Richard Ellis Hawley

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Bishop Auckland
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Let music flow in your heart and enrich your soul.

I began playing the piano at the age of 8 and I was working as a professional musician 10 years later. I taught myself to play the Organ in New Zealand and also had 3 lessons with renowned organist Chris Powell at Baycourt on the mighty wurlitzer, as well as learning my skills as a church organist. As well as being 30 years experienced in Brass band. I am working towards becoming a well known musician in the region of County Durham and beyond. I am currently at Bishop Auckland College, studying HND music. I've held the post of church organist in Evenwood for 4 years. As a pianist, organist an d keyboard player, I consider myself to be a leading wedding and event musician performing all over North East and West England and Yorkshire , playing in churches and civic venues for Wedding Ceremonies and Breakfasts. He plays for all types of events, Drinks Receptions, Summer and Christmas Balls, Birthday and Anniversary parties etc. All styles of music are covered, from Classical to Jazz, Pop and Rock. Regular wedding venues have included: St Lukes Ferryhill, Care homes in and around Newcastle, local venues both large and small as well as travelling to Hillbark Hotel, on the Wirral, SFX Church, Liverpool. Crosby Liverpool, Rudding Park Harrogate, York Clifton Parish Church, and a Catholic wedding in Leicester. As well as resident weddings and concerts in Evenwood, Cockfield and Lynesack where I am the recommended pianist for weddings and events - specialising in playing Classical and Blackpool style themes. I have also played piano and keyboards for musical productions in the church and localised hospices. As well as being a traditional wedding organist, I can offer the option of taking his portable Yamaha PSR S775 into church to enhance or replace the resident organ. This valuable option is often used in small village churches where the organ is not suitable for playing the requested music, or no working organ is available. This means that any requested music, in any style, using any instruments, can be performed in any church or civic venue - bringing that big cathedral organ sound to your wedding ceremony in grand style! Brides have recently walked down the aisle to 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' (Organ) 'The greatest day (take that) 'Bridal Chorus' from Lohengrin (Organ) 'Canon in D' (Organ and Strings) and many more Exit music includes - Handel's 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' (Organ and strings) Queens 'We are the Champions' (Organ) 'Wedding March' (Organ) 'Hornpipe' from Handel's Water Music (Organ) 'All You Need is Love' (Organ) J S Bach's 'Toccata in D (Organ) 'Scotland the Brave' (Organ) and many more The music for your wedding should be everything you’ve dreamed of - whatever you desire, I want to make it possible. So if you require traditional wedding music, or something more modern - or even a combination of both, he is the perfect choice to play for your wedding. Working closely with you, giving lots of help and advice if required, I guarantee 100% that the music is perfectly tailored for your special day. I can also play that special "time to say goodbye" after giving a very professional service at over 50 services at St Paul's Evenwood and appearing in his own organ extravaganzas Following on from a recent nomination Notes of Life has been crowned: Best Private Event Keyboard Musician 2018 - North East England I have a friendly style, enthusiasm and flexibility, and outstanding musicianship which has earned me much respect from friends and customers everywhere. Where new friends have been formed. My favourite quotation is "Where Words fail Music Speaks" I look forward to hearing from you, and playing for you soon! Discounts are available for multiple bookings. For example, Ceremony + Drinks Reception or Drinks Reception + Wedding Breakfast as well as a Defence Force Discount. Please ask when making an enquiry! Modest travel costs will be added over distances of 50 miles from Bishop Auckland, County Durham up to 0.48p per mile

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Traditional Scottish folk, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Marching
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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:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

(Everything I Do) I do it for you
A foggy day
A Whiter shade of Pale
All of Me
All you need is love
And all that Jazz
Any dream will do
Baby one more time
Ballade Pour Adeline
Besame Mucho
Beyond the Sea
Big Spender
Blue moon
Bridge over troubled water
Brown Eyed Girl
Bye Bye love
Can you feel the love tonight
candle in the wind
Can't Help falling in Love
Can't help lovin' Dat Man
Can't Take my Eyes off you
Chanson D'amour
Close to you (They long to be)
Come back to Sorrento
Come fly with me
Cracklin' Rosie
Crocodile Rock
Cry me a river
Dancing Queen
Daydream Believer
Don't cry for me Argentina
Don't let the sun go down on me
Dream a little dream of me
Earth Song
Every Breath you take
Ferry Across the Mersey
Fields of Gold
Fly me to the Moon
Georgia on my Mind
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Greatest day
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
Homeward Bound
I (Who have nothing)
I Believe
I dreamed a dream
I just called to say I love you
I vow to thee my country
I will always love you
I'll walk with God
It is well with my soul
It's a long way to Tipperary
I've got you under my skin
Jesu Joy of Man's desiring
Kentucky Woman
Kiss me honey honey kiss me
Liberty Bell
Living Doll
Loch Lomond
Love changes everything
Love on the Rocks
Mack the Knife
March from Scipone
Memory (cats)
Merry Christmas Everybody
Merry Widow Waltz
Moonlight Serenade
My Way
Nella Fantasia (Gabriels Oboe)
Nessun Dorma
Never on a Sunday
No Matter what
No Woman, No Cry
O My Beloved father
O Sole Mio
Oh Promise me
On my own
One Moment in time
Opus One
Penny Lane
Puttin' on the Ritz
Quando, Quando, Quando
Rainy days and Mondays
Rose of England
Somethin' Stupid
Spanish Gypsy Dance
Take a chance on me
Ten Guitars
Thank you for the Music
That's Amore
The Loco-motion
Unchained Melody
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Y Viva Espana
You Raise me up
You're my World
Zorba's Dance
Customer questions

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically or with backing

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My choice of music and being able to form instant friendships. As well as advise in difficult situations

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hillbark Hotel Care homes Charity events Fire station Darlington - Queens 90th Birthday Cunard event - Thistle hotel

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Andre Rieu Reginald Dixon and Phil Kelsall

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

I played for the thistle hotel in Liverpool as resident pianist for the 175 years of Cunard when the Queen Mary , Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria choreographed their fantastic display on the River Mersey


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)£40
Up to 1 hour£50
Up to 2 hours£160
Up to 3 hours£250
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Available services
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned


From customers:

Audrey L

I haven't had the special opportunity to hear him play in person, I live in the States... but listening to him online has been an uplifting and cherished event. I would recommend him for any event, wish he'd travel across the pond.. it would be such an experience. Recommend him very highly, professional competent, and an expert musician, and a beautiful person. Any event, any time, with any amount. Thank you

Fatinha N

The very first time I met Richard he was playing the organ at our local village church and my thought was"There a man with an incredible talent!" Music is his life. I highly recommend him for any occasion.

From other musicians:

Gabrielle Lewis
26th October 2019
Gabrielle Lewis

I have heard Richard perform at a wedding and other services in his local churches, and also worked with him. He is a good musician, able to work with the needs of his clients in a variety of styles. He has infectious enthusiasm and is a pleasure to work with as a fellow musician.