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About Richard

Twice crowned best keyboard entertainer in the North East
Bishop Auckland
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From an early age - music has been a lifeline, I have almost completed HND music at Bishop Auckland college and now I am at Sunderland University undertaking B.A. (Hons) in Music. I am taking ABRSM grades as well. We can provide a soundtrack to your life - from christenings, weddings and funerals. We are able to travel extensively from our little corner of the North East of England and give you a very high quality of professionalism from the first point of contact to after your event - where we'd like to remain friends! I have a huge repertoire of music and am currently building a database of all my available music, which is a marathon task in itself. Any event big or small, we can do them all.

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
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
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

(They Long to be) Close to You
Against all Odds
All I have to do is dream
All Shook up
Bridge over troubled water
call the man
Could it be Magic
El Condor Pasa
Eternal Flame
Every Breath you take
Everybody's talking
Fifty ways to Leave your lover
Fly me to the Moon
From both sides now
Golden Eye
Have I told you lately
Here, there and everywhere
How deep is your Love
I believe in Father Christmas
I don't wanna Lose you
If you leave me now
Knowing me, Knowing you
Lay, Lady, Lay
Maybe I'm Amazed
Money, Money, Money
Mother and Child Reunion
Mrs Robinson
Mull of Kintyre
My Brave Face
Nowhere Man
One Moment in time
Penny Lane
Return to Sender
Running with the night
Strangers in the Night
Thank you for the Music
That'll be the Day
The Living Years
The Winner takes it all
This guys in love with you
Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree
To Love Somebody
True Love Ways
We'll meet again
Where is the Love
Wooden Heart
You Win Again
Your Cheating Heart
After the ball
Ah! So pure
Aloha Oe
America the beautiful
Auld Lang Syne
Ave Maria (Bach)
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Beautiful Dreamer
Beautiful Heaven
Believe me if all those endearing young charms
Bicycle built for two
Bridal March (Wagner)
Carry me back to old Virginny
Come back to Sorrento
Concerto in A Minor
Country Gardens
Cradle Song (Brahms)
Dark Eyes
Drink to me only
El Relicario
Eli Eli
Fantasie - Impromptu
For he's a Jolly Good Fellow
Good Night Ladies
Gypsy Love Song
Hail Hail the Gangs all here
Home on the range
Home sweet home
I dream of Jeanie
I Love thee
I'll take you home again Kathleen
In the Evening by the Moonlight
Kol Nidre
La Cucuracha
La Golondrina
Little Annie Rooney
Loch Lomond
Long Long Ago
Love's old sweet song
Marie, Ah Marie
Melody in F (Rubenstein)
Mexican hat dance
My Heart at thy sweet voice
Oh Come all you Faithful
Oh Holy Night
Oh Promise Me
Oh! Susanna
Old Folks at home
On Top of old Smokey
Onward Christian Soldiers
Over the waves
Polonaise (Chopin)
Santa Lucia
Second Piano Concerto
Serenade (Schubert)
She'll be coming round the Mountain
Sidewalks of New York
Silent Night
Silver threads among the gold
Star Spangled Banner
Sweet Rosie O'Grady
The Band played on
The Blue Danube
The Bowery
The Lost Chord
The Man on the flying trapeze
The Rosary
The Rose of Tralee
Two Guitars
Waves of the Danube
Wearing of the Green
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
When you and I were young Maggie
When you were sweet sixteen
Whispering hope
You tell me your dream
(Sittin' on) the dock of the bay
A groovy kind of Love
A Million love songs
A nightingale sang in Berkely Square
After you've gone
All I wanna do
Almost like being in Love
Any Old Iron
Anything for you
April Showers
Basin Street Blues
Beyond the Sea (La Mer)
Blue Velvet
Bright Eyes
By the side of the Zuyder Zee
Can't help falling in Love
Careless Whisper
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
Close to you (They long to be)
Dancing Queen
Don't get around much anymore
Don't let the sun go down on me
Don't Speak
Dream a little dream of me
Dream Lover
Earth Angel (Will you be mine)
For me and my Girl
Get here
Give my regards to Broadway
Good Vibrations
Goodbye Dolly Gray
Great Balls of fire
How long has this been going on
I do like to be beside the Seaside
I get a kick out of you
I get around
I wanna be the only one
I will always love you
If you were the only girl in the world
I'm forever blowing Bubbles
I'm Henery the Eighth I am
In the shade of the old apple tree
It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing)
It had to be you
Jesus to a Child
Keep the home fires burning
Kids in America
Let there be Love
Lets do it (Lets fall in Love)
Me and Mrs Jones
Mona Lisa
Moonlight Serenade
More than words
My Baby just cares for me
My funny Valentine
My heart will go on
Nature Boy
Nothing compares 2 U
Oh! Carol
Over the Rainbow
