastic & song choices very much to our taste. All our guests were incredibly complimentary about your skill & song choices. Would definitely recommend you. Thanks again

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