Richard Ellis Hawley

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Bishop Auckland
They laughed when I sat at the piano, but then I started to play !!

I began playing the piano at the age of 8 and 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 studying piano to grades presently as a well known musician in County Durham. 3 years ago I moved to Evenwood to study music at Bishop Auckland College, and I've held the post of church organist in Evenwood for 3 years. As a pianist, organist and keyboard player, I am now 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. I play 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: 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 am also looking at performing regularly in Hotels and Restaurants, in County Durham. 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 offer the option of taking his portable Korg PA50SD or the 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, I am the perfect choice to play for your wedding. Working closely with you, giving lots of help and advice if required, I will guarantee 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 My friendly style, enthusiasm and flexibility, and outstanding musicianship has earned me much respect from friends and customers everywhere. 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

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
I own a PA system
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1940s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Jazz, Cabaret, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Marching, Pop, Disco, Tribute, Rock, Scottish music
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Keyboard, Piano, Organ
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, 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:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Any hymns
Classical music
Easy listening
Any music available on request from a friend in Austria


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)£41.50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£400


From customers:

Wedding, 4 years ago

Karen and Paul

Wedding, 4 years ago

Andrew and Sarah

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