Pack up your troubles (in your old kit bag)
Rock around the Clock
She's a Lassie from Lancashire
Shine on Harvest Moon
Someone to watch over me
Stormy Weather
Swinging on a star
The first time ever I saw your face
The honeysuckle and the bee
The Lady in Red
The Power of Love
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his kiss)
The way you look tonight
Three Steps to Heaven
Top of the World
Total Eclipse of the heart
True Love
Two little Boys
We have all the time in the world
When I fall in Love
When Irish eyes are smiling
When you say nothing at all
Where do you go to my lovely
Who's Sorry now
Yes Sir that's my baby
You Made me Love you
You make me feel so young
You'll never know
You've got a friend
A little in love
After the love has gone
Ain't no Pleasing you
All of my life
Annie's Song
Another Suitcase in Another Hall
Baby love
Bali Ha'i
Ballade pour Adeline
Band on the run
Being with you
Birdie Dance
Climb Every Mountain
Don't cry for me Argentina
Eleanor Rigby
Every breath you take
Everything is Beautiful
Farewell is a lonely sound
Fifty ways to leave your lover
For once in my life
For your eyes only
Getting to know you
Good year for the roses
Happy talk
Hasta Manana
Hello Young lovers
I enjoy being a girl
I have a dream
I whistle a happy tune
If I had a Hammer
It must be love
It's my party
Just for you
Let me try again
Lonely Together
Loves me like a rock
Mary's Boy Child
Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard
Mother and Child Reunion
Mull of Kintyre
My Favourite Things
Never give up on a good thing
Norwegian Wood
Oh! What a beautiful morning
one day I'll fly away
One day in your life
One of Us
Paper Roses
People will say we're in love
Pink Panther theme
Sail on
Scarborough Fair
Seven Tears
Shall we dance
Silly love songs
Some Enchanted Evening
Somewhere in the Night
Spanish Harlem
Still crazy after all these years
Take me home Country Roads
Take me to the Mardi Gras
Ten Guitars
The Fool on the Hill
The Lion Sleeps tonight
The Sound of Music
The Surrey with the fringe on Top
The tears of a clown
Theme from Dallas
There is nothin' like a dame
This is my Song
This old Heart of Mine
Tonight's the night
Too Young
Touch me in the morning
Under the Bridges of Paris
Uptown Girl
Welcome home
What a Wonderful world
What becomes of the Brokenhearted
While my Guitar gently weeps
White rose of Athens
With a little luck
With you I'm born again
You Might need Somebody
Younger than Springtime
You're in My Heart
You've made me so very happy
A bird in a guilded cage
A dream
A Frangesa
Ach! Du Lieber Augustin
Adios Muchachos
After the ball
Ah! So pure
America the beautiful
Annie Laurie
Aura Lee
Ave Maria (Bach)
Barnyard Polka
Beautiful Brown Eyes
Beautiful Isle of somewhere
Bill Bailey
Bridal March (Wagner)
Careless Love
Carnival of Venice
Clair De Lune
Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean
Concerto No. 1 (Tschaikowsky)
Cuckoo Waltz
Dance of the Slave Maidens
Dear Old Girl
Deep River
Dolores Waltz
Don Juan Minuet
Du Du Leigst Mir Im Herzen
Emperor Waltz (Strauss)
Entry of the Gladiators
Etude No. 3 (Chopin)
Faust Waltz
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Frankie and Johnny
Give my regards to Broadway
Gypsy Love Song
Havah nagilah
Helena Polka
Hello! Ma Baby
Home sweet home
I gave my love a cherry
I love you truly
I wish I was single again
Ida (Sweet as apple Cider)
Il Bacio
I'll take you home again Kathleen
In the good old summertime
In the shade of the old apple tree
Jamaica Farewell
La Cinquantaine
Listen to the Mocking Bird
Little Brown Jug
Lovelight tango
Love's old sweet song
Maple Leaf Rag
Meet me in St Louis, Louis
Melody of love
Merry Widow Waltz
Michael Row the boat ashore
Minuet in G (Beethoven)
Moscow Nights
My Gal Sal
My Heart at thy sweet voice
My Wild Irish Rose
National Emblem March
Nobody knows de trouble I see
Nocturne (Chopin)
O Promise Me
O Sole Mio
Oh! Them golden slippers
On the banks of the Wabash
On Top of old Smokey
Our Director
Over the waves
Paper of Pins
Parade of the wooden Soldiers
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Prelude in A (Chopin)
Raisins and Almonds
Rambling wreck from Georgia Tech
Rustic Dance
Sailor's Hornpipe
Salut D'amour
Semper Fidelis
Serenade (Schubert)
She'll be coming round the Mountain
Shortnin' Bread
Silent Night
Sixteen Ton
Spring Beautiful Spring
Spring Song
St James Infirmary
Star of the East
Surprise Symphony (Haydn)
Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Ta-ra-ra Boom De-ay
The Boll Weevil Song
The Bowery
The Caissons go rolling along
The Eyes of Texas
The Foggy Foggy Dew
The Jolly Coppersmith
The Man on the flying trapeze
The old Kentucky home
The old Oaken Bucket
The Pearl Fishers
The Rosary
The Sidewalks of New York
The Sweetest Story ever told
The Whistler's Polka
There's a tavern in the town
Tom Dooley
Toreador Song
Turkey in the Straw
Under the Bamboo Tree
Under the Double Eagle
Unfinished Symphony (Schubert)
