Stephen Guy Daltry

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I am an accordionist, pianist, film/TV composer and musical comedian. I performed twice at the Pheasantry In 2018.

Stephen has a First Class Honours BA in Music from Christ Church College, Canterbury, Kent.   He received a Scholarship in Composition for the Screen at the National Film & TV School, Beaconsfield and studied Piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Part-Time Studies with Dr Frank May.   He has been a pianist/accordionist for many theatre shows, such as 'Three Men in A Boat' at the Theatre Royal, York, and 'The Madness of George Dubya' at the Arts Theatre; Stephen was a resident pianist at Kettners Restaurant, Soho, from 2002-2008, and has played at many functions and hotels such as the West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters. He has entertained as a musical comedian at many conferences and private functions; his one man comedy show, Ludvig's Van, got Four Stars at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is a professional actor and is represented by Paola Farino. He has composed many scores for TV and cinema, including the 2013 Sundance Festival hit documentary,  'The Moo Man', ' 'The Hunt' for BBC2 (Cultural Prix Italia 1999), two documentaries on Princess Diana for ITV, the Grierson Award-nominated 'The 2000 Year Old Computer' for the BBC (2013), 'The Real Catherine Cookson' (Yorkshire TV), 'Charlotte: A Royal at War' for Luxembourg, British & American broadcast.   He trained in Composing for Film at the National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield, England. He has also composed stage musicals, including the British Library's 'Alice Through the Looking-Glass’, a Critics Choice in The Times for its Hampstead production in 2001. Reviews: "a gorgeous musical score of violin and cello by Stephen Daltry — breathtaking in its simplicity, beauty and effectiveness.” (Ken Russell, 30th Oct 2009, The Times, review of 'The Lost World of Mr Hardy')    Stephen Daltry’s attractive chamber score... captures the surroundings’ pastoral beauty"  (Dennis Harvey in Variety, Feb 4th 2013, review of 'The Moo Man’)

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 while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Bavarian oompah, French music, German music, Italian music, Spanish music, Scottish music, Easy listening, Originals, Covers, Vintage, Tango, Jewish music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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:
Composer, Lyricist, Transcription, Orchestrator, Arranger, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

A Small Selection of Many Themes I Can Play:
Autumn leaves
La Vie en Rose
Sous le Ciel de Paris
Je Ne Regrette Rien
Amelie music by Yann Tiersen
Theme from Jacques Tati's films
Tarantella Napolitana
Arriverderci Roma
The Godfather
La Marseillaise
Hymne L'Amour
Theme from Fellini's 'Amarcord'
Return to Sorrento
Scarborough Fair
A Man's A Man for All That
Skye Boat Song
Loch Lomond
Danny Boy
Dream Dream Dream (Everly Brothers)Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
The 3 Gymnopedies by Erik Satie
Scenes of Childhood by Robert Schumann (Die Kinderscenen)
Nocturne in E flat by Federic Chopin
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
The Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Aint Misbehavin by Thomas 'Fats' Waller
You Do Something to Me by Cole Porter
'Summertime' and 'The Man I Love' by George Gershwin
Night and Day by Cole Porter
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon
Customer questions

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

That is not a problem. I'm very flexible. I can extend or lessen my time accordion to your budget (excuse the pun!)

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

Yes I can provide background music through my speaker system between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

I generally require only half an hour. If I am bringing my own keyboard and am also doing comedy then I like 45mins.

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

Yes, you can.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes: if there are particular favourites of yours that are not on the list then I am happy to learn them, if you give me enough warning in advance! But if it involves alot of pieces that require a good amount of prep then I will need to charge more.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The warmth of the tone of my playing on accordion, and on piano, and my choice of repertoire, and my ease and flexibility on the day, eg needing to play 'a happy birthday' song spontaneously.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Pheasantry, (Pizza Express Live), the Bulls Head, Barnes; the Goodwood Club, Sussex; West Lodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters; Kettners Restaurant, Soho; Peggy Porschen Cake Boutique, Victoria; Chez Lindsay restaurant, Richmond; Renault Cars Showroom, Derby.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Edith Piaf and Astor Piazzolla (accordion), Claude Debussy (piano)

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

Two one man shows at the Pheasantry, Chelsea in Oct and Dec 2018, and playing piano and accordion for two documentaries on ITV on Princess Diana, and accordion for BBC Scotland's feature film 'Of Fish and Foe'.


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)£125
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£210
Up to 3 hours£290


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Cristina S, 1 month ago

Stephen was a great professional that made our party really magical. We had a very particular brief (surprise narrowboat trip) and during the planning he was always responding promptly and accommodating. He played beautifully and was a pleasure to chat during the breaks. Highly recommended!

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Hannah C, 8 months ago

Stephen was an absolute pleasure to work with from the initial enquiry through to the day itself. Highly professional, very quick to respond to emails and flexible to work with our needs for the booking. The music itself was excellent and our customers very much enjoyed the experience. Perfect.

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Stella S, 1 year ago

Stephen was great, all our guests mentioned how lovely it was to have an accordionist at the event. Stephen was professional, high quality and very personable. We would recommend him!

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Irene F, 1 year ago

We were very satisfied. His cooperation and understanding was very good. We are thinking of having him in future events. Some of the keys were a bit high pitched for th group made up of mainly over 60s

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Sharon M, 9 months ago

We really enjoyed it and you really made the night.

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Stephen G, 9 months ago

Before the event I emailed Stephen and he was very willing to play the style of music I was looking for. On the day he arrived promptly and was very friendly and calming, as I was getting a little stressed organising the party it was great that he was able to just play without any further direction. His playing was immaculate but also very expressive, I was very pleased, and all the guests commented on how much they enjoyed him there. A real treat. Thank you Stephen (10 / 10)

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