Valse Bleue
Wait till the sunshines Nellie
Waltz of the Flowers
Waves of the Danube
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
What child is this
When Johnny comes Marching home
When you were sweet sixteen
You're a grand old flag
Abide with me
According to thy Gracious word
Ah, Dearest Jesus holy child
All hail the power
All my Trials
All the toll and sorrow done
All the Way
All things bright and beautiful
All through the Night
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria (Bach)
Balm in Gilead
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Be with me Lord
Beautiful Isle of somewhere
Before the Lord we Bow
Blessed Assurance
Blessed be the name
Bread of the world
Bringing in the Sheaves
Children of the Heavenly King
Christ the Lord is risen today
Come thou Almighty King
Come we who love the Lord
Come ye faithful raise the strain
Come ye thankful people
Count your Blessings
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Deep River
Down by the Riverside
Eternal Father
Evening Prayer
Examine me O God
Faith of our Fathers
Father I stretch my hands to thee
Father in Heaven
Give me that old time religion
Go tell it on the Mountain
God be with you till we meet again
God is Near
God moves in a Mysterious way
God of our Fathers
God will take care of you
Guide me o Thou Great Jehovah
Hallelujah what a saviour
Hand me down my walking cane
Happy the home when God is there
Happy the man whose heart can rest
Hark the Herald Angels sing
Hark! Ten thousand harps and voices
Have you any room for Jesus
Heaven, Heaven
He's got the whole world in his hands
Hiding in thee
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Holy bible book divine
Holy Holy Holy
How gentle God's commands
How great thou art
How great thou wisdom
I know he cares
I know that my redeemer lives
I love to tell the story
I need thee every hour
I saw three ships
I walked into the garden
I wonder as I wander
In God we Trust
In the sweet by and by
Is my name written there
It came upon the midnight clear
Jesu Joy of Man's desiring
Jesu Lover of my soul
Jesus calls us
Jesus loves me
Jesus whispers peace
Joy to the World
Just a closer walk with thee
Kum Ba Ya
Lead Kindly Light
Lead me to God
Let the song go round the earth
Let us break bread together
Lift every voice and sing
Little bitty baby
Lord I'm coming home
Loving Kindness
Michael Row the boat ashore
My faith looks up to thee
My God how endless thy love
My task
Nearer my God to thee
Never alone
No Night there
Nobody knows de trouble I see
Noel Noel
O Blessed son of God
O come all ye faithful
O for a closer walk with God
O God of Love
O God of loveliness
O holy night
O little town of Bethlehem
O Perfect Love
O sacred head
O Sanctissima
O Worship the King
Oh how I love Jesus
Oh Mary don't you weep
Oh! Happy day
Oh! Them golden slippers
On this day o beautiful mother
Once in Royal Davids City
One more River
One sweetly solemn thought
Onward Christian Soldiers
Open the Gates of the temple
Our Wedding prayer
Panis Angelicus
Plus many more
Pass me not
Peace Perfect Peace
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHoFYNugo0c


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)£60
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£600
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 45 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 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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Audrey L, 1 year ago

I haven't heard the special opportunity to hear him play in person, I live in the States... but listening to him on Facebook and on YouTube has be an uplifting and cherished event in and of itself. I would recommend him for any event, wish he'd travel across the pond. it would be such an experience. Recommended him very highly, professional competent, and an expert musician, and a beautiful person. Any event, any time, with any amount

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Cheryll W, 1 year ago

When Richard Ellis Hawley came out to New Zealand to visit Family and friends, I took the opportunity to ask Richard if he would come and play the piano at the local rest home that I was doing voluntary work and Richard came and played to the residents for a couple of hours. Richard played a variety of songs from the era that the residents grew up with they loved him playing it was just wonderful it bought back memories to the residents and put a smile on their faces in fact they didn’t want Richard to finish. Also, I asked Richard for a cd he made of all his friends favourite songs including mine Unforgettable which was posted over to me in New Zealand where I live and I play it to my friends. Richard is a very gifted and talented musician would recommend him for all occasions

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From other musicians:

26th October 2019

